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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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.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 1, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 1, 2015

25 miles north

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

Fashion week

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 28)

0 miles

Atlanta International Fashion Week showcases Atlanta’s elite designers and models in the fashion industry and features runway shows, live entertainment, learning sessions, and networking events at 200 Peachtree.

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.

Footloose musical

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 10)

26 miles SW

Footloose includes songs from the hit movie about young people rebelling against a town that outlaws dancing. See it live in Tyrone. Discount tickets $13.

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 (begins July 16)

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. Discount tickets $11.

Rock musical: Rent

August 1 - 9, 2015 (begins July 10)

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 (begins July 10)

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 $13.

Evita outdoors

August 1 - 16, 2015 (begins July 23)

32 miles SW

Evita is a musical that tells the story of Argentina’s former first lady, with a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber including Don't Cry for Me Argentina, at Serenbe Playhouse. Discount tickets $15.

Blues musical

August 2, 2015 (begins July 7)

13 miles SW

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

Discount tickets for July $18.

Social-media comedy

August 2 - 23, 2015 (begins July 31)

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.


August 5 - 29, 2015 (also July)

15 miles NE

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

Discount tickets $11.

Mary Poppins musical

August 6 - 16, 2015

18 miles NE

Hear catchy songs and watch a nanny fly when Mary Poppins is performed live 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.
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Outdoor movie: Annie

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

14 miles NW

See Annie outdoors at Mable House Amphitheatre. Admission is free, or buy a reserved center seat $2.

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.

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.

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 Leibman live at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Discount tickets $9.

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.

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.

Fake wedding

August 19, 2015

8 miles north

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 Atlanta History Center.

Discount tickets $13.

Celebrity weekend

August 20 - 23, 2015

Atlanta locations

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

Underground film festival

August 20 - 23, 2015

2.5 miles SE

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

Can Can Ball

August 21, 2015

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 (6 to 9 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 - 22, 2015

56 miles north

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

Dinosaur day

August 22, 2015

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 3.1-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.

Beer & wine festival

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

3 miles NE

Celebrate your right to drink, hear live music, and play games at The Cork Pullers Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tour at Candler Park. Tickets on sale July 1.

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.

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

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 St. in Roswell.

German beer festival

August 2015 (undated)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate German beer, food, and music at family friendly German Bierfest at Robert W. Woodruff Park.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.