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10 Beltline events to enjoy during summer

Get outside and take advantage of the great offerings available along one of Atlanta’s hottest outdoor spaces

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Summer is heating up in Atlanta, and everyone wants to be outside, so what better place to spend time in the sun than along the Beltline? From east to west and everywhere in between, this pedestrian loop is home to a variety of events all season long.

Whether it’s educational walking tours and volunteer work or fitness runs and holiday celebrations, there’s something for all ages and interests.

So check your calendar, choose an event (or two or three), and make plans to enjoy a few hours in the great outdoors.

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1. Sidewalk Talk 

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Ponce City Market N NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Feel the need to talk with someone, but don’t know where to turn? That’s where Sidewalk Talk comes in. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 16, volunteers will set up chairs on the Beltline at the North Avenue Bridge, ready to listen to whatever visitors have to say. Just pull up a seat, and get started. The goal is to nurture human connection by engaging in “heart-centered listening,” which leads to empathy, a sense of belonging, and improved wellness for everyone who participates.

2. King of Pops Yoga

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830 Willoughby Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Get ready to strike your favorite yoga poses as the sun sets at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 17, this free class led by Rachelle Knowles is a great way to get acquainted with yoga, or get your zen on before a busy work week starts. Finish up the evening with your favorite flavor from King of Pops.

3. Piedmont Park History Walking Tour

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400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Find out how Piedmont Park started and became one of Atlanta’s most visited iconic destinations during this free tour. Lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, the tour starts at 11 a.m. on June 23 at the Green Market and Piedmont Park Conservancy information table at the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue Park entrance.

4. Tanyard Creek Park Beautification

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73 Twenty Eighth St
Atlanta, GA 30309

Head to the Northside Trail on June 29 at 9 a.m., and join fellow volunteers as they gather to clean up and beautify Tanyard Creek Park to make it yet another gorgeous stop along the Beltline. Now in its third year, this event is a wonderful way to give back while celebrating our local parks.

5. Maddox Park Beautification and Family Fun Day

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1115 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

On June 30 at 9 a.m., bring the family to help with landscape and beautification projects at Maddox Park on the Westside Trail. After the hard work is done, it’s time to play. Families can enjoy lunch followed by a wealth of fun activities for all ages.

6. Rooftop Backyard Luau

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675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Don your grass skirt and favorite lei, and head to The Roof at Ponce City Market for a tropical celebration of July Fourth! Starting at 5 p.m., indulge in barbecue, unlimited rides on the three-story ride and Heege tower, and settle in for the best view of fireworks lighting up the city skyline.

7. Westside 5K + 8K

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1020 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 14 at Lee + White, explore the West End Trend — the original segment of the Beltline — as you make your way through Westview along either a 5K or 8K race route. Regardless of which you choose, once you cross the finish line, head to Monday Night Brewing Garage for the after party, which includes free beer.

8. Atlanta Field Day 2018

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680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

For those who loved a good game of tug-and-war or sack races during Field Day while in elementary school, the Atlanta Field Day on July 14 at 11 a.m. in Historic Fourth Ward Park is just for you. Only this grown-up version not only includes games, but also eats from your favorite food trucks, and, of course, an onsite bar. Grab your friends, and sign up today. Go the extra mile by dressing in creative costume, and see if you can score the Team Spirit award.

9. Atlanta Betline Arboretum Walking Tour — Westside

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Starting in Rose Circle Park on July 7 at 9 a.m., learn all there is to know about the history, design, and, yes, trees, along the Westside Trail during this one-mile tour in the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. What better what to get some exercise in while enjoying the great outdoors?

10. #RunTheATL Summer 2018

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Taking place on the “Infamous loop around Atlanta,” this race invites runners (and even non-runners) to hit an ever-changing course as it transcends from street to track to trail to gravel and so on as the Beltline is completed. Starting at Rose Circle Park at 8 a.m., the approximate distance is listed as “20 miles … ish.” It’s definitely one way to see how the Beltline has evolved since its inception.

1. Sidewalk Talk 

Ponce City Market N NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Feel the need to talk with someone, but don’t know where to turn? That’s where Sidewalk Talk comes in. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 16, volunteers will set up chairs on the Beltline at the North Avenue Bridge, ready to listen to whatever visitors have to say. Just pull up a seat, and get started. The goal is to nurture human connection by engaging in “heart-centered listening,” which leads to empathy, a sense of belonging, and improved wellness for everyone who participates.

Ponce City Market N NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. King of Pops Yoga

830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Get ready to strike your favorite yoga poses as the sun sets at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 17, this free class led by Rachelle Knowles is a great way to get acquainted with yoga, or get your zen on before a busy work week starts. Finish up the evening with your favorite flavor from King of Pops.

830 Willoughby Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

3. Piedmont Park History Walking Tour

400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Find out how Piedmont Park started and became one of Atlanta’s most visited iconic destinations during this free tour. Lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, the tour starts at 11 a.m. on June 23 at the Green Market and Piedmont Park Conservancy information table at the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue Park entrance.

400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

4. Tanyard Creek Park Beautification

73 Twenty Eighth St, Atlanta, GA 30309

Head to the Northside Trail on June 29 at 9 a.m., and join fellow volunteers as they gather to clean up and beautify Tanyard Creek Park to make it yet another gorgeous stop along the Beltline. Now in its third year, this event is a wonderful way to give back while celebrating our local parks.

73 Twenty Eighth St
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Maddox Park Beautification and Family Fun Day

1115 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

On June 30 at 9 a.m., bring the family to help with landscape and beautification projects at Maddox Park on the Westside Trail. After the hard work is done, it’s time to play. Families can enjoy lunch followed by a wealth of fun activities for all ages.

1115 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Rooftop Backyard Luau

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Don your grass skirt and favorite lei, and head to The Roof at Ponce City Market for a tropical celebration of July Fourth! Starting at 5 p.m., indulge in barbecue, unlimited rides on the three-story ride and Heege tower, and settle in for the best view of fireworks lighting up the city skyline.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Westside 5K + 8K

1020 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 14 at Lee + White, explore the West End Trend — the original segment of the Beltline — as you make your way through Westview along either a 5K or 8K race route. Regardless of which you choose, once you cross the finish line, head to Monday Night Brewing Garage for the after party, which includes free beer.

1020 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

8. Atlanta Field Day 2018

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

For those who loved a good game of tug-and-war or sack races during Field Day while in elementary school, the Atlanta Field Day on July 14 at 11 a.m. in Historic Fourth Ward Park is just for you. Only this grown-up version not only includes games, but also eats from your favorite food trucks, and, of course, an onsite bar. Grab your friends, and sign up today. Go the extra mile by dressing in creative costume, and see if you can score the Team Spirit award.

680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Atlanta Betline Arboretum Walking Tour — Westside

Atlanta, GA 30310

Starting in Rose Circle Park on July 7 at 9 a.m., learn all there is to know about the history, design, and, yes, trees, along the Westside Trail during this one-mile tour in the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. What better what to get some exercise in while enjoying the great outdoors?

10. #RunTheATL Summer 2018

Atlanta, GA 30310

Taking place on the “Infamous loop around Atlanta,” this race invites runners (and even non-runners) to hit an ever-changing course as it transcends from street to track to trail to gravel and so on as the Beltline is completed. Starting at Rose Circle Park at 8 a.m., the approximate distance is listed as “20 miles … ish.” It’s definitely one way to see how the Beltline has evolved since its inception.