August is up, up, and away! From an open Falcons practice at The Benz to a hot air balloon festival at Piedmont Park in town, and an international festival in Cobb County, plus a family fun day in Roswell, you’re certainly soaring to new heights (we might even forgive you for marking the end of summer). Keep reading for the details on all the family fun to find in Atlanta, all weekend long.

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Atlanta Balloon Glow at Piedmont Park
Hot air balloons will glow each evening in Piedmont Park from Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 1-4, with tethered balloon rides also available. The event also features the food vendors, retail vendors and activities for the little ones! General Admission is free, and balloon activity will be located in The Meadow – which is the South East area of the park close to The Park Tavern. Tethered rides booked in advance are $20 per person. 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.


Atlanta Falcons Open Practice & Military Appreciation Day
Don’t miss this chance to check out the Atlanta Falcons for a special open practice and Military Appreciation Day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. for this full-pads practice (the last of the 2019 Atlanta Falcons training camp), and there will be plenty of special activities for kids. It’s also the Falcon’s Military Appreciation Day, and special military-themed activities for attendees can be found in The Home Depot Backyard and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

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.

Old Fourth Ward

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby
The Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby race is a fun competition with amateur drivers in creative non-motorized, outrageous, human-powered soapbox cars. Each year, new builds are required, which means you won’t watch the same cars compete from year to year. Sat. Event details.


Atlanta Irish Dance Grand Opening
Take a tour of our Burke Connolly’s new Morningside studio, meet the founders, and stay for games, performances and music during this great opportunity for kids & families interested in Irish Dance. Sat. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Green City Free Concerts
City Green Live is a series of free concerts on the Green at City Springs. Check the line-up out here! Don’t forget to pack your picnic, bug spray, and a blanket. Fri. Event details.


Family Fun Day: Summer Adventures at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Celebrate the end of summer by canoeing and trying other outdoor skills. Enjoy crafts, face painting, and games, discover water science and conservation, and more. Sun. Event details.


Old Soldiers Day Parade
The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 hosts the Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade to celebrate American war veterans and recognize their service to our country. The City band will begin on Roswell St. at 9:15 a.m., the Memorial service at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road, where there will be free Varsity hotdogs, drinks and plenty of activities. Sat. Event details.


Marietta Square First Fridays Art Walk
Check out local art, live music, and other performances, then shop and dine your way around this self-guided walking tours of Historic Marietta Square. Fri. Event details.

Cobb County International Festival
More than 25 countries will be represented at this family-friendly event in Marietta. Look out for food, entertainment, and fun on the plaza, at the midway and in the kids’ corner. Sat. Event details.


Trains, Trucks, & Tractors at Southeastern Railway Museum
Dozens of antique tractors and vehicles will be front-and-center during the Southeastern Railway Museum’s “Trains, Trucks & Tractors.” Food, train rides, hayrides, and rides on the museum’s restored antique handcar will be available for guests to purchase. Special exhibits are included in regular museum admission. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Flicks on the Bricks: The Incredibles, 2
Don’t miss the last movie of the season! Flicks on the Bricks present the movie Incredibles 2 (PG) on August 2nd. The movie will start at 8 p.m. Enjoy free inflatables before on the movie and look out for characters from the movie! Fri. Event details.

—Shelley Massey