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Atlanta Festivals

Summers in Atlanta are hot, hot, hot! Temperatures soar to almost 90 degrees in the afternoon, and offer just a little respite at night. It is the perfect season for outdoor activities and family fun.

This year’s summer promises to sizzle even more with these exciting events.

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

There are beer festivals in Atlanta throughout the year, but the biggest ones are the Summer and Winter Beer Fests. This year’s Summer Beer Fest is tentatively scheduled on June 18th. You can expect a great time just “helping Atlanta celebrate beer,” with more than a hundred beers from local and national breweries. Adding to the fun are live musical performances, food booths, and a dance party.

Tunes from the Tombs

Held at Historic Oakland Cemetery, this annual music festival features local bands playing various genres of music while standing amidst the cemetery’s tombs, statues, mausoleums, and gardens. Drinks and food trucks are available to lift spirits even higher. This year’s event is scheduled on June 18th.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

An event for the entire family, Virginia-Highland Summerfest is loaded with food, parades, movies, an artist market, live musical performances, and a 5k Road Race for both kids and adults. Children get their own dose of fun with Kidsfest, where they can enjoy various games and activities. This two-day event kicks off on June 4th.

Fourth of July – at the Malls

There are Fourth of July celebrations all over Atlanta, but if you’re a shopaholic, you’ll love Fourth of July – at the malls.

Over at Lenox Square Mall, families are treated to live music, all kinds of food, and kids’ activities starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks light up at 9:40 p.m.

The Mall of Georgia also hosts its own Fabulous Fourth with live musical performances, family activities, a free movie, and fireworks at dusk. The festivities start at 5 p.m.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

What better way to beat the heat than an ice cream feast? This July festival is held at Piedmont Park. Scoop up some ice cream, available in a wide range of flavors, from local and national makers. This festival also has live music as well as fitness activities to burn the calories away.

Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival

Held annually by the non-profit Inside Out Center, this event raises funds through donations to provide needy children with school supplies. It is an alcohol-free family occasion chock-full of kid-friendly activities, complete with inflatables, a climbing wall, and water slides. For the grown-ups, there’s live music, clothing booths, and information on health, the arts and after-school programs. The event takes place July 30th.

Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

Slated on August 20th, this annual event plays blues and bluegrass music for six solid hours, while giving you your fill of classic southern BBQ and beer from Atlanta favorites. The festival also has a kids’ zone, so you can bring the entire family.

Cool Dads Rock Soap Derby

Staged by the non-profit Cool Dads Rock, this event is the perfect father-and-child activity. It’s a friendly competition where teams – each made up of a father and his kid – design, build, and race their own soapbox. On the sidelines, there are food trucks and live music. This year, it will be held on August 6th at Hurt Park, its perennial venue.