This Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and lucky for us, Atlanta has plenty of places to play. Why not mingle with thousands of native butterflies and then stroll on over to an antebellum home for a celebration of lavender? Or perhaps you’d rather enjoy an outdoor concert after watching a live performance of Peter Pan under the pines. Keep reading for the scoop on these, and more, lovely ways to spend the weekend.

Photo: Wendy Harman via Flickr


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 Wizard of Oz 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 Wizard of Oz. Fri. & Sat. 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! Sat. Event details

Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners Festival
Head to Peachtree Corners for live entertainment, street food, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, and balloons, cotton candy, clowns, bounce houses, face painting, so much more fun for the little ones at this annual small-town (but close by) festival. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Sandy Springs

Free Concerts by the Springs
Heritage Sandy Springs will present the 22nd season of Concerts by the Springs, the outdoor summer concert series from May through September. This weekend you can jam to the beach tunes of the Swingin’ Medallions. Sun. 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.


Sing Along the Road Again at Center for Puppetry Arts
Go on a musical road trip with John Paul George and his singing dog, Ringo. This one is perfect for kiddos who dig transportation and tunes. 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.

Second Sunday Funday at The High Museum of Art
Check out this series on the second Sunday of each month offering free admission for all visitors from 12 to 5 p.m. and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. 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