Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In August

August is upon us, and Atlanta is buzzing with events, attractions and cool things to do.
  • The Summer Shade Festival returns to Grant Park. (📷 Ryan Purcell)
    The Summer Shade Festival returns to Grant Park. (📷 Ryan Purcell)
  • Dragon Con brings a cornucopia of fandoms together to celebrate sci-fi and fantasy-and more. (📷 Dragon Con)
    Dragon Con brings a cornucopia of fandoms together to celebrate sci-fi and fantasy-and more. (📷 Dragon Con)

Whoo, it’s hot! But we’re not just talking about temperatures; we’re talking about Atlanta events. Get yourself a frozen pop and head over to one of these cool things to do in Atlanta in August.

  1. Free admission all month long to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, courtesy of Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola, as part of the Hall's 150th anniversary. No, seriously! 
  2. The Atlanta Balloon Glow brings several tethered balloons to Piedmont Park for the first time. Event is free; rides are available for a fee. Aug. 1.
  3. The Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby invites attendees to design and build a car, then race it downhill for prizes. Also features music, food trucks and activities at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. Aug. 3. 
  4. Trauma-informed Outreach Training certifies attendees who’d like to provide outreach yoga programming at schools, shelters, rehab facilities or nonprofit organizations. Aug. 2. 
  5. Elevateher Crawl is a pop-up market experience hosted by XoNecole featuring more than 30 brands owned by women of color. Also includes fireside chats, glam moments, light bites and dope beats. Aug. 3. 
  6. The 2nd Annual Rum Punch Brunch Street Dance celebrates Jamaica’s independence with food, beverages and music that highlight Jamaican culture. Aug. 4.
  7. Baldwin at 95: Remembering a Life of Intellect and Activism honors the life, intellect and activism of James Baldwin with a double film screening. Free at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Aug. 4. 
  8. Iyanla Vanzant comes to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Aug. 4. 
  9. Dirty South Yoga Fest features 50 yoga classes, vendors, food trucks, wellness brands, spa treatments, energetic work and shopping. Aug. 9-11. 
  10. The Atlanta Summer Wine Festival offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at City Winery. Aug. 10. 
  11. The Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival brings barbecue, beer, blues and bluegrass music to Harmony Park in Oakhurst. Aug. 10. 
  12. Energy & Ecstasy: An Inner-City Weekend Retreat brings two days of self love, deepening awareness and mindfulness practices to the Atlanta Institute of Tantra. Aug. 10. 
  13. Atlanta Reggae in the Park celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture and music with live performances, artists, DJs, food vendors and a market in Piedmont Park. Aug. 10-11. 
  14. Jill Scott comes to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Aug 12.
  15. The Atlanta Underground Film Festival shows films and videos made by grassroots independent filmmakers at Synchronicity Theatre. Aug. 15-18. 
  16. The 1996 Block Party Summer Edition brings '90s throwback music and fun to the Georgia Freight Depot. Aug. 17. 
  17. Jazz in the Evening on the South Side invites you to spend a summer evening enjoying the music of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and more. Aug. 18. 
  18. Doggy Con brings dog-related vendors, treats for dogs, a pet parade and a costume contest to Woodruff Park. Aug. 17.
  19. TOUR Championship kicks off their big finish at East Lake Golf Club, sponsored by Coca-Cola and Southern Company. Start with the Tee Up ATL kick-off party on Aug. 19, then the event itself from Aug. 22-25.
  20. Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour comes to State Farm Arena. Aug. 21. 
  21. The Piedmont Park Arts Festival features an artists' market, demonstrations, live music, a children’s play area and food vendors at Piedmont Park. Aug. 17-18.
  22. The BronzeLens Film Festival features films by or about people of color, workshops and panel discussions. Aug. 21-25. 
  23. The We Buy Black Convention features vendors from more than 120 nationally recognized black-owned businesses, plus workshops, live entertainment and more. Aug. 23-25. 
  24. The Africa Expo-ATL features Afrocentric vendors, a fashion show, family yoga, music, food and panels on entrepreneurship and storytelling. Aug. 24. 
  25. German Bierfest invites you to celebrate German music, beer and food at Woodruff Park. Aug. 24. 
  26. The ATL Wine + Spirits Fest groups wine, beer and spirits by regions of the world, plus food for sale and live music. Aug. 24. 
  27. Atlanta Tacos & Margs Crawl takes over several Midtown bars for a taco and tequila-inspired bar crawl. Aug. 24. 
  28. The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival features music stages, food vendors, an artist market, a Saturday 5K run and a kids’ zone at Grant Park. Aug. 24-25. 
  29. The Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown features wings from 30 different chefs and local music. Aug 25. 
  30. The 8th Annual Atlanta Weekender brings together several music events, parties and after-parties, including House in the Park. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. 
  31. Dragon Con celebrates all things science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music and film, plus a parade. Aug. 29-Sept. 2.
  32. The AJC Decatur Book Festival has a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, a children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams and writing workshops. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. 
  33. The Hot Air Balloon Festival lights up the night with a balloon glow at dusk, fireworks, tethered rides and a classic car show at Callaway Gardens. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. 
  34. Taste of Soul features classic soul food (such as fried chicken, grilled shrimp and peach cobbler) as well as soul music and R&B. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. 
  35. Stone Mountain's Labor Day Weekend features family-friendly attractions, live entertainment, a laser show and fireworks. Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

Looking to get out in the sun this summer? Or escape the heat? Whichever you're after, try one of these options in ATL:

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

 

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