Fourth Annual Dirty South Yoga Fest
Where: SweetWater Brewing Co. & Loudermilk Conference Center
When: July 28 through 30, various times
Cost: $12 to $105
Details: Following a kick off party at SweetWater Brewing Co. with a yoga class, Root City Market vendors, and brewery tours, yogis can partake in a smorgasbord of class offerings from big names in local yoga. The three day fest benefits Centering Youth, an organization focused on bringing yoga to youth in the juvenile justice system. Psst—as an added bonus, food vendors will be onsite during all classes, so you can satisfy those post-yoga cravings with local treats.
Meet Me in St. Louis Where: Roswell United Methodist When: July 27 through 30, various showtimes Cost: $10, Reserved seating: $25 Details: Take it back to 1904 World’s Fair with Acting Up’s rendition of Meet Me In St. Louis, complete with a 22-piece live orchestra. This show’s classic soundtrack includes “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” (Christmas in July is still a thing, right?)
Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival Where: Covenant House Gymnasium When: July 28 through 30 Cost: $15 to $165 Details: This festival hosts a broad variety of African dance classes for children and adults, a dance and drum concert, a craft market with musical instruments, jewelry, and clothing, and more. Plus, the classes are only $15 each.
Prohibition in the Park Where: Heritage Green Sandy Springs When: July 29, 7 p.m. Cost: $75, $50 for Heritage Sandy Springs members Details: At this Sandy Springs soiree, guests will experience the delights of a Fitzgerald-esque party with four cocktail bars offering themed drinks, jazz music, a silent auction, and a cigar lounge. Authors Ron Smith and Mary O’Boyle will also be discussing their book Prohibition in Atlanta and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
BB&T Atlanta Open Champion’s Day Where: Atlantic Station When: July 30; gates open at 3 p.m.; matches begin at 5 p.m. Cost: $65 to $225 Details: The BB&T Atlanta Open tournament closes out its final day with both singles and doubles finals. All players who reached finals will be celebrated, and there will be a Wilson-sponsored family zone to keep the kids busy while parents take in a match or two.
There’s no use crying over spilled milk, but you couldn’t have blamed one of the servers competing in the first ever Waiters’ Race Atlanta in Buckhead on Friday afternoon for shedding a few tears over spilled Champagne.
Benefiting the Giving Kitchen and hosted by the Industry Fund, a new local nonprofit with a similar mission of supporting hospitality workers in their time of need, the quirky event was a take on the “Course des Garcons de Cafe,” a century-old Bastille Day tradition where waiters race with fully loaded trays, avoiding spills on their route. While the event began in France, variations now takes place annually in cities all over the world. This was Atlanta’s first.
Lining up outside of Le Bilboquet, servers from different local restaurants each held a serving tray with a glass of water, glass of wine, and split of Champagne. The servers then followed a marked course that wound throughout the Shops Buckhead Atlanta as fast as they could while holding their trays in one hand, the other hand behind their backs, making sure not to spill a single drop. Speed walking with knees cautiously bent rather than sprinting with their delicate cargo, the competitors curved around the half-mile race route while shoppers at Hermes, Joie, and NARS stepped outside to snap photos of the unique quest. At the end of the course, the servers opened their champagne, carefully poured a glass for the judges, then crossed the finish line with tray and glasses in-tact.
Wilkins says he practiced a lot for the race, but what was most important to him was the charity the event supported. “Most people in the service industry can’t afford insurance, so if you get sick or your house burns down there aren’t a lot of options,” he says. “The Giving Kitchen really helps when things like that happen to a member of the restaurant industry.”
Following the race, Le Bilboquet hosted a celebration with French music, an outdoor rosé bar, a fresh flower cart, and bottles upon bottles of Champagne. Fulton County Chairman John Eaves even read a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners declaring July 14, 2017 as Waiters’ Race Day, which “[celebrates] the excellence, dedication, and hard work of the over 230,000 that work in the Atlanta restaurant industry.”
“I’ve been in the business 11 years—every day serving drinks and picking up trays,” says Jorge Rios, a server from Le Bilboquet. “It feels good to have this race in Atlanta.”
Indie Megashow Where: The Tabernacle Atlanta When: July 15, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: $25, VIP: $75 Details: Thanks to Sony PlayStation, Adult Swim Games, and the game developers of the Indie Megabooth, Atlantans can check out the indie side of the gaming world with art, live music, and, of course, tons of playable games at the first ever Indie Megashow. Start gaming in the afternoon and hang out until after midnight with a creative community of game creators and players at the Tabernacle Atlanta.
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Where: Park Tavern When: July 16, 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: $49.99 to $125 Details: The killer tomatoes are coming! Fall prey to a plethora of tomato treats crafted by some of the South’s finest chefs at the ninth annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, a tradition created by Atlanta culinary royal Ford Fry and benefiting Georgia Organics.
Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival Kick-Off Where: TheFox Theatre When: July 16, 2 p.m.
Cost: Free, but fees apply if you reserve a ticket online Details: It wouldn’t be summertime without the Fox Theatre showing favorite flicks on the big screen. Kick off the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival 2017 with The Legend Lives On, GPB’s documentary detailing the history of the famous venue, followed by a screening of Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, originally shown at the Fox’s grand opening in 1928.
Kendrick Lamar at Infinite Energy Arena Where:Infinite Energy Arena When: July 17, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $150+ Details: You’ll want to buy tickets ASAP for this sure-to-be-sold-out concert. Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, DAMN., was released to rave reviews in April, and the upcoming Atlanta concert is part of Lamar’s first tour for the hugely popular album. Hear hits like “DNA” and “Loyalty” performed live, while also catching artists Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. before the man himself takes the mic.
Atlanta Dream vs. San Antonio Stars Where: McCamish Pavilion When: July 18, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $12 to $58 Details: Basketball in Atlanta this summer is all about the ladies. Support the three-time Eastern Conference Champions in their historic tenth season as they take on the San Antonio Stars in an early game at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
Atlanta is at the top of the list when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July in 2017 according to this WalletHub study, and we just happen to agree. Here’s are some of the most festive ways to celebrate America’s birthday in Atlanta—from beach parties to beer fests.
If you want classic fireworks: Stone Mountain’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Where: Stone Mountain Park When: July 1-4, 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 daily parking or $40 annual pass
Details: Nothing says Georgia quite like Stone Mountain’s Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, especially when the show is followed by an over-the-top round of fireworks and fire effects set to music. The world’s largest piece of exposed granite will become a stage for one of the most festive Fourth get-togethers in the state; heck, in the south.
Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration
Where: Concourse Corporate Center lawn
When: July 2, 7:30 p.m.
Details: A classic way to celebrate liberty, the city of Sandy Springs’ Fourth event is pure Americana, with a parade, outdoor concert, and fireworks finale. The best part of this yearly festivity? The fireworks will sparkle next to the illuminated tops of the iconic King and Queen buildings.
Centennial Park: Fourth Of July Celebration Where: Centennial Olympic Park When: July 4; gates open at 6 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Cost: Free Details: What better way is there to celebrate the Fourth than with an overhead fireworks display under downtown Atlanta’s nighttime sky? While you’re waiting for the sun to go down, enjoy a concert from a range of musical guests, including Grammy award-winner Bobby Brown, R&B singer/songwriter Algebra Blessett, and indie talent Chelsea Shag.
Mall of Georgia Star Spangled Fourth of July
Where: Mall of Georgia
When: July 4, 5 p.m.
Details: There’s something for everyone at Mall of Georgia’s annual Star Spangled Fourth celebration. Doors open early with free concerts, including a performance by A1A, the official Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Fireworks will take place at dark and the party doesn’t stop there—the night will finish off with an outdoor showing of The LEGO Batman Movie on a 70-foot wide screen under the stars.
Roswell’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza Where: Roswell High School lawn When: July 4, 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza is a tradition for the whole family with live music, a Kids Zone with inflatables, and, of course, a ravishing firecrackers display at the end of the night. Attendees who show up early won’t be bored while they wait for dusk; a selection of food trucks will be onsite for easy Independence Day snacking.
Decatur Pied Piper Parade
Where: Decatur Square
When: July 4, 5:30 p.m.
Details: Come one, come all for the Decatur Pied Piper Parade! Craft a float or simply bring yourself to march from First Baptist Church of Decatur to the city’s square where you will be greeted with a performance by the Callanwolde Concert Band and, of course, a fireworks show.
If you want barbecue and booze: City Winery’s 4th of July Weekend
Where: City Winery
When: June 30 to July 4
Cost: Various ticket prices.
Details: City Winery is celebrating independence for five whole days with a series of concerts and food and drink specials. The festivities begin with alternative folk artist Michelle Shocked and end with a Billy Joel tribute by Mike Santoro out on the winery’s patio.
Red, White & Brew
Where: Georgia Aquarium When: July 1, 6:30 p.m. Cost: Adults: $65; Members: $50 Details: The best way to kick off the July Fourth weekend is with a brew at the aquarium, where Red, White & Brew will take over the Ocean Ballroom with countless beers to try, live music, and Wolfgang Puck Catering barbecue. Tickets include not only unlimited sampling of the plethora of brews, but also aquarium admission and a souvenir tasting glass for each guest.
Barbecue Party with Kevin Gillespie’s Terminus Barbecue Where: Communion Cantina at Revival When: July 4, 1 p.m. Cost: $15 per barbecue plate; $12 vegetarian pimento cheese plate; various prices on a la carte options Details: Communion Cantina in Decatur and Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie are inviting Atlantans out for a barbecue complete with “$4 on the Fourth” drink specials and heaping servings of sides. Buy a classic barbecue or vegetarian plate or go free range among the trays of barbecue, pimento cheese sandwiches, and fried pies.
Barbecue & Bluegrass at Barrington Hall When: July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Barrington Hall Cost: Free admission; various prices on food and drink Details: Back in the nineteenth century, the King family of Roswell’s Barrington Hall hosted an annual barbecue at their mansion. Today, guests can still take part in this festive tradition with live music, barbecue, beer, and a kids area. This event is fun for the whole family, with a historic twist.
Rooftop Backyard Barbecue at The Roof at Ponce City Market When: July 4, 5 p.m. Where: The Roof at Ponce City Market Cost: General admission: $10 for kids and $25 for adults; VIP ticket: $55 Details: Overlook Atlanta with a plate full of barbecue and a drink in hand, all while taking in an impressive panoramic fireworks show. Kid’s activities, a live DJ, and a VIP ticket option with access to a private rooftop tent complete this event, but the biggest attraction of the Rooftop Backyard Barbecue is the ability of attendees to view all of the fireworks shows that will be happening around the city.
If you want to catch a game (or the race): AJC Peachtree Road Race
Where: Race begins in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park When: July 4; Wheelchair start: 6:43 a.m.; Main start: 7:30 a.m. Cost: Free for viewers Details: It’s that time again. One of Atlanta’s greatest traditions of all time, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is back for its 47th year. While registration has already closed for the race, it’s never to late to cheer the runners on and kick off the Fourth of July with this legendary Atlanta event.
Atlanta United vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium
When: July 4, 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $25
Details: Celebrate freedom with Atlanta United for the first time ever as the team plays the San Jose Earthquakes and hosts a fireworks extravaganza. The club is asking attendees to come dressed in patriotic wear and United’s secondary kits.
Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Where: SunTrust Park When: July 4, 7:35 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $20 Details: In the land of the free and the home of the Braves, the best way to spend America’s birthday is watching America’s pastime; baseball. The Braves will take on the Astros, followed by SunTrust Park’s first ever Independence Day fireworks display.
If you want to party all day: Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia Where: Six Flags over Georgia When: July 2 to 4, all day Cost: Included with regular Six Flags pass. Details: Six Flags is a wild ride any time of the year but the theme park gets an upgrade for Independence Day with the Coca-Cola July 4th Fest, a three-day event with admission perks and fireworks. Bring a can of Coke to the park’s entrance during each morning of the fest for early ride times, early entrance into the park, and admission discounts, then stay till dusk for fireworks.
Callaway Gardens July 4th Weekend Star-Spangled Beach Party Where: Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens When: July 1 to 4, all day Cost: $30 for adults; $25 for seniors; $15 for children; ages five and under free. Details: The beach opens at 9 a.m. and won’t close until a fireworks extravaganza at dark at Callaway Garden’s July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party. Guests have the opportunity to play in the lake, participate in a sandcastle building competition, and even watch the Florida State University circus at this all day, family-friendly bash.
City of Marietta Fourth of July Celebration Where: Marietta Square When: July 4, 10 a.m. to dark Cost: Free Details: This event begins with a parade that boasts over 2,000 participants, followed by an arts and crafts fair, museum tours, and fireworks. Capture the feeling of Americana at this town-square event.
Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade Where: Dunwoody Village When: July 4, 9 a.m. to dark Cost: Free Details: Last year over 34,000 spectators turned out for this parade through Dunwoody’s streets, so you’ll want to arrive early. After the parade ends, get some barbecue and spend the afternoon watching a U.S. Citizen Swearing-In Ceremony, when around 100 people will become citizens of the U.S.A.
Presented by Atlanta’s Voices of Note—the umbrella organization over the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus–Forever Strong is a panel discussion about the journey the community leaders faced in the aftermath of the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, accompanied by musical performances from choruses and a multimedia tribute to the 49 people killed during the June 12, 2016 attack. The discussion aims to not only serve as a commemoration, but also as opportunity to learn about strong community-building.
“It’s important to remember the lives of those lost, and it’s important to learn from this experience,” Voices of Note interim executive director Eve Campbell says. “If the Atlanta community can learn just a little about building the kinds of bonds and ongoing communication that has occurred in Orlando post-Pulse, then we too can build stronger community.”
After the shooting last summer, the AGMC held a benefit concert to aid Pulse survivors and victims’ families, raising over $15,000. Voices of Note’s relationship to Orlando deepened further when a board member, Ryan Logan, spent two months last year with the Red Cross in Orlando, experiencing firsthand both the devastation and hope that were so strongly felt in the city.
“My experience leading the Red Cross response to the Pulse shooting was nothing short of life changing,” Logan says. “For many, the 49 individuals killed were names or pictures on a television screen, but for me it was very real. I hugged their families, I comforted their friends, and I heard stories of how the 49 lived their lives.
“I have worked through many disasters in my career,” Logan continued, “But I have never seen a community unite in love and acceptance like Orlando.”
The connections Logan made while in Orlando were key in forming the Forever Strong panel, which features Terry DeCarlo, executive director of the Orlando LGBT Center executive director; Rasha Mubarak, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Orlando; Roxy Santiago, a Latin and LGBT community leader; JD Castro, of the Orlando Gay Chorus; Felipe Sousa Matos-Rodriguez, of the Orlando Mayor’s Office; Angel Santiago, a Pulse survivor; and Sgt. Grace Peek, the Orlando Police Department’s LGBT liaison.
“We hope to create ongoing conversations in our community, without needing the impetus of a tragedy to bring us together,” Campbell says. “We can learn from the Orlando groups the value of collaboration and how we [as community organizations] can help each other achieve our respective missions.”
Forever Strong will take place on June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, but it is recommended that guests reserve seating online at voicesofnote.org.
Literary Lecture: Jacqueline Woodson Where: Margaret Mitchell House When:June 8, 7 p.m. Cost:General admission: $10; Members: $5; Atlanta History Insiders: free What:The New York Times-bestselling author and three-time Newbery Honor winner Jacqueline Woodson will stop by the Margaret Mitchell House this week to serve up literary wisdom while introducing her new book, Another Brooklyn. Take time to lose yourself in Woodson’s words on her newly-published 1970’s coming-of-age tale—a work which also happens to be her first adult novel in twenty years.
Atlanta Moon Ride Where: Piedmont Park When:June 9; Festival pre-party: 7 p.m.; Moon Ride: 11 p.m. Cost: General admission: $35; VIP: $95; Onsite registration: $40 What: The Atlanta Moon Ride is back for its fifth year, giving Atlantans a chance to bike six miles through a moonlit city after celebrating during the pre-party and costume contest. The event benefits Bert’s Big Adventure, a local charity that helps send children with terminal illnesses to Disney World. While you can register onsite before the event, online registration may be your best bet—this one could sell out. Plus, online registrants have the option of splurging for VIP pre-party access to a private tent with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, and those who buy general admission passes online get a free t-shirt.
Tunes from the Tombs Where: Oakland Cemetery When:June 10, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP Package: $75; Kids four to 12: $5; Kids three and under: free What: Oakland’s annual concert remains one of the most unique fests in town. The event boasts a diverse lineup of bands such as Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband and Five Eight, plus an array of food trucks for easy snacking. The late Col. Bruce Hampton, who passed away on May 1, was originally scheduled to headline this year’s festival, so in his honor, Tinsley Ellis will perform a special tribute set, and many other performers will be incorporating Hampton songs into their sets.
Create-ATL free family festival Where: Woodruff Arts Center When:June 11, 1 p.m. Cost: Free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time online What: Talk about a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon: This family-friendly Woodruff Arts Center bash features music, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts—all for free. By reserving free tickets online, guests will receive complimentary tickets to the Plundering Pirates of Symphony Hall, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert, and can participate in other happenings including treasure map-making workshops, docent-led High Museum tours, and even a story time with Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal.
Dead & Company Concert Where: Lakewood Amphitheatre When:June 13, 7 p.m. Cost: $105 and up What: Calling all deadheads! Dead & Company, the band boasting former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann with the addition of John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jess Chimenti, is truckin’ on to Atlanta to perform for one night only at Lakewood Amphitheatre. This is throwback you won’t want to miss.
Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Where: SunTrust Park When: May 24 at 7:35 p.m.; May 25 at 12:10 p.m. Cost: $7 to $116 Details: A perfect early kick-off to Memorial Day weekend, the Braves will play the Pittsburgh Pirates (who they bested Tuesday night, 5-6) in an evening home game at SunTrust Park on May 24, and then again for a lunchtime game on May 25.
Atlanta Contemporary Open Studios Event
Where: Atlanta Contemporary Artist Studios When: May 25 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 (free for museum supporters) Details: Join Atlanta Contemporary for an evening of celebration in honor of the 14 local artists that make up the Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist Program. In addition to meeting the artists and viewing their work up close and personal, attendees will also have the chance to sample cocktails created by the museum mixologist Nikki Searcy, taste treats from a food truck onsite, and hear some live jams from local musician Mike Stasny.
I Survived I-85 Party
Where: SweetWater Brewing Company When: May 26 at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $12-$25 Details: The collapsed segment of I-85 was just minutes away from SweetWater Brewing Company’s home base in Armour Yards, so it’s only fitting they’d throw a big bash to celebrate it’s repair—complete with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and music by indie folk band Magic Giant. (Upgrade to the VIP package and that barbecue is free, plus you can meet the band.) You survived the traffic nightmare—treat yourself right!
Date Night on the River
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center When: May 27 at 6 p.m. Cost: $30 ($25 for members) Details: Craving a relaxing outdoor evening? Bring your significant other to a river date night offered by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Grounds will open early in the evening to allow couples to bring a picnic dinner, after which attendees will take a sunset canoe trip led by CNC guides. This event is 21 and up, so hire a sitter for the night before you enjoy some of the state’s most beautiful scenery.
Pete the Cat
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: May 24 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; May 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; May 26 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; May 27 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; May 18 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost: $20.50 ($10.25 for members), free for children under 2 Details: This weekend is your last chance to see Pete the Cat jump out of the pages of his best-selling children’s book series and come alive at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The show is ages 4 and up, so even the youngest of audience members can experience the adventurous tale. Create-A-Puppet workshops will be also available for attendees after select shows.
“I think oftentimes, in markets outside of New York, Chicago, and L.A., there’s this tendency to look to [those cities] for compelling contemporary work,” says Masud Olufani, an actor and mixed-media artist who served as a juror for Gathered III, an exhibition opening on May 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. “The work that’s being produced here is just as compelling as anything you’ll find [there].”
A biannual exhibition now in its third cycle, Gathered III is meant to be a celebration of the growing contemporary art scene across the state. Out of more than 350 submissions, Olufani and his fellow jurors (painter Rocio Rodriguez and photographer Jerry Siegel) selected 58 works—from paintings to sculpture to video art—by 36 artists. “We were locked in a room for a day,” he says. “We wanted to cast a broad net, and to show that artists in the state of Georgia are diverse and creative across a spectrum of styles and mediums.”
Among the artists featured are architect and mixed-media artist Amy Landesberg, photographer Lucinda Bunnen, sculptor Imi Hwangbo, mixed-media artist Lillian Blades, and painter and performance artist Maurice Clifford.
Gathered III runs May 16 through July 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.
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