The sleepy days of summer are officially upon us. By now, we’re being lulled into afternoon napping on the couch and restless evenings under humid skies.
Just as the school year closes and nights get longer, the list of fun, free and cheap activities around town cranks up. No, or little, money? No problem. Affordable entertainment options are aplenty in metro Atlanta, and you don’t have to rely strictly on pull-the-trigger deal sites to indulge. Stick to your budget, plan ahead and get a move on with these five wallet-friendly activities:
There are numerous options for cheap movies. First, there are the free outdoor screenings all around town, from Movies at the Market at Atlantic Station to Dive-In Movies at the W Perimeter Hotel. Worried about paying for popcorn and sodas? Bring your own and save by going to the Starlight Drive-In theatre ($7 per person; $1 for kids). There are also value cinemas around town, where movies are generally $2 or less. Summer, kids-oriented summer movie camps are also a bargain. The AMC kids movie camp is $1 on Tuesdays.
Prefer live theatre to the big screen? There are ways to save on local theatrical performances. Atlanta Performs has tickets to the most popular shows in town (and the not so popular) for half price. Performances at smaller venues are often less expensive than some of the city’s major theatres. Also consider following your favorite theatres through social media outlets to get leads on special offers.
Much like the outdoor movie screenings, there’s plenty of live music being played in parks. But for some, hanging around outside when the weather is warm is not an option. Open Mic nights at local clubs are usually free as yet unknown locals scratch out their careers in front of a receptive audience.
Want to laugh out loud? Head to a comedy club — and pay half the price. Local clubs like Punchline, Whole World Improv and Laughing Skull Lounge routinely have mid-week nights when admission is half-off, buy one get free specials and discounts.
There’s the High Museum, where there are regular discounts. And then, there are free opportunities to enjoy art, such as local art walks such as the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, Gallery Walk in Buckhead and the ArtsWalk Downtown.