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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August 2017
August 2017

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

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.


August 1 - 31, 2017 (also July)

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Cocktails at the aquarium

August 4, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Pub crawl

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

2 miles NE

A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes a free drink at multiple venues plus food discounts and soccer-related freebies.

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. You can join the parade.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 5, 2017

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.

Dark comedy

August 5 - 6, 2017

7.6 miles NE

Based on the cult-classic movie with Winona Ryder, Heathers: The Musical is about three high-school divas and a girl who dares to put them in their place, at OnStage Atlanta.

Discount tickets $9 to $13 at Goldstar.

Free movies

August 5 - Sept. 9, 2017 (dusk)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic is outdoors in Candler Park.
  • August 5 - Sing
  • August 19 - The Jungle Book

Water Day

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

22 miles north

Splash through sprinklers, play water games, make water crafts, use sidewalk chalk, and hear stories on Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Dress to get wet!


August 6 - 27, 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 at Goldstar.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 11, 2017 (begins June 16)

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.

Free movies

August 11 - 26, 2017 (begins May 30)

multiple locations

See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park.

Concerts in the Garden

August 11 - Sept. 30, 2017 (begins June 10)

2.5 miles NE

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

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

6 miles east

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

Fake wedding

August 13, 2017 (6 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.

Lionel Richie

August 13, 2017 (7 p.m.)

26.4 miles NE

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey perform the hits that earned them Grammy Awards at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Discount tickets $79 to $119 at Goldstar.

Romantic musical

August 15 - 20, 2017

1 mile north

An American in Paris tells the romantic post-war story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl with music by Gershwin at Fox Theatre.

Discount tickets $30 to $79 at Goldstar.

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.

Can Can Ball

August 18, 2017

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.

Battle of the bands

August 18, 2017

2.8 miles NE

Hear six bands of lawyers and vote for your favorite at LawJam: Battle of the Atlanta Lawyers’ Bands at the Variety Playhouse on Euclid Avenue.

Tattoo Expo

August 18 - 20, 2017

0.3 miles east

Atlanta Tattoo Expo [slow website] 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.

My Fair Lady

August 18 - Sept. 3, 2017

17.3 miles NW

The musical My Fair Lady is a witty battle of the sexes about 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 at Goldstar.

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. Costumes welcome.

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 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 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.

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.

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 to 10 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.

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 at Goldstar.

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.

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.

Discount tickets $18 at Goldstar.

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 (VIP $45) at Groupon.

Dog walk

August 26, 2017

7 miles NE

Walk, Wag, N’ Run is a morning walk or run that is either 5K or 1K long, 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

16.2 miles NW

Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples in Smyrna.

Train show in Norcross

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 children’s fun center at Grant Park. Free.

Cocktail tasting

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

1.4 miles north

A ticket to Cocktail Wars includes six tasting tickets and a ballot to vote for your favorites, with DJ music and food for sale at Fifth Street Plaza.

Latino festival

August 27, 2017

2 miles NE

Festival Peachtree Latino offers music, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.

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 Midtown on Healthy Living Day. Free.

Ice cream festival

August 27, 2017

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.
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