2017 Georgia Festivals, Fairs & Events



July 29, 2017 Macon, Georgia Macon Music Festival Hear 80 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands in 15 venues at Bragg Jam Arts & Music Festival in Macon. Info: http://www.braggjam.org/.

August 4, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia  Cocktails at the aquarium (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.) Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

August 6, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.) Roswell, Georgia  Water Day Splash through sprinklers, play water games, make water crafts, use sidewalk chalk, and hear stories on Water Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Dress to get wet! Water Day is a celebration of water as summer winds down. Splash through our 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! Live Bubble Show with Bo the Bubbleologist, Water-themed Crafts and Outdoor Games, Canoeing on Kingfisher Pond (ages 5+), Partner Booths from some of our favorite water-focused organizations, Prize Raffle And more!

August 12, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Wine Festival (12 to 4 p.m.) offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at City Winery.

August 12, 2017 (6 p.m.) Atlanta, Georgia Flashback Music Festival is Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

August 12, 2017 Decatur, Georgia Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival [sound] offers six hours of blues and bluegrass music, a kids’ area, beer, and barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst.

August 13, 2017 (6 p.m.) Atlanta, Georgia Fake wedding -Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at the Atlanta History Center. Info: http://thebigfakewedding.com/rsvp/atlanta-15/.

August 18 – 20, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Info: http://www.atlantatattooexpo.com/.

August 18 – 20, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia THE 14TH ANNUAL AUFF @ Underground film festival TheAtlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF)shows films and videos that break conventional boundaries at Synchronicity Theatre. Info: http://www.auff.org/schedule.html.

August 19, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.) Johns Creek, Georgia Taste of Johns Creek -Buy food samples from 20 restaurants, shop for art, hear live music, and visit the kids’ zone @ Chattahoochee High School. Taste of Johns Creek is returning to appease the foodie in you! You will be able to sample more than 20 local restaurants from $1 to $4 on the campus of Chattahoochee High School.  There will be an Art Walk with shopping abound, enjoy live music, local entertainment, kid’s activities and taste some of the best food the Johns Creek-area has to offer at this exciting event for the whole family. Just make sure you bring your appetite! Info: http://www.thetasteofjohnscreek.com/.

August 19 – 20, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia Piedmont Park Arts Festival – Names as one of the TOP 100 Arts Festival in the Nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, we are honor to produced and host the annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival located in Atlanta’s largest park, Piedmont Park. 1215 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts 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, races, customs and interests. The midtown community of Piedmont Park is considered to be home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in metro Atlanta. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and craft festival bringing back the tradition to Atlanta’s arts community. This event will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. Info: http://piedmontparkartsfestival.com/.

August 20, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.) 2nd Annual Southern Wing Showdown. This fun-filled festival is serving up the South’s favorite brand of chicken wings, Springer Mountain Farms, prepared by 25 of the South’s most acclaimed chefs! We searched Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte and Chattanooga to find the best restaurants with the most amazing wings! Beneficiaries include Open Hand and Second Helpings Atlanta. Join us for a finger licking good time with chefs from Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Charlotte and Savannah, as they prepare delectable wings, savory sides and southern spirits. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended as they will sell out! Info: http://www.atlantawingfest.net/.

August 25, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia 12th annual Aqua Vino food and wine social event. Sample wines from around the world and taste the best cuisine Atlanta has to offer. You also won’t want to miss our amazing silent auctions and an exciting night exploring our incredible galleries. Aqua Vino is Georgia Aquarium’s premier wine and food fundraising event that supports our vital research and conservation efforts. This year, we celebrate the common bottlenose dolphin! Info: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/experience/support/how-to-donate/fundraising-events/aqua-vino/.

August 26, 2017 Norcross, Georgia 53rd Annual Train Show -Shop from 300 model-train vendors and see a few large working layouts at the Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Info: http://www.gserr.com/shows/DiscountCardAtlantaAugust.htm.

August 26 – 27, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia 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 line up that just gets better every year. 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. The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park.  Thank you for attending, and we hope you enjoy your final hurrah of summer! Info: http://www.summershadefestival.org/.

September 1 – 3, 2017 Decatur, Georgia The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/.

September 1 – 3, 2017 Pine Mountain, Georgia Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers a balloon glow, balloon flights, tethered rides, skydivers, a 5K, classic car show, and live music at Callaway Gardens. http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/calendar/sky-high-hot-air-balloon-festival-labor-day-weekend.

September 2, 2017 Canton, Georgia (12 to 8 p.m.) Smokin’ Up Barbecue Festival BBQ and Brews was originally created to be a once a year festival in Canton, Ga. that would support a local non-profit called #ForCanton. The first festival was held on April 30th, 2016 and included a Georgia Barbecue Association competition, BBQ Vendors and over 30 different craft beers on tap. Over 12,000 people showed up and the rest is history! Throughout the year we will be hosting several BBQ and Craft beer festivals, creating pop-up restaurants, offering BBQ cooking classes, and several other events as they get created.  We also have created this little space on the internet to bring you great articles, reviews, and happenings in the world of BBQ and Craft Beer. We are excited about the future and appreciate you checking us out! 

October 27-29, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia The Walking Dead Con: Meet the Stars on Halloween Weekend @ The Georgia World Congress Center Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tovah Feldshuh and former Walking Dead favorites like Emily Kenney, David Morrissey and Scott Wilson are just some of the stars scheduled to hit the annual Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta once again this year — and bonus, it’s happening over the three-day Halloween weekend. An unparalleled celebration of all things zombie and an exciting gathering for fans of The Walking Dead — which just happens to shoot nearby — Walker Stalker Con Atlanta boasts an absolutely unmatched lineup of panels, vendors, artists and autograph opportunities, and of course, encourages cosplay. Also set to appear are The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Candice Accola, along with horror-film legend Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street). Celebrity lineup is current at time of publication, but subject to change without notice. Children age 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Limit two children per paid adult. Autograph opportunities are not included and must be purchased separately at the event. Photo ops are on sale through the event website and at the event. Info: http://walkerstalkercon.com/atlanta.


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