This weekend is full of wonder. From the AJC Book Festival to a hot-air balloon festival, you’ll be setting imaginations free with our line-up of not-to-miss family fun. Keep reading for everything you need to know to get your adventure started.

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Decatur

AJC Decatur Book Festival
Take your favorite little book worms to the AJC Decatur Book Festival, filled with family-friendly events and activities. From an opening day parade to a dedicated Children’s Stage featuring interactive activities and presentations by top authors and illustrators, you’ll have plenty to peruse throughout the festival geared just to families with kiddos. Be on the lookout for the release of the Children’s Stage line-up on the website. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Downtown

DragonCon Parade on Peachtree
It’s about to get weird, Atlanta. This weekend-long tradition of cosplay purveyors returns to the Peach State, and of all the events, the Dragon Con Parade on Saturday is sure to delight the kiddos with super heroes, villains, and all manner of fantastical creatures. Sat. Event details.

Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game and FanZone
Head to the World Congress Center for interactive fan activities, team parades, games, and giveaways (available to everyone, no ticket to the game required), then if you’ve nabbed a ticket, to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to see Florida State vs. Alabama play in the college football season opener. Sat. Event details. 

Midtown

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 Beauty and the Beast singalong (1991) this Sunday on its impressive 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’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. 

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. 

Marietta

Marietta Square Art Walk
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine, and experience all The Marietta Square has to offer. Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of the Marietta Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses on the 1st Friday from April–November. During Art Walk, each participating venue hosts a local artist outside of its storefront in Marietta Square. Fri. Event details. 

Art in the Park 
Head to Art in the Park for a fine art extravaganza featuring an artist market, children’s art alley (free make and take art stations, an Interactive Art Area, face painting, sand art and inflatables, which require a small fee). Art displayed will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking from 175 of the country’s finest artists. Sat. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Pine Mountain

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Head to Callaway Gardens with your kiddos for the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, complete with a Friday Night Balloon Glow, and a Saturday filled with beautiful balloons in flight (hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride if you’re inclined), live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, and a 5K Race and Triathlon event. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

How are you keeping ’em busy this Labor Day Weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey