July Festivals in Atlanta

There's more to July than the Fourth. Atlantans can enjoy festivals all month long.
  • It's recess for adults-and all for a good cause-at Atlanta Field Day.
    It's recess for adults-and all for a good cause-at Atlanta Field Day.
  • Join noted chef Ford Fry and some of the area's best chefs and mixologists to celebrate tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.
    Join noted chef Ford Fry and some of the area's best chefs and mixologists to celebrate tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.
  • Cheer on some of the city's best waiters as they compete for honors and a trip to Paris in the Waiters' Race...then party in Buckhead.
    Cheer on some of the city's best waiters as they compete for honors and a trip to Paris in the Waiters' Race...then party in Buckhead.

Of course, there are lots of fun Fourth of July activities during the first week of July, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the month falls victim to summer doldrums. No! There are plenty of festivals in Atlanta in July so get out and enjoy options ranging from a film festival to Killer Tomatoes.

  • SAD Summer Fest, July 9
    Head to the Masquerade for lots of music including The Maine, The Wonder Years and more.

  • Atlanta Shorts Fest, July 11-13
    Part of the Atlanta Film Series, Atlanta Shorts Fest spotlights and promotes short films that run at fewer than 45 minutes. Among the subjects are comedy, animation, documentary, experimental, horror and sci-fi, personal, erotic, fantasy, drama, thrillers and adventure. 

  • Atlanta Field Day, July 13
    It’s a throwback to grade school and recess. Join in the fun with your own team (or join another) and participate in relays and games such as tug of war and obstacle courses. There are eight competitions consisting of three scheduled relays and five scramble games. Co-ed teams are encouraged.

  • Glow Fest, July 13
    Glow Fest is a fun-filled experience exposing runners to Glow Powder and black lights all over the course. In addition to the race there are other activities such as glow basketball, glow volleyball and glow baseball plus music and food. Don’t miss taking a glow slide through glowing foam and into a pool of bubbles. We promise you’ll glow like a glow worm.

  • Let Your Light Shine Outdoor Festival, July 13
    It's all about minority mental health awareness. Learn as you listen to music and shop vendors. 

  • Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, July 14
    Enjoy tomato-based treats from dozens of the area’s best chefs and mixologists as well as live music from The Spazmatics and chef Ford Fry’s band, The Foo’d Fighters. There is a live auction, too. The festival is a benefit for Georgia Organics.

  • The Waiters’ Race, July 14
    Produced by The Industry Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting the restaurant industry, the Waiters’ Race at Shops Buckhead Atlanta is a century-old French tradition that tests the skills a waiter uses daily. Waiters have to race as fast as possible holding loaded trays without spilling the contests. Hosted by Le Bilboquet, all proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance grants for Atlanta area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship. In addition to cheering on the waiters, expect food, games, a French flower market, kids activities, music and other fun activities.

  • African Dance & Drum Festival, July 26-28
    The fun festival offers dance and drum classes, an African-inspired craft market with food vendors, a kids camp and concert on Saturday.

  • Ice Cream Festival, July 27
    There’s more to life than ice cream (that’s what we’ve been told), but on July 27 come out and celebrate ice cream along with a balanced lifestyle that works for adults and kids. Wellness activities include Boom Shock Fitness, exercise routines  and Chinese exercises from Falun Dafa Association of Atlanta. Enjoy Hula-Hoop competitions, jump rope fun and Frisbee tosses. All of which go toward burning calories as you eat ice cream. In addition to ice cream there are food and non-food vendors, live music and a morning 5K Fight Cancer Walk.

  • Old 320 Beer Fest, July 27
    Join beer enthusiasts to sample beers from more than 30 breweries, bites from Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery, and live music.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

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