Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 Atlanta event picks for July

Fireworks, zombies, and the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
Fireworks Illustration

Illustration by Lindsay Mound

July 4
After cooling down from the Peachtree Road Race, buy earmuffs for your pets and head to Centennial Olympic Park, Marietta Square, or Stone Mountain State Park (among other spots) to celebrate the nation’s independence by lighting up the sky. Expect parades, music, and entertainment culminating with fireworks spectacles after 9 p.m.

Tomato Festival

Photograph by Erik Meadows

Tomato Festival
July 15
For the 10th year in a row, jack-of-all-cuisines Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival challenges local and visiting chefs, mixologists, and farmers to concoct tomato-based treats at the Westside Provisions District to raise cash for Georgia Organics, a nonprofit promoting sustainable agriculture.

Night of the Living Dead Poster
The Fox Theatre will host a 50th-Anniversary screening of the Night of the Living Dead this month.

Photograph Courtesy of the Fox Theatre

Zombie Week
July 27
The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre honors the undead with a 50th-anniversary screening of Night of the Living Dead, the cult-classic zombie flick directed by George Romero. Afraid of looking too alive at the screening? Get a $5 zombie makeover beforehand. 

Rendering of "High Horn"
Rendering of “High Horn.”

© Yuri Suzuki

Sound Sculptures
Through 10/7

The High Museum’s initiative to reimagine its courtyard continues with a colorful set of trumpet-like sculptures made by internationally renowned designer Yuri Suzuki that manipulate sounds from passersby.

African Dance and Drum
July 27 – 29
Organized by the Afrikan Djeli Cultural Institute, the three-day event at the Covenant House promoting West and North African dances includes music and movement workshops, an African-inspired craft market, food vendors, and more.

This article appears in our July 2018 issue.