Every Monday we bring you the Southern Living Hot List, a roundup of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Revel in Southern culture. Head on down to Opelika, Alabama on Aug. 9 for the annual Southern Revelry, a celebration of Southern food, fashion, art, and music. Hosted by The Overall Company, the festival will feature live music by Honey Honey and The Weeks, along with plenty of food and drinks. Tickets are $25 for general admission.
2. Dig In. The Atlanta Seafood and Craft Beer Festival will debut Aug.9, bringing a taste of the city’s seafood and local craft beer offerings to Piedmont Park. Vendors such as Williamson Bros., Ibiza Bites, and Atlanta Seafood Company will be set up from noon until 8 p.m. that day. Craft beer selections will include Hoplanta, SweetWater Brewing Company, and Red Hare Brewing Company. The festival is free and open to the public.
3. Drink and Donate. Grab a beer, a red dress, and some running shoes and you’re good to go for the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans on Aug. 9. Last year, the run was able to raise more than $190, 000 for more than 60 local charities. Participants begin registering, drinking, and lining up at 9 a.m. for the two-mile run/walk through the French Quarter. Registration is $70 and includes beer, food, live music, and giveaways.
4. Celebrate food and film. Check out the Southern Foodways Alliance Potlikker Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Aug. 9. The festival, hosted by The Hive and 21c Museum Hotel in collaboration with Chef Matt McClure, will have a variety of feasts from farmers and local chefs, as well as music by bluegrass band Foley’s Van. The festival will feature films by Joe York: “Fish Ribs in Little Rock,” about the Lassis Inn, and “Ovens are for Pies,”about McClard’s Barbecue. Tickets are $75 per person.
5. Grow the arts. The Tomato Arts Festival returns for its 11th year, bringing art, music, food, and a costumed parade to East Nashville Aug. 8-9. The Friday night concert will include entertainment by Chancellor Warhol, Buffalo Rodeo, and Majestico as well as food trucks, art, and drinks by Deep Eddy vodka and Fat Bottom Brewery. Free and open to the public.