Dad, you rock. And because we know that this is your big weekend, we wanted to make sure you were armed with plenty of suggestions when your family starts asking you what you want to do. Because as thrilling as a clean garage and organized tie rack might be, you’ve got way better options around town this weekend. In addition to the fun events listed below, be sure to get the scoop on fishing at the Buford Fish Hatchery, zip lining at Historic Banning Mill, and Atlanta’s best spots for a round of mini golf, just to keep your options open. You deserve a big weekend of fun!



Oceans and Autos Car Show at the Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium will host a weekend-long car and motorcycle show, Oceans and Autos, in honor of Father’s Day. View over $20 million worth of cars and motorcycles on display, and meet the host of “My Classic Car,” Dennis Gage on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW. Fri. to Sun. from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit both the Aquarium and car show for the price of general admission, plus a $10 car show ticket. Attend the car show only for $20. Kids 12 and under receive free admission to the Oceans and Autos Car Show. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Father’s Day at The Children’s Museum
This Father’s Day weekend, take the kids to Children’s Museum to play basketball, soccer, catch, and golf, then hit the Build It Lab to make Dad a key holder and decorate baseball caps to give to their fathers. 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.


Beach Party
Celebrate dad and the start of summer at the annual Decatur Beach Party as sixty tons of sand covers the square where families can build castles and dig deep with provided sand toys. The children’s boardwalk features games, activities, music, and inflatables. Beach chairs are welcome and food and drinks are available for purchase. Held at The Old Courthouse Square, 101 E. Court Sq. Fri. from 5 to 11 p.m. $12/ adult in advance or $15 at the gate. Children ages 4-12 years old are $7 in advance, and $10 at the gate. Free entry for children under 3. All children’s activities are included in the admission price. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

Tunes from the Tombs at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Boasting a locals-only lineup, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its sixth year on Saturday, June 18. Festival headliner Arrested Development will top a day of genre-spanning performances from some of the south’s best bands. Enjoy music, the park-like setting, and Atlanta’s finest food trucks with the whole fam. Held at Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave, SE. Advance general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-12, Children 3 and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12. Sat. from 1 to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Inaugural Sandy Springs Lantern Parade
The parade will begin at North Springs United Methodist Church at 9 p.m. and will wind down to Morgan Falls Park where the Morgan Falls dam is located. After the parade, shuttle sponsor Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. will drive you back to the starting point. Held at North Springs United Methodist Church to Morgan Falls Park, 7770 Roswell Road. Festivities begin at 7 p.m., parade begins at 9 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


See Hotel Transylvania 2 at Mable House Amphitheatre
Head to The Mable House for a free screening of Hotel Transylvania 2, part of the Kaiser Permanente Free Movie Series. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic or cash for concessions. Held at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road. Free. Fri. Gates open at 7:30pm. Movie starts at dusk. RAIN or SHINE. All ages. Event details.


Intro to Tree Climbing at Panola Mountain State Park
Go “on rope” for an adventure exploring the tree canopy above Panola Mountain State Park at an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Register in advance by calling 770-389-7801. Ages 8 and up. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. $15 to register and $5 to park. Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate dad this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey

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