Activities Abound during Fall Break Weekend

As fall creeps in and inspires little outside of loafing and vegging, Tech students will have two days to do just that during fall break Monday and Tuesday.

Tech Tower in the Fall
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Fall break can be a chance to enjoy campus with fewer crowds, or to explore Atlanta and beyond.

While breaks are great times to visit family or friends, they’re also great opportunities to enjoy campus and Atlanta with fewer obligations. There are plenty of events going on throughout the weekend that fit into a student budget, but it’s also a chance to enjoy campus or the city at times that you’d normally be consumed with books, research or work. 

Since this year's Homecoming celebration is the same weekend as many Halloween activities, fall break might be the best time to enjoy frightening festivities.

A few ideas for those sticking around town for the long weekend and who may want to reserve a little time for leisure:

 

Friday

  • Softball vs. Chipola College: Watch the Yellow Jackets take on the Indians. [Mewborn Field, 5 p.m., Free with BuzzCard.]
  • Korean Film Festival: The closing night of the festival will show three different movies. [LeFont Theatre Sandy Springs, Cost varies.]
  • Castleberry Hill Art Stroll: Make your way south of campus to take in free art and refreshments. [Castleberry Hill, 7 p.m., Free.]
  • DramaTech Comedy Festival: This improv comedy festival will bring you comedians from around Atlanta. Also will show Saturday. [DramaTech Theatre, $5 for 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows, Free at midnight.]
  • Salsa Sting: Take a quick dance lesson and then practice your new skills with a DJ and free refreshments. No need to bring a partner. [Student Center Ballroom, 8 p.m., $5 for Tech students.]
  • Matt & Kim: Enjoy a concert in Little Five Points. [Variety Playhouse, $20 in advance/$25 at door.]

Saturday

  • MBA Open House: Learn about the program ranked eighth among public universities that lets you be a Yellow Jacket twice. [Scheller College of Business, 8:30 a.m., Free.]
  • serveATL: Spend a few hours serving others in the community on a weekend when you have more time to give. [Vinings Church, 9 a.m., Free.]
  • Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival: A chance to get away from campus and enjoy an eastside neighborhood. [Harmony Park, 10 a.m., Free.]
  • Swimming and Diving vs. College of Charleston: Tech's swimmers and divers don't take a fall break, and will face the Cougars at home. [Campus Recreation Center Aquatics Center, 11 a.m., Free with BuzzCard.]
  • Atlanta Mattress 500: Participants will race beds through Atlantic Station to benefit the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. [Atlantic Station, 11 a.m., Free.]

Saturday and Sunday

  • Art on the BeltLine: Performances and art displays will take place throughout the city until November. [Locations along the BeltLine, Free.]
  • Atlanta Pride Parade and Festival: The 42nd annual event will culminate in Piedmont Park, with parades traveling mainly along Peachtree Street. [Midtown Atlanta, Free.]
  • Burt’s Pumpkin Farm: Enjoy cider, hayrides and pumpkins the size of your dorm room. [Dawsonville, throughout fall, $5.]
  • Candler Park Fall Fest: accessible via MARTA and will have art, music, food and drink. [Candler Park, all day Saturday and Sunday, Free.]
  • English Avenue Community Festival: Tech has a history of being active in the English Avenue community, and students and staff will man a table at this event celebrating the positives of the neighborhood. [English Avnue, Free.]
  • Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park: Park admission is free, so pile as many as can fit into a car and journey out to Stone Mountain for its pumpkin festival and other festivities, including the famed Laser Show at sundown. [Stone Mountain Park, $10 parking per vehicle.]
  • Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland: Take Oakland Cemetery's regular guided tour or a themed Twilight Tour. Saturday's Twilight topic is Oakland Cemetery and the Civil War; Sunday's is Art and Architecture of Oakland. [Oakland Cemetery, $5 with student ID.]

Tuesday

  • Jens Lekman: The Swedish indie pop-rocker will visit Little Five Points for a weeknight show. [Variety Playhouse, 8 p.m., $18.]

All Week

  • Cinefest Film Theatre: Take advantage of neighboring Georgia State University's campus theatre with low-priced shows every night. [Cinefest Theatre, Georgia State Campus, $3-5.]
  • The Ghastly Dreadfuls: This adults-only Halloween puppet show is hosting its last season. The Center is also home to the Henson Museum and offers college discounts on Wednesdays. [Center for Puppetry Arts, $25/$18.75 on Wednesdays with student ID.]
  • Netherworld: Atlanta's self-proclaimed best haunted house is just outside the I-285 perimeter and will give you "the scare of a lifetime." [6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross, $22.]