August is coming at us hot, with a first weekend full of family fun that will leave your kids saying “Summer vacation? What summer vacation?” From a full day of Harry Potter at The Fox to touchable trains, trucks, and tractors at the Southeastern Railway Museum, there’s no shortage of magic around here. Keep reading for everything you need to know about family fun in the ATL this weekend.

Photo: Reg Tiangha via Flickr


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. 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. 

CreATE-ATL at Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register in advance. Sun. Event details. 

Candler Park

Free Outdoor Movie
Head out with your picnic blankets and bring your supper, because Flick-Nic is not to be missed. Watch Sing on the big screen this weekend. Sat. Event details. 

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


Outdoor Concert
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, or reserve a VIP Table to enjoy an evening of good music in Downtown Chamblee. The line-up is Everclear and the Bitteroots, and food trucks will be on hand for dinner options—or pack your own. Fri. Event details


Water Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Water Day is a celebration of water as summer winds down. Splash through sprinklers, meet water-loving community partners, play water games, make water crafts, and come dressed to get wet – swim suits, sunglasses, and flip flops are welcomed! There will be a live bubble show, water-themed crafts and outdoor games, canoeing on Kingfisher Pond (ages 5+), and more. Sun. 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. View the parade from the Grandstand on Roswell St., or bring a chair or a blanket and head south on Roswell St. for the parade. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road where there will be free hotdogs, drinks and lots of activities. Sat. Event details. 


Marietta Square Art Walk
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine, and experience all The Marietta Square has to offer. Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of the Marietta Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses on the 1st Friday from April–November. During Art Walk, each participating venue hosts a local artist outside of its storefront in Marietta Square. Sat. Event details.


Trains, Trucks, & Tractors Event at Southeastern Railway Museum
If your wee one loves “things that go,” their engines will be revved for the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Trains, Trucks and Tractors event. Exhibits of tractors and trucks will excite along with hayrides, temporary tattoos, food and a craft corner. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

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

—Shelley Massey