At the end of a glorious summer break, couldn’t we all could use a little re-centering as the school year approaches? We think so, too. And with family yoga at Zoo Atlanta, a Stranger Things Saturday at the Carter Museum, and Movies by Moonlight in Sandy Springs, you can count on your fun chakra to be balanced as you head into Monday. Keep reading for everything you need to know about these events, and more, in Atlanta this weekend.

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Grant Park

Family Yoga at Zoo Atlanta
Can you balance like a flamingo or reach like an orangutan? Experience a connection to animals like no other through the new Zoo Family Yoga program. This fun, interactive program is geared toward families with children ages 4+ and includes 30-40 minutes of animal-inspired yoga poses with a certified instructor. After the class, spend the remaining time learning more about the animals from a Zoo Educator and find out how humans are connected to the featured species. Sat. 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.


BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival
The 19th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival will bring the sights, sounds, and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with 7+ hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local/regional/and national acts. This is a family-friendly event that is fun for all ages. Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Strange Saturday at Carter Museum
Things at the Carter Museum will be stranger than the town of Hawkins on Saturday, as the museum lobby transforms into a must-see mall of Stranger Things costume play, giveaways, 80s arcade games, D and D demos, panel discussion, a live podcast and more. While you’re there, check out the Georgia on my Screen exhibit (admission required) celebrating the epic 46-year partnership of Georgia government and the film industry (initiated by Jimmy Carter), with over 60 artifacts from Georgia-filmed productions. You’ll see things from Smokey and the Bandit, Big Momma’s House, Walking Dead, many of your favorite Marvel movies, and of course Stranger Things. Sat. 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

Movies by Moonlight
Leadership Sandy Springs presents Movies by Moonlight (MBM), bringing back the nostalgia of an outdoor cinema and the fun of a timeless carnival. It’s a drive-in movie and a block party rolled into one!  In its 15th year, MBM has become a family tradition in Sandy Springs and this year they’re screening movies on the Green at City Springs—complete with fountains, childrens’ splash pad and a great viewing area. Fri. Event details.

Concerts by the Spring
Listen to the sounds of the Atlanta Brass Cats this Sunday during the 23rd season of Concerts by the Springs, a community series from May through September. Sun. Event details.


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.


Avalon Nights Live
Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza every Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away. Fri. Event details.


Back to School Carnival
Get the kiddos pumped for school with this free Back to School Carnival at St. Andrews. There will be sno-cones, hot dogs, petting zoo, bounce house, spin art, story time—everything for the family, and it’s free! Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey