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 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

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These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Cocktails at the aquarium

August 4, 2017

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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 in 2017: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; Aug. 11.

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 concerts on June 10 and Sept. 30 are 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.

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 (7 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 $44 to $119.

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 16 - 20, 2017

0.2 miles NE

BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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

6.2 miles north

Hear six bands of lawyers and vote for your favorite at LawJam: Battle of the Atlanta Lawyers’ Bands at Buckhead Theatre.

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 and Eyedrum.

Dinosaur day

August 19, 20178

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

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

2.9 miles NW

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

Wine tasting at the aquarium

August 25, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LGBT festival

August 2017 (undated)

Atlanta locations

Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival showcases art, music, and independent films of the LGBT creative culture and presents panel discussions.

Family run/walk

August 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles north

5K4Kids is a relaxed 5K and 1-mile event with a family fun zone that supports charity, at Piedmont Park.

Healthy Living Day

August 2017 (undated)

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.

Flashback music festival

August 2017 (undated)

4.5 miles south

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

Trumpet festival

August 2017 (undated)

5 miles NE

Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival in the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Free.

Party for a cause

August 2017 (undated)

8.4 miles north

A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, a wine wall, and a silent auction for charity at The Buckhead Theatre.

Jazz outdoors

August 2017 (undated)

20 miles east

Jazz Under the Stars features five performers plus food vendors in the amphitheater at Lithonia Community Park.

Festival of Bulgaria

August 2017 (undated)

23 miles NE

Bulgarian Festival Atlanta features authentic music, folk dancing, food, craft vendors, and kids’ activities at the pavilion in Pinckneyville Park, Norcross. Free.
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