August is National Family Fun Month, and there’s no city better prepared to celebrate it in a big way than Atlanta. We’ve got fireworks after the Braves’ Friday night game, a screening of Annie at the Mabel House Amphitheater, jazz on the lawn at Callanwolde, and more, and it’s only the second weekend of the month! Let’s get this party started, Atlanta. There’s fun to be had!

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Downtown

Fireworks Following the Braves Game
Cheer on our hometown heroes against Miami on Aug. 7 and Arizona on Aug. 14, and enjoy the spectacular fireworks show after the game. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE. Tickets start at $15. Fri. after the 7:35 p.m. game. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
Head to the classical castle Callanwolde for jazz on the lawn, lightning bugs included. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these special concerts under the stars. Held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road NE. $25 per person. Fri. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Candler Park

See a Movie Under the Stars in Candler Park
Be sure to bring your own seating or blankets for this outdoor screening of Jungle Book, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Leashed pups are welcome, and movies begin at dark. Held at Candler Park, in front of the pool house, Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave. Free. Sat. at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.). All ages. Event details.

Spaghetti Junction/ Perimeter

See the Silverbacks Play
Support our local soccer team by heading out to the stadium and showing your little kickers how the games looks when played by the pros. Held at Atlanta Silverbacks Stadium, 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way. Tickets start at $12.50/ person. Sat. at 730 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Midtown

See the Reluctant Dragon at Center for Puppetry Arts
When a dragon moves into the neighborhood, a bookish boy, the soft spoken dragon, and a famous knight must use showmanship to stage a battle to calm the villagers’ fears. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Fri: 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. 4 & up. Event details.

Catch a Live Performance at the Garden
What to do, what to do? It’s Saturday. Time to turn off the cartoons and load ’em up for live performances by storytellers and musicians in the Children’s Garden. Best news? Rain. Or. Shine. This week’s Imagine If performance is by Betty Ann Wylie. Held at Children’s Amphitheater at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, Free for 3 and under). Sat. at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

See Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden
If you think the Garden outdoes itself during Holiday Lights, brace yourself for Bruce Munro’s incredible optic fiber and light installation. Head there at dusk for a dreamy landscape that’s worth keeping the kids up late. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Sunday: $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free; Friday – Saturday: $22.95 Adult, $15.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 free. Fri.-Sun. 6-11 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Spin in an Artful Top
Play, create and be a part of the art, where you can watch amazing performances every first and third Friday, have a picnic or just spin in a top. Held at Siffly Plaza, The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. All ages. Event details.

Get Silly at The High
We all secretly want to give the pigeon a hot dog. Now’s your chance. The High Museum of Art presents Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, featuring over 100 works by the artist. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ Adult, $12/ Children ages 6-17). All ages.. Event details.

Grant Park

Join the Adventure Cubs at the Zoo
Toddlers and their favorite grownups will love this hands-on program that allows you to explore different toddler-friendly concepts about animals. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE. $24/ adult + child pair, includes Zoo Admission. Sat. at from 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-4. Event details.

Dunwoody

See Mary Poppins the Musical
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta is hosting the world’s favorite nanny in a musical adventure that’ll have audiences of all ages wishing they had a nanny like her! Held at MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. $28/ adult, $15/ student. Sun. at 2 and 7 p.m.All ages. Event details.

Acworth

Slip and Slide at the Acworth Slide
Head to Acworth’s Dallas Landing Park for a slip and slide you (and your kids) won’t forget down a 175′ long waterside. Who knew we had the “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide” in our backyard? Held at Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Dr. $16 for unlimited slides/ person, $8 for unlimited slides in 1 hour/person, $4 for 1 slide/ person. Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 42 inches or taller. Event details.

Mabelton

See Annie at the Mabel House Amphitheater
Possibly the easiest outdoor venue in town, Mable House Amphitheatre is a covered outdoor arena with seating, free admission for the movie series, and encourages guests to pack a picnic (but there are concessions if you don’t want to bring your own), and the movie runs rain or shine! Held at Mable House Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd. Free. Fri. at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) All ages. Event details.

How will you celebrate National Family Fun Month this August in Atlanta? 

–Shelley Massey