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HotLanta On The Cheap: A Guide to Low-Cost Entertainment in Atlanta

By Travel Savvy

Sure, you can drop a pretty penny checking out all the sights in Atlanta; i.e. catching a game at Turner Field, seeing a show at Fox Theater, or making it rain at The Cheetah.  Fortunately, spending a night out with friends in Georgia's capital doesn't have to involve spending a fortune.

Check out our five favorite things to do in Atlanta that won't break the bank.

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Dad's Garage

569 Ezzard St. SE

Open Tuesday and Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM; Thursday through Saturday 7:00PM - 12:30AM

Dad's Garage has been on the scene since 1995, showcasing award-winning improv comedies and scripted productions. Located in the hip Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta (where Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up), the theatre's in-house artistic ensemble team writes, incubates and creates tons of shows each year, many of which go on the road to other theaters. Ticket prices range from as low as $5 to $32.50, so the show sells out fast! View upcoming shows and purchase tickets here.

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Starlight Six Drive-In Theater

2000 Moreland Ave. SE

Approximate Gate Opening Times: Sunday through Thursday 7:30PM; Friday and Saturday 7:00PM

The Starlight Drive-In Theatre sits on the scenic outskirts of Atlanta. This vintage drive-in has been the perfect spot to watch a double feature under the stars since 1949. In recent years, the theater installed an all-new, digital projection system, yet ticket prices are still low at $1 for children and $9 for adults; it's no wonder that locals have been spending their evenings here at Starlight for almost seven decades. For showtimes click here.

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10 High Music Club

816 North Highland Ave. NE

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday 9:00PM - 3:00AM

Do you love singing in the shower? Do you jam at the top of your lungs during your daily drive to work? Head to Atlanta's 10 High Music Club, where you can take your performance to the next level! Located beneath the Dark Horse Tavern in the Virginia Highland neighborhood, karaoke is taken seriously and patrons are invited to be the lead vocalists for a live band almost every night of the week. The best part? No cover fee!  

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The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

499 Peachtree St. NE

Box Office open Tuesdays through Saturdays 1:00PM - 6:00PM; Sundays: 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Travel back to Shakespearean time at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, where the Atlanta Shakespeare Company is committed to honoring the voice and intent of each playwright featured by meticulously staging each show in its original format. Performances at this Globe-inspired theater in Downtown Atlanta are truly immersive, and feature hand-made period costumes, live music and sound effects, as well as abundant "direct address" to the audience. This community gem is the perfect place to spend an evening with fellow theater lovers, and the affordable ticket prices ($15-$40) make this an accessible experience for everyone.

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Atlanta Magic Theater

444 Highland Ave. NE

Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30PM and 9:30PM

After performing more than 5000 shows (80 of which being sold-out at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA) over the past 17 years, Magician Peter Morrison is bringing his classical magic act, filled with wit and sensationalism, to the Atlanta Magic Theater in Old Fourth Ward. The entertainment begins as soon as you walk in the door where Peter Morrison will personally greet you in the lounge area for some pre-show, table-side magic. After guests shuffle into the main showroom and take their seats, you will be treated to an interactive night of old-school magic and modern mentalism. Ticket prices range from $30 to $40 and can be purchased online, here!


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