When: September 7–8
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: Single day: $75; 2-day: $149
Detail: For its 10th anniversary, this downtown music festival is pulling out all the stops with an A-list lineup that includes Gucci Mane, Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd, Pharrell, Usher, Tory Lanez, Three 6 Mafia, DMX, Ari Lennox, Busta Rhymes, and T-Pain, among many others.
When: September 4–15
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
Detail: The Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City presents this bilingual telling of three Mexican folktales, performed by some adorable animal hand-and-rod puppets. The show is aimed at kids aged 4 and older, and tickets include the opportunity for children to make their own rabbit rod puppet.
Crafted by Collabarét: ATL Edition
When: September 6, 7 p.m.
Where: SweetWater Brewing Co.
Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the door
Detail: Collabarét, a New York-based events group, is stopping by Atlanta for a one-night artist showcase at SweetWater’s Armour Yards brewery. Expect live music from artists including Wiley from Atlanta, Kashii, and Blanko; a fashion show, live ceramics, live tattooing, local artwork, and of course, craft beer. Each ticket includes a pour of Collabarét IPA, which blends four different SweetWater IPAs with white grape juice.
Atlanta Craft Cocktail Festival
When: September 7, 6–10 p.m.
Where: City Winery
Detail: With more than 20 craft cocktails for you to sip on, this festival features local distilleries including Old Fourth Distillery and ASW Distillery. Pair your cocktail with pork wraps, charcuterie, salmon cake sliders, and other food while enjoying live music. Beer and wine are also available.
The Optimist End of Summer Luau
When: September 8, 3–8 p.m.
Where: The Optimist
Detail: Known for its stylishly nautical seafood, the Optimist is sending off summer (albeit a few weeks early) in tropical Hawaiian fashion. Expect a pig roast, blue point oysters, pork sliders, shrimp, tuna, tiki-inspired cocktails, and even fire dancers. Tickets include food and two drinks.