From art to history, concerts to festivals, hiking to biking, Alpharetta has a plethora of free activities to keep your crew entertained! The city is packed to the brim with beautiful amenities and exciting events that are easy on the wallet. We’ve rounded up 20 gratis activities that you can enjoy, so take notes and plan your next outing with us!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Alpharetta is home to over 775 acres of beautiful parks, many picturesque arboretums, and extensive walking trails, with endless flora and fauna to admire and explore. Take the family to Wills Park for disc golf or take your furry friend to Waggy World dog park. Seek out the ‘play me again” piano at Cogburn Park & Arboretum to tickle the ivory keys. Run, walk, bike or skate through 9 miles of paved trail on the Big Creek Greenway. Get your steps in between your adventures in Avalon and Downtown Alpharetta on the Alpha Loop Connection—a beautiful, well-lit, paved walking trail connecting these two districts.
Take a Walking Tour
Continue your on-foot adventures with the Alpharetta Arts Walking Tour, where you can see unique (and some interactive) pieces of art that celebrate different aspects of Alpharetta. Make sure to bring your phone to snap Insta-worthy photos of your favorite pieces along the tour!
Or learn about the heroes of the past at the Walk of Memories, a memorial tribute to U.S. Veterans. Highlighting several conflicts including WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Wars – all ages will marvel at the WWII M60 tank, a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter, and a 40mm Mark 1 twin gun mount from the USS Polk County.
Geocache Around Alpharetta
Geocaching is so popular right now and there are plenty of geocache spots to discover all around Alpharetta! This outdoor treasure-hunting activity is great for groups, families and just on your own. Visit www.geocaching.com and search Alpharetta zip codes 30004, 30005, 30009, 30022, 30023 to find a complete list of all the caches around town. Plug the coordinates into your personal GPS device and start hunting! Tip: Alpharetta coordinates are: N 34&<76; 04.242 W 084&<76; 17.788
Catch A Concert
If you love live music, Alpharetta is your happy place. The city has become a magnet for musicians, and you’ll find an acoustic artist crooning, a band jamming, or a unique musical experience around every corner.
Bring a blanket to the free Home by Dark at Brooke Street Park Concert Series, with upcoming shows taking place on August 14 and 28 at 7:30 PM.
Visit our Calendar of Events for updated musician listings for the Alpharetta Music City – Live Music Match program, where artists perform at different restaurants, shops, and other venues throughout the city each month.
Prepare for a weekend full of magical music with Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, a free two-day songwriters festival taking place on October 8 – 9 from 5-11 p.m. and including more than 30 live music performances across multiple stages in Downtown Alpharetta.
Laugh Yourself Silly
Punchline Comedy Night at Avalon is the spot to go for free laughs from a rotating list of area comedians. With shows taking place in Palmer Plaza on the first Monday of the month through October, this side-splitting event is sure to cure your Monday blues. Just remember to bring a tailgate chair!
Explore the Alpharetta Farmers Market
While you may be tempted to pull out your wallet at the Alpharetta Farmers Market due to the extensive fruits, flowers, veggies, and goods sold throughout the market, we think you can still enjoy this free event without breaking out the cash. Frequently including live music and activities for children, the market takes place in Downtown Alpharetta each Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon through December 11.
Immerse Yourself in Art
Alpharetta is home to the beautiful Alpharetta Arts Center, where exhibits rotate and offered year-round. Entry to the gallery is free and you can enjoy works of art from well-known artists. Find all the info on the latest exhibits on our Calendar of Events before you visit.
Stroll through Alpharetta Art in the Park at Brooke Street Park, where you can admire the work of local artisans. Pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, photography and paintings are displayed in the park for visitors to admire (and buy if you choose to!). You’ve got two more chances to experience this free event on August 28-29 or September 25-26.
Visit Downtown Alpharetta on Saturday, September 18, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Sunday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to walk through the European Market. Peruse through home décor, furniture, works of art, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and more. The large market is free and takes place rain or shine.
Step Back in Time
Check out the Alpharetta and Old Milton County History Museum located inside Alpharetta City Hall. The museum is a testament to Alpharetta’s humble beginnings and shows how the city grew from a small town into the amazing business and tourism hub that it is now. Explore the museum to see artifacts from the past and learn about this beautiful Southern city.
Discover these fun, budget-friendly activities and so much more when you plan an awesome adventure in Alpharetta. Want our best insider tip? One day simply isn’t enough time to enjoy all the fun that awaits in Alpharetta. Give yourself time to truly revel in all Alpharetta offers by staying the night in one of the city’s 30 modern hotels. With so many unique properties to choose from, finding the perfect hotel is a breeze!
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