Atlanta events for July 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in July 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Fourth of July - Stone Mtn.

July 2 - 5, 2015

19 miles east

Enjoy a spectacular laser show and then fireworks for three nights during Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Free except parking.

Third of July - Norcross

July 3, 2015 (4 to 10:30 p.m.)

19 miles NE

Red White & BOOM! features food vendors, kids’ inflatables, DJ music starting 5:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Lillian Webb Park.

Fourth of July - Callaway

July 3 - 5, 2015

82 miles SE

July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks (July 4) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens.

Puppet show for grown ups

July 3 - 12, 2015

11 miles NE

Humans and puppets living on shabby Avenue Q entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at Conant Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $20.

Funny family show

July 3 - 26, 2015

2.5 miles north

Based on a children’s book, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is a puppet musical about cows that learn to negotiate and compromise with Farmer Brown, at Center for Puppetry Arts.

Discount tickets July 5, $10.

Fourth of July - Centennial Park

July 4, 2015

0.3 miles west

The gates of Centennial Olympic Park open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks synchronized to music begin at 9 p.m. for the 4th of July Celebration. Free.

Fireworks viewing - aquarium

July 4, 2015 (1 of 2 sold out)

0.5 miles NW

Two versions: Red White & Brew (sold out) includes beer, a BBQ buffet, and live music in the ballroom, plus fireworks viewing atop the Georgia Aquarium parking deck. Red White & View is a family version.

Fireworks viewing - Ventanas

July 4, 2015 (7:30 to 11:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles NW

Watch fireworks in Olympic Park from the rooftop of Ventanas with a buffet, drinks, and DJ at Red White & Booze.

Fourth of July - at the malls

July 4, 2015

8 miles NE

4th of July at Lenox Square Mall begins at 6 p.m. with family-friendly live music, food vendors, and a kids’ zone, followed by fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free.

34 miles NE

Fabulous Fourth at Mall of Georgia features family-friendly activities and live music at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk, and then a movie in Buford. Free.

Fourth of July - East Point

July 4, 2015 (3 p.m. - midnight)

8 miles SE

Saturday’s Salute to the Red, White and Blue includes a carnival, food court, live music, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. near City Hall in East Point. Bring blankets and chairs but no food or pets. Free.

Peachtree Road Race

July 4, 2015 (online registration closed)

8 miles NE

Peachtree Road Race 10K follows a scenic course from Buckhead to Piedmont Park.

Fourth of July - Marietta

July 4, 2015

19 miles NW

The Fourth of July Celebration features a parade, live concerts, museum tours, arts & crafts, food, carnival games, and fireworks at Marietta Square. Free.

Fourth of July - Lilburn

July 4, 2015 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)

23 miles NE

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Sparkle in the Park for music, food vendors, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Baseball & fireworks

July 4 - 26, 2015

34 miles NE

Watch the Gwinnett Braves play Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Fireworks July 4 & 24.

Women’s theater

July 5 - 11, 2015

34 miles NE

Female playwrights put a feminist spin on short fairy tales during A Night of Twisted Tales for ages 18+.

Women’s basketball

July 5 - 31, 2015

1 mile NE

Join fans cheering the women of The Atlanta Dream when they play in Philips Arena.

Discount tickets $11 to $23.

Blues musical

July 7 - Aug. 2, 2015

13 miles SW

Chasin’ Dem Blues is a foot-stomping musical history of American blues at Southwest Arts Center.

Discount tickets $18.

Emotional comedy

July 9 - 26, 2015

22 miles NE

Lifelong friends from a girls’ swim team meet at a beach cottage after 33 years to reminisce in The Dixie Swim Club at Stone Mountain.

Discount tickets $15.

Thursday outdoor movies

July 9 - Aug. 6, 2015 (also June)

9 miles NE

Bring a blanket for family-friendly Movies on the Town at dusk on the green space at Town Brookhaven. Do not bring chairs, coolers, food, drinks, or pets. Free.
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Bluegrass music

July 10 - 11, 2015

42 miles NW

Hear a dozen bluegrass bands in the country at Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival near Dallas, GA.

Jazz on the Lawn

July 10 & 24, 2015 (also Aug. 7)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde.

Friday outdoor movies

July 10 & 24, 2015 (opens 7:30 p.m.)

14 miles NW

See an outdoor movie at Mable House Amphitheatre. Admission is free, or buy a reserved center seat.

African American play

July 10 - 26, 2015

16 miles east

Two Trains Running is August Wilson’s drama about Blacks in the ‘60s in Decatur. Discount tickets $10.

Footloose musical

July 10 - Aug. 2, 2015

26 miles SW

Footloose includes songs from the hit movie about young people rebelling against a town that outlaws dancing. See it live in Tyrone. Discount tickets $13.

A play outdoors

July 10 - Aug. 2, 2015

34 miles SW

The Secret Garden is a play based on a beloved novel about an orphan girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets in The Garden at Serenbe. Discount tickets $12.

Rock musical: Rent

July 10 - Aug. 9, 2015

2.6 miles NW

Theatremania calls Rent a “passionate, exuberant, uplifting, and joyous” story of young New York artists living in the shadow of AIDS at Actor's Express.

Discount tickets $32.

Addams Family musical

July 10 - Aug. 16, 2015

8 miles NE

In this live version of The Addams Family TV show, the daughter falls in love with a “normal” boy and invites him and his parents to dinner, at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets July 30, $13.

Anthony Bourdain

July 11, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1 mile north

CNN food and travel expert Anthony Bourdain speaks candidly and answers audience questions about food and travel at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $39.

Field day in the park

July 11, 2015 (12 to 5:30 p.m.)

2 miles east

Sign up your eight-person team to compete in zany outdoor contests for prizes at Atlanta Field Day in Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Street-food festival

July 11, 2015 (12 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Atlanta Street Food Festival showcases the best in local food trucks and local bands at Piedmont Park. Discount tickets for two people are $14.

South Pacific festival

July 11, 2015

3 miles NE

‘Nezian Fest includes Islander food, entertainment, and children’s activities at Candler Park. Free.

Reptile Day

July 11, 2015 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Come face-to-face with live pythons, king snakes, geckos, tortoises, monitors, and iguanas, and see presentations about them on Reptile Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Family-friendly festival

July 11, 2015 (12:30 to 5:30 p.m.)

22 miles NW

Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival has food, music, a kids’ zone, and dental screening at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Donate school supplies. Parking $5.

Soccer

July 11 - Aug. 29, 2015

15 miles NE

Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks play a home game in northeast Atlanta.

Discount tickets $11.

Jazz in Fayetteville

July 12, 2015 (5 p.m.)

24 miles south

Hear jazz under the stars at Summerset Sunday Jazz in the beautiful Southern Ground Amphitheater.

Discount tickets $10 to $35.

Burlesque show

July 14, 2015 (9 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Tease Tuesday Burlesque is a sultry striptease variety show by Syrens of the South at the Red Light Cafe.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Macon Film Festival

July 16 - 19, 2015

85 miles SE

Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in downtown Macon, with celebrity guests and workshops.

Steel Magnolias play

July 16 - Aug. 2, 2015

37 miles NE

Steel Magnolias brings the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of the film that starred Dolly Parton to the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford. Discount tickets $11.

Baseball & fireworks

July 17, 2015

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play Chicago at Turner Field followed by fireworks. Discount tickets $24 to $52.

Scrapbook Expo

July 17 - 18, 2015

27 miles NE

Scrapbookers find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Scrapbook Expo at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Family theater

July 17 - 25, 2015

8 miles NE

Watch kids perform the musical 101 Dalmations at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets $7.50.

Georgia Mountain Fair

July 17 - 25, 2015

112 miles north

Georgia Mountain Fair has family-friendly music, an arts & crafts show, petting zoo, and carnival rides in Hiawassee.

Zine festival

July 18, 2015 (12 to 9 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Atlanta Zine Fest has vendors, guest speakers, and workshops at Eyedrum. Free.

Restaurant week

July 18 - 26, 2015

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Downtown Restaurant Week.

Tomato festival

July 19, 2015

3.5 miles NW

Enjoy tomato dishes and drinks by some of the South’s best chefs and mixologists plus live entertainment at Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at the JCT Kitchen & Bar.

Concerts in the Garden

July 23 - 24, 2015 (all dates below)

2.5 miles NE

See national acts like John Hiatt and the Beach Boys at Concerts in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. June 20; July 23, 24; Aug. 7, 21, 22, 28.

Gospel & health festival

July 24 - 25, 2015

0 miles

Atlanta HealthCare, Music & Gospel Festival has health & wellness vendors, cooking demonstrations, and choirs at Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. Free except some concerts. Discount tickets for Saturday concert $24.

Dance and drum festival

July 24 - 26, 2015

8 miles SW

Take a class or attend the Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival concert Sat. at 8 p.m. at Tri-Cities High School in East Point.

Ice cream festival

July 25, 2015

2 miles NE

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival features ice cream for sale, entertainment, vendors, and fitness events at Piedmont Park. Free entry.

Wine party

July 25, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles north

Atlanta Wine Party offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at Opera Nightclub. Repeats in March

Zombie Pub Crawl

July 25, 2015 (4 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Zombies invade pubs and restaurants along North Highland Ave. during Zombie Pub Crawl. A ticket includes drinks, food discounts, and zombie make-up at Diesel Filling Station. Requires age 21 ID.

River float

July 25, 2015 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

13 miles north

Chattahoochee River Summer Splash is a six-mile float down river to family festivities and a shuttle bus. Call 678-538-1200 to make a reservation.

Macon music festival

July 25, 2015

85 miles SE

During the day, enjoy family-friendly activities and music, and shop art and food vendors. At night, hear 80 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands in a dozen venues at Bragg Jam Arts & Music Festival in Macon.

Tennis tournament

July 25 - Aug. 2, 2015

2.7 miles north

The Atlanta Open is a televised annual men’s tennis tournament held at Atlantic Station.

Fashion week

July 28 - Aug. 2, 2015

0 miles

Atlanta International Fashion Week showcases Atlanta’s elite designers and models in the fashion industry and features runway shows, live entertainment, learning sessions, and networking events at 200 Peachtree.

Film festival

July 31 - August 2, 2015

27 miles NE

Enjoy a mix of local and international films at Gwinnett Center International Film Festival, which also has seminars, vendors, film-industry panels, and an awards ceremony at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Social-media comedy

July 31 - Aug. 23, 2015

3.7 miles SW

Lillian Likes It is a quirky new comedy about finding a guy with the perfect online profile (So what if he’s dead?) at Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $13.
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July 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.