Butterflies, BBQ, and The Bangles—oh my! This weekend is shaping up to be pretty terrific. From free outdoor 80’s concerts to a family canoe day on the ‘Hooch, we’ve turned-up seven serious reasons to love our city. Keep reading for everything you need to know to be in the know.

Photo: Dunwoody Nature Center


Butterfly Festival
Head to Dunwoody to explore three enormous tents of free-range butterflies at the Dunwoody Nature Center. While you’re there, check out a Birds of Prey show, a showcase of reptiles and other live animal encounters, educational booths, arts and craft activities, and live music complete. Enjoy getting your face painted like a butterfly, concessions, and more. Sat. Event details

Sandy Springs

Free 80’s Concert by the Spring
Slide on over to the Spring for some free, funky 80s music during this beloved summertime outdoor concert series. Sun. Event details.


Parks & Rec Fall Program Palooza
Peace, Love & Fall Programs! Meet Kennesaw Parks & Rec program instructors, observe and participate in live demonstrations, and learn about all the sports, dance, fitness, arts & crafts, and adult enrichment classes to be offered in the fall. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their far out attire and try their hand at a variety of free activities—including tie-dye. Sat. Event details.


Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Paddle on up to the CNC in Roswell for a sweet 1 ½ hour introduction to canoeing, followed by races, games, and water squirters on Beaver Pond. All equipment is provided. Register by calling 770-992-2055 x237. Sat. Event details


Trolls at The Fox
Don’t miss an Atlanta tradition. The Fox Theatre’s summer film festival features family-friendly titles, including sing-a-longs, wizards and jugglers, and cartoons on its impressive 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen. This week’s screening is TrollsSun. Event details.

Family Free Day at MODA
Head to the Museum of Design Atlanta for free admission and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. This month’s free day activity is DIY Yarn Bombing, where visitors can create craft yarn bombs, a form of street art made of crocheted yarn. Sun. Event details.


BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival
Yum, yum, getcha sum! Take the whole family to this festival and satisfy everyone’s palate. The kiddos will love the kid’s area, and the whole family will love the good food, live music, and great atmosphere. Sat. Event details

—Shelley Massey