Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: August 2016

Ready or not, here back-to-school season comes. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves: there’s plenty of summertime left to enjoy. From puppet shows and fishing derbies to sing-a-longs and the end of summer festival season, soak up these opportunities for family time before class begins.

August 2016 events in atlanta

All of August (and beyond): Old MacDonald’s Farm at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Little ones will move, sing, and help the farmhands on Old MacDonald’s farm. This new interactive show is full of puppets, music, and a lot of fun down on the farm! The Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ will teach you how to make a Cheerful Chicken Rod Puppet. Show is appropriate for ages 2+.


All of August: The Grouchy Ladybug Storytime at the Children’s Museum

The perfect tie-in to the High Museum’s current I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle exhibition, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta will read this beloved classic on weekdays and Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 2:00pm. During this storytime reading, children can follow this ladybug on her journey to learn the benefits of friendship and good manners. Be sure to peruse the rest of this month’s Children’s Museum event calendar, which is packed with fantastic programming!


All of August: Coca-Cola Film Festival at the Fox Theatre

Throughout the summer, modern and vintage movie classics will be shown on Fox Theatre’s 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen, and patrons will enjoy movies under the “stars” with Fox Theatre’s distinct blue sky with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds. On Saturday, August 20, enjoy Saturday Morning Cartoons and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Come back on Saturday, August 27, for a The Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long!


All of August: Kids Eat FREE on Sundays at the Melting Pot

Now that we’ve closed the book on the school year, it’s time to kickoff summer with your kids at The Melting Pot. Bring in the entire family for a summer bash of fun and fondue! Every Sunday through August 28, kids 12 and under eat FREE with the purchase of each adult four-course experience. Additional children’s 3-course is just $15.99, so bring their fondue friends, too! Hurry, space is limited! Valid every Sunday through the end of August at the four Atlanta area restaurant locations only. Bring in any of the following newly-packaged school supplies to receive a certificate for FREE chocolate fondue on your next visit: construction paper, index cards, colored pencils, colored markers, tissues, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer.


August 6: Youth and Adult Fishing Derby

Come to the Clayton County International Park Beach for a Saturday fishing derby. Prizes are awarded to the largest catch! No fishing license required. Be sure to bring your own gear.


August 6-7: Wild World Weekend at Zoo Atlanta

Explore and celebrate the dynamic cultures of Africa, Asia and the Americas with special entertainment, crafts and activities for the entire family. Travel around the world inside Zoo Atlanta! FREE for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; FREE with general admission. Activities include cultural performances, arts and crafts, and more.


August 6-7: FREE Family Fun Days at Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts

Bring the whole family to a FREE weekend of fun on Saturday, August 6th from 1:00-4:00pm and Sunday, August 7th from 2:00-5:00pm! On Saturday, wear clothes you can move in, because parents and kids will work together to grab a map and get a stamp for completing each station…physical challenges, Circus challenges (think Cirque du Soleil), creative challenges, and more! On Sunday, August 7th, join us for our yearly Open House. We offer FREE try-it-out mini classes in Aerial Silks, Lyra, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, and much more. This weekend event is jointly hosted by Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts and The Performers Warehouse at 390 Winkler Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30004.


August 7: Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Water Day is a celebration of water as summer winds down. Splash through sprinklers, meet water-loving community partners, play water games, make water crafts!  Come dressed to get wet – swim suits, sunglasses, and flip flops are welcomed! Activities include crafts, outdoor games, story time and a prize raffle.


August 13: International Youth Day at the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Join the Center for Civil and Human Rights as we welcome the return of the 2016-2017 academic school year with International Youth Day!  There will be art, performances, special guests and much more all inspired by the youth experience. All activities will take place from 12:00-3:00pm. The first 150 children (18 and younger) will be admitted FREE courtesy of Ford Motor Company. While you’re there, don’t miss Talking Drum, which closes August 30.


August 15: Homeschool Day at the Atlanta History Center

Georgia’s long history has been shaped by people and events including Oglethorpe and Mary Musgrove, the Civil War, the Great Depression, Jimmy Carter, the 1996 Olympic Games, and more. Explore the high and low points of Georgia’s history and see how this debtor’s colony became the empire state of the south. The Atlanta History Center offers special programs for homeschool students and their families. During these day-long programs, explore a different subject through engaging hands-on experiences, performances, historic simulations, and a variety of activities designed for kids from toddler to teen.


August 20: Dinosaur Birthday Bash at Fernbank

You’re invited to a prehistoric party at Fernbank Museum! Stomp like a dinosaur, chomp like a dinosaur, growl like a dinosaur and PARTY like a dinosaur. Come one, come all and join the fun as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. Guests will enjoy a day filled with dinosaur- and birthday-themed activities, including games, crafts hands-on activities and more. Dinosaur costumes are encouraged!


August 20: Meet the Past Festival: Margaret Mitchell

Step back in time to encounter Margaret Mitchell as a young reporter, a budding novelist, and a World War II philanthropist. Enjoy lawn games, live music, Gone With the Wind trivia, and kid-friendly activities. Guest speakers shed light on the legacy of Gone with the Wind and analyze the environment that created the bestseller.


August 20 (and beyond): The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games and in collaboration with Hearst Castle, California, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and Oglethorpe University, The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio will feature Ancient Greek artifacts, many of which exceed 2,500 years of age, which tell the history of the Olympic Games and Ancient Olympia, athletic competition, and Greek mythology and politics. We also examine the impact the modern Olympics had on the built environment of Atlanta, and will have on the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.


August 21: 12th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

The 12th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is the premier event for ice cream lovers of all ages. Taste over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, dive into ice cream eating contests, enjoy live music and let the kids work off their energy in the Kid’s Korner. This event benefits The Drake House, providing short-term crisis housing, support, education, and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children in north metro Atlanta.


August 24: Homeschool Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites homeschool children to get back into the swing of school activities. Families are encouraged to bring their children for an educational outing. Local Homeschools can reserve a field trip visit to LEGOLAND Discovery Center upon completing advanced registration. Since we value our homeschoolers on August 24th there will be FREE LEGO Education Workshops and the teachers are FREE. The students will be priced at the $7 rate.


August 26: Big Bang BOOM! Concert at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Your kids are bound to be blown away when “kiddie” act Big Bang Boom! hits the stage at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center for a back-to-school celebration to beat the band. Designed to appeal to the younger set, this power-pop group sparks plenty of singing along and dancing to all-time favorites, as well as clever original tunes that mix alt-rock, hip-hop and country. Chuck Folds (younger brother of Ben Folds), Steve Willard and Eddie Walker are the trio of talented dads who make up Big Bang Boom!, and who’re famed for their big finale, “The Great Hokey Pokey Showdown.” Shows at 11:00am and 4:00pm.


August 27: Back to School Ride Day at Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad

As the kids go back to school and before the fall activities get started come out to the Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad and close out the summer season with some time riding the rails. Enjoy locomotives of all shapes and sizes as the Conyers & Hightower Railroad comes alive again. The Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad is located at the Georgia International Horse Park near the Steeplechase grounds at 1632 Centennial Olympic Parkway Conyers, GA. Riders must be 18 months old or older, and the cost is $2 per person per ride.


August 27: Educator Open House 2016

Discover why Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights should be your next field trip destinations! The Open House will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights. Register as soon as possible for this event, which will include complimentary admission for registrants–who must have a valid teacher ID or homeschool Letter of Intent–and one guest. Explore the amazing educational resources found in Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Park District.


August 27-28: Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

For more than a decade, Atlanta art and music lovers have flocked to Grant Park each August to bid adieu to summer at the Summer Shade Festival. We’ve got two days of outdoor fun planned for all ages including a 5K Run for the Park, food trucks, craft beer, an entertaining Kids Zone and a music lineup that gets better every year. You won’t want to miss the Sunday morning Grant Park Farmers Market, and did you know you can ride your bike to the festival and park it for free with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Bike Valet? So, bring your blanket, bring the whole family, but don’t bring any pets, and spend summer’s final weekend at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Each year, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival supports the work of the Grant Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for maintaining the city’s oldest park. Enjoy your final hurrah of summer!


August 28: Gold Rush for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research

To kick off September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Asbury Automotive, Bentley Atlanta and Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research are “rushing into GOLD” (the color of Childhood Cancer Awareness) by hosting the inaugural “Rally Gold Rush” event at Bentley Atlanta’s Alpharetta Dealership location. Rally Gold Rush is FREE and open to the public. The fun-filled, gold-themed afternoon will feature bounce houses, face painting, cookie decorating, games, food and fellowship for all attendees, including Rally Kids who are battling or have battled childhood cancer, as well as their families and Rally’s community partners and sponsors. Sponsors of Rally Gold Rush include Asbury Automotive, Bentley Atlanta, Nalley Volkswagen, Kroger, and Jump and Slide. These sponsors have committed to support Rally’s mission throughout the month of September by raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
Find an annual list of Atlanta events here.

Paige Sullivan | Travel and Calendar Editor

Paige Sullivan recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.

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