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Atlanta - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Atlanta

The reflecting pool outside the Martin Luther King National Historic Site

When to Go to Atlanta

Atlanta's weather is mild for much of the year, though July and August tend to be steamy and hot and the area does get snow in December and January. Spring and fall are the best times to visit weather-wise. Bear in mind that thousands of students arrive in late August and early September to attend the area's many colleges - which is good if you're looking to party but bad if you need a hotel room.

Atlanta Events

Public Holidays include:New Year's Day (1 January), Robert E Lee's Birthday (19 January), Martin Luther King Jr Day (third Monday in January), Presidents' Day (third Monday in February), Confederate Memorial Day (Easter, 26 April), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day (4 July), Colorado Day (first Monday in August), Labor Day (first Monday in September), Columbus Day (second Monday in October), Veterans' Day (11 November), Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Christmas Day.

The new year kicks off with the Peachbowl Parade down Peachtree St, and a gridiron gruntfest called - you guessed it - the Peach Bowl. Favorite son and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King Jr. is feted during King Week, culminating on the anniversary of his birth, 15 January.

Those whose hearts belong to Dixie should visit during the last week of March, when Atlanta's prewar and Confederate days are fondly recalled during the Antebellum Jubilee. You can vibrate to the many rhythms of the Midtown Music Fest, held in mid-May. There's nothing like hearing 'To be or not to be' delivered with a southern drawl, and you can do just that during June's Georgia Shakespeare Festival

In mid-September, it's back to Stone Mountain for the Yellow Daisy Festival, where the daisy-related arts and crafts will have you singing along with 2001's HAL. Atlanta's yuletide revels include the Festival of Trees, where you can bid on a fully decorated tree.

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