We’re not trying to rattle anyone, but this summer? It’s getting a little short on time. Before the easy days of summer vacation come to an end, fill your family’s fun bucket. Thrill them with an Ice Cream Festival on Saturday or perhaps an African Dance & Drum Festival on Sunday. Read on for our other top picks for this weekend, below.

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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival offers a variety of activities for the whole family that showcases how living a balanced lifestyle can include lots of fun! From an Ice Cream Eating Contest for both kids and adults to our Wellness Activities which include Boom Shock Fitness, Exercise Routines, Yoga and Chinese Exercises from Falun Dafa Association of Atlanta—the festival has lots of fun to choose. Catch Double Dutch Routines, Hula Hoop Competitions, Jump Rope Fun and Frisbee Toss while enjoying delicious treats and a variety of ways to burn off the calories! Sat. Event details.

Parliament of Owls Lantern Parade
Parliament of Owls is an owl-themed lantern parade full of community participation, and with a black and white color theme. Everyone is invited to make an owl lantern and fly! Flock at 8 p.m. at The Grove at Colony Square, 14th at Peachtree St., and take flight with the Black Sheep Ensemble at 9 p.m., and finish back at The Grove. Wear black and white. Sat. Event details.

Hey Willy, See the Pyramids! at The Alliance Theatre
When Willy can’t sleep, he whispers to his sister in the dark … “Psssst, hey Lulu, tell me some stories!” Inspired by Maira Kalman’s whimsical book, this theatrical adventure explores the vivid place where bedtime stories meet dreaming. Young audiences will go on an adventure as characters from Lulu’s stories become real. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Read & Learn Event at Peachtree Branch Public Library
Character traits such as being caring, kind, and respectful are big and important concepts for young children to understand and put into practice. Join Dr. Natalie Grubbs, a guidance counselor at The Children’s School, for a free dynamic, engaging, reading and learning event at the Peachtree Branch Public Library to bring these abstract, meaningful concepts to life through storytelling and fun-filled activities. Sat. Event details.

Beauty & the Beast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails when this classic tale hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Grant Park

Wild World Weekend
Explore the world with Zoo Atlanta! Travel from Africa to the Americas, from Europe to Asia and the Pacific with special entertainment, crafts, and activities for the entire family in this celebration of our world’s amazing wildlife and the places they call home. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West End

Wren’s Nest Storytelling
Head to the home of author Joel Chandler Harris—one of the most popular writers in America at the turn of the 20th century—for storytelling by professional storytellers every Saturday at 1 p.m. Then, check out the house, which is Georgia’s oldest house museum and full of artifacts from the author’s life. Sat. Event details.


Atlanta African Dance & Drum Festival
Enjoy a weekend of dance and drum from Guinea, Mali, Senegambia, the Ivory Coast and the Diaspora, featuring a diverse range of music and movement workshops, an African inspired craft market, food vendors, Children’s Camp and finale concert. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Circo Hermano Vazquez at Plaza Fiesta
Check out human cannonballs, graceful dancers, daring acrobats, and crazy clowns in a tent at Plaza Fiesta near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The show is visual, with announcements made in both English and Spanish. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Brooke Street Park Concert Series
The Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series brings music and fun to life, Saturdays from May to September. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, live, family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups. Click here for a list of upcoming events. Sat. Event details.


Family Yoga at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Start off your day with a little yoga in nature. All ages and levels come together to experience this joyful, fun practice. From grandparents to infants and everyone in between, no two classes are the same. Start by building poses together with your spouse, your child, or your sibling, and then ease into some relaxation and rest. You will leave this class connected to your family members and ready to take on your day. Bring your own yoga mat, or borrow a mat. Included with price of admission. Fri. Event details.


Glover Park Concert Series
You’ll be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series, featuring local and national acts on the last Friday night of each month through September. Concerts are free but if you are looking for a front-row seat, a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee (and will sell out quickly). Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

National Day of the Cowboy at Booth Western Museum
Food, fun and entertainment – the cowboy way! Celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s cultural heritage with mouth-watering food, hands-on kid’s activities, Western stage entertainment, demonstrations, shopping, music, and more! Presented by “Have Wagons Will Travel.” Admission to the Museum Festival Grounds is free. Wear your Western attire and receive $2.00 off regular admission to Booth Western Art Museum. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey