Things to do on New Year's Day in Atlanta 2017

No matter how you plan to send off 2016, there are plenty of ways to kick off 2017 the right way. Whether that means eating, drinking, running or spending some time outside, here are some New Year’s Day activities happening around Atlanta on Jan. 1, 2017:


If you had too much fun on New Year's Eve and need a hair of the dog, or if you're looking to start your year off with traditional favorites, there are plenty of options for New Year's Day feasts around Atlanta. Keep an eye on our restaurant blog for a list. Here are a couple for inspiration:

Hair of the Dog Party at Ladybird Grove & Mess HallLadybird wants to help you recover from the debauchery of your New Year's Eve shenanigans. Ladybird will be offering their brunch menu, fried chicken and New Year's dishes like collard greens, black-eyed peas, and skillet cornbread. Bloody Mary fixings available and live bluegrass from Circus No. 9 will start at 1 p.m. Then, hit the Beltline to kick off your 2017 exercise resolution. 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312, 404-458-6838,

Wake up late? Or Early? Waffle House - 24-365
They're always open and where else are you going to get the greeting you always get at every one of them? Scattered, smothered, chunked - get those hash browns the way you want them. No hair of the dog, though. Everywhere.

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New Year's Day 5K in Cumming 
This run is for folks who took it easy the night before or maybe just never went to bed. It starts at 8:30 a.m. with packet pickup and race day registration at 7:30 a.m. It's a relatively flat run starting at North Forsyth Middle School. Chip timed with music at the finish line. No t-shirt but easy on your wallet.

Resolution Run 4 Miler, 1 Mile and Kilometer Kids DashAtlanta Track Club’s Resolution Run starts at the Brookhaven MARTA Station at 10:00 a.m. Start the year off with a run and earn a long sleeve Mizuno shirt. Race day registration is available.


First Day Hikes around GeorgiaTimes and locations vary. Start 2016 off with activity by joining park rangers at Georgia State Parks this New Year's Day. Choose from dozens of guided hikes, ranging from easy to challenging. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks.

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