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 - 7, 2016 (begins July 30)

2.7 miles north

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

Theme parks

August 1 - Dec. 31, 2016

multiple locations

Discount prices include all taxes and ticket fees.

Entertaining play about racism

August 3 - 7, 2016 (also July)

13 miles SW

Smart People examines the difficult issue of racism with barbed wit and a keen eye on human nature through the eyes of four Harvard graduates at Southwest Arts Center. Discount tickets $18.

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.

Queen of Funk: Chaka Khan

August 5, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles NW

See Chaka Khan, 10-time Grammy Award winner, perform at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $34.

Gospel & health festival

August 5 - 6, 2016

12 miles south

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

Musical: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

August 5 - 13, 2016 (also July)

7.6 miles NE

Based on the movie starring Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is about two con artists competing to con a beautiful heiress on the French Riviera, live at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets $13.

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.

Relationship musical

August 5 - Sept. 11, 2016

2.4 miles NW

Company is a Tony Award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim about connections, commitments, and the meaning of love at Actor’s Express. Discount tickets $15 to $31.

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 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

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!

A woman’s choices

August 9 - 14, 2016

1 mile north

In the contemporary musical If/Then, a woman lives out two different lives in New York City at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $35.


August 11, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Atlanta Falcons play the Washington Redskins in a pre-season game at the Georgia Dome. Discount tickets $15 to $45.

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. See the evening’s theme listed on the website.

Flamenco music: Gipsy Kings

August 12, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles north

The Gipsy Kings play an irresistible blend of deep-heated flamenco, Catalan rumba, salsa, and pop in Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Discount tickets $20.

Barbecue festival

August 12 - 13, 2016

13.5 miles north

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

Discount tickets for two people on Friday: $15.

Childrens’ play outdoors

August 12 - 14, 2016

33.3 miles SW

Charlotte’s Web is the award-winning story about Charlotte the spider who saves Wilbur the pig. See it live surrounded by real animals at The Inn at Serenbe. Discount tickets $10.

Popular musical

August 12 - 27, 2016

12.1 miles north

Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families in The Fantasticks, a funny and romantic musical at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs. Discount tickets $13.

Pop-erotica show

August 13, 2016 (6 and 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, fashion, and DJ music at 595 North Event Center for age 21+. Discount tickets $10.

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.

Movie south of the airport

August 13, 2016

15.3 miles south

Bring snacks and a chair to watch the movie of the month at Movies Under the Stars in Riverdale. Free.

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.

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.

Fake wedding

August 14, 2016 (5 p.m.)

36 miles SW

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglasville. Discount tickets $13.

Can Can Ball

August 19, 2016

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.

Baseball & fireworks

August 19, 2016 (7:35 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play the Washington Nationals, followed by fireworks at Turner Field. Discount tickets $18 to $41.

Underground film festival

August 19 - 20, 2016

2.6 miles north

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

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.

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.

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.

Pop superstars

August 23, 2016 (7 p.m.)

11 miles north

Hear five famous females from the X Factor when Fifth Harmony performs with JoJo at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Discount tickets $35.

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 offers 50 films by or about people of color, plus workshops and panel discussions at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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.

Adult comedy

August 25 - Sept. 11, 2016

37 miles NE

Don't Dress for Dinner is a sexy farce about a playboy and shenanigans involving his mistress, his wife, and his best friend, in Buford. Discount tickets $11.

Kids’ concert

August 26, 2016 (10 a.m and 4 p.m.)

22.6 miles north

Power pop band Big Bang Boom! gets kids and their parents up and moving to alt-rock, hip-hop, punk, and country at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Discount tickets $9.

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

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

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 to 9 p.m.)

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 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw. Discount tickets for two: $15.

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.

Women’s basketball

August 28, 2016 (3 p.m.)

1 mile NE

Watch the Atlanta Dream play the Connecticut Sun in Philips Arena. Discount tickets $6 to $23.

Latino festival

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

2 miles NE

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

Healthy Living Day

August 28, 2016 (12 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 (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.
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