Nichelle Nichols, best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on the original “Star Trek,” is one of the many actors, musicians, authors, artists and celebrities on hand for this year’s Dragon-Con. Photo: Getty Images
Festival: The AJC Decatur Book Festival kicks off Friday night with a sold-out keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. poet laureate and Decatur resident Natasha Trethewey. Events continue Sept. 1 and 2 in venues all around Decatur.
Festival: Atlanta’s biggest pop culture celebration, Dragon-Con takes place in several hotels and other venues around downtown Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The parade, always a highlight, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday on Peachtree Street.
Music: Celebrating the beginning of college football season, the Downtown Touchdown Concert will have performances by Phillip Phillips, Lonestar and Cody Webb starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Smash Mouth, Sister Hazel, Heidi Newfield and the Lost Trailers will play beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 1. The