Atlanta events August 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events August 2018

Science-fiction film festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
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.

Soap Box Derby race

August 4, 2018
2 miles NE
Design and build a car, and then race it downhill for prizes at Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby [sound], with music, food trucks, and activities at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. Races begin 12:30 p.m. and are free to watch.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 4, 2018
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.
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Concerts in the Garden

August 4 & 24, 2018
(begins June 6)
2.5 miles NE
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Also in Gainesvile on May 5 and Sept. 22.)

Chicken wings festival

August 5, 2018
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.

Family day

August 5, 2018
(12 to 4 p.m.)
22 miles north
Splash through sprinklers, play water games, make water crafts, try canoeing (ages 5+), and learn outdoor skills on Summer Family Fun Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Fake wedding

August 9, 2018
(7 p.m.)
2.5 miles SW
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Ambient + Studio.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 10, 2018
(begins June 15)
4 miles NE
Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Dates in 2018: June 15, 29; July 13, 27; Aug. 10.

Free movies

August 10 - Sept. 15, 2018
(begins May 26)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.

Wine party

August 11, 2018
(noon and 6 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 11, 2018
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 11, 2018
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.

Taste of Spain

August 12, 2018
(3 to 5:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
A ticket to Discover Spain Wine & Food Festival includes unlimited tastings of Spanish wine and food during a walk-around style event at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Monthly family festival

August 16, 2018
(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.

Macon Film Festival

August 16 - 19, 2018
85 miles SE
Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in downtown Macon, with celebrity guests and workshops.

Can Can Ball

August 17, 2018
(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.

Summer jazz

August 17, 2018
(8 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month from June to September during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.

Ticket deal $10

Wine tasting

August 18, 2018
(1 to 8 p.m.)
0 miles
“Sample premium varietals from some of the best Georgia wineries” with live music at Wine Fest Atlanta, organized by Wine Connoisseur Magazine at Southern Exchange.

Harley party

August 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
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.

Obstacle race

August 18, 2018
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 18 - 19, 2018
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.

Wine tasting

August 18 - 19, 2018
4.1 miles NW
Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at The Fairmont for age 21+.

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 22 - 26, 2018
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.

Dog walk

August 25, 2018
(uncertain)
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.

Vegetarian festival

August 25, 2018
15.6 miles NW
Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples at Smyrna Community Center.

Family-friendly festival

August 25, 2018
(12 to 4:30 p.m.)
16.1 miles NW
Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival [sound] 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.

Train show

August 25, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
2 miles NE
Festival Peachtree Latino offers music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.

DragonCon

August 30 - Sept. 3, 2018
Atlanta locations
Dragon Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a Dragon Con Parade down Peachtree Street on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Football party

August 31, 2018
6.2 miles north
A Buckhead Kickoff Mania ticket includes admission to 13 bars, entertainment, and some free food and drinks.

Decatur Book Festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
6 miles east
Decatur Book Festival has a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, children’s parades & activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and writing workshops in Decatur.

Hot-air balloon festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
82 miles SE
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers live music every evening, a balloon glow every night, tethered rides weekend mornings, fireworks Saturday, and a classic car show Saturday at Callaway Gardens.

German beer festival

August 2018
(undated)
0.3 miles south
Celebrate German music, beer, and food (bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel) at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Woodruff Park.

Tattoo Expo

August 2018
(undated)
0.3 miles east
Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Benefit concert

August 2018
(undated)
1.8 miles NW
Concert for America promises “an evening of entertainment with stars of film, television, music, comedy, and Broadway raising funds for five national organizations working to protect civil rights” at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

Vegan dinner

August 2018
(undated)
1.9 miles east
TV Land Vegan Sunday Supper features four courses of all-American “TV dinner” style food without meat, plus an optional beer pairing at Hampton + Hudson.

Pub crawl

August 2018
(undated)
2 miles NE
A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes five drinks at your choice of venues plus food discounts.

Cocktail tasting

August 2018
(undated)
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.

Tasting event

August 2018
(undated)
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.

Food tasting

August 2018
(undated)
2.7 miles NW
Taste chef creations and vote for your favorites during Atlanta Culinary Fight Fest at King Plow Arts Center.

Free movies

August 2018
(undated)
3 miles NE
Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.

Dinosaur day

August 2018
(undated)
4 miles NE
Enjoy games, crafts, and activities with dinosaur and birthday themes at Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Healthy Living Day

August 2018
(undated)
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.

Free plays

August 2018
(undated)
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.

Ice cream festival

August 2018
(undated)
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.

Caribbean festival

August 2018
(undated)
23 miles SE
Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival has live music, food, games, and a kids’ zone at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

Gourmet dinner

August 2018
(undated)
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+.