Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Need some fresh date night inspiration? Here’s what to do around Atlanta when you have a night away from the kids.

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Featured Events

Atlanta Winter Beer Festival at Atlantic Station. Sample a wide selection of more than 150 beers, wines and ciders from homegrown Georgia breweries and others from across the country, eat food, and listen to live music. Feb. 5.

Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium. Experience the magic of the aquarium at this party with a DJ, sweet cocktails and delicious food. Feb. 11.

Fernbank After Dark at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a night of science, activities, drinks, music and more at these after-hours events. Feb. 11 and March 11.

Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Walk through a beautiful light display before stopping at Santa’s Tiki Bar or Tipsy Elf. Through Feb. 27.

WILD: Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta. Go on a virtual safari through Africa with stops in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania to see animals in their native habitats at this immersive experience. Through Feb. 27.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition at Perimeter Pointe. Experience the history, fashion and settings of this six-season show in an immersive experience. Through Feb. 28.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards. This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. March 12-April 3.

Eastside

The BeltLine: Stroll for exercise and enjoyment of the public art along The BeltLine. Finish with a bite at one of the restaurants and dessert spots along the path, including those in Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.

Joystick Game Bar: Play classic arcade games and pinball while enjoying some cocktails and chef-made plates.

Starlight Drive-In: Metro Atlanta’s only drive-in theater shows films on multiple screens. Snuggle in the car or pack lawn chairs for outdoor viewing.

The Cooking School at Irwin Street Market: Chefs and top-notch cooking instructors teach adult-only gourmet workshops. Of course, you get to eat what you make.

Buford Highway: Go beyond your usual date night spots and try the Chinese hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen, or authentic Mexican food at El Rey del Taco. Check out Havana Sandwich Shop for authentic Cuban fare.

Skyline Park at Ponce City Market: Head up to the rooftop amusement park for classic gaming and adult drinking.

Stone Mountain Park: When the sun sets, it’s time for a choreographed musical laser show on the side of Stone Mountain (select dates April-October).

Dad’s Garage Theatre: Reserve two seats for some of the best improv in Atlanta, plus original scripted plays.

Downtown & Westside

Centennial Olympic Park: Check the schedule of concerts and special events. Go ice skating during the winter or attend a free outdoor concert when it warms up.

Chick-fil-A Fan College Football Hall of Fame: Any football fan will enjoy an afternoon at this museum. Admire memorabilia from college football greats and try your hand at the Skill Zone. Hit The Varsity  afterward for a “naked dog,” or their famous Frosted Orange Drink. Don’t forget to order a side of hand-cut fries or onion rings.

High Museum of Art: Spend the afternoon discovering art or attend an after-hours events for adults only. Check out the current shows on stage at the adjacent Alliance Theatre, too.

Sweetwater Brewery: Visit one of Atlanta’s most popular microbreweries for a tour and to check out the taproom. On various weeks, you’ll find live music and food trucks on site.

The Fox Theatre: See a Broadway-style production or book a tour to learn about the golden era of the movie palace at the Fox Theatre.

The Vortex: No kids allowed: guests of this famed burger joint and bar must be over 21 to get in the door. Check to see who’s performing at the Laughing Skull Comedy Club and stay for the show.

Castleberry Hill Art Stroll: On the second Friday of every month, follow the map to visit diverse galleries and get a taste of what this vibrant arts scene. Temporarily unavailable.

SkyView Atlanta: Take a romantic gondola trip for two. The 20-story Ferris wheel in Centennial Park offers amazing city views.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Visit for a nighttime program in the gardens for adults. The schedule includes cocktail hours, concerts and seasonal strolls.

Northside

Topgolf: Rent a bay and try to top each other’s score as you putt micro-chipped golf balls onto the green’s targets. Grab a bite and a beer while you’re at it!

Matilda’s Under the Pines: Pack a picnic for a seasonal outdoor concert at Matilda’s. Or, catch a Saturday night bluegrass performance at Everett’s Music Barn.

Truist Park and The Battery: Catch an Atlanta Braves game at the new ballpark. Shop and eat at the adjacent outdoor shopping area or see a concert at the Coca-Cola Roxy.

iFly: Take the leap together! Go indoor skydiving for an adventurous outing.

Ghost Tour: Roswell, Marietta and Covington offer evening walking tours to give your date thrills and chills.

Puttshack: This upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience has interactive leader boards, a prize wheel and paperless scoring. After 8 p.m., admittance is limited to 21 years and older.

Karaoke Melody: Grab some friends, reserve a private room, and sing your heart out!

Chattahoochee Nature Center: Paddle down the Chattahoochee River on an evening adults-only canoe trip. (Select dates.)

Red Sky Tapas Dueling Pianos: Make reservations for this music-comedy hybrid that features two talented local musicians facing off for your entertainment.

Escalade Climbing Gym: Spend an active indoor evening climbing the walls! Two locations: Kennesaw and Peachtree City.

Southside

Atlanta Motor Speedway: Go to a race or book an exotic car driving experience.

Classic Cue: Shoot pool at a true billiard room, where you can set your playlist on a classic jukebox.

Mastermind Escape Games: Can you get out? Test your teamwork and thinking skills together. Three locations: Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Augusta.

Locust Grove Train Watching Platform: See more than 40 trains come through daily from the viewing space in historic downtown. Walk to restaurants and shops nearby when you’ve had your fill of people-watching and train cars.

Hard Labor Creek Observatory: An hour from the city lights, three different research telescopes give stargazers a closeup view of their universe. Check the calendar for observatory open houses, held one Saturday a month March-October. Open houses are temporarily suspended.

Dick Lane Velodrome: Watch cyclists race on an enclosed track for a fast-paced spectator sport. Watch their event calendar for weeknight racing and special events.

Palette’s Paint & Wine Bar: BYOB and create a couple of masterpieces to hang in your home.

Frederick Brown Amphitheater: National touring acts and tribute bands take the stage at “The Fred” for live entertainment evenings.

– Dalia Faupel and Teresa Farkas

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