Summer is a great time to catch up with friends and family, but all those days spent pursuing cliché summer festivities like amusement parks and popular concerts can be taxing on one’s budget. Likewise, the same old ‘grabbing coffee’ or ‘catching dinner’ to reunite with old friends can get pretty monotonous. Luckily, the Atlanta area has dozens of low- budget activities that will be enjoyable among all ages! No longer will you have to settle for an expensive dinner out to catch up with friends, because Atlanta offers endless opportunities for you to make the most of your summer with exciting- and cheap- activities offered daily.
Here’s a peak some of the most popular low- budget activities on the calendar this summer.
FREE: Movie Mondays at Norcross Arts Center
1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 10 College Street Norcross, GA 30071
The second and fourth Mondays of each month are MOVIE MONDAYS in Norcross. The free screenings take place at the Cultural Arts & Community Center. The movies are a mix of classics and current films. There is usually free popcorn and water available, and you’re welcome to bring snacks, treats, or a brown bag meal.
Brewery Yoga with Backbends and Brews
Check in at 5:30. Class runs from 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM. Second and fourth Wednesdays (next event: July 10th)
Glover Park Brewery 65 Atlanta St, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Yoga with a side of beer, please! This event is held upstairs, in the event space overlooking the brewery. $20 exact cash or card gets you a one-hour yoga class and 2 drink tickets (same-day use). Bring a mat and a friend!
High Museum Free Admission
On Second Sundays of each month at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon until 5:00 p.m. (Next event: July 14th)
Most often there are special activities that are family-friendly and appeal to kids and grownups alike. This is an excellent opportunity to check out beautiful exhibitions at absolutely no cost!
5 to 8 p.m., July 15, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta
This hyper-local food festival, now in its fourth year, is back at the gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden. Enjoy an evening of tastings prepared by top local chefs, farm fresh food, access to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, live music, garden tours, tasty beverages and more.
Irrelevant Music Festival Various times, July 17-20, 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta
What started off as a music festival for bands that don’t get invited to play music festivals has grown into a counter-cultural event of its own in EAV. If you like supporting local musicians, under the radar bands that rock, or getting lost in the crowd at 529 and The Earl, then the Irrelevant Music Festival is going to be up your alley. The festival takes place over the course of four days at the two venues, and features many of the rising stars and most distinctive local acts from Atlanta.
Atlanta African American Book Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 20, Georgia State University, 55 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta
Last year marked the first ever Atlanta African American Book Festival, and the event returns this year to Georgia State University for its second installment. More than 100 authors of fiction, non-fiction, romance, young adult fiction will convene with editors, publishers, literary critics and scholars to offer panel discussions and workshops to educate, entertain and inspire the next generation of African American literature in the city.
4 to 7 p.m., July 21, Peachtree Center, 225 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
All y’all Georgia peaches get ready to celebrate the mighty peach at Peachtree Center. This festival features more than 70 food artisans, peachy drinks and dishes, pastry chefs, and a silent auction. PeachFest is also a great way to support agriculture and smaller farmers across the state.
Adult Field Day Live!
Noon to 5 p.m., July 27, Live! at the Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave. SE, Suite 600
There’s no messing around at this Adult Field Day, this year the games are bigger and the competition is strong. Each ticket includes admission for a team of eight, access to the Tavern Buffet, a pretty rad t-shirt, parking validation, bottled water, and a donation to The Giving Kitchen. Games include jousting, an obstacle course, bull riding and more.
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 27, Piedmont Park, 10th St. NE and Charles Allen Dr. Atlanta
Come on down to Piedmont Park and enjoy America’s favorite dessert — ice cream! This festival will have tons of flavors and sweet treats for you to enjoy but don’t feel too guilty, there will also be health and wellness activities to get you up and moving. Activities include a Fight Cancer Walk, yoga, hula hoop competitions, and line dancing.