Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In August

Summer proper may be drawing to a close, but the festivities in Atlanta are still heating up. These are the best places and events to (safely) hit up throughout the month of August. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden-Cocktails in the Garden 

Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined is back and better than ever at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Throw in a cocktail or two and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening. Cocktails in the Garden pours Tuesday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m. with safety regulations in place. Talk about social distancing in style. 

College Football Hall of Fame: College Football & HBCUs-August

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📷 Kevin Rose,

Get inspired in Downtown ATL. Open for business and safer than ever, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame has a special exhibit celebrating the history and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the sport. No prior knowledge of football necessary, just a desire to have fun. 

National Oyster Day-Aug. 5

Is there anything that hits quite like an Atlanta oyster happy hour? We think not. Staples like The Optimist and Watchman’s are open with outdoor dining for you to snag a dozen (or two, no judging) and shuck to your heart’s content. 

International Beer Day-Aug. 7

Growlers to six packs, sours to stouts, there’s no shortage of delicious local beer in Atlanta. Plenty of breweries like Monday Night, Orpheus and New Realm in the metro area are open for to-go pickup for you to celebrate the summer right. Cheers!  

Atlanta Food Swap-Aug.9

If you’ve got a green thumb and a love of locally grown food, this is the event for you. A free local food swap will be happening at Inman Park’s Wrecking Bar Brewpub. 

11th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival-The Virtual Experience -Aug. 11-17

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Celebrate indie filmmakers of color with a week’s worth of movie nights. The festival is moving online for its screenings this year, but the magic remains. You will have to pop your own popcorn, though. 😉

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival-Aug. 22

This beloved ATL fest will look just a little different this year: it’s entirely online. You’ll still be able to support local artisans and kiss summer 2020 good-bye in this virtual “unFestival.” (Pssst- we even heard rumors about a special release beer for the unFest…👀)

Tropicale’ Pop-Up

Island time is all the time at this tropical pop-up by Antico Pizza founder Giovani DiPalma. If you want to live your beachfront fantasy from the city and sip designer drinks out of a whole coconut, this is the dinner date destination for you. Reservations are made through Instagram, so act fast.

Fernbank Museum Outdoor Experiences

Get in touch with nature when you explore Fernbank Museum’s 75 acres of outdoor space. Open rain or shine. Trekking through trails and discovering hands-on exhibits is almost as perfect as a summer day can get. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Please check the events and restaurants websites for the latest information on hours and COVID-19 operating procedures. 

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