25+ Not-to-Miss July Events
Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Through July 22. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.
Second show Wed. and Fri. 1:30 p.m.
Puppets perform in seven productions this season, including “Rumpelstiltzkin,” “Robin Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more. Traveling puppeteers use marionettes, hand puppets and rod puppets to tell these classic stories.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Through July 23. No shows July 4. See puppet.org for showtimes.
With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic. Marionette characters grace the stage including Cinderella, bear, elephant and more.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Through July 31. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. noon-4:30 p.m.
Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Be sure to bring your camera and point out the different types of butterflies as you watch them land on your arm, hand or even head.
Through July 2, The Galloway School; July 8-16, Spelman College
Based on the book by acclaimed children’s author Ashley Bryan, kids and adults will tap their feet and clap and sing as Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden. The perfect length for kids of all ages, kids will love the music and dancing in this interactive show.
Through Aug. 13. Showings Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
Enjoy the classic story of the man who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Characters will fly through Serenbe’s magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go. The play is set in the woods, where families are greeted by cast members. Families can sit together on benches or the kids can elect to sit on blankets up front.
Through July 17
See circus clowns, trapeze artists, dancers, motorcyclists and more in this Hispanic circus.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Each Thurs. in July. Gates open at 6 p.m., races start at 7:30 p.m.
Drivers as young as age 8 come to battle each night in eight different classes for the right to be called champions. Kids who are mesmerized by race cars will love attending these fast-paced events. Hot on-track racing, family activities, contests and giveaways.
July 1, 15, 22 and 29. 10:30 a.m.
Showings of Disney’s “Frozen” and a special brunch menu which includes pink princess flapjacks and other themed specials. This musical experience invites audiences of all ages to sit back, “Let it Go,” and sing along with this special interactive screening. Advance reservations encouraged.
The Legacy Theatre
July 7-Aug. 6. Tues.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 3 p.m.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. The stage version includes your favorite songs, along with new ones.
High Museum of Art
July 9. 1-4 p.m.
Free Museum admission on the second Sunday of each month. In July, the theme is Warhol, Wigs and Wiggles. Enjoy art-making workshops, Ashley Bryan storytimes, family yoga, printmaking and more.
Infinite Energy Center
July 14-15. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Scrapbooking seminars, vendors and make-and-take demonstrations. Don’t miss the “Card Swap,”(bring 16 handmade cards, swap them with new friends, and walk away with a bag full of original cards) or the Crop Parties (Learn new techniques and create new products while completing Make & Take projects).
Music & Arts
July 14-16. Open mic night, Fri. 6 p.m.
Free open mic night, guitar classes, consultations and more. Calling all fans of music, it’s your time to take the stage with this opportunity to get up and jam on stage. Nine metro locations.
July 15. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the history of railroads, marvel at a special model train layout (kids can even decorate and add their own personalized buildings) and create an instrument among other crafts and hands-on activities. Also board the famous “General” locomotive (for an additional fee).
Georgia World Congress Center
July 15. noon-9 p.m.
Classic car and bike displays, live music by popular Hip Hop stars and car competitions.
The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
July 15. 2 and 8 p.m.
For the 15th anniversary celebration, Camp Village’s Production of Disney’s Lion King Experience will bring the classic story to the stage with special activities.
July 16-Sept. 3.
Enjoy sing-a-long versions of “Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast,” a “Harry Potter” marathon and cartoons.
July 20-Aug. 27. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Follow the tales of Quasimodo and Esmeralda, and hear songs from the Disney film.
July 22. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ice cream samples and scoops for purchase, live entertainment, fitness area and children’s activities.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
July 22. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a hands-on twist. Build a miniature greenhouse, go on a nature walk, make shaving cream rain clouds, compete in the paper airplane challenge and more.
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
July 22-23. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Many things that slither – from boa constrictors to bearded dragons– will be on display at this fun and educational traveling exhibit.
Atlantic Station Tennis Courts
July 22-30. See bbtatlantaopen.com for schedule.
See some of the most talented tennis players in the world in the first of seven series leading to the U.S. Open.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
July 24-28. 10:20 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
Get ready for the first day of school with storytimes, school scavenger hunt, pencil case craft and more.
Cobb Galleria Centre
July 28-29. Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Learn all about homeschooling from the experts, while the kids have fun in the children’s area.
Infinite Energy Centre
July 28-30. Fri. 1-8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hunting show features Truck-Buck Shootout competition, deer scoring and display and a children’s area with educational courses, face painting and more.
Heritage Sandy Springs Museum
July 29. 10:30 a.m.
Bring your favorite doll and travel through time with the characters of the American Girl series. Includes an activity, craft and snack. Registration required. Ages 5-12.
Georgia World Congress Center
July 2-3. Sun. and Mon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Peachtree Road Race kickoff event with vendors, a family zone and race packet pickup. The Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo is a great opportunity to kickoff your weekend of Peachtree festivities.
Tellus Science Museum
July 8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit Arrow, Spiderman, Supergirl and The Flash for photo ops, then enjoy various make-and-take activities and watch shows in the Tellus Theater. Make a superhero bookmark, compete in an obstacle course, play on the playground and more.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
July 8. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come face-to-face with live reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, tortoises, lizards and more. Live reptile displays in the Great Room including visits from Atlanta Herpetological Club at Georgia State University, Atlanta Reptile Association, Georgia Reptile Society and more. Included with admission.
July 8-9. Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
PAW Patrol to the rescue! The pups share many lessons for all ages as they make heroic rescues in their race to the finish line. It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found.