This weekend's Atlanta Meatball Festival serves up meaty bites from over 20 of Atlanta's best chefs.
Photo: Samantha Shal Photography
Photo: Samantha Shal Photography

Your guide to Atlanta's weekend festivals

It's the last weekend of the month and it's also one of the biggest for festivals and events. Can you go to them all? We dare you to try. 

The Cork Puller's Beer, Wine, & Spirits Tour (Aug. 29)

Where: Candler Park in Atlanta
When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Event Description: Enjoy a celebration of beer, wine and spirits during this adults-only event. Food trucks, vendors, games and live music complete the experience. Your ticket includes all your beverage sampling.
Parking: Candler Park is notorious for its lack of surrounding parking. Plan on taking MARTA, Uber or walking.
Tickets: $45 per person in advance, $55 per person at the door
Expert Advice: Arrive at the festival fully hydrated so your day in the sun doesn't get cut short by hydration. Blankets, backpacks and one unopened bottle of water per person are allowed.

Imagine Music Festival (Aug. 29-30)

Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park, Clear Creek Basin in Atlanta
When: Saturday at 12 p.m. to Sunday at 10 p.m.
Event Description: The two-day music festival features cirque-style performers taking the stage alongside musicians, bands and DJs.. Art installations and vendors complete the festival experience.
Parking: Don't count on getting a parking spot anywhere near the festival location. Go ahead and plan on taking public transportation, walking on the Beltline or requesting an Uber.
Tickets: This event is ticketed. Get your tickets online ahead of time from an authorized seller to ensure you get in.
Expert Advice: Be ready for a long day in the hot sun. Be hydrated when you get to the festival to ensure you make it through the day.

Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' (Aug. 30)

Where: Roswell Square in Roswell
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Event Description: Ready! Set! Taste! More than 100 flavors of ice cream will be on hand for tasting while live music plays and kids occupy themselves in the Kids Korner.
Parking: Parking is permitted at Roswell First Baptist at 710 Mimosa Boulevard, a short distance from the festival site.
Tickets: Admission is $6 per person. Families can pay a set price of $20 for up to six people.
Expert Advice: Get there early to have access to the best flavors and shortest lines.

Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chili Fest (Aug. 30)

Where: Taqueria del Sol's Westside Provisions District parking lot in Atlanta
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Event Description: Food stations featuring a Hatch Chile-inspired menu created by chef Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol and Pitmasters Jonathan and Just Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q., beer, cocktails and live music are ready to welcome guests
Parking: Your best bets for parking are the Taqueria del Sol lot or the Westside Provisions District deck or lots on the other side of the WSPD complex.
Tickets: Tickets are $25 per person and include food and entertainment. Beverages are sold separately.
Expert Advice: Plan on not easily finding parking. Take Uber or ride with friends.

Atlanta Meatball Festival (Aug. 30)

Where: Belle Isle Square, Sandy Springs
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Event Description: More restaurants and a better layout are the hallmarks of this year's festival. Your ticket includes meatball and limoncello tastings.
Parking: Lot parking is available and some street parking on Belle Isle Road.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Expert Advice: For the best parking, arrive early. Be sure to bring cash for drinks.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival (Aug. 29-30)

Where: Grant Park, Atlanta
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Event Description: A celebration of music and art takes over Grant Park this weekend as the family-friendly Grant Park Summer Shade Festival presents live music, art and food vendors, a kids zone with crafts and more.
Parking: Anyone driving to Grant Park for the festival will have to complete with the Zoo crowd for parking around the park.
Tickets: This festival is free to attend; no tickets required.
Expert Advice: Bring a blanket and a friend to this festival where you'll want to spend time relaxing in whatever shade you can find.

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