You scream. We scream. We all scream for this weekend! From the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival to the Georgia Mountain Fair, summer doesn’t get any sweeter. Keep reading for details on everything you need to know to have the coolest weekend on the books.

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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
In addition to dishing out scoop after scoop of Atlanta’s finest ice cream, the AICF also supports health & wellness initiatives across our community by raising money, awareness, and activities (hula-hoop contest, anyone?) during this one-day event at Piedmont Park. Sat. Event details.

Coca Cola Summer Film Festival at The Fox
Don’t miss an Atlanta tradition. The Fox Theatre’s summer film festival features family-friendly titles, including a Mary Poppins sing-a-long this weekend, and in future dates, wizards, muggles, and classic cartoons on its impressive 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen. Sun. Event details. 

Merry Go Zoo Structures at The High
The High Museum of Art just got a little funkier. Experience Merry Go Zoo, the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Inspired to create a playful, 21st-century version of an outdoor public sculpture, Hayon has designed four large-scale, vibrantly colored structures that invite visitors to interact by spinning on the base or by rotating the sculpture. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


CreATE-ATL at Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register in advance. Sun. Event details. 

Cinderella Della Circus at Center for Puppetry Arts
With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Planetarium Shows at Fernbank Science Center
Visit the Fernbank Science Center and check out the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library, and daily planetarium shows that include daily showings of Solar Quest, Earth, Moon & Sun, Perfect Little Planet, and One World, One Sky (Big Bird’s Adventure)Fri.-Sun. Event details

Summer STEM Day at Fernbank Museum
STEM learning doesn’t stop with the school year! Explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a hands-on twist at this family event. Sat. Event details.


Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Don’t miss storytime each and every week at Atlanta’s favorite independent children’s bookstore in the Decatur square. Storytime usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd. Sun. Event details


Star Gazing and Lemonade at Red Top Mountain State Park
Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain State Park hosts Friday night stargazing—complete with telescopes, binoculars, and experts—and of course, lemonade. Fri. Event details.


Summer Puppet Series: The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season, including PinocchioFri. & Sat. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Augusta

The 31st Augusta Southern Nationals Drag Boat Race
The Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat race returns to the Savannah River for its 31st year of exhilaration and competition, bringing together family and friends for a top-fuel experience. Have a closer look at the mechanics behind the drag boats, which include hydroplane, flat bottom and jet systems, mingle with the crew and admire the water crafts, and don’t forget to bring chairs and blankets to set-up along the riverbank and make a picnic from the concessions provided. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Hiawassee

Georgia Mountain Fair
Don’t miss the 67th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this summer! With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

What are you doing to heat things up this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey