The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival promises a day of frozen treats and more at Piedmont Park. CONTRIBUTED BY Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival: 7 things to do in July

The look of pure joy on this child’s face was enough to convince us that the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, and a few other events in July, can’t be missed. 

Grab a friend and indulge in the sweet pleasures of summer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race

This is the 48th year of Atlanta’s famous 10k, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators to the city. The course for the race on July 4 runs from Buckhead to Piedmont Park, with wheelchair racers starting at 6:43 a.m. and the main start at 7:30 a.m. in waves of racers. For more info, go to

4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park and Lenox Square mall will join forces this year to host a fireworks show at the downtown park. Translation: This year’s Fourth of July event is sure to be massive. Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Bobby Brown will headline the festivities. Earlier this year, Lenox Square announced plans to give a “generous donation” toward the park’s annual fireworks show.

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. Go to the website to see which items you’re allowed to bring.

6 p.m. July 4. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W. NW, Atlanta.

Atlanta Field Day

Compete in a series of physical challenges during Atlanta Field Day. Relive your childhood field day memories by competing in obstacle courses, relay races and more. 

Register your co-ed team of eight or more at

Noon-5 p.m. July 15. $55. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St., Atlanta.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s “The Damn. Tour” visits Duluth for what is sure to be an energetic show on July 17. Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. will serve as opening acts.

We’re expecting this to be one of the best shows of the year for hip-hop fans. 

7:30 p.m. July 17. $190. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Don’t feel bad for indulging in as much ice cream as humanely possible at the 7th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. The day-long event features Free Health Screenings and several activities that will help you burn off some calories, including jumping rope and tossing Frisbees with your fellow ice cream lovers. 

11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 22. Piedmont Park, 10th St. and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta.

I Love the 90s Bar Crawl

Dress in your favorite 90s-inspired outfit for this Buckhead bar crawl. Bars such as Buckhead Saloon and Moondogs will participate, offering drink specials and playing music from the decade. 

2 p.m.-10 p.m. July 22. $17-$25. Buckhead Bar, 3227 Roswell Road, Atlanta.

Idina Menzel

Expect to hear original songs, as well music from “Rent” and Disney’s “Frozen,” when Idina Menzel performs at the Fox Theatre during her world tour. 

8 p.m. July 22. $46.50-$449. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 

The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter held an "Up Close and Personal" event with Sheryl Crow at the W Buckhead on June 25, 2017.

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