Atlanta events for August 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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August 2016
August 2016

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

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 5, 2016 (7:30 p.m. from June)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde.

Music & health festival

August 5 - 6, 2016

12 miles south

Atlanta HealthCare & Music Festival has health & wellness vendors, cooking demos, workshops, and performanes at Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

Pub crawl

August 6, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2 miles NE

A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes a free drink at multiple venues plus food discounts.

Flashback music festival

August 6, 2016 (6 p.m.)

4.5 miles south

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

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 6, 2016

25 miles north

Old Soldiers Day Parade & Road Race includes a memorial service, a parade, kids’ activities, and a 5K/10K race to honor soldiers. Free.

Film festival

August 6 - 7, 2016

18.5 miles NW

Marietta International Film Festival will be screening 72 films at Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Tickets.

Water Day

August 7, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

22 miles north

Splash through sprinklers, play water games, and make water crafts on Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Dress to get wet!

Party for a cause

August 11, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6:30)

8.4 miles north

A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, a wine wall, and a silent auction for charity at The Buckhead Theatre.

Cocktails at the aquarium

August 12, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Barbecue festival

August 12 - 13, 2016

13.5 miles north

Watch 30 teams compete, hear music, drink beer and bourbon, buy BBQ supplies, and visit kids’ village at the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival at Perimeter Mall.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 13, 2016

2 miles NE

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

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass

August 13, 2016

6 miles east

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival offers six hours of blues and bluegrass music, a kids’ area, beer, and barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst.

Alien half marathon

August 13, 2016

19 miles north

The popular Area 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K has an out-of-this-world theme at Riverside Park in Roswell.

Jazz outdoors

August 13, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

20 miles east

Jazz Under the Stars features five performers plus food vendors in the amphitheater at Lithonia Community Park.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 13 - 14, 2016

2 miles NE

Piedmont Park Arts Festival features 250 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.

Can Can Ball

August 19, 2016 (8 p.m. to midnight)

0.2 miles north

Dance to live music, enjoy a light meal, and attend a silent auction at the black-tie-optional Can Can Ball at Hyatt Regency Atlanta for charity.

Tattoo Expo

August 19 - 21, 2016

0.3 miles east

Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Underground film festival

August 19 - 21, 2016

2.6 miles north

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) [sound] shows films and videos that break conventional boundaries at Synchronicity Theatre and Eyedrum.

German beer festival

August 20, 2016 (2 to 7 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

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

Dinosaur day

August 20, 2016 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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.

Taste of Johns Creek

August 20, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

21.9 miles NE

Buy food samples from 20 restaurants, shop for art, hear live music, and visit the kids’ zone during Taste of Johns Creek at Chattahoochee High School. Free.

Obstacle race

August 20, 2016

31 miles east

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 25 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Georgia International Horse Park.

Ice cream festival

August 21, 2016 (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 Street in Roswell.

LGBT festival

August 25 - 27, 2016

Atlanta locations

Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival showcases art, music, and independent films of the LGBT creative culture and presents panel discussions.

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 25 - 28, 2016

0.2 miles NE

BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Free park days

August 25 - 28, 2016

19 miles north

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

Music festival

August 26 - 28, 2016

28.6 miles south

Imagine Music Festival [sound] features multiple stages of dance music at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Wine party

August 27, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles north

Atlanta Wine Party offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at Opera Nightclub. Repeats in Jan.

Family run/walk

August 27, 2016 (arrive 8 a.m.)

2.5 miles north

5K4Kids is a relaxed 5K and 1-mile event with a family fun zone that supports charity, at Piedmont Park.

Dog walk

August 27, 2016

7 miles NE

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

Food truck festival

August 27, 2016 (12 p.m., VIP 11)

22.7 miles NW

Great Southern Food Truck Rally is a new event with 40 food-truck vendors selling samples and full meals, plus a Georgia Brew beer tasting in Kennesaw. Expect lines.

Train show in Norcross

August 27, 2016

26.4 miles NE

Shop from 300 model-train vendors and see a few large working layouts at the Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Grant Park festival

August 27 - 28, 2016

2 miles SE

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

Trumpet festival

August 27 - 28, 2016

5 miles NE

Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival in the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Free.

Latino festival

August 28, 2016 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

2 miles NE

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

Healthy Living Day

August 28, 2016 (1 to 6 p.m.)

4.4 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet offers kids and adults arts & crafts activities, dance classes, food demos, and nutrition seminars in Midtown on Healthy Living Day. Free.

Festival of Bulgaria

August 28, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

23 miles NE

Bulgarian Festival Atlanta features authentic music, folk dancing, food, craft vendors, and kids’ activities at the pavilion in Pinckneyville Park, Norcross. Free.
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