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10 Things to Do This July/August in Atlanta

Alexus Graham & Rebekah Raudebaugh | July 1, 2019 | Lifestyle

Bastille Day
This all-white affair is one of the chicest summer soirees in the city, held on the rooftop terrace of Nelson Mullins at Atlantic Station. The evening fete flaunts French-inspired fare, wine, music, a European-inspired fashion show and more, all to support the educational and cultural programming at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. 7pm, sponsorships from $1000, Nelson Mullins at Atlantic Station, Midtown,

National Black Arts Festival Gala
Don your black-tie best to this gala hosted by National Black Arts Festival. As NBAF’s largest benefit, the sophisticated soiree helps fund arts education in schools and public programs. This year’s gala also honors corporations, individuals and artists who contribute to sustaining the work of artists at all stages of their careers, and a thriving arts and cultural community in Atlanta and beyond. 7pm, tickets $500, tables of 10 from $6,000, Buckhead,

Waiters’ Race Atlanta
Celebrate Bastille Day and witness waiters from across the metro Atlanta area race to win a round-trip to Paris. This Southern twist on the 100-year-old French tradition benefits the Giving Kitchen and features a panel of award-winning chefs. Culinary connoisseurs and foodies alike are sure to enjoy this French-inspired race. 5pm, registration $25, Center Plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta,

Jennifer Lopez in Concert
Two-time Grammy Award nominee Jennifer Lopez brings a dazzling one-night only performance to Atlanta. Fans can anticipate a signature J-Lo experience (translation: a showstopping wardrobe, spectacular set design and, of course, nonstop dancing to the artist’s classic hits). Plus, the audience will be treated to special guest performances by stars from NBC’s World of Dance. 8pm, VIP packages from $329, State Farm Arena, Downtown,

Summer in the City
This much-anticipated summertime event hosts over 16 of Atlanta’s most talented chefs as they expertly pair cuisine with more than 45 fine wines from around the world. As Shepherd Center’s annual food and wine affair, the afternoon will benefit Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute, which serves thousands of multiple sclerosis patients and their families. 6:30pm, sponsorships from $500, The Fairmont, West Midtown,


The winner of seven Tony Awards, including best musical, CATS comes to Atlanta for an outstanding show to share the story of a night when a remarkable tribe of cats gathers to celebrate and decide which cat will be reborn. This is a must-see musical that you won’t want to miss before the movie releases later this year. Marquee Club members: Don’t forget to stop by the swanky scene for a preshow cocktail. Times vary, orchestra tickets from $50, Fox Theatre, Midtown,


This annual affair brings together some of Atlanta’s most talented mixologists—from hot spots like Nine Mile Station, Bar Margot and more—to demonstrate their boozy creations and compete drink to drink. VIP entry noon, tickets $95, The Fairmont, West Midtown,

Give Me Five
This highly anticipated event for a cause boasts five of Georgia’s elite chefs who will prepare an enticing five-course meal paired with the finest glasses of vino. The night kicks off with a cocktail reception and concludes with live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength—so don’t forget your checkbook! 5pm, tables from $2,500, 103 West, Buckhead,

Jazz on the Lawn
Enjoy a relaxing day of listening to some of the city’s top musicians for one of Atlanta’s most awaited outdoor festivities. Apart from the live performances, guests can indulge in mouthwatering food by Fox Bros. BBQ, then wash it down with a cocktail from the outdoor bar. 7:30pm, tickets from $35, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Druid Hills,


Jeffrey Fashion Cares
Calling all fashion experts and philanthropists: This glamorous annual fashion show features a silent auction where items such as designer handbags and tropical vacations will be up for grabs to the highest bidder. This glitzy affair organized by Jeffrey Kalinsky shows off looks from designers like Lanvin and Balenciaga, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and Atlanta AIDS Fund. 7pm, tickets $500, Phipps Plaza, Buckhead,


Photography by: cats photo by Matthew Murphy/courtesy of BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA | jeffrey fashion cares runway photo by kimberly evans | cocktail photo by AM-C/