5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 31 – August 6

Hot air balloons, CATS, and a soapbox derby


Photograph by Matthew Murphy

CATS Musical
When: August 6–11
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $35–$155
Details: The trailer for the upcoming CATS film has permeated Twitter in the past week, but there’s a quicker way to enjoy this Broadway musical. Pulling talent from artists who have worked on Hamilton, Les Misérables, and more, this show’s (wacky and unexplainable) plot follows a tribe of cats who face some drama as the tribe’s leader has to choose one cat to ascend to heaven.

Atlanta Balloon Glow
When: August 1–4
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: Free, $30–$50 for tethered rides
Details: Enjoy a show at dusk every evening when hot air balloons come alive with a glow. Relish in more than just the food trucks and retail vendors—hop into a balloon with your family or your significant other and enjoy a spectacular view of Midtown with tethered rides.

Soapbox Derby Festival

Photograph courtesy of Cool Dads Rock

Soapbox Derby
When: August 3, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: Free, $27 to register
Details: Now in its seventh year, Soapbox Derby is all about family bonding as kids and dads work together to build a car and race it down Rankin Street. Started by Cool Dads Rock, a foundation that encourages building better relationships between children and their dads, don’t miss out on food trucks while you’re there.

Salty Bees

Photograph by Sofia Palmero

The Salty Bees: A Raunchy Feminist Comedy Extravaganza
When: August 2, 11 p.m.
Where: Village Theatre
Cost: $10
Details: Local comedy duo Sara Bresee and Courtney Overcash are putting on a sketch comedy show full of satire and personal experiences showcasing their “unapologetically progressive points of view.” This communications specialist and technology manager pair plan to have you laughing at the challenges of womanhood in the 21st century.

Like Glue Music Festival

Photograph courtesy of Like Glue Music Festival

Like Glue Music Festival
When: August 3, 3–11 p.m.
Where: 787 Windsor
Cost: $40
Details: Experience Caribbean, African, Latin, and American cultural music all in one night. This outdoor venue will feature artists Konshens, Olatunji Yearwood, Verse Simmonds, and Mix Master David among others. Get a taste (literally) of international cultures with food, live paintings, art exhibits, and more.