Five Reasons To Visit Atlanta This Summer

May 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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There are plenty of things to see and do in the South this summer, but it’s not too early to start planning on the events you won’t want to miss. We’ve selected a few of the main reasons to stay in Atlanta this summer. From beer and barbecue to lavender and drag performances, there is something for everyone this year. Whether it’s just you and your bff or you’ve gathered an entire crew, these are great reasons to hang in town this year. Who needs the beach when you’ve got Tunes from the Tombs, right?

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival
Special Events Area at Atlantic Station
20th and Fowler St.
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 406-1403

Dates: Aug. 15-16, 2014

On August 15 and 16, the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival will return to Atlantic Station. Admission is only $6 in advance or $10 on the day of the event, and kids under 12 get in free with a paid adult. All of the restaurants on site will accept cash only, and there will be ATMs for your convenience. Atlanta is a barbecue town, and this is one of the biggest events of the summer, with professional restaurants and amateur teams competing in a variety of categories.

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
695 N. Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 577-8178

Date: June 21, 2014

Masquerade Music Park is going to host the 5th annual Atlanta Summer Beer Fest on June 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. It’s a great reason to come to Atlanta and enjoy over 150 beers featuring products from local breweries. There will also be music on two stages and games. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 on the day of the event, and they include a souvenir cup and your beer samples.

East Point Possums Drag Show
2727 E. Point St.
E. Point, GA 30344

Date: June 14, 2014

Billed as one of the largest drag extravaganzas in the South, the East Point Possums show is a fantastic fundraiser for local LGBT youth. Admission is free, and there will be over 20 acts performing. It will be held on June 14, 2014.  Of course, there will also be food trucks on site. Children are allowed, but parents are advised to use their best judgment as portions of the show are adult-oriented.

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Roswell Lavender Festival
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 640-3855

Date: June 14, 2014

You might think you have to go all the way to Tasmania or the south of France to indulge your passion for lavender, but Roswell is having its own lavender festival on June 14. The festival will include arts and crafts, foods, antiques and special demonstrations. There will be relaxing yoga experiences on site, and even live music. Adults won’t want to miss the chance to taste lavender beer, and there will be special areas for the kids to hang out while you sip away.

Tunes from the Tombs
Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2177

Date: June 14, 2014

Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta’s most beautiful attractions in any season. On June 14, from 1 to 8 p.m., the annual Tunes from the Tombs event returns to the grounds. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets to relax and enjoy the music, but outside food is not allowed. There will be food trucks on hand and the tunes will cover all genres of music. It’s one of Atlanta’s most unusual and uniquely Southern gothic summer events.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on “

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