Outdoor Things to Do in Atlanta This Summer

It's the South. It's summer. Get outside and enjoy the warm weather.
  • Listen to free music in the park during Sunset Sessions. (Sarah Johnson photo)
    Listen to free music in the park during Sunset Sessions. (Sarah Johnson photo)
  • Buy some, uh, art at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival.
    Buy some, uh, art at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival.
  • There will be jewelry vendors at Piedmont Park Arts Festival, too.
    There will be jewelry vendors at Piedmont Park Arts Festival, too.

Whether it's music you love, or Super Heroes, Atlanta offers plenty outdoor things to do all summer long.

  1. Yoga on the Square, July 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    Complimentary yoga on the plaza in front of Colony Square starts at 6 p.m

  2. Street Easts on the Square, July 21, 28; and Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25
    Grab lunch at the plaza outside Colony Square. Food trucks alert.

  3. Ice Cream Festival, July 22
    Ice cream is the reason for what’s pleasin’ at this annual festival. Besides eating cool treats, try the ice cream-eating contest and choose from a multitude of wellness activities including a Hula Hoop competition and Boom Shock Fitness. Oh, and be sure to get your free health screening.

  4. Chattahoochee Nature Center Concerts, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 29
    Enjoy music outdoors at the Lakeside Pavilion.

  5. Movies in Central Park, through Aug. 3
    Head to Atlantic Station on Thursday nights. Movies released from 1990 to 2000 start at dusk.

  6. Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Aug. 6
    It's exactly what it sounds like. Expect to get wet.

  7. Dectur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 12
    We can't describe any better than the name of the festival. It's a Southern thing.

  8. Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Aug. 19 and 20
    Stroll the park, admire the art. Fork over some cash for a painting or a new bracelet. Take the kids; there will be a play area.

  9. Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Aug. 26 and 27
    As summer turns into September, this annual festival is a relaxing way to wave farewell to the dog days. Enjoy live music, an artists' market, kids' zone and, yes, shade.

  10. Sunset Sessions at Piedmont Park, through Oct. 1
    Only on Sundays, at Park Tavern, watch the sun set on the ATL skyline as you listen to free music

  11. Six Flags Over Georgia, all summer
    It’s Super Hero Summer at Six Flags. Check the website for July and August appearances by both Batman and The Joker. And don’t forget the rides. There’s something for everyone from thrill seekers to tykes. When you can’t take another roller coaster ride, remember that there is a water park.

More ideas: Have a picnic, or take the kids to a playground.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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