Atlanta events for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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August 2015

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 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.

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Soapbox Derby Race

August 1, 2015

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.

Elton John songs

August 1, 2015

16 miles NW

Remember When Rock Was Young features the music of Elton John played by Atlanta Pops Orchestra and sung by Craig Meyer at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre in Mableton.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 1, 2015

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.

Tennis tournament

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 25)

2.7 miles north

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

Film festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

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.

Steel Magnolias play

August 1 - 2, 2015

37 miles NE

Steel Magnolias brings the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of the film that starred Dolly Parton to the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford.

Family puppet show

August 1 - 9, 2015

2.5 miles north

Based on the book, The Reluctant Dragon is the story of a dragon who would rather be a friend than a fighter at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Discount tickets $10.

Blues musical

August 1 - 9, 2015

13 miles SW

Chasin’ Dem Blues is a foot-stomping musical history of American blues at Southwest Arts Center.

Discount tickets $18.

Cabaret in Fairburn

August 1 - 9, 2015

23 miles SW

Step back in time to decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you in Cabaret at Southside Theatre Guild. Discount tickets $12.

Rock musical: Rent

August 1 - 16, 2015

2.6 miles NW

Theatremania calls Rent a “passionate, exuberant, uplifting, and joyous” story of young New York artists living in the shadow of AIDS at Actor's Express. Discount tickets $32.

Addams Family musical

August 1 - 16, 2015

8 miles NE

In this live version of The Addams Family TV show, the daughter falls in love with a “normal” boy and invites him and his parents to dinner, at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets $16.75 at Goldstar and Groupon.

Evita outdoors

August 1 - 16, 2015

32 miles SW

Evita tells the story of Argentina’s former first lady in a musical with stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Don't Cry for Me Argentina, at Serenbe Playhouse.

Secret Garden outdoors

August 1 - 16, 2015

34 miles SW

The Secret Garden is a play based on a beloved novel about an orphan girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets in The Garden at Serenbe. Discount tickets $12.

Social-media comedy

August 2 - 23, 2015

3.7 miles SW

Lillian Likes It is a quirky new comedy about finding a guy with the perfect online profile (so what if he’s dead?) at Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $13.

Women’s basketball

August 2 - Sept. 11, 2015

1 mile NE

Join fans cheering The Atlanta Dream when they play in Philips Arena.

Discount tickets $11 to $31.


August 5 - 29, 2015

15 miles NE

Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks play a home game in northeast Atlanta.

Discount tickets $9 to $17.

Mary Poppins musical

August 6 - 16, 2015

18 miles NE

Hear catchy songs and watch a nanny fly onstage at Mary Poppins in the state-of-the art and comfortable theater at MJCCA. Discount tickets $14.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 7, 2015 (all dates below)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde on June 12 & 26. July 10 & 24. Aug 7.

Outdoor movie: Annie

August 7, 2015 (opens 7:30 p.m.)

14 miles NW

See Annie outdoors at Mable House Amphitheatre. Free or get reserved seats $5.

Baseball & fireworks

August 7 & 14, 2015

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play Miami on Aug. 7 or Arizona on Aug. 14 at Turner Field, followed by fireworks. Discount tickets $17 to $42.
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Concerts in the Garden

August 7 - 28, 2015 (all dates below)

2.5 miles NE

See national acts like John Hiatt and the Beach Boys at Concerts in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. June 20; July 23, 24; Aug. 7, 21, 22, 28.

Baseball & fireworks

August 7, 21, 28, 2015

34 miles NE

Watch the Gwinnett Braves play a home game at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Discount tickets $6 to $12.

Flashback music festival

August 8, 2015 (6 p.m.)

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.

Popular piano players

August 8, 2015 (8 p.m.)

11 miles north

The Piano Guys play a mix of classical, cover songs, and new age music that made them stars on YouTube at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Discount tickets $20.

Comedy superstar

August 8, 2015 (7 p.m.)

39 miles SW

You’ve seen her on The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, now see Wendy Liebman live at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Discount tickets $5.

Boy George

August 12, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1 mile north

Boy George & Culture Club play a Grammy winning mix of British new wave, American soul, and Jamaican reggae at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $27 to $90.


August 14, 2015 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Atlanta Falcons play the Tennessee Titans in a pre-season game at the Georgia Dome. Discount tickets $18 to $86 (minimum 2).

Game of Thrones party

August 14, 2015 (9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

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

Brewery night

August 14, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

5 miles NW

A ticket to Atlanta Brew for the Family includes six craft beer samples, brewery tour, music, and a silent charity auction at Monday Night Brewing, age 21+.

Barbecue festival

August 14 - 15, 2015

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.

Discount tickets for two: $11.

Pop-erotica show

August 15, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1.8 miles NW

The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, erotic fashion, and DJ music for age 21+. Discount tickets $10 to $20.

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass

August 15, 2015

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.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 15 - 16, 2015

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.

Bridal show

August 16, 2015

0.1 miles north

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is a wedding fashion show and vendor expo at Atlanta Convention Center. Repeats in Jan. Discount tickets $11.

Discount tickets $11.

Rare-beer festival

August 16, 2015 (2 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Motown musical

August 18 - 23, 2015

1 mile north

Motown the Musical is a history of Motown music told in nearly nonstop songs and energetic dance numbers at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $65 (limited view).

Weird comedy

August 19 - 30, 2015

2.2 miles north

Weird Sisters Theatre Project performs Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow, which is a classic 1980s sex comedy romp at Alliance Theatre. Discount tickets $12.

Celebrity weekend

August 20 - 23, 2015

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Atlanta Celeb Fest Weekend [sound] features a gospel showcase, celebrity salute, gala, and fashion show.

Can Can Ball

August 21, 2015 (8 p.m.)

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.

Cocktails at the aquarium

August 21, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and tapas at Sips Under the Sea. The theme is “Hawaiian Luau.” Bring age 21 ID.

Music & beer festival

August 21 (5:30 p.m.) - 22, 2015

56 miles north

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

Discount tickets & beer for 2: $28.

German beer festival

August 22, 2015 (2 to 7 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

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

Discount tickets $25.

Dinosaur day

August 22, 2015 (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.

Move with the dogs

August 22, 2015

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.

Alien half marathon

August 22, 2015 (7 p.m.)

19 miles north

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

Caribbean festival

August 22, 2015 (1 to 8 p.m.)

20 miles south

Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival features live music, food, games, and a kids’ zone at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro. Free.

Obstacle race

August 22, 2015

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.

Latino festival

August 23, 2015

2 miles NE

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

Free park day

August 25, 2015

19 miles north

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

Family run/walk

August 29, 2025 (8 a.m.)

2.5 miles north

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

Beer & wine festival

August 29, 2015 (3 to 8 p.m.)

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 29, 2015

3 miles north

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

Discount tickets $29.

Grant Park festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

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.

Music festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

2 miles NE

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

Meatball festival

August 30, 2015 (1 to 5 p.m.)

11 miles north

Taste restaurant meatballs of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and seafood, as well as wine, limoncello, and beer at Atlanta Meatball Festival in Sandy Springs.

Ice cream festival

August 30, 2015 (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.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.