Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: July 2016

This month’s list of events is definitely front-loaded, thanks to all of the Fourth of July fun to be had, but rest assured that there’s plenty to do in July, whether it’s a visit to a mercifully air-conditioned museum or a trip down memory lane at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics anniversary celebration. May your July be filled with fun and, of course, plenty of fireworks.

atlanta events july 2016

All of July (and beyond): Fridays N Duluth

Come down to historic downtown Duluth for a Friday night filled with fun, food and entertainment every Friday through October, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Flicks on the Bricks presents a movie on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month. Visit the website for the weekly food truck lineup and to see which flicks will be playing. All are invited to this FREE community block party!


All of July (and beyond): The Rise of Sneaker Culture

This exhibition includes 155 sneakers and follows the evolution of the sneaker from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture and marker of masculine identity. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum,The Rise of Sneaker Culture examines the sneaker’s complex social history and immense cultural significance. Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder.


All of July (and beyond): Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

A Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit is coming to Jonesboro this summer. Arts Clayton Gallery will host Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America from June 25 – August 5. Celebrate how sports shape communities and the American lifestyle from the local little league teams up to the Olympics (it’s the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympics this summer!). This exhibit is FREE to attendees; hours are Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


All of July (and beyond): FUNpass at Main Event Atlanta

If you’re putting together a list of affordable and fun summer outings for the family, Main Event Entertainment is offering guests all-you-can-play activities starting at $9.95. Now through September 5, those who purchase their FUNpass before 11:00 a.m. each day can get early bird pricing of $9.95 for all-you-can-play activities from open to 5:00 p.m. The FUNpass is available for $15.95 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and $17.95 from 5 p.m. to close. Summer FUNpass activities include bowling, billiards and laser tag, available at all of Main Event’s 27 locations nationwide, with gravity ropes, mini golf, bocce ball and rock climbing available at select locations.


All of July (and beyond): Live Unleashed Sweepstakes

Greyhound and Six Flags have partnered for a special summer sweepstakes. From June 10 through September 18, entrants have a chance to win a prize package that includes four tickets to a Six Flags theme park of the winner’s choice, a VIP tour, free roundtrip tickets via Greyhound, a two-night hotel stay, food, beverage and more. This prize package is valued at more than $4,000, and to enter, contestants simply need to upload a photo or video along with a caption that explains why they want to “Live Unleashed.”


July 1 – July 4: Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

Experience the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, a not-to-be-missed Atlanta tradition that promises to wow your family with state-of-the-art digital graphics and awe-inspiring effects. The show includes a lighting feature at the base of the mountain shining up like fingers of light showcasing the 825 foot mountainside. The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, is newly updated with breath-taking fire effects.Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air. Plus, special new fireworks spray multi-colored bursts and dance on the water at the base of the mountain. The special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow every night July 1-4!


July 2: Opening of Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta

Opening on July 2 for permanent exhibition, Atlanta History Center’s new cornerstone exhibition interpreting the history of Atlanta is rooted in the past, but also is being created to capture Atlanta’s stories of the present, and to engage visitors to consider the city’s path to the future. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences and dedicated spaces setting the stage for Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition will share the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today. Celebrate the opening of Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta on July 2nd with FREE admission and a full day of activities!


July 2 – July 4: Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags

Each night at 9:30 p.m., Six Flags Over Georgia will be honoring the annual Independence Day tradition with an amazing fireworks show! Be sure to get a spot early in the Cotton States Exposition district near the American Scream Machine and Sky Coaster for the best view. This is one fireworks show you certainly do not want to miss! All guests that arrive at the park with a Coca-Cola can on July 2 – July 4, can be admitted into the park an hour early to ride some of our guest favorite rides.


July 2-4: July 4th Weekend Star Spangled Beach Party

Head to Callaway Gardens for the holiday weekend, where the celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at their annual July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. Highlights include beach activities, live music – headlined by the Swingin’ Medallions, the FSU Flying High Circus and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Be sure to pack plenty of red, white and blue for this All-American Weekend!


July 4: Funbelievable Fourth at the Georgia Aquarium

Celebrate the 4th of July with your family at Georgia Aquarium! Funbelievable Fourth gives Atlantans access to the city’s BEST view of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. Your ticket includes summertime beverages and desserts in our beautiful Oceans Ballroom with views of beluga whales, whale sharks and manta rays; additional food and beverage items available for purchase; carnival games; arts and crafts; a live DJ  and prime viewing of Centennial Olympic Park’s fireworks display on Level 7 of Georgia Aquarium’s parking deck. Bring chairs and blankets for the fireworks show!


July 7: Junior Knight Training at Medieval Times

July 16: 1996 Centennial Olympic Games 20th Anniversary Celebration

Relive the Dream and bring your family and friends out to Centennial Olympic Park to celebrate the legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games. The Park will honor the Olympic and Paralympic Games, stakeholders, volunteers, staff, and venues with a FREE and open-to-the- public celebration. Featuring fireworks, live entertainment, food trucks, concessions and Olympic volunteer reunion. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., and the program starts at 6:00 p.m.


July 18: FREE Art in the Park Days

This event is sponsored by Marietta Master’s Academy. Looking for a way to beat the summer boredom? Join us at the pavilion next to the playground. Kids can play and do an art project while parents chat. Note: This is not a drop-off event.


July 30: Going for Gold! at the Atlanta History Center

Grab your tennis shoes and participate in a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games. Competitive games throughout our 33-acre campus offer visitors a chance to try their hand at Olympic sports for the chance to win great 1996 Olympic memorabilia. Discover fun history and explore our Centennial Olympic Games Museum as you prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


July 30: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party

July 31 can’t come fast enough for fans of the wizarding world. The anticipated summer date marks the official script book release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II,” the theatrical eighth installment of JK Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series premiering as a play on London’s West End stage. To celebrate the countdown to the latest chapter of this spellbinding saga, Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles are hosting a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party on Saturday, July 30 at all store locations! Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and include Harry Potter trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts, wand crafts and more before the official countdown event starts at 9 p.m. with Sorting Hat ceremonies, costume contests and other Potter-themed activities.

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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