Atlanta Field Day
When: July 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: $55 per person
Details: The best day ever from elementary school but with a twist—now adults can enjoy the tug-of-war, relay races, obstacle courses, and other games on co-ed teams of 8. The team with the most points at the end of the day is crowned King of the Field. The event is also giving out accolades including the Team Spirit Award and the Fundraising Champion for the team that raises the most money for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Atlanta Comic Con
When: July 13-15
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $30-60 (free for kids under 12)
Details: This celebration of nerd culture returns to Atlanta this weekend with favorite actors, artists, and other creators behind popular movies, television, comics, video games, and anime. Celebrity guests will include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride), Ray Park (Star Wars), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Billy West (Futurama), and plenty more for fans of all ages.
The Atlanta Waiters’ Race
When: July 15, 3-7 p.m.
Where: The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Cost: $25 to run, free to attend
Details: Ever been impressed by your waiters’ ability to balance a loaded tray without spilling everything on the floor? The Waiters’ Race celebrates—and tests—this special skill to see how well waiters can carry a full tray through the streets of Atlanta. The event will start with a block party featuring kids’ and adults’ activities, live music, food samples, and more. All proceeds will support The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit providing financial assistance and other resources to restaurant workers in need.
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
When: July 15, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Westside Provisions District
Details: It’s the 10-year anniversary of chef Ford Fry’s Georgia Organics fundraiser, inspired by a spoof horror film from the ’70s. The festival brings dozens of chefs and mixologists from all across the Southeast to compete to see who can create the best tomato-based treats and cocktails. Enjoy time sampling dishes, playing themed games, and hearing live music from G. Love & Special Sauce.
When: July 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Details: If you want to support local farmers this weekend but you’re just not into tomatoes, you can head over to the Botanical Garden for this hyper-local food festival. Attendees can sample food prepared by local chefs, enjoy live music, and learn all about local, sustainable agriculture. Previously known as Taste of AgLanta, the event serves as a fundraiser for the AgLanta Grows-A-Lot program, an initiative that flips vacant city-owned spaces into land for urban farmers and community gardeners.