Whether you’re looking to put the skyline in your rear-view mirror for a day or stick around town, we’ve got options for you. From a May Day celebration in Chatt Hills (yes, there will be a maypole) to a free outdoor family movie screening, this first weekend of May doesn’t disappoint. Read on for the scoop on where all the cool kids will be playing.

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Old Fourth Ward

Free Skateboarding Classes on the Beltline
Head to the BeltLine for a one-hour skateboarding class sponsored by Coca-Cola and led by expert instructors. The beginner class will walk you through topics such as learning to balance, the stance, and your first turns. The intermediate class will cover topics such as how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks. Confirm class schedule prior to arriving. Sat. Event details.


Pete the Cat at Center for Puppetry Arts
Take your cool cats to check out Pete the Cat—the ultimate skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat around. This new show is based on the NYT Best Seller series of books about the adventures of one groovy cat. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.

Candler Park

Flick-Nik Free Outdoor Movie 
Don’t miss this unique open air movie experience with everyone’s love for a good family picnic. This weekend, check out Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Sat. Event details.


See The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare
Don’t miss this unique interpretation of two classic fairy tales through poignant choreography, glow-in-the dark puppets and dazzling visual effects. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling celebrates differences and transformation, while Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare reminds audiences of the old adage “slow and steady wins the race.” Sat. Event details.

Fairy Houses at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Take a hike on the Forest Fairy House Trail, an outdoor exhibit on the Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail with more than a dozen whimsical work made from tiny natural objects. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Georgia Renaissance Festival
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Georgia Renaissance Festival has been voted on 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. Sat. – Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

May Day Celebration at Serenbe
Celebrate spring among the breath-taking scenery Serenbe with over thirty vendors, food trucks, artists, strolling performers, music and hand-made, home-grown goods from all over the Southeast. Families can enjoy the “Children’s Hillside,” sponsored by Chatt Hills Charter School, with pony rides, bouncy slides, face painting, a dunk tank and other May Day activities. And of course, they will even have a bona-fide May Pole dance. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Gay
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Take a step back in time when you drive 50 miles outside of Atlanta to go to the twice-annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, Georgia. Entertainment, arts, crafts, and exhibits are served up with a side of history. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

How will you spend the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey