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Cool off with these top summer festivals in Atlanta

Paige Minds The Gap

Beat the heat with Atlanta’s coolest summer festivals. Atlanta’s festival season is in full swing June through August, so there is no shortage of summer fun. Check out the top summer festivals in Atlanta below.

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June Festivals in Atlanta

Candler Park Music Festival

Event Dates: June 4, 2021 through June 5, 2021

The highly-anticipated Candler Park Music Festival will be celebrating 13 years in Candler Park. The festival will feature a line-up of funk, blues, bluegrass, and soulful swamp rock music as well as additional activities like a food village with local restaurant vendors and food trucks and an artist market.

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Event Date: June 12, 2021

The 11th annual Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will be held at Historic 4th Ward Park. You can enjoy 150+ beers from local Atlanta breweries and breweries from all over the country, a selection of wines, hard seltzers, and ciders. There will be live music and a DJ.

July Festivals in Atlanta

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Event Date: Virtual festival July 2021

The best treat to beat the Southern summer heat is unquestionably ice cream. During the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, chill out in Piedmont Park with ice cream vendors, from local artisans to national favorites, and live music.

August Festivals in Atlanta

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Event Date: August 12, 2021

The annual Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Harmony Park. Started as a fundraiser to save the old Decatur train depot, the festival has grown to welcome more than 5,000 music and barbecue lovers annually for six hours of live music and some of the best barbecue in Atlanta.

BronzeLens Film Festival

Event Dates: Virtual festival August 17, 2021 through August 22, 2021

The BronzeLens Film Festival is a four-day cinematic celebration of Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. The festival features film premieres, workshops, panel discussions, master classes, special appearances, and more.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Event Dates: August 21, 2021 through August 22, 2021

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces presents the 11th annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival. This ideal summer festival is completely free and allows guests to enjoy the outdoors, brows for art and crafts, and appreciate the beauty of Atlanta’s largest park. There will be a variety of art and crafts from over 250 local and regional artists and craftsmen, a children’s area, local food and beverage concessions, and live acoustic musical performances all weekend.

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