July, it’s been real. Thanks for the memories, and we plan to celebrate you in a big way this weekend. With an ice cream festival at Piedmont Park, a Saturday morning screening of Ironman at The Fox, an outdoor movie in Allatoona, and the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, you’ve got something incredible to look forward to—whether you want to hit the road or stay at home. Keep reading for all the details, below.

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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival at Piedmont Park
In addition to dishing out scoop after scoop of Atlanta’s finest ice cream, the AICF also supports health & wellness initiatives across our community by raising money, awareness, and activities (hula-hoop contest, anyone?) during this one-day event. Sat. Event details

See Ironman at The Fox
Don’t miss an Atlanta tradition. The Fox Theatre’s summer film festival features family-friendly titles, including sing-a-longs, wizards and juggles, and cartoons on its impressive 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen. Sat. Event details.

Winnie the Pooh at the High
Explore the history and legacy of Pooh through original sketches, photographs, memorabilia and letters, and don’t miss checking out the interactive elements that bring Shepard’s illustrations to life. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The plant giants return! Take your tots to marvel at this collection of mega-landscaping, complete with a trio of camels, an enchanting Mermaid, and a beautiful Peacock—among other marvelous models. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Shows for Seedlings at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy a variety of live performances from some of Atlanta’s best storytellers and musicians. Shows are every Friday and Saturday from May until September. Fri. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.


The Amazing Castle at Children’s Museum
Be transported to a magical place and time inside a magical castle’s stone walls, where every citizen has a special job to do. Children can don costumes and engage in role-play, become lords and ladies, castle villagers or even “HiJinx the Jester.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
The Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns so get ready to kick off your shoes and enjoy a summer evening outdoors. In addition to the music, some of the area’s finest food trucks will be available, so bring cash! Fri. Event details.


Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Summer Movie Night at Red Top Mountain State Park
Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain State Park will host a G or PG rated movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. Bring a towel, lawn chairs, and snacks, and the movie will take place at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3. Events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. To find out what movie will be shown, call 770-975-4226. Sat. Event details.


TreeMendous Play Houses at Smith-Gilbert Gardens
TreeMendous Play Houses features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures— designed and built by local students and professionals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Food Truck Fridays
Enjoy exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting at Duluth’s Fridays-N-Duluth. Food Truck Friday will take place every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a night filled with live music, Food Trucks, entertainment and more! For more information, click hereFri. Event details

Worth the Drive: Hiawassee

Georgia Mountain Fair
Don’t miss the annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey