Ready for November to knock your socks off? This weekend has a chili festival in Cabbagetown, Cinderella at The Fox, a science celebration at Fernbank, a major league model train display in Duluth, and more in store for you. Read on for the scoop on these and other awesome weekend events.

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Druid Hills

Science at Hand Day at Fernbank
Calling all future mad scientists! Fernbank’s Science at Hand Day is packed with hands-on opportunities to experience different scientific fields and talk with scientist in a one-on-one setting. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE. Free with admission. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off and Festival
Come for the chili, stay for the story time, face painting, and more at the children’s stage. Held at Cabbagetown Park, 177 Kirkwood Ave. Festival is free but some events and concessions have fees. Sat. from 7 a.m. (road race) to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Hear Artful Stories at The Carlos Museum

Amp up your average story time by letting the littles hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa in the galleries of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, surrounded by art! After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos’ collections. A reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. Free. Sat. at 10 a.m. Ages 3-5. Event details.


See The Three Little Pigs and More at Center for Puppetry Arts
Head to the Center for Puppetry Arts for fantastic folk tales from around the world featuring The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50 (includes create-a-puppet workshop), free under 3. Fri: 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat: 11a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Get Silly at the High
We all secretly want to give the pigeon a hot dog. Now’s your chance. The High Museum of Art presents Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, featuring over 100 works by the artist. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ Adult, $12/ Children ages 6-17). All ages. Event details.

Watch the Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi Perform
It’s art for all with the Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi initiative to bring our city’s own emerging choreographers with beautiful and engaging venues for amazing, unique performances. Don’t miss an unique performance amid the Los Trompos installation in Sifly Plaza. Held at Sifly Plaza, The High Museum of Art Atlanta, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. Fri. at 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Fox
Don’t miss this classic production of Cinderella, complete with pumpkin, glass slipper, and fairy godmother! Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $48 and up. Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. at 1 and 6:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Chastain Park Arts Festival
Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, a children’s area and local food and beverage concessions including the “gourmet” food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will enliven the atmosphere in addition to live art demonstrations. Held at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr. Free. Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Do a Jig at IrishFest
Bring your Lords and Ladies of the dance and explore Irish traditions at this annual celebration of Celtic culture. Held at Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW. $35/ adult, $15/ child under 13. Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Model Train Days at Southeastern Railway Museum
Don’t miss the SRM’s Model Train Days, a part of the Piedmont Pilgrimage of the annual tour of model railroads. Your little locomotive lovers will lose it over the “G” (that’s a big deal!) scale setup in the main exhibit hall. Held at Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy. $10/ adult, $7/ ages 2-12, Free under 2. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Canton

Harvestfest at Tanglewood Farm
Celebrate autumn and National American Indian Heritage Month with loads of outdoor fun in the spirit of the Cherokee Indians who once walked this land. Hunt for arrowheads, play in a real teepee, gobble with real Thanksgiving turkeys (heritage breed Narragansetts), and meet Native American interpreter and storyteller Irving Standing Chief. Held at Tanglewood Farm, 171 Tanglewood Dr. $15/ person, Infants under 1 are free. Family tours are held Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations are required for individuals or families to visit. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Gainesville

Nature Connects: LEGO® in the Garden
Worth the drive to Gainesville, the newly-opened Gainesville extension of the Atlanta Botanical Garden features 14 larger-than-life installations built from nearly 400,000 LEGO bricks including a giant praying mantis, butterfly, hummingbird, flowers and more. Don’t miss the grand opening this weekend with LEGO activities and games. Held in Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Dr. Free with admission (Adult $18.95, Child $12.95, Under 3 free). Sep 19 – Jan 3. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: The Rock

Pumpkin Destruction Day at The Rock Ranch
Bring your leftover jack-o-lanterns or use a leftover pumpkin from The Rock Ranch pumpkin patch, and join us for Pumpkin Destruction Day. Enjoy unique country fun as you “recycle” pumpkins with activities that include pumpkin bombing airplanes, professional Monster Trucks, the lift crane pumpkin drop, the hammer smash, the pumpkin cannon and more. Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. General admission, $15; kids 3 and under are free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Where will you rock the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey