Atlanta Offers Myriad Options for Student Staycations
Posted March 15, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
Though many students say goodbye to Atlanta and the Institute during spring break, others will stay ITP or nearby and may wonder what to do with this sudden “free time” in their lives. Thankfully, Georgia Tech’s home city offers many ways to occupy those idle hands and can provide all the sun and fun you want without having to leave town or deplete your BuzzCard.
Atlanta skyline view from Whitaker balcony.
Any nice day is a great day to spend in Piedmont Park (throwing a frisbee, riding a bike, walking, running or laying in the grass and pretending it’s sand). Historic Oakland Cemetery is open to the public for wandering or offers guided walking tours priced at $5 for students. Or, there’s always the water slide at the CRC to make you feel like a kid at a Florida resort.
Any of the following activities will help you decompress post-midterms and enjoy your week off. Whatever you choose to do, Georgia Tech hopes all its students enjoy a safe and fun spring break!
Friday, March 18:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) @ Plaza Theatre, midnight – $7.50 for students (also Saturday, March 19, at 3 p.m.). Enjoy this old classic film at an old classic theatre.
- Jazz at the High @ High Museum, 5-10 p.m. – $5 for students. Change it up from the usual offerings of your laptop speakers.
- GT Baseball v. N.C. State @ Russ Chandler Stadium, 7 p.m. – Free. Support student athletes who don't get the same time off, and be part of the Road Trip to a Safe Spring Break.
Saturday, March 19:
- Demetri Martin @ Tabernacle, 8 p.m. – $47. If you need a laugh and have a few bucks to spare, Demetri’s simple (and sometimes math-related) comedy will lift your spirits.
- Wren’s Nest Tour, 10 a.m. – Free (also Sunday, 1 p.m.). Tour the home of Uncle Remus author Joel Chandler Harris for free as part of this month’s Phoenix Flies events.
- Six Flags Over Georgia opening day – $50. Tickets are buy-one-get-one online, so get a friend to relive your high school summer days and the price comes down to $25.
Sunday, March 20:
- GT Baseball v. N.C. State @ Russ Chandler Stadium, 1 p.m. – Free. After the game, baseball players will shave their heads for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Make your own donation online.
- Ramblin’ On t-shirt design contest deadline – Free. Submit a t-shirt design for this event held for all students graduating during 2011.
- Publix Georgia Marathon: volunteer on campus – Free. Volunteer at the Tech hydration station, winner of Best Hydration Station the past two years!
Monday, March 21:
- Trivia @ Mellow Mushroom Midtown, 8 p.m. In case you just don’t want to give your brain a rest.
- "Seinfeld" Trivia @ Tin Roof Cantina, 8 p.m. Trivia about nothing.
Tuesday, March 22:
- GT Baseball v. UGA @ Foley Field, Athens, 7 p.m. – $5. With UGA students back from spring break, Athens will be in full swing; the cheap food prices and female population will make up for the gas it takes to get there.
- Hawks v. Bulls @ Philips Arena, 8 p.m. – from $12. Always a spirited NBA match-up; enjoy it from Atlanta’s home court.
- Georgia Rides to the Capitol – Free; donations encouraged. Bike to the Capitol from Decatur in support of bill HB 180.
Wednesday, March 23:
- Atlanta Hawks v. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. – Take a walk to Taco Mac Midtown or Hudson Grille to watch the Hawks on the road.
Thursday, March 24:
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Schubert & Sibelius, 8 p.m. – $27 with promo code MARCH, free with Woodruff Student Pass (also Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.). Enjoy an upscale evening at a discounted price.
- Pi Mile – Free. Take a jog on this campus trail, and get ready for the Pi Mile race on April 16.
Friday, March 25:
- Atlanta Thrashers v. Vancouver Canucks @ Philips Arena, 7:30 p.m. – from $10. It may be spring, but there’s still ice on some nights in Philips.
Saturday, March 26:
- Baconfest @ Dad’s Garage, 1 p.m. – $25 presale/$35 door. If you like bacon, bands and festivities; take MARTA to save on parking.
- Kollaboration Atlanta @ Center Stage, 8 p.m. – $15 presale/$20 door. Performances by Asian Americans including musicians, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and magicians.
- Atlanta Hawks v. New Jersey Nets @ Philips Arena, 7 p.m. – from $11. In case you missed the Bulls game or hope for a glimpse of Pauly D.
Sunday, March 27:
- Mrs. Buttersworth’s Family Breakfast Ball @ Piedmont Park, Magnolia Hall (by tennis courts), 9:30 a.m. – Join Mrs. Butterworth for a free pancake breakfast – one last meal out before your return to the dining halls.