7 free things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Piedmont Park in Midtown on May 2, 2022
Katrina Merto

It feels like everything these days is expensive, and Atlanta is often a city where a fun day or a night out racks up an impressive bill. Turns out, there are actually great things to do in this city without spending a dime.

Whether it’s yoga, swimming or karaoke, Access Atlanta has rounded up the best free things for you to do this week.

Find your zen at AVALOM yoga at Avalon

Every Wednesday night in Alpharetta, now through October, the multi-purpose complex Avalon holds an hour-long free yoga class on their main lawn. This week will be an All Levels Flow class. Bring your mat and towel, and after five consecutive classes, you’ll get your own AVALOM water bottle or fitness band.

Location: Alpharetta - 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009; Time: 6-7 p.m.; Date: Every Wednesday; Website: experienceavalon.com

Try unique samples at Castleberry Market

With over 20 great vendors to explore, the Castleberry Farmers Market is a great way to spend your summer evenings. Every Monday, this local Atlanta market serves up great treats and other items. They also accept SNAP/EBT benefits.

Location: Southwest - 492 Larkin St. SW; Time: 5-8 p.m.; Date: Every Monday; Website: castleberryfarmersmarket.org

Appreciate nature at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

A short drive out of the city lies 46 miles of gorgeous trails and animal exhibits. With great historical archives and learning opportunities for young kids, the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve makes for a perfect day trip.

Location: Johns Creek - 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022; Time: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Date: Daily; Website: autreymill.org

Learn about the city with a guided history tour through Piedmont Park

The ever-historic Piedmont Park offers a weekly guided walking tour each Saturday for anyone who wants to learn more about the city. As long as you register by noon on Friday, you can get this unique look into the city for free.

Location: Midtown - 1320 Monroe Dr NE; Time: 10 a.m.; Date: Every Saturday; Website: piedmontpark.org

Cool off from the Atlanta heat at the Candler Park public pool

Run by the city of Atlanta, this public pool is a great way to meet other locals and cool off from the constant heat. Come by for a quick swim or just to catch some rays.

Location: East Atlanta - 1500 McLendon Ave NE; Time: 12:30-7 p.m.; Date: Monday-Saturday; Website: candlerpark.org

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Get spooked while visiting “Stranger Things” locations throughout the Atlanta area

The beloved Netflix original was filmed in Atlanta, and many of the show’s iconic locations are actually real places that you can visit. See the “Hawkins” library on the Emory campus or visit the “Starcourt Mall” in Duluth.

Location: Multiple locations; Website: filmquest.co

Feel like a rockstar at Dark Horse Tavern’s heavy metal karaoke

Virginia-Highland bar, Dark Horse Tavern, holds a hard rock karaoke on Mondays, fit with a live band. Come out and belt your favorite rock classics at the Atlanta mainstay.

Location: Midtown - 816 North Highland Avenue Northeast; Time: 9:30 p.m. - midnight; Date: Every Monday; Website: darkhorseatlanta.com

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