Well, football fans, your time is almost here again. But summer still has a little something left, especially in Atlanta, where August goes out in a bang with some major events and festivals on Labor Day. Here are the events near rail stations to make the most of the last days of summer. Keep in mind that it is good to purchase fares in advance of major events, and with several transit-accessible events taking place over the holiday weekend, MARTA should see more riders than normal. On Labor Day, MARTA will be operating on a Sunday schedule, so plan accordingly. Have fun!
Atlanta Falcons Preseason
Aug. 8 and 23
Football fans will enjoy the return of NFL in August, if just the preseason games. The Falcons play against the Dolphins and the Titans at the Dome. With the new football stadium site under construction, don't miss the last few opportunities to enjoy a direct connect from MARTA to football central.
Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival
Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival
There's no better time for barbecue or a cold drink than in the middle of August. Atlantic Station has you covered with their yearly Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival. In addition to 50 barbecue teams, the events features live music, kids area and a bourbon experience. Tickets are only $6 in advance and $10 the day of.
Saturday, Aug. 23
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 23, head to Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta for German beer, food and music. Tickets are $40 before Aug. 15, then go up to $45. There is also a great deal for designated drivers -- only $10 admission (but obviously, no beer).
Decatur Book Festival
AJC Decatur Book Festival
Every Labor Day weekend you can get your literary fill in downtown Decatur at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. Activities include famous author presentations along with a book market and street fair. The event takes place directly above the Decatur MARTA station on the blue rail line, and is free to the public.
Aug. 29 - Sept. 1
If you're in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, you can see everything geeky and freaky at Dragon*Con, a major sci-fi and fantasy convention. Even if you don't attend any of the organized sessions, the parade is infamous (Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. outside the Peachtree Center station), and enjoying dinner or drinks downtown provides plenty of people watching.