You’re going to the be coolest parents in Atlanta with this fail-proof roundup of hot summer fun. From free outdoor jazz to an over-the-top Jurassic exhibit, don’t forget to pack your shades and pop your collar, because this weekend just got a whole lot cooler. Keep reading for everything you need to know to pull this off.

Photo: Shelby L. Bell via Flickr


Whatever Floats Your Boat
Whether you want to tube down the Chattahoochee River or just hang out at a local park while enjoying live music, yard games, and food, Whatever Floats Your Boat has something for everyone! This family-friendly event is free but tubes, rafts, kayaks, and standup paddle boards will be available to rent for a small fee. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Reptile Day at Fernbank
Slither on over to Fernbank for the ever-popular reptile day, where kids can come face-to-face with table after table of live reptiles and amphibians. Sat. Event details.

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.


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.

Click, Clack, Moo at Center for Puppetry Arts
Don’t miss this stage adaptation of Doreen Cronin’s book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Cows that type? Chickens on strike?? Farmer Brown can’t believe his ears! Join the barnyard fun in this new adaptation of the award-winning children’s book. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Midtown

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Enjoy tomato-based treats from dozens of chefs and mixologists and live music from G. Love and Special Sauce at this annual Ford Fry festival, benefitting Georgia Organics. Sun. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Atlanta Field Day in Historic Fourth Ward Park
Take your school-aged kids to watch this adult field day, and let them critique the teams’ strategies as they compete in classic events like tug of war, relay races, obstacle courses, and more. While your kiddos can’t participate, they will get a kick out of seeing how the grown-ups fare in these old-school field day events. Sat. Event details.


The Reluctant Dragon Puppet Show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season, including this week’s performance, The Reluctant Dragon. Fri. & 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.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Peter Pan at Serenbe Playhouse
Sit along the banks of the creek at Serenbe and soar to Neverland during this enchanting performance about everyone’s favorite little boy who refuses to grow up! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey