Chris Duarte Group

Decatur BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
A day of live music (including headlining Chris Duarte Group) and barbecue from local restaurants is set for Aug. 11. Information: decaturbbqfestival.com.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival
More than 200 artists will be featured at this year’s event on Aug. 18 and 19 along with live music, food, kid’s area and more. Information: piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Live music, food, an artists market, kid’s zone, and 5K race will feature at the 16th annual event Aug. 25-26. Information: summershadefestival.org.

Peter Capaldi from Doctor Who

DragonCon
Sci-fi and fantasy fans will converge on Downtown Aug. 30-Sept. 3 for the annual parade, special guests (including Peter Capaldi from “Doctor Who”), cosplay and more. Information: dragoncon.org.

Decatur Book Festival
Hundreds of authors (including Armistead Maupin and Kenny Leon) will descend on Decatur Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for a weekend of readings, panels and book signings. Information: decaturbookfestival.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.