December 28, 2017
Mayor Kasim Reed will join City of Atlanta residents and visitors at Woodruff Park for the Peach Drop to celebrate the end of 2017 and welcoming of 2018.
Woodruff Park will open at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, and entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m. The park and surrounding area will be fenced off, with designated access points located at:
- Auburn Avenue and Park Place
- Edgewood Avenue and Park Place
- Peachtree Street and Edgewood Avenue
- Peachtree Street and Walton Street
Bags will be searched at the access points and only clear bags will be allowed in. No food or alcohol can be brought into the area, but items will be sold at the venue. Chairs, coolers, firearms, umbrellas, drones, pets, bicycles, hoverboards and skateboards are all prohibited.
Planned street closings include Peachtree Street and Ellis Street on the north and Peachtree Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on the south. Atlanta police suggest event-goers take MARTA to the event or use rideshare services to reduce vehicular traffic.
Road closures* for the Peach Drop will go into effect from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 30 to until late morning on Tuesday, January 2. During this time, Peachtree Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Ellis St to MLK Jr. Dr, and additional area closures are possible.
*Closures are subject to change without advance notice.
October 17, 2017
Taste of Atlanta celebrates its Sweet 16th year in Atlanta this weekend by bringing Atlanta’s finest culinary talents to a new festival location: Historic Fourth Ward Park.
If attending the event, you’ll be able to experience Atlanta’s robust and exciting food scene, which includes the following Downtown restaurants you won’t want to miss:
AG at The Ritz-Carlton: A Sunday grand Tasting Experience that includes crab tortellini, lobster sauce, and green apple and celery salad.
FYI: Did you know that AG’s cocktail menu includes seven types of ice, from spheres to perfect cubes?
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: On both Saturday and Sunday, Gus’s will be serving up chicken tenders, legs, and wings. Tastes like chicken, huh?
TIP: Stop by Gus’s at Peachtree Center during lunch or dinner to pair your chicken with some amazing sides, like baked beans, slaw, and fried okra.
Max Lager’s: On both Saturday and Sunday you can try Max’s firecracker wings, BBQ shrimp and grits, and fried cheesecake – aka, new twists on Southern classics.
TIP: Hold your next Happy Hour at Max’s to try one of their many house-brewed beers.
NaanStop: This Broad Street favorite will be serving samosas, rice bowls, and mango lassis all weekend.
TIP: If you can’t make the festival, stop by for lunch one day! This place is always bustling around noon, and for good reason.
Trader Vic’s: You’ll love the smoked lomi salmon and kung pao beef they’ll be slinging both days.
FYI: Trader Vic’s famous Mai Tai is only $6 every Thursday night.
For more information about Downtown dining establishments, visit our interactive dining map. Happy Sweet 16, Taste of Atlanta!
September 22, 2017
You may have noticed a new flurry of activity in the park, from special events to free programs to that big green Game Cart. We’ve got the rundown on what’s happening in Woodruff over the next few weeks—don’t miss out on the fun!
1. Atlanta Streets Alive: Central Route
Atlanta’s favorite car-less festival returns to Peachtree Street (with a new extension to S. Broad St) from Downtown to Midtown, and Woodruff Park will have plenty happening. Ride, scoot, walk, or skip into the park to enjoy the Game Cart, learn about Pop Up Repair, enjoy music from the DJ, view the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild Pop Up Chalk Festival, and much more.
2. Pop Up Repair
We’ve partnered with Freeside Atlanta and Pop Up Repair to bring the first-ever Woodruff Park Pop Up Repair to Downtown Atlanta! Pop Up Repair will debut during Streets Alive, but you can come to the park to drop off your household items in need of repair through September 30. Repaired items will be available for pickup October 7-10 at Broad Street Plaza (where we hold our #FoodTruckFridays event in spring and summer).
3. Fall Programming
We’re continuing to offer the free programs we launched this summer. Come to the park for free yoga on Saturday mornings, free guided meditation on Tuesdays at noon, live performances on Wednesday during lunch, and free guided park history tours on designated dates. Don’t miss out on our new Game Cart, either—you can check out board games and lawn games to enjoy with friends at no cost.
4. WoodRUFF Bark Halloween Dog Parade & Festival
Are you a dog lover and/or dog owner? WoodRUFF Bark, our newest event, is just for you! On Saturday, October 28, we’ll be holding a costumed pet parade on the Main Lawn, with prizes available for the best costumes. Judges include Addie the Sheepadoodle, best known as @sheepish_addie on social media. We’ll have lots of pet-friendly vendors and pet-centric organizations on site, in addition to food, beverages and a Halloween playlist. Bring your pup and your friends! Interested in being an onsite vendor, having an onsite marketing activation, or in sponsoring our event? We're still recruiting those, too.
5. The Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K
You may have noticed the many daffodils that bloom in the park each spring. Did you know that these flowers are part of the socially-conscious Downtown Daffodil Project and Worldwide Daffodil Project? On November 11, run or walk the Downtown Daffodil Dash, then contribute to the daffodil project by planting a new bulb in the park after you’ve completed the route.
It’s a great time to #BeDowntown, especially in Woodruff.
Related Destination: Woodruff Park
March 15, 2017
We invite you to #BeDowntown this St. Patrick's Day to experience great places and spaces to wear green and get festive.
1. Woodruff Park Goes Green
The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District plans to dye the fountains green again this year, making the park extra emerald. Stop by the Reading Room to enjoy the fountains during your lunch break, and take a #StPatsSelfie in front of the green water wall on the north end of the park.
2. Get Lucky at Peachtree Center
This Friday, March 17, wear your best green and head to Peachtree Center for a performance so spectacular you just might pinch yourself. The Drake School of Irish Dance will be performing for employees and visitors at the food court at noon in the spirit of everyone’s favorite Irish holiday. So, take a break from your day job and come enjoy the sounds of Irish dance while grabbing a bite from favorite Peachtree Center lunch spots like Gibney’s Pub and Panbury’s Pie Café.
3. Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium
It's your lucky day, Georgia Aquarium is celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Join the St. Patrick's themed fun while enjoying music, signature cocktails and delicious small plates. Sips Under the Sea is a unique cocktail party for adults to enjoy Georgia Aquarium after hours with family, friends or a significant other. You'll have the entire Aquarium to yourself while enjoying cocktails, tapas and entertainment… all without kids!
4. Downtown Dining
For dinner, head to Terrace Bistro at the Ellis Hotel, where the St. Patrick's Day dinner menu includes festive fare like corned beef and cabbage and a Reuben served on H&F rye bread. Afterward, ppop into a pub to raise a glass and cheer Slainte. Meehan's Public House will be hosting a lively St. Pat's celebration, complete with drink specials, giveaways, and plenty of Guinness. For a bar that exclusively serves Georgia-brewed beers, try the new Georgia Beer Garden on Edgewood Avenue.
5. Take a Self-Guided Streetcar Pub Crawl
Did you miss the official event on March 11? No worries: you can still ride the Streetcar for a self-guided pub crawl. Use the interactive route map to identify hot spots near each of the twelve stops. This month, we're highlighting the Carnegie at Spring stop, which is a short walk from Meehan's, Juke Joint, Braves Grill and Ted's Montana Grill.
6. Kid-Friendly Ideas
There are plenty of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday, too. The Children's Museum of Atlanta will host celebratory activities on Friday from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Through March 31, the College Football Hall of Fame will offer $17.99 admission to those who wear green college gear, and the World of Coca-Cola's "Friends and Family Four-Pack" promotion includes four general admission tickets for $40 ($28 savings).
February 9, 2017
Downtown Atlanta is brimming with history, and there are a variety of organizations offering community programming in celebration of Black History Month.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection gallery features a rotating exhibition of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently on display is "Down Jericho Road: Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Final Year," which showcases work from the final year of Dr. King's life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Here you can tour where Dr. King was born, raised, worshiped and died. Free to all, visitors can tour King's birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the exhibitions at the Visitor's Center, and the King Center's grounds, though be mindful that certain areas are undergoing renovation. Learn more about upcoming program that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination -- called MLK 50 Forward -- here.
The African American burial grounds are the resting place of some of Atlanta’s most revered black leaders, including Carrie Steele Logan, William Finch and Maynard Jackson. Though guided tours are currently at capacity, visitors can partake in self-guided tours using the Oakland mobile app or the “African American Voices” cell phone tour. Learn more about the African American grounds restoration project here.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
This newly-renovated community amenity always boasts a robust event calendar, and Black History Month is no exception. This Saturday, enjoy books and stories, songs, movement activities and crafts celebrating the Black Diaspora—free and open to the public. Be sure to check out the gallery spaces, too, including the “Voices of the World” Gonzalo Borondo exhibit and the Community Wall of Commemoration dedicated to public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.
A museum “where every month is Black History Month,” APEX presents history from the African American perspective. They achieve this through three permanent exhibits, “Africa: The Untold Story, “Sweet Auburn Street of Pride” and “The MAAFA (The African Holocaust).” Open five days a week, make a visit to APEX part of your exploration of the historic Sweet Auburn district.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
During the month of February, CMA is highlighting African American artists and scientists who have made significant contributions to the world in which we live. From the Art Studio to the Build It! Lab, children will enjoy hands-on exploration as they learn about men and women who were pioneers in their fields.
Black History Month Parade
Finish out the month on February 24 with an energetic and celebratory event that will begin in Hurt Park and conclude at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Baker Street. The parade will be bookended by a festival and ceremony, which will feature speakers, performers, vendors and more.