The weather in Atlanta isn’t the only thing that’s gonna be hot this weekend! With a film festival, artsy adventures in Grant Park, and family-friendly fun, the city’s events calendar is on fire.
This weekend also brings a wild combo of trap sushi to the High Museum, an Atlanta United match at the Benz, and a laid-back one-day festival celebrating the coolest corner of Ponce.
Here’s the lowdown on Atlanta’s weekend extravaganza:
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Illuminarium After Dark | Beyonce
If you didn’t get enough of Queen B last weekend, head to the Illuminarium on Friday night for an electrifying night celebrating Beyoncé. Get ready to dance, sing, and immerse yourself in the magic!
Location: East Atlanta at Illuminarium Atlanta - 550 Somerset Terrace NE; Time: 6:30 p.m. to midnight; Date: Friday, Aug. 25; Admission: $35; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
Cobb County International Festival
Dive into global culture at the Cobb County International Festival on Saturday. Enjoy music, dance, food, crafts, and more. Free admission and parking.
Location: Cobb at Jim R. Miller Park & Event Center - 2245 Callaway Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008; Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
Atlanta United FC vs. Nashville SC
Score big excitement at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this Saturday night! Catch Atlanta United FC vs. Nashville SC in a soccer showdown while enjoying the electrifying atmosphere of a live match.
Location: Downtown at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - 1 AMB Dr NW; Time: 7:30 p.m., Date: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: $20+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
Trap Sushi Pop Up
Indulge in a unique fusion of Atlanta and Japanese pop culture at the High Museum’s Trap Sushi pop-up event. Savor Chef Doni’s delectable sushi creations and sip signature cocktails. Dive into gaming, catch DJ Lachii’s beats, and explore the exclusive Samurai exhibition.
Location: Midtown at the High Museum of Art - 1280 Peachtree St NE; Time: 6-9 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: $45; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
Georgia Plant Swap + Sale
Plant parents: Trade plants and seeds, or purchase your next green baby in a lively indoor and outdoor event this Saturday at Buds Coffee Shop in Forest Park . Don’t miss this green-thumb gathering!
Location: Forest Park at Buds Coffee Shop - 16 Forest Pkwy Admin building 1, Forest Park, GA 30297; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
College Football Hall of Fame Football Fest
On Saturday, gather the fam! Experience Football Fest & Free Day at The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Enjoy DJs, inflatables, games, prizes, and more.
Location: Downtown at College Football Hall of Fame - 250 Marietta St NW; Time: 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
National Dog Day Party
Eventide Brewing is rolling out the red carpet for four-legged friends with brews, treats, and pup-centric activities for National Dog Day on Saturday! Enjoy Bark ‘n Brews, Hops & Flow Dog Yoga, Rescue Dog Cafe, Pup Portraits, and more. Plus, meet Dunkin the Frenchie, the stylish emcee for the event. Show your pup love and donate to PAWS Atlanta for free beer.
Location: East Atlanta at Eventide Brewing - 1015 Grant St SE; Time: Noon to 8 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26; Admission: Free; Website: eventidebrewing.com
Summer Shade Festival
This Saturday and Sunday, join the Grant Park Conservancy Summer Shade Festival for its 21st year. Groove to live music, explore an artist’s market, savor local bites, and enjoy family fun!
Location: East Atlanta at Grant Park - 840 Cherokee Ave SE; Time and Date: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival
Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the Fox Theatre’s Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival! Join a sing-along to “Frozen” or relive the nostalgia of “The Sandlot.” Experience these films on an awe-inspiring 26-by-56-foot screen, beneath the Theatre’s signature sky of stars and clouds. Visit events.accessatlanta.com for more details including the schedule.
Location: Midtown at the Fox Theatre - 660 Peachtree St NE; Time: Various showings; Date: Saturday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Aug. 31; Admission: $15; Website: events.accessatlanta.com
On Sunday, Southern Star Tattoo is bringing back its annual celebration on Ponce’s coolest corner. Tattoo specials, live music, freebies, and more. With the announced development plans for the area, the 13th annual Ponce Fest just might be the last like it. So grab a friend, and come party like it’s the last time out on Ponce.
Location: East Atlanta at Southern Star Tattoo - 736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; Time: Noon til late; Date: Sunday, Aug. 27; Admission: Free; Website: facebook.com