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Your Guide to Summer Festivals in Atlanta

Atlanta SOLD Sisters
Sep 10 4 minutes read

Summer is here, and the best way to celebrate? Atlanta festivals. We Atlantans know how to have a good time, whether it’s a beer festival, music festival, or food and wine festival- we’ve got you covered. Here’s some festivals to look forward to this summer:

June Festivals:

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Try a few of the more than 150 beers, including those from local breweries like SweetWater, Red Brick, Wild Heaven, Monday Night, and many more. While you’re at it, enjoy live music on a pair of stages, a game zone and few surprises along the way.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Eat, drink and enjoy all that's Southern at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Join award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators, and industry experts in Midtown Atlanta.

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival fills the air with hundreds of beautiful butterflies as they are released during this annual family festival! Enjoy the new "Butterfly Encounter" exhibit, live music, photography and entomology exhibits, arts and crafts and face painting.

Virginia Highland Summerfest

Virginia-Highland Summerfest features works by local artists and activities for the entire family. Explore the shops and local dining scene which give the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood its quirky charm.

Atlanta Street Food and Music Fest

Enjoy delicious food and drinks from some of Atlanta’s best food trucks! More than 50 trucks come together in Stone Mountain Park for this festival, which also includes live music and wares from local merchants.

July Festivals:

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Beat the summer heat with multiple ice cream vendors out in Piedmont Park. Come chill out and grab seconds and thirds of your favorite ice cream and enjoy live music.

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Chef Ford Fry created Atlanta’s annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Celebrate with over 70 of the south’s top chefs and mixologists, as they create dishes and cocktails using tomatoes as their main ingredient. 

August Festivals:

National Black Arts Festival

Experience the dance, film, theater and music, as well as visual and literary arts of Africa and the African Diaspora during the nation's only Black Arts Festival. For an entire week, this festival celebrates the contributions of people of African descent and their impact on world cultures.

Bronzelens Film Festival

Celebrate Atlanta’s history of box office gold. Helping the city become the new mecca for film for people of color, the BronzeLens Film Festival is a four-day cinematic celebration featuring premieres, workshops, panel discussions, Master classes, special appearances and more.

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Harmony Park is the site of this annual festival that started as a fundraiser to save the old Decatur train depot. Now, more than 5,000 music and barbecue lovers gather annually to enjoy six hours of live acts and some of the tangiest and spiciest barbecue anywhere in Atlanta.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

This two-day festival celebrates visual arts and family fun in Atlanta’s signature green space. Up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters will display their work along the park’s many paths

Piedmont Park Arts Fest

The Atlanta Arts Festival fills Piedmont Park with more than 200 of the nation’s top artists. This can’t-miss event features original paintings, photographs and sculptures, as well as hand-crafted works of leather, metal and blown glass. Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations, hands-on activities and festival foods.

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