Atlanta events August 2019. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events August 2019

Film festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
18.5 miles NW
Cobb International Film Festival [formerly Marietta International Film Festival] screens dozens of films at Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Garden party for adults

August 1 - Oct. 24, 2019
(Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Science-fiction film festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
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.

1930s jive musical

August 2 - 10, 2019
(18.6 miles NW)
Have a “foot stomping, swinging Jive, good time as you sing along to the hep sounds” of The Cotton Club Revue, a musical review set in 1930s to 1940s Harlem, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

Ticket deal $25

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

August 2 - Sept. 27, 2019
(Fridays 6:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.

Soap Box Derby race

August 3, 2019
2 miles NE
Design and build a car, and then race it downhill for prizes at Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby [website has sound], 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 3, 2019
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.

Family day

August 4, 2019
(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.

Family puppet show

August 4 - Sept. 1, 2019
2.5 miles north
Meet the critters and creatures of Old MacDonald’s Farm, an interactive puppet show with songs at the Center for Puppetry Arts for age 2+.

Ticket deal $12

Yoga festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
multiple locations
Dirty South Yoga Fest features “a diverse sampling of instructors for a weekend of yoga classes, workshops, community, and festivities” on Friday evening at Monday Night Garage, and Saturday & Sunday at Loudermilk Conference Center.

Free movies - parks

August 9 - Sept. 6, 2019
(begins May 25)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.
  • August 9 - (to be determined) (Dawsonville: Park)

Wine party

August 10, 2019
(12 & 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 10, 2019
(12 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.

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass

August 10, 2019
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.

Christian music festival

August 10, 2019
(12 to 11 p.m.)
36 miles NE
Ignite Atlanta [formerly AtlantaFest] features a variety of music and Christian speakers at The Bowl at Sugar Hill.

Concerts in Alpharetta parks

August 10 - Sept. 14, 2019
(Saturdays 7:30 p.m.)
24.9 miles north
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

August 11 - Sept. 8, 2019
(7 to 8:30 p.m.)
14.5 miles north
Concerts by the Springs are held on one Sunday a month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Free.

Party for a cause

August 15, 2019
4.1 miles NW
A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, and a silent auction for charity at The Fairmont.

Monthly family festival

August 15, 2019
(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.

Underground film festival

August 15 - 18, 2019
2.6 miles north
Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) [website has sound] shows films and videos made by grassroots independent filmmakers who break conventional boundaries at Synchronicity Theatre.

Macon Film Festival

August 15 - 18, 2019
85 miles SE
Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in downtown Macon, with celebrity guests and workshops.

Tattoo Expo

August 16 - 18, 2019
0.3 miles east
Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Concerts in the Garden

August 16 - 25, 2019
(begins May 24)
2.5 miles NE
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.

Dinosaur day

August 17, 2019
(10 a.m. to 1 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 17, 2019
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 17, 2019
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 17, 2019
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.

Gourmet dinner

August 18, 2019
(5 to 9 p.m.)
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+.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

August 19, 2019
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 for age 21+.

Fake wedding

August 20, 2019
(7 p.m.)
18.2 miles north
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 Pontoon Brewing.

BronzeLens Film Festival

August 21 - 25, 2019
0.2 miles north
BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Can Can Ball

August 23, 2019
(8 p.m.)
4.1 miles NW
Dance to live music, enjoy a light meal, and attend a silent auction at the black-tie-optional Can Can Ball at The Fairmont for charity.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 23 - Oct. 11, 2019
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.

German beer festival

August 24, 2019
(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.

Beverage tasting

August 24, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Drink wine, beer, and spirits grouped by regions of the world at ATL Wine + Spirits Fest, with food for sale and live music on the promenade at Piedmont Park.

Dog walk

August 24, 2019
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.

Harley party

August 24, 2019
7.1 miles west
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta promises a free concert, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and family fun at the Anniversary Party. Free.

Train show

August 24, 2019
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 24 - 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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.

Chicken wings festival

August 25, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
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.

Taste of Italy

August 25, 2019
(3 to 5 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
A ticket to Discover France Wine & Food Festival includes unlimited tastings of French wine and food during a walk-around style event at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Ice cream festival

August 25, 2019
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 29 - Sept. 2, 2019
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 30, 2019
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.

Decatur Book Festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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.

Balloon festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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.

Free plays

August 31, 2019
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 31, 2019
15.6 miles NW
Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples at Smyrna Community Center.

Flashback music festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
16 miles NW
Flashback Festival is billed as Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.

Air show in Rome (north)

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
77 miles NW
Wings Over North Georgia has U.S. Air Force jets, aerobatic performers, parachutists, aircraft on display, and food vendors at Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome. Gates open at 10 a.m. Flights 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Soul food & music festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
(wine tasting Aug. 30)
1 mile SW
Enjoy ribs, fried chicken, grilled shrimp, peach cobbler, soul music, R&B, and a kids’ zone at Taste of Soul next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Music begins at 1 p.m. Optional brunch on Sunday and 5K race on Monday. Bring a folding chair, but no pets, food, or drinks except 1 sealed water. Free.

Art in the Park

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
18.6 miles NW
Marietta Art in the Park features fine art, chalk art, jazz, food trucks, and a children’s “interactive art area” in Marietta Square. Free admission.

Fireworks at the mountain

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
19 miles east
Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday working heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at 9:30 p.m. at Stone Mountain Park.

Wine tasting

August 2019
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 2019
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.

Family football festival

August 2019
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.

Event for big women

August 2019
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.

Family-friendly festival

August 2019
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.

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