With Hurricane Irma rapidly approaching, many people have fled into areas further inland, including big cities like Atlanta. Different places have opened up their doors for guests during the chaos including SCAD Atlanta, which has allowed Savannah students to come and stay until the storm passes.
For those who have been forced to leave their homes or campuses due to the storm, it doesn’t have to be entirely a bad thing. Several places in Atlanta are offering free events to those affected by the storm. With that said, here are five events you shouldn’t miss while staying here in Atlanta.
1. Sporting Events
The Atlanta Braves, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University will be giving out free tickets to hurricane evacuees. Most of these events require evacuees to have proper IDs from evacuation sites and some are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so try to get to these as soon as you can.
Atlanta’s coveted Waffle House Museum, the first location of a Waffle House, is opening up its doors for exclusive tours from noon to 3 p.m this Saturday. The tour will feature Waffle House memorabilia, free waffles and a feeling of being back in the 1950s when the restaurant first opened. An experience in Atlanta is incomplete without visiting this hallmark of the city, so be sure to check this one out.
This Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park will be hosting the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival. An event full of live music, local food trucks, fun workshops, yoga, King of Pops, a pet zone and much more, this is certainly not one to miss.
Concluding the Old Fourth Ward Festival at 8 p.m., one of Atlanta’s more recent yet popular art events will be taking place: the BeltLine Lantern Parade. Getting together thousands of artists and lovers of art, this spectacle of lights and music has been taking Atlanta’s art scene by storm since its introduction in 2010. Hop on in and see what all the buzz is about.
At dark this Saturday, Candler Park will be taking viewers on a trip to a galaxy far, far away with a screening of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The free screening will be the last of the park’s yearly run of movie screenings, featuring plenty of activities and music of all kinds before the event begins. With a rule on their website literally listing “fun is a requirement,” who could resist spending an evening at an event like this?