The weekend is here—can you dig it? From a family gardening class to 20 life-sized, electronic dinosaurs, Atlanta families are harvesting some serious fun. Keep reading for the inside scoop on everything you need to know.

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Sandy Springs

Little Diggers Family Gardening Series
Little Diggers is a FREE Family Gardening Series about the fascinating world of horticulture and gardening, presented by Heritage Sandy Springs in partnership with the North Fulton Master Gardeners and in cooperation with UGA Extension in Fulton County. Sat. Event details


BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival
Yum, yum, getchu sum! Take the whole family to this festival and satisfy everyone’s palate. The kiddos will love the kid’s area, and the whole family will love the good food, live music, and great atmosphere. Sat. Event details. 


Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band
Hit the Children’s Museum at noon for singing, dancing, jumpin’ wiggling fun with Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band—professional musicians with original music that’s based on what works developmentally for young children to get and keep them moving and active. Sat. Event details.


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 full day of Harry Potter this Saturday 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. 

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. Please note: Admission is free from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Programming takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun. Event details. 

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater. Fri. Event details. 

Stone Mountain Park

Dinosaur Explore
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors, available on “Attractions Open” days and included in a daily Adventure Pass and an annual Mountain Membership. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

How are you kicking off August? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey