Whether you’re looking for flavorful food, festivals or fireworks, we’ve got you covered! Grab your family and friends for a jam-packed month filled with nothing but fun. Here are some of our top event picks for a perfect July in the South. Stay cool, make memories and enjoy all the South has to offer!
June 30 & July 1, 2018: Home Sweet Home Food & Music Festival – Birmingham, AL
Get your 4th of July weekend celebration started at the Home Sweet Home Food & Music Festival! The park will be filled with the sounds of incredible singers and musicians, as well as the delicious smells of local food trucks that will have your senses jumping for joy. Come out to DeSoto Caverns to make memories with your friends and family and, most importantly, to honor the unity and freedom for which our nation stands. The party starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m. each day. Adult tickets are $10 and kids get in for $8! For more info, visit desotocavernspark.com.
July 3, 2018: Memphis Stars and Stripes 5K – Memphis, TN
Support the American Red Cross and earn all those hot dogs and burgers you’re going to eat on the 4th by running the 7th Annual Memphis Stars and Stripes 5K. Come out to the Memphis Botanic Garden to run and have fun! The race starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by an awards ceremony, live entertainment, food and more! There is also a kids’ race that starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $10 to $35. For additional info, visit memphisstarsandstripes.racesonline.com.
July 4, 2018: Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th — Nashville, TN
Major music stars like Lady Antebellum, mouth-watering food, family fun AND one of the country’s largest firework displays all on one of the best days of the year?! The Let Freedom Sing! Music City Independence Day bash is definitely one you don’t want to miss. The concerts are free and the fun lasts all day. Let freedom reign! For more information, visit visitmusiccity.com.
July 4, 2018: Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival — Nashville, TN
Rain or shine, the Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival and Parade is the place to indulge in the South’s most delectable culinary treat – hot chicken! Swing by East Park to enjoy the best hot chicken in town, ice cold beer and live music. You will also be able to test your cookin’ skills during the Amateur Cooking Competition. If that’s not enough to catch your attention, this finger-licking-good festival is free! The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and gates open at 11 a.m. For additional info, visit hot-chicken.com.
July 4, 2018: Red, White, and BBQ – Nashville, TN
Celebrate our independence in style on Nashville’s highest rooftop lounge at Red, White, and BBQ. From 6 p.m. to midnight, guests will enjoy an unforgettable night of music, festive cocktails, a beautiful view of the city and a special BBQ dinner. The L27 Rooftop Lounge is the ideal spot to end the night watching amazing fireworks and celebrating our freedom! Tickets are $75, and you must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information on this spectacular event, visit eventbrite.com.
July 6, 2018: Beachin’ Fridays – Greenville, SC
Beachin’ Fridays bring the beach to the music scene … what could be better?! Come out to the Mauldin Cultural Center’s outdoor amphitheater for live music, delicious food, craft beverages and lots of dancing. This is the finale which means you’re also in for a special performance and fireworks! This unforgettable final night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all shows are free! For additional info, visit visitgreenvillesc.com.
July 7, 2018: Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion – Virginia Beach, VA
The Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion makes the Virginia Beach boardwalk a colorful canvas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where artists of all ages and skill levels can create their very own chalk drawing masterpiece! During this special event, artists’ chalk drawings are evaluated by a panel of judges who score the drawings according to composition, use of color, adherence to theme and overall creativity. This year’s theme is “A World of Magic” which opens all kinds of creative doors! Spectators and competitors both participate for free, and trophies and cash prizes are awarded to the winners! For more info, visit beachstreetusa.com.
July 13-15, 2018: Forecastle Festival — Louisville, KY
It’s that time of year – music festival season! Forecastle Festival is your key to a fun-filled weekend in Louisville, KY. Music lovers will enjoy delicious food from different vendors and can’t miss artists like T-Pain, Louis the Child, Chris Stapelton, Vance Joy and many more. Day passes start at $69.50 and weekend passes start at $149.50, so enjoy Forecastle for one, two or three days! Concert times vary by day, so for this info and more, visit forecastlefest.com.
July 14, 2018: Wynwood Art Walk – Miami, FL
Join Miami’s hippest block party at the Wynwood Marketplace for an Art Walk Saturday! Come as you are and enjoy a world-class collection of murals, vendors, gourmet food trucks, music and more. Put your dancing shoes on for top DJ performances, shopping shoes on for the Artisan market and eating and drinking pants on for delectable food trucks and craft cocktails! This is a free event, and the fun is from 3 p.m. to midnight. For more info, visit wynwoodartwalk.info.
July 14 & 15, 2018: Sloss Music & Arts Festival — Birmingham, AL
Located at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Sloss Music & Arts Festival combines rich Birmingham history with more than 40 incredible musicians including Moon Taxi, Quinn XCII and many more! In addition, this two-day lifestyle festival will feature artists showcasing their talents through all mediums; from poster-making to iron-pouring demonstrations, this festival has it all. Guests will also be able to rock it out at the silent disco and stroll through a unique beer garden! For additional info, visit slossfest.com.
July 20 & 21, 2018: Lebowski Fest — Louisville, KY
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski at the 17th Annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville – where it all started! July 19 kicks off this historic celebration with the FREE official pre-party where there will be music, trivia and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for the movie party on July 20 where guests will enjoy a screening of The Big Lebowski, games and music. Lastly, the celebration ends on July 21 with the big bowling party – tickets start at $25. Locations and times vary each day, so for this info and more check out lebowskifest.com.
July 20-22, 2018: Oxford Blues Festival – Oxford, MS
Come support and appreciate blues music at the 9th Annual Oxford Blues Festival on the Historic Oxford Square! This unique, heartfelt festival intertwines music, story-telling, history and activities the whole family will enjoy. Ten incredible blues musicians and bands will perform as well as arts and crafts vendors on site! Friday general admission starts at $10, but Saturday and Sunday general admission is free! Times vary each day, so for more info, visit oxfordbluesfest.com.
July 28, 2018: Atlanta Ice Cream Festival — Atlanta, GA
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Satisfy your sweet tooth with an all-day ice cream extravaganza at Piedmont Park! The ATL Ice Cream Festival wishes to promote a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle but does it in style by offering everyone’s favorite frozen treat! From 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., enjoy all types of yummy ice-cream along with a variety of health activities, exercise, wellness booths, live local music and an ice-cream eating contest. The sweetest treat is that this scrumptious event is free! For additional info, visit atlantaicecreamfestival.com.
July 28, 2018: Music City Brewer’s Fest – Nashville, TN
Nashville breaks out the big beers for one of the biggest and best beer festivals in the country – Music City Brewer’s Fest! Not only will you get to sample refreshing brews from over 40 local, regional, national and imported breweries, but there will also be vendors, food trucks, live music, games and more in Walk of Fame Park. The much-anticipated dodgeball game is back by popular demand along with belly dancers, acrobats, fire dancers and hula hoop contests! General admission tickets are $49 and the fun is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit musiccitybrewersfest.com.
July 28, 2018: Norfolk Latino Music Festival – Norfolk, VA
While the sun goes down, Town Point Park will heat up for the 18th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival! Let loose from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at this his fun and free event. Enjoy the hottest salsa, meringue and guaguancó dancing on the East Coast along with live Latin music by local, regional and national recording artists. After all that dancing, fill your stomach with mouth-watering Latin cuisine and libations! For additional info, visit festevents.org.
As you can see, there’s nothin’ better than summer in the South!