Summer Activities in Atlanta

It’s not called Hotlanta for nothing. In the summer, Atlanta heats up, offering a barrage of festivals, events, and concerts.


The Tabernacle :: Christened as a music venue for the 1996 Olympics, the Tabernacle soon became Atlanta's favorite place to hear national acts raise their voices. The renovated church holds to no single doctrine, hosting congregations of rockers, rappers and ravers. Its towering 100-foot ceiling accommodates a sloping general-admission floor and two wrapping balconies, offering multiple vantage points and varying acoustics. But what's on stage is only half the show. Every inch of the building shows off whimsical homespun trims, while the performance area's crystal chandelier and grand pipe organ centerpieces are awe-inspiring. Break away from the concert and relax in one of the plush, comfortably nestled lounges. It's the listeners who truly benefit, as they experience an intimacy lost in most venues, often standing 10 feet from their idols. Sold-out performers include Brand New, the Smashing Pumpkins and Ben Folds. Acts whose faithful have outgrown smaller venues are standard performers, as are arena gods seeking to reconnect with fans. Visit www.tabernacleatl.com for more information

Chastain Park Amphitheater :: A mile from all the Buckhead boozing sits an intimate outdoor stage, nestled in the trees of Chastain Park. This summertime venue sells tickets for tables by the stage (which seat six), orchestra seats and general admission to the lawn. The musical attractions run toward icons with a little gray in the hair--Wilco, Boston, James Taylor. Socializing and food come first, music second. Table holders bring elaborate candelabras, tablecloths and four-course meals. Lawn dwellers spread out blankets and get comfortable with their picnic baskets and bottles of wine. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and the music. Visit www.classicchastain.com

The Buckhead Theater :: If you're looking for a live music venue that regularly showcases multinational indie talent, it's hard to beat the Buckhead Theater. Originally built in 1931 and known as "The Roxy", the Buckhead Theater was painstakingly restored and reopened in 2010. Visit http://www.thebuckheadtheatre.com/for more information.

Phillips Arena :: This downtown jewel hosts the Atlanta Hawks (NBA and the major concerts of the moment. The $213 million domed venue opened in late 1999. The number of seats varies from 18,000 to 21,000 depending on the event, and the wide range of seating options--from luxury suites to nose bleed sections--increases the chances of getting a ticket in your price range. Visit www.philipsarena.com

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Sporting Events

The Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball) :: Turner Field This plush, classic stadium made just for baseball sports a giant 30-by-38 foot video screen, Braves museum and kids' entertainment areas. Other amenities include an enormous fireworks-spewing Coke bottle made of baseball paraphernalia and the blessed left-field sprinklers for those steamy summer afternoons. A wide variety of food--from the standby foot-long hot dog to the obscure conewich, a barbecue sandwich in breadcone--is available to break the bank. At 19-by-22 inches, the seats aren't bad for a big-league park. There's no spectacle in Atlanta that equals 49,714 Braves fans chanting while raising and lowering red foam tomahawks in synchronicity. The tour, which starts at the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame and includes the luxury suite, dugout and broadcast booth, provides a less obstructed view of the stadium. (Call 404.614.2311 for hours and prices.) Visit www.atlantabraves.com

The Atlanta Silverbacks (Major League Soccer) :: DeKalb Memorial Field Catch all the action of fast paced professional soccer as the Atlanta Silverbacks play in cozy DeKalb memorial stadium. Get close to the action and cheer on the home team for rowdy play. Visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Atlanta Motor Speedway :: If you feel the need for speed, quench it at theAtlanta Motor Speedway. The Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.54-mile quad-oval track, is one of the premier motor sports facilities in the country. Hosting a variety of motor events, including two NASCAR races, throughout the summer, the speedway is home to the largest sporting event in the state of Georgia. Visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com