7 Ways to Enjoy the 2015 MARTA Free Ride Day

On Sept. 7, 2015, MARTA is making Labor Day more enjoyable with free rides on buses and trains. So, where are you going to go? Here are our top picks for Atlanta Labor Day destinations. MARTA will be on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, which means 20-minute train frequencies. Use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals and OneBusAway for real-time bus arrivals.

Number 1Swimming Pools

It’s your last chance to swim in Atlanta’s public pools, some of which are much nicer than you might expect (like the mini lazy river at the Piedmont Park pool). View the list of public pools near MARTA for directions and more information.

Number 2Dragon Con

Labor Day is the last day of Dragon Con and your last chance for serious people watching in downtown Atlanta. All the action takes place above the Peachtree Center MARTA station. While you’re down there, take advantage of Scoutmob deals at Big Kahuna and Sidebar.

Number 3Zoo Atlanta Wild Encounters

Zoo Atlanta‘s meet and feed animals exhibit kicks off Labor Day weekend — the perfect time to try riding a MARTA bus. Bus 32 travels to the zoo from the Five Points MARTA station. Or walk to the zoo from the King Memorial MARTA station. On the way you’ll pass several restaurants for brunch or lunch on your urban hike.

Number 4Labor Day Blues BBQ

Held each year at Park Tavern, the Labor Day Blues BBQ features great music and food from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance. Walk 20 minutes from MARTA or transfer to bus 36 or 99 if they are in the bus bay when you arrive at the station. Exit either bus at the stoplight at Charles Allen Drive.

5Midtown Restaurant Week

Don’t want to walk too far from MARTA? Head to the Midtown Restaurant Week to enjoy the many restaurants around the Midtown, Arts Center and North Avenue MARTA stations. Some of the participating restaurants closest to MARTA include Bantam + Biddy, Escorpion, Steel, Mi Cocina, Ri Ra, Ecco, Hudson Grille, Taco Mac, Tabla and the Livingston.

Number 6ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward performs at Center Stage near the Arts Center MARTA station on Labor Day. Center Stage/The Loft/Vinyl are all a very short walk from the station. Need tickets? View available ZZ Ward tickets via our preferred ticketing site VividSeats. Your purchase supports our transit guides!

Number 7Atlanta Parks

Nothing says Labor Day like a cookout in the great outdoors. View Atlanta parks near MARTA for activities the whole family can enjoy.