Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – July 2018

July 2018
best events in Atlanta

Patriotic concert

July 1, 2018 (also June 29)

21 miles north

A choir and symphony perform patriotic classics at The Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts at Roswell United Methodist Church. Free but get tickets in advance.

Third of July - Norcross

July 3, 2018

19 miles NE

Red White & BOOM! has bounce houses (cost), food trucks, DJ music from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and fireworks about 9:25 p.m. in Lillian Webb Park. Free.

Third of July - Duluth

July 3, 2018

26.3 miles NE

Duluth Celebrates America includes bands, children’s activities, food trucks, vendors, and fireworks on the Town Green. Free.
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Fourth of July - Centennial Park

July 4, 2018

0.3 miles west

The gates of Centennial Olympic Park open at 6 p.m. for 4th of July Celebration, which features top music artists and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Arrive early since gates may close when the park is full. Free.

Aquarium beer festival

July 4, 2018

0.5 miles NW

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

Fourth of July - East Point

July 4, 2018

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, 2018

8 miles NE

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

Fourth of July - Marietta

July 4, 2018

19 miles NW

Fourth in the Park features a 10 a.m. parade, live music, arts & crafts, food, and carnival games at Marietta Square, followed by fireworks launched from First United Methodist Church at dark. Free.

Fourth of July - Stone Mtn.

July 4, 2018

19 miles east

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

Barbecue in Roswell

July 4, 2018

20.4 miles north

Barbecue & Bluegrass features live music, a children’s area, and vendors of barbecue, beer, soft drinks, and desserts on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Free entry.

Fourth of July - Lilburn

July 4, 2018 (5:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

23 miles NE

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Sparkle in the Park, which has food vendors, bounce houses (cost), a band at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Mall of Georgia

July 4, 2018

34 miles NE

Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia features family-friendly activities and live music at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:35 p.m., and then a PG movie (The LEGO Batman Movie) in Buford. Free.

Fourth of July - Callaway

July 4, 2018

82 miles SE

July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks on July 1 & 4 (weather permitting) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. See schedule.

Short films

July 6 - 7, 2018

2.6 miles north

Atlanta Shortsfest shows movies under 45 minutes long in a variety of genres at Synchronicity Theatre.

Thursday outdoor movies

July 12 - 26, 2018 (Thursdays from June 7)

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.

Jazz on the Lawn

July 13 - Aug. 10, 2018 (Fridays from June 15)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Dates in 2018: June 15, 29; July 13, 27; Aug. 10.

Field day in the park

July 14, 2018

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.

Elegant party

July 14, 2018

2.6 miles north

Celebrate French Bastille Day in all-white cocktail attire at the $125 Soirée Blanche, with a rooftop fashion show, a silent auction, an open french wine bar, a French buffet, and dancing at Nelson Mullins.

Gwinnett Restaurant Week

July 15 - 19, 2018

Northeast of Atlanta

Get a special $25 or $35 deal on a three-course meal at 20 restaurants during Gwinnett Restaurant Week.

Monthly family festival

July 19, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles north

Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Scrapbook Expo

July 20 - 21, 2018

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 20 - 28, 2018

112 miles north

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

Tennis tournament

July 21 - 29, 2018

2.7 miles north

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

African dance festival

July 27 - 29, 2018

4 miles NW

Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival has music and movement workshops, an African inspired craft market, food vendors, and a kids’ camp at Covenant House Georgia. The Saturday concert is at Kroc Center Theater.

Comedy festival

July 2018 (undated)

Atlanta locations

ATL Comedy Arts Fest features local comedians at five venues competing to be filmed in the TV taping finale.

Restaurant week

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Get a special fixed-price deal for lunch or dinner during Georgia Restaurant Week.

Basketball tournament

July 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Watch hundreds of teenage teams compete at the Tournament of Champions at Georgia World Congress Center.

Ice cream festival

July 2018 (undated)

2 miles NE

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

Tequila party

July 2018 (undated)

2 miles east

A ticket to 0.1K Block Party gets you a margarita, a T-shirt, and food & drink specials at two bars in Inman Park.

Tomato festival

July 2018 (undated)

2.4 miles NE

Enjoy tomato dishes and drinks by some of the South’s best chefs and mixologists plus live music at Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at Park Tavern.

Gourmet gala

July 2018 (undated)

2.9 miles NW

Summer in the City promises “an evening of fine wine, delicious food, and an exciting auction” at the Foundry at Puritan Mill to support wounded military.

Zombie Pub Crawl

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Reptile Day

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Short plays

July 2018 (undated)

8 miles south

Tapas II: Steady As She Goes is a festival of 10-minute plays performed by the Academy Theatre at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.

Waiters’ Race

July 2018 (undated)

8 miles north

Based on a French tradition celebrating Bastille Day, the Waiters’ Race has waiters race to win a free trip to Paris while holding a loaded tray of drinks. Watch it happen in the center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, followed by live entertainment. Free.

Ice cream social

July 2018 (undated)

10.5 miles NW

Enjoy ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and children’s activities at The Vinings Ice Cream Social at The Historic Pace House. Children under 12 are free.

Elegant party in the park

July 2018 (undated)

14.5 miles north

A ticket to Prohibition in the Park includes five tastings of specialty craft cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Heritage Sandy Springs.

Car show

July 2018 (undated)

18.8 miles north

Summer Fest Car and Bike Show promises automobiles, motorcycles, games and activities for all ages, food from local vendors, and live music at Bradley’s Bar and Grill in Marietta to support charity.

Fourth of July - Six Flags

July 2018 (undated)

12.5 miles west

See fireworks every night during July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Fourth of July - Roswell

July 2018 (undated)

25 miles north

Fireworks Extravaganza opens at 5:30 p.m., has live music beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark at Roswell High School. Bring blankets or chairs. Free.

Fourth of July - Alpharetta

July 2018 (undated)

25.6 miles north

Enjoy family activities, bands, and food vendors, followed by Fireworks at Wills Park at dusk. Free.

Fourth of July - Dahlonega

July 2018 (undated)

64 miles north

4th of July Family Celebration includes a 5K run, a patriotic speech, the national anthem, a crafts market, a kids’ zone, a car show, an 11 a.m. parade, and fireworks at dark in small-town Dahlonega. Free.

Fourth of July - Sandy Springs

July 2018 (undated)

13.2 miles north

Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration on the lawn at Concourse Corporate Center, with free garage parking on decks 5 and 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free.