1. Break out your Hawaiian shirts for this Taco Luau
On July 3, BeetleCat will transform into a beach paradise for a Taco Luau. Along with drink and beer specials, the Inman Park restaurant will have a pig roast and other Hawaiian specials. Chef Andrew Isabella has created a menu for the luau that includes Caja China pig and beachside-inspired taco fixings including pineapple kimchi, potato yucca salad, street corn and chipotle lime slaw. Be sure to break out your Hawaiian shirts, leis and grass skirts for the event. Tickets are $25 and include food specials along with two drink tickets.
1-4 p.m. July 3. $25 per person. BeetleCat, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-732-0360. bit.ly/2sDipt1.
2.‘Run with the bulls’ at Eclipse di Luna
To celebrate Spain’s annual tradition of the Running of the Bulls, Eclipse di Luna will serve up a week of specials from July 10 until July 14. For $25, guests will dine on bottomless portions of Eclipse di Luna’s classic paella and sangria at both locations. The restaurant will also offer bull-themed signature cocktails.
July 10-14. Eclipse di Luna, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta. 678-205-5862. www.eclipsediluna.net.
3. Get great dining deals during Gwinnett Restaurant Week
Between July 16 and July 20, 24 restaurants throughout Gwinnett county will be offering dining deals that will help diners save up to 35%. Most restaurants will be offering a three-course prix fixe meal for $25 or $35 (+gratuity & tax). Some participating restaurants include 9292 Korean BBQ, Local Republic, and Marlow’s Tavern. For a full list of participating restaurants and menus visit www.gwinnettrestaurantweek.com.
July 16-20. www.gwinnettrestaurantweek.com.
4. Indulge in an afternoon full of ice cream
The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival returns to Piedmont Park for the seventh year in a row. To show that a balanced lifestyle can be fun and delicious, the festival is full of activities, including a cancer benefit walk, yoga and an ice cream-eating competition.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 22. Piedmont Park, 10th Street NE and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta. 678-964-5944. www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com.
5. Taste the flavors of summer at Osteria Mattone
At Osteria Mattone, sommelier Daniel Pernice will take guests through the flavors of summer with his favorite summer wines. Pernice will explain the flavor profiles of the wines along with their ideal pairings. Throughout the evening, guests will also be able to dine on a selection of salumi and formaggi on Osteria’s patio. Tickets are limited to this event and cost $29 per person.
2-4 p.m. July 23. Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton St., Roswell. 678-878-3378. bit.ly/2tycEuj.
6. Take a tour of Basque country without leaving Atlanta
Toast to Northern Basque country with Cooks & Soldiers’ nod to Fêtes De Bayonne, France’s largest annual festival. Expect classic Fêtes De Bayonne dishes including “King Leo” salad made with charcuterie, melon and stuffed piquillo crab and bell pepper omelets, drinks such as red sangria and kalimotxo, and traditional music and entertainment throughout the day. Guests are required to take part in Fêtes De Bayonne ritual, by donning their best blanc – or white – outfit and accessorize with traditional red kerchiefs provided by Cooks & Soldiers.
2-8 p.m. July 30. Cooks & Soldiers, 691 14th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-996-2623, cooksandsoldiers.com