Regional Events

July 14-23
Beaufort Water Festival
Beaufort
Ten-day festival includes sailing regatta, water show, shrimp boat tour, dragon boat race, tours, sports tournaments, raft race, children’s activities, fireworks, Commodore’s Ball, air show, parade of boats, craft market and nightly entertainment. Free; nightly entertainment requires ticket purchase. Waterfront Park. 
bftwaterfestival.com

July 18-23
Shark Days
Little St. Simons Island
Join shark researchers as they catch, identify and release various species of sharks found in coastal Georgia waters. Includes guided surf fishing, shark tagging, research presentations, meals, beverages including beer and wine, fishing equipment and transportation to and from the island. (888) 733-5774
littlestsimonsisland.com

July 19-22
Family Golf Week
Myrtle Beach
Week includes Father & Son Team Classic, Mother & Daughter Team Classic and Father & Daughter Team Classic. (866) 497-2627
familygolfweek.com

July 21
Reggae Nights Summer Concert
Charleston
Reggae music in James Island County Park features Jah Works. Bring chairs or blankets. No alcohol or coolers. Food and beverages available. 8:30 p.m. $10 adults; children under 12 free. (843) 795-4386
ccprc.com 

July 21-29
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee
Fair includes carnival rides, XPOGO Stunt Team, art shows, exhibits, Pioneer Village and live music from more than 15 artists including Brenda Lee, B.J. Thomas, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. $12 admission; children under 12 are free. Free parking. 
georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

July 22, 29
Appalachian Jam
Dahlonega
North Georgia mountain music pickers and singers perform acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music on the public square. Bring your instrument and join in. Free. 2-5 p.m. (706) 864-3513, Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. 
dahlonegadda.org

July 22
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
Atlanta
Festival includes ice cream-eating contest for kids and adults, demonstrations, family games, music and free health screenings. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Piedmont Park.
atlantaicecreamfestival.com 

July 23
The Moody Blues
Atlanta
The English rock band performs its “Days of Future Passed – 50th Anniversary Tour” at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 8 p.m. $45-$265.
chastainseries.com

July 23-31
Downtown Restaurant Week
Atlanta
Nine-day culinary event features more than 30 new and returning restaurants and their gourmet prix fixe menus. $15, $25 or $35 for brunch, lunch and dinner options. 
atlantadowntown.com

July 29
Sea Turtle Night Walk
St. Simons Island
Go behind the scenes during Georgia coast’s sea turtle nesting season with Catherine Ridley of the island’s Sea Turtle Project. Meet at the Coast Guard Beach beach access boardwalk. 8:30-9:30 p.m. $10-$15.
goldenisles.com 

August 2, 9, 16, 23
Summer Movies on the Beach
Folly Beach
Bring blankets and beach chairs and watch movies at sunset, wind and weather permitting, at the Tides Folly Beach. Featured films are “La La Land” (8/2), “Lego Batman” (8/9), “Jaws” (8/16) and “Surf’s Up” (8/23). Free. tidesfollybeach.com 

August 4
Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival
St. Helena Island
Three-day event includes live music, tours, film showings, art, sweetgrass workshops, re-enactors, marketplace, fish fry, R&B dance party. Bring chairs, drums and tambourines. No coolers. $25 and up.
gullahgeechee.info

Reggae Nights
Charleston
Reggae music in James Island County Park features Mystic Vibrations. Bring chairs or blankets. No alcohol or coolers. Food and beverages available. 7:30-11 p.m. $10 adults; children under 12 free. (843) 795-4386
ccprc.com 

August 5
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Columbia
Activities include heirloom tomato tasting, tomato bobbing, homegrown tomato contest, live music, food and drink vendors and family activities. 1-7 p.m. $12-$15. Children under 12 free. City Roots Urban Farm.
tastytomatofestival.com

August 9-13
Charleston
Cirque du Soleil: Ovo
The acrobatic dance company’s newest production features a colorful ecosystem teeming with insects that work, eat, crawl, flutter and play. Various times. $25-$136.
northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

August 10
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Atlanta
The singer/songwriter/musician performs at Chastain Park Amphitheater with special guest Lucinda Williams. Coolers and carry-ins allowed. 7 p.m. $35-$206.
classicchastain.com 

August 11
Air Supply
Atlanta
The Australian soft rock duo performs at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Coolers and carry-ins allowed. 8 p.m. $22-$222.
classicchastain.com

August 12
Atlanta Summer Wine Festival
Atlanta
Festival offers more than 50 wines to taste, along with beer, live music and DJ. Noon-4 p.m. City Winery. $45.
atlantawinefestivals.com

SouthEast Crab Feast
Savannah
Family friendly event includes live music, fish and chips and all-you-can-eat blue crabs. Noon-7 p.m. $10-$25. Lake Mayer Park.
southeastcrabfeast.com

Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Mount Pleasant
Dance to live classic oldies and beach music by Vinyl Daze. Food and beverage vendors available. No outside alcohol or coolers. 7-11 p.m., music starts 8 p.m. $10. Mount Pleasant Pier. (843) 795-4386
ccprc.com 

August 13
Lionel Ritchie & Mariah Carey
Atlanta
The singers/songwriters perform at Infinite Energy Center. 7 p.m. $40-$500.
infiniteenergycenter.com

August 15-20
“An American in Paris”
Atlanta
Broadway in Atlanta presents the new musical about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. 7:30 p.m. $30-$125.
foxtheatre.org

August 18
Moonlight Mixer
Folly Beach
Shag at the fishing pier as DJ Jim Bowers spins oldies and beach music. Food and beverage vendors available. 7-11 p.m. $10. (843) 795-4386
ccprc.com

August 18-19
Asheville Wine and Food Festival
Asheville
Festival in downtown Asheville features regional, national and international wines, craft beer, spirits and artisanal foods. $50 and up.
ashevillewineandfood.com

August 18, 19, 24, 26
Biltmore Concert Series
Asheville
Performers include the Newsboys and Mandisa (8/18), Tony Bennett (8/19), REO Speedwagon (8/24) and Goo Goo Dolls (8/26). 7:30 p.m. $50 and up.
biltmore.com 

August 19
SouthEast Crab Feast
Charleston
Family friendly event includes live music, fish and chips and all-you-can-eat blue crabs. Noon-7 p.m. $10-$30. North Charleston Wannamaker County Park.
southeastcrabfeast.com 

August 20
Southern Wing Showdown
Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta’s chicken wing festival features wings prepared by 25 of the South’s most acclaimed chefs from Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte and Chattanooga. 2 p.m. $25-$55. Cash bar. Children 10 and under are free. The Foundry at Puritan Mill.
atlantawingfest.net

August 26
German Bierfest
Atlanta
Features more than 35 authentic German beers, German food from area restaurants, live music and activities. 2-7 p.m. $34-$40; includes a commemorative sample glass and all the beer samples you can safely consume. Designated drivers $10. Woodruff Park.
germanbierfest.com 

August 27
Hot Nights & Holy City Beer Dinner
Charleston
Executive chef Brandon Buck will showcase sustainably caught seafood picnic dishes, paired with Holy City Brewing’s summer beers. 6-9 p.m. (843) 556-6020
middletonplace.org 

August 21
Deep Purple & Alice Cooper
Atlanta
The rock musicians perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater with special guests The Edgar Winter Band. Coolers and carry-ins allowed. 8 p.m. $25-$267
classicchastain.com

September 1-3
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Charleston

Headliners for the Labor Day weekend festival include Damien Escobar, Brian Culbertson, Jarrod Lawson, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, West Coast Jam and Jeffrey Osborne. $76-$126. Weekend passes available. North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
lowcountryjazzfest.com

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Pine Mountain
Festival includes launches, a balloon glow, exhibits, pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, car show, live music and entertainment. $15-$30. Callaway Gardens. (706) 663-2281
callawaygardens.com

September 1-4
Bacon Fest
Savannah
Annual event includes regional artisans and bacon creations by local restaurants along with First Friday Fireworks. Free admission. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. (912) 234-0295
riverstreetsavannah.com

September 2
Savannah Craft Brew Fest
Savannah
Craft beer tasting is paired with local cuisine. Features live music, food, cider garden, import garden, mixology garden, beer seminars, corn hole tournament and unlimited sampling of more than 175 craft beers. 2-6 p.m. $18-$80; includes souvenir sample glass. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
savannahcraftbrewfest.com

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