August 4 - 6, 2017
30.3 miles NESomething Wicked is a film festival that screens animation, fantasy, horror, and science-fiction at Southern Performing Arts Academy in Lawrenceville.
August 5, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)
2 miles NEA 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 NEDesign 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.
August 5, 2017 (12 to 5:30 p.m.)
16.1 miles NWAtlanta 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 northOld Soldiers Day Parade & Road Race includes a band, a memorial service, a parade, kids’ activities, and a 5K/10K race to honor soldiers. Free.
August 6, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)
22 miles northSplash 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 NEHear 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.
August 12, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)
1.8 miles NEAtlanta 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 southFlashback 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 eastDecatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival [sound] offers 7 hours of blues and bluegrass music, a kids’ area, beer, and barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst.
August 13, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)
6.3 miles northAttend 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!
August 16 - Sept. 30, 2017
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Monthly family festival
August 17, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles northAlive 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.
August 17 - Sept. 3, 2017 (8 p.m.)
32 miles SWStep 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.
Can Can Ball
August 18, 2017 (8 p.m.)
0.2 miles northDance 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.
August 18 - 20, 2017
0.3 miles eastAtlanta 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 northAtlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) shows films and videos that break conventional boundaries at Synchronicity Theatre.
Robin Hood outdoors
August 18 - 27, 2017
32 miles SWRobin 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.
My Fair Lady
August 18 - Sept. 3, 2017
17.3 miles NWThe 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.
August 18 - Sept. 30, 2017
1 mile eastProfessional magician Peter Morrison performs classic magic and comedy at the Atlanta Magic Theater.
August 19, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles NWA 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.
August 19, 2017
4 miles NEEnjoy games, crafts, and activities with dinosaur and birthday themes at Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
August 19, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
7.1 miles westHarley-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 northThe 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 NEBuy $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.
August 19, 2017 (1 to 8 p.m.)
23 miles SEAtlanta 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 northEarth, Wind & Fire (September; Shining Star) plays R&B with Chic (Le Freak; Dance, Dance, Dance) at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
August 19, 2017
31 miles eastRugged 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 NEPiedmont 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.
August 19 - Sept. 9, 2017 (dusk)
3 miles NEFamily friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.
Chicken wings festival
August 20, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)
2.9 miles NWTaste 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 NESee 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 milesBronzeLens 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 NWSample 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+.
August 25, 2017 (7 p.m.)
8.5 miles SWJazz Age Jeopardy is a 1920s whodunit with a buffet-style dinner and audience participation solving a crime in East Point.
Free park days
August 25, 2017
19 miles northEntry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.
August 25 - 26, 2017
multiple locationsSee free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park.
German beer festival
August 26, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)
0.3 miles southCelebrate German music, beer, and food (bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel) at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Woodruff Park.
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.
August 26, 2017
7 miles NEWalk, Wag, N’ Run is a morning walk or run (1K or 5K) for people and their dogs at Lenox Park in Brookhaven.
August 26, 2017 (8 p.m.)
13.4 miles NEStudents 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.
August 26, 2017
15.6 miles NWVeggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples at Smyrna Community Center.
August 26, 2017
26.4 miles NEShop 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 SEGrant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, a 5K run, and a kids’ zone at Grant Park. Free.
August 27, 2017 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
2 miles NEFestival Peachtree Latino offers music, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.
August 27, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)
2.5 miles NEA 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.
August 27, 2017 at noon (VIP 11 a.m.)
2.7 miles NWTaste chef creations and vote for your favorites during Atlanta Culinary Fight Fest at King Plow Arts Center.
Healthy Living Day
August 27, 2017
4.4 miles NWAtlanta 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 northTaste 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.
August 27, 2017 (cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.)
24 miles NEThe $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 NECocktails in the Garden invites you to explore Storza Woods as you stroll with a whiskey cocktail and hear live music at Atlanta Botanical Garden.