#BeDowntown for These Weekend Events: August 26-28

It’s another great weekend to be Downtown, no matter what your interests are. Don't forget that you can get around Downtown by bike, by public transportation, by ride share, and by your own two feet! Event description copy provided by the venues.

1. Drake & Future Summer Sixteen Tour, Philips Arena, Friday @ 6:30 p.m.

Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Drake will launch the DRAKE SUMMER SIXTEEN TOUR WITH FUTURE AND SPECIAL GUESTS in support of his brand new album, View. They play their second show in Atlanta tonight at 6:30 p.m. Philips Arena is MARTA-accessible, so you can leave the car at home.

2. International Vulture Awareness Day, Zoo Atlanta, Saturday @ 11:00 a.m.

Zoos and conservation organizations worldwide mark International Vulture Awareness Day on September 3 – join Zoo Atlanta for an early celebration on Saturday, August 27! Bring the family for an action-packed day devoted to some of Earth’s most crucial creatures. Vultures are among the world’s fastest-declining bird species. These often misunderstood birds are invaluable contributors to ecosystems around the world. We don’t want to imagine a planet without them – not only do they keep our environments clean, but they also prevent the spread of disease. 

3. Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Grant Park, Saturday-Sunday

For more than a decade, Atlanta art and music lovers have flocked to Grant Park each August to bid adieu to summer at the Summer Shade Festival. We’ve got two days of outdoor fun planned for all ages including a 5K Run for the Park, food trucks, craft beer, an entertaining Kids Zone and a music line up that just gets better every year. You won’t want to miss the Sunday morning Grant Park Farmers Market. And did you know you can ride your bike to the festival and park it for free with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Bike Valet? So, bring your blanket, bring the whole family, but don’t bring any pets, and spend summer’s final weekend at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.

4. ART PARTY, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening where we turn our whole campus into a huge outdoor bacchanal. Means Street shuts down and music, food, drinks, and art fills the air. This year, we are re-launching the Atlanta Biennial—ATLBNL—which features the best working Southeastern artists as well as awarding the 2016 Nexus Award to Larry Walker, for his contributions to the contemporary art world. Meet and mingle during Open Studios with the 14 artists participating in the Studio Artist Program.

5. Dream vs. Sun and Dream Pink Auction, Philips Arena, Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Dream and Grady Health System have once again joined forces against Breast Cancer with the annual “Dream Pink” game and auction. Watch the Dream take on the Sun, then stick around for a great cause. Join them this weekend!