By Debra Bryant

School may be back in session this month, but summer is far from over. Festival fever is still in the air with events in Grant Park, Piedmont Park and something for the beer and barbecue lovers as well.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

The 10th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will be held Aug. 25 and 26 and will be jam-packed with fun for all ages. The weekend kicks off with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is available at or onsite registration starts at 7 a.m.

The artist market will be set up both days and there will be live music throughout the weekend. The Kid Zone will feature storytellers, puppet shows, art activities, climbing wall, bungee jump and more.

Also part of the weekend is Corks & Forks, a ticketed two-day event with food sampling, wine/ale tasting and cooking demonstrations. Admission for Corks & Forks is $35 for one day or $60 for two.

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Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival

Artists, food trucks and music are all part of the annual Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 100 local and regional crafters will show off and sell their work along the park’s winding walkways. The event will include acoustic music, arts, crafts, a children’s area, and local foods and beverages.

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Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

If you want some great music to help wash you’re your barbecue and beer, then mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will be held at Harmony Park in the Oakhurst neighborhood with the ‘que provide by Fox Bros. Music will come courtesy of Mama’s Blue Dress, Deja Bluegrass, Heather Luttrell and Roxy Watson. Admission is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

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9th Annual German Bierfest

Cool off with some cold beer in the middle of Downtown as the German Bierfest takes over Woodruff Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Along with the beer, there will be authentic German food, activities for the kids, live music and more. Tickets include a commemorative glass and all the German beer you can safely consume. Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door. No pets, please.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.