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There really is a lot to see an do in Atlanta. Living in the metropolitan area you might sometimes forget what all is there in regards to vacation ideas. Now with the much higher cost of travel it might be worth looking into. You can still have a ton of fun and save quite a bit of money in the process too. Keep reading here and you'll get some tips to help you on your Atlanta Staycation planning. You'll get some ideas on things you can do as well as tips on how to save even more money on your staycation. This is all stuff that you can do within a short drive for either a day trip or an overnight trip. Sometimes it is nice to be waited on, even if the place is just a little ways from your home.

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Murder Mystery Dinners in Atlanta

2015 January 20
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by atlanta

The next time you are looking for nightly entertainment in the Atlanta area you may want to check out a Murder Mystery Dinner. There are several in production in nearby hotels and restaurants. When you attend one of these dinner shows you become a part of the show. It’s a whodunnit show where you the guest must help the group leader solve the murder. You have to do so quickly or the suspect might get away. Just check around to see where they are being held. You will then have to make your reservations ahead of time in order to reserve your table. Don’t forget to check around for coupons and deals though because there are almost always ways for you to escape having to pay full price for admission to any of the Murder Mystery Dinners.

Get 30% Off The Dinner Detective at the Marriott Suites Midtown

Get 52% Off Murder Mystery Dinner at The Venetian Room

Get 52% Off a Three-Course Murder Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Venetian Room

Get 52% Off the Murder Mystery Experience at the Venetian Room

You may also want to follow each of the Murder Mystery Dinner companies on Facebook and Twitter because they will sometimes post specials for certain nights where you can get a discount rate on your tickets for the Murder Mystery Dinner shows. There are sometimes coupon codes available. When you make your reservations online be sure to look for the coupon code or promotion code box on the checkout page. They can sometimes be found through local coupon books or through the visitors bureau. Just enter the code in the box and then click apply to receive your discount on your tickets for each of the Murder Mystery Dinner shows. Finally, some of the hotels offer special dinner show and overnight stay packages.


"Attempted Father": A (Mostly) One-Man Show on Parenthood

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
Mon, January 26
FULL PRICE: $15.00
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With humor and music, this new play charts a less-than-successful course towards fatherhood. Animator, artist and playwright Sketch MacQuinor will take you on a bittersweet journey that examines one c... [more+]

With humor and music, this new play charts a less-than-successful course towards fatherhood. Animator, artist and playwright Sketch MacQuinor will take you on a bittersweet journey that examines one couple's attempt to become parent's in the mostly one-man show "Attempted Father: Marriages & Miscarriages". MacQuinor tackles the tough topic of miscarriage with a clever wit, turning a difficult discussion into a touching performance at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center. [less-]

Jazz Guitarist Peter Mazza With Piano & Bass

at The Velvet Note, Alpharetta
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Sun, January 25
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A regular at many of New York's most prestigious jazz clubs, guitarist Peter Mazza drops into Alpharetta's Velvet Note nightclub for an intimate show celebrating the release of his latest CD, "Circles... [more+]

A regular at many of New York's most prestigious jazz clubs, guitarist Peter Mazza drops into Alpharetta's Velvet Note nightclub for an intimate show celebrating the release of his latest CD, "Circles and Lines". Mazza's acclaimed for his rich and varied arrangements of jazz standards, as well as his own compositions. He's also earned a masters' degree from Juilliard, and he's the musical director for Bar Next Door at New York's La Lanterna, along with keeping up a busy schedule as an in-demand instructor. He's set to be joined by Kevin Bales on piano and Billy Thornton on bass. [less-]

Dream, Design & Build at Children's Museum of Atlanta

at Children's Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta
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Let your little one's imagination roam free at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, a center of learning and discovery packed with daily and permanent programs and exhibitions covering science, cooking, ... [more+]

Let your little one's imagination roam free at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, a center of learning and discovery packed with daily and permanent programs and exhibitions covering science, cooking, music, art and more. Through the power of play, the museum inspires discovery through installations such as the interactive structural wonderland "Outside the Box", the farm simulation "Fundamentally Food", and the forest and tree house zone "Leaping into Learning". Plus, there are special events happening nearly every day, ranging from live mini-musical performances to historic and cultural celebrations. Tap into innovation and exploration while forming the building blocks of math, engineering and technology -- and have tons of fun doing it. [less-]

Discover and Celebrate Jewish Culture and History at the Breman

at The Breman Museum, Atlanta
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The Breman's mission of celebrating Jewish culture, embracing diversity and promoting social justice is highlighted by its popular permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, "Absence of Humanity: The Holo... [more+]

The Breman's mission of celebrating Jewish culture, embracing diversity and promoting social justice is highlighted by its popular permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, "Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years 1933-1944". Wander through the current special exhibition, "Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak In His own Words and Pictures", which celebrates Sendak's life and work by showcasing his most famous pieces through preliminary sketches, finished artwork and interactive displays. For student and teachers, there's the wonderful educational resource, The Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education. Finish your visit off with a peek in the Museum Library and the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, the largest repository for Jewish archival material in the Southeast. [less-]

Everlasting Love & Never-Ending Life in Musical Based on Best-Selling Book

at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta
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Tue, January 27
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If you could live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, this original production of "Tuck Everlasting" is connected to a list of all-stars: It's direct... [more+]

If you could live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, this original production of "Tuck Everlasting" is connected to a list of all-stars: It's directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot"), featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear ("Dirty Blonde") and music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen ("The Burnt Part Boys"). When a young girl looking for adventure meets a family with a fabulous secret, their chance encounter will change them all forever. It's a world premiere musical about everlasting love, never-ending life and discovering what it means to truly feel alive. [less-]

"Bad Jews": A Fiercely Funny Family Feud

at Actor's Express, Atlanta
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Wed, January 28
FULL PRICE: $26.00
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Daphna Feygenbaum is a "real Jew." Her cousin Liam is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend. When the two arrive in New York for their Holocaust survivor grandfather's funeral,... [more+]

Daphna Feygenbaum is a "real Jew." Her cousin Liam is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend. When the two arrive in New York for their Holocaust survivor grandfather's funeral, they instantly go head to head in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family artifact. Written and developed by playwright Joshua Harmon and directed by Freddie Ashley, "Bad Jews" returns to Atlanta following a run as one of the most acclaimed comedies of the past New York theatre season. [less-]

Atlanta Hawks NBA Basketball: Watch the Best Teams & Players

at Philips Arena, Atlanta
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After another solid season that saw them reach the playoffs once again, the Atlanta Hawks return to Philips Arena for another season of high-flying hoops in the wide-open Eastern Conference. Led by im... [more+]

After another solid season that saw them reach the playoffs once again, the Atlanta Hawks return to Philips Arena for another season of high-flying hoops in the wide-open Eastern Conference. Led by improving guard Jeff Teague, the Hawks surprised many observers by making it to the postseason, and with the return of forward Al Horford and the inside presence of top draft pick Adreian Payne, Atlanta appears to be a better squad, ready to tackle some of the biggest and brightest stars in the NBA. [less-]

"Almost, Maine": A Whimsical, Mythical Romantic Comedy

at Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan
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On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. This touching, funny look at life and love among a collection of... [more+]

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Count Basie Orchestra Leader and Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart

at The Velvet Note, Alpharetta
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Fri, January 30
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Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and composer, but he's perhaps best known as the leader of the famed Count Basie Orchestra. For the past 20 years, Barhnhart has served as the leader of ... [more+]

Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and composer, but he's perhaps best known as the leader of the famed Count Basie Orchestra. For the past 20 years, Barhnhart has served as the leader of the world's most famous jazz band, making highly regarded recordings and winning two Grammy Awards in the process. But he also shines as a solo performer, having recorded with everyone from Tony Bennett and Ray Charles to Wynton Marsalis and Tito Puente. His playing has earned him praise from top jazz authorities. Catch his set at The Velvet Note and see if you agree. [less-]

"Angel Street" -- The Classic Victorian Thriller

at OnStage Atlanta, Decatur
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Fri, January 30
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Famously brought to the screen in 1944 as "Gaslight", starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, "Angel Street" is the quintessential Victorian thriller. It's the chilling story of Mrs. Manningham, wh... [more+]

Famously brought to the screen in 1944 as "Gaslight", starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, "Angel Street" is the quintessential Victorian thriller. It's the chilling story of Mrs. Manningham, who finds herself sliding inexorably into insanity, just as her mother did before her. But even as reality slips further from her grasp, she begins to wonder if she's making the journey alone, or if her husband is helping her along. It takes an extraordinarily dedicated Scotland Yard detective, the aptly named Inspector Rough, to unravel this delightfully twisted thriller playing at OnStage Atlanta. [less-]

"The Australian Bee Gees Show": "Stayin' Alive" and All the Hits

at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta
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Fri, January 30
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Having sold more than 220 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees are one of the five most successful recording artists of all time, along with the Beatles, McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson. "The ... [more+]

Having sold more than 220 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees are one of the five most successful recording artists of all time, along with the Beatles, McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson. "The Australian Bee Gees Show" at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre pays tribute to the iconic Brothers Gibb by perfectly recreating the look, sound and feeling of a live Bee Gees concert. There'll be more than four decades of your favorite Bee Gees hits -- "Stayin' Alive," "You Should Be Dancin'," "Tragedy" and tons more -- plus stunning technical effects and large video projections. Musicians Michael Clift, Wayne Hosking and Dave Scott have performed "The Australian Bee Gees Show" in front of more than one million people in more than 40 countries for the past 17 years. [less-]

Diane Schuur: Grammy-Winning Jazz Great

at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Atlanta
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Fri, January 30
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One of contemporary jazz's leading lights, Diane "Deedles" Schuur brings her stellar singing and virtuosic piano playing to Atlanta's Ferst Center for the Arts, spotlighting songs from her latest rele... [more+]

One of contemporary jazz's leading lights, Diane "Deedles" Schuur brings her stellar singing and virtuosic piano playing to Atlanta's Ferst Center for the Arts, spotlighting songs from her latest release, a salute to Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Schuur's a Grammy Award winner, whose expressive and powerful vocal deliveries have placed her in the pantheon of American jazz greats, alongside the likes of Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Her illustrious recording career includes the classic albums "Timeless", "Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra" and "Heart to Heart", a collaborative recording with B.B. King, among many others. [less-]

"The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man": Fun-Filled Puppet Show

at Aurora Theatre -- Main Stage, Lawrenceville
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Adorable puppets bring to life "The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man" at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, the tale of a mischievous little troublemaker and his narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie... [more+]

Adorable puppets bring to life "The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man" at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, the tale of a mischievous little troublemaker and his narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie lovers. "Run, run, run as fast as you can," says the Gingerbread Man as he encounters such characters as Redina the little red hen, who learns a valuable lesson about following directions, and also Friend Gripe and Bicker, who are granted three wishes. Sweet comedy and fast-paced action converge in this delightful 40-minute show from Aurora Children's Playhouse. [less-]

Improv Comedy Tug of War: Superbowl Edition

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $10.00
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Two teams of improv comics face off against each other over a (metaphorical) mud pit of shame. They will do comedy battle to see whose name will be dragged into the mud -- and who will emerge victorio... [more+]

Two teams of improv comics face off against each other over a (metaphorical) mud pit of shame. They will do comedy battle to see whose name will be dragged into the mud -- and who will emerge victorious! You get to decide who the winners are, and you get to help suggest the material as well. Your tasteful suggestions drive the show as Jessica McGuire, David Wappel, Karen Cassady, Hapeville-favorite Adam Lowe and more joke for your love. The content is appropriate for all ages. [less-]

"Rainforest Adventures": Center for Puppetry Arts

at Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
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Tue, February 03
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FULL PRICE: $16.50
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Take a magical journey into the rainforest as the Center for Puppetry Arts brings to life more than 30 exotic plants and animals in "Rainforest Adventures". In this vibrant new production, children wi... [more+]

Take a magical journey into the rainforest as the Center for Puppetry Arts brings to life more than 30 exotic plants and animals in "Rainforest Adventures". In this vibrant new production, children will thrill to discover the many charming and colorful creatures that call this exotic ecosystem home. An anaconda slithers through the shrubs, bats beat their wings in a glorious evening ballet and mischievous howler monkeys swing to the beat of Brazilian drums against the backdrop of a lush paradise. Tickets also include admission to the hands-on museum exhibits, which feature over 350 puppets from around the world, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. [less-]

"To Kill a Mockingbird": Play Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic Novel

at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County, Newnan
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Tue, February 03
FULL PRICE: $15.00
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In this powerful stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch struggles against racial prejudice in the rural South as he fights to e... [more+]

In this powerful stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch struggles against racial prejudice in the rural South as he fights to exonerate a black man falsely accused of rape. Finch's children, Jem and Scout, provide much of the story's perspective as they witness the moral and societal issues that plague their town. This timeless tale of the innocence of childhood and the shock of growing up provides a poignant look at justice and the human spirit, as told through the eyes of a young girl learning the mysteries and realities of adulthood. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations of its time that continues to resonate today. [less-]

"UniverSoul Circus": A Modern, Upbeat, Cultural Extravaganza

at UniverSoul Circus Big Top at The Green Lot at Turner Field, Atlanta
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Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats ... [more+]

Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, plus lions, zebra and much more. Led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity. [less-]

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael (HBO, "Comedy Bang! Bang!")

at Atlanta Improv, Atlanta
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Hot on the heels of his buzzed-about HBO stand-up special "Love at the Store", rising comedy star Jerrod Carmichael brings his laid-back style and razor-sharp observational humor to the Atlanta Improv... [more+]

Hot on the heels of his buzzed-about HBO stand-up special "Love at the Store", rising comedy star Jerrod Carmichael brings his laid-back style and razor-sharp observational humor to the Atlanta Improv. Featured among "Variety"'s Top Ten Comics to Watch, Carmichael was recently selected as a New Face at Montreal's prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival and has appeared in "Neighbors" with Seth Rogen and on Fox's "The Goodwin Games". Carmichael seems to be everywhere these days, with appearances on "Comedy Bang! Bang!", voice work on Fox's "Lucas Bros. Moving Co." and even writing credits for Adult Swim programs. His newest project, though, could soon make him a household name: NBC recently shot a pilot based on his life. [less-]

All-Female Improv Comedy From Collective 51

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
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Fri, February 06
Fri, March 06
FULL PRICE: $10.00
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The hilarious and talented women of Collective 51 perform an all-female improv show based on audience suggestions, making it fun for the whole crowd. At this off-the-cuff comedy experience, the ladies... [more+]

The hilarious and talented women of Collective 51 perform an all-female improv show based on audience suggestions, making it fun for the whole crowd. At this off-the-cuff comedy experience, the ladies often riff off of a seasonal or holiday theme, from the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day and beyond, depending on when you see them. The show, which features a rotating cast of performers, might include anything from short-form games to scenes -- with laughter guiding the way. [less-]

Dark Comedy "Kimberly Akimbo" Centers on Remarkable Teen

at Out of Box Theatre @ Artisan Resource Center, Marietta
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In this critically acclaimed dark comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole"), the title character is a teenager with a rare disease that causes her to age sever... [more+]

In this critically acclaimed dark comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole"), the title character is a teenager with a rare disease that causes her to age several times faster than normal. By her 16th birthday, Kimberly looks more like her grandmother than her own peers. At a time when most young girls are celebrating the beginning of adulthood, she's facing the end of her life. When Kimberly and her family flee their hometown under dubious circumstances, she finds herself re-evaluating her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a con artist of an aunt, her own mortality and -- perhaps most terrifying of all -- the possibility of first love. [less-]