Summer is flying by, but we are not quite ready for fall! Thankfully, this listing of Southern events for August will keep us busy this month, allowing us to enjoy the final weeks of summer. Check your calendar and make time for one, two or all of these great events this month.
August 2, 2018: 27 Live — Nashville, Tennessee
In this month’s installment of 27 Live, enjoy soulful pop singer Whissell as she graces the L27 Rooftop stage. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., sit and enjoy great tunes on one of the highest stages in the city with no cover to enter. Come early because space is limited! Learn more at l27nashville.com.
August 3 & 4, 2018: Secret Stages — Birmingham, Alabama
Secret Stages is one of the coolest music discovery festivals the Magic City has to offer! For two nights, attendees are treated to around 60 bands performing on the stages of Birmingham’s most beloved establishments starting at 5:30 p.m. The performances include national, regional and up-and-coming acts from Birmingham’s own backyard. Conveniently, all Secret Stages events are within walking distance from each other, meaning festival-goers have access to all of the amazing shops, restaurants and parks in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Currently, the “Rumor Tier” ticket level is available with day passes for $25, weekend passes for $40 and VIP Passes for $80. Learn more at secretstages.net.
August 3 – 5, 2018: Kentucky Classic and Summer Festival — Louisville, Kentucky
Competitions, a petting zoo and food trucks, OH MY! Enjoy family-friendly — and dog-friendly — activities on Hermitage Farm at this year’s Kentucky Classic and Summer Festival. Competition days are the August 3-5, and the festival will take place on August 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Come out and have a hay-day! Learn more at hermitagefarm.com.
August 4, 2018: Southeast Crab Fest — Charlotte, North Carolina
It’s easy to SEA why we’re ready to stuff our faces at the Southeast Crab Fest at William R. Davey Park. This highly anticipated event will offer all you can eat fresh blue crab, one side of fish and chips, a snow crab legs platter, music and a family friendly environment for all your loved ones. Beer and wine will be on sale at this event. The festival takes place from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. For more information visit eventbrite.com.
August 9 – 18, 2018: Elvis Tribute Week at Graceland — Memphis, Tennessee
As always, Graceland will spend a week this August celebrating the music, movies and legacy of our most beloved Memphian, Elvis Presley. From the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to the Elvis candlelight vigil, Elvis Week promises to be full of long sideburns, sashaying hips and Elvis sightings. A full schedule and information on ticket prices for select events can be found on Graceland’s website. For more information, visit graceland.com.
August 10 & 11, 2018: Tomato Art Festival — Nashville, Tennessee
If you haven’t thought about tomatoes as an art form, you will now! Step into the world of tomatoes in East Nashville’s two-day, free festival for a themed gathering of art, games, music, contests and tastings that will be fun for the whole family. Whip out your best inspired costume, check out the schedule of events, lineup of vendors and get ready for the 15th year of this awesome celebration in East Nashville’s Five Points! Learn more at tomatoartfest.com.
August 10 – 12, 2018: Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival — Clarksdale, Mississippi
Experience the Mississippi Delta and the music that defines the region: blues. The festival in downtown Clarksdale features some of the most beloved blues artists from the Delta and across the region throughout the weekend. This festival is free, but VIP tents are available to purchase for $500, so embrace the heat and music that will feed your soul. For more information, visit sunflowerfest.org.
August 10 – 19, 2018: Birmingham Restaurant Week — Birmingham, Alabama
Calling all foodies – the ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) 2018 will be held Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 19 with more than 70 restaurants set to participate in celebration of the city’s acclaimed culinary culture and love of local. Birmingham Restaurant Week celebrates the city’s burgeoning culinary reputation and connects the community through local food. During the 10 days of BRW, restaurants will offer special two and/or three-course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person. Several menus will also include beer and/or wine flight components, brunch offerings and other drink specials. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to experience Birmingham’s unique and thriving culinary scene! For more information about BRW 2018 and its events, visit bhamrestaurantweek.com.
August 11, 2018: Dirty Linen Night — New Orleans, Louisiana
Enjoy an event that only New Orleans could pull off. A follow-up to White Linen Night, which takes place on August 4, Dirty Linen Night invites folks back for a weekend where both visitors and locals alike grab their “dirty linens” worn the previous week during White Linen Night, and spend an evening exploring more than 50 shops and art galleries in the city’s famed French Quarter. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it is free to attend. Food and drink tickets are available for $10. Learn more at neworleansonline.com.
August 11, 2018: Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival — Memphis, Tennessee
Chicken and beer – what could be better than that combo? To enjoy them both, head to the Inaugural Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival on August 11th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This 21+ event will be held on the field of the Liberty Bowl, and all proceeds benefit the Dorothy Day House. Tickets are $40+ tax and include admission, all beverage samples, a souvenir glass and a portion to benefit the Dorothy Day House. Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. There will be live music, giant games and inflatables … a true adult recess! Learn more at memphischickenandbeer.com.
August 24 & 25, 2018: Songwriters and Symphony Under the Stars — Nashville, Tennessee
Cheekwood will open the beautiful Swan Lawn and invite guests to hear hit songs written by Wendell Mobley, Lee Thomas Miller and Chris DeSefano. In few places other than Nashville can you hear from these chart-topping songwriters in such a lovely setting! For your $50 ticket, you’ll get an evening of music at one of the best outdoor venues in town while enjoying food and drinks from Edley’s Bar-B-Que and King of Pops that will be available for purchase. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at cheekwood.org.
August 24 – 26, 2018: Southern Women’s Show — Charlotte, North Carolina
Get ready to shop till you drop at Charlotte’s favorite event for women — the Southern Women’s Show. Check out hundreds of boutiques with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs and even celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister or best friend and spend the day doing something you love! Event times vary each day, and tickets start at $8. For more info, visit southernshows.com.
August 25, 2018: Sophisticated Living Polo Series World Cup — Louisville, Kentucky
A barbecue buffet, bourbon, wine, spirits and entertainment – you’ve got our attention! The region’s best polo players will suit up to vie for possession of the SL Polo Cup trophy at Oxmoor Farm as part of the Sophisticated Living Polo Series World Cup. Gates open at 4 p.m. The first match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the night ending at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $75. Come out for some polo and fun! For more info visit eventbrite.com.
August 25 & 26, 2018: Grant Park Summer Shade Festival – Atlanta, Georgia
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will once again welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days of nonstop fun. The festival will feature an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages, in addition to an expansive artist market, kids’ zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP area. Open to all ages and free to attend, the 16th annual Summer Shade Festival will also have a diverse selection of local food trucks and adult beverages with offerings for all tastes. Check out the schedule and see more information at summershadefestival.org.
August 30 – September 1, 2018: Live on the Green — Nashville, Tennessee
This Labor Day weekend, Lightning 100 presents to you Nashville’s FREE live music festival, Live on the Green. The three-day festival includes an incredible lineup of performers, a solid selection of food vendors, a great menu of brews and a vibrant crowd for a weekend full of jamming. Check out the lineup and make your plans to get to this celebration of live music in Music City! Learn more at liveonthegreen.com.
August 31 – September 2, 2018: Southern Grown – Sea Island, Georgia
Taste, sip, learn and experience the unique culture of the beloved South during this weekend festival. Enjoy live music by distinguished headliners, local festive fare, conversations on sustainability, cooking demonstrations and more. This weekend is filled with opportunities, kicking off with Friday night’s Garden & Gun signature dinner and show, featuring Nashville-based Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. All-access passes are $425, and tickets just to see the GRAMMY®-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE are $75. Learn more at southerngrown.com.
August 31 – September 3, 2018: WorldFest — Louisville, Kentucky
Travel around the world in one weekend, right in downtown Louisville! WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 16th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, live music, dance, culture and education. This event takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere and admission is free. Food and crafts are available for purchase as well. Worldfest happens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. August 31 through September 2 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 3. For more info, visit worldfestlouisville.com.