Festival season is in full-spring in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. Go down south to the Peach State to embrace some seasonal fun as the weather gets hot.
For foodies, there is plenty to eat. Check out Taste of Atlanta to try a bite from over 90 Atlanta restaurants all in one location. The whole family will love the 7th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival on July 28, 2018,
at Piedmont Park. From an ice creaming contest to free health screenings, there something for both kids and adults.
Wine connoisseurs can’t miss out on the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, a weekend dedicated to good Southern delicacies and drinks. From May 31 to June 3, more than 250 restaurants, artisans, and chefs will be producing their best food and wine tastings for guests.
Movie buffs need to hit up the Atlanta Movie Tours to see the filming locations of various movies and television shows. For horror lovers, go into the basement where Samara was in “Rings” or visit the sites of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay Part 1 & 2.” Stop at Tyler Perry’s Madea house or walk through the fictional town of Woodbury from “The Walking Dead.”
For something more out of the ordinary, attend the 10th Annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at the Westside Provisions District on July 15th. Inspired by the 1978 film, Chef Ford Fry takes elements from local produce and southern culture to create this unique experience. Mixologists and chefs alike craft tomato-based dishes and cocktails.
Stay at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Atlanta during your festival-hopping days. Only minutes away from Centennial Olympic Park and by the Museum of Design Atlanta, you will have plenty to do during your getaway. Take a break from the summer heat in your air-conditioned room and watch a movie on your flat-screen television before heading back out to explore Atlanta.
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I asked my cousin, Pam Alexander, who has lived in Atlanta for many years, to share her favorite places in Buckhead, the tony heart of the capital of the south, Atlanta. Here is her list of favorite places.
An oasis within the city, Chastain Park is Buckhead’s largest publicly accessible green space. Comprising a golf course, walking trails, tennis center, sports fields, gymnasium, horse stables, picnic areas, a fantastic new “state of the art” playground, and an open-air amphitheater venue for concerts and other events. Residents are so lucky to have all these amenities within walking distance. website
Atlanta History Center
I won’t expound upon what this place is–the website does a great job there; my favorite parts about it are the variety of exhibits in the main complex, plus it has a number of satellite buildings (Wood Family Cabin, Tullie Smith Farm, Swan Coach House) that have been preserved from various periods of Atlanta’s history and they tell a fascinating historical narrative of place. Additionally, there are extensive adjacent walking trails through the woods nearby. Truly a gem. website
Pam’s Favorite restaurants:
Anis Cafe & Bistro
My favorite French restaurant in Atlanta without question. It’s been around since 1994, occupying the same spot, spilling out of a converted house in Buckhead’s “old” business district–the part that housed businesses before there were skyscrapers. You can never go wrong here, but my personal faves are the escargot and the duck. Servers are friendly, the atmosphere is cozy; everything about this place is intimate and gracious at the same time. website
Fado Irish Pub
I tried not to include anything on this list that was available outside of Buckhead/Atlanta, but 1) given that I’m married to a true Irish man and we spend a lot of time here, and 2) because this is the “OG” Fado location, I thought it qualified a mention.
The food is surprisingly scrummy (a term I picked up in Ireland–short for scrumptious), but that’s not the main reason to go, of course. There is Guinness on tap and they know how to properly dispense it. And even if you are not a Guinness drinker, this pub is authentically and cleverly appointed, the atmosphere is fantastic, and on a temperate evening in Atlanta, there is no other place I’d rather enjoy a cocktail but sitting on the rooftop patio. website
This pub originally opened in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in a location about three blocks down the street, and though it had to relocate to make way for the turning wheels of progress, it’s remained the one bar in this Buckhead neighborhood with the most solid staying power. Also, the best place in Atlanta to take in an EPL soccer game or a Four Nations Rugby match (especially if you are willing to get up early on a Saturday morning!)
The newest addition to my list opened in 2016 (2nd Atlanta location). A Ford Fry-ism, so be prepared to wait (reservations not accepted). Best guacamole I’ve found anywhere (and I’m truly an avocado aficionado). Cocktails are delish–order the Texas Star.
And the short rib is indescribable–every trite cliche that comes into my head will sell it short. This place takes Tex-Mex to a heavenly new plane. The decor is glam-campy and dead-on. As I mentioned, it takes a little planning ahead and patience to get in the door, but if you can get past that, you are in for a real treat. website
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