Hot Fun In The Summertime: A la carte theater, music and festivals for a return to the arts in person

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From live theater and big shows to films and festivals, the arts scene is heating up and this summer it will be live and in person.

After more than a year of streaming and online events, Intown’s arts organizations are making a comeback with a variety of events for all ages and interests.

Check out some of the selected events below and be sure to visit our Rough Draft calendar on and our partner Art Currents Atlanta on

Calder-Picasso at the Haute.

Calder-Picasso at the top
The high museum hosts the traveling exhibition, which features more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper covering the careers of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. Conceived by the artists ‘grandsons, the exhibition focuses on the artists’ exploration of the void, or the absence of space, both of which are defined from figure to abstraction. The exhibition is open until December 19. Visit for tickets and information.

Hammond House Museum
The West End Museum reopens with “Departure »from Charly Palmer until August 1st. This vibrant and stimulating solo exhibition showcases Palmer’s work from the past 30 years, including pieces never before seen by the public, as well as new works of art created for this exhibition. Visit to learn more.

The immersive attraction on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastide Trail opens on July 1 with “Wild: An African Safari” which will allow visitors to get up close and personal with elephants, giraffes, lions and more with a screening, a Cutting-edge sound and haptics that make you feel like you’ve been transported to Kenya. The Illuminarium After Dark experience will envelop guests in stunning settings, from a Tokyo city street to underwater reefs, to a Rousseau-inspired jungle. For tickets and details, visit

Daddy’s Garage Theater
Live improv returns on weekends starting July 16 with the improvised soap opera “Scandal: Sealab” and “TheatreSports”, the long evening of improvisation competition fueled by audience input. Places will be limited and masks will be compulsory. Tickets and details on

Horizon Theater
The Little Five Points-based company returns to the shows after 16 months with outdoor performances of the musical “How I Became A Pirate” on July 10, July 17, August 1 and August 8. Bring your own chair or blanket and a picnic or snacks for a family outing. Food and drinks from outside are welcome. Tickets are available on

Pullman Pops Concert
Pullman Yards now has its own symphony, and you can hear them at a concert on July 20 at 7 p.m. that will also feature the new Pullman Art Center amphitheater in the Kirkwood development. the An orchestra of 45 musicians will perform Broadway hits such as “Les Misérables”, “Wicked”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Rent”, “The Lion King”. Pullman Pops will be conducted by Larry Blank, the conductor of Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch and currently the Pasadena Pops among many other credits. Visit fiè to find tickets.

Fox theater
The Fabulous Fox reopens with a special screening of the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” on July 26, a King Crimson progressive rock concert on July 27, and a screening of the cult classic “The Princess Bride” on July 31. Blockbuster The musical “Hamilton” takes up residence for 39 performances starting August 22. Tickets and information on

The actor’s express
After a year of virtual programming, Actor’s Express returns to in-person performances with a season of eight in-person shows kicking off August 11 with the Atlanta premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “Red Speedo,” about a championship diver about to go. losing his lucrative sponsorship deals when performance-enhancing drugs are found in his team’s locker room. And “Heathers: The Musical” will be released on September 29. Visit for full season details.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The 85e the annual event is back – albeit a little later than usual – August 6-8 at Piedmont Park. There will be 200 artists exhibiting and selling their work, as well as music, food, children’s events, a 5K run and more. Due to financial constraints caused by the pandemic, the festival is asking for a donation of $ 5 at the door. Those who donate in advance will have priority admission. For more information, visit

Jazz on the lawn of Callanwolde
The popular Callanwolde Fine Arts Center jazz series returns for five performances in the venue’s open-air amphitheater. Performers include Eddie & Mayi Lopez & Orquesta MaCuba (August 27), Joey Sommerville (September 10), Karla Harris (September 24), Joe Alterman (October 8) and Joe Gransden with special guest Robin Latimore (October 8). 22). Tickets are available on

Fall preview

The Atlanta Symphony
A great season of live and in-person concerts is on the line, starting with opening night featuring Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven from September 9-11. See the full season on

Atlanta opera
After a year of acclaimed Big Tent performances, Atlanta Opera is celebrating its return to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center for the 2021-22 season, with Handel’s “Julius Caesar” kicking off in November. Visit for more information.

Alliance theater

Alliance theater
The 53rd The season will take place at the Alliance’s home on the Coca-Cola Stage and on the Hertz Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center. The new season kicks off in September with “Darlin ‘Cory,” a new musical written by Grammy Award winner and frontman Kristian Bush of Sugarland. Visit for more details.

Theater outfit
Live theater returns to downtown, starting with “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and translated by Robert Fagles (September 15 to October 10). This theatrical adaptation of Homer’s epic poem takes viewers back to Troy and explores the tragedy of war as well as the heroism and resilience of the human spirit. Buy tickets and find out more about the 2021-22 season at

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