Ready to score some serious points with your team this weekend? Kick off the official start to summer this Memorial Day weekend with a trip to the circus, the unveiling of North America’s largest fire wheel, a free family pick-up soccer match, and more. Keep reading for the inside deets on everything you need to have the best weekend, ever, below.

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Sandy Springs

Family Forest Walk
Enjoy a short, guided walk through Big Trees Preserve, where some of the tallest trees in Atlanta can be found (and which almost became a car dealership in the 1980’s). Make leaf and bark rubbings to take home. Meet at the outdoor classroom at the start of the trail. Fri. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Memorial Day at the Mountain
Spend the day enjoying the park with your loved ones, then marvel as the night skies light up in a specially choreographed tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country. A special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow every night—in addition to the family attractions and live entertainment including the all-new MEGABUGS! exhibit, special performances by the Xtreme Chinese Acrobats, and the unveiling of North America’s largest fire wheel! Sat. & Sun. Event details


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. Be sure to check the schedule before you go. Sun. Event details.


3-D Design and Printing for Families at MODA
Whether you’re a wiz-kid on the computer, or haven’t so much as opened a spreadsheet in eons, you can jump right in to the basics of the browser-based 3D modeling program Tinkercad, where you’ll design a dream creation of your own (think custom cell phone holder, jewelry, luggage tag, planter, pitcher, watering can, or unicorn, naturally). By the end of the class your creation will be ready to go to print, which is exactly what it’ll do. In just one week’s time you’ll be able to pick it up at MODA and bring it into the real world with you. Sat. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Find local farm goods, bakers, jams, preserves and art while enjoying prepared foods and drinks for breakfast and lunch at this market, which features local live music, chef demonstrations and demos by a board-certified dietitian. The market also provides a kid-friendly activity center for those with small children. Sat. Event details.

Harold and the Purple Crayon at Center for Puppetry Arts
Based on the books by Crockett Johnson, this delightful story shows what might be achieved with a lot of imagination, and a touch of purple crayon. Stay after the show to make a puppet (included in your price of admission), and check out the World of Puppetry Museum, while you’re there. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Summer Bash at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
School’s out, but the fun and learning doesn’t need to end! Children’s Museum of Atlanta is ringing in summer with a beach ball and boogie board bonanza relay at the CMA stage. Kids can enjoy limbo luau or make their way to the sand tables for a castle competition! Celebrating students can also head over to the Art Studio and make Andy Warhol-inspired popsicle pop-art or to the Build It Lab to create their bubble wands. Sat. Event details.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Play the Music of the Beatles
Inspire your children through your favorite musical artists with The Rock and Roll Playhouse! Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, these family concerts bridge the gap between the music you love and your children. The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers kids and families an opportunity to participate in games, stories, and movement. Children under 1 are free. Sun. Event details.


Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series
The Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series brings music and fun to life, Saturdays from May to September. Pack a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, live, family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups. Click here for a list of upcoming events. Sat. Event details.

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest
Head to the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest to enjoy a wide variety of original art, music, amazing food and free hands-on art activities for children. This event will feature more than 95 artists from across the U.S, representing a variety of mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, metal and paper art. Rain or shine bring your family and friends to this artistic festival. Sat. Event details.


Family Pickup Soccer
All ages and genders, families and friends are welcome to participate in this open pickup session! It’s a relaxed and fun game, so go have a ball playing weekend soccer. There is no charge for this event, but join the event to reserve your spot, and check for location updates here. Sun. Event details.

Free Skateboarding Class
Join expert instructors during this one hour skateboarding class for beginners, covering topics such as: how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks—just bring your own equipment, if possible. Extra boards may be available to those who are unable to provide their own. All classes are weather permitting. Sat. Event details


Toddler Ranger at Red Top Mountain State Park
This program is designed for toddlers to explore nature with a Ranger. Enjoy hands-on experiences, play, nature walks, and other interactive games and activities to learn and explore. Call to register. Inclement weather may cancel event. Sat. Event details.


Georgia Renaissance Festival
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is one 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. Be sure to check out the website for themed weekend events. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey