End-of-Summer Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

There is still so much fun to be had during the last days of summer in Atlanta.
  • Don your best cosplay and head to Dragon Con. (Joleen Pete)
    Don your best cosplay and head to Dragon Con. (Joleen Pete)
  • Celebrate Giggy at the Dinosaur Birthday Bash at Fernbank Museum.
    Celebrate Giggy at the Dinosaur Birthday Bash at Fernbank Museum.
  • The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is a favorite for arts and crafts fans. (Joleen Pete)
    The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is a favorite for arts and crafts fans. (Joleen Pete)

Updated August 2019

Despite school being back in session, there is still time to squeeze out fun in the last days of summer. We’ve lined up this great collection of end-of-summer things to do in Atlanta before the days of snuggling up with a pumpkin spice latte.

  • Free Admission at College Football Hall of Fame, through Aug. 31 
    The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is offering free admission during the month of August, so if it’s on your bucket list, get over there before Aug. 31.

  • Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival, Aug. 17 and 18 
    Head to the park for the Piedmont Park Arts Festival, ranked among the top 100 in the country. What's there? Tons of art in every medium, food, drink, music, kids' play area and lots of fun. It's a great way to wrap up summer days and get a little culture.

  • Dinosaur Birthday Bash, Aug. 17 
    Have a roaring good time at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s dinosaur birthday party to celebrate the Giants of Mesozoic exhibit. Enjoy lots of fun dinosaur-themed activities, games, crafts and more.

  • Doggy Con, Aug. 17 
    If you’ve got a canine buddy, you won’t want to miss Doggy Con at WoodRUFF Park, as folks and their furry friends get in the spirit of Dragon Con by donning fun costumes for parades, contests, shopping and more. Pre-registration is required.

  • Free Admission Day at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Aug. 21 
    Families with young kids may want to mark this date on their calendars. It's free admission to every kids’ favorite museum in Atlanta. Expect lots of hands on, educational but fun programming for kids. Plus, don’t miss the special Doc McStuffins exhibit, which introduces kids to the hospital environment in a non-threatening way, with one of their favorite TV characters. It ends Sept 2.

  • Twilight Trek, Aug. 23 
    Zoo Atlanta gives visitors a chance to see what goes on with the animals after dark. Don’t miss this after-hours adventure that is sure to entertain the entire family.

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Football Fest, Aug. 24 
    Can’t wait for football season? Head down to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame for this free family event. What to expect: games, face painting, DJs, mascots, cheerleaders, inflatables and so much more.

  • Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, Aug. 24 
    Support the Grant Park Conservancy with a 5K run, kids' trot and stroller stroll, which kicks off the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. It's fun and fitness for the whole family.

  • Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Aug. 24 and 25 
    Music and art lovers will convene in Grant Park over the weekend for two days of nonstop fun. Enjoy artisan booths, music, kid zone, 5K run, food trucks, craft beers and more.

  • Festival Peachtree Latino, Aug. 15 
    Celebrate culture and traditions from South of the Border at this fun festival in Piedmont Park. Festival Peachtree Latino is the largest multicultural event in Atlanta and celebrates with food, art, music and more. Free event.

  • TinyCON, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 
    It's like ComicCon but for kids. If your little ones are into comics, video games, superheros and gaming, this “con” at Children’s Museum of Atlanta is designed just for them. Enjoy fun kid safe activities and games. Costumes are encouraged.

  • Dragon Con, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 
    Fantasy lovers of all ages will enjoy Dragon Con, one of the leading pop culture conventions in the nation. From cosplay to gaming, Dragon Con encompasses it all. Don’t miss the parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

  • AJC Decatur Book Festival, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 
    Find books, books and more books at Decatur’s independent book festival. Buy, sell, attend readings, workshops, demonstrations, signings and more. Look for the kids' area if you bring your young ones along.

  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 
    Get up, up and away at the hot air balloon festival at Callaway Gardens. From an after-dark balloon glow to tethered rides, this festival encompasses all things hot air balloon with the addition of live music, beach activities, kid zone, hiking and other family friendly events. Photography buffs can get a crash course in evening shoots during “Mastering Night Photography.”

  • Nickelodeon Slime City, through Sept. 1 
    Kids love slime, so if you haven’t made it to Nickelodeon’s pop-up at Piedmont’s Peachtree Crossing, don’t miss out because its almost over. Enjoy a bunch of slime filled adventures, Instagram worthy photo ops and hands on play.

  • Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 5-8
    One of the biggest and best arts and crafts festivals in the nation, the Yellow Daisy Festival features more than 400 artisans from around the world, food, children’s corner, craft demos, entertainment and so much more. This is a don’t-miss event.

  • Science on Tap: Georgia Aquarium, Sept. 10 
    Here’s some kid-free fun at the Georgia Aquarium. Attendees can enjoy beer and wine and light hor d’oeuvres while taking in an interesting and informative lecture by Nick Pyenson, research geologist and curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 22-Nov. 3 (select dates)  
    A family staple for later summer and fall, the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival encourages visitors of all ages to enjoy games, jack-o-lanterns, live entertainment, Spookley the Square Pumpkin and more family fun.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen

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