Better hold on tight! From the Renaissance Festival to the Shriner’s Circus, A Van Gogh immersive experience to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel right here in Atlanta, the weekend ahead is full of action. Keep reading for our picks for making it the best weekend ever.

photo: Hisu Lee via iStock

Make Merry at the Renaissance Festival
You’ll find a full-day of entertainment with continuous shows on ten stages, including the beautiful horses and gallant knights in shining armor in the full contact joust, circus-style shows, comedy, and music. Enjoy shopping in over 150 artisan shoppes, games of skill and people-powered rides for the amusement of kids of all ages. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Go to the Shriner’s Circus
The circus is coming to town, and it happens to be the biggest Shrine Circus in North America. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and daredevil acts. Plus, enjoy a giant Carnival midway featuring rides and attractions. This year, the State of Georgia is using Jim R. Miller Park as a COVID-19 vaccination location, so make note of the new location for the 2021 circus at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Here are the details.

Visit the Duluth Spring Arts Festival
Featuring up to 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. Check the details out here.

Explore Parks & Playgrounds that Rock
Rain or shine, hot or cold, you can count on Atlanta’s playgrounds. Whether they’re into planes or playthings, art, or just the art of swinging, these 17 parks belong on your bitty’s bucket list. Click here for the scoop.

Experience Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works. Encounter the brilliance of one of history’s greatest artists in 360 degrees. Guest of all ages are welcome. Each visit lasts around 60-75 minutes. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Watch Pinnochio at Center for Puppetry Arts
Upcycled thrift store finds get new life in this unique retelling of the most classic puppet tale. You’ll see baskets become crickets, cooking pots become foxes, and a puppet just might turn into real “live” boy. This solo “tour de farce” combines prop comedy, found object puppetry and original sound compositions for a laugh-out loud experience perfect for the whole family. Your ticket includes the performance, entry to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Soar on the Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventure Zipline at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Chattahoochee Nature Center has partnered with American Adventure Park Systems and Historic Banning Mills to bring you Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures. Choose to do the Aerial Adventure Course, Zipline Canopy Tour, or both to see nature from a different perspective and spend a day in the trees. Check it out, here.

See Wings of Wonder at Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville
For the Gainesville exhibition, artists have created three sculptures, including a pair of cardinals, “Love Long Last” for the Gainesville exhibition, Wings of Wonder: Towering Works of Nature, that are seen as harbingers of good health, renewal and loving relationships. Each bird is 15 feet tall and, although monumental in scale, these ephemeral works are temporary in nature – they are made from natural materials such as bamboo, tree saplings and found objects, meant to last only several years before fading away. This is everything you need to know before you go.

Marvel at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, an exhibit of reproduction ceiling frescoes, is open at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. This showcase features 34 reproductions mostly created in their original size, allowing visitors to observe all the intricate details of these masterpieces. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Enjoy Some Free & Cheap Fun in Atlanta
April is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in Atlanta, including blooms at local gardens, strawberry picking, and museum re-openings. Find out details here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

Featured photo Hisu Lee via Unsplash.

—Shelley Massey