Take a deep breath. You’ve nearly survived the month of May and it’s blue skies and bubbles ahead! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up Atlanta’s best bets for fantastic family fun. From the circus to neighborhood festivals, Mommy & Me teas to free bike lessons, you’ll forget about your hectic weekdays in a flash. Because the weekends don’t get any better than this, and those kiddos of yours? They’re not getting any younger.

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Shriner’s Circus
The World’s Largest Shrine Circus & Midway Carnival is as classic a circus experience you can get, with high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, elephants, bears, daredevil acts, thrilling carnival rides and, of course, world-famous Shriner clowns. There are also more than 40 carnival rides and attractions, plus all the carni food you can dream of. Sat.& Sun. Event details.


Spring Fling
Don’t miss this community festival and tour of homes celebrating historic and eclectic Kirkwood. This family-friendly festival includes a 5K run, artist market, diverse line-up of live music, creative kids’ activities, including the Georgia Bubble Man, Circus Camp (balloon animals, magic shows, trapeze & more), bounce houses, and face painting. Be sure to grab a plate from the award winning Blue Ribbon BBQ champ. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

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. This curated street experience for all ages will raise money for community initiatives. Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Mommy and Me Princess Tea
The 5th Annual Mommy and Me Princess Tea at the Carter Center is back and includes a catered tea, princess show, goody bag, and meet-n-greet with the 15 princess performers. Sun. Event details.

BeltLine—West End

Free Learn to Ride a Bike Classes
Kids of all ages can learn to ride a bike from an REI instructor during this event. They’ll learn to overcome fears, start, stop, turn, and maneuver their bikes around obstacles. Younger kids bring their own gear; older kids can borrow from the instructors or bring theirs along. Sat. Event details.


Touch a Truck and Meet a Princess
Fun for all ages! Children can see, touch, and explore vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and meet Beauty and the Beast while munching on Chick-fil-A and Kona Ice (available for purchase). Sat. Event details.


Marietta Greek Festival
Take the kids to the Marietta Greek Festival for traditional dancing, food, and of course, inflatables, face painting, and playground fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Renaissance Festival
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Georgia Renaissance Festival has been voted on of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events, and is an art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside a re-created 16th-Century European village. Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

What kind of fun are you chasing this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey