This summer, Atlanta's parks and outdoor venues are offering festivals of all kinds that cater to everyone from film buffs and foodies to wine lovers and comedy fans. Below are some of our favorite summer festivals for Atlanta newcomers that make it easy to explore the city while having some fun along the way.
[caption id="attachment_8432" align="aligncenter" width="676"] Contestants compete for world's fastest brain freeze during The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival's ice cream eating contest.[/caption]
Where: Piedmont Park, Atlanta
When: Friday, June 22
The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival returns for its seventh year to sweeten your summer with tasty vendors, live music and, of course, an ice cream eating contest. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Fight Cancer Benefit Walk. atlantaicecreamfestival.com
Where: Lee Street Park, Jonesboro
When: Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24
The 1977 cult-classic film starring Jerry Reed and Burt Reynolds which was filmed in Jonesboro and the city has planned a 40th-anniversary celebration. The celebration begins at downtown at noon on Saturday with a reenactment of the infamous Coors-smuggling scene, followed by a street barbecue, Q&A with Burt Reynolds and a screening of the film. Events continue at Saturday's festival with live music, a car show, food, and a Bandit look-alike contest. jonesboroga.com
[caption id="attachment_8433" align="aligncenter" width="629"] The Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival returns for its ninth year. Credit: Erik Meadows[/caption]
Where: Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, Atlanta
When: Sunday, July 16, 1-5 p.m.
For the ninth year in a row, farmers, chef, and mixologists from around the region will convene to show off all things tomato from Bloody Marys to bruschetta and beyond. The festival is a fundraiser for Georgia Organics, a group dedicated to providing sustainability and quality produce. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at killertomatofest.com.
Where: Comedy venues throughout Atlanta
When: Thursday, July 20 - Monday, July 24
This multi-day event highlights seasoned and up-and-coming comics who will compete to be featured in television specials that will be filmed during the festival. Ticket prices vary based on venue. atlcomedyartsfest.com
Where: City Winery, Atlanta
When: Saturday, August 12
For those who may have missed Atlanta's Spring Wine Festival, the event returns this August and will feature more than 50 types of wine and a selection of beers, as well as live music and food. Tickets start at $45. xorbia.com