Summer Festivals

Summer festivals mean fun for all

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Hot Southern summers are no match for the city’s seasonal festivities. Whether you’ll be celebrating Independence Day with fireworks at Stone Mountain Park, soaking in culture at the National Black Arts Festival or indulging in downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, there is no shortage of ways to beat the heat. View a complete list of Atlanta summer festivals below.

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June festivals

 Virginia-Highland neighborhood
Virginia-Highland Summerfest is set in Atlanta’s beautiful Virginia Highland neighborhood. (📷: James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)

ATLANTA SUMMER BEER FEST (rescheduled for September)
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.
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ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL (postponed to a later date)
The South has never tasted so good. Eat, drink and enjoy all that’s Southern at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Join award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators and industry experts on a culinary journey through the food and beverage traditions of the South in Midtown Atlanta.
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FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL (canceled for 2020)
The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center 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, plus arts and crafts and face painting. 
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TUNES FROM THE TOMBS AT HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY (postponed to a later date)
A music festival in a cemetery? That’s what happens in Historic Oakland Cemetery every June. Expect more than one type of spirit floating about as drinks are poured and music fills the air for the one-day festival/fund-raiser in our favorite haunt.
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VIRGINIA HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST (cancelled for 2020)
Revered as one of the best artists’ markets in the Southeast, Virginia Highland Summerfest features works by local artists and activities for the entire family. Explore the eclectic shops and local dining scene which give the historic Virginia Highland neighborhood its quirky charm. 
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July festivals

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Enjoy tomato-based treats from more than 70 of the South’s top chefs and mixologists during Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. (📷: Melissa McAlpine)

ATLANTA ICE CREAM FESTIVAL (scheduled as an online event)
What treat could be better during the Southern summer heat than ice cream? In July, come chill out in Piedmont Park with ice cream vendors (including local artisans and national favorites) and live music. Go ahead and grab seconds (and thirds), but don’t forget fitness activities are available as well.
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ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL
Inspired by the 1978 cult classic and a surplus of produce from local farmers, Chef Ford Fry created Atlanta’s annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Celebrate with more than 70 of the South’s top chefs and mixologists, as they create dishes and cocktails using tomatoes as the main ingredient.  
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ATLANTA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Celebrate Independent Film Month with Atlanta’s Underground Film Festival. This four-day event showcases every cinematic genre from around the globe and features more than 100 remarkable indie filmmakers.
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August festivals

Atlanta Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival celebrates visual arts and family fun in Atlanta’s signature green space. (📷: Ryan Purcell)

NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL (postponed to a later date)
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. 
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BRONZELENS FILM FESTIVAL (scheduled as an online event)
Celebrate Atlanta’s history of box office gold. Helping the city become the new destination for film people of color, the BronzeLens Film Festival is a four-day cinematic celebration featuring premieres, workshops, panel discussions, master classes, special appearances and more.
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DECATUR BBQ, BLUES & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL (postponed to a later date)
Harmony Park is the site of this annual festival that started as a fund-raiser 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, spiciest, juiciest barbecue anywhere in Atlanta.
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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 workers, metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters display their work along the park’s many paths.
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PIEDMONT PARK ARTS SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
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 handcrafted works of leather, metal and blown glass. Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations, hands-on activities and festival foods.
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