Hellooo, Summer! Oh how we’ve longed for you, especially during these past three weeks of endless end of school and season parties. And now you’re here, all shiny an new like a brand new baby that’s already sleep trained. Could it get any more precious? We don’t think so. Read on for the eight best ways to spend your first weekend of summer in and around Atlanta.

superhero kids in capes dress up

photo: Brian Dewey via flickr


Grand Opening of DC Super Friends at Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia has added to its attractions a special DC SUPER FRIENDS kids area, a themed area with five new “super kid” experiences themed after popular SUPER Heroes and villains. Head to the park for opening weekend for special appearances, attractions, activities, and more. Held at Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, SW. Sat. Daily tickets start at $44.99/ person, kids ages 2 & under free. All ages. Event details.


Free Kid’s Arts Festival and Parade
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.


Free Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park 
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.

Grant Park

Grant Park Farmer’s Market
The Grant Park Farmers Market supplements their farm-fresh vendors with weekly free celebrity chef demonstrations and a kids’ activity booth. Pick up your groceries for the week or grab picnic supplies for a day at the park (or zoo) amid live music and a festival atmosphere. Held at Grant Park , 600 Cherokee Ave. Sun. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Free. All ages. Event details.


Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Paddle on up to the CNC in Roswell for a sweet 1 ½ hour introduction to canoeing, followed by races, games, and water squirters on Beaver Pond. All equipment is provided. Register here or call or call 770-992-2055 in advance. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $15/ general public, $10/ members. Sat. at 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Chattahoochee Hills

Charlotte’s Web at Serenbe Playhouse
Could it get any more perfect than this? Watch the classic tale of Charlotte and Wilbur, on a farm—ON A FARM? Head to Serenbe for an adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s book, performed in the animal village. Held at Serenbe, 9110 Selborne Ln. Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults $20, students $15, and ages 12 & under $10. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: 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.

How will you celebrate summer? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey