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Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival

If there are two things Georgians know, they are barbecue and peaches. Put those two together, and the flavors can be remarkable. That’s the goal of this festival, officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and recognized as a Georgia State Championship event. So expect to find plenty of serious food, from smoked meats to peach desserts and more. In between bites, check out the range of activities, including a zip line, the Weber Grill Academy Experience, a tropical island-themed kids’ zone and exhibits by more than 200 vendors. Both the entry and parking are free.

6-10 p.m. Aug. 21; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Free. Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714, www.pigsandpeaches.com.


Third Annual Music and Beer Festival

Summer isn’t officially over, so there’s still time to cool off with a few more brews. This festival and fundraiser features beer of all kinds, along with activities, games and crafts. Radio stations Rock 100.5 and Kicks 101.5 are hosting, so in addition to the good beer, expect to hear a range of music from Alex Hall, Luke Combs, Paris Luna and the Reluctant Saints. Proceeds from the festival benefit Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Tickets can be purchased in advance through FreshTix.com. One- and two-day passes are available.

6-11:30 p.m. Aug. 21; noon-11:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $10-$35. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Ga. 53 E., Dawsonville. 404-851-7768, www.dawsonvillemusicandbeerfestival.com.


Taste of Taiwan Festival

Celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day — also known as Qixi Festival — at the Taste of Taiwan. Visitors are invited to learn about the island’s culture and experience its cherished traditions. A big part of that is food, so be prepared to sample an array of Taiwanese food, including cong you bing (scallion pancakes) and ba-wan (think meatballs). Food demonstrations of fruit carvings and hand-pulled noodles, a cooking competition and folk dancing are also planned. Children under 42 inches get in free.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22. $5. Chinese Culture Center, 5377 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 770-451-4456, teco.org.

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