Above: Callanwolde

Whether you’re planning a family reunion, holiday get-together, anniversary celebration or any other special event, there are several unique spots in the north Atlanta metro area that will fit the bill, and some may even surprise you.

200 Peachtree

The elegant and historic former home of Davison’s and Macy’s department stores now hosts all types of celebrations, family get-togethers and corporate events. It’s set on the city’s most famous street in the heart of downtown.

Academy of Science

The Academy of Science at Georgia Tech in Midtown is one of Atlanta’s premier venues for weddings, receptions and other gatherings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it boasts Italian marble floors and the chandelier featured in the film “Gone with the Wind.”

ART Station

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Stone Mountain’s ART Station was originally the terminus for the Atlanta Rapid Transit, and now it serves as a contemporary arts center. Gatherings can be set in the theatre, rehearsal space, main art gallery or any other number of spaces, depending on your needs.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

It’s hard to imagine a more magical place than Callanwolde. Located in Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, the magnificent Gothic-Tudor style mansion is situated on a 12.5-acre estate of landscaped gardens and wooded grounds.

Centennial Olympic Park

This 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Olympic Games is available for fundraisers, festivals, receptions and more on the lawns and in the pavilions or amphitheater.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

The downtown museum provides unique spaces to accommodate your next event, with a one-of-a-kind experience in the midst of history. Available spaces include the lobby, event rooms and galleries.

College Football Hall of Fame

If you’re looking for some pigskin flavor for your event, look no further than the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. It offers 50,000 square feet of event space that can house up to 3,500 people.

Fox Theatre

The Midtown icon not only hosts big concerts, Broadway shows and films, but it’s also available for private events in the elegant Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon & Terrace, Auditorium and Landmarks Lounge.


The HealiUm Center in Candler Park transports visitors to another world—a brightly colored, creative world. Many of the Center’s room are available for rental, including the art gallery, event room, sanctuary, music/performance space and Spiritual Zen room.

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

The renovated Cyclorama building will have an event space overlooking the savanna habitat at Zoo Atlanta.

The classic revival style building has rich architectural details like a marble foyer and hardwood floors—and you and your guests will be surrounded by a celebrated collection of American fine art. Marietta Square’s Glover Park, with a central fountain and two gazebos, is only a block away.

Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square

Just steps away from the historic Marietta Square, the museum recreates the antebellum South for a memorable backdrop to any event.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

With floor-to-ceiling windows, chandelier lighting and the classic elegance of a Steinway grand piano, Carlos Museum’s Ackerman Hall offers an elegant atmosphere for celebrations, corporate meetings and other special events. The museum is conveniently located in Druid Hills.

Piedmont Park

The Midtown park has venues perfect for everything from weddings and anniversary parties to charitable events. Whether you want to be on the dock at Lake Clara Meer or inside Magnolia Hall, the park may be your setting for a unique gathering.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Set on a 35-acre site in Duluth, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. For an unparalleled touch of vintage elegance, plan to set your next event in one of the Museum’s rental spaces. Two authentic railcars—a Retired Clinchfield executive car #112 and a converted Southern Baggage car #4529—are available for parties, as well as an outside rustic pavilion.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

The Kennesaw educational institution is a memorable setting that evokes the spirit of Georgia’s bygone era.

Zoo Atlanta

If you want a little wildlife at your celebration, Zoo Atlanta facilities can handle daytime and evening events for 20 to 5,000 people.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.