The Rialto Center for the Arts is an acoustically splendid, 833-seat, state-of-the-art theater. It is situated in the historic Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta. The Rialto's seasonal series runs from early October through May and boasts an eclectic array of dance, music and theater performances and comedy shows. Tickets for all events can be ordered by phone, mail or fax, or by visiting the Rialto box office at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie Streets.
Variety Playhouse features live music seven nights a week, although the musical genre on any given night is anybody's guess. Alternative rock groups, jazz artists and folk singers are regularly showcased, with the club's bookings featuring upstart regional bands and big national names in about equal number. High-profile guests have included piano-based pop groups too. Renowned names like Natasha Bedingfield, Jakob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Carrie Rodriguez and others have graced this stage with their lively performances. A full bar with an enviable selection of local microbrews is also on hand.
In the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center is one of the largest exhibition facility in the United States, and host to a myriad of conventions, trade shows and corporate events each year. The multi-purpose facility hosted sporting events during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, when it also served as the International Broadcast Center. The building features around 3.9 million square feet (360,000 square meters) of exhibit space, as well as 105 meeting rooms, a 33,000-square foot (3065-square meter) ballroom, and a 1726-seat auditorium.
A Civil War landmark as well as an expansive verdant oasis, Candler Park offers tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and an outdoor pool. Perhaps the park's most unique feature is its nine-hole golf course that winds its scenic way through one of the east side's most pleasant residential neighborhoods. Often crowded, Candler Park is not the ideal place for a quiet jog, but sports are always being played and everyone is welcome.
Created mostly with land granted by Colonel Lemuel Grant, the "Father of Atlanta," Grant Park is the oldest surviving park in the city. Its landscape was part of the defensive line against Union forces in the Civil War, and the breastworks of Fort Walker remain as evidence of the Confederacy's defeat. The Cyclorama, a circular building filled with the world's largest painting, tells the story of the battle. The park's other main attraction is Zoo Atlanta, one of the only places in the country that you can see a set of giant pandas.
Hailed as being the premiere major performing arts center in Atlanta's metropolitan area, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center showcases everything from ballet and opera to concerts and Broadway shows. The massive venue features a 2750 seat theater and a 10,000 square-foot (930-square meter) grand ballroom, as well as scenic terraces and courtyards and meeting spaces. The center is also a proud supporter of arts education, and offers a variety of music classes and lectures to the public. Show tickets can be purchased on line or in person at the box office. Check the website for up-to-date listings of upcoming performances and showcases.
Paranoia Quest - Escape the Room involves being locked in a room with a group and unlocking codes, solving puzzles, finding hidden caches and racking your brains to find a way to escape. Choose between the easier Zombie Apocalypse or the much harder Inception if you consider yourself a pro. You can also opt for the Escape the Room with a Zombie. The live escape games played in real time at Escape the Room are sure to delight the adventurous soul in you.
Just steps from Centennial Olympic Park and downtown hotels, this former Baptist church isn't much to behold from the street, but the interior is a marvel of architectural restoration. Constructed in 1910, the building features three levels of seating facing the stage, plus numerous lounges, billiards areas, bars and secluded alcoves. The facility hosts a full schedule of top-flight entertainment throughout the year and is a spectacular place to enjoy a concert. A more intimate venue is located below in the aptly named Cellar, where smaller acts are booked.
Sitting atop prettily on the 14th and 15th floors of the Park Pavilion, Ventanas opened its doors in 2009 to sweep Atlantans off their feet. Offering magnificent views from its floor-to-ceiling windows, it is probably the most scenic location in the city that gives a glimpse from the Stone Mountain to the Kennesaw Mountain. Spanning across 9,547 square feet (886.95 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space, Ventanas has even got a helipad for those who fly down the copter to the venue. The chic outdoor deck has got fire pits, comfy seats and a VIP area. Ventanas will make any event a super successful and memorable one.