6 free Atlanta date ideas you’ll actually enjoy

Piedmont Park in Midtown on May 2, 2022
Katrina Merto

Who says a great date means emptying your wallet? There are several ways you and your date can have a great time together without spending a dime.

Here are six free date ideas for your next rendezvous around the city:

Take a hike

Grab a pair of comfortable shoes, a water bottle and your partner’s hand (optional) as you head out to one of Georgia’s gorgeous trails. Not only will you both get a great workout in, but you also might just stumble across some of Atlanta’s beautiful cascading waterfalls. And yes, the views are definitely Instagram-worthy.

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Website: gastateparks.org

Head to Atlantic Station for a free movie night

Forget the traditional fancy dinner and movie — flicks go even better with picnics. Twice a month in the summer — if weather permits — Atlantic Station holds Screen on the Green. Just bring your blankets or chairs!

Location: Midtown - 1380 Atlantic Dr NW; Website: atlanticstation.com

Explore the Beltline

Whether you and your partner choose to bring your bikes or just go for a romantic walk down the 22-mile loop, you can both enjoy the Beltline’s unique art installations and can even walk to the Beltline’s famous Historic Fourth Ward Park. If you’re feeling hungry, stop and indulge in Krog Street Market’s many restaurants and shops.

Website: beltline.org

Have a picnic or attend a free summer fest at Piedmont Park

The park holds several fun and free festivals, like the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, a popular musical showcase celebrating both jazz legends and up-and-coming musicians.

If all you’re looking for is a quiet and romantic afternoon, opt for one of the event-free weekends and have your own private picnic somewhere along the 185-acre park.

Location: Midtown - 1320 Monroe Dr NE; Website: piedmontpark.org

Go for an art stroll through Castleberry Hill

There are few things as romantic as a simple stroll. On the second Friday each month, Castleberrry Hill opens an evening art stroll perfect for a relaxing yet cultural date night. Visit local, diverse galleries and breathe in all the talent the city has to offer.

Website: castleberryhill.org

In the summer, spend your Sunday night at a Sunset Sessions concert

If you and your date are both music lovers, you can take advantage of this free concert series that runs through early September. Expect a lineup of incredible alternative music and a lively end to the weekend.

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Location: Midtown - 500 10th St NE; Website: parktavern.com

This story was originally published by Fiza Pirani in 2015 and has since been updated.

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