Labor Day in Atlanta is a way to celebrate the end of summer with your friends and family. From watching Dragon Con cosplayers in Atlanta’s largest parade, celebrating authors at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, to college football at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, there are Labor Day event options for everyone.
It’s been a long eight months without college football – but who’s counting? Celebrate the season’s opening this Saturday in a clash for the Old Leather Helmet Trophy! Celebrate the season’s opening as Duke takes on No. 2 Alabama at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, but there’s still plenty of excitement to take in this weekend in Atlanta.
this season and watch some of the top teams play! Enjoy a fun, family-friendly atmosphere as we celebrate with tailgate games, up to 4 match-ups live on our 36-ft video board, trivia, and music from DJ Willy Wow, prizes and much more! All that plus our must-see college football experience. The Hall is THE place to be on Saturday! (It’s Free Month presented by Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola! Scan the Chick-fil-A® App for free entry into the Hall all August long.)
Need a break from the Atlanta heat? Make your way to World of Coca-Cola, where guests will be greeted with cans of New Coke – the actual recipe from 1985 – which made an epic, limited-time return this summer. World of Coke is the refreshing break you need from the Atlanta heat with more than 100 drinks to sample from around the world. Plus, through Sept. 2, college students can simply present their valid student IDs at the ticketing window and purchase a ticket for $10 – more than 40 percent off regularly priced tickets.
Families with little ones can head over to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for TinyCON – a two-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, comics, gaming, and technology … just for kids! Take advantage of Jedi Training and Avenger’s Training, or join in the museum-wide costume parade.
Getting hungry? Walk across the street from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and stop by the FREE Taste of Soul Atlanta: Food & Music Festival. Enjoy the tastes and smells of soul food while taking in the sounds of acclaimed soul and R&B artists. The Taste of Soul Atlanta is for all ages, offering a large Kids’ Zone and a marketplace of arts, crafts, and merchandise.
Join thousands of sci-fi and fantasy fans at Atlanta’s largest parade: the annual Dragon Con Parade. Be a part of the largest multi-genre and pop culture convention event. Each year, guests from around the globe flood to Atlanta to celebrate their favorite movie, sci-fi and fantasy characters. Fans can attend the parade as it marches down Peachtree Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Head over to the world’s largest aquarium for an up-close look at marine life from dolphins to whale sharks. Channel your inner fantasy side and join us for Dragon Con Night at Georgia Aquarium! Here, you can experience special after-hours in the aquarium galleries with food, drinks and all things Dragon Con. Don’t forget to show out in your best cosplay and compete in our official costume contest – The LEGEND of the CHOSEN.
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All weekend long, literature lovers can check out the largest independent book festival in the country. The AJC Decatur Book Festival features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, live music and more.
Outdoor types won’t want to miss a visit to Stone Mountain Park, followed by the Lasershow Spectacular and a special fireworks display for Labor Day weekend.
To mark the unofficial end of summer, this Labor Day is the perfect time to head to Six Flags, with a full weekend of fun starting August 31- September 1. You know what they say about all work and no play… on second thought, let’s not even talk about work!
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