Summer in Atlanta means ample time to have fun in the sun. The Southern city is bustling with events that are diverse enough to serve almost anyone’s interests. Check out what the town has to offer as the weather continues to heat up.
Freaknik Festival 2019
The ultimate blast from the ATL past, Freaknik Festival is a new take on a 1980s-1990s staple. Set to go on at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood Saturday, June 22, the music line-up will include Trina, Foxy Brown and Bun B, to name a few. It’s not the drinking and partying spring break event of the past, but it is back in a toned-down form after former Mayor Kasim Reid banished all Freaknik adjacent activities within the city limits in 2010. Click here for more information.
Atlanta Kick Back Book Festival
A little something for the folks outside the Perimeter, the third annual Atlanta Kick Back Book Festival is happening at the Cobb Galleria Centre July 20. Helmed by the award-winning 556 Book Chicks book club, the free event allows attendees to meet their favorite authors. They can also get their books signed and participate in giveaways. See the website for more info.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss and her family took tons of photos at this Instagram-ready museum. The pop-up was extended last month to run through July 28 so visitors can soak in all the candy-themed adventures the 14-room, carefully curated art installation has to offer. For more information visit the website.
Nickelodeon Slime City
Another “RHOA” star, Phaedra Parks, took her young sons to this family-friendly space. If your kids dream of playing in slime or if you want to live out your dreams of getting dunked in the iconic green gunk like Halle Berry and Kevin Hart have at the Kids Choice Awards, here’s your chance. The pop-up experience will be open through September 1. More details and tickets are available here.
HBCU Summer Fest 2019
The HBCU Summer Fest is set to take place Aug. 9-11 and is the perfect way to get the community of historically Black colleges and universities together in one space. The event, which is also targeted toward high schoolers who hope to experience HBCU life, is a gathering of current students, alumni and others. Guests can soak in a yard show as they help the event’s goal to raise funds for scholarships and programming. More details and ticket information can be found online.
Atlanta Reggae in the Park LLC Presents BeREGGAE 6
Round out the last month of summer with the 6th annual event where you can jam to reggae music in Piedmont Park. The free two-day event runs Aug. 10-11 and touts itself as the biggest free reggae event in the country. Tickets and more info can be found here.