July 28-29: Zoo Atlanta’s Wild World Weekend; Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30315. Explore the world in a cultural heritage festival for the entire family! Travel from Africa to the Americas, from Europe to Asia and the Pacific via special entertainment, crafts and activities for all ages. Celebrate our world’s amazing wildlife and the places they call home! For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.
August 5: Smyrna Birthday Celebration on Village Green. Smyrna has a huge birthday party going on August 5 at The Village Green in Smyrna. Celebrate the birth of Smyrna with family, friends and fun. High-energy music, festival foods, birthday festivities, a giant birthday cake by McEntyre’s Bakery, a kids entertainment area to add to the excitement, and fireworks show at the end! For more information, visit www.smynracity.com.
August 11: Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival; 630 East Lake Drive & Harmony Park. The 18th Annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival will bring the sights, sounds, and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with 7+ hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local/regional/and national acts to Decatur, Georgia in the heart of Oakhurst. This family-friendly event is fun for all ages and takes place from 2-9 p.m. Admission is $15-20, and 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.decaturbbqfestival.com.
August 11: Atlanta’s Reggae in the Park 5; Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Ave SW, Atlanta, 30310. Atlanta’s Reggae in the Park is a free-to-the-public music and culture festival with live performances from local and not-so-local bands, artists and DJs, and amazing international food courts, vendors and markets. For more information, visit www.atlreggaeinthepark.com.
August 11: Butterfly Festival; Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, Ga. 30338. During the Butterfly Festival, three enormous tents are set up at the Dunwoody Nature Center and filled with gorgeous free-roaming butterflies for families to venture inside and explore. The festival also includes a Birds of Prey show, a showcase of reptiles and other live animal encounters. Educational booths, arts and craft activities, and live music complete the festival for adults and children to enjoy. Participate in a nature scavenger hunt and find hidden treasures within Dunwoody Park, enjoy getting your face painted like a butterfly, and other entertainment all day long. On-site concessions will ensure you stay well-fed and the festival’s signature “larval lemonade,” along with other ice cold treats, will keep everyone happy and cool during the day. For more information, visit www.cvbdunwoody.com/events.
August 18-19: Piedmont Park Arts Festival; 1071 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, 30309. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages, races, customs, and interests. This event will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit piedmontparkartsfestival.com.
August 24: Workout by the Water; Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, 30313. Workout by the Water at the Georgia Aquarium offers yoga, Pilate and boot camp classes led by local fitness instructors. Classes are designed to challenge students of all experience levels. Workouts take place in the Oceans Ballroom, offering incredible views of manta rays and whale sharks guaranteed to motivate you. Each class is just $10 and takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
August 25: Atlanta’s Back 2 School Food Festival; Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126. The Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival is a kid friendly event featuring food trucks, music, clothing, and information on health, education, art, and after-school care programs for families. No alcohol will be served or sold during the festival. Enjoy a culinary experience from Metro Atlanta's restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Kids will enjoy the fun zone, equipped with inflatables, a rock climbing wall, and bouncy houses. For more information, visit www.atlfoodfest.com.
August 25: August Arts Market at Cultures South Fermentation Co.; Cultured South at Lee + White, 1038 White St SW, Atlanta, 30310. The August Arts Market will be a fun packed event with over twenty vendors, offering a wide array of goods including handmade art, clothes, vintage items, skin care products, and more! Hosted at Cultures South, Georgia’s First Kombucha Taproom proudly serving Golda Kombucha on tap, cold brew coffee, vegan cheese boards, and kombucha floats made with local vegan and dairy gelato options. For more information, visit accessatlanta.com.
August 25-26: Grant Park Summer Shade Festival; 740 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, 30315.
Two days of outdoor fun planned for all ages includes a 5K Run for the Park, food trucks, craft beer, an entertaining Kids Zone and a music line up that just gets better every year. Bring your blanket and the whole family (no pets), and spend summer’s final weekend at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park. For more information, visit www.summershadefestival.org.
August 31-September 2: Decatur Book Festival; 101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030; The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. For more information, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.
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