Why saunter when you can sail? Why lolly gag when you can let it rip? In the spirit of embracing the more exciting of two options, we present to you this weekend’s round up of exceptional events. Go on and see what we’ve got in store for you below. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover.


photo: Eric (HASH) Hersman via flickr 


Paddle Over to 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 by calling 770-992-2055 in advance. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Sat. at 10 a.m. $15/ general public, $10/ members. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Candler Park

See a Free Outdoor Screening of Goosebumps 
The Friends of Candler Park present the outdoor movie series, beginning in April and running through September. Be sure to bring your own seating or blankets, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Leashed pups are welcome, and movies begin at dark. Held at Candler Park, In front of the pool house, Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave. Sat. at sundown. Free admission. All ages, but Goosebumps is rated PG. Event details.

Grant Park

Listen to Live Music and Eat BBQ at Pick’n N Grant Park
Enjoy live music, a street market, a kids zone with inflatables, games, face painting, and crafts, and the smells (not the taste) of competitors trying to win bragging rights for their ‘cue. And while you can’t eat what they’re cooking during the festival, vendors will be on hand to satisfy all those rumbling tummies. Held at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE. Sat. and Sun. all day. Free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Spring at the Chastain Park Arts Festival
Head to Chastain Park to celebrate Spring at the 6th Annual Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. With up to 200 displays of fine art and crafts, folk, and “outsider art,” you can bet there’s something just perfect for the kiddos to give Momma for Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to turn the kids loose in the children’s area! Held at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr. NW. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Learn About Mother’s Day at Heritage Sandy Springs
Explore old and new Mother’s Day traditions with make and take crafts. Held at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. Sat. from 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Ages 5-10. Event details.


Celebrate National Train Day
The 3rd Annual National Train Day for Autism provides a sensory-friendly experience for individuals on the Autism spectrum and their families, with model train layouts for children of different ages and needs to tinker and play with, including wooden Thomas trains and remote controlled trains, in-depth circuitry workshops for children who want to learn to how the wiring on an electric train layout works, and open-ended discovery stations with Legos, blocks, gears, ramps, and more. All children are welcome. Held at Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St. Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 4-12, Free for children 3 and under. All ages. Event details.


The 27th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow
Chief, gather your tribe and head to the Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powow, which will include a Native American dance competition, warriors on horseback, live American bison, Native American food, tipis, wigwams, train rides, and plenty of other kid’s activities. Held at Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15/ ages 13 & up, $5/ ages 6-12, and Free/ under 5. All ages. Event details.


Take Your Family Pet to Woofstock
“Atlanta’s Largest Pet Party In The Park” at Suwanee Town Center Park is a free festival for
dogs, cats, birds, ferrets and pets of all kinds (on a leash)—and their families, too. Other entertainment includes dog contests, frisbee dog demonstrations, the “Air Dogs” dock diving competition, inflatables for the kids, pet adoptions/vendors, arts & crafts, food trucks and a beer garden. Held at Suwanee Town Center Park, Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. and Buford Hwy. Sat. from 12 to 7 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


Strawberry Festival and Picking at Jaemor Farms
Don’t miss the fun at Jaemor Farms during their annual Strawberry Festival—the only day they’ll be opening their fields for u-pick strawberries this season ($14/ gal)! In addition to picking your own, you’ll delight your kiddos with hayrides, petting zoo, farm slide, skeeball, and duck races. There will be a strawberry cook-off at 12:30 p.m., a market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., an appearance by the mobile dairy unit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held at Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. U-Pick strawberries ($14/gal; 1 gallon minimum per 4 people), Farm Fun pass: $5/person (2 and under free) includes hayrides, petting zoo, farm slide, skeeball and duck races. All ages. Event details.

How will you race into the weekend ahead? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey