The pool is great and the backyard is better, but this weekend is full of reasons to pack up the car and hit the town with the kiddos. From a pedestrian take-over of Peachtree Street to a street food festival with over 60 vendors, you’ll love being a road warrior. Sample some lavender ice cream at the Lavender Festival in Roswell, and perhaps pack a picnic for the kick-off of Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn summer series. Read on for the details on all of these events—and more—below.


Photo: S. Massey

Downtown to Midtown

Atlanta Streets Alive Pedestrian Takeover 
This time, you really can let your kids play in the street! Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Peachtree Street from Edgewood to 17th Street with a bicycle parade, followed by open biking, skating, walking and rolling down the streets in this fun, free, family-friendly event. Held on Peachtree St. from Edgewood Ave. to 17th St. Sun. from 4 to 8 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dragon Boat Festival at The Children’s Museum
Don’t miss the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s performance with dazzling costumes, colorful props, and melodic music from China. Audience members will pretend to row a dragon boat and beat the drum to take part in the fun. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $14.95/ person, free for babies under 1. 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. Beer, wine and Coke products will be available for purchase, and the Dominics’s Pizza food truck and Atomic Ice Cream Sandwiches will be available at every concert this summer. Held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Fri. at 7:30 p.m. $20 advance purchase online; $25 at the door. All ages. Event details.


Kids Learn to Ride at The Atlanta Cycling Festival
Take your kids to Coan Park in Kirkwood to learn how to ride a bike during this special event for the little peddlers during the week-long Atlanta Cycling Festival. This event is for kids that are new to riding and need a little extra encouragement, and be sure to bring your own set of two wheels. Held at Coan Park, 1520 Woodbine Ave. SE. Free. Sat. at 1:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain 

Atlanta Street Food Festival
The Atlanta Street Food Festival represents the largest gathering of food trucks in the Southeast, bringing together more than 60 food trucks, local merchants and artisans, and live musical entertainment from some of the area’s favorite performers. The best part? Kids 12 and under are free—and while you still have to purchase food once you get into the festival, many trucks offer small plate options for reduced prices so you can sample your way through the line-up. Held at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 12 to 8 p.m. on Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. $15/ person per day in advance, $20 at the door, free for ages 12 & under. All ages. Event details.

Opening Weekend of The Little Pirate Mermaid at Center for Puppetry Arts
See what the mermaid princess and her swashbuckling beau have up their sleeves in this exciting marionette adventure adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s tale. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1401 Spring St. NW at 18th. Fri. at 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Sat. at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun. at 1 & 3 p.m. $20.50/ person, children under 2 are free, All ages. Event details.


Lavender Festival at Barrington Hall
Head to Roswell’s most beautiful historic home to celebrate lavender (the plant), and you can be sure to delight all your kiddos who are in the “purple only” phase, too! This annual festival will include food, music, demonstrations, and plenty of kids activities and games. Be sure to stick around for the visit from the Lavender Fairy! Held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Hot Air Balloon Festival
Don’t miss this fun, family-oriented festival that includes tethered rides, a hot air balloon nighttime glow, inflatable rides, kids zone, local entertainment, craft and food vendors, and much more! Held at McCurry Park, 185 McDonough Rd. Free (some activities available for purchase). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey