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65 Awesome Things To Do This August In Atlanta

By Jack Rattenbury

65 Awesome Things To Do This August In Atlanta

Soaking up the summer is a breeze in Atlanta!

Look no further if you’re searching for some awesome things to do this month. With the sun shining bright and the heat burning up, cool off and rest assured. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for what’s what, and what to do in the ATL this August.

1. Pullman Pops

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Pullman Yards has had an insane make-over. As exhibits and exciting events take over the historic landmark, Pullman Pops stands out following its stellar debut in July. The brand new concert series will be taking on iconic scores from Hollywood blockbusters. From James Bond to E.T., all ATL music lovers and movie buffs unite for this sensation tribute to movie magic.

Make sure you book your tickets for the spectacular tribute to iconic Hollywood scores!

2. Are you Gogh-ing to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience?

Following a successful run across the globe, this incredible exhibition finally made it’s U.S. debut in Atlanta earlier this year! We hope you’re one of the lucky ones who’s already been, but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh comes to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’s illuminating and transforming the historic Pullman Yards into a fully immersive exhibit.

Book your tickets for this breathtaking exhibit!

3. Candlelight Concerts

Candlelight host several concerts performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Atlanta. The venues are both indoor and outdoor, but each one will be bathed in enchanting candlelight. With themed nights dedicated to different genres, there’s something for everybody’s music taste. Here’s what’s on offer this month:

4-6. Take a hike!

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Atlanta is home to so many gorgeous hiking trails. With trails for every ability and the weather brightening up, there’s no excuse for you to stay indoors with all that Georgian nature on offer. We’ve even found a hike that involves a wine tasting for those who need the extra motivation.

  • Bartram Trail Hike plus Wine TastingExplore Bartram Trail’s rolling elevation through a forest rich with wildflowers, mosses and ferns followed by wine tasting at local Wineries. The views are incredible, and there’s even a picnic included.

  • Silver Comet Trail: Hike all the way to the Alabama border on this totally epic hike that starts right here in Atlanta!
  • Amicalola Falls: Located in Northeast Georgia, Amicalola Falls will blow you away. There are short hikes or more advanced routes, all boasting beautiful waterfalls throughout.

7. The ultimate beer crawl on the Atlanta Beer Bus!

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There’s no better way to experience a city than through it’s booze. Atlanta’s craft beer scene is thriving, and there’s no sign of it stopping. To make the most of this boom in beer, check out the Atlanta Beer Bus, an awesome Guided Tour of Atlanta through its craft breweries.

Book your personalized tour on the Atlanta Beer Bus, here!

8. Illuminarium 

Illuminarium is the highly-anticipated experience on the BeltLine that’s able to transport you to those incredible places from your wildest dreams. Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most exotic animals, as you roam their natural habitat in WILD: Illuminarium’s Safari Experience. There’s even a bar/nightlife experience available at the attraction, where you can enjoy awesome cocktails in locations across the world.

Click here to get your tickets for this unforgettable experience!

9-13. Unique Eats in Atlanta!

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Atlanta is home to some pretty unique dining/bar experiences. If you want show-stopping entertainment with an incredible dinner then you don’t have to look far. Here are some of our favorites:
  • Dinner DetectiveDinner Detective is an experience unlike any other! An incredible murder mystery show that’s paired with a four-course plated dinner.
  • Lucian Books & Wine: This new bookstore in Buckhead is also a fine wine bar and outstanding restaurant!
  • The Garden Room: This one-of-a-kind dining experience is blooming marvelous.
  • Imperial Fez: An elaborately decorated Moroccan restaurant that’ll probably make you forget that you’re in Georgia! If you’re interested in belly dancing, then this is the place for you!
  • Silverspot: Catch a movie with a meal at this new dine-in movie theatre.

14. Swim Thick Pool Party

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Swim Thick Pool Party is an annual body positive event held yearly in Atlanta, GA. This is a yearly sold-out and a highly-publicized event full of beautiful women that come together to embrace their bodies, as well as men, that appreciates and celebrates curves. Don’t forget your swimsuit, or your tickets!

15-17. Spend a day by the pool..

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We recently rounded up our favorite hotel and rooftop pools across the city. Although some require you to be a guest at the hotel, here are are a few you can access for the day!

18-22. Visit Atlanta’s Food Markets/Halls

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Atlanta is home to so many neighborhood markets and local grocery stores. And how could we forget about Ponce City Market? Here’s what we recommend this August:

23-24. ATL Escape Rooms!

  • Time to Escape: his unique escape experience in the ATL transports you to a Mars base in 2039. An unforgettable escape room and some guaranteed fun!
  • Escape Woods: Multiple outdoor escape game adventures!
Get your tickets here for one of ATL’s hottest escape rooms!

25. Immersive dance exhibit at The Historic Academy of Medicine

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“In This House” is an immersive experience that will spin a tale through movement and song. Dancers will usher you on an ethereal journey, through the hallways and ballrooms of a historic 1940’s landmark building. Each pause in the journey will showcase a vignette created by world-class choreographers and grammy-nominated musicians. Although we hope you see this list pronto, as the final performance is on the first day of August.

26. Georgia Aquarium

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For guaranteed fun for all the family, head to Georgia Aquarium! It’s the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere, and it has exhibits featuring Beluga Whales, penguins, sharks, and more!

BONUS: Banksy is coming to the ATL

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Coming this September, The Art of Banksy: Without Limits is set to unravel the mysteries behind the world’s most famous street artist. Make sure you get your tickets to this unmissable exhibit. Banksy is regarded as one of the most valuable artists of our time, and some valuable pieces from the artist’s collection will be available for Atlanta to witness up close and personal!

27. SUPERnatural at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Patrick Shearn and Jason Gamrath were given new canvas earlier this year, to transform Atlanta Bontanical Gardens into a trippy wonderland! The garden has teamed up with a coupe artists for their SUPERnatural series.

28. Delve into the world of Coca-Cola

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Nothing beats a Coca-Cola on a hot summer’s day! Check out Coca-Cola’s intimate experience in the birthplace of America’s most iconic beverage. The history, the marketing, everything you’d want to know about the legendary drink.

29. Hamilton in the ATL

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Hamilton is returning to Atlanta as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway’s 40th Anniversary Season at the Fox Theatre. The company brings the best of Broadway to cities across the country. They announced in a recent statement that Broadway performances are scheduled to recommence at the Fox Theatre in August 2021, featuring the anticipated return of Hamilton

30-31. Mystery Picnic

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Surprise your partner, or get your friends together, for these incredible mystery picnics in Atlanta. An all-inclusive mystery picnic date experience for two to eight people, with a stunning picnic spread from local artisan producers, including your traditional picnic foods. Check out the two options below:

32. Art on the Beltline

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There’s so much incredible street art in Atlanta. You could spend a gorgeous summer’s day taking in all the awesome murals on the BeltLine, one of the best places to check out all the incredible ATL artists and muralists. Check out our round-up of some of must-see art installations on the BeltLine below.

Vibrant ATL: 5 Spectacular Art Installations On The Atlanta BeltLine

33-36. Exhibitions and things to do at the HIGH Museum of Art

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Speaking of art, the HIGH Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes more than 18,000 artworks across seven collecting areas. They also have some unmissable exhibitions happening right now! Here’s what we recommend you check out at the HIGH Museum of Art this month:

  • Women Only: A new exhibition coming showcases more than one hundred photographs from the High Museum’s collection, exclusively shot by women.
  • Picasso and Calder: A touring exhibition of works from Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso will be at the museum this Summer. The artists are two of the foremost figures in the history of twentieth-century art.
  • Jazz Night: HIGH Museum of Art transforms into an unmissable jazz club every month!
  • Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting: The exhibition emphasizes lighting’s role in propelling innovation in design and art.

37-42. Have a drink on one of Atlanta’s gorgeous patios

Have a drink, relax, and unwind at one of these enchanting patios in Atlanta that we recommend you check out this summer:

  • Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall – Inman Park
  • Buena Vida Tapas + Sol – Old Fourth Ward (Beltline)
  • Anis Cafe & Bistro – Buckhead
  • Brick Store Pub – Decatur
  • South City Kitchen – Multiple locations

43. Tapas and Flamenco at Gypsy Kitchen

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Every Sunday, embark on a culinary adventure to the Basque Country in Spain, with Gypsy Kitchen’s beloved tapas! Their Basque in the Sun event is the perfect way to escape to the Spanish coast, right here in Atlanta!

44-46. It’s Brunch Season!

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Whether you’re looking for a bottomless brunch, or awesome outdoor dining to enjoy your eggs in that Georgian sun, Atlanta has so many awesome brunch spots. Here’s a few we suggest:

  • Canoe: Brunch with an awesome view, this Georgia gem is nestled next to the Chattahoochee River.
  • Kaleidoscope: Perfect if you’re looking for bottomless mimosas!
  • Char Korean Bar and Grill: One of our favorite brunch spots in the ATL!
Mimosas please: 10 Best Bottomless Brunches In Atlanta

47. Howl at the Moon

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Sing at the top of your lungs as Howl at the Moon’s world-famous high-energy, duelling pianos play all your favorite dance hits and party anthems. Let loose and let it all out, through an incredible fun music experience at Dave & Buster’s Atlanta.

48-51: Go back in time to the Prohibition Era

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Considering we’re in the twenties of this century, and there’s a brand new hidden bar in Atlanta! Why don’t you check out some of the best speakeasies in Atlanta? Here are some of our favorites and the brand new Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge:

  • Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge: A glamourous hidden bar, nestled somewhere in Colony Square’s new talent-driven food hall, Politan Row.
  • Red Phone Booth: Go and find the British telephone box in Downtown Atlanta for the ultimate throwback experience.
  • The Blind Pig Parlour Bar: This intimate and sophisticated speakeasy features innovative craft cocktails with Victorian era décor and ambiance.
  • Elenor’s: Walk through the incognito chilled wine cellar at Smyrna’s Muss & Turner’s, and find this awesome speakeasy!

52. A Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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If you have kids, it’s worth checking out LEGOLAND’s Discovery Center, although it’s perfect for anyone with an imagination. Meet your favorite Lego stars, and ride family-friendly attractions like their mind-blowing 4D cinema. There’s even a replica of Atlanta made entirely of Lego!

53-55. Grab an iced coffee from local coffeehouses

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In this heat, coffee is always served best over ice. And since caffeine has become such a nececity, check out our round-up of 15 incredible coffeehouses where you can get the best iced coffees.

  • Sheep and Meadow – Peachtree Hills
  • East Pole Coffee Co. – Armour
  • The Victorian Atlanta – East Atlanta Village

56-57. Bubble tea in the ATL

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If coffee isn’t your thing, what about an iced bubble tea? There are some unbeliebubble places to get your well earned helping of boba! Check out our full list, or check out a couple found below:

  • Unbeliebubble – Several locations (Duluth, Westside Atl, Midtown, and more!)
  • Honey Bubble Tea – Ponce de Leon Ave
Roundup: 5 Awesome Places With The Best Bubble Tea In Atlanta

58. Piedmont Arts Festival

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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, customs, and interests. Go and grab yourself a nice piece of art, or crafty gift for someone special. Although, you could just visit to soak up the creativity. Happening August 21-22.

59-61. Free things to do in Atlanta

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There are some incredible free things to do in Atlanta. There’s insanely beautiful parks, public art, and so much more. Granted, you may have to pay for your way there, but it’s a lot better than breaking the bank! Click here for more information on the free access to these stellar ATL attractions:

  • A day at the parkPiedmont Park, Lullwater Park, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park? Atlanta has it all!
  • Oakland Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. 48 acres of beautiful gardens, unbeatable history, sculptures, and architecture!
  • Center of Puppetry Arts: If you have a Georgia Library Card check out the “Passport to Puppetry” at any participating public library. Receive free entry to their exhibits

62-64. Frozen cocktails!

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After that coffee has worn off and you’ve finished work, why not celebrate and cool off at the same time? There are some awesome places to get boozy frozen cocktails in Atlanta. Here are a few of our faves:

  • King of Pops – Ponce City Market
  • Whiskey Bird – Morningside-Lenox Park
  • Krab Queenz – SoNo

55. River tubing on the Chattahoochee

Chattahoochee River Tubing specialize in putting people on the river for their incredibly relaxing 4-hour float. Jump on one of their floating tubes and leave all your troubles on the bank of the river, for the ultimate way to experience the Chattahoochee.