Atlanta events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Gospel & health festival

August 1 - 2, 2014

11 miles NW

The Atlanta Gospel Fest Music & Healthcare Festival includes gospel music concerts, workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and free family healthcare services at Cobb Galleria Centre. Some events are free.

Fashion show

August 1 - 3, 2014 (begins July 29)

0.4 miles east

365 FashionMakeoverZ [website has sound] features three runway shows and an after-party for networking at Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge.

Film festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

27 miles NE

Enjoy a mix of local and international films at Gwinnett Center International Film Festival, which adds seminars, vendors, film-industry panels, and an awards ceremony at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 2, 2014

2 miles NE

Design and build a car, and then race it downhill for prizes at the Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby, with music, food trucks, and activities at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park.

Flashback music festival

August 9, 2014

4.5 miles south

Flashback Festival is billed as Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

Downtown Restaurant Week

August 9 - 17, 2014

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal at dozens of restaurants during Downtown Restaurant Week, including brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Barbecue festival

August 15 - 16, 2014

3 miles north

Watch 50 teams compete, hear music, drink beer, and eat barbecue at the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival at Atlantic Station.

Beer at the brewery

August 16, 2014

5 miles NW

Hammers & Ales offers beer, wine, food, music, and a charity auction at Red Brick Brewing Company.

Barbecue, Blues, and Bluegrass

August 16, 2014

6 miles east

The Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival offers six hours of Blues and Bluegrass music, beer, and outstanding barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst. Cash only.

Obstacle race

August 16, 2014

31 miles east

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Georgia International Horse Park.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

2 miles NE

Piedmont Park Arts Festival features 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, and jewelers. It has artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and food vendors at Piedmont Park. Free.
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Dinosaur day

August 23, 2014

4 miles NE

Enjoy games, crafts, and activities with dinosaur and birthday themes at Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Costumes welcome.

Move with the dogs

August 23, 2014

7 miles NE

Walk, Wag, N’ Run is a morning walk or run that is either 5K or 1-mile long, for people and their dogs at Lenox Park in Buckhead.

Grant Park festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

2 miles SE

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, 5K run, and children’s fun center at Grant Park. Free.

Latino festival

August 24, 2014

2 miles NE

Festival Peachtree Latino offers music, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.

Ice cream festival

August 24, 2014 (2 to 4 p.m.)

19 miles north

Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, hear live music, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on the square at 600 Atlanta St. in Roswell.

Free park day

August 25, 2014

19 miles north

Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Decatur Book Festival

August 29 - 31, 2014

6 miles east

Decatur Book Festival features a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, a children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and writing workshops in Decatur.

Labor Day at the mountain

August 29 - 31, 2014

19 miles east

Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at Stone Mountain Park.

NASCAR racing

August 29 - 31, 2014

29 miles south

NASCAR Spring Cup Night Racing hits the lighted track at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hot-air balloon festival

August 29 - 31, 2014

82 miles SE

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers a balloon glow Friday night, balloon flights, tethered rides, a classic car show, and live music at Callaway Gardens.

DragonCon pop-culture convention

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

Atlanta locations

Dragon*Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a parade down Peachtree Street.

Seafood & Music Festival

August 30, 2014

15 miles

Seafood & Music Festival (formerly Seafood & Beer Festival) features live music, international beer stations, fish, crab, scallops, other seafood, and children’s activities at Riverdale Town Center.

Art in the Park

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

19 miles NW

Art in the Park features fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta. Free.

Caribbean fun

August 31, 2014

9 miles SE

Enjoy exotic flavors and rhythms at Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day. Jerkfest has jerk cuisine, a cook off, vendors, games, and dancing to Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, and Soca at Panthersville Stadium.

Entrepreneur workshops

August 2014 (undated)

2 miles north

Aspiring entrepreneurs will get help launching and growing a new business at Entrepreneur Boot Camp at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Kids’ consignment sale

August 2014 (undated)

22 miles north

Buy used clothing, toys, and gear from 400 sellers at All 4 Kids Consignment Sale at Roswell Town Center. Repeats in March.

Can Can Ball

August 2014 (undated)

0.2 miles east

Dance to live music, enjoy a light meal, and attend a silent auction at the black-tie-optional Can Can Ball to support the food bank, at the downtown Sheraton Atlanta.

German beer festival

August 2014 (undated)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate German beer, food, and music at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Robert W. Woodruff Park.
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