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

Fashion week

August 1 - 3, 2014 (begins July 29)

Atlanta locations

Atlanta International Fashion Week showcases Atlanta’s elite designers and models in the fashion industry and has runway shows, live entertainment, learning sessions, and networking events.

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.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 1 & 15, 2014 (dates below)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues at Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. June 13, 27. July 11. Aug. 1, 15.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 2, 2014

2 miles NE

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

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 2, 2014

25 miles north

Old Soldiers Day Parade is a memorial service, a parade, and kids’ activities to honor soldiers. Free.

Black arts festival

August 2 - 23, 2014 (July 19 - Sept. 27)

Atlanta locations

National Black Arts Festival showcases performing arts, literature, and visual arts produced by African Americans. Some events are free.

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.

Music festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

1 mile SE

Sweet Auburn Music Fest is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival on Auburn Avenue at Jackson.

Restaurant week

August 9 - 17, 2014

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Downtown Restaurant Week.

Kids’ consignment sale

August 14 - 16, 2014

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.

Barbecue festival

August 15 - 16, 2014

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.

Celebrity weekend

August 15 - 17, 2014

Atlanta locations

Atlanta Celeb Fest Weekend [sound] is a new event of black-tie celebrity awards, a fashion show, brunch, celebrity basketball game, and famous musicians.

Beer for charity

August 16, 2014

3.1 miles NE

Hammers & Ales offers beer, wine, food, music, and a charity auction at Wrecking Bar Brew Pub.

BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass

August 16, 2014

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.
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Obstacle race

August 16, 2014

31 miles east

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1-mile race with 25 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 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 22, 2014

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.

Music & beer festival

August 22 - 23, 2014

56 miles north

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

German beer festival

August 23, 2014

0.3 miles south

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

Asian talent show

August 23, 2014

2.3 miles north

Watch musicians, dancers, poets, spoken-word artists, comedians, and entertainers compete at Kollaboration Atlanta Showcase at The Loft.

Music festival

August 23, 2014

3.7 miles SE

Deer Bear Wolf Music Fest showcases Atlanta’s best electronic and experimental musical acts at 529 bar.

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

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.

Black Pride Weekend

August 27 - Sept. 1, 2014

2.2 miles NE

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend includes a large gay community music festival Sunday in Piedmont Park.

Puppet comedy

August 28 - 30, 2014

2.3 miles north

You must be 18 to watch National Puppet Slam, adult puppet theater at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Bar Bash

August 29, 2014

6.2 miles north

A Buckhead Bar Bash ticket includes admission to 15 bars, entertainment, and some free food and drinks.

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 working heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at Stone Mountain Park.

NASCAR racing

August 29 - 31, 2014

29 miles south

NASCAR Sprint Cup Night Racing hits the lighted track Labor Day weekend 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, balloon flights, tethered rides, skydivers, a 5K, classic car show, and live music at Callaway Gardens.


August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

Atlanta locations

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

Seafood & Music Festival

August 30, 2014

15 miles south

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.

Music festival

August 30 - 31, 2014

2 miles NE

Imagine Music Festival [scroll down the page] features multiple stages of dance music at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.

Art in the Park

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

19 miles NW

Art in the Park includes fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations on Labor Day weekend in Marietta. Free.

Music festival

August 31, 2014

2.2 miles SE

House in the Park is DJ house music played outdoors at two pavilions in Grant Park. Free.

Beer & whiskey festival

August 31, 2014

7 miles north

Beer & Whiskey Fest on Labor Day weekend features premium whiskies, craft and imported beers, and four rock & country bands at Buckhead Saloon.

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.
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August 2014 calendar of events in Atlanta. What to do in downtown Atlanta today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Atlanta, GA.