Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Staycation in Atlanta? 5 other ideas for Labor Day weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:18 PM

click to enlarge IS THIS YOUR CHILD? The designer known as Doktor A created this vinyl art toy as a Dragon*Con exclusive. For more aquatic horrors, check out the Titanic Ghost Tour at the Georgia Aquarium.
  • IS THIS YOUR CHILD? The designer known as Doktor A created this vinyl art toy as a Dragon*Con exclusive. For more aquatic horrors, check out the Titanic Ghost Tour at the Georgia Aquarium.

Despite the marketing buzz for staycations, the idea of getting blissfully lost in your own city seems unlikely, especially when the yard's still overgrown and a day at the office is still just a phone call away. Fortunately, CL's Fall Guide '09 hit newsstands this morning! And Labor Day weekend is only days away, which means:

1. Dragon*Con. Please understand that this is some of the best people watching on earth. Even if you have zero interest in comic books, games or the special Star Trek shenanigans this year, there's still plenty to see. I can't think of a more effective way of "feeling transported" than wading through a crowd of 35,000+ people dressed like walking Tetris blocks or sea captains with tentacles instead of beards. (Click here for ticket options.)

2. Free admission to the High Museum! On Saturday, the High will treat residents of Fulton County to a free day at the museum. All it takes is a proof of residence, or a student ID from a school, college or university in Fulton County. What's more, Bank of America customers also get free admission on the first full weekend of the month. Just show your BoA credit, check, or ATM card for passes on Saturday or Sunday.

3. Decatur Book Festival. Perhaps the area's most popular Labor Day event, DBF is part of what makes Decatur so great. Check out Curt Holman's feature, or sample CL's daily poetry countdown here.

4. The Georgia Aquarium. Incidentally, Dragon*Con attendees are eligible for discount tickets ($17-20, depending on the day), so don't be surprised to see costumes here, too. Resourceful photographers won't be fooled by the subtle camouflage; the tentacled creatures lurking on this side of the glass are impostors. I'll be searching Flickr in the days following the Con. The aquarium also offers a Titanic Ghost Tour with an additional $8 ticket purchase inside.

5. Zoo Atlanta. Labor Day weekend is also Superheroes Weekend at the Zoo. There will be live costumed performances Sat., Sun. and Mon., Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Dragon*Con badge-holders can buy tickets at the kids' rate for those days ($20.99). Costumes welcome! (Just no scary pointy weapons, please.) It's all part of the convention's influence of temporarily transforming the same old Atlanta spots into something new.

Otherwise, check out CL's Fall Guide '09 and Urban Explorer guide for more ideas!

(Art by Doktor A/Photo courtesy Dragon*Con)

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