Dad deserves some fun this weekend. Take him to the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, or perhaps the beach (conveniently located in Decatur for one day only). For a more laid-back option, head to Callanwolde for the first of their Summer Jazz Series. Whatever his speed, you’ll find something fun to do to celebrate Father’s Day, below!

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Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival
Restaurants from all over Atlanta will be serving up bites of melty, cheesy, goodness, along with frosty brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Note: The festival is Sat. & Sun., but all ages are welcome to attend only on Sunday, when kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Sun. Event details.


Summer in the City
Celebrate the kick-off of summer Decatur-style at Summer in the City with pop-up performances, a DJ, live music, a sandy “beach,” and more. Bring your sand toys to play in the 80 tons of sand hitting Ponce De Leon Avenue. Kids’ activities will line the boardwalk area, and for the older kids there will be a rock climbing wall and other exciting games. Fri. Event details

Druid Hills

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.


The Amazing Castle at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Be transported to a magical place and time inside a Renaissance castle’s stone walls, where every citizen has a special job to do. Kiddos can don costumes and engage in role-play, become lords and ladies, castle villagers or even “HiJinx the Jester.” Sat. (Opening day) & Sun. 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.

Shows for Seedlings at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy a variety of live performances from some of Atlanta’s best storytellers and musicians. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Garden
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.


Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
The year’s most popular exhibit is back for this summer! This special outdoor exhibit is open every day where you can flutter up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Wind in the Willows 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 Wind in the Willows. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Lift Up Atlanta’s Summer Fun Fest
Enjoy live entertainment, including a magic show, petting zoo, fun zone, shopping, arts and crafts, games, carnival food, and more to benefit school supplies for needy kiddos. All proceeds go to help homeless and low income families prepare for the upcoming school year. Sat. 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