What do pups and dinosaurs, guitars and constellations have in common? This. Weekend. From an epic Doggy Con downtown to a butterfly festival in Dunwoody, this weekend runs the gamut of family fun in Atlanta. Keep reading for the details on more events like these, below.

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Downtown

Doggie Con at Woodruff Park
Doggy Con features a pet parade and costume contest, plus a vendor village of dog-centric goods and activities, a yappy hour social with a Steady Hand Beer Co. cash bar, and plenty of pup culture. From Harry Pawter to BatDog and Robin, there’s room for everyone at Doggy Con. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Dinosaur Birthday Party at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Party like a dino at this prehistoric party at Fernbank Museum! Stomp, chomp and party like a dinosaur in celebration of the anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. Sat. Event details.

Free Observatory Viewing at Fernbank Science Center
Check out the real night sky at Fernbank Science Center’s Observatory, featuring the largest telescope in the Southeastern US. If the weather’s favorable, you can see the night sky, and with an astronomer on hand, you’ll be able to know what you’re looking at. Fri. Event details.

Candler Park

Flick-Nik
Flick-Nic Combines a unique open air movie experience with everyone’s love for a good family picnic. This weekend’s lineup is Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sat. Event details.

Buckhead

Nickelodeon’s Slime City
It’s Slime Time! Nickelodeon is bringing slime to our city, where you’ll see, feel, and be slimed! From hanging at Slime HQ to dancing at the Slime Light Club, to making your mark at the Great Wall of Slime. It’s the ultimate Slime experience as you soak in all the ooey gooey green goodness at the Slime Bubble-torium, and the Slime-tennial Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Midtown

Paw Patrol Live at Fox Theatre
No job is too big, no pup is too small! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, will visit Fox Theatre, August 17 & 18! Showtimes are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival 
Don’t miss the ideal summer festival to enjoy the outdoors, browse for irresistible art and crafts as well as appreciate the beauty of Atlanta’s largest park. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of art and crafts from over 250 local and regional artisans and craftsman. In addition, the festival will include a children’s area, local food and beverage concessions including “gourmet” food trucks and live acoustic musical performances all weekend. Best of all, the event is entirely free to attend! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

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Wires & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars
Check out guitars played by Kurt Cobain, Bo Diddley, Jack White, and more in Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars, which explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons, how they reached this status, and how technology will affect the instrument in the future. In addition to interactive activities in the galleries, this exhibition explores the design of the guitar, guitars as musical icons, technology & guitars, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Old MacDonald’s Farm at Center for Puppetry Arts
Little ones will move, sing, and help the farmhands on Old MacDonald’s farm. This interactive show is full of puppets, music, and a lot of fun down on the farm! Come 30 minutes early to enjoy coloring and reading activities and to make a special puppet that you can use during the show. All of these pre-show activities are free! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Concerts by the Spring
This performance features Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels/The Trongone Band—a little Southern Soul meets a little Southern Rock ‘n Roll. during the 23rd season of Concerts by the Springs, a community series from May through September. Sun. Event details.

Roswell

Shoot the ‘Hooch
Through Labor Day, take a trip 7 days a week from 10 am until 6 p.m. down the Chattahoochee River in tubes, boats, SUPs, and kayaks. Rent watercraft at Azalea Park, and spend the day floating the cold waters of Atlanta’s favorite river. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Dunwoody

Butterfly Festival at Dunwoody Nature Center
There will be hundreds of butterflies to thrill your kiddos, plus plenty of flutter-y themed games and crafts. Get up close and personal with the butterflies in discovery stations. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey