Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – August 2018

August 2018
best events in Atlanta

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.

Soapbox 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, 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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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.

Wine party

August 11, 2018 (4 and 6 pm.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chicken wings festival

August 20, 2018 (uncertain)

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 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.

Cocktails at the aquarium

August 24, 2018 (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.

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 (12:30 to 5:30 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.


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. 3, 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.

Can Can Ball

August 2018 (undated)

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.

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.

Harley party

August 2018 (undated)

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.

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+.