The weekend knocking at the door, but instead of screaming “mayday,” check out our hot list for family fun this May Day. If you’re looking for a deal, we’ve got the scoop on the Atlanta Museum Week, a free outdoor movie, and kid’s free weekend at the Renaissance Festival. Or perhaps you’re ready to party? Check out one of the country’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration, May Day festivities on the farm, and The Little Shop of Stories’ birthday bash! Throw in the mix some fun outdoor activities and an easy day trip, and you’ve got the makings for a marvelous weekend!

Serenbe Farms May Day

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Celebrate May Day at Serenbe
Take the tots to Serenbe to enjoy its 10th annual May Day celebration, complete with maypole dancing and a children’s area with pony rides, bouncy slides, face painting, and a dunk tank. Held at Serenbe Farms, 9110 Selborne Ln. $5/person or $20/family. Sun. from 12 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Multiple Locations in Atlanta

Celebrate Atlanta Museum Week 
Friday marks the last day of the inaugural Atlanta Museum Week, with 2-for-1 tickets at the best museums across town. Held at multiple museums; check here for a complete listing. Register online. Through Friday, May 1. All ages. Event details.

Candler Park

See a Movie Under the Stars
Head to Candler Park for a free outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz. Be sure to bring your own seating or blankets, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Leashed pups are welcome, and the movie begin at dark. Held in front of the pool house at Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave. Free. Sat. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
The 9th annual Fiesta Atlanta is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Southeast. This daylong celebration features Mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, a 5K race, youth soccer clinics, arts and crafts, and authentic international foods. Ole! Held at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave W NW. Free. Sun. from 12 to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Kids Run the Bases at Turner Field
Kids 14 and under can line up and run around the bases at Turner Field just like their favorite Bravos do. To participate, line up at the Hank Aaron Ramp at the end of the game. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE. Tickets start at $12.75/ person. Sun. following the 1:35 p.m. game. All ages. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Check Out the Inaugural Fire in the Fourth Festival
Paying homage to the historic Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 which devastated the Old Fourth Ward, the festival will celebrate its heritage through fire installations, performances, live music, fire rescue musters competitions and more. Held at Edgewood Ave. and Auburn Ave. between Boulevard and Jackson. Free. Sat. from 2-10 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Enjoy Kids Free Weekend at the Renaissance Festival
One child (12 and under) gets in free with each paid adult during kids free weekend at the Renaissance Festival. They’ll enjoy a full day of kid-friendly activities, including the Maypole Dance, the Amazing Maze, games, rides, a costume contest, and an appearance by Spongebob. Held at Georgia Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, 6655 Virlyn B Smith Rd. Adults $19. Sat. and Sun. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

Take a Cryptophonic Tour of Oakland Cemetery
It’s not as creepy as it sounds. The Cryptophonic Tour is a one-day immersive arts event for all ages that allows visitors to experience musical history through an interactive installation featuring the works of more than a dozen sound, multimedia and performance artists. Held at Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. SE. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, Kids under 3 free Sat. from 2-7 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate The Little Shop of Stories’ Birthday
Little Shop of Stories turns 10 years old this summer and to celebrate they’re hosting a party at the gazebo, on the square, and in the shop. Don’t miss the visit from Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of SkippyJon Jones. Held at the Gazebo and on the Square, 133 E Court Sq. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Gay

Take a Trip to the Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Take a step back in time when you drive 50 miles outside of Atlanta to go to the twice-annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, Georgia. Entertainment, arts, crafts, and exhibits are served up with a side of history. Held at 18830 Hwy 85. Sat. and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

How will you break in the month of May? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: Serenbe