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Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! We’ve put together a list of festivals, parties and events guaranteed to keep you busy and the summer fun going all the way till the bitter end. Here are 22 events to check out in Atlanta this month!

Drink with the fish at a night away from home at the Georgia Aquarium! Image: Georgia Aquarium

Grab a drink with the fishies at Georgia Aquarium‘s Sips Under the Sea. Image: Georgia Aquarium

August 4, 2018: Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby

It’s that time again! Come show what you’ve got at this year’s CDR Soap Box Derby Festival. This is a great opportunity to design and build your own soap box, have fun with the family AND support a good cause — all in one wave of the flag. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the derby race starts at 12:30 p.m. Registration is open to everyone ages 4 and up, so grab your toolbox and bring on the competition! For official rules, visit

August 5, 2018: Summer Adventures Day

Say goodbye to summer with a wet and wild party at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The fun runs from noon until 4 p.m. and includes canoeing, puppet shows, storytime, guided hikes, water activities and of course, Kona ice. Don’t forget to wear your swimsuit as this splashingly fun event is included with general admission and free for CNC members.

August 9, 2018: The Big Fake Wedding

Planning a wedding but not into those huge bridal shows? Then head out to The Big Fake Wedding on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and drinks, a vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception – all giving brides-to-be a real-life look into various wedding vendors.

August 10, 2018: Jazz on the Lawn – Bob Baldwin

Finish Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s Jazz on the Lawn series with famed jazz musician Bob Baldwin. The concert happens from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and is a great way to unwind, socialize and squeeze out the final drops of outdoor summer fun. General admission lawn seats start at $25, and VIP tables start at $200.

August 11, 2018: Slow Food Atlanta’s 12th Annual Ice Cream Social

August’s weather can be pretty brutal, but enjoying frosty, sweet treats makes the humidity much more tolerable. Slow Food Atlanta’s Ice Cream Social lets hot, hungry ticket holders try some of the tastiest, most creative ice cream flavors. The cool event runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Philip’s Child Hall (this year inside!), and advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids (ages 5 and up). And remember: BYOS! In other words, bring your own spoon.

August 11, 2018: Pub Crawl on the BeltLine — Summer Edition

Summer is here and the Atlanta BeltLine is one of the hottest (literally) places to be. Gather your friends and “crawl” from Inman Park to Piedmont Park, hitting some of the best bars and restaurants in town. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., during which you can enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along the way, as well as food and drink specials at participating locations. Tickets are $34.

RELATED: How (and Why!) to Spend a Day on the Atlanta BeltLine

August 11, 2018: Flashback Music Festival

The Flashback Music Festival is set to be held at the Lakewood Amphitheater where you can take it all the way back in celebration of old school R&B, funk and soul. This year’s lineup will include Tony! Toni! Toné!, Stephanie Mills, Rose Royce and many more. General admission lawn seating is $30, and reserved stadium seating starts at $58. The festival starts at 6 p.m. with the tailgate party starting at noon.

August 11, 2018: Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Get ready for some cold beer, tasty BBQ and great tunes at the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Family friendly and fun for all ages, the event will host multiple stages featuring live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring local and national acts right in Oakhurst. General admission is $20 with proceeds put back into the Decatur community, so don’t let the sights, sounds and smells of a classic Southern barbecue pass you by!

August 12, 2018: Discover Spain Wine and Food Festival

As large fans of Spanish food, we cannot wait to spend the day at Vino Venue‘s Discover Spain Wine and Food Festival on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $69 in advance ($79 at door) and allow you to try Spanish staples like patatas bravas and salt cod fritters, as well as a variety of Spanish wines.

August 17, 2018: Can Can Ball

Join the Atlanta Apartment Association this year as they celebrate giving to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta from 8 p.m. to midnight, this black tie optional evening will include live music, dancing, a silent auction, great food and more! Tickets are $85; VIP tickets that include a champagne toast are $150.

August 18, 2018: Dinosaur Birthday Bash

From the world’s largest dinosaurs to Atlanta’s biggest IMAX screen experience, a world of adventure awaits at Atlanta’s top destination for family fun. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History presents a prehistoric party celebrating the anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. The day will be filled with dinosaur (and birthday) themed activities including games, crafts and hands-on activities perfect for the kiddos. The party, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is included with museum admission, and members enjoy for free.

August 18, 2018: Atlanta Wine Fest

Wine seems to make everything a little bit better, so we can’t even imagine how perfect the 2018 Wine Fest will be! The event takes place at Southern Exchange from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes samples from the best wineries, live music performances and more. This 21-and-over event takes place in two sessions, plus VIP sessions, so visit their website to purchase tickets and view the schedule.

August 18-19, 2018: Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival

Presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, this two-day outdoor event emphasizes visual arts and family fun for everyone. The festival will feature 250 photographers, sculptors, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters as well as live acoustics, artist demonstrations, festival foods and a children’s play area. Free to the public, it will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

August 25, 2018: German Bierfest

German food. German music. And, of course, German beers of nearly 50 authentic varieties! This family-friendly event will be held at Woodruff Park. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of, all of which include as many beer samples as you can drink, a commemorative glass and unlimited fun with live music, games and activities from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Even better? Your designated drivers (or Uber driver friends) can join in the fun at a discounted ticket price of $10.

August 22 – 26, 2018: BronzeLens Film Festival

The BronzeLens Film Festival is an amazing event dedicated to bringing attention and respect to Atlanta as a mecca of film and related production for people of color. Actors, directors and many others connected to Atlanta’s movie-making business discuss their craft, productions and the city as a whole at this fantastic event. This year’s event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis includes the BronzeLens Women Superstar Luncheon, the 9th Annual BronzeLens Awards Show and much more. Learn more about panel discussions, locations and tickets by visiting the website.

August 24, 2018: Sips Under the Sea – Tailgate Party

Need a night off with no kids allowed? Georgia Aquarium thinks so, too! Presenting a game-night themed cocktail party, the whole aquarium will be open to roam with cocktails, tapas and, of course, entertainment. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission and 6 p.m. for VIP; all attendees must be 21 years or older. General admission is $28.95. VIP admission is $48.95, and members of the Georgia Aquarium will receive a discounted rate. If you need a little more than an evening away, the aquarium is also offering an overnight package where you can sleep next to one of their many world class exhibits!

August 25, 2018: Walk, Wag, N’ Run

Get some quality time in with your pet (or “four-legged child,” whichever you prefer) at this year’s Walk, Wag, N’ Run at Lenox Park Brookhaven. Pace your pets at the 5K run for $30 or the 1K fun run for $15 – all in benefit of Ahimsa House.

August 25 & 26, 2018: Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Atlanta’s oldest park welcomes you for a full weekend of fun in support of The Grant Park Conservancy. Bid adieu to summer at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. All ages are welcome to enjoy events like a 5K run for the park, plenty of food trucks, craft beers, a Sunday morning farmers’ market and, of course, a kids zone. Unfortunately, pets must stay home for this one! See the full lineup for the weekend at

August 26, 2018: Healthy Living Day

Get the family back on track this summer with help from the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education as it hosts their Healthy Living Day at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in West Midtown. Both kids and adults can participate in a variety of free activities such as arts & crafts, food demonstrations, dance classes and nutrition seminars. Classes are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and performances are from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. There also will be door prizes and a healthy living book fair! Registration is not required, but all classes are first come, first served.

RELATED: Grant Park: Atlanta’s Oldie but Goodie

August 30 – September 3, 2018: Dragon Con

In Atlanta’s answer to all things science fiction and fantasy, we once again welcome avid fans, pop culture zealots, industry leaders and anyone who just likes dressing up to Dragon Con! Besides the now-famous Dragon Con Parade, other events include the Dark Crystal Ball, as well as workshops, contests and more. Visit the Dragon Con site to learn more about tickets and schedules.

August 31 – September 2, 2018: Decatur Book Festival

Bookworms have a weekend all to themselves in Decatur during the AJC Decatur Book Festival where authors, readers, children, poets, hopeful writers and everyone in between join together for one of the biggest literary events in the country. And the best part? It’s free! Because each day of the festival is jam-packed with events, visit the site so you can check what’s on tap based on your preferred genre.

August 31 – September 2, 2018: Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

Hot air balloons are a treat for children and adults, alike! The fun starts at Callaway Gardens at the Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long with great events at both balloon rides, as well as tethered activities. Admission prices vary by person, by day and by age so find out how much each activity is and the schedule of events by visiting


With so many great things to do at the end of this summer, we can’t fit them all in our August Happenings article. Be sure to periodically check out our Local Happenings page for updates on what else is going on!

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