Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 Atlanta event picks for August

Nerds at Dragon Con, balloons at Callaway Gardens, and Janelle Monáe at the Tabernacle

Callaway Gardens Balloons

Illustration by Lindsay Mound

August 31-September 2
Callaway Gardens kicks off its annual family-friendly celebration of aeronautics on Friday as illuminated balloons fill the sky, followed by two days of tethered rides, photography courses, and nature activities.

Dragon Con

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

Dragon Con
August 30-September 3
The premier cosplay convention and 80,000 fans take over downtown hotels to party and hear from Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, Victor Garber of Alias, and dozens of sci-fi luminaries—plus pro-wrestling legend Ric Flair. Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event promises Instagrammable moments from geek culture.

Janelle Monáe

Photograph by Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Janelle Monáe
August 4-5
The enigmatic and multitalented R&B singer and actress closes out her 28-date tour in support of her image-changing album, Dirty Computer, at the Tabernacle in front of a hometown crowd.

Summer Shade Festival
August 25-26
Grant Park morphs into a haven for foodies, runners, and everyone looking to end the month with a classic outdoor festival. Proceeds support the conservancy that helps maintain and improve Atlanta’s oldest park.

David Cross

Photograph by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

David Cross
August 11
Fresh off a fifth season as Dr. Tobias Fünke in Netflix’s irreverent Arrested Development, the Emmy Award–winning comedian (and Atlanta native) appears at Atlanta Symphony Hall for his David Cross: Oh Come On tour.

This article appears in our August 2018 issue.