October—we thought you’d never get here! With fall festivals from Candler Park to Alpharetta, an incredible World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, a rocking dual language puppet show, and free neighborhood events galore, you’ve already made us swoon. But we’ve pulled ourselves together (barely) and you can get the details on all the fun for this first weekend, below.


Photo: Donnie Ray Jones via flickr

Candler Park

Fall Fest
This year marks the 16th anniversary of Fall Fest in Candler Park, a two-day celebration of music, art, and family. Kidlandia will provide entertainment for festival-going children and their grown-ups with a carnival-like atmosphere including rides, live shows, roving entertainers, and sweet treats to satisfy the child in all of us. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

The Worlds Largest Dinosaurs at Fernbank
Take your pint sized paleontologists to explore the greatest, most massive dinosaurs ever discovered as they would have looked hundreds of millions of years ago. Examine life-sized bones, muscles, internal organs, and more to discover the staggering anatomy of some of the biggest creatures that ever lived. Be sure to check out the hands-on and computer interactive stations, touch fossils, and see the IMAX film Dinosaurs Alive! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


La Cucarachita Martina at Center for Puppetry Arts
Who knew roaches could be so cute? Meet Martina, everyone’s favorite little roach, and cheer for her as she finds happiness and friendship in her search for love. This comical story is a bilingual story and is based on a popular Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s tale. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby
Don’t miss the picnic and parade-style festivities surrounding the Madison Avenue neighborhood Soapbox Derby. Pssst! Revolution Doughnuts and SnoBayou snow cones will be there! Don’t forget your cash! Sat. Event details.


Bring your kids and your pets to the biggest pet adoption event in the South, complete with live music, pet demonstrations, activities for the kids, and tasty food and drinks. Pets of all kinds are welcome but all animals MUST be on a leash. Sat. Event details.


Sunflower Festival at Yule Forest
Head out to Yule Forest’s pumpkin patch for the 3rd Annual Sunflower Festival, complete with local flare from musicians, local artisans, artists, craftsmen, chefs and other entrepreneurs. Kiddos will love the hayride, petting zoo, bee house, puppet shows, chicken coop, outdoor classroom, pioneer village, horse rides, pumpkin cannon, and train rides! Sat. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Pumpkin Festival
Settle in for some pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch, access to the amusement park’s rides, the treetop SkyHike®, and see beautiful fall views from the train or from the top of Stone Mountain. Don’t miss the new carnival each afternoon with hosted games, inflatables, candy, traditional boardwalk games, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Scarecrow Harvest
Alpharetta’s downtown streets will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to celebrate its fall spirit. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides to the log cabin, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables. Take a hay ride between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Future Farmers of America log cabin. Sat. Event details.


Taste of Chamblee
The 10th Annual Taste of Chamblee returns with cuisines that reflect the diversity of Chamblee and range from Mexican to Italian. In addition to amazing food, the event will have live music and a family friendly kid zone. Sat. Event details.

What do you have up your sleeve this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey