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 with this calendar of events.

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

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.

Football coach speaks at luncheon

August 6, 2015

28 miles NW

Hear former coach Vince Dooley (twice awarded NCAA National Coach of the Year) tell comical and inspiring stories about football at the August Luncheon of the Acworth Business Association in Kennesaw.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 7, 2015

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.

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.

Train show in Norcross

August 8, 2015

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.

Game of Thrones party

August 14, 2015

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Rare-beer festival

August 16, 2015

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.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 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.

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

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.

German beer festival

August 22, 2015

0.3 miles south

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

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

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

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.

Zoo in Lawrenceville

August 22, 2015

32 miles NE

Kids and families will go ape over live animals and activities when Zoo Atlanta’s ZooMobile Animal Adventure visits the air conditioned Aurora Theatre.

Music & beer festival

August 22, 2015

56 miles north

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

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.

Concerts in the Garden

August 28, 2015

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.

Jazz at Atlantic Station

August 28, 2015

2.7 miles north

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

Underground art show

August 29, 2015

0.9 miles south

Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 50 artists, pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays at GA Freight Depot for age 21+.

Family run/walk

August 29, 2015

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 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.

Grant Park festival

August 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 30, 2015

2 miles NE

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

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.

Driving Miss Daisy

August 30 - Sept. 5, 2015

8 miles east

Driving Miss Daisy is a Pulitzer Prize winning play about an elderly Jewish widow and her African-American chauffeur who develop a warm friendship and mutual respect at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets for Sept. $10.
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