It’s Daddy’s Day Weekend and there are tons of fun, family-friendly things happening all over Atlanta. Fête Father’s Day with a festival like the Wren’s Nest Fest, Decatur Beach Party, Rock Ranch Blackberry Festival or the Midsummer Music and Food Festival. Or, get going with the Callaway Gardens Triathalon, the Braves Country 4M or the Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival. No matter what you do or where you go this weekend, don’t forget to show pops he’s tops!


Decatur Beach Party
Celebrate the start of summer at the famous Ponce de Leon Beach in downtown Decatur with 60 tons of sand, a kids boardwalk with all kinds of fun games, live music, dancing on the plaza, a food court, cold beverages and guaranteed great times for all ages! Don’t miss headliner A1A, “the original and official Jimmy Buffet tribute band,” for dancing and relaxing on the plaza. And for the younger set, Douglas Brake and the Sizzle, Hiss, Pop Band return for a special kid’s concert. Fri., 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, The Old Courthouse Square, Decatur, $7 general admission, $5 children 3-12, children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.

The Wren’s Nest Fest
Join The Wren’s Nest for its biggest community event of the year and celebrate the home’s 100th anniversary. Perfect for children and families, this festival will include a moon bounce (where you can hop around like Brer Rabbit), a clown, a special appearance from Captain Planet, Mr. Greg’s Reptile Roadshow, face painting and more. The Wren’s Nest’s professional storytellers will also perform throughout the day. Fri., 10:00 am-3:00 pm, The Wren’s Nest, $4 for children (12 and under), $6 for adults. All ages. Event details.

Rock Ranch Blackberry Festival
Pick fresh blackberries and enjoy honey from the hives at The Rock Ranch. Explore the rest of the famous farm fun at the Ranch including cane pole fishing, paddle boats, corn box, jumping pillow, petting zoo, slide hill, pedal carts, pony rides, tiny town, and train rides. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Rock Ranch, Near Barnesville, $10. All ages. Event details.

Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 11th annual race begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. The race concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the festival, music and awards presentation. The festival, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and family-friendly. Advance registration and payment is required for those participating in the race. Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Riverside Park, Roswell, Festival is free, race registration starts at $40. Ages 5 and up to participate in race, Festival is all ages. Event details.

Braves Country 4m
Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend with the Atlanta Track Club and the Atlanta Braves at the Braves Country 4-Miler. All participants finish the race inside Turner Field, making a mad dash to home plate! And for kids age 8 and under, there’s the Braves Country 50-meter dash in Turner Field’s Monument Grove at 8:45 am. Race package includes admission to June 15 game Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants. Race-day registration is not available. Online registration closes June 15. Sat., Race number pick-up opens at 6:00 am, Turner Field, $35 for ATC members, $39 for non-members. All ages. Event details.

Midsummer Music and Food Festival
Atlanta’s favorite outdoor festival has returned to Candler Park! Take dad for great live music, cold drinks, local art and Atlanta’s best Food Trucks! Southern-tinged bands like The Whiskey Gentry and grub from vendors like Sweet Auburn Barbecue and Yumbii are sure to put a smile on his face. Sat., 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Candler Park, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Callaway Gardens Fitness Series-Sprint Triathlon
This highly successful Sprint Triathlon, now in its eighth year, features a 1/4-mile swim around Robin Lake in four to five feet of water (or less, closer to the shore); a 9-mile bike along nine miles of gently rolling terrain and a 2-mile run along Robin Lake Circle. The easy and scenic course is popular among beginning triathletes—in 2012, 70% of the field was comprised of first-timers. Many kids participate and you are welcome to “escort” them through the race making this a great way to get fit as a fam. Sun., 8:00 am, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, $65 until June 9th, $75 thereafter. All ages. Event details.

Real Men Cook
Take dad to enjoy a foodie-family outing and sample 150 dishes. Events include live music, fun for kids and a national celebration of dads and other “real men” on Father’s Day. Once you enter the event all food and drinks are free. Sun., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Georgia World Congress Center, $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. All ages. Event details.

Superhero Day
Wear your favorite superhero costume to the Fernbank and celebrate hero dads with hands-on activities, costumed characters and more. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Where will you take your little loves this weekend?

–Phebe Wahl

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