5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 16-22

A dinosaur birthday party, Hatch green chile festival, and, oh yeah, did you hear there’s an eclipse?
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Comedian and actor Scott Adsit performs at Dad's Garage this weekend.

Photograph by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Scott Adsit at Dad’s Garage
Where:
Dad’s Garage
When: August 18 and 19, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Price: $25
Details: The comedian, best known for his roles in 30 Rock and Big Hero 6, performs two nights of improv with the Dad’s Garage crew.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Where:
Piedmont Park
When: August 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; August 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free
Details: It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping—this festival features hundreds of artists selling jewelry, photography, paintings, pottery, leather work, and more. Even if you’re not shopping, enjoy the live music and typical festival food fare.

Dinosaur Birthday Bash
Where:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
When: August 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: Adults: $18, children aged 3-12: $16
Details: Fernbank’s annual family-friendly party celebrates the museum’s massive Argentinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Anhanguera, and Pterodaustro dinosaurs. Kids can play dino-themed games, go on special indoor digs, and play in giant bubbles outside.

Foxeria del Sol
Where: Taqueria del Sol Howell Mill
When: August 20, 4 to 8 p.m.
Price: $35
Details: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Taqueria del Sol’s annual festival features unlimited samplings of dishes made with New Mexican Hatch green chiles—everything from tamales to chicken wings to brownies. All proceeds benefit Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit that funds pediatric brain cancer services.

The total solar eclipse
Where:
Across the U.S.
When: August 21, 2:35 p.m.
Price: Free
Details: In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, the moon will block out the sun for a moment on Monday. The best nearby place to watch is in the Northeast Georgia mountains, but if you’re staying here in Atlanta, there are several watch parties, including at Park Tavern, Skyline Park, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and more.

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