Summer is flying by, but we are not quite ready for fall! Thankfully, the collection of Southern events in August will keep us busy this month, allowing us to enjoy the final weeks of summer. Check your calendar and make time for these great events this month.

Round out August with Nashville’s Live on the Green free music festival during Labor Day weekend!

23 Southern Events & Happenings: August 2019

Through August 4, 2019: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival — Louisville, KY

Kentucky Shakespeare presents its annual beloved Shakespeare in the Park series all summer through August 4 in Central Park in Old Louisville. All shows are free to the public with the pre-show starting at 7:15 p.m. and the production beginning at 8 p.m. Filling out the end of the season, Cleopatra: Queen of Kings will run through August 4. Enjoy the merriment and magic of the Bard’s famous works through an evening of al fresco theatre with friends and family!

August 1, 2019: Gulch Night Market — Nashville, TN

Don’t miss the August date of the Gulch Night Market! This market has extended hours, with the fun kicking off at 3 p.m. (instead of 5 p.m.) and lasting until 9 p.m. Mark your calendars now to catch one of these unique evenings of celebrating local vendors. Returning vendors include Aero Bar, Amelia’s Flower Truck, Apple & Oak, Pet Wants, Califarmia, Nash Collection and more. Families and pets are welcome to this free and open event.

August 2 & 3, 2019: Secret Stages — Birmingham, AL

Experience Birmingham’s premier festival for musical discovery at Secret Stages! This two-day festival spotlights both local and national up-and-coming musicians across multiple exciting venues in Avondale. Festival attendees will be within walking distance to all venues plus surrounding restaurants, bars and more. This year’s festival will take place on August 2 and 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. each night. Tickets range from $35 to $325.

August 3, 2019: Splash ‘N’ Dash — Louisville, KY

Get ready to get soaked! Walkers and runners at the Splash ‘N’ Dash make their way through a 5K course filled with water obstacles or a 1K family fun run and enjoy family-friendly activities afterward. This event benefits Norton Children’s Hospital. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the 1K begins at 10 a.m. Click here to register. Use code SB19 for a 20% discount.

August 3, 2019: Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival — Memphis, TN

Chicken and beer – what could be better a combo? To enjoy them both, head to the Inaugural Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival on August 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 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 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!

August 9, 2019: Double Down for Rett— Birmingham, AL

Double Down for Rett is the Suki Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year benefiting Children’s of Alabama. This fun-filled cocktail event will feature classic casino games, an open bar, silent and live auctions and heavy hors d’oeuvres at B&A Warehouse. Enjoy this fundraiser while contributing to funding research and therapy programs for Rett syndrome patients at Children’s of Alabama. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for individuals are $75, couples are $150 and sponsorships are available.

August 9 & 10, 2019: Tomato Art Festival — Nashville, TN

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 tomato-inspired costume, check out the schedule of events and lineup of vendors and get ready for the 16th year of this awesome celebration.

August 9 through the 11, 2019: Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival — Clarksdale, MS

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 start at $1,000. Embrace the heat and music that will feed your soul.

August 9 through the 17, 2019: Elvis Week at Graceland — Graceland, TN

Elvis fans, are you ready for the weeklong celebration of your dreams? Elvis week is here! Enjoy a week of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley at Graceland. The week also includes traditional events such as the Elvis Fan Club President’s Event, Graceland Insider’s Event, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and an Elvis candlelight vigil, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more. Times and ticket prices vary depending on the specific event.

August 10, 2019: Dirty Linen Night — New Orleans, LA

Enjoy an event that only New Orleans could pull off. A follow-up to White Linen Night, which takes place on August 3, 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 $20.

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August 15 & 21 and August 29  through September 1, 2019: Live on the Green — Nashville, TN

This Labor Day weekend, enjoy 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!

August 16, 2019: The Science of Wine at Pink Palace Museum — Memphis, TN

The Pink Palace Museum will be overflowing with the best of Memphis wine, food, and fun this August 16. Join them for the 5th annual Science of Wine from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm. VIP tickets are also available and provide access to the VIP lounge area and early entrance at 6:00 p.m.

August 17 & 18, 2019: Piedmont Park Arts Festival 2019 — Atlanta, GA

Looking for a summer festival to browse arts and crafts and appreciate Atlanta’s largest park? Piedmont Park’s Arts Festival will have a wide variety of art, local food trucks and live acoustic performances on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry to the festival is free.

August 19 through the 25, 2019: 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival— Birmingham, AL

Birmingham’s most anticipated film celebration returns for another fabulous festival. Hundreds of films in a variety of genres will be presented at this year’s 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Attendees are encouraged to explore new, independent cinema in 10 venues across Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, including the iconic Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre. Sidewalk Film Festival tickets range from $10 to $245.

August 23 & 24, 2019: Songwriters and Symphony Under the Stars — Nashville, TN

During the last weekend of August, Cheekwood will open the beautiful Swan Lawn and invite guests to hear hit songs written by Nashville hit-makers. Only in Nashville can you hear these chart-topping songwriters in such a lovely setting. For your $55 ticket, you’ll get an evening of music at one of the best outdoor venues in town while enjoying food and drinks from Daddy’s Dogs, Puckett’s and The Tennessee Cobbler Company that will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

August 23 – 25, 2019: Southern Women’s Show — Charlotte, NC

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.

August 24, 2019: ATL Wine + Spirits Fest 2019 — Atlanta, GA

At the ATL Wine + Spirits Fest, attendees will be able to drink wine, beer and spirits from around the world! From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy region-specific alcohol, multiple restaurants and live music on the lovely Promenade at Piedmont Park. Proceeds will go to benefit the Piedmont Conservancy. Tickets start at $39.

August 24, 2019: Walk, Wag, N’ RUN — Atlanta, GA

The 8th Annual Walk, Wag, n’ Run will be held on August 24 at Lenox Park in Brookhaven. Each year brings a crowd of about 500 individuals and their pets. The event includes a certified 5K (2020 Peachtree Road Race Qualifier), a Fun Run (under a mile), and a vendor area for attendees to visit. This event starts at 7 a.m. and tickets start at $15.

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August 24, 2019: Memphis Area Ford Dealers present Lee Brice with Jana Kramer, Wolf at the Garden— Memphis, TN

Sing your heart out to Lee Brice and Jana Kramer at Live at the Garden presented by Duncan Williams at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online or through the Memphis Botanic Garden Box Office.

August 24 & 25, 2019: Grant Park Summer Shade Festival – Atlanta, GA

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 17th 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

August 28, 2019: Dementia Education Conference – Charlotte, NC

Join the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter at its 2019 Dementia Education Conference. The all-day event is the largest educational conference about Alzheimer’s disease in the central and western part of the state and will bring together those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The cost is $20 for caregivers, $30 for the general public and $60 for healthcare professionals seeking CEUs. This event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to register, call 800-272-3900 or visit

August 30 through September 2, 2019: WorldFest at The Belvedere — Louisville, KY

Travel around the world in one weekend — all in downtown Louisville! WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 17th 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. The event is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. August 30 through September 1, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 2.

August 31, 2019: Sophisticated Living Polo World Cup 2019 — Louisville, KY

A barbecue buffet, bourbon, wine, polo 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!


Interested in more events? Our city editions of Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis, and Nashville all have city-specific happenings (just click on the city listed to see more).