When: August 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Woodruff Park
Cost: Free; costume parade registration is $15 (or $10 if you register by August 16)
Details: Unless your dog happens to also be your service animal, you can’t bring it to Dragon Con, no matter how cool its costume is. But never fear, Doggy Con is here with its own costume parade (with Teddy the Morkie as the grand marshal) and contest emceed by Mara Davis. Don’t skip out on a breakfast, buying toys and doggy treats at the event’s pet-centric vendors, or donating to the event’s school supply drive.
ABBA the Concert
When: August 16, 8 p.m.
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Details: If the Mamma Mia! sequel reignited your ABBA obsession, don’t miss this tribute band when they swing by Cobb County, promising to be “the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.”
Dinosaur Birthday Bash
When: August 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Cost: Free with museum admission
Details: This annual kid-friendly party celebrates the museum’s anniversary of their Giants of the Mesozoic exhibition and features snacks (chocolate chip cookies and applesauce), photo ops, temporary tattoos, and a chance to meet “Recyclosaurus,” a dinosaur made of recycled plastic.
Piedmont Park Arts Festival
When: August 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and August 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Details: The holidays are still about three months away, but if you pick up a gift for someone at this annual festival, which features sculpture, jewelry, photography, decorative glass, and more from more than 200 artists, you will thank yourself later. Trust us.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
When: August 19, 7 p.m.
Where: Chastain Park Ampitheatre
Details: It is impossible to resist the infectious energy of New Orleans jazz artist Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue. For this Sunday night party, he’s bringing a lineup of NOLA jazz bands including Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, so come prepared to dance.