Make this Memorial Day Weekend memorable, with parades, a May Fair, and more. Keep reading for our favorite ways to kick off the official start to summer, below.

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Go on a Family Canoe Trip at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Take advantage of having Monday off for Memorial Day with a relaxing paddle on CNC’s Beaver Pond. For first time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport, CNC’s canoe guides will spend extra time going over paddling techniques and equipment, as well as lead races and games. Admission to CNC is included so bring a picnic and enjoy the nature center grounds afterwards. All equipment is provided. Find out more here.

Kick Off Summer with Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Kids are called to kick off summer at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Children can enjoy two days of dance parties, messy science, puffy paint and more. Check out the details here.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade in Dacula
The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off for the 27th time on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The parade takes place rain or shine. There is no rain date. The parade has grown over the years and remains the only Memorial Day parade in Metro Atlanta, largest in the the state of Georgia and one of the largest in our nation. The parade features Veterans, Veterans organizations, active and reserve service men and women, active and restored military vehicles, marching bands, Scouts, churches, community groups, custom designed floats, local businesses, horses, antique cars, trucks and tractors and more. Check out the details here.

Enjoy the May Fair in Buford
Head to the Buford Corn Maze every weekend in May for May Fair — an unique old county fair experience for all ages with magic shows, pony rides, a fire engine display, and more. Find out all that you should know before you go, here.

Salute the Troops at Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park honors our troops and their families at Atlanta’s largest four-day Memorial Weekend event, complete with a special salute to the troops and extended fireworks finale following the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. Find more info here.

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.

Enjoy Food Trucks & Entertainment at Fridays-N-Duluth
Duluth is the place to be on Friday night from May through September as food trucks take over Downtown Duluth! Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Festival Center Stage and in Parsons Alley. Here’s the scoop.

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.

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!

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—Shelley Massey



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