We’ve picked out seven ways for you to swing right into this Memorial Day Weekend. From fireworks to face painting, and carnival rides to camels, you’ve got nowhere to go but up from here. Keep reading for everything you need to know about these events, and more.

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Stone Mountain

Memorial Day at the Mountain
For a special salute to the troops, head to Stone Mountain for a fireworks display, lasershow, 5K/1K Walk & Run (Sunday, May 27), and attractions that include SkyHike®, one of the nation’s largest adventure ropes courses, Geyser Towers®, a one-of-a-kind water adventure, Summit Skyride, where you can soar to the top of the mountain for unprecedented views of the city, Ride The Ducks™, where you can tour the Park in a splashy way, and more.. Thurs.-Mon. 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Garden
The plant giants return! Take your tots to marvel at this collection of mega-landscaping, complete with a trio of camels, an enchanting Mermaid, and a beautiful Peacock—among other marvelous models. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Planetarium Shows and More at Fernbank Science Center
Visit the Fernbank Science Center and check out the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library, and daily planetarium shows—including an immersive, animated musical is aimed at young audiences, a deep dive into a black hole, and a close-up of the sky tonight. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Decatur Arts Festival
In addition to the artists market, book readings, and live performances at the Decatur Arts Fest, don’t forget to visit the Kids Arts Festival, which kicks off with a parade. Lineup begins at 9:30 am at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Marching begins at 9:50 am. Dress up your kids and decorate your strollers, bikes, and trikes. The coolest decorated ride wins a prize. After the parade, enjoy arts and crafts, music, balloons, juggling, clowns, inflatables, and new this year, a gaming truck for kids of all ages. Sat. Event details.


Alpharetta Arts StreetFest
Head to historic downtown Alpharetta for over 90 regional and national artisans, live music, entertaining and hands-on children’s activities (a clay experience at the potter’s wheel, liquid watercolor and pastel painting pieces, sand art, face painting, glitter tattoos, colorful parrots, fun science activities, crafts and splashy water ball fun in the park located at the corner of Milton Avenue and North Main Street). There will also be local eats available to purchase. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Pine Mountain

Memorial Day at Callaway Gardens
Kick off Summer 2018 with a splash during Callaway Gardens’ Memorial Day Weekend Festival, featuring the 59th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament®Presented by GM Marine Engine Technology and a host of other fun attractions at Robin Lake Beach including live music, the beach activities, kids zones, great food, drink specials and much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What’s up your sleeve this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey