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2014 Summer Entertainment Guide

The Editors | April 30, 2014 | Articles

From rockin' concerts and Broadway showstoppers to outdoor festivals and fun fitness challenges, ATL's summer event calendar is buzzing with excitement. Have a friend in town, or need to shake up your routine? We've rounded up the can't-miss events of the season (with a few out-of-town must-sees), so every sizzling week will be packed with partying, noshing and working it off with a few 5ks. Get out your iCal because this list is bringin' the fun all summer long!

MAY

May 1-4
Green Day’s American Idiot, The Fox Theatre, from $30, Midtown, @thefoxtheatre

May 3
Shepherd Center’s Derby Day, Chastain Horse Park, 2pm, from $60, Buckhead, @shepherdcenter

May 3
Atlanta Dog Jog, Piedmont Park, 9am, from $20, Midtown, @atlantadogjog

May 3
Imaginary Worlds: A New Kingdom of Plant Giants, Atlanta Botanical Garden, $19, Midtown, @atlbotanical

May 6
Lady Gaga with Lady Starlight, Philips Arena, 7:30pm, from $48, Downtown, @philipsarena

May 7
Iggy Azalea, Center Stage, 8:30pm, $24, Midtown, @centerstageatl

May 8
Taste of Alpharetta, 2 S. Main St., 5pm, from $1, Alpharetta, @tastealpharetta

May 8
Taste of the Nation, Georgia Aquarium, 7:30pm, from $250, Downtown, @tastenation

May 9-11
Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlantic Station, noon, $84 per day, Midtown, @shakykneesfest

May 9
Steve Hightower Hair Artists presents the 5th Annual Thriving Children Gala, The Fox Theatre, 7pm, from $75, Midtown, @hightower_steve

May 10
WonderFarm, Krog Street Market, 7pm, from $250, Inman Park, @krogstmarket

May 10
Run or Dye 5k, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, 9am, from $42, Douglasville, @runordye

May 10
SuperCon Fun Run, Piedmont Park, 9am, from $35, Midtown, @superconfunrun

May 10
JDRF’s Hope for a Cure Gala, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 6pm, $350, Buckhead, @jdrf_ga

May 10-11
Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Chastain Park, free, Buckhead, @buckheadartfest

May 10-11
Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour presented by Cirque du Soleil, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, from $53, Duluth, @gwinnettcenter

May 12
Cher with Cyndi Lauper, Philips Arena, 7:30pm, from $26, Downtown, @philipsarena

May 15
Tegan and Sara with Lucius, Buckhead Theatre, 8pm, from $36, Buckhead, @buckheadtheatre

May 15-17
Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7:30pm, from $30, East Point, @livenationatl

May 16
Doggies on the Catwalk, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, 7pm, from $65, Chamblee, @atlantahumane

May 16-18
Atlanta Ballet presents MAYhem, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, from $20, Smyrna, @cobbenergypac

May 16-June 29
Cowgirls, Horizon Theatre Company, from $25, Little Five Points, @horizontheatre

May 17
East Atlanta Beer Festival, Brownwood Park, 1pm, from $40, East Atlanta Village, @eabf

May 17
Party in the Park, Centennial Olympic Park, 3pm, from $40, Downtown, @centennial_park

May 17-25
Buckhead Restaurant Week, from $15, Buckhead

May 21-Sept. 7
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas exhibition, High Museum of Art, $20, Midtown, @highmuseumofart

May 23-25
Atlanta Jazz Festival, Piedmont Park, free, Midtown, @atlantajazzfest

May 24
Dave Matthews Band, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $41, East Point, @livenationatl

May 24
Brew at the Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, 5:30pm, from $38, Grant Park, @zooatl

May 25-Aug. 3
Design for Social Impact exhibit, MODA, from $5, Midtown, @modatl

May 29–June 1
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, 12th St. and Peachtree Walk, from $55, Midtown, @atlfoodandwine

May 30–Aug. 2
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Serenbe Playhouse, from $10, Chattahoochee Hills, @onstageserenbe

May 31
Color Fun Fest 5K, Turner Field, 1:30pm, from $30, Summerhill, @colorfunfest

May 31-June 8
Design is Human Week, ADAC, from $10, Peachtree Hills, @modernatlanta

May 31-June 1
BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series, Georgia International Horse Park, 8am, from $10, Conyers, @battlefrogus

Continue to JUNE >>

JUNE

June 3
Braves Summer Concert Series: Austin Mahone, Turner Field, 7pm, from $6, Summerhill, @braves

June 3
Jack Johnson, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 7:30pm, from $35, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

June 3-8
Evita, The Fox Theatre, from $30, Midtown, @thefoxtheatre

June 5
Tracy Morgan stand-up comedy, The Tabernacle, 8pm, from $36, Downtown, @tabernacleatl

June 7
Zac Brown Band, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $36, East Point, @livenationatl

June 7
Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2014, Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 8am, free, Northcrest, @atlsoccerfest

June 7
JDRF’s Rock the Cure, SweetWater Brewing Company, 7:30pm, from $40, Buckhead, @jdrf_ga

June 7
Brew Moon Summerfest, 35 Milton Ave., 6:30pm, $10, Historic Downtown Alpharetta

June 7-8
Virginia-Highland Summerfest, Barnett Street and Virginia Avenue, 10am, free, Virginia-Highland, @vahisummerfest

June 12-29
Ten Mile Lake, Serenbe Playhouse, 8:30pm, from $20, Chattahoochee Hills, @onstageserenbe

June 13
rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm, from $48, Smyrna, @cobbenergypac

June 13
Atlanta Moon Ride, Park Tavern, 7pm, $25, Midtown, @atlantamoonride

June 14
Third Annual GA Music Awards, The Buckhead Theatre, 8pm, from $20, Buckhead, @buckheadtheatre

June 16
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular, Philips Arena, 8pm, from $50, Downtown, @philipsarena

June 17
Move Live on Tour: Julianne Hough & Derek Hough, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 8pm, from $37, Smyrna, @cobbenergypac

June 21-28
Dunwoody Restaurant Week, Dunwoody, from $10, @visitdunwoody

June 21
Atlanta Summer Beer Fest, Masquerade Music Park, 4pm, from $35, Old Fourth Ward, @atlbeerfest

June 22
Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $27, East Point, @livenationatl

June 28
Justin Moore with Josh Thompson, Columbus Civic Center, 8pm, $36, Columbus, @colciviccenter

June 28
Katy Perry, Philips Arena, 7:30pm, from $30, Downtown, @philipsarena

June 29
The Voice Tour, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm, from $32, Smyrna, @cobbenergypac

Continue to JULY >>

JULY

July 3-5
Fantastic Fourth Celebration, Stone Mountain Park, from $10, Stone Mountain, @stonemtnpark

July 4
AJC Peachtree Road Race, Lenox Square Mall, 6:45am, from $35, Buckhead, @atltrackclub

July 4
Legendary Fourth of July Celebration, Lenox Square Mall, 6pm, free, Buckhead, @lenoxsqmall

July 4
Red, White & Brew, Georgia Aquarium, 6pm, $55, Downtown, @georgiaaquarium

July 4
Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks with the All-American Fireworks Spectacular, Turner Field, 7:30pm, from $14, Summerhill, @braves

July 8-13
The Little Mermaid, The Fox Theatre, from $47, Midtown, @thefoxtheatre

July 9-Aug. 9
The Rocky Horror Show, Actor’s Express, from $15, Westside, @aexpress

July 11
Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry with Plain White T’s, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 7pm, from $40, Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

July 12
Atlanta Street Food Festival, Piedmont Park, noon, from $5, Midtown, @streetfestatl

July 13
Tim McGraw with Cassadee Pope and Kip Moore, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $30, East Point, @livenationatl

July 16
Shepherd Center Society’s Summer in the City, Piedmont Park, 6:30pm, from $80, Midtown, @shepherdcenter

July 18
Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis and Belle Brigade, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 7:30pm, from $20, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

July 18
KISS and Def Leppard, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $36, East Point, @livenationatl

July 18-Aug. 31
Right On, Horizon Theatre Company, from $20, Inman Park, @horizontheatre

July 19-27
BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlantic Station, from $45, Midtown, @bbtatlantaopen

July 24-Aug. 10
Oklahoma!, Serenbe Playhouse, 8:30pm, from $15, Chattahoochee Hills, @onstageserenbe

July 24-25
311, The Tabernacle, 8pm, $50, Downtown, @tabernacleatl

July 25-26
The Avett Brothers, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 8pm, from $40, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

July 25-26
Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $30, East Point, @livenationatl

July 26
O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 7pm, from $36, Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

July 26
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, Piedmont Park, 11am, free, Midtown, @atlicecreamfest

July 30
Fall Out Boy and Paramore, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $26, East Point, @livenationatl

Continue to AUGUST and ROADTRIP >>

AUGUST

Aug. 1
Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 8pm, $62, Midtown, @atlbotanical

Aug. 3
Phish, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 7:30pm, from $45, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

Aug. 9-17
Downtown Restaurant Week, from $15, Downtown, @downtownatlanta

Aug. 14
Slightly Stoopid with G. Love & Special Sauce, The Tabernacle, 7pm, $46, Downtown, @tabernacleatl

Aug. 16
14th Annual Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival, Harmony Park, 4pm, from $10, Oakhurst

Aug. 16
Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 7pm, from $45, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

Aug. 16
Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race, Georgia International Horse Park, 9am, from $53, Conyers, @ruggedmaniac

Aug. 16-17
Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Piedmont Park, free, Midtown, @piedmontartfest

Aug. 17
Panic! At The Disco with Walk the Moon and Youngblood Hawke, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 7:30pm, from $30, Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

Aug. 19
OneRepublic, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 7pm, from $32, East Point, @livenationatl

Aug. 23-24
12th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Historic Grant Park, free, Grant Park, @gpsummershade

Aug. 24
Keith Urban with Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 7pm, from $30, Alpharetta, @vzwamphitheatre

Aug. 24
Hotlanta Half Marathon, Underground Atlanta, 7:30am, from $60, Downtown

Aug. 25
Jeffrey Fashion Cares, American Cancer Society Center, 7pm, from $500, Downtown, @fashioncares

Aug. 28
Aerosmith with Slash, Philips Arena, 7:30pm, from $50, Downtown, @philipsarena

Aug. 30
Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers, Georgia Dome, 3:30pm, from $158, @chickfilabowl

Aug. 30-31
NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series Races, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 7:30pm, from $30, Hampton, @amsupdates

ROADTRIP

May 3
22nd Annual WineFest, Habersham Winery, $25, Helen, Ga.

May 9-10
5th Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival, Cauble Park, free, Acworth, Ga., @smokeonthelake

May 16-18
Hangout Music Fest, from $229, Gulf Shores, Ala., @hangoutfest

May 24-25
Sunset Music Festival, Raymond James Stadium, from $129, Tampa, Fla., @smftampa

June 5-8
CMA Music Festival, LP Field, from $162, Nashville, Tenn., @countrymusic

June 6-14
Riverbend Festival, 21st Century Waterfront, 5pm, $35, Chattanooga, Tenn., @rbfestival

June 12-15
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, from $235, Manchester, Tenn., @bonnaroo

July 18-20
Forecastle Festival, Waterfront Park, from $75, Louisville, Ky., @forecastle

Aug. 31
Labor Day Beach Bash, Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion, 7pm, free, Tybee Island, Ga., @visittybee



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