Atlanta events for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta with this calendar of events.

Miles are from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.

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Science-fiction film

August 4 - 6, 2017

30.3 miles NE

Something Wicked is a film festival that screens animation, fantasy, horror, and science-fiction at Southern Performing Arts Academy in Lawrenceville.

Pub crawl

August 5, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2 miles NE

A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes five drinks at your choice of venues plus food discounts.

Soapbox Derby Race

August 5, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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. Races begin 12:30 p.m. and are free to watch.

Family-friendly festival

August 5, 2017 (12 to 5:30 p.m.)

16.1 miles NW

Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival has food, music, vendors, a kids’ zone, and a dance competition at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton. Donate school supplies. The parade is at 11:30 a.m.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 5, 2017

25 miles north

Old Soldiers Day Parade & Road Race includes a band, a memorial service, a parade, kids’ activities, and a 5K/10K race to honor soldiers. Free.

Water Day

August 6, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

22 miles north

Splash through sprinklers, play water games, make water crafts, and watch a bubble show on Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Dress to get wet!

Jazz on the Lawn

August 11, 2017

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Dates: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; Aug. 11.

Wine party

August 12, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

1.8 miles NE

Atlanta Wine Festival offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at City Winery. Repeats in January and April.

Flashback music festival

August 12, 2017 (6 p.m.)

4.5 miles south

Flashback Festival is billed as Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass

August 12, 2017 (2 to 9 p.m.)

6 miles east

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival [sound] offers 7 hours of blues and bluegrass music, a kids’ area, beer, and barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst.

Fake wedding

August 13, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

6.3 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. No gift required!

Attractions

August 16 - Sept. 30, 2017

multiple locations

These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Monthly family festival

August 17, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles north

Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Cabaret

August 17 - Sept. 3, 2017 (8 p.m.)

32 miles SW

Step back in time to the decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you in Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills.

Discount tickets $20 to $30.

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Can Can Ball

August 18, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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.

Tattoo Expo

August 18 - 20, 2017

0.3 miles east

Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Underground film festival

August 18 - 20, 2017

2.6 miles north

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

Robin Hood outdoors

August 18 - 27, 2017

32 miles SW

Robin Hood fights for justice with his Merry Men and rescues Maid Marian, in a rousing tale of romantic adventure on the outdoor stage of Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills.

Discount tickets $10.

My Fair Lady

August 18 - Sept. 3, 2017

17.3 miles NW

The musical My Fair Lady is a witty battle of the sexes featuring a Cockney woman who takes speech lessons on a bet to see if she can pass as a lady, at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.

Discount tickets $20 to $27.

Magic

August 18 - Sept. 30, 2017

1 mile east

Professional magician Peter Morrison performs classic magic and comedy at the Atlanta Magic Theater.

Discount tickets $17 to $23.

Tasting event

August 19, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.5 miles NW

A ticket to Taste of Life includes “tastings of local beers, wine tastings from around the world, and bites from some of Atlanta’s most creative and delicious chefs and restauranteurs” with DJ music and a silent auction for charity at Westside Cultural Arts Center.

Dinosaur day

August 19, 2017

4 miles NE

Enjoy games, crafts, and activities with dinosaur and birthday themes at Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Harley party

August 19, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

7.1 miles west

Harley-Davidson of Atlanta promises “all day free concerts,” food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and family fun at the Anniversary Party. Free.

Alien half marathon

August 19, 2017

19 miles north

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

Taste of Johns Creek

August 19, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

21.9 miles NE

Buy $1 to $4 food samples from 20 restaurants, shop for art, hear live music, and visit the kids’ zone during Taste of Johns Creek at Chattahoochee High School. Free.

Caribbean festival

August 19, 2017 (1 to 8 p.m.)

23 miles SE

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

Earth, Wind & Fire

August 19, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

28.4 miles north

Earth, Wind & Fire (September; Shining Star) plays R&B with Chic (Le Freak; Dance, Dance, Dance) at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Discount tickets $35 to $55.

Obstacle race

August 19, 2017

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.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

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.

Free movies

August 19 - Sept. 9, 2017 (dusk)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.
  • August 5 - Sing
  • August 19 - The Jungle Book

Chicken wings festival

August 20, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

2.9 miles NW

Taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at Southern Wing Showdown at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Concerts in the Garden

August 20 - Sept. 30, 2017

2.5 miles NE

See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (The concert on Sept. 30 is in Gainesville.)

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 23 - 27, 2017

0 miles

BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

August 25, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Sample 200 wines from around the world, taste local restaurant food, hear live music, and shop at a silent auction at Aqua Vino in the ballroom and galleries of the Georgia Aquarium for age 21+.

Dinner show

August 25, 2017 (7 p.m.)

8.5 miles SW

Jazz Age Jeopardy is a 1920s whodunit with a buffet-style dinner and audience participation solving a crime in East Point.

Discount tickets $30.

Free park days

August 25, 2017

19 miles north

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

Free movies

August 25 - 26, 2017

multiple locations

See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park.

German beer festival

August 26, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate German music, beer, and food (bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel) at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Woodruff Park.

Promo code “sports” saves $5.

Wine tasting

August 26, 2017 (2 & 6 p.m., VIP earlier)

5 miles north

“Sample premium varietals from some of the best Georgia wineries” with live music at Wine Fest Atlanta, organized by Wine Connoisseur Magazine at Mason Fine Art.

Discount tickets $35.

Dog walk

August 26, 2017

7 miles NE

Walk, Wag, N’ Run is a morning walk or run (1K or 5K) for people and their dogs at Lenox Park in Brookhaven.

Free plays

August 26, 2017 (8 p.m.)

13.4 miles NE

Students at Georgia State University Perimeter College have only 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse, and perform new theater at Plays in a Day Festival. Free.

Vegetarian festival

August 26, 2017

15.6 miles NW

Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples at Smyrna Community Center.

Train show

August 26, 2017

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 26 - 27, 2017

2 miles SE

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, a 5K run, and a kids’ zone at Grant Park. Free.

Latino festival

August 27, 2017 (10 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.

Cocktail tasting

August 27, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

A ticket to Cocktail Wars includes six tasting tickets, a full cocktail, and a ballot to vote for your favorites, with DJ music and food for sale at Park Tavern.

Food tasting

August 27, 2017 at noon (VIP 11 a.m.)

2.7 miles NW

Taste chef creations and vote for your favorites during Atlanta Culinary Fight Fest at King Plow Arts Center.

Discount tickets $40.

Healthy Living Day

August 27, 2017

4.4 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet offers kids and adults arts & crafts activities, dance classes, food demos, and nutrition seminars in West Midtown on Healthy Living Day. Free.

Ice cream festival

August 27, 2017 (2 to 4 p.m.)

20 miles north

Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, hear DJ music, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square. Buy tickets online.

Gourmet dinner

August 27, 2017 (cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.)

24 miles NE

The $275 Give Me Five charity event promises “an exclusive and tantalizing five-course dinner with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers” and a live auction at Atlanta Athletic Club for age 21+.

Garden party for adults

August 31, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore Storza Woods as you stroll with a whiskey cocktail and hear live music at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
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