Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival:
Artists, food trucks, children’s activities and acoustic music are all part of the annual festival (piedmontparkartsfestival.com) on Aug. 17 and 18. More than 100 local and regional crafters will show off and sell their work along the park’s winding walkways. On Saturday, the Piedmont Summer Sprint 5K will be held at 9:30 a.m. (register at active.com), while a Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. and an attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records as a human chain passes a hula-hoop. Information on both activities is at the event website.

Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival: Barbecue, music and beer are the hallmarks of the 13th annual festival (decaturbbqfestival.com) on Aug. 17 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Harmony Park in the Oakhurst neighborhood with the ‘que provided by Fox Brothers, Black Tie BBQ, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q and Miss P’s Kitchen. Bands will include Beverly Watson, Randall Bramblett, Larkin Poe and The Electromatics, Admission is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

German Bierfest: Cool off with some cold beer at the festival (GermanBierfest.com) in Downtown’s Woodruff Park on Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. Along with the beer, there will be authentic German food, activities for the kids, live music and more. Tickets include a commemorative glass and all the German beer you can safely consume. Tickets are $40.

(Courtesy Grant Park Summer Shade Festival)

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival: The 11th annual event (summershadefestival.org) will be held Aug. 24 and 25 will feature live music from Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, Michelle Malone, The Old Ceremony, New Madrid, The Wheeler Boys, James Hall, Cigar Store Indians, Roxy Watson, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and the Higher Chair. The weekend kicks off with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is available at adamsrealtors.com or onsite registration starts at 7 a.m. There will also be children’s activities, arts and crafts, food and more. The Grant Park Farmers Market will also be open on Sunday offering fresh foods and goods.

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.