For dads that just wanna’ have fun, Atlanta is the place to be for Father’s Day weekend. From a family beach party (near a pub, no less) to a hot air balloon festival that’s worth the drive—plus discounts to area attractions galore—the kids won’t be the only ones feeling the love. Keep reading for everything you need to know about making Father’s Day weekend fantastic.

Photo: Jason Lander via Flickr

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater. Fri. Event details

Mammoths and Mastodons at Fernbank
Explore the world of mammoths and mastodons through fossils, artifacts, engaging interactives, immersive media, and the story of the most complete and best preserved baby mammoth ever found. Explore their habitats, their neighbors, and their human hunters. Investigate current theories about their DNA and extinction, and journey with scientists who continue to study their living cousins—elephants. Presented in conjunction with the giant screen film, also at Fernbank—Titans of the Ice Age. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Film Festival Family Day
The Kids Film Festival in Decatur is scheduled June 16 – 30, 2017 with a the theme of “The Magic of Edutainment.” On June 17, 2017, the Film Festival Family Day will include workshops for youth, and will showcase family films at the Decatur Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check event details for additional detail on workshops and screenings. Sat. Event details.

Story Time at The Little Shop of Stories
Don’t miss storytime each and every week at Atlanta’s favorite independent children’s bookstore in the Decatur square. Storytime usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and Sunday story times will be tailored to the crowd that shows up on that day. Sun. Event details.


Decatur Beach Party
What do you get when you combine the Decatur Beach Party, a cultural community festival, and the Brick Store Pub’s 20th anniversary? An exciting, beach-themed, performance-rich celebration, now known as Summer in the City . . . Where Beach Meets the Street. Head to Decatur and celebrate this new take on the annual Decatur Beach Party, featuring pop-up cultural performances, a special Brick Store anniversary cake, 60 tons of sand, kids activities, live music, and a wall for rock climbing. Fri. Event details


Juneteenth at Atlanta History Center
This two-day family program focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. This is a free admission day at Atlanta History Center. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Grant Park

Atlanta Cycling Festival CLIF Kid Ride Zone
Join the CLIF bar team as they host a party for kids with their CLIF Kid Ride Zone, in conjunction with The Atlanta Cycling Festival! Expect ramps, ruts and a whole lot of fun. Kids bikes and helmets will be on hand, just in case your kid doesn’t have one. This event is suitable for kids 4-12 years old. Sat. Event details.

Kiddie Kat Ally Cat Family Bike Race
Join The Spindle crew as they host the first ever Kiddie Kat Ally Cat Race! This kid + parent team race will take you around Grant Park, completing kid friendly tasks and shredding like kids love to do! Prizes, temporary tattoos and juice boxes will abound. Children must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian. Both must have a rad bike to compete. This will be aggressively family friendly, with parent(s) riding with their kids as a family/team. Sat. Event details


Shows for Seedlings at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy a variety of live performances from some of Atlanta’s best storytellers and musicians. Shows are every Friday and Saturday from May until September. This weekend, hear enchanting stories full of appreciation for plants and animals. Sat. Event details.

CreATE-ATL at The Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register through event details. Sun. Event details.


Father’s Day at The Children’s Museum
Celebrate Dad at the Children’s Museum with Daddy Olympics, a special story time, crafts, and dance party. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Discount Tickets to Georgia Aquarium for Dads
This Father’s Day, Georgia Aquarium wants to treat all Dads with a special $20 + tax discounted ticket on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Dad will receive discounted ticket with the purchase of one full-price admission ticket (adult, child or senior) at ticketing window only. Father’s Day ticket and full-price admission ticket must be purchased at ticketing window. Sun. Event details


Farmer’s Market on The Square
Head to The Square for over 60 vendors on Saturday (year round) and over 25 vendors on Sunday (April-October), and find heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available from the grocery store, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. You’ll also find live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. Sat. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Father’s Day Car Show at Stone Mountain Park
Calling all Dads! Come out to Stone Mountain Park on Father’s Day to enjoy a vintage car show featuring Camaros, Mustangs, Chevys from the 1950s and more. Fathers also get attractions for free on Father’s Day, so be sure to enjoy the rest of the day with Adventure Passes for the family. Fri. Event details.


Dads Get in Free to Midieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament has the chivalry, rivalry and revelry to make dad’s day fit for a king! Dad is free during shows from June 5-18 with the purchase of one full-priced adult. Father’s Day package upgrade available for additional $25 during checkout or at the door. Package includes framed photo of Dad, “It’s Good to be King” can koozie, and 25oz glass stein with choice of draft beer or soda. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Fayetteville

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! Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Robin Hood at Serenbe Playhouse
Based on the classic story of Robin Hood, a man of the people who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, this adaptation by Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle and under the direction of Broadway’s Paul McGill, characters will fly through Serenbe’s magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey