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

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

Tennis tournament

August 1 - 6, 2016 (begins July 30)

2.7 miles north

The Atlanta Open is a televised annual men’s tennis tournament held at Atlantic Station.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 5, 2016 (begins June 10)

4 miles NE

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

Gospel & health festival

August 5, 2016

12 miles south

Atlanta HealthCare, Music & Gospel Festival has health & wellness vendors, cooking demonstrations, and choirs at Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Free except some concerts.

Jazz at Atlantic Station

August 5 - 26, 2016 (Fridays)

2.7 miles north

Hear jazz performed at Friday Night Live in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Free.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 6, 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.

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.

Flashback music festival

August 13, 2016

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.

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.

Train show in Norcross

August 13, 2016

19 miles NE

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

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.

Underground film festival

August 19 - 20, 2016

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) shows films and videos that break conventional boundaries at the DooGallery.

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass

August 20, 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.

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.

Free park day

August 25 - 28, 2016

19 miles north

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

Family run/walk

August 26, 2016

2.5 miles north

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

Music festival

August 27, 2016

2 miles NE

Imagine Music Festival [sound] features multiple stages of dance music at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.

Move with the dogs

August 27, 2016

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 Brookhaven.

Grant Park festival

August 27 - 28, 2016

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.

Festival of Bulgaria

August 28, 2016 (noon)

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.

Can Can Ball

August 2016 (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, downtown Sheraton Atlanta.

German beer festival

August 2016 (undated)

0.3 miles south

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

Rare-beer festival

August 2016 (undated)

1 mile north

Taste one-of-a-kind beer directly from wooden aging barrels, plus bottled beer and two food samples at HOToberfest Barrel Aged Ball, Georgia Freight Depot.

Game of Thrones party

August 2016 (undated)

2 miles NE

Party of Thrones has live music, drink specials, and a costume contest at The Masquerade for age 18+.

Latino festival

August 2016 (undated)

2 miles NE

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

Concerts in the Garden

August 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

See national acts like John Hiatt and the Beach Boys at Concerts in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Barbecue festival

August 2016 (undated)

3 miles north

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

Beer & wine festival

August 2016 (undated)

3 miles NE

Drink free samples, hear live music, play games, and shop from food trucks at The Cork Puller’s Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival at Candler Park.

Beer Mile

August 2016 (undated)

3 miles north

Run a mile, making stops for beer every quarter mile, at National Beer Mile, near Meehan’s Atlantic Station.

Dinosaur day

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Film festival

August 2016 (undated)

27 miles NE

Enjoy a mix of local and international films at GCI Film Festival, which also has seminars, vendors, film-industry panels, and an awards ceremony at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Music & beer festival

August 2016 (undated)

56 miles north

Enjoy local musicians, food, beer, and crafts at the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival.
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