School may be back in session, but there’s still more festival fun to be had before summer ends. From arts and crafts to music and food, there’s something in August for everyone.

Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
Locals fondly remember the old Piedmont Park Arts Festival and now the name is being reclaimed for a new festival to be held Aug. 20 20-21.

Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which also puts on festival in Buckhead, Chastain Park and most recently on Ponce, the two-day event will feature more than 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters.

The festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children’s play area and food and beverages with healthy alternatives.

“The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and Craft festival is bringing back a beloved tradition to Atlanta’s arts community,” said organizer Randall Fox. “We’re placing an emphasis on showcasing outstanding artists from right here in Georgia.”

Admission to the festival is free. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking will be available in the Piedmont Park deck, but organizers encourage visitors to take MART, walk or bike to the festival. For more details, visit. piedmontparkartsfestival.com.


The Gant Park Summer Shade Festival  and Corks & Forks

The 9th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is Aug. 27 and 28, and 20,000-plus attendees are expected.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. is the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park (more details on Page ?). The artist market will be open from 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. Live entertainment also revs up at 10 a.m. and will continue to  11 p.m. and a children’s fun center opens at 11 a.m.

Also, back by popular demand is Corks & Forks — A Fine Food and Wine Event, which will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Atlanta’s top chefs will offer specialty items and participants will be able to taste some of the coolest wines and ales on the Atlanta market. Corks & Forks is a ticketed event with a limited number of tickets available $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Saturday and Sunday tickets sold separately.

The event is planned and coordinated by the Grant Park Conservancy, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Inc., and Adams Realtors. Proceeds from the event benefit the Grant Park Conservancy and its efforts to restore the historic green space. For more information, visit gpconservancy.org.


Festival Peachtree Latino

The multicultural festival will be held in Piedmont Park on Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring exhibitions, sporting events, family activities, arts and crafts, food and live music.

Performing live on stage will be Jessica Fox, Paty Alvarez, Huey Dunbar IV, AB Quintanilla All Starz and Kinito Mendez.

There will more than 25 booths offering food and the Kid’s Zone will have giant inflatables, games and more. Exhibitors will offer souvenirs, interactive displays, djs and a soccer demonstration. For more details, visit festivalpeachtreelatino.com.


German Bierfest

If you like to combine your festival fun with a little beer, the German Bierfest at Woodruff Park in Downtown is right up your alley. The event is Aug. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the gate.

Attendees can drink all the beer they can safely consume and designated drivers get in free. There will also be a driver service on hand for those who over-indulge.

More than 20 beers will be available from brewers like Kapuziner, Dinkel Acker, Beck’s, Tucher, Weihenstephan and many more.

There will be entertainment by Jacob Herzog and the Barvarian Express and more bands to be announced. For a complete line-up of beers and music, visit germanbierfest.com.


Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

If you want some ‘que and stew mixed with great music, head to the 11th annual Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 20. The event will be held in Harmony Park from 4 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 online or $15 the day of the festival. Kids 10 and under get in free. No outside coolers will permitted on site.

The food will be provided by Community Q and Fox Bros. with cold beer from Fat Tire Amber Ale, Mothership Organic Wit, Ranger IPA and New Belgium.

Live music will be provided by Spanky and The Love Handles, Will Scruggs, Flat Rock, Dappled Gray and Wasted Potential.

The festival is presented by three non-profit groups: the Community Center of South Decatur, the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and the Decatur Recreation Department. All proceeds of the festival will be invested directly into the Decatur community. For more information, visit decaturbbqfestival.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.