Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: July 2017

Heat and scattered showers can be a drag, but this lineup of July events is anything but boring. From cheering on the Atlanta Dream during their 10th season to seeing classic cartoons under the starry sky of the Fox Theatre, we’ve got a full lineup of iconic Atlanta summer moments in the making.

All of July: Hot Summer Happenings in Atlanta’s Centennial Park District

The Centennial Park District, a neighborhood which has grown up around Atlanta’s historic Centennial Olympic Park, is home to the South’s most legendary destinations. Atlantans and visitors alike can experience real southern hospitality with this neighborhood’s wide range of restaurants, bars, attractions, hotels and authentically Atlantan experiences. This month, you won’t want to miss exciting programming like Red, White and Brew at the Georgia AquariumFourth of July fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park, and Fourth of July at the College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Home to some of the city’s most loved attractions, the District has emerged as one of the Southeast’s premier destinations for dining, hospitality and entertainment.

All of July: Run with the Dream, Atlanta’s WNBA Team

In July, the Dream have seven home games, starting with the annual Hoops for Troops game against the New York Liberty on July 2. The team will host its Faith & Family game on Friday, July 7 when the Indiana Fever come to town. Families looking for a midweek activity will be able to bring their kids to our Kids Day Game on July 18, beginning at 11:30 am. We are celebrating teachers as they begin their school year at our July 28th game against the Minnesota Lynx. Finally, we are hosting our annual Dream Pink game on Sunday, July 30 against the Washington Mystics, which will raise money for the Grady Health Foundation to support finding a cure for breast cancer.

All of July: Summer Reading Fun at Little Shop of Stories

Enjoy a cozy blanket fort storytime at Little Shop of Stories on the evening of July 6, then come back the next evening to meet Sucheta Rawal, author of the Beato picture book series. Portion of proceeds from Beato Goes To Indonesia will be donated to the Bali Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization that helps kids in the villages on the island of Bali receive education. Finally, save the date for the Scholastic Summer Book Tour, coming to Little Shop on July 21. Here’s more info on summer reading fun.

All of July (and beyond): Blue Man Group – Making Waves Exhibit

This awesome exhibit – designed to bring together science and art – will take the whole family through a multi-sensory exploration of sound that provides an opportunity to play together while discovering the fun of music.

Through July 15: Ribbit the Exhibit

Things are hopping at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, with Ribbit the Exhibit, an exhibition of 23 whimsical frog sculptures sure to bring smiles to the young and young at heart. Presented through July 15, the exhibition of copper sculptures is the creation of North Carolina artist Andy Cobb, who left the corporate world after 21 years to focus on his art, including frogs, birds, and fish.

Through July 23: Cinderella Della Circus

With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic. Adapted by Jon Ludwig.

July 1: Red, White & Brew at Georgia Aquarium

Celebrate Independence Day a little early at Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, July 1 with unlimited beer sampling, classic BBQ, live music from “The Regulars Band,” and over 500 aquatic species! Red, White and Brew will be held in our magnificent Oceans Ballroom with views of our beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks.

July 4: Fourth of July at Meeks Park

Celebrate the Fourth in beautiful Blairsville with a dazzling show that begins at sundown. For each $10 donation you will be entered to win the $1000 giveaway that night.

July 9: Second Sunday at the High Museum

On the second Sunday of each month we offer free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. July’s theme is Warhol, Wigs, and Wiggles. Learn about some of Andy Warhol’s most iconic prints! (Is that their real hair?!) Discover pieces in the permanent collection featuring wigs. Move through the galleries to see kinetic works and images representing movement.

July 14 & 28: Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde

Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater.

July 15: Christmas in July Night at SunTrust Park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in July? That’s right, join jolly-old Saint Nicholas and the Braves on July 15 for Christmas in July. Enjoy snow flurries of excitement in the plaza at The Battery Atlanta prior to the game. This Christmas in July Ticket Package includes a baby blue Braves winter onesie. Be the envy of everyone this holiday season!

July 15-16: ICE COLD Summer Fun at World of Coca-Cola

When you arrive at Pemberton Place on July 15 and 16, expect a warm welcome with a cold beverage. During the “Share an ICE COLD Coke” experience, sip on free customized mini cans of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero before interacting with the Bubble-izer, one-of-a-kind technology that virtually transforms you into an effervescent fizzy form. Be sure to snap a photo and share your new look with your friends!

July 16 (and beyond): Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

The Fox Theatre today announces its 2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival schedule featuring family-friendly titles sure to entice both kids and those who are kids at heart. The festival kicks off Sunday, July 16 with a FREE afternoon at the movies! To celebrate the Fox Theatre’s rich and storied history, guests are invited to enjoy a double-header of GPB’s “The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre” paired with the Walt Disney classic “Steamboat Willie” –  a nod to the Fox Theatre’s magnificent 1928 grand opening, in which a sold out audience experienced Mickey Mouse’s first feature film. Learn about other films in the summer lineup.

July 20: 4-H Day at the Atlanta History Center

Join 4-Hers in grades 4 through 12 from across Georgia for the second annual 4-H Day at the Atlanta History Center. Compete in a scavenger hunt and games on the Smith Family Farm and at Swan House. $6. For more information, please call 404.814.4099 or email laurs@uga.edu.

July 21: Fernbank Forest Twilight Tour

Enjoy the great outdoors as the day’s heat winds down with Fernbank Museum scientists on an evening guided tour through WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. Slow down from the daily hustle and appreciate the character and interconnected parts of Georgia’s Piedmont forest ecosystem. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up and lasts approximately 2 hours.

July 22: Brew and Crew at The Dillard House

Are you a craft beer lover or do you brew beer at home? If so, you and your friends won’t want to miss this Brew and Crew beer tasting dinner! Make a weekend of it and join others while you sip beers from Southbound Brewing Company. Guests will experience a 5-course dinner, 5 beer tastings and receive a Southbound souvenir pint glass. Afterwards, guests will enjoy entertainment by 2015 GA Music Awards Country Male Artist of the Year Justin Dukes and bandmates while you enjoy Southbound and other craft beers at a cash bar.

July 22: National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

Celebrate the contribution of the cowboy and cowgirl to America’s cultural heritage with mouth-watering food, kid’s hands-on activities, Western stage entertainment, demonstrations, shopping, music and more! FREE admission to the festival grounds. $2 off Booth Museum admission for those in Western attire.

July 22: Be Downtown Film Festival at the Rialto Center for the Arts

Be Our Guest this year to a Galaxy Far Far Away as the The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University presents our Second Annual Be Downtown Film Festival on Saturday July 22, 2017. The film lineup is: Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) at 3:00 PM; Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 5:00 PM; and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at 7:30 PM. All tickets are $5, so make sure to bring the whole family! Proceeds from this year’s film festival will benefit the Rialto2Go outreach program that takes art and culture into under-served schools. Rialto teaching artists engage students through performances, lectures, workshops and hands-on activities. So please share this event with your friends and family!

July 22: Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival was founded in 2010 out of a desire to provide family fun in which the entire community could enjoy. This fun event features America’s Favorite Dessert – ICE CREAM, but also includes a variety of health and wellness engagement activities, fitness routines, food & non-food vendors, live local musical entertainment and even a morning 5k Fight Cancer Walk. Come enjoy America’s favorite dessert, BUT also be ready to enhance your mind on maintaining a well balanced lifestyle all year long. Enjoy a cool treat anytime at these fine unique Atlanta ice cream parlors.


Find an annual list of Atlanta events here.

Paige Sullivan | Travel and Calendar Editor

Paige Sullivan recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.

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