Atlanta events August 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events August 2018

Family bubble party

August 1, 2018
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
25 miles NE
Back to School Bubblepalooza has bubbles for the kids, large games, and DJ music on Duluth Town Green. Free.

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
(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. The event begins with ceremonies, and then races usually begin at 12:30 p.m. Free to watch.

Alpharetta soldiers parade

August 4, 2018
25 miles north
Old Soldiers Day Parade includes a band at 9:15 a.m., a memorial service at 10 a.m., a parade at 10:30 a.m., and children’s activities. Free.

Free movies - Candler Park

August 4 - Sept. 8, 2018
3 miles NE
Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.
  • August 4 - Jumanji
  • August 18 - Black Panther
  • September 8 - Coco

Chicken wings festival

August 5, 2018
4.1 miles NW
Taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at Southern Wing Showdown at The Fairmont. 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 Adventures 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.

Event for big women

August 10, 2018
(7 to 10 p.m.)
3.5 miles NW
The Curvy Social is a networking cocktail party with vendors helping full-figured women become confident and “create a lifestyle of happiness” at Galleria 314.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 10, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Cash bar and BBQ food for sale.

Free movies - parks

August 10 - Sept. 15, 2018
(8:20 p.m.)
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 Summer Wine Festival offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at City Winery for age 21+. Repeats in January and April.

Pub crawl

August 11, 2018
(noon to 4 p.m.)
2 miles NE
A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes five drinks at your choice of venues plus food discounts.

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. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Gourmet dinner

August 12, 2018
9 miles north
The $275 Give Me Five charity event includes a cocktail reception, “an exclusive and tantalizing five-course dinner with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers,” and a live auction at 103 W. Paces Ferry Road NW for age 21+.

Taste of Spain

August 12, 2018
(3 to 5 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.

Tattoo Expo

August 17 - 19, 2018
0.3 miles east
Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Wine tasting

August 18, 2018
(2 p.m., VIP 1 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.

Pets in the park

August 18, 2018
(9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
Doggy Con features dog-related vendors, treats for dogs, and an 10 a.m. pet parade and costume contest at Woodruff Park. Free.

Dinosaur day

August 18, 2018
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Enjoy games, crafts, and activities with dinosaur and birthday themes at Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

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
(4 to 9 p.m.)
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.

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 22 - 26, 2018
0.2 miles NW
BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

German beer festival

August 25, 2018
(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.

Family football festival

August 25, 2018
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
Football Fest has games, face painting, cheerleaders, DJs, mascots, inflatables, and a skills challenge on the street in front of College Football Hall of Fame. Free.

Dog walk

August 25, 2018
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.

Free plays

August 25, 2018
(8 to 10 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 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. Parade at 11:30 a.m.

Train show

August 25, 2018
26.4 miles NE
Shop from 350 model-train vendors and see a few large working layouts at the Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Held in January and August.

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 Saturday 5K run, and a kids’ zone at Grant Park. No dogs. Free.

Latino festival

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

Healthy Living Day

August 26, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
4.5 miles NW
Atlanta Ballet offers kids and adults arts & crafts activities, dance classes, food demos, and nutrition seminars on Healthy Living Day at Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre. Free.

Ice cream festival

August 26, 2018
(2 to 4 p.m.)
20 miles north
Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square. Buy tickets online.


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

Art party

August 31, 2018
1.4 miles west
See contemporary art, meet artists, drink cocktails and wine, and hear DJ performances during Artosa Beyond as part of Taste of Soul Atlanta at Herndon Home Museum.

Balloon festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
82 miles SE
The Hot Air Balloon Festival offers live music at 7 p.m., a balloon glow at dusk Fri. & Sun., fireworks Saturday, tethered rides weekend mornings & evenings, and a classic car show Saturday at Callaway Gardens.

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