Summer days are fleeting and so are some go-to activities we’ve come to love this season here in Atlanta. Slap on the last of your sunscreen and grab your favorite shades because we’ve put together a list of awesome activities to do before summer ends.
1. Watch the Braves for the last time at Turner Field.
As we all know, the Atlanta Braves will head to their new home in Cobb County once the 2016 baseball season ends. Grab some peanuts and hot dogs, and don’t miss your chance to catch them at their original home of Turner Field before the season wraps.
2. Sleep under the stars.
Getting outside these days is tough, as the weather is not always so forgiving. Before the cold catches up with the city, make sure to enjoy nature while it’s tame and go camping or even rent a cabin. We suggest making the trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where nights are clear and you’ll peacefully sleep under the stars.
3. Go to a show at The Masquerade.
Some of our favorite spots are closing this year as the city continues to evolve — The Masquerade in Old Fourth Ward being a prime example. Catch one of the last shows hosted in the landmark building before it officially shuts down and moves to its new location at 1421 Fairmont Ave. in Midtown.
4. Shoot the ‘Hooch.
Head to the Chattahoochee River and float away from your worries under the sun with beer in hand. Jump in a kayak, raft, canoe or inner tube and take a relaxing trip down the river before summer floats away. There are lots of places to rent flotation devices — or just bring your own!
5. Buy a ticket for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy film favorites at this year’s Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, ending Aug. 27, 2016, at The Fox Theatre. Showings are scheduled throughout the week, with most starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s line-up includes “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Shrek,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
6. Have a picnic on the Beltline.
Atlanta’s new right of passage is exploring the Atlanta Beltline, from Piedmont Park all the way to Irwin Street Market with plenty of stops along the way. Make sure to check out some of our go-to spots like King of Pops, Two Urban Licks and Park Tavern, or create your own spread and hang out along the trail watching bicyclists and runners chase after the last of the warm weather.
7. Say goodbye to festival season.
Put on your short shorts and fringed cropped tops one more time and head to Imagine Music Festival. Not your thing? Then put your artsy hats on and head over to the LGBT Film and Music Festival for more fun! Either way, you need to squeeze the most out of festival season before the colder months approach.
8. Hit up local swim spots.
With temperatures still in the “hot” realm, cool off at some local Atlanta swim spots. Piedmont Park’s Aquatic Center will be open until September 5, 2016, for a $5 entry, and Historic Fourth Ward’s splash pad will be available for child’s play until October 1, 2016.
9. See a concert in the Garden.
Considered one of the best outdoor concert series, Atlanta Botanical Garden is doing it right hosting Concerts in the Garden all summer long on its great lawn under the stars. The series will end on a high note with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on August 19, 2016 — a part of this series you won’t want to miss.
10. Cheers to the city’s lovely rooftop bars.
This year we’ve seen restaurant hotspots jump on the bandwagon and open rooftop patio bars throughout the city. The views are to die for and the drinks are even better at places like JCT Kitchen & Bar, O-Ku, Barcelona and Republic Social House. Head to your favorite rooftops — and cheers to this patio season coming to an end!
Summer may be coming to a close but there’s always something to do in Atlanta any time of year! Check out our Events & Happenings page on a regular basis for updates on what else is going on.
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