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The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in August

By June 20, 2024June 28th, 2024No Comments
The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in August

Soak up the summer fun with the best things to do in Atlanta in August!

There’s still plenty of warm weather and summer memories to be made during this month, even with Atlanta’s public schools starting back in early August! Take advantage of long daylight hours and fewer crowds as you explore the capital city of the South this month.

In this post, you’ll find all the best things to do in Atlanta during August – from delectable foods to heart-pounding live music, innovative art and culture events, family-friendly adventures, fun ways to explore Atlanta’s history and culture, and so much more. Let’s dive in!


The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in August

Read on for additional details on these Atlanta August events, and more fun ideas!

  • Try Atlanta’s amazing Black-owned restaurants during Black Restaurant Week
  • See musical acts like Ice Spice, Usher, Blackberry Smoke, Idina Menzel, and more
  • Take a walking food tour of Atlanta
  • Check out the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival for family-friendly fun

In this post, you’ll find:

  • August festivals and concerts in Atlanta
  • Ideas to enjoy Atlanta in August and summer months
  • August events in Atlanta for families, individuals, friends, and couples
  • Fun things to do during a business trip to Atlanta in August

Festivals & Events in Atlanta: August 2024

Take a Top-Rated Walking Food Tour

Atlanta Food Walks Grant Park Walking Tour Things to Do in Atlanta 2021 COVID-Safe

Try some of the best eats in Atlanta! The #1-rated Grant Park Past & Future Food Tour is a fun walking tour showcasing the best of Atlanta’s food and history. On this tour, you’ll taste eight modern and Southern foods from three outstanding locally owned food stops.

Along the way, delve into Atlanta’s history with an expert guide who will share fascinating stories of our city and answer questions. You’ll also explore the unique architecture of Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood. The 2.5 hour guided experience includes a jaunt through Historic Oakland Cemetery, where many noteworthy Atlantans have been laid to rest.


Support Black Restaurant Week: Atlanta

Celebrating 8 years in Atlanta, Black Restaurant Week invites Atlantans and visitors to experience the best of Atlanta’s Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, sweets, and more.

From burgers and BBQ to cheese boards, coffee roasters, and ice cream, there’s something for everyone to try! Additionally, the event organizers will be offering ways for restaurant-goers to enter to win gift cards and other prizes!


Beat the Heat on an Indoor Food Tour and Cooking Class

Take a break from the Atlanta heat and join Unexpected Atlanta for the Historic Market Food Tour and Southern Biscuit Class. Stay cool during this totally indoor experience, first on a one hour food tour of the historic Municipal Market followed immediately by a one hour biscuit baking class. You’ll discover how the invention of bread across different cultures compeltely changed civilization, plus the hands-on biscuit class will have you saying “Bless Your Heart” like a true Southerner.


Try the AgLanta Eats Festival at Atlanta Botanical Garden

AgLanta Eats Atlanta Botanical Garden

On August 21, the Atlanta Botanical Garden will host a special evening event: the AgLanta Eats Festival. This “hyper-local food festival” delivers tastes prepared by top local chefs, using fresh ingredients from AgLanta growers and Atlanta-area farms.

Festival entry includes access to the garden, a sampling of tastings and beverages, live music, and more.


Bring the Family to the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

This family-friendly festival is a beloved late summer tradition in Atlanta! Summer Shade Fest is a vibrant celebration held each year in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood. The festival is on the last weekend of August. For 2024, that’s August 24 and 25.

With live music, food trucks, a bustling artist market with over 150 artists, family-friendly activities, and more – this fun festival is a can’t-miss event for everyone!


Attend Concerts in Atlanta in August 2024

Atlanta Concerts August 2023

Atlanta is a destination for music lovers, attracting chart-topping talent from all genres. August 2024 is no exception, as Atlanta welcomes a diverse lineup of exciting acts to the city!

From contemporary acts like Beyoncé to Post Malone, indie artists like The National, throwbacks like The Offspring and Sum 41, the smooth sounds of Lyle Lovett and Earth, Wind, and Fire, and everything in between – this month has you covered!

Atlanta concerts in August 2024 – a few highlights:

      • Cage the Elephant, Bakar, and Yount the Giant – August 2 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
      • Marshmello – August 2 at Coca-Cola Roxy
      • Idina Menzel  – August 2 at Atlanta Symphony Hall
      • Lindsey Stirling – August 5 at Cadance Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
      • Black Pistol Fire – August 10 at The Masquerade
      • Usher:  – August 14, 16, and 17 at State Farm Arena
      • 311 – August 14 at Coca-Cola Roxy
      • AWOLNATION – August 14 at Coca-Cola Roxy
      • TimaLikesMusic – August 16 at The Masquerade
      • Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago – August 19 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
      • Blackberry Smoke – August 23 at adance Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
      • Dan + Shay – August 24 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
      • Ice Spice and Cash Cobain – August 27 at Coca-Cola Roxy
      • Green Day – August 27 at Truist Park
      • City and Colour and Band of Horses – The Eastern

Additional Atlanta Ideas for August

Craving more Atlanta summer activities? Other popular things to do in August include:

  • Learn about Dr. King’s life and legacy on our top-rated Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta History Tour
  • Explore the paved walking and cycling trails of the Atlanta Beltline, or the Silver Comet Trail
  • Explore farm-to-table food and drink options at one of Atlanta’s many local farmers markets
  • Delve into the botanical world at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Play mini golf and other nostalgic games at Skyline Park, on the roof of Ponce City Market
  • See giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta or whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium
  • Have a picnic or toss a football around Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta
  • Learn the history behind the most famous soft drink on the planet at the World of Coca-Cola
  • Check out to bustling Atlanta suburbs like Sandy Springs, Marietta, and Chamblee

FAQs: Visiting Atlanta in August

Atlanta August weather and FAQs

Is August a good time of year to visit Atlanta?

Absolutely! During August, Atlanta is bustling with plenty of events, festivals, concerts, and more. You can expect to see slightly fewer crowds, as Atlanta Public Schools begin in early August. Additionally, temperatures cool slightly from their peak in July – though you can still expect plenty of summer weather!

Pro tip: pack a sweater for indoor activities! Many Atlanta buildings keep their AC settings on blast, so you might end up unexpectedly chilly, even during August!

What should I know about Atlanta August weather?

Expect warm and humid weather during August in Atlanta. To make exploring Atlanta during summer easy, consider packing a portable fan, water bottle, and a rain jacket or umbrella to have on hand.

According to the National Weather Service, Atlanta’s August weather ranges from lows around 71 F to highs of 89 F. Additionally, you might see rain during an August visit to Atlanta, with an average of 4.3 days of rain during the month!


For unforgettable Atlanta fun, check out Unexpected Atlanta’s unique walking tours! With food and history experiences you won’t find anywhere else, see why we have more than 1,500 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor!