Weekend Deals: Free state park entry, CMA, Filene’s Basement

No shortage of things to do this weekend! Check out previous posts on Smithsonian Museum Day Live! for details on how to get free entry into a range of local museums and a guide to all things Taste of Atlanta.

For more deals and events this weekend, read below:

Your State Parks Day: Volunteer at service projects in Georgia’s State Parks and State Historic Sites and you will get free admission (paid by the Friends of Georgia State Parks organization) on September 26. Some parks are planting butterfly gardens to help increase pollinator habitat (and specifically Monarch Butterflies). See a list of events at www.GaStateParks.org/events . Projects near Atlanta include:

  • Fort Yargo State Park, Winder — plant flower beds and maintain bike trails
  • Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge – lake shore cleanup, and wildflower and native grass plantings
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs – lake and trail cleanups
  • Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville – butterfly garden, weeding, and outdoor classroom construction


The Columbia Museum of Art: Get free admission through October 3 and view second-floor collection galleries, including the newly reinstalled Botticelli fresco, The Nativity. CMA free days are offered as a thank you to the City of Columbia and Richland County for their continued support of the museum’s programs. Free admission is valid through Oct. 3, Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia. For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

Filene’s Basement: Fashion fans will celebrate the launch of  FilenesBasement.com. The retailer has returned with an online-only shop featuring the same designer and name brand apparel for women, men and children at up to 70 percent off.

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