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WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS 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. | By Courtney Bowers, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Caroline Cox, Stephanie Davis Smith and Lindsey Weber |

Nightlife 20 Ways To Spend Your Summer Nights

Courtney Bowers, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Caroline Cox, Stephanie Davis Smith And Lindsey Weber |

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.<br /> <br /> SEE <br /> <br /> 1 Center of Culture <br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> STAY <br /> <br /> 2 Inn Vogue <br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> HEAR <br /> <br /> 3 Garden Party <br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> HEAR <br /> <br /> 4 House Seats<br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> DINE <br /> <br /> 5 Group Dynamic <br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> DINE <br /> <br /> 6 Forks Up! OTP movie fans can enjoy Milton’s Fork & Screen in the huge garden patch behind the fancy resto. For $25 a person, get a gourmet boxed, chef-prepared dinner and see Fried Green Tomatoes on June 19, My Big Fat Greek Wedding on July 17 or City Slickers on Aug. 14. Imbibe with a cash bar. 800 Mayfield Road, Milton, miltonscuisine.com<br /> <br /> HEAR <br /> <br /> 7 Beatle Mania <br /> <br /> Come together, right now, for this summer’s Just Imagine – A Symphony Tribute to John Lennon, starring Tim Piper with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on June 29. More than merely listening to the songs, attendees will experience this Beatles’ music through multimedia platforms, as well as hear stories behind the songs and insights about Lennon’s life. Grab ve friends and make it an evening to remember with a package of six terrace seats for $210, and preorder a catered on-site picnic dinner from Proof of the Pudding, complete with table setup and lighting. they’ll pack entrees, appetizers, salads, sides and desserts that will feed your whole party for $199 to $254 and deliver it to your seats. Justimaginetheshow.Com; 4469 Stella Drive NW, classicchastain.Com; proofpudding.com<br /> <br /> SEE <br /> <br /> 8 Pearls of Wisdom <br /> <br /> Art-lovers will appreciate the High’s special members’- only privileges this summer. Join up and you can hobnob with other art patrons to preview Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” up close in an exclusive preview (read: only members get in) on June 22—nibbles included. The rest of the year, enjoy other perks, like an invitation to the swanky annual Benefactors Luncheon and membership at NYC’s MoMA. From $35 to $5,000, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, high.org<br /> <br /> DO <br /> <br /> 9 Fantasy Baseball <br /> <br /> Fulfill a childhood dream with the Braves’ Ultimate VIP Experiences: Superfans enjoy a behindthe- scenes tour of Turner Field, VIP parking, a private view of batting practice, 755 Club and Delta Sky 360 Lounge access, and a personalized jersey, as well as the chance to rub elbows with Freddie Freeman on June 16 or Chris Johnson on July 28. 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, visitbraves.com/vip<br /> <br /> DINE <br /> <br /> 10 Fish Fete <br /> <br /> Throw a dinner party that your inner circle will be talking about for years. The Georgia Aquarium offers private galleries to give small groups the opportunity to dine on Wolfgang Puck Catering (think grilled quail, sauteed diver scallop and Well eet oysters with Bloody Mary gelee) in the company of enchanting sea creatures. Sip on cocktails with beluga whales; nibble on hors d’oeuvres next to whale sharks; or satisfy your sweet tooth in front of one of the largest tropical living reef exhibits in the world. Catering minimum is $10,000, 225 Baker St. NW, georgiaaquarium.org<br /> <br /> SEE <br /> <br /> 11 The Cos Catch the beloved Bill Cosby at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre June 28. Expect some stories from his current best-seller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. Take your Mercedes- Benz for VIP parking up front. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, cobbenergycentre.com<br /> <br /> SEE <br /> <br /> 12Game, Set, Match!<br /> <br /> Get in on all the action from the best seats in the house during the BB&T Atlanta Open July 20-28 at Atlantic Station. Snag the Lexus Inner Circle seats for $905 (or $668 for just the weekend matches), and receive exclusive access to VIP locations throughout the venue, courtside seats to all 11 sessions (including qualifying matches), plus luxury seating with padding and backs. Catch matches with John Isner and Mardy Fish, as well as doubles with Bob and Mike Bryan, all week. Feel like treating your whole department at work to the tennis spectacle? You can score 22 VIP suite seats, complete with air-conditioning and private stations, for a cool $22,000 for the week. Atlantic Station, bbtatlantaopen.com<br /> <br /> STAY <br /> <br /> 13 Fire, the Works!<br /> <br /> Celebrate America’s most patriotic holiday in style. Book W Atlanta - Buckhead’s Fourth of July Salute to Swank! Package, and you’ll spend the night in a palatial Wow! Suite (from $600). You’ll spend the day viewing the Peachtree Road Race from Cook Hall’s patio, opening at 7 (sipping adult bevies from their talented barkeeps by 12:30). en, watch the annual reworks at Lenox Mall that night from the exclusive luxe rooftop at Whiskey Blue’s Annual Red, White and Whiskey Blue party. there’s no better view of either events in the area. If you’re more interested in seeing the Downtown sparks that night, book an exquisite room at e Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta for the Bed & Breakfast package (from $209). Stroll over to Centennial Olympic Park to see a glittering reworks display; retire to your stylish room; and then enjoy a complimentary romantic breakfast for two at Atlanta Grill. It’s a re ned way to enjoy summer with a bang. 3377 Peachtree Road NE, watlantabuckhead.com; 181 Peachtree St. NE, ritzcarlton.com/atlanta<br /> <br /> DANCE <br /> <br /> 14 Jump n’ Jive <br /> <br /> Head to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in historic Marietta Square for a retro-dance party filled with oldies performed by The Sock Hops on July 20. 117 N. Park Square, earlsmithstrand.com<br /> <br /> DO <br /> <br /> 15 Walk on the Wild Side <br /> <br /> Channel your animal instinct s at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s annual Lost Oasis: Wild Safari benefit on June 8. At $100 per person or $300 per patron-level couple, enjoy live music and entertainment, an auction and prize drawing, special exotic cocktails and, of course, delicious bites. Go all out—your “wildest” attire is encouraged—by booking the master suite at nearby historic Stonehurst Place (from $299). This quaint—but luxe—bed and breakfast is a hidden gem in Midtown, with deep spa tubs, plush linens and a complimentary gourmet breakfast. 767 Clifton Road NE, fernbankmuseum.org; 923 Piedmont Ave. NE; stonehurstplace.com<br /> <br /> DINE <br /> <br /> 16 Twilight Hour <br /> <br /> For a taste of wine country, trek to Château Élan for an alfresco dinner under the stars. The Under the Tuscan Sun dinner on June 22 and Bastille Day dinner on July 20 include expert wine pairings, multiple courses and a luxe overnight stay in recently renovated villas ($459 for two people). 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton, chateauelan.com<br /> <br /> Do<br /> <br /> 17 A Mod Rush <br /> <br /> Engage at Modern Atlanta’s Design is Human event with a panel of the most pre-eminent modern designers in the city on June 5. Held at the Ligne Roset showroom, the experts include award-winning architect and designer Shawn Alshut of Studio A2, architect Cara Cummins of Tac Studio and design consultant Smith Hanes of Flags of Origin. None other than the former editor of Metropolitan Magazine Linda O’Keefe will moderate the design pros’ discussion. It’s a mod, mod world at the launch of the Design is Material exhibition on June 6 at e Sound Table. An essential part of the week’s events, the exhibition features cutting-edge technology and design for both homes and commercial spaces. Wander through curated exhibits, workshops and a panel discussion moderated by Susan Szenasy. >>> Celebrate the launch of Modern Atlanta’s two-day home tour on June 7 at ADAC. Pal around with the city’s foremost modern designers and architects while sampling sips and bites from Octane Co ee. Multiple venues, modern-atlanta.org<br /> <br /> TASTE <br /> <br /> 18 Something’s Brewing One of the hottest restaurants in town, e Optimist, is hosting a Heavy Seas Beer Dinner with pairings on June 11. The guest list caps at 30, and reservations are required. For $50, each diner will enjoy cocktailing in the hip Oyster Bar to start things o , then move into the dining room for a coursed-out dinner with beer pairings. Chef Adam Evans and a Heavy Seas rep will explain each dish and how the beer pairs with it. Brewery aficionados will get the chance to sip on the Riptide White IPA, Small Craft Warning Uber Pils and Holy Sheet Uber Abbey Ale, among others. After you’re full of tasty suds, make a staycation of it with a night at The Artmore Hotel, a boutique property nearby. Book its That’s Amore package and stay in an executive king room complete with complimentary Champagne and sweets, free parking, and a charming patio where you can snuggle around the re pit full and happy. The next day, enjoy breakfast for two at the Gallery Café. 914 Howell Mill Road, theoptimistrestaurant.com; 1302 W. Peachtree St. NW, artmorehotel.com<br /> <br /> SEE <br /> <br /> 19 Rivers Runs Deep <br /> <br /> Funny lady Joan Rivers hits Atlanta Symphony Hall on June 29 with her bawdy stand-up act. But only insiders know (by calling this number: 404.733.4848) that $83 scores you an orchestra seat to the show, as well as a three-course, prix fixe menu at Lure restaurant down the street. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, atlantasymphony.org; 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, lure-atlanta.com<br /> <br /> HEAR<br /> <br /> 20 Country Boys <br /> <br /> Get the superstar treatment for the Hank Williams Jr. And Gregg Allman concert on June 21 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Order from the Red Carpet Wine Experience three days prior to the event and pick up a high-end bottle of Delamotte Champagne Brut Rosé for $200 or Champagne Salon 1999 for $400. Pair it with the Opening Act picnic basket and you’ll get a trio of artisan cheeses, grilled flank

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