Discover Atlanta

Atlanta is an iconic city full of energy, Southern style and down-home inspiration.

Recently named to Lonely Planet's 2017 "Best in the U.S." list, this urban oasis is a multicultural haven that exudes hospitality. While Atlanta is sprawling with towering buildings made of glass and steel, it is truly a city in the forest, dotted with expansive green spaces. Sitting at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication, Atlanta will provide conference attendees with a full plate of things to see and do.

Service Unites 2018 will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, nestled next to Centennial Olympic Park – the centerpiece of downtown Atlanta, anchored by the Fountain of Rings, an everlasting reminder of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Conference events will also be held at unique downtown locations, including the World of Coca-Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Fox Theatre. Attendees are also encouraged to visit some of Atlanta’s other magnificent attractions including Georgia Aquarium – the second-largest aquarium in the world, College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, Margaret Mitchell House – the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gone With the Wind,” and the new Porsche Experience Center.

Savings in the City is an online discount link that allows attendees to search for special offers on dining, entertainment, etc. Simply print the card and present it for the offers you would like to use.

Atlanta City Pass is a great option that allows attendees to explore Atlanta venues on a flat discount price. Pre-order through this exclusive link to receive 10% savings.

CNN Center and Beyond

This year's conference location, the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, offers myriad dining, shopping and entertainment options for conference attendees to explore.

Beyond the city’s core, Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods are packed with personality. Midtown mixes elegance with culture. The Westside has become a magnet for foodies, design enthusiasts and shoppers. Buckhead blends boutiques and galleries with fabulous dining, while Little Five Points keeps it funky through bohemian grunge paired with eclectic shops and music spots.

Atlanta Dine-Arounds

What makes Atlanta’s dining scene special is its variety. The city boasts everything from upscale gourmet cuisine to progressive variations of Southern staples and local, chef-driven restaurants. Eateries in Atlanta cater to each unique neighborhood and invoke the feeling of dining at a friend’s house, rather than a restaurant. Even the city’s most high-end restaurants dish out a down-home feel. Locally-owned craft breweries sprinkle the city, creating an unofficial ale trail for visitors to enjoy. Our friends at Zagat, Food & Wine and Atlanta Magazine have some ideas to get your dining adventures started.

Following the Opening Plenary, conference attendees are encouraged to explore the neighborhood and enjoy dinner at one of these nearby restaurants – all less than half a mile from the Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta.

Contact Information

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Conference on Volunteering and Service
Attn: Events
600 Means Street, Suite 210
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

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What Others Are Saying

The emphasis on cross-sector collaboration was eye-opening, and everyone I met walked away with fresh perspectives and ideas. It broke down the silos of inward-facing sectors and showed us how much more powerful our work can be when we come together. An unbeatable experience!

— 2017 Seattle Attendee

The conference proved to be one of the most engaging and exciting professional gatherings of like-minded people I've ever attended. Although the topics, content, and presentations all appropriately centered around volunteering and service in some way, the sheer range of them was simply astounding.

— 2017 Seattle Attendee

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