What. A. Week. Whether your kiddos went back to school, or you’re in full prep mode, the first week of August was no joke. It’s time to have some fun, and Atlanta’s dishing it up for days. Scroll down to check out the scoop on this weekend’s rodeo, soapbox derby, and more, below.

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Old Fourth Ward

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Race
Head to Old Fourth Ward for music, fun and games, derby cars on display, and of course, the race among Atlanta’s coolest dads and their kids! Sat. Event details

Candler Park

Free Outdoor Screening of Jumanji
See a free, outdoor screening of Jumanjii in Candler Park. Pack your picnic blanket and kids, but leave glass and your pets at home. Sat. Event details


Old Soldiers Day Parade
Alpharetta’s historic parade marches on as a tribute to all Veterans of All Wars. Nearly 150 units with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns—and of course, candy—will begin on Roswell St. at 9:15 a.m.,followed by the Memorial service at 10 a.m., and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy free hotdogs, drinks and lots of children’s activities. Sat. Event details.


Summer Adventures Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Suit up for Summer Adventures Day, featuring water themed science challenges, biking, puppet making and a play theater, bubble play time, story times, canoeing, adventure films, crafts, games, and Kona Ice. Sun. Event details

West Midtown

Southern Wing Showdown
Take your epicureans to the Springer Mountain Farms’ Southern Wing Showdown at The Fairmont for 30 unique wing flavors (craft beer, Southern spirits and local music, too) to benefit charities Angel Flight Soars and Second Helpings Atlanta. Sun. Event details.


Smyrna Birthday Celebration
Don’t miss this annual celebration of Smyrna with fireworks, live music, festival foods, birthday festivities, a GIANT birthday cake by McEntyre’s Bakery. There is also a special kids entertainment area add to the excitement this year. Sat. Event details.


Bill Pickett Rodeo
The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo celebrates and honors black cowboys and cowgirls and their contributions to building the West, highlighting cowboy culture, educating and entertaining guests with reenactments, history highlights, and western adventure. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey