Free things to do: Dragon Con parade, massive concert, wine tasting and more

Free things to do: Dragon Con parade, massive concert, wine tasting and more

Thousands of people poured into Centennial Olympic Park over the weekend. (Photo by aLIVE Coverage)

ATLANTA — Free things to do: Dragon Con Parade, festivals, wine tasting and more

Labor Day weekend is only a few days away, and Atlanta has plenty of free things to do to get you out of the house but save you money in the process. From numerous festivals, to the Dragon Con parade, to wine tastings, enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends at different events around the metro Atlanta area.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 4

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If you are big fan of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, arts, comics, music and film, come out to the Dragon Con parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. on Peachtree Street. Click HERE for tips about watching the parade.

See Mercy Me, Crowder, For King & Country, Danny Gokey and more of the top Christian artists for free. Print the ticket from the website.

At Under the Cork Tree this week, the restaurant will feature the Terrazas De Los Andes Winery, which includes the Altos del Plata Chardonnay 2014, Malbec Single Vineyard Las Compuertas 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon Altos del Plata 2015 and Malbec Altos del Plata 2015. Come this week between 5 and 7 p.m. to taste the wines and learn about their history.

Markay Gallery’s “Wet Paint” show takes place every first Friday of each month. The show features artwork made with a water-based medium that has the appearance of being wet or incorporates a drip effect. Enjoy an evening full of glossy, shiny beauty at this luxurious gallery in Historic Marietta Square.

Kick off the holiday weekend with some tasty food from Atlanta’s food trucks. Grab your friends and come out to The Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Snap a selfie with your colleagues or of your food, tag it with #reimagineCS and post to Instagram, and you might just win a special prize.

This exciting workshop is geared for children 13 and up to learn new tips and tools from key Office applications and Windows 10 programs through a customizable workshop. The children get the option to choose what they would like to learn. The free, two-hour workshops take place every Friday in September from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace. Plan a tour to observe various exhibits illustrating his life and teachings and visit the King Center’s library, archives, his final resting place, his birth home, a gift shop and other facilities. There will be free admission and parking throughout the month of September.

While you enjoy all of the Labor Day activities, don’t forget to bring your friends and family each day at the Nook on Piedmont Park. Let The Nook be your after-party playhouse as Atlanta plays host to The Chick-Fil-A College Football Kickoff, DragonCon and Pride Weekend. Brunch will be served every morning (Saturday through Monday) and will showcase your favorite college football team’s game on one of the televisions. If you attend one of the local events and show your ticket or wristband, you will receive 10 percent off your meal.

Get the chance to view some fine art, a chalk-art competition and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta Square.

Bring your energy and dance moves to House in Park for a free, groovy holiday weekend. House in the Park adds much-needed variety to the Atlanta music scene and features a range of House Music’s emerging local, regional and international talents.

Head down to Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops and more.

Celebrate soul and southern foods, enjoy live music, art, games and more at the foot of Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and in the heart of the country’s Soul Food capital.

The Pure Heat Festival brings awareness to a community impacted by HIV/AIDS, and which advocate campaigns towards human rights, education, health and wellness and homelessness, which greatly impacts the LGBTQ community at large. It will also offer exceptional food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, bringing together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

Join Smoke Ring BBQ for its monthly Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. What's better than enjoying Bloody Marys, brunch food and live bluegrass music on a beautiful Sunday afternoon?  On top of that, you don’t have to work on Monday. Join the BBQ joint for the Labor Day edition of Bluegrass Brunch with bluegrass music provided by Shawn Spencer and friends. The food is served at 11:30 a.m., and the music starts at 1 p.m.