Atlanta events for July 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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July 2016
July 2016

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

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Fourth of July - Stone Mtn.

July 1 - 4, 2016

19 miles east

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

Theme parks

July 1 - Dec. 31, 2016

multiple locations

You can use these tickets any day of the week.

Aquarium beer festival

July 2, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Red White & Brew includes unlimited beer, food, live music, and aquarium exhibits in the Oceans Ballroom.

Fourth of July - Callaway

July 2 - 4, 2016

82 miles SE

July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens.

Mark Twain musical

July 2 - 10, 2016 (begins June 30)

18.8 miles NW

Big River tells the story of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures with Tom Sawyer and Big Jim (a runaway slave) with bluegrass and country music at Theatre in the Square, Marietta. Discount VIP tickets $23.

Baseball

July 16 - 31, 2016

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play a game at Turner Field.

Don McLean at the winery

July 3, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles NE

Hear world-class music by Carl Verheyen Band & Andy McKee in the intimate setting of City Winery at Ponce City Market. Discount tickets $48.

Third of July - Norcross

July 3, 2016

19 miles NE

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

Women’s basketball

July 3 - 17, 2016

1 mile NE

Watch The Atlanta Dream play an exciting game of basketball in Philips Arena. Discount tickets $12 to $23.

Family puppet show

July 1 - 17, 2016 (also June)

2.5 miles north

The Little Pirate Mermaid features an adventurous mermaid princess who transforms into a helpful pirate at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Discount tickets $11.

Fourth of July - Centennial Park

July 4, 2016

0.3 miles west

The gates of Centennial Olympic Park open at 6 p.m. for 4th of July Celebration [slow website] and fireworks synchronized to music begin after dark. Arrive early since gates close when the park is full. Free.

Fireworks viewing - aquarium

July 4, 2016

0.5 miles NW

Funbelievable Fourth gives families a view of the fireworks from level 7 of the Georgia Aquarium parking deck, with free beverages and desserts in the Oceans Ballroom, food for sale, games, and activites.

Fireworks viewing - Ventanas

July 4, 2016 (7 to 11 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, 2016

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 about 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, 2016

8 miles SE

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, 2016

8 miles NE

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

Fourth of July - Marietta

July 4, 2016

19 miles NW

Fourth of July Celebration features a 10 a.m. parade, live music, arts and crafts, food, carnival games, and 9:30 p.m. fireworks at Marietta Square. Free.

Fourth of July - Lilburn

July 4, 2016

23 miles NE

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

Bluegrass music

July 8 - 9, 2016

42 miles NW

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

Jazz on the Lawn

July 8 - Aug. 5, 2016 (7:30 p.m. Fridays)

4 miles NE

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

Musical: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

July 8 - Aug. 13, 2016

7.6 miles NE

Based on the movie starring Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is about two con artists competing to con a beautiful heiress on the French Riviera, live at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets $13.

Reptile Day

July 9, 2016

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.

Entertaining play about racism

July 16 - Aug. 7, 2016

13 miles SW

Smart People examines the difficult issue of racism with barbed wit and a keen eye on human nature through the eyes of four Harvard graduates at Southwest Arts Center. Discount tickets $18.

Thursday outdoor movies

July 14 & 21, 2016 (Thursdays starting June 2)

9 miles NE

Bring a blanket or chairs for family-friendly Movies on the Town at dusk on the green space at Town Brookhaven. No coolers, food, drinks, or pets. Free.
  • July 14 - Ice Age
  • July 21 - Casablanca

Mary Poppins musical

July 14 - Aug. 7, 2016

26 miles SW

Magical nanny Mary Poppins sings catchy tunes and works her charms on a family in Tyrone. Discount tickets $25.

Short-film festival

July 15 - 16, 2016

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta Shortsfest [sound] shows films under 45 minutes long from a variety of genres at the DooGallery.

Scrapbook Expo

July 15 - 16, 2016

27 miles NE

Scrapbookers find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Georgia Mountain Fair

July 15 - 23, 2016

112 miles north

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

Baseball & fireworks

July 1, 15, 29, 2016 (7:35 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play a game, followed by fireworks at Turner Field. Discount tickets $22 to $51.

Friday outdoor movies

July 15 & 29, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

14 miles NW

See an outdoor movie at Mable House Amphitheatre. Free or reserve a great seat for $4.50.

Childrens’ play outdoors

July 2 - 31, 2016 (also June)

33.3 miles SW

Charlotte’s Web is the award-winning story about Charlotte the spider who saves Wilbur the pig. See it live surrounded by real animals at The Inn at Serenbe. Discount tickets on Fridays $10.

Field day in the park

July 16, 2016 (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. Rain date July 30.

Bicycle expo

July 16, 2016

11.2 miles south

Atlanta Bike Expo has vendors of bikes and gear, an indoor test track, and a stunt show at Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

Tomato festival

July 17, 2016

2.4 miles NE

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 Park Tavern.

Macon Film Festival

July 21 - 24, 2016

85 miles SE

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

Movie south of the airport

July 22, 2016

15.3 miles south

Bring snacks and a chair to watch the movie of the month at Movies Under the Stars in Riverdale. Free.

Beer Mile

July 23, 2016 (11 a.m.)

1.7 miles south

Run a mile, stopping to drink beer every quarter mile, followed by an open beer bar with food vendors and music at National Beer Mile at Turner Field.

Promo code “beermile10” saves 10%.

Ice cream festival

July 23, 2016

2 miles NE

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

Restaurant week

July 23 - 31, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Gwen Stefani

July 29, 2016 (7 p.m.)

24.1 miles north

Hear pop icon and judge on “The Voice” Gwen Stefani in Alpharetta.

Discount tickets $20 to $50.

Dance and drum festival

July 29 - 31, 2016

8 miles SW

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

Concerts in the Garden

July 29 - Aug. 19, 2016 (begins June 25)

2.5 miles NE

See national acts like John Prine and Lyle Lovett at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden June 25, July 29 & 30, and Aug. 19 (also Gainesville June 18, July 16, Aug. 13).

Underground art show

July 30, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.9 miles south

Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 50 artists, pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays at GA Freight Depot for age 21+. No advance tickets – pay $5 cash at the door.

Zombie Pub Crawl

July 30, 2016 (4 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Zombies invade 5 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.

Family-friendly festival

July 30, 2016

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.

Macon music festival

July 30, 2016

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.

Biblical musical

July 30 - 31, 2016

26.4 miles NE

The Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber puts a colorful twist on the Old Testament at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Discount tickets $10.

Tennis tournament

July 30 - Aug. 6, 2016

2.7 miles north

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