If a school year were the same as a season in baseball, we would now be in what’s referred to as the “dog days of summer”. It has been 5 weeks since the end of the last year’s school year and another 5 weeks until the kick-off of a new school year.
This week is officially the epicenter of summer. No need to panic. No need to fret.
There is still plenty of fun and excitement left to do in the city of Atlanta. For ease of scheduling, I’ve gone ahead and maximized your weekends until the start of the school year.
Saturday, July 16: Walk or ride a bike on the Atlanta Beltline. The Beltline is a system of rails, trails, and greenspace that seamlessly connects 45 neighborhoods, while also providing first and last mile transit connectivity for the entire metro Atlanta region.
Sunday, July 17: Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at Park Tavern. 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Enjoy tomato-based treats from dozens of chefs and mixologists and live music. An after party at Park Tavern will follow from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Last year's festival raised $60,000 for Georgia Organics and this year's goal is $100,000.
Saturday, July 23: Two of my favorite words in the English language: Ice Cream. The 6th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will be at Piedmont Park from 11 AM – 6 PM. This fun event features America’s favorite dessert but also includes a variety of health and wellness engagement activities, fitness routines, food & non-food vendors, live local musical entertainment and so much more fun for the entire family to enjoy. Come enjoy America’s favorite dessert, but also be ready to enhance your mind on maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle all year long.
Sunday, July 24: Explore this city where we live with a relatively inexpensive staycation. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, take a stroll through Piedmont Park, and reminisce about Atlanta's Olympic legacy at Centennial Park. For older kids, experience the Civil Rights Museum downtown. There is plenty of history to explore in our city.
Saturday, July 30: Atlanta Botanical Gardens - See the beauty of the outdoors, outdoors. And since your already there, stay for live music by Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson – your chance to see an American Idol winner.
Sunday, July 31: This is the opening weekend of the new Jason Bourne movie. Buy your tickets now for a showing at Atlantic Station. Consider your day planned.
Saturday, August 6: OTP WARNING! There is plenty of Atlanta to explore Outside The Perimeter. Drive to Flowery Branch and watch your hometown Atlanta Falcons practice. Get up close with your favorite player and possibly score an autograph. Visit the Falcons website for practice times.
Sunday, August 7: Visit Legoland where both adult and children can act like, well, kids. Explore, build and create using your imagination. Personally, I’d build an airplane to take me out of this God-awful heat!
Saturday, August 13: OTP WARNING #2. Take the 400 corridor a few short miles north of Atlanta to Roswell for a river rafting trip on the Chattahoochee. Or as those local to Atlanta call is, “Shoot the Hooch”. There are plenty of businesses that provide rafts and training, and most of this information is collected on the City of Roswell website.
Sunday, August 14: On the last free weekend day prior to school starting, get outside and go for a hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Grab some fresh air and cardio in a beautiful forest filled with whitewater, waterfalls and ruins near Atlanta: Sweetwater Creek State Park provides all the beauty of a North Georgia outdoor adventure, but without the drive. Don’t forget to pack a good supply of cold water, snacks and a camera to capture nature’s beauty.
Monday, August 15: First Day of School!