Fall is our favorite time of year, and for good reason—the leaves are changing, the Halloween costumes are coming together (hopefully) and the apple cider is flowing. For an extra dose of fall family fun, check out the fun events coming up this weekend, including a spooky festival at the aquarium and a food coma–inducing chili cook off.

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Marietta

Marietta Square Art Walk
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine and experience all Marietta Square has to offer. The Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of Marietta Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses on the first Friday from April to November. Each participating venue will host a local artist outside of its storefront in Marietta Square. Fri. Event details.

Alpharetta

Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival
Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. You’ll get to learn the stories behind each song and and you might just recognize some of your favorite tunes. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Little Five Points

Bring Your Green Thumb to a Plant Sale
Browse more than 1,500 of the best native and exotic plants—including 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials and tree-friendly vines that provide habitat for your furry and feathered friends. Trees Atlanta staff members will be on hand to provide advice on plant selection and placement. All proceeds will benefit Trees Atlanta’s planting and education programs. Held rain or shine. Sat. Event details.

Various Locations

Hands On Atlanta Day
Join thousands of volunteers to serve metro Atlanta communities, schools and nonprofits. Projects include painting schools, gardening and building hygiene kits. To sign up, click here. Sat. Event details.

Downtown

Graveyard Smash at the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium becomes an A-Scary-Um with Dracula, Igor, Frankenstein and his bride and all their other chilling friends. Music brings the monsters alive as they sing and dance to hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This boogie-filled fright fest will be fun for families and ghouls alike. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Brookhaven

6th Annual Atlanta Chili Cook Off
Taste chili and Brunswick stew from 75+ restaurant and amateur competition teams at Brookhaven’s cook off. Stick around to explore the Kidzone and listen to music by the Atlanta Retro Band, Martay Partay and DJ Suspense. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation and Brookhaven Park Conservancy. Sat. Event details.

Chamblee

See Warplanes at PDK
See World War II–era aircraft, meet veterans, see reenactments, and buy a ride at Atlanta Warbird Weekend at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. This is not an airshow, but an exhibit and history education event (plane rides available for purchase). Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Buckhead

Celebrate the Release of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
Join your favorite ninjas to celebrate the new The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. In the spirit of the adventure film, participate in a themed scavenger hunt, a ninja skills challenge, LEGO build activities and so much more. Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai, the Fire Ninja and other characters from the movie. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Midtown

Fall Family Fun at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy the wonderful fall weather with the Garden’s Scarecrows and activities for the whole family. Pumpkin bowling, craft activities and a plush pumpkin toss will delight youngsters of all ages. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Free Admission to The High
On the second Sunday of each month The High offers free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun. Event details.

—Susie Foresman