This Memorial Day, why not honor the sacrifices of our servicemen and women by getting out and enjoying the freedoms they defended so bravely? From a kids arts festival to the largest free family jazz festival in the country, a movie night and kid’s parade at Turner Field to water sport competitions and lake fun just a day trip away, Atlanta has everything you need to jump in to summer in a big way this weekend!

Callaway Gardens Memorial Day Weekend

Worth the Trip: Pine Mountain

Spend Memorial Day at Callaway Gardens
Kick off Summer by taking an easy day trip (or making a weekend out of it) to Callaway Gardens, and enjoy the 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® and a host of other fun attractions at Robin Lake Beach, including live music, the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market, beach activities, kids zones, great food, drink specials and more. Held at Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. Events all weekend long; check website for schedule. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Watch a Movie at Turner Field
Stay after the 4 p.m. Braves game and watch a free post-game screening of The Sandlot on BravesVision. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE. Free with game admission (Tickets start at $12.75). Sat. after the 4 p.m. game. All ages, but movie is rated PG. Event details.

Join a Pre-Game Parade at Turner Field
Kids 14 and under along with their parents are invited to join the Braves for a pre-game parade around the field. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE. Free with game admission (Tickes start at $12.75). Sat. at 1:30 p.m. Ages 14 & under. Event details.

Midtown

See the Environmental Epic Show in the Garden
Head to the Children’s Amphitheater to hear storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin perform the Environmental Epic Show. Held at Children’s Amphitheater at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, Free for 3 and under). Sat at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Enjoy the Nation’s Biggest Free Jazz Festival 
Don’t miss the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park, which showcases local and national jazz greats, a neighborhood jazz series, youth jazz band competition, a kids zone and plenty other family-friendly activities. Don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket and your Off! Held at Piedmont Park, 10th and Monroe. Free. Fri. from 6-11 p.m., Sat. & Sun. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Get Silly with Mo Willems at The High
We all secretly want to give the pigeon a hot dog. Now’s your chance. The High Museum of Art presents Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, featuring over 100 works by the artist. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ Adult, $12/ Children ages 6-17). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Decatur

Check out the Kid’s Arts Festival 
Don’t miss the Kids Arts Festival, which kicks off with a parade and is followed by arts and crafts, music, balloons, juggling, clowns, inflatables, and more. Be sure to deck out your kids and their wheels for the parade (strollers, bikes, big wheels, trikes, etc.)! Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Marching begins at 9:50. Free. All ages. Event details.

State Parks, Multiple Locations

National Kids to Parks Day
Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned dozens of family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day,” including fishing rodeos, guided hikes, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, geocaching and numerous other programs. Go play while you can, on May 16, 23 and 30. For specific events at your nearest State Park, click here. Held at Georgia State Parks, Multiple Locations. Free, parking $5. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your Memorial Day Weekend bucket list? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: Callaway Gardens