Sweet! The weekend is here, and Atlanta has a full menu of things that will quench your thirst for fun. From Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days to the River Lantern Parade in Sandy Springs, the Renaissance Fair in Fairburn or free skateboarding classes in East Atlanta, we’ve got it made in the shade. Keep reading for all you need to know to serve up a solid three days of excitement.

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Lemonade Days Festival
You’ll find 30 full-scale carnival rides, more than 20 food and beverage vendors, three days of center stage performances, the Dunwoody Idol contest, artwork, an antique car show, ‘Kiddie Land’—featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides and other rides—and, of course, plenty of lemonade. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Friday Night Hike at Dunwoody Nature Center 
Bring your flashlights and check out the Dunwoody Nature Center after dark. After a docent-led hike, circle the wagons for hot chocolate by the fire. Register in advance (holly@dunwoodynature.org or call (770)394-3322) so they’ll have enough hot chocolate (the event itself is free). Fri. Event details. 

Sandy Springs

Touch a Truck Family Festival
For a #parentingwin, head to the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Preschool & Kindergarten’s 11th annual Touch A Truck. With trucks of all kinds for attendees to climb in and explore, including a firetruck, police car, crane, ambulance, dump truck, bobcat, bus, and more, plus a Kid Zone with bouncy houses, an obstacle course, inflatable slides, concessions, and music, this is a guaranteed win. Sat. Event details. 

Take It to the River Lantern Parade
Head to the river to parade with your decorative lanterns, then watch as paddlers from High Country Outfitters take to the water to animate the floating lanterns. Enjoy live music and food to round out the night. Sat. Event details. 


Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat at Center for Puppetry Arts
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. All of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage, with delightful rhymes and adventures that even your tiny tots with enjoy. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Toddler Jam at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Don’t miss the Atlanta History Center’s annual day of sheep shearing, barnyard animal interactions, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and live music. Kids will love the crafts, including spinning and weaving wool, candle making, and basket weaving. Fri. Event details. 

East Atlanta

Free Skateboarding Classes
Head to the BeltLine for a one-hour skateboarding class sponsored by Coca-Cola and led by expert instructors. The beginner class will walk you through topics such as learning to balance, the stance, and your first turns. The intermediate class will cover topics such as how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks. Confirm class schedule prior to arriving. Sat. Event details. 


ECO TINKER: Interactive STEAM Exhibits at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Head outdoors to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for nature-inspired tech and outdoor tinker stations presented by Northside Hospital. There are Five S.T.E.A.M. themed stations where you can experiment and explore the science of water. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


The Georgia Renaissance Festival
Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Dahlonega

Mountain Festival
The 22nd annual Bear on the Square Festival is two full days of traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, a Gospel Jam, free music workshops and demonstrations, an old-time mountain dance, John C. Campbell dance team performances, and an Acoustic Open Mic event (and food). Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Which of the above events most quenches your thirst for family fun? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey