Things to do in Atlanta August 14th - 17th

Looking for things to do in Atlanta this weekend? Consider this your go-to guide for wining, dining and celebrating your way through one of the greatest cities in the south. August is officially upon us and the last few days of summer are wrapping up. Have you made the best of this season? Whether you are on an actual summer break, or just use this time to work less and play more, albeit a pseudo-vacay, it is still the best time of year. Longer days and warmer weather still greet us day in and day out, so here are a few things to fill those glorious hours. Thursday, August 14 Jarrod Harris at Laughing Skull Lounge .

Jarrod Harris will be taking the stage at Laughing Skull Lounge from Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17. Harris was named "Top Comic to Watch in 2012" by LA Weekly and he has had appearances on "Lopez Tonight" and "Live at Gotham", a popular standup comedy show on Comedy Central that features up and coming comedians. His "Action Figure Therapy" shorts have been viewed by more than 15 million people, and his "Jungle" character earned front-page billing on the Huffington Post comedy section. He will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 8 & 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Punch Out Early . Cook Hall invites you to make the most of your summer and Punch Out Early every weekday through August 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. Slip away to Cook Hall to spend your afternoons sipping on $5 boozy punches and enjoying $5 bar snacks. There is 3 hour complimentary valet parking available. Beat the heat and end your summer right with Cook Hall. Willy's Mexicana Grill Grand Opening Celebration . To celebrate the grand opening of the newest Willy's Mexicana Grill outpost, the North Druid Hills location is hosting a Grand Opening Day on Thursday, August 14. The celebration includes a special of $5 burritos all day long. At lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a menu sampling of quesadilla bites, sopapillas, raspberry lemonade and horchata, along with sweet bites like cookies and specialty King of Pops.

Parsons Alley Farmers Market . Come and enjoy locally grown produce and homemade products at Parsons Alley Farmers Market in Duluth! Parsons Alley Farmers Market will take place every Thursday from June-September. It is located at next to New Dawn Theater and behind Best of Brews. Cocktails in the Garden ! Weekly "social irrigation" evening with cash bars, chef demos and opportunity to explore "Imaginary Worlds: A New Kingdom of Plant Giants" living sculpture exhibition at night. Thirsty Thursday ! Every Thursday is Thirsty Thursday in Downtown Duluth. Shop. Eat. Play in Duluth Friday, August 15 Richie's Wine Bar Presents Ben Deignan Live on the Patio at MetroFresh ! Join "Richie's Wine Bar" at MetroFresh Friday, August 15 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. as they host Atlanta-based musician Ben Deignan. Inspired by the fathers of soul, Deignan entered the music world at the age of 15. Armed with a six-string guitar, Ben developed into a 21-year-old rocker owning the club and party circuit of the Southeast.

Deignan now plays a mix of classic and modern Motown, rock, funk, and of course, soul. Atlanta Barbeque Festival . The 6th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is a 2-day celebration of the South's best BBQ cooking! Join us for great food, live music, cooking demonstrations, and an interactive kid's area. Atlanta's top BBQ restaurants will serve up their specialties while more than 50 competitive BAR-B-Q teams from across the region will compete in our Cook Off event and sell BBQ samples to fans while supplies last. The event is hosted at Atlantic Station . Ferret Fridays Chocolate & Wine Pairing . Each wine being served will be paired with chocolate bites and select handmade grand gourmet truffles. With the right combination, both the chocolate and wine tastes are elevated to a whole new level of gastronomic pleasure. Cats .