Cheap date ideas: Free classical music | Oysterfest | Vancouver south | Walking tour | Run for it!

Don’t be a one night wonder. You had a great time on Valentine’s Day, so let the good times continue to roll with these free and cheap date ideas. None of these dates will cost you more than $40.

Oakland Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

Before moving to Atlanta, I’d never heard of guided walking tours through cemeteries. As it turns out, it’s a popular outing here, especially when it’s free. The Oakland Cemetery, in honor of Black History Month, is hosting the African American guided walking tour on Wednesday, Feb. 24. All tours begin at 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower. Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor, is one of several well known figures buried there.

The Olympian in you

Do all of the Winter Olympic sports have you wishing you could speed skate, ski or…curl? Well, Atlanta may not be the center of winter sports activities, but you can get in the spirit with some ice time at the Marietta Ice Center. There will be public skate sessions this weekend, Feb. 19-21. It costs $7 per person, plus $3 for skates. So, lace them up and head to local ice skating rink.

For the lover in you

Are oysters really an aphrodisiac? Find out at the Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest, which continues on Saturday and Sunday at the Midtown restaurant. Grilled oysters and lobster bisque are the highlights. There’s also Goombay Smash. I’m not sure what that is, but I’d go for it anyway. Plus, there will be plenty of live music performances. To get the most for your buck, go on Sunday when tickets are half the price at $10 each. On another note, the beer of choice for the day is Budweiser. Not jazzy enough? Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge has a free beer tasting — Uinta’s Barleywine, Pale Ale and Monkshine — on Wednesday night, Feb. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Slow down!

Let’s say he’s a runner and you’re not. Or the other way around. You can probably find some common ground to cover in a local 5K walk or event. There are plenty around town, including one coming up in Atlanta on March 14 — The Hunger Walk/Run 5K to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local charities.  There will also be live music. This is a way to do some community service, get the heart pumping and enjoy some tunes all at the same time. That’s three great date ideas in one! The event is free for walkers, but they will accept donations. It’s $25 to enter the running portion of the event. It’s a ways off, but you’ll want to register early.

Free Classical music

Free music doesn’t always have to be outside in a park or a smokey bar or lounge. The acclaimed Enso String Quartet is giving a free concert on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The event will take place in the church sanctuary, located at the corner of 16th Street and Peachtree Street.

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9 comments Add your comment


February 18th, 2010
10:45 am

LOVE Oakland Cemetery! A must for history lovers…not only does it have African Americans buried there, but Jewish Atlantans, Civil War soldiers, Bobby Jones, and Margaret Mitchell. It is a beautiful piece of Atlanta.


February 18th, 2010
11:24 am

what does the $10 cover get you at Oyster Fest. Just entry or entry and all the oysters you can eat?

Rana Cash

February 18th, 2010
12:16 pm

@ Adam. That’s just to get in. You’ll have $20 left to blow on food!

BongWater Slurpee

February 18th, 2010
12:19 pm

Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon GA. Duane Alman and Berry Oakley are buried there.

burp bacharach

February 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

Take a stroll down Ponce de Leon and try to act crazier then everyone you encounter…..

Alabama Jack

February 19th, 2010
8:40 pm

My wife and I lived in ATL 44 years ago. We would go to Piedmont Park on Sunday afternoon, Stone Mountain, at least once a month, Free movies and concerts at Tech (where I was a student), people watching at the airport.

Guy G.

February 20th, 2010
9:41 am

Hey those are some great ideas. I remember when we lived in Ottawa, they had so many festival like Bluesfest with artists like Brian Adams and many other greats. You could often get a free show, or pay only $10 for a great event.

Thanks for reminding me of some good times.

Ted Striker

February 20th, 2010
11:07 am

Thanks for the column, Rana


February 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

Alabama Jack, a date idea is people watching at the Airport?!? Perhaps hopping a flight somewhere and having a date there would be little more exciting than watching people living life