Do you believe unlucky things will happen to you on Friday the 13th? If so, you may suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, a known psychological condition — or you may just be mildly superstitious.
Yet according to TimeAndDate.com, some cultures regard the day as very lucky indeed, and people have even won millions of dollars in lotteries entered on this day.
One thing’s for sure:
Friday the 13th doesn’t come around often. In 2021, it happens just once, in August. And it won’t roll around again until May 13, 2022.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 13 things to do this Friday the 13th. They all reflect “luck” in some way. Because let’s face it, one person’s luck is another person’s misfortune.
Fun Fact: For a month to have a Friday the 13th, the first day must be a Sunday.
13 lucky things to do this Friday the 13th
1. Visit the mummies at the Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Carlos Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the Southeast. To the ancient Egyptians, the number 13 was lucky. It represented the 13th stage of life — as in a glorious, eternal afterlife. And this month, you’re in luck because Friday, August 13th is the last FREE admission day at the Carlos Museum this summer!
2. Take a hike at Hard Labor Creek State Park
Movie trivia time! Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was filmed in metro Atlanta, and the scenes at Camp Crystal Lake were shot at Hard Labor Creek State Park. While it looks creepy on the screen, it’s a wonderful state park and a pleasant day trip out to Morgan County. Pack a picnic meal and enjoy the drive — luckily, the forecast says no rain on Friday, August 13th.
3. Play the Hamilton ticket lottery
As luck would have it, the ticket lottery for Hamilton at the fabulous Fox Theatre opens on Friday, August 13th. Don’t throw away your shot! Check out our list of tips for winning the HAM4HAM lottery — which gives you a chance to buy two tickets at just $10 each. The show itself opens on August 22nd.
4. Stream one of the Friday the 13th movies
You’ll need a streaming subscription or free trial, because we were not lucky enough to find these horror classics on any of the totally FREE streaming platforms — although there are plenty of other shudder-inducing flicks available for free. If you’d like something more family-friendly, head out to the Sandy Springs Town Green for the Movies by Moonlight screening of Shrek on Friday, August 13th (it’s FREE!)
5. Adopt a black cat (or other pet) from LifeLine Animal Project
The shelters are full and Lifeline Animal Project is hosting a FREE adoption event, opening on Friday, August 13th and running thru Sunday, August 15th. Adoption fees are waived for those three days, and you may be lucky enough to find your new best friend.
6. Head to an Irish Pub for Friday happy hour
It may not be St. Patrick’s Day, but you can still invoke the famous luck of the Irish and head out for a pint of Guinness or a big plate of fish and chips. Eater Atlanta has put together this list of 9 great Irish pubs in Atlanta, but you may have your own favorite watering hole.
7. Walk with ghosts at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was a lucky break for the Confederacy, although those who lost their lives there were not so lucky. Today, the site is known as the most haunted batttlefield in Georgia. People have reported hearing cannons, smelling gunpowder, and even seeing restless apparitions of soldiers. Others have said they walked through unexpected cold spots while hiking the trails. If you feel up to investigating these claims, take a drive out to Kennesaw Mountain National Park.
8. Have a close-up butterfly encounter
Butterflies are considered a symbol of good luck. To some, they invoke freedom, creativity, or spiritual growth. Every August, several local gardens and parks offer the chance to have a close-up butterfly encounter in a glass conservatory or mesh tent — and even hold one on the tip of your finger.
9. Take a selfie on the Jackson Street Bridge
In The Walking Dead, a handful of characters were lucky enough to survive the misfortune of a lifetime — a zombie apocalypse. This famous scene from the TV series made the Jackson Street Bridge the most famous selfie spot in Atlanta — it’s practically a Bucket List item for Atlantans. Have you posted your selfie on social media yet?
10. Visit Oakland Cemetery
This is another Atlanta attraction that is said by some to be haunted. Its most famous residents have certainly met a wide variety of fates, both lucky and unlucky. Take, for example, Margaret Mitchell — possessing the talent and good fortune to receive the Pulitzer for Gone With the Wind, but unlucky enough to be killed by a car while crossing the street. By the way, tickets for the popular Oakland Cemetery Halloween tours are on sale now — and they will certainly sell out before October. Act now if you want to be one of the lucky ones to score tickets!
11. Attend a performance of The Tempest
Shakespeare’s The Tempest tells the tale of a shipwreck, with themes of magic, love, and luck. The main character, Prospero, has his own view of good luck. He says, “You should know this: much luck is on my side, and my enemies have happened to wreck their ship on this island. As I see it, my fate hangs on this lucky event, and if I handle it wrong, I’ll suffer for the rest of my life. Now, no more questions.”
Shakespeare in the Ponce is presents The Tempest this weekend outdoors at Ponce City Market amphitheater, Friday thru Sunday.
12. Immerse yourself in the works of Van Gogh
Some would say that Vincent Van Gogh was unlucky in life and love. He was challenged with mental illness, and he never sold a piece of artwork in his life — which makes it ironic that he is now essentially immortalized through his art. But now, you have the good luck to attend Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, an amazing interactive exhibit at Pullman Yards. Words don’t describe this experience of stepping inside a Van Gogh painting. There may be very few tickets left for this Friday, but you can purchase in advance thru November.
13. Take advantage of an offer for FREE food
Is there anything luckier than a FREE meal? We have two such offers for you this Friday, August 13th. You can get FREE fries at McDonalds with any purchase of at least $1. And you can get a FREE croissant breakfast sandwich at Wendy’s — this is an especially good offer because you don’t have to make a purchase, go through an app, or anything like that. Just show up and ask for it!
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You may also be interested in:
- The Dragon Con Parade in downtown Atlanta
- The Piedmont Park Arts Festival
- The Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park
- Doggy Con Pageant & Costume Contest in Woodruff Park
- Marietta Art in the Park Festival on Labor Day Weekend
- Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park
Here’s what else is happening on Friday, August 13th:
Friday, August 13, 2021