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Can’t-Miss Events this August

August is right around the corner—make the most of the last few weeks of “Hotlanta” season by hitting up five sizzlin’ events happening next month.

Models strut their stuff at Jeffrey Fashion Cares.

1. Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
Bringing back the tradition of Atlanta’s art community, this two-day outdoor event in Midtown welcomes all art-loving ATLiens to immerse themselves in serious local creativity and fun via live music, vendors, food trucks, craft brews and more. Aug. 17–18, free, 1215 Piedmont Ave., 404.845.0793, piedmontparkartsfestival.com

2. Wild on the Rocks
Head to Grant Park and see your furry and exotic friends while enjoying some great music and a comped beverage at this Atlanta Zoo soiree. Stroll through the park, and see a special evening exhibit viewing and keeper presentation—this month’s theme is “Otters and Old Fashioneds.” Aug. 8, $20, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, 404.624.9453, zooatlanta.org

3. German Bierfest
German food? German beer? German music? Ja bitte. Stop by Downtown’s Woodruff Park to embrace the Deutsche culture—and party down, of course. A ticket gets you plenty of beer, a sampling glass and unlimited games and activities. Aug. 24, $40, 91 Peachtree St. NE, 877.725.8849, germanbierfest.com

4. Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Kicked off with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, this fun festival never loses its fast pace. With an extensive roster of live musicians (past acts have included The Whiskey Gentry and Jimmy Galloway) and artists, you won’t want to miss out. Aug. 24–25, free, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, 404.521.0938, summershadefestival.org

5. Jeffrey Fashion Cares
A high-end runway show and live auction, plus a killer after-party, all benefiting a good cause? Sign us up! This year, Jeffrey Kalinsky will hold Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Downtown’s American Cancer Society Center, with proceeds supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Atlanta AIDS Fund. Guests can enjoy pre-show cocktails before the hottest looks from designers like Prada and Balenciaga hit the catwalk. Aug. 26, from $500, 250 Williams St., 404.420.2997, jeffreyfashioncares.com