This is year four for Food That Rocks, at which you get all-you-can-eat stuffings from almost two dozen eateries (Three Sheets, Casi Cielo, Taqueria Tsunami), plus the same quantity of cocktail, beer, and wine tastes, and a live show from ‘80s cover band The Biffs. Bring a non-perishable food item -- the event benefits the Community Assistance Center nonprofit -- and get VIP First Taster tickets for access to tastings an hour earlier than general admission (6:30pm, as opposed to 7:30pm).
Cost: $65 - $75
Fight back against automotive traffic in ATL by joining the “Cross-City” version of Atlanta Streets Alive (its longest-ever route at almost 10 miles) in which no cars will be allowed between the east (Dekalb Avenue, Decatur Street) and west sides (Howell Mill, Marietta Street) of town. This year they’ve also added West Howard Avenue to the plans, and extended the action to six hours, starting at 2pm.
Today is the eighth anniversary of Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Be there for at least one of the next three days for a party celebrating their success, as departing brewmaster Neal Engleman serves up a stellar anniversary tap list that’ll feature exclusive barrel-aged and cask beers tapped each day, including a triple dry-hopped IPA on Sunday and first-time-ever bottling of some of their higher-ABV beers. Today and tomorrow you’ll get a free gift for being one of the first 50 customers.
Cost: Free entry
Today through Sunday is the Juneteenth Celebration, a big black history party that takes place nationwide and serves as an acknowledgment of June 19, 1865 -- the historic date when emancipation of enslaved African-Americans was announced throughout what were once Confederate states -- at Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s Home Depot Backyard. Along with lots of live bands, the festival will also include a parade, New-Orleans-style second line, artist market, fireworks show, and more.
Cost: Donations requested
Old Fourth Ward
The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will have you sipping somewhere between 150 and 200 beers, 25+ wines and free bottled water to help with basic hydration in Historic Fourth Ward Park, starting at 4pm. You’ll also have DJ Q-Tip (not the guy from Tribe), and a live show from Nashville-based pop band Ocean Street.
Cost: $45 advance, $55 at the gates
State Farm Arena is hosting Hot 107.9’s annual Birthday Bash, and this year the lineup is a who’s-who of trap music all-stars, including Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Lil Baby, and hopefully no actual babies because this isn’t the content for toddlers. There’ll also be R&B -- ATL’s own Lloyd and “Fall” singer Davido will also perform, and the day begins at noon with a block party including “king of R&B” Jacquees.
Cost: $69 - $189
No, it’s not a real place, but today you can pretend Downtown Decatur is a shoreline, thanks to the Decatur Beach Festival, at which the city pours its largest amount of sand ever (80 tons) on Ponce De Leon Ave and becomes a resort town with food trucks, street beer, pop-up performances, live music, and more from 5pm to 11pm.