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. Keep scrolling for some top-notch summer inspiration, whether you’re a foodie looking for your next eat or an art-lover needing a new exhibition!
Our beloved Piedmont Park will be getting an artsy makeover towards the end of the month thanks to the Piedmont Park Arts Festival. Focusing on the visual arts, you can expect up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, and more to set up shop during this two day celebration of the arts on August 20 & 21.
Journey through Lewis Carroll’s fantasy world on a family-friendly adventure at Atlanta’s premier immersive experience, Illuminarium. Inspired by all things Wonderland, you’ll come face-to-face with beloved storybook characters. Take a plunge down the rabbit hole to travel through the magical forest with the notorious Cheshire Cat, and encounter the maddest tea party in town. Don’t miss out on Illuminarium’s Waking Wonderland, or it’ll be off with your head! ⭐ Sponsored
This incredible pop-up brunch experience has taken Atlanta by storm, and takes brunching it to the next level! You’ll be able to enjoy tasty brunch-time delicacies, totally immersed in gorgeous photo-op wonderlands and selfie spots.
From a room dedicated to mimosas to a picturesque tea party, let your imagination run totally wild with Kodak-memories that will last forever.
Y’all are cordially invited to the The Queens Ball: A Bridgerton Experience, currently taking over Pullman Yards and transporting attendees back to the Regency era. If you’re eager to attend the social event of the season, expect to surround yourself in the dreamlike world of Shondaland’s Bridgerton.
Explore set recreations, such as the sought-after Modiste, take in beautiful performances throughout the enchanting evening, and even interact with Queen Charlotte!
BeREGGAE Diaspora Music & Arts Festival at Piedmont Park is an annual three-day fundraiser for the festival’s non-profit, the Hand Over Fist Foundation, supporting programs centered around education and economic empowerment of Black families.
This year, Ceelo Green, Wayne Wonder, and many more music acts are all set to hit the Piedmont Park stage. There will also be food vendors, markets, and more on offer at this family-friendly love letter to Afro-Caribbean culture and music, which also heavily focuses on the intersectionality between the Caribbean, African, and Black American cultures so everyone feels represented!
Spray n’ Sip by Studio W.I.P. invites you to learn the ins and outs of working with spray paint at this brand new workshop. It’s time to unleash that inner street artist by creating your very own painted mural. And with a private instructor at hand, this experience is perfect for all levels, including those who aren’t the most creatively inclined.
If you’ve yet to experience Pullman Yard’s orchestral concert series that habitually takes over the historic ATL landmark, then this is your sign to do so! Pullman Pops is an exquisite evening of live music by a 45-piece orchestra, taking on familiar and beloved hit songs with an array of different themed nights. This months offerings include their tribute to The Beatles, as well as Hollywood Nights!
8-11. Enjoy a mesmerizing evening of music bathed in candlelight!
Speaking of concert series’, the incomparable Candlelight concerts have taken Atlanta by storm. Enjoy intimate live-music performances at iconic venues across the city, that’ve all been transformed into enchanting grottos lit by candlelight. For this month’s unmissable offerings, click the appropriate link below for more information.
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen & More!
- Candlelight: From Bach to The Beatles
- Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More!
- Candlelight: Celebrating Billie Holiday & Amy Winehouse
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. August plays host to International Beer Day every year, falling on August 5. Luckily for us ATLiens, Atlanta is home to so many incredible breweries, tap rooms, and brewpubs. For our full round-up of Atlantan craft breweries, click here. Or check out our recommendations for August below.
- Ironmonger, Marietta
- Orpheus Brewing, Piedmont Park
- Elsewhere Brewing, Grant Park
- New Realm Brewing, Common Ground
- Wild Heaven Beer, West End
This immersive theatrical experiences is celebrating all things 90’s, and y’all are needed to take on the mighty quest to save the video store. Enjoy a spectacular show from the outstanding cast of employees and patrons as they emulate characters from iconic cinema, providing challenges and fun along the way.
An absolutely fabulous exhibition has completely transformed Zoo Atlanta, especially if you’re a fan of Lego. Solidifying Lego-creation as an artform, Sean Kenney’s Nature POP boasts a spectacular collection of Lego sculptures inspired by the natural world, and you only have until August 8 to see it! Access to the exhibition comes with admission to the beloved Grant Park attraction, which is home to over 1,000 animals.
This interactive event will have you working out the clues to solve a mystery. Your ticket will include a theatrical experience, live music, and some amazing cuisine. It’s the perfect outing if you’re a fan of escape rooms, murder mystery, live music, or all three!
There’s an exciting exhibition in Pullman Yards, part of the brand new ATL project Science Gallery. ‘HOOKED’ examines the world through the lens of addiction. Expect to learn about yourself and others, through expressions of pleasure, loss, excess, or vulnerability.
Nothing says summer like some margaritas and a taco feast on Taco Tuesday. Luckily, Atlanta is home to so many awesome spots for everyone’s favorite day of the week. See below for an eatery for each Tuesday of the month, or click here for the full round-up.
- D Boca N Boca, Summerhill
- Botica, Ardmore
- Little Rey, Piedmont Heights
- Bartaco, Inman Park, West Midtown, and Chastain Park
Already touching on some unmissable summer pop-ups, there’s still so many incredible unique bars and restaurants on offer in the ATL. From vintage games and bowling to floral wonderlands and murder mysteries. Check out our recommendations for July below or click here to see our full round-up.
- Mystery Picnics, Different locations
- The Painted Duck, Westside
- An Evening in Roma: Italian Date Night, Doraville
- Drag Brunch at Rowdy Tiger, Midtown
- The Blind Pig Parlour, Buckhead
This monumental music festival is about to celebrate all things Atlanta, with a full day of fun scheduled at this historic Pratt Pullman District this August. The Atlanta Sport and Social Club have announced the 404 Festival, a community event dedicated to inclusion, growth, and appreciation of the city of Atlanta, its unique culture, and all that comes with it.
32-35. Kick back with a killer view at one of Atlanta’s amazing rooftops
One of the best ways to relish the summer is by heading to one of the many awesome rooftops on offer in the ATL. From refreshing cocktails with a killer view of the skyline, to Sunday brunch in the sun, click here to see the full round-up of amazing rooftop bars and restaurants in Atlanta, or check out a few recommendations below.
- Drawbar, West Midtown
- Virtue Rooftop, Midtown
- Hotel Clermont, Poncey-Highland
- St. Julep, Buckhead
The third iteration of Atlanta Contemporary’s love-letter to dance has returned! Collaborating with Dance Canvas, a non-profit providing professional dance opportunities in Atlanta, artists will be given anine-week choreographic residency at the beloved gallery.
If you’re searching for a community yoga class to share your love for the practice, or kick off your own yoga journey, then do we have good news for you. Below are the best free yoga classes in and around Atlanta that’ll help you develop your yoga skills, as well as connect to like-minded people! Check out the recommendations below or click here for the full round-up.
- Yoga on the Square, Colony Square
- Woodruff Park, Downtown
- The Battery Atlanta, The Battery
- AvalOM, Alpharetta
There’s an exciting exhibition transforming the enchanting grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Origami in the Garden boasts spectacular sculpures dedicated and replicating the beloved Japanese artform of folding paper. Expect flying birds, floating boats, grazing deer, and so much more.
If you’re looking to support local farmers, or help the environment by sticking to local produce, check out some of our farmers’ market recommendations in and around Atlanta below. Or click here to view the full round-up.
- Ponce City Market, Old Fourth Ward
- The Battery Atlanta, Cobb County
- Grant Park Farmers’ Market, Grant Park
- East Atlanta Village Farmers’ Market, East Atlanta Village
46-50. Cool off at these awesome ATL swimming pools
When the sun is shining this month, beat the heat by heading to one of these fantastic pools that the ATL has to offer. From rooftop gems to Atlanta’s free public swimming pools, check out some recommendations below or click here for the full round-up.