Things to do in August around Atlanta

Things to do in August around Atlanta
Here are some more photos from the Caffeine & Octane car show. It's the first Sunday of every month at Perimeter Mall. (Nelson Hicks)

In any other year, this month would be full of concerts, live events, festivals and thousands of other fun things to do.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19 hanging around, the number of local events has been drastically reduced.

But that doesn’t mean everything has been canceled. Here are some things to do around Atlanta in August. But with things changing so quickly, please confirm the event is still happening before attending.

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July 31- Aug. 2

This famous track has always delivered some of the best motorcycle racing of the season. Immerse yourself with Friday qualifying and two full weekend days of racing in close proximity to the motorcycles and racers themselves with our open race paddock. Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.

Saturday, Aug. 1

Don’t Drink and Drive... Drink and ride! Hop on the Marietta Beer bus at any Marietta craft alcohol manufacturer from 2-8:00 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month to enjoy a free shuttle to all six. Stops include Shezmu Cellars, Schoolhouse Brewing, Red Hare Brewing, Ironmonger Brewing, Treehorn Cider and Glover Park Brewery.

The year’s most popular exhibit is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants.

Spiked seltzer lovers are invited to celebrate the most sought after fizzy drinks at Park Tavern’s Seltzer Fest. Festival goers will have the opportunity to sample countless frosty seltzers while overlooking Piedmont Park. Singer and songwriter Bradley Cole Smith, a fixture in the Atlanta music scene who has shared the stage with numerous artists including Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Taj Mahal, Dwight Yoakum and Jerry Jeff Walker, will be on hand to provide live entertainment throughout the inaugural Seltzer Festival.

Sunday, Aug. 2

North America’s largest monthly car show resumes at Perimeter Mall. British cars will be highlighted at this month’s show. The show is FREE to attend.

Monday, Aug. 3

Punchline Comedy Night returns to Avalon, the mixed-use destination in Alpharetta. The monthly hilarious shows will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. To attend, guests must purchase a $15 ticket in advance, which will reserve a social distancing ring in the plaza for up to two attendees.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 7-8

Join Dad’s Garage for a special online extravaganza brought to you by the crew at Dad’s Garage. They will celebrate the many successes, goofs, laughs, locations, partnerships, and Scum Box penalties from their 25 years of making people laugh. Since they can’t celebrate in person, they’ve decided to host 25 hours straight of live streaming -- one hour for every year they’ve been yukking it up! The online event will be filled with people from the past, special improv shows, commentary with live broadcasts, late night telethons and so much more!

Your local favorites have been busy at home, and it’s time to show off what they’ve been working on!

Sunday, Aug. 9

Second Sundays returns to the High Museum. That means FREE entry to the museum. Access will be limited to online advanced timed-ticket reservations.

Weekly

Wednesdays

Head to the Roof at Ponce City Market to catch classic movies with great views.

Drive-In Live, Avalon.
Drive-In Live, Avalon. (Raftermen)

Fridays

The community is invited to hop in their cars and head to Avalon, the Alpharetta mixed-use destination, to experience “Drive-In Live,” Alpharetta’s drive-in concert.

Saturdays

Head to Lake Lanier and enjoy some time on the water. The cruise includes six drink tickets for a variety of margaritas and light appetizers including the perfect pairing with margaritas - chips and salsa!

Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, desserts, bread, sauces and soap while enjoying music.

Fridays & Saturdays

Catch some classic movies from the comfort of your car in Roswell. This week, it’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday and Jumanji on Saturday night.

Daily

The Generous Pour invites guests to sample as many wines as they wish from a selection of seven distinctive labels as they dine. The wine experience is $28 with dinner. The offering is a way for wine enthusiasts to further master their knowledge and discover new labels and pairings.