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Summer Festivals in Atlanta

Check out the Summer Festivals in Atlanta for June, July, and August. Your guide to the Peachtree Road Race, Decatur Book Festival, Juneteenth, Fourth of July.

Peachtree Road Race 2012
Photo credit: CL Photo Archives
Peachtree Road Race 2012


It's hot. Damn hot. The Fourth of July and the Peachtree Road Race marks the high point of the Summer but there are great Festivals in the air conditioning and ice cream and other treats for those headed outdoors. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all year round. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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JUNE

Modern Atlanta Design is Human Week

This annual architecture and international design event features installations, talks, films, exhibits, cocktail parties, and home tours to highlight innovative design from Atlanta and around the world. atlantadesignfestival.net

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Saturday October 2, 2021 12:00 am EDT
The 2021 festival was postponed to October 2—10, 2021.  | more...

Juneteenth Atlanta

Commemorating the end of slavery, Junteenth Atlanta celebrates the liberation of enslaved African Americans with its 7th annual parade and music festival. Come mark the momentous historical event with, family, friends, tunes and food! www.juneteenthatl.com

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Friday June 18, 2021 12:00 am EDT
Juneteenth was held June 18-20 this year. Juneteenth Browse the Juneteenth Atlanta schedule as well as recommendations.  | more...


 

JULY

National Black Arts Festival

At its peak in the mid '90s, the NBAF was an international destination, an annual must-go to celebrate art of the African diaspora. Over the last few decades, attendance and programming have had their highs and lows. And, more recently, it's experienced unsteady leadership. But the annual event persists, hosting an artists market and usually a high-profile headliner or two. www.nbaf.org

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Saturday July 24, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
We have no current information about the National Black Arts Festival schedule. Check back here for updates.  | more...

Peachtree Road Race

From its humble beginnings in 1970 as a group of 110 runners, the Peachtree Road Race has grown into the world's largest 10K. Every July 4, more than 50,000 participants line up for the 6.2-mile haul to the finish line and a coveted Peachtree Road Race T-shirt. Spectators, radio stations, and restaurants line the roadway to cheer on runners and walkers with music, beer, and water. www.peachtreeroadrace.org

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Saturday July 3, 2021 12:00 am EDT
The Peachtree Road Race will take place July 3-4th, 2021. Browse the Peachtree Road Race schedule as well as recommendations.  | more...

Ice Cream Festival

Soak up the summer sun surrounded by friends, fitness, and, most important of all, ice cream! The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is back for its 9th year to bring together live music, health and wellness activities, and America’s favorite summer treat right in the middle of Piedmont Park. Enjoy a frosty treat and then a stimulating work-out by participating in Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, or line dancing. And while you’re there, you might as well enjoy a free wellness screening. www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com/about/

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Saturday July 10, 2021 12:00 am EDT
There is no update yet on the 2021 Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. Browse the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival schedule as well as recommendations.  | more...

JCT's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Bask in the glory of summertime's favorite fruit that tastes like a vegetable at JCT's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. The city's best chefs are paired with a local farmer to create tomato-inspired dishes, while Atlanta's best bartenders come up with creative cocktails featuring — you guessed it — tomatoes. At the end of the day, judges and festival attendees choose the best tomato dish and drink. ww.killertomatofest.com/

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Sunday July 11, 2021 12:00 am EDT
There is no update yet on the 2021 Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.  | more...

AUGUST

Comic Con

This is a convention for Comic Book fans - Comic books, toys, cards, games, artwork, cosplay, apparel, guest creators, celebrity guests–it’s all here. Whether you are a hardcore collector or a casual pop-culture admirer, Atlanta Comic Con is a fun time.

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Friday August 6, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Comic Con will take place on August 6-8, 2021 | more...

Decatur Book Festival

As the largest independent book festival in the country, attendees can mingle with 300 world-class authors at book signings, readings, and soirées. Past keynote speakers have included former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Congressman/civil rights icon John Lewis. The keynote is free, but tickets go quickly. There are tracks for young adult books, cookbooks, political nonfiction, experimental poetry ... basically everything. This annual Labor Day weekend event is the biggest and most popular book event of the year, every year.

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Saturday October 2, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Browse the AJC Decatur Book Festival schedule as well as recommendations | more...

Dragon Con

Trekkies, steampunks, zombies, filkers, furries, goths, Klingons, Sleestaks, Predators, Aliens, and more descend on Downtown for the Southeast's largest sci-fi con. Come dressed as your favorite character from any number of sci-fi, horror, or fantasy films, comics, video games, etc. When it comes to Dragon Con, the wilder the better. The one Dragon Con must-see is the annual parade along Peachtree Street. Huge crowds 10-people deep line up super early to watch the Stormtroopers, Slave Leias, Dark Knight-era Jokers, and more strut up Atlanta's main thoroughfare.

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Thursday September 2, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Browse the Dragon Con schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Stay shady in a good way at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. The giant beech, maple, and oak trees that live in Grant Park create just enough shade to keep everyone at the festival comfortably cool. Featuring a bountiful artists market, several stages for live music, and a diverse mix of fair food and local food trucks, the Shade Festival is the culmination of everything great about summertime in a city of trees.

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Saturday August 21, 2021 12:00 am EDT
Browse the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival

Want to step out of a museum this summer and into a local gallery? Join in what Sunshine Artist Magazine named one of the top 100 Arts Festivals in the nation, the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival. This two day event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces with a focus on visual arts. Over two hundred painters, photographers, sculptors, and visual artists will be displaying their galleries across the park, and will be joined by acoustic live music and plenty of eats. piedmontparkartsfestival.com/

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Saturday August 21, 2021 03:41 pm EDT
Browse the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...


 

All Festivals

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Tuesday June 1, 2021 12:00 am EDT
The Atlanta Fringe Festival returns for their 9th year with a wild mix of performers, streaming high quality video of dance, comedy, improv, storytelling, musicals and more from across the globe, straight to your living room. Featuring convenient on-demand pre-recorded performances, livestreams, vie... | more...

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Friday June 4, 2021 10:00 am EDT
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The highly anticipated annual consumer returns amid a home improvement boom—3 out of 4 people began a home-related project in the last year, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The show features an Outdoor Oasis, an outdoor living Pinterest board guests can walk through and... | more...

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Saturday June 5, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Categories: Shopping

The highly anticipated annual consumer returns amid a home improvement boom—3 out of 4 people began a home-related project in the last year, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The show features an Outdoor Oasis, an outdoor living Pinterest board guests can walk through and... | more...

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Saturday June 5, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Spring into Atlanta Festival Season with the 11th Annual Spring Festival on Ponce | more...

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Sunday June 6, 2021 11:00 am EDT
Categories: Shopping

The highly anticipated annual consumer show comes back to the market amid a home improvement boom –3 out of 4 people began a home-related project in the last year.

The show features an Outdoor Oasis, an outdoor living Pinterest board guests can walk through and see, touch and sm... | more...

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Friday June 11, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Presented by cannabis seed banks Rocket Seeds, Vancoast Seeds, and Crop King Seeds, the USA CBD Expo Atlanta event promises to draw in thousands of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and pioneers looking to discover, network, learn and create business opportunities within the cannabis ind... | more...

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Saturday June 12, 2021 10:00 am EDT
The Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is a two-day outdoor festival. Roswell is known for its preservation of history, celebration of the arts and cultivation of the entrepreneurial spirit. Roswell was named one of the top 3 cities in the nation to raise your family by Frommer’s and GMA gave i... | more...

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Saturday June 12, 2021 02:00 pm EDT
Experience music again with Lost Art Music Festival Presented by Cathead Distillery in Douglasville at Foxhall Resort on June 12, 2021.


The stellar Saturday lineup includes St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, The War & Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero, and The Pink Stones, and Aaron Lee Tasj... | more...

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Sunday June 13, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the links below or visiting www.caffeineandoctane.com.



GENERAL ADMISSION SPECTATOR TICKET ($25 online only) [[[[Tickets will be $35 at the gate] - Includes spectator access to track infield event area

KIDS GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET ($10) Includes spectator ac... | more...

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Thursday June 17, 2021 05:30 pm EDT
ATTENTION COMMUNITY MEMBERS! The City of Stockbridge celebrates the Juneteenth holiday the week of June 14th-19th. Visit participating local restaurants during the week and enjoy their Juneteenth specials and be sure to grab the family and come out on Thursday, June 17th from 5:30p -8p at the Merle ... | more...

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Friday June 18, 2021 12:00 am EDT
CAMP N TRIP IS AN INTERACTIVE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL DESIGNED TO RECONNECT WITH MOTHER EARTH. COME SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH US OR JUST COME OUT FOR A DAY. THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SWIMMING, NATURE HIKES, MEDITATION, REIKI, HORSEBACK RIDING, AND MUCH MORE! WE... | more...

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Saturday June 19, 2021 04:00 pm EDT
The Jumpoff is an event series that takes place throughout the year which and focuses on bringing the dance culture back to the world. This unique experience allows guest to experience specialty cocktails and a soundtrack line up by some of the most talented DJ’s in the Atlanta area! In a city wher... | more...

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Saturday June 19, 2021 08:00 pm EDT
Come out to the next “The G Spot”taking place on June 19th at the Sanctuary Art Asylum. Live Music, Dope Movies, Jam Session, Crazy Ambiance and Positive Vibes! Come and be a part of the experience! Refuel your energy!


“The Goode Stuff Experience Quartet” will warm up the stage and then we open th... | more...

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Sunday June 20, 2021 07:00 pm EDT
(ATLANTA, GA, June 12, 2021)-On Sunday, June 20, 2021, the eagerly anticipated post-pandemic Power Music Summer Concert Series will present the “Old School Music Festival” starring R&B legends Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal along with Southern Soul favorites Jessie Klay, Ice Buck, made popul... | more...

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Wednesday June 23, 2021 05:00 pm EDT
Wednesday Wind Down In The Point returns on June 23 from 5pm-9pm in the Downtown Commons! The lineup includes Silk, Melvin Riley & Ready for the World, Regina Belle and Carl Thomas. This event is Free and open to the public. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Lawn chairs are per... | more...

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Wednesday June 23, 2021 05:00 pm EDT
Wednesday Wind Down In The Point returns on June 23 from 5pm-9pm in the Downtown Commons! The lineup includes Silk, Melvin Riley & Ready for the World, Regina Belle and Carl Thomas. This event is Free and open to the public. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Lawn chairs are per... | more...

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Wednesday June 23, 2021 05:00 pm EDT
Wednesday Wind Down In The Point returns on June 23 from 5pm-9pm in the Downtown Commons! The lineup includes Silk, Melvin Riley and Ready for the World, Regina Belle and Carl Thomas. This event is Free and open to the public. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Lawn chairs are p... | more...

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Sunday June 27, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
Shop small and support local business while browsing local arts, crafts, handmade body goods, jewelry, and more!



Drinks on tap and delicious food at our host taprooms, Cultured South and Best End Brewing, plus outdoor patio seating!


Live music by Music and Friends ATL and DJ Johnny Nornal!

FRE... | more...

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Sunday June 27, 2021 02:00 pm EDT
Nutwood Winery's Music in the Vineyard featuring The Vegabonds is proudly presented by KIA of LaGrange & Mallory Agency


Join us for an exciting open-air concert experience among the vineyards of Nutwood Winery. Stroll through the grounds and enjoy shopping at our Crafts Vendors, grab something to ... | more...

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Sunday July 4, 2021 08:00 am EDT
Join us at Caffeine & Octane, North America’s largest monthly car show!

Sunday, July 4th, 2021
8am-11am
Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody GA



See 2,000+ amazing cars, trucks, & more.
Free to exhibit & attend as a spectator! Spots are first come first serve.

Caffeine and Octane is an all makes, all models... | more...

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Saturday July 10, 2021 11:00 am EDT
Shops Around Lenox integrates fashion, art, design and food. With our open-air collection of leading contemporary brands, independent boutiques and artisan restaurants, we invite you to cultivate your own experience during every visit. Whether you need to dress for an event, shop for a thoughtful gi... | more...

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Saturday July 10, 2021 11:00 am EDT
No Saturday plans? No problem! Each weekend, get ready to shop and stroll at Atlanta’s favorite Maker’s Market to experience a variety of vendors and shop for that perfect gift, indulge in tasty treats or watch some talented artists create masterpieces. Through December, the community is invited to ... | more...

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Friday July 16, 2021 09:00 am EDT
Join us for the biggest cornhole tailgate while watching the pros you see on TV compete for the title. This unique festival includes a televised Pro Am, an open cornhole tournament, a celebrity shootout, live music with cover band Davis and the Love, food trucks, the opportunity for attendees to pla... | more...

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Saturday July 17, 2021 11:59 pm EDT
THE FEEL GOOD FESTIVAL IS A PROGRESSIVE LIFESTYLE EXPO FEATURING A DIVERSE ARRAY OF CROSS-CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT WITHIN A SUSTAINABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT. THE EXPO FEATURES CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY, WORLD CUISINE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EDUCATION WITH FEEL-GOOD FUN, AND LIVE MUSIC!

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Thursday July 22, 2021 11:00 am EDT
We invite you to join Lucy’s Market at Andrews Square for their Taste of Summer Pop-Up Shop. Enjoy wine and food tastings from local vendors, beautiful flowers, fresh summer produce, music and summer favorites every Thursday through August 26th. Live music will be played by Jonathan Hertling @jonat... | more...