I like to think I’m pretty in-the-know about what’s going on in Atlanta- I constantly scour local blogs, news outlets like Creative Loafing, and daily newsletters like ATL To Do to find the best of what this city has to offer. Atlanta summer events are currently in full swing: this summer is packed with events, festivals, markets, and restaurant openings in and around Atlanta.
Check out my list of must-do events and activities in Atlanta in Summer 2015.
My Atlanta Summer Events Calendar
One-Time Summer Events
The Atlanta Street Food Festival will play host to over 50 food trucks from around Atlanta, and will also feature craft beer offerings and live music.
The only stipulation- in order to buy food or booze from the vendors onsite, you have to purchase a ticket. Tickets are no longer being sold on the event’s website, but you can purchase the day of for $12.
Anthony Bourdain, considered “the king of foodies,” is hosting a 10-city Close to the Bone summer tour. Bourdain plans to give audiences insight into his extensive food travels, specifically the contrast between food practices in war-torn countries versus wealthy nations.
Tickets are a little pricey; however, if you sign up (for free) to join Goldstar, a platform for people to find and share entertainment and activities , you can snag discounted tickets to see the show.
An annual event in Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is a great way to cool off with the entire family. Featuring tons of ice cream and food vendors from all over the city, the festival also has an ice cream eating competition and live entertainment.
Best of all? It’s free to attend.
It’s the perfect combination. Take a ride on a massive slip and slide, then head to the park for some ice cream!
Slide the City, a national slip-n-slide water party phenomenon, is officially coming to Atlanta. Taking place in the heart of Decatur, sliders will speed down a 1,000 ft slip-n-slide, followed by music and dancing.
Tickets are currently on sale for the event, but are going fast. Sliders will pay by the number of times they wish to ride the slide, with options to go once, twice, or three times.
Atlanta’s German Bierfest, considered the only one of it’s kind in the ATL, is sure to be full of brews and brats (in addition to other favorites like pretzels and schnitzel).
Tickets are only $30, which is a nice departure from a majority of other beer festivals in Atlanta typically costing north of $45-50. If you act before July 6th, you can score tickets for only $30 with discount code FREEDOM- check out the event website to buy your tickets.
In it’s 14th year, Taste of Atlanta has become a premier Southeast destination food event. With more affordable tickets than the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, the event is accessible to a younger foodie demographic.
There will be almost 100 restaurants at this year’s event, as well as 4 live cooking stages with demos going on two of the three days of the festival. Other events in conjunction with the festival include a bartender competition, grilling stage, and a kick-off block party with food, booze, and live music.
Advance one-day general admission tickets, as well as options for VIP packages, are currently on sale on the Taste of Atlanta website. Get ’em while they’re hot!
I recently wrote a blog post about this awesome event (check it out here!) King of Pops sponsors free yoga classes every Tuesday in Old Fourth Ward. There’s no better way to enjoy the summer and get fit in Atlanta! Don’t forget to grab a pop from the King of Pops Inman Park window after class.
Munro, a critically acclaimed British artist known for his work with light installations, is hosting this stunning exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park.
The exhibit features over 30,000 “flower-like stems of light,” as well as 6-foot-tall cylindrical sculptures filled with recyclable, lighted water bottles.
Friday and Saturday are considered peak visiting days; get tickets for a Thursday or Sunday evening for a discounted price. Plan to visit at dusk to see the lights in action.
Every Thursday this summer, Town Brookhaven is hosting a free movie night series. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blanket to sit on the green space and enjoy the weekly movie.
While you can’t bring outside food, there are a variety of restaurants in the area to eat at. In addition, many of the restaurants in Town Brookhaven are offering discounts and special deals for movie-goers.
Check out the list of movies showing this summer, as well as restaurants and shops in Town Brookhaven offering deals, here.
Park Tavern is a staple for ITP Atlantans. With great food, a massive covered outdoor patio, and stellar views of Piedmont Park and the midtown Atlanta skyline, Park Tavern is the perfect spot to relax with a drink amongst friends.
Every summer Sunday, Park Tavern hosts their Sunset Sessions, a free live concert series. Although most of the acts are relatively small, we were able to catch Milo Greene (a great indie pop-rock band playing the summer festival circuit) in early June.
Park Tavern hasn’t released the entire list of artists for the summer, so check back on their site for upcoming performances.