Atlanta is full of events during Labor Day weekend, from festivals and conventions to concerts and sporting events. Many of the city’s 2016 activities are near MARTA, making it easy to avoid traffic, especially if you are commuting downtown. To help you navigate to your destination or find something fun to do, here are our top picks for events to check out that are a short walk away from a rail station. Be sure to explore MARTA parking options near you for easy places to park and ride and hotels near MARTA if you’re looking for a place to stay.
Labor Day Schedules
MARTA buses and trains will be on Sunday schedules on Labor Day (Monday). Over the weekend, train frequency will be every 20 minutes EXCEPT on Saturday, Sept. 3 –trains will arrive every 12 minutes. Be sure to use the MARTA On the Go app for real-time train arrivals to plan your arrival at MARTA stations.
Dragon Con 2016
The mother of fantasy and sci-fi conventions, Dragon Con takes over downtown Atlanta with costumes, parties, speakers and all sorts of workshops. Even if you aren’t planning to attend a formal event, it’s a great time to people watch. Most the action takes place around the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Events (with MARTA directions) to make note of:
The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball
Thursday Sept 1.
Dragon Con Parade
Saturday Sept. 3 at 10 a.m.
Above Peachtree Center Station
Night at the Georgia Aquarium
Saturday Sept. 3
For more information, see 5 Tips for Taking MARTA to Dragon Con.
Avoid the highway to hell and take MARTA downtown for the AC/DC concert. There’s a lot of places to drink and dine in the area — plus you might run into early Dragon Con attendees. View MARTA directions to Philips Arena and area information.
Falcons vs Jaguars
If football is more your thing than conventions and concerts, the Falcons play at the Dome on Thursday before Labor Day weekend as part of the NFL preseason. Downtown is going to be hopping with events, so take advantage of the direct connection to the Georgia Dome via the Dome MARTA station. And there’s plenty of cheap seats left!
“The Prom” is a new musical at the Alliance Theater next to the Arts Center MARTA station. Not just any prom, this one delves into LGBT issues and acceptance of differences. View directions to the Woodruff Arts Center (where Alliance Theater is located) and nearby destinations and restaurants.
A carnival of music, Sound Circus will feature performances from EDM giants GTA and Party Favor. Other performers include Robert DeLong and Sick Puppies. Philips Arena is conveniently next to the Dome MARTA station. View directions and area info.
AJC Decatur Book Festival
Book lovers rejoice and head to the Decatur MARTA station over Labor Day weekend for the annual AJC Book Festival. Walk around quaint downtown Decatur, check out all the festival events and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area.
National Puppet Slam
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts isn’t just for kids. The National Puppet Slam features short-form puppetry from around the country. This event is 18 and up, and about a 10-minute walk from MARTA (view directions).
Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game
Head to the Georgia Dome on Saturday for the Georgia Bulldogs vs the North Carolina Tar Heels for a day of college football. The game starts at 5:30 and a FanZone is in the Georgia World Congress Center before kickoff will have contests, games and giveaways. The Dome MARTA station is convenient to both as well as to several sports bars.
Black Pride Sunday Party
Harlem Nights & Opera
Black Pride is all weekend long this Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. Two of the most transit-accessible events are the Sunday parties at Harlem Nights and Opera. Harlem Nights is two blocks away from the Peachtree Center MARTA station (view walking map and use the John Portman/Peachtree Street East exit for the easiest walk). The night party is on Crescent Avenue at Opera Nightclub closest to the Arts Center MARTA station (use the West Peachtree Street exit; view walking map for directions).
If you’d rather take advantage of the last weekend to swim at one of Atlanta’s public pools, there are several places to swim near MARTA. And don’t forget to celebrate the end of summer with a frozen treat.