Cool Things To Do in August in Atlanta

Art in the Park

View – and purchase – arts and crafts while enjoying music and food at the Piedmont Arts Festival. (📷 Piedmont Parks Arts Festival)

It’s not summer in Atlanta without the Piedmont Arts Festival, and we’re yelling it from the rooftops — it’s back! The Piedmont Arts Festival returns to Midtown for one weekend, Aug. 21-22. Presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the festival will feature the works of more than 250 artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. Festival enthusiasts are also invited to enjoy live acoustic music, a children’s play area, food and drinks. The event, which takes place in Piedmont Park, is free and open to all ages — and dogs.

Support LGBTQ-owned Businesses

📷 Instagram @bakerdudecakes

Delicious baked goods, craft beer, restaurants and shopping. We pulled together a list of Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ owned businesses that you should know about. Put these on your list this month!

Could We BE More Excited

Steven and Carrie Sagel Burns try out the orange sofa.

Yes, our favorite Friends come to Atlanta with the FRIENDS Experience: The One in Atlanta, presented by SuperflyX. The exhibition, located at Perimeter Pointe in Sandy Springs, runs through Sept. 6 and includes 12 nostalgia-packed rooms, re-created sets, props, costumes and a retail store selling exclusive merchandise (of course). Sit on the iconic orange couch in Central Perk, relax in Chandler’s and Joey’s recliners and take a picture with the Thanksgiving turkey head.

Challenge Accepted

There are lots of fun activities taking place at the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge. (📷 Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge.)

The Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge is an annual football classic that features teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Launched in 2005 and played on Labor Day Weekend, this year’s match-up will take place at Center Parc Stadium. There is a lot more than just a football game going on (but the game’s pretty terrific). There is a Wednesday Wind Down on Aug. 25 in East Point, ESPN’S First Take Live Show on Aug. 27. and on Aug. 28 the Coca-Cola Fan Experience, the Zero Quarter Band performance, the Cricket MEAC SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Fifth Quarter Battle of the Bands. This year’s game is between the North Carolina Central Eagles and the Alcorn State Braves.

Relaxing Retreats

📷 Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain Park

You deserve a little R&R this month, and our guide to these scenic getaways is a great place to start. Perfect for a weekend getaway or a retreat with a group, here is a detailed list of relaxing retreats to get you out in nature.

It’s Revolutionary

The Broadway sensation “HAMILTON” begins its run at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Aug. 22 and runs through Sept. 26. There is a maximum purchase limit of eight tickets per household and a lottery for 40 seats (for $10 each) per performance. “HAMILTON” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “HAMILTON” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. Go see what all the fuss is about.

Dogwood Festival Blooms Again

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the city’s longest running festival, and it truly has something for everyone – as long as you know where you’re going. (📷 Atlanta Dogwood Festival)

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the city’s longest-running festival and the third-oldest fine arts festival in the country. It takes place Aug. 6 – 8 at Piedmont Park. Enjoy fine art, live music, Mimosa 5K, international performances, disc dogs as well as VIP experiences.

Father Knows Best

Improv is back at Dad’s Garage. (📷 Dad’s Garage)

Dad’s Garage Theatre is open again for live laughs and improv magic. Every Friday and Saturday nights there will be performances with reduced capacity, so reservations are encouraged. The improv group will open with a fan favorite, “SCANDAL: Sealab” as well as its longest running show, “TheatreSports.” Founded in 1995, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has grown from a small volunteer-led organization to one that entertains more than 33,000 people each year (pre-pandemic). 

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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