What just happened? Was that blur of registrations, practices, birthday parties, and jam-packed weekends really August? And it’s almost over? Whoa. Time, slow down! This weekend, take a minute to chill at the Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park, or maybe ease into a more relaxed state of mind at a free Friday night jazz concert in Atlantic Station. From story times to sing-a-longs, this weekend is all about reclaiming some of this crazy month before it’s gone. Read on to find out how.

Hammock Day – July 22

Photo: Marissa Mullen

Grant Park 

Summer Shade Festival
Celebrate Atlanta’s oldest park at the 14th annual Summer Shade Festival at Grant Park. Your littles will love the live music, kids zone, storytellers, puppet show, and crafts, and you’ll love trolling the artist market. Sat. and Sun. Event details.


Story Time in the Garden
Head to the Garden on Saturdays from May to September to hear stories of nature, explorations, and whimsy, read by the Garden’s most beloved storytellers. Sat. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Free Friday Night Jazz on the Lawn
Head to Atlantic Station for Friday Night Jazz, complete with local musicians to liven up Central Park with tunes perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss this last one of the year! Fri. Event details.


Great Southern Food Truck Rally 
The food trucks are getting rowdy, y’all. Head to the Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park to purchase sample-sized or full meal options from more than 40 food trucks from around the South. The $10 general admission price pays for your access to local live music, lawn games, and more. Sat. Event details.

Free Infantry and Civilian Civil War Demonstration 
Head out to Kennesaw Mountain for live firing demonstrations and a look at Civil War civilian life at the Kennesaw Mountain. Sun. Event details.


Boogie with Big Bang Boom!
Shake off the back-to-school blues with Big Bang Boom’s high impact, high energy performance that gets kids (and their parents) up and moving. This rockin’ 3-piece power pop band will play their original music that mixes alt-rock, hip-hop, punk, and country, along with an array of Big Bang Boom-ified classic tunes. Fri. Event details.


Don’t Miss a Princess Sing-a-long and Storytime at the Aurora Theatre
Atlanta’s Premiere Princess Party Company dazzles at Aurora Theatre with all of your favorite princess characters—who sing and share stories—at this squeal-worthy interactive event. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Don’t be shy. Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey