Did somebody say festival? Whether you’re looking for the arts, some seriously good grub, or fast-flying entertainment, Atlanta’s festival scene is hot this weekend—and we know hot. So go on, get going! Everything you need to know is below.

Soapbox Derby

Photo: Glenn Brunette via flickr Creative Commons


Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Don’t miss Piedmont Park’s summer arts and crafts festival, a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun. This event features nearly 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. The festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children’s play area plus festival foods and healthy alternatives. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Family Free Day and STEAM Fun at Museum of Design Atlanta
Every second Sunday of the month, head to the Museum of Design Atlanta for free admission and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. Sun. Event details.

Story Time at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Head to the Garden to hear stories of nature, explorations, and whimsy—read by the Garden’s most beloved storytellers. Sat. Event details.


BBQ, Blues, & 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.

Old Fourth Ward

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Festival
Race on over to this awesome all-day fest complete with food trucks, music, activities and, of course, the soap box derby! This “non-motorized” racing event challenges racers to design and build outrageous, human-powered soap box machines and compete in a downhill race. Cars will be judged on speed, creativity and fan favorites. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park 

Farmer’s Market
The Grant Park Farmers Market supplements their farm-fresh vendors with weekly free celebrity chef demonstrations and a kids’ activity booth. Pick up your groceries for the week or grab picnic supplies for a day at the park (or zoo). Sun. Event details.

John’s Creek

Back to School Bash and Parent’s Night Out at Olivia’s Dollhouse and Tea Room
Celebrate the end of summer with a Back to School Bash and Parents Night Out event at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, with staff and Clowns of Atlanta on-site for games, songs, face painting, characters, dinner and (kiddie) drinks. Fri. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Don’t be shy. Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey