There's a big possibility that it's been way too long since you've stepped foot outside your house and now find yourself feeling a little cooped up with a sprinkle of cabin fever. If you're bored of the Netflix binges and want to take a break from the couch potato way of life, these super fun things to do near Atlanta this weekend might just be the cure for your boredom blues.

From alpacas and bunnies to bratwurst and bier cheese, these activities will provide a span of excuses to escape the confines of your apartment for the weekend and breathe in the newfound fall air. 

It's not too late to dive into a refreshing pool during movie night, walk through trails of twinkling lights or celebrate Atlanta's film culture with exclusive drive-in screenings.

Whether you go it alone or roll up with your crew, these six exciting escapes near Atlanta will help get you out of the house this weekend.

Glow By Night At Stone Mountain

Price: $26.95+

When: Sept. 19 through Nov. 1

Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee. Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA

Why You Need To Go: One of Georgia's most renowned landmarks is back again with the annual Pumpkin Festival. By day, you can revel in all the pumpkin-filled entertainment, and by night, you can see the whole park glow through thousands of neon lights, 10 new themed areas, and over 40 re-imagined scenes — including singing pumpkins and life-like dinosaurs.

Farmer's Market At The Battery

Price: Free attendance and three-hour parking

When: Sept. 20 (plus more Sundays to follow)

Address: 800 Battery Ave. SE., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: The Battery is always full of adventurous opportunities but this weekend, the home of The Braves will be hosting a farmer's market with prepared foods, farm-fresh produce, artisanal bread, and more on the Plaza Green. Before going home with a boatload of fresh groceries, chill out with some drinks at the Punchbowl Social.

Dive-In Poolside Movie Night

Price: Free

When: Sept. 18 and 19

Address: 2235 Briarwood Way NE., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: Can't decide on a pool day or a movie night? You can now experience both rolled into one. At Briarwood Park in Brookhaven, you can catch an outdoor viewing of The Addams Family or Space Jam this weekend while swimming at the newly re-opened Briarwood Park Pool. The events are free with no ticket required, but make sure to bring your own snacks and get there early, as the maximum capacity is 40.

Creekwater Alpaca Farm

Price: $15+

Address: 2812 Centerville Rosebud Rd., Snellville, GA

Why You Need To Go: Get up close and personal with these ultra fuzzy farm giants right outside the city. You can book both private and public tours to experience a hands-on furry frenzy. This next-level petting zoo lets visitors feed and pet alpacas, bunnies, pigs, goats, sheep, and more.

Der Biergarten

Price: $5+

Address: 300 Marietta St. NW., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: If you've ever celebrated Oktoberfest, you probably know the fun actually starts in September. Get started on the festivities by munching on some brats and beer cheese at this authentic German spot. Liters of beer are always flowing here, so it's the perfect place for you and your buds to ring in the spooky season if you're looking to get your drink on.

Atlanta Film Festival

Price: $50+

When: Sept. 17 through 27

Address: Plaza Theatre Drive-In, Pratt-Pullman Yard, Dad's Garage

Why You Need To Go: Pay tribute to the ever-growing "Hollywood of the South" by celebrating the artistic culture of local film. The ten-day fest offers a plethora of drive-in screenings featuring a handful of the 148 diverse-genre films chosen as winners from a pool of over 8,500 submissions.

Time to let the good times roll with these weekend escapades.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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