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6 events worth the trip to the ATL this summer

We love Hall County. Really, we do. Festivals, farmers markets and concerts are in abundance. Lake Lanier’s shores are beckoning and the mountain trails are calling. But every once in a while you might want to get down to the big city. We’ve compiled a list of unique events this summer that may be worth the trip to Atlanta.

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo

Arcade games, pinball tournaments, tabletop gaming, movie screenings  — this event has a lot to offer if you like games.

When: 4 p.m. to midnight June 9, 10 a.m. to midnight June 10 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11
Where: Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway
How much: $30-$65, children $15

Tunes from the Tombs

A music festival is one thing. A music festival in a cemetery is a little something else. There are three stages for music, and a variety of Atlanta artists lined up.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. June 10
Where: Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., SE
How much: Adults $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; children 4-12, $5

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

More than 200 beers, including some from Gainesville’s own Left Nut Brewing Co., are available at this event. If you’re a beer lover, it’s probably for you. There are also some wines, if you have to bring someone along who isn’t as enthusiastic about beer as yourself.

When: 4-9 p.m. June 17
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, 665 North Ave.
How much: $40 before June 8, $45 after June 8 and $55 day of event; price includes includes  souvenir cup and beer, wine and cider samples
Where to park: Somewhere else. There is no parking at the park itself, so plan on an Uber or taxi from a nearby location.

Pub crawls

Virginia Highlands, known for its trendy vibe, becomes home to lords and ladies in one pub crawl and zombie hordes in another. In the zombie pub crawl, you can even get yourself transformed by a professional make-up artist. Diesel Filling Station is the home base at 870 N. Highland Ave. NE. Side street parking is available.

Crawl of Thrones

When: 7 p.m. July 14
How much: $20-100

Zombie Pub Crawl

When: 4 p.m. July 29
How much: $10-70, pay at least $25 and you’ll get professional zombie make-up on site

Ice cream festival

What’s better in the middle of July than a cone of cookie dough ice cream? How about a whole festival full of ice cream choices. And if you really, really love ice cream, you can try the ice cream eating contest at 3 p.m.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22
Where: Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta
How much: Free entry
Where to park: Parking decks are available for the park, there’s also parking at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Grady High School. If you’re going to try parking on the street, watch out for permit only parking.

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