The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival will be held Aug. 23-24 at Adams Park in Kennesaw. Credit: Christopher Nowak/city of Kennesaw
Photo: Christopher Nowak/Presto Photography
Photo: Christopher Nowak/Presto Photography

Things to do in and around Atlanta: Aug. 23-31

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

“Cyclorama: The Big Picture.” Featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta.” $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our podcast on the restoration of the Cyclorama

“Barbecue Nation.” Through Sept. 29. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. pigsandpeaches.com.

16th Annual German Bierfest. 2-7 p.m. Aug. 24. $35. Woodruff Park, 70 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. germanbierfest.com.

ATL Wine + Spirits Fest. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 24. $49-$59. The Promenade at Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta. atlwineandspiritsfest.com.

Crush Fest Food & Wine Festival. Yonah Mountain Vineyards, a 197-acre family winery, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual celebration of the harvest season, as the winery celebrates with wine tastings, live music, food trucks, an artisan market and the Festival’s signature event – a traditional barefoot grape stomping. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 24. $45; $40 in advance; general admission without the wine tastings is $25 and children under 16 are admitted for free. Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Ga. 255 S., Cleveland. yonahmountainvineyards.com.

Atlanta Tacos & Margs Crawl. Participating venues include City Tap Atlanta, Takorea, MidiCi, Taco Mac and more. Venues will have live entertainment and professional photography, and guests can download the event’s app to win giveaways. VIP tickets include early entry, access to an unlimited taco bar for an hour and margarita tastings. Noon Aug. 24. $19.99; $49.99 for VIP. 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. barcrawlnation.com/atlanta.

Slow Food Atlanta’s Ice Cream Social. The flavors will feature seasonal ingredients grown by local farmers from the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Remember to bring your own spoon. 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $20; $25 at the door; $5 for children and $10 at the door. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. slowfoodatlanta.org/icecreamsocial.

Summer Shade Festival. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 24; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Free. Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. summershadefestival.org.

Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 25. $55-$75. The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. southernwingshowdown.com.

Festival Peachtree Latino. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 25. Free. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta. festivalpeachtreelatinoatl.com.

Dragon Con. 85,000 attendees are expected to take over the five host hotels and the AmericasMart buildings No. 1 and No. 2. The weekend-long festivities include the famed parade, panels, vendors, gaming and so much more. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. $160; daily memberships $15-$50. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Atlanta. dragoncon.org.

AJC Decatur Book Festival. The biggest book festival in Atlanta and one of the biggest in the country, the 14th annual event will bring hundreds of authors to downtown Decatur and will attract up to 80,000 attendees. 5-10 p.m. Aug. 30; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 31; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 1. Downtown Decatur, 101 E Court Square, Decatur. decaturbookfestival.com.

Taste of Soul Festival Atlanta. Noon-9 p.m., Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Free. Atlanta’s West Downtown, 10 Northside Drive at N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. tasteofsoulatlanta.com.

Pamela Gold (left, as Elizabeth Arden) and Mary Nye Bennett (as Helena Rubinstein) co-star in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre musical “War Paint.” CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: For the AJC

PERFORMING ARTS

“War Paint.” Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this musical about the professional rivalry between cosmetics icons Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.Through Sept. 1. $38-$68. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (at the Cobb Civic Center), 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 404-377-9948. atlantalyrictheatre.com.

»»RELATED: Read our review of “War Paint”

“The True Story of Pocahontas.” Through Sept. 1. $13-$25. Serenbe Playhouse, 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

“Sweet Water Taste.” Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousin, Charlie Beckford, and demands to be buried in the “family cemetery.” Through Aug. 25. $27-$35. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. horizontheatre.com.

“Head Over Heels.” This musical romp, featuring the songs of the Go-Gos and Belinda Carlisle, follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom. Through Aug. 25. $20-$40. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-607-7469, actors-express.com.

»»RELATEDRead our review of “Head Over Heels”

"Spring Awakening." The Tony Award-winning coming-of-age musical. Through Aug. 24. $18-$24. OnStage Atlanta, 3041 N. Decatur Road, Scottdale. onstageatlanta.com.

“Children of Eden.” This musical about love, family and the power of forgiveness revisits the book of Genesis with music by Stephen Schwartz. Through Sept. 1. $24-$60. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

“Babyshower for the Antichrist” and “Slaying Holofernes.” In rotating repertory through Aug. 25. $10-$25. Essential Theatre at West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta. essentialtheatre.com.

“The Jungle Book.” Through Sept. 29. $18-$25. Serenbe Playhouse, 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

"Our Town" and "The Laramie Project." Theatrical Outfit brings together two American classics, performing them in repertory with the same cast. Aug. 27-Sept. 29 ("Our Town" begins Aug. 27; "The Laramie Project" on Sept. 10). $15-$45. Theatrical Outfit, Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678-528-1500, theatricaloutfit.org.

The Adventure Zone podcast. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $37.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

My Brother, My Brother & Me podcast. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $37.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Jeezy will perform at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Aug. 23.
Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Akili-Casundria Ramsess

MUSIC

The Molly Ringwalds. 8 p.m. Aug. 23. $17.50-$20. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Jeezy. 9 p.m. Aug. 23. $63. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Vampire Step-dad, Watch Out for Snakes, Frisky Monkey. 9 p.m. Aug. 23. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

The Dirty Guv’nahs. 8 p.m. Aug. 23-24. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Distinct Grace with Doc Todd. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $15. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Aaron Lewis. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. $50. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, Deniece Williams. 8 p.m. Aug. 23. $74-$204. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Marco Antonio Solis. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. $39.50-$129. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. infiniteenergycenter.com.

Mike Farris. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. $25. Under the Stars in Serenbe, 837 Middleton Way, Chattahoochee Hills. chatthillsmusic.com.

A Pale Horse Named Death. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $13. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

5th Annual Streetzfest with 2 Chainz. The lineup also includes Jacquees, Yella Beezy, Megan Thee Stallion, Money Bagg Yo, Lightskin Keisha, Lil Keed, Trouble, Saweetie, Skooly, YFN Lucci, Pop Lord, Flipp Dinero. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. $31-$130. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Googoosh & Martik. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $55-$175. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Lil Duval. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. $49.50-$65. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Red Zeppelin. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Truckstop Confidential, Boxcar Radio, Slim Chance & the Convicts. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Mary J. Blige, Nas. 8 p.m. Aug. 26. $40.99-$299. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Against the Fold, The Bea Arthurs, Caleb’s Mountain. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Kindo. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $12. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Mark Rose, Ryan Dunson, Matthew Schwartz in the round, Bluprint, City Under Siege, Part Time Poet. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Vertical Horizon. 8 p.m. Aug. 26. $30-$40. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Vampire Weekend, including Brian Robert Jones (left) and Ezra Koenig will play the Fox Theatre on Aug. 27, 2019. 
Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Vampire Weekend. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $35.75-$124.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Salman Khan. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $39-$500. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Mon Laferte. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $35-$50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Why? 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $16-$19. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

The Adicts. 8 p.m. Aug. 29. $20-$35. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Arrested Development. 8 p.m. Aug. 29-30. $25-$40. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Charlie Wilson. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $45-$65. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Strangelove: The Depeche Mode Experience. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $20-$25. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Rezur. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Oso Oso. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $14. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Trashclub, Willie & the Bandits, Soda Jerks. 9 p.m. Aug. 30. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

The Barefoot Movement. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $25. Serenbe, 9015 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. chatthillsmusic.com.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $12. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Hot Tuna. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $31-$51. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Brian Kelley (left) and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line accept the Top Country Song award for 'Meant to Be' onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $65-$149. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Glass Cannon. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $30. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Valerie June. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 $21-$25. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

The Whispers, Ruben Studdard, Evelyn “Champagne” King. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $41-$58. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. mablehouse.org.

VISUAL ARTS

“Refuge or Refusal.” Created by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University in 2018, this exhibit is a view into five key moments which emerged as turning points in U.S. immigration policy. Through Sept. 12. Free. Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. dekalblibrary.org.

“Any Great Change: The Centennial of the 19th Amendment.” Commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Through Jan. 31, 2021. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

“Spotlight on Artists: Group 6.” Works by Anne Labaire, Brenda Ehly, Carole Chalmers, John Fronza, Paul DiRito and Sharon Boudreaux. Through Sept. 7. Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. 770-840-9844, kudzuartzone.org.

“Kaleidoscope Katrantzou: Mary Katrantzou, 10 Years in Fashion.” Through Sept. 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Labor Day. $5-$20. SCAD FASH, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-3132, scadfash.org.

»»RELATED: Read our review of “Kaleidoscope Katrantzou”

“Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.” This exhibition explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons. It includes guitars played by Bo Diddley, Kurt Cobain, James Hetfield, Jack White and St. Vincent. Through Sept. 29. $4-$10. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. museumofdesign.org.

“Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn From Atlanta.” Through Sept. 29. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400, www.high.org.

Georgia Working Artist Project exhibitions. Krista Clark, through Aug. 24. Myra Greene, Sept. 11-Nov. 2. Cosmo Whyte, Nov. 16-Jan. 11. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta. 404-367-8700, www.mocaga.org.

“Recent Drawings.” Through Aug. 31. Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-817-3300, www.sandlerhudson.com.

»»RELATED: Learn more about the three shows above in this roundup

“The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children.” Through Sept 15. $14.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

“Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin.” Through Nov. 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $14.50, ages 6 and older; free for children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

»»RELATED: Read our review of the High Museum’s “Strange Light”

“Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic.” Explore how Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created “The Dark Crystal’s” mythical world of Thra. Museum admission is $12.50, but it’s free with a ticket to the Center’s Family Series shows. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

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