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20 Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights
Courtney Bowers, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Caroline Cox, Stephanie Smith, Lindsey Weber | Photo: Joey Ivansco and Jeff Roffman | May 17, 2013
From impossibly chic communal dinners to scintillating outdoor performances, our city has a host of white-hot ways to celebrate after dark. Summer took its time to arrive, but now that it’s here, you won’t want to miss a minute.
Center of Culture
As the epicenter of arts in Atlanta, The Woodruff
Arts Center is a shining beacon for all ages—and, this summer, provides yet another flurry of activity across its multiple venues. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues its classical series with a presentation of Brahms pieces conducted by Donald Runnicles on June 20 and 22, while the Alliance Theatre hosts a staging of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, showing until June 9. The High Museum of Art continues its Gogo: Nature Transformed exhibit, exploring environment and jewelry through Aug. 25, and hosts its summer Friday Jazz nights on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Kids and teens are certainly not left out with Alliance’s summer performing workshops, the High’s art classes June 25-28 and Toddler Thursdays held through June 27. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, woodruffcenter.org
Spend an unforgettable evening with a Night to Remember package at Four Seasons Atlanta. Arrive in a Jaguar XJL and check in to the palatial Presidential Suite on the top floor. Relax and unwind with a couples’ massage in the spa and poolside Champagne lunch. Later, retire to your suite’s dining room as the chef prepares a private feast in the kitchen. Drink in the city skyline on the fifth-floor terrace while snuggling under a blanket and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. From $5,700, 75 14th St. NE, fourseasons.com/atlanta
Picnic like a VIP at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Concerts in the Garden. With a donation of $500 or more to the green space, you’ll be considered a Platinum Ticketholder for the year—whisked from your reserved parking space into a private entrance earlier than other concertgoers to snag prime seating. Reserve an exquisite spread prepared by Metro Fresh and dine in style as you listen to intimate musical performances amid sweet-smelling blooms. This year’s lineup includes special performances by Pat Benatar on June 23, Lyle Lovett on July 26, and Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, together on Aug. 9. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, concertsinthegarden.org
See Beyoncé perform live on July 12 from a posh suite at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. A $60,000 annual investment yields 12 to 14 tickets per show, three VIP parking passes and $3,500 in bites and beverages per event. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, gwinnettcenter.com
Turn tablemates into new friends at communal dining experiences cropping up around town this summer. On June 23 and 24, Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield hosts a Southern Chefs Series at The Inn at Serenbe with Marie Nygren—enjoy hands-on cooking, serious cocktails and storytelling from foodie pros (at $650 per guest, a night’s stay is included). On July 30, join 4th & Swift for their fifth anniversary dinner, complete with a craft cocktail reception on the newly renovated patio and a multicourse meal chock-full of veggies freshly picked from chef Jay Swift’s garden and micro-farm. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, serenbeinn.com; 621 North Ave. NE, 4thandswift.com
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