Each Labor Day weekend, thousands of fans from two very different groups converge upon Atlanta. College football draws the sports fanatics while sci-fi enthusiasts gather for one of the largest fantasy conventions in the country. Those seeking to feed their love of sports or release their inner geek will find a wide array of fun-filled activities during the extended weekend.
The sports fanatic: This weekend heralds the return of college football and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game features a match-up of top-25 teams when Auburn battles Louisville for the Old Leather Helmet Trophy on Sept. 5 at the Georgia Dome.
- Where to stay: The Omni Hotel at CNN Center is right in the middle of all the action and within walking distance of all the festivities taking place throughout the weekend.
- What to do: Before kickoff, visit the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, where RFID technology uses guest-specific data to personalize various exhibits to display unique content about each visitor’s favorite college football team. Take one of the latest Porsche models for a test drive at the new Porsche Experience Center Atlanta.
- Where to eat: STATS features more than 70 television screens to catch any game in action as well as a beer-tap system where guests can pour their own beer.
- After the game: TopGolf Atlanta Midtown is the city’s newest golfing facility, offering seven game varieties that beginners and pros alike can enjoy.
The sci-fi enthusiast: Dragon Con - the largest multimedia, pop culture gathering focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics and more – is celebrating its 29th year in Atlanta. The parade on Sept. 5 travels through Downtown and is the best place to pull up a chair and commence people watching.
- Where to stay: The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is one of the hosting hotels and is adjacent to the additional convention sites as well as dining, attractions and more.
- What to do: Zombie fans will love the Big Zombie Tours from Atlanta Movie Tours as they visit filming locations from The Walking Dead. Bookworms should venture to the AJC Decatur Book Festival Sept. 4-6. From book signings to seminars, this three-day festival is a quick MARTA train ride from Downtown.
- Where to eat: Game-X has more than 60 games to play for gamers of all ages while enjoying an X-dog and drinks like the UFO.
- After hours: Power up at Joystick Gamebar and revisit classic arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Centipede and Ms. Pacman.
For more Labor Day events in Atlanta visit www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/labor-day.
Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.