Cultural Activities in the Capital City of Atlanta

Living in a large metropolitan area with rich cultural offerings is one of the greatest benefits of Atlanta that residents too often forget about until out of town guests come for a visit. Take advantage of all the fabulous and diverse options that one of the largest cities in the south has to offer. And though some offerings may come at a hefty price, many are quite reasonable if not complimentary.

  • The Atlanta Ballet has filled the city with grace and timeless performances of some of the best known ballets in the world, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Don Quixote as well as less traditional performances such as Dracula. From its humble beginnings in 1929 which started in the garage of Dorothy Alexander, the Atlanta Ballet has grown into one of the nation’s premier professional ballet companies.
  • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 65th anniversary and a special line-up of concert performances for the 2009 & 2010 season. The 2009/10 season’s guest artists and conductors include: Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Kimura Parker, Leila Josefowicz, Garrick Ohlsson, Olli Mustonen, Robert Levin, Angela Brown, Kelley O’Connor, Vadim Repin, Ludovic Morlot, Roberto Abbado, Kristjan Jarvi, Hannu Lintu, Lathar Zagrosek and many more.
  • The High Museum of Art offers more than just a fabulous exhibit of art from around the world, it offers Family Fun Days, Monthly Jazz Nights and a romantic spot for a date among other special events. Through April 19, the High hosts once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, The First Emperor: China’s Terracota Army. The High also continues to host Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece through September 2009.
  • The Atlanta Botanical Garden continues to be a favorite escape for city dwellers. From the Fuqua Orchid Center and Conservancy hosting hundreds of tropical beauties to the outdoor walking pathways lined with annual art displays and the child’s garden filled with interactive play areas, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is sure to relax, inspire and entertain guests of all ages.
  • Zoo Atlanta welcomes yet another giant panda cub to the family! Cub Xi Lan is the second cub and first son to be born in Atlanta, big sister Mei Lan was born in 2006. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, such as the giant pandas, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 800 animals from around the world.
  • The Georgia Aquarium is one of the city’s newest, yet most spectacular additions. As the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium and more than eight million gallons of water.
  • Small scale, local productions are also popular attractions for Atlanta residents and guests alike. Other cultural opportunities include the Center for Puppetry Arts, Whole World Improv Theatre, Alliance Theatre and numerous music venues like Dad’s Garage, The Roxy and the Tabernacle.