Party people, we’ve got a doozy of a weekend for you. With the free Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, Morningside Mile Race and Block Party, and the Rescue Dog Olympics on the agenda this weekend, you can take your pick from solid neighborhood fun, then unwind at an amazing family performance at The Alliance or Center for Puppetry Arts. Head outside for free bike lessons, or perhaps check out the Atlanta Science Expo. Read on for everything you need to know about cruising through the weekend, below.
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Free Learn to Ride a Bike Classes on the BeltLine
Kids ages 4-11 can learn how to ride a bike through step-by-step, REI-instructor led activities, and adolescents and adults ages 12 and over who want to learn to ride a bike or need to relearn the basics can attend a class just for them and learn to start and stop smoothly while balancing comfortably on a bike. REI Novara bikes and bike helmets will be provided for ages 12 & up, but children under 12 should bring their own. Sun. Event details.
Morningside Mile Race and Block Party
Don’t miss the annual Morningside Mile race and block party, with 100% of the race profits donated to renovate the historic Virginia-Highland Fire Station 19. After the race, enjoy a block party full of music, food provided by Doc Chey’s and the ninth annual Noodle Eating Contest! Runners will receive either a complimentary SweetWater beer at Doc Chey’s or a sweet treat from Alon’s Bakery & Market when race number is presented. Sun. Event details.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The cherry blossoms are blooming and Brookhaven is excited. This year’s festival will showcase artists, local musicians, a classic car show, a pet expo and stunt dog show, with a Children’s Village that includes face painting, flair hair, balloon twisting, sand art, bounce houses, and a climbing wall. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Rescue Dog Olympics
All dogs (they don’t have to be rescue pups) and their humans are welcome at this fun, easy dog Olympic competition and festival. The games are free and participants can pre-register or just show up and play on the day of the event. Enjoy an interactive game station, Sweetwater/ Moondog growlers beer garden, live music, and pet rescues available for adoption. Sat. Event details.
The Dragon King at Center for Puppetry Arts
Watch the tale of one fearless Grandmother who travels to the bottom of the sea to ask the Dragon King why he is withholding the rain from her village, which needs it desperately to survive. The Dragon King is a tale of love and courage, and a family favorite. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Cinderella and Fella at The Alliance Theatre
This rendition of the Cinderella story is more high-tops than glass slipper, and is fueled by the magic of lightning bugs, singing cicadas, and oozing mud. The young prince, who was raised by an overbearing parent, searches the kingdom for a best friend ready for adventure. Cinderella, who has spent countless days pulling her ungrateful stepmother around in her tiny house, fits the bill. Filled with humor and wonder, this is a world-premiere adaptation by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer with music by Renee Clark. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Dinosaur! at The Alliance Theatre
Check out this amazing collaboration between The Alliance Theatre for the Very Young and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, developed in partnership with science educators from the museum. It’s a gentle and awe-inspiring introduction to the wonders of the pre-historic world, where audience members interact with some of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Green Market at Piedmont Park
It’s the first weekend of the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Atlanta’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.
Atlanta International Auto Show
Calling all auto fanatics! This annual showcase of over 400 new 2017 import and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles is sure to delight anyone who likes to make things go “vroom!” Just remember that it’s CASH ONLY. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Atlanta Science Festival Expo at Centennial Park
Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is free and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Exploration Expo promotes science exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind blowing demos and performances! Sat. Event details.
Where will your path take you this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!