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6 Ways to Make the Most of Midtown During Atlanta Streets Alive

When Atlanta streets are closed to cars, they open for everyone else. Here are the Midtown stops you don’t want to miss.

Published 9/27/18

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the final stop for the annual Atlanta Streets Alive event series will close Peachtree Street to cars – and open it up to everyone else.

People on foot, bike, skates and scooters will take over a 3.1-mile stretch of Peachtree, from Mitchell Street in South Downtown to 17th Street in Midtown. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and sponsored by Midtown Alliance, ASA allows community members to experience the streets in safer, healthier ways.

The event kicks off with the Bicycle Parade at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mitchell and Peachtree streets and continues until 6 p.m. giving people walking and biking the rare opportunity to occupy both streets and sidewalks.

As the major Midtown thoroughfare, Peachtree Street is home to many notable Midtown landmarks, restaurants, businesses and arts organizations, many of which will host special activities during the event. Here are just a few Midtown stops you don’t want to miss during Atlanta Streets Alive

Perform on the Alliance Theatre pop-up stage.

Peachtree Street NE between 15th and 16th streets at the Woodruff Arts Center driveway

Midtown is opening up its streets, and The Alliance Theatre is opening up its stage. A pop-up performance area will be located at the entrance to the Woodruff Arts Center campus, and everyone is invited to participate. Whether it’s poetry, songs, improv or freestyle, the Alliance encourages imaginative, impromptu performances from people of all ages. The Woodruff Arts campus includes art installations, benches for sitting, and opportunities to take a break in the air conditioning and use the restroom.

Families might also be interested in the free Family Day activities happening in the Memorial Arts Building, including family-focused workshops, activism with UNICEF, and Girl Scout activities.

Grab some street food at Colony Square.

Peachtree and 15th Street

Colony Square is once again hosting a Fall Harvest on the Square during Streets Alive out on the plaza, complete with live music, food and beverage trucks, and plenty of places to walk, bike, ride, scoot, and rest.

“Like Atlanta Streets Alive, our team at Colony Square is working towards a more open, walkable and connected Atlanta,” said Sara Carville, marketing coordinator for Colony Square in a press release. “We can’t wait to see Midtown spring to life this weekend and are excited for the vibrant, urban energy the experience brings to our city streets.”

Midtown Letters at the Plaza at Colony Square

Share a selfie with the #MidtownATL letters.

Peachtree and 15th Street

The iconic Midtown letters are undeniably Instagrammable.

Enjoy sandwiches and sweet tea from Savi Provisions.

Peachtree Street at Peachtree Place

You’ll be doing plenty of walking (or biking, skating or scooting) so take time to savor something sweet. Complimentary iced tea (sweet and unsweet) will be available at Savi’s Provisions while supplies last to keep you hydrated, and they are offering 10% off their menu of prepared food.

Listen to live music at the Midtown MARTA Station.

Peachtree Place between Cypress and West Peachtree

A quick detour down Peachtree Place will bring you to the new-and-improved Midtown MARTA station south plaza. Claim one of the green turf “astromounds” for your picnic or just enjoy live music from MARTA Artbound musician and performer Elizabeth Grimes on the busking platform, all part of the Midtown MARTA station enhancements that debuted in June.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Grimes Music.

Play and learn on Midtown’s “front porch.”

Peachtree Street between Peachtree Place and 10th Street

Midtown Alliance is bringing a front porch vibe to Peachtree Street, complete with lawn games and Adirondack lounge chairs. Between rounds of cornhole, you can view Midtown Alliance’s moveable museum that explores the evolution of the Midtown Improvement District over the past 40 years.

Park your bike and explore on foot.

There’s plenty of reasons to stop and stay a while in Midtown. When you’re ready to explore on foot, keep an eye out for these Midtown bike racks. There are around 230 of them in the Midtown Improvement District.

Use the Atlanta Streets Alive interactive map to view restaurants, restroom stops, water stations, medical, and trash and recycling along the route.

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