7 totally free things to do in metro Atlanta this week

The "Hey Brown Girl" mural by Faatimah Stevens in Castleberry Hill went up in 2019.
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Whether you’re a longtime ATL native or newly local to the “peach state,” finding fun and free things to do around the city isn’t always easy! Where you’re on the hunt for the next hottest art event, on the search for your next nature adventure or are just looking for a good time, look no further than this list for free events you can enjoy this week in metro Atlanta.

Experience local art at the Atlanta Contemporary

The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, which is a local arts cooperative that focuses on diverse local artists’ exhibitions, offers free admission daily. Check out their current exhibits, which include a Cherokee Diaspora and Art exhibit and work by the Georgia-born artist Trish Anderson, among other exhibits. Make sure to register online for your free ticket.

Location: Midtown - 535 Means St NW; Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Website: atlantacontemporary.org

Have an urban adventure at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Many locals are not aware of this hidden natural gem located within the city offering great hiking trails, waterfalls and Civil War artifacts. With 120 acres of green space and located in the middle of Atlanta, it’s always a good choice!

Location: Southwest Atlanta - 2852 Cascade Rd; Time: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Date: Daily; Website: exploregeorgia.org

Belt like a rockstar at the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta

While most locals may not think of the Hard Rock Cafe for a fun, free night out, think again. The chain restaurant is holding a free karaoke night this week to sing your favorite rock songs with a whole new crowd. Make sure to reserve a table before you go, and get ready to sing your heart out.

Location: Midtown - 215 Peachtree St NE; Time: 7-9 p.m; Date: Wednesday, Aug. 10; Website: hardrockcafe.com

Appreciate the art scene at the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

On the second Friday of every month, the neighborhood of Castleberry Hill holds a night dedicated to local murals and artists of their neighborhood and the greater Atlanta area. Take this free self-guided tour of local galleries and businesses participating in this fun evening.

Location: Downtown - 333 Nelson Street SW; Time: 6-10 p.m.; Date: Friday, Aug. 12; Website: castleberryhill.org

Wind down at the Live at 5 Summer Concert Series

Located at The Works, this monthly concert series is a great place to chill this Friday evening after a long week of work. Bring a lawn chair and relax to the soft tunes of this month’s featured artist, Atlanta-based singer Brandon Crocker.

Location: Upper Westside - 1295 Chattahoochee Ave NW; Time: 5-8 p.m; Date: Friday, Aug. 12; Website: theworksatl.com

Dance and people-watch at Avalon Nights Live!

This suburban mixed-use facility is a great way to get out of the city and listen to some new music. This week, local band Better Than the Beatles will sing their signature mix of originals and cover songs, all perfect to dance around on the green.

Location: Alpharetta - 400 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA 30009; Time: 6-8 p.m.; Date: Friday, Aug. 12; Website: experienceavalon.com

Browse one-of-a-kind goods at the Marietta Square Artisan Market

At this weekly open-air market, local artists come to showcase everything from photography to paintings, jewelry and more. Come out to support these local artisans and have a great morning at the Historic Marietta Square.

Location: Marietta - 99 S Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060; Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Date: Every Saturday; Website: artistsmarketmarietta.com

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