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Events and Performances taking place this Month

Friday, August 10
Special Olympics Duck Pluck
Post Chastain Apartment's Pool
Contribute to a great cause with an opportunity to win great prizes! Support the 27,115 athletes in Georgia by adopting your duck. The event takes place Friday, August 10 at the Post Chastain Pool. Visit DuckRace.com/atlanta.

Saturday, August 11
Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass
Harmony Park in Oakhurst
The 18th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival takes place Saturday, August 11th and has a musical lineup that features something for everyone. Eight bands and two stages will include local, regional and national Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and Rock acts. Headlining this year's event is the Texas Blues Guitar Legend Chris Duarte. For more information visit Decaturbbqfestival.com.

Saturday, August 11
Atlanta Wine Festival
City Winery @ Ponce City Market
The second annual Atlanta Summer Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, August 11th. There will be two sessions to choose from: 12-4pm or 6-10pm. Sample over 50 wines as well as a selection of beer to choose from. There will be live music upstairs, DJ Q-tip downstairs, and City Winery will have food available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website the week of the event. Visit AtlantaWineFestivals.com.

Saturday, August 11
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center
Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Under his leadership, The Branford Marsalis Quartet, one of the most innovative and forward‚Äźthinking jazz ensembles around today, brings its considerable musical expertise to bear in the first ever concert performance in Byers Theatre. Visit CitySprings.com for tickets.

Sunday, August 12
The Electromatics
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Enjoy a date night in nature with the Sundays on the River concert series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The 2nd Sunday of each month through September. This month, dance with the jazz and blues sounds of The Electromatics. Show from 7-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Chattnaturecenter.org

August 14 - September 23
The Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop's Fables
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop's Fables offers classic stories and morals for young audiences. Featuring famous fables, such as "The Lion and the Mouse;" "Country Mouse and City Mouse;" "The Fox and the Crane;" "The Ant and the Grasshopper;" and "The Tortoise and the Hare;" the family-favorite musical show is sure to engage even the youngest family members. The performance includes life lessons presented as short stories in order to introduce these concepts to toddlers in a fun, comfortable and positive environment. Visit puppet.org for show listings and tickets.

Wednesday, August 15
Taste of Helen
Festhalle, Helen, GA
Take a short drive up to Helen, GA, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, for Taste of Helen. Enjoy culinary tastes from top area restaurants, live music and libations! Event takes place Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Go to helenchamber.com or call (770) 878-1908 for ticket information.

Saturday, August 25
I Am Free Music Festival
Heritage Sandy Springs Lawn
The atmosphere in Sandy Springs is going to be electrifying as the "I Am Free Music Festival" kicks off its inaugural ground breaking show this month. Enjoy culturally diverse music including Folk Jazz, NeoSoul, Afro-Trado Jazz, Raggae and R&B. This all-day event will feature live music, performance poetry, food trucks, vendors, and more. For tickets and information, visit IAmFreeMusicFestival.com.

Saturday, August 25
Departure: The Journey Tribute Band
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
Departure: The Journey Tribute Band rocks the Fred Amphitheater in Peachtree City this month. This is an epic tribute to one of the best rock bands of all time. Departure brings Journey's greatest hits to life. Only a 45 minute drive from Atlanta gets you to one of the coolest venues nestled in the woods. Other shows this season include: Phillip Phillips (September 8) and Yacht Rock Revue (September 28). Tickets may be purchased through the Fred website at amphitheater.org or by phone at 877-725-8849.

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