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  • Summer Festivals Mean Fun for All

    Hot Southern summers are no match for the city's seasonal festivities. Whether you'll be celebrating Independence Day with fireworks at Stone Mountain Park, soaking in culture at the National Black Arts Festival, or indulging in Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, there is no shortage of ways to beat the heat. View a complete list of Atlanta summer festivals below.

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    June Festivals

    Atlanta Summer Beer Fest More Info
    Try a few of the more than 150 beers, including those from local breweries like SweetWater, Red Brick, Wild Heaven, Monday Night, and many more. While you’re at it, enjoy live music on a pair of stages, a game zone and few surprises along the way.


    Modern Atlanta Design Is Human Festival
    This citywide festival celebrates the beauty and brilliance in mankind's modern creations. This June, join Design Is Human for an in-depth look at the interior design, architecture and fashions of the city, as well as its visual and communication arts. Come enjoy exhibits, lectures and activities which showcase the allure of Atlanta!


    Virginia Highland Summerfest More Info
    Celebrate the beginning of summer with dancing, music, art and of course, delicious food. While exploring the historic neighborhood, peek into the eclectic shops and local dining scene which give the neighborhood its quirky charm. Revered as one of the best artists' markets in the Southeast, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest features works by local artists and activities for the entire family.


    Atlanta Ice Cream Festival More Info
    What treat could be better during the Southern summer heat than ice cream? In July come chill out in Piedmont Park with ice cream vendors (including local artisans and national favorites) and live music. Go ahead and grab seconds (and thirds), but don’t forget fitness activities are available as well!


    Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center More Info
    The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival fills the air with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies as they are released during this annual family festival! The new "Butterfly Encounter" exhibit allows visitors to hand-feed more than 250 free flying butterflies. Dave Holland drums up the music on Saturday. Add to that live music, photography and entomology exhibits, arts and crafts and face painting for lots of fun. 


    National Black Arts Festival More Info
    Experience the dance, film, theater and music, as well as visual and literary arts of Africa and the African Diaspora during the nation's only Black Arts Festival. This festival celebrates the contributions of people of African descent and their impact on world cultures. For an entire week, the African-American community joins together to celebrate the rich culture and history, sharing their traditions with the entire city.



    August Festivals

    Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival More Info
    Harmony Park is the site of this annual festival that started as a fundraiser to save the old Decatur train depot. Now, more than 5,000 music and barbecue lovers gather annually to enjoy six hours of live acts and some of the tangiest, spiciest, juiciest barbecue anywhere in Atlanta.


    Festival Peachtree Latino More Info
    Located in Piedmont Park, this free event includes exhibitions, parades, ethnic foods and lots of music performances! You'll also find arts and crafts, family activities and sporting events as the city celebrates its Latino heritage!


    Grant Park Summer Shade Festival More Info
    This two-day festival celebrates visual arts and family fun in Atlanta’s signature green space. Up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters will display their work along the park’s many paths.



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