Still searching for last-minute holiday gifts for family, friends, associates and coworkers?
Don’t fret, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has you covered.
Here are some easy gift ideas featuring the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world, perfect for the music-lovers, sports enthusiasts and pop culture vultures on your list.
How about stuffing stockings with passes to the annual Sweetwater 420 Fest set for April 19-21 at Centennial Olympic Park, with headliners Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, the Avett Brothers, Rebelution, Moon Taxi and The Claypool Lennon Delirium? There’s a variety of ticket options available, ranging from 3-day general admission passes for $139 to all-inclusive 3-Day Big Fish VIP passes for $403. Get tickets here. More acts for the three-day festival will be announced in January.
The King of Country, George Strait, comes a-calling at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) on March 30, with a powerhouse slate of opening acts, including Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. Tickets start at $195 and are available via ticketmaster.com.
March is International Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Month and the 6th Annual Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards honors these female pioneers March 9 at Sidney Marcus Auditorium inside the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) Building A. Tickets range from $65 to $125, available at www.blackwomeninjazz.com.
If there’s diehard Gators or Wolverines fans – or anyone who appreciates college football – on your gift list, tickets for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, featuring University of Florida vs. University of Michigan at MBS on Dec. 29, can be procured here.
A more economical option is the pre-game event, Chick-Fil-A FanFest, also Dec. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at the GWCC’s Building C, featuring food, interactive games, official merchandise, give-aways and entertainment. Advance tickets are $10, available here.
Atlanta is the epicenter of college football, and a must-see for any college pigskin afficianado is the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, the interactive shrine to gridiron greats located on the GWCCA campus adjacent to the GWCC’s Building A. Ticket prices range from $17.99–$21.99 and are available at the hall’s ticket window and online at www.cfbhall.com.
Turning our attention to the pros, you may not be able to give tickets to Super Bowl LIII Feb. 3 at MBS, but you can offer the feel and buzz surrounding the big game by placing passes to the Super Bowl Experience under the tree. Described as the NFL’s interactive theme park, the event runs Jan. 26-Feb. 3 inside the GWCC’s Building A. Tickets range from $10-$40 and are available here.
If your gift recipients are more of the participation-versus-spectating type, challenge their competitive spirit by sponsoring their registration for a road race hosted at the GWCCA campus.
- Do sweets and sweat mix? They do at the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which starts and finishes at the GWCCA’s Yellow Lot on Feb. 17. Registration is $49 for the 5K and $69 for the 15K. The link for registering is here.
- This one’s a bit more tailored to the serious runner, but the Publix Atlanta Marathon slated for March 17, anchored at Centennial Olympic Park, also features a 5K and half-marathon. Registration is $30 for the 5K, $85 for the half-marathon and $105 for the whole 26.2-mile enchilada.
Does anybody on your bounty docket fancy themselves a captain of the high seas, or itching to fulfil those pontoon party pangs? Then tickets to the Atlanta Boat Show are right up their aquatic alley. The show – which features the boating industry’s most buzzworthy gear and vessels – drops anchor at the GWCC’s Building A Jan. 10-13. An advance ticket discount ($12 instead of the regular price of $15) runs through Jan. 9. Get tickets here.
Perhaps your crew would enjoy a vroom with a view. The perfect gift for adrenaline junkies: tickets to Monster Jam, which returns to MBS for a two-day run Feb. 23-24. Tickets, available via ticketmaster.com, start at $22.
For fans of anime, comics, cosplay, video games, and all things geek culture, registering them for MomoCon 2019 happening over the Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26) at the GWCC would rock their worlds. Multi-day passes start at $60, available via momocon.com.