Sunny, Southern summer days have finally arrived, and everyone is searching for new and exciting adventures to make 2021 the best year yet. With an endless variety of activities happening in Alpharetta, this summer will be filled to the brim with fun without breaking the bank. From outdoor concerts to shopping at the unique boutiques and shops, Alpharetta is your one-stop destination for a memorable summer getaway. Check out our insider’s guide to five summer bucket list items in Alpharetta.
1. Stay Cool at Avalon
Whether you’re sipping on an El Frio margarita from Superica to beat the heat or scoring a new ensemble from South Moon Under to look fabulous and fashionable, Avalon is the home of “cool”! Who doesn’t love shopping at the most fashionable stores, eating the best handcrafted meals, and checking out numerous fun and free events all in one convenient location? This vibrant, luxurious and friendly district in Alpharetta has a wide range of shops to keep you up to date with all the new trends. Stop by Anthropologie to peruse endless racks of gorgeous garments and fun home accents. Pop into Orvis for outdoor apparel and fly-fishing gear. After a fun-filled day of shopping and dining, spend one of Georgia’s beautiful summer evenings enjoying live music with friends and family at Avalon Night’s Live. This free open-air concert experience is a must if you will be visiting Alpharetta this summer! With shows from 6-8 p.m. every Friday evening April through October, there are plenty of chances to enjoy live music, awesome drinks, and great food with your crew!
2. Wind Down With An Ice Cold Brew!
Unwind and relax with a craft beer at one of Alpharetta’s awesome hops-filled locales. Whether you’re a loyal Jekyll Brewing fan or just want an awesome spot to hang out, both Jekyll locations have the perfect atmosphere for you to let loose and socialize with friends. Try the Marconi Drive location to visit the original taproom where you can enjoy flights and plenty of fun activities or visit the Downtown Alpharetta location to try bites of their coastal-inspired cuisine and order from the ultra-cool vintage airstream trailer rooftop bar. For something sudsy and super refreshing, make a stop to Currahee Brewing Company on South Main Street. Be sure to try their newest tap selections and enjoy the Downtown Alpharetta views on the patio. You’ll have over 60 different craft brews to choose from when you visit Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar. Make sure to pair your beer with one of their yummy soft baked pretzels. Cheers to that!
3. Get Your Groove On at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Whether you’re a music fanatic or just want to spend a fun night with friends, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre hosts a wide range of well-known artists from various genres that are guaranteed to suit any musical taste. The expansive and park-like outdoor venue is the perfect way to spend your summer nights. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn with friends or purchase seats under the canopy to get close to some of the top artists, in this 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. The 2022 concert season rocked on with big-ticket names like Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dave Mathews Band, Pit Bull, Back Street Boys and many more! See the upcoming 2023 concert calendar here.
4. Shop for Fresh Finds at the Farmers Market
Kick off your weekend with a fresh start at the Alpharetta Farmers Market located in Downtown Alpharetta. Each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – Noon, market goers can purchase seasonal fruits and ripe veggies, locally-sourced meats for the next summertime cookout, fresh flowers and herbs, local honey, handcrafted bread and pastries, and much more. Start early with a cup of coffee and a pastry for breakfast and get the best selection the vendors have to offer!
5. Get Active on the Big Creek Greenway
The Big Creek Greenway is the perfect option if you love getting outdoors and feeling at one with local flora and fauna. The Greenway features 9 miles of paved walkway, with a nearly half-mile wood chip path and a combination mountain bike and hiking trail. All of this strollable space meanders through a flood plain formed by Big Creek, meaning you’ve got a fairly level trek ahead of you (so it’s definitely doable for walkers of all fitness levels!). Deer, wild turkey, and songbirds still call Big Creek Greenway home, but they’re happy to share their gorgeous space with visitors. Whether you prefer to bike, run, skate or take a leisurely stroll, you’ll love taking in views of Alpharetta’s greenscapes. Insider Tip: The greenway has plenty of tree cover making it a nice respite on a hot summer day!
Discover these five must-do’s and so much more when you plan an awesome adventure in this charming Southern city. Want our best insider tip? One day simply isn’t enough time to enjoy all of the fun that’s awaiting you in Alpharetta. Give yourself time to truly revel in all that Alpharetta offers by staying the night in one of the city’s 30 modern hotels. With so many unique properties to choose from, finding the perfect hotel for your budget is a breeze! Share your Summer bucket list adventures with us by tagging @AwesomeAlpharetta and using our hashtag: #AwesomeAlpharetta.