10 Atlanta festivals to enjoy in July

Indulge in ice cream, tomatoes, even a little scrapbooking
Atlanta Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Photograph courtesy of the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

All You Can Eat
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Local celebrity chef Ford Fry hosts the annual fruit (or vegetable, depending on your ideology) festival for its eighth year to benefit Georgia Organics. Chefs from Graham House of 4th & Swift to Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria Del Sol gather to show off what they can do with the versatile produce.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
Have as much ice cream as you can stand at the sixth annual festival dedicated entirely to the frozen treat. If you’re worried about how this event may impact your diet, or lack thereof, you can sweat off the calories on-site with yoga exercises and other fitness routines.

Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival
This Marietta festival has a rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, and water slides for kids. Parents can take part in a school supply giveaway and food vendors ranging from Cattywampus Grill and the Muenster Truck.

Music, Movies, Culture, Oh My!
Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Music Festival
Taylor Sosebee, Bullsboro, Barbwire Bluegrass, and 10 other bluegrass artists are set to play at the Raccoon Creek Music Park in Dallas.

Atlanta Shortsfest
Now in its eighth year, dozens of short films will be shown at this fest from virtually every genre, all with running times of anywhere from three to 45 minutes.

Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival
This Adamsville festival celebrates African and Caribbean dance and music with dozens of workshops and a finale concert featuring Atlanta’s own Atlanta African Dance & Drum Community Collective. Also at the festival is a marketplace of African-inspired goods and crafts and a kids camp.

NBAF Family Day/Culture Fest
Explore a variety of activities and multidisciplinary experiences for the National Black Arts Festival’s annual public program, including a food court with an emphasis on foods of the African Diaspora; a marketplace of local vendors, shops, and restaurants; and a scheduled program of performances, including dramatic readings based on Atlanta’s civil rights history.

Grab Bag
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo
More than 50 scrapbooking workshops are crammed into two days for this convention. There’s also a creativity center, where you can learn from other scrapbookers, and a Saturday Scraptacular raffle.

Georgia Mountain Fair
Hosted on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, just south of the North Carolina border, this five-day fair has live music; carnival rides; arts and crafts; and some unique attractions, such as pogo stick stunt shows and “Old Ways” demonstrations.

Atlanta Bicycle Expo
Atlanta’s first ever Bike Expo convenes to discuss and showcase the world of cycling with panels, speakers, a cycling fashion show, an indoor spinning competition, and an exhibition. And don’t worry—valet bike parking is on the house.