And….. they’re off! Get ready to horse around this weekend with lots of family fun. Race down to Callaway Gardens for their annual Steeplechase. Take in one last spooktacular event with the Georgia A-Scary-Um at the aquarium. Go native and take your little indians out to Stone Mountain for the Indian Festival and Pow-Wow. Get moving in support of maternal health with the Move for Moms event. After you have worked up an appetite, take the fam to the deliciously fun Chomp and Stomp Chilli Cookoff and Festival. Enjoy your weekend of racing around!


The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens
The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens brings family and friends together to watch thoroughbred horses race over timber and brush hurdles. Entertain their children with stick pony races, pony rides,  rock climbing wall, The Jack Russell Terrier Races, and the Carmike Kid’s Corral. There are also two junior horse races for selected competitive riders sixteen years old and younger.  You can enjoy bagpipers as well as the parade of the Midland Foxhounds—and tailgate and hat competitions. Sat., 10 am to 4 pm, Callaway Gardens, Ticket prices start at $25, kid’s corral wristbands are $20. All ages. Event details.

Georgia A-Scary-Um
Georgia A-Scary-Um provides a safe environment for the whole family to  trick-or-treat alongside longfin batfish and Japanese spider crabs. The Aquarium will be decked out with Halloween decorations and music. Enjoy Trick-or-Treat stations in each gallery and Halloween-themed crafts, photo stations and costume contests! There will be music, games, contests and SPOOK-tacular prizes for all! Thurs., 1 to 7 pm; Fri. & Sat., 2 to 5 pm. The Georgia Aquarium, Costumed kids 12 and under get general admission free during this event. All ages. Event details.

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
Bring your family to experience the energy and color of the largest Native American gathering in Georgia. Held at Stone Mountain Park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more. Learn about primitive skills such as flint-knapping, bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. Crawl inside a tipi and other traditional native dwellings. Parents and children participate in interactive experiences such as an encampment showing the lifestyle of local and regional historic Native American cultures. Thurs. & Fri., 9am to 3 pm; Sat., 10 am to 6 pm; Sun., 10 am to 5 pm. Stone Mountain Village, $10 fee per car for parking and park entry.  All ages. Event details.

Move for Moms!
Move For Moms! is a fun run to promote maternal mental health. This event  includes a 1k for walkers, families, and stroller enthusiasts, and a 5k for those would like to run a longer distance. After the race, refreshments, food, a post-race raffle, an awards ceremony, and family friendly games are all provided as part of the fun. Bring your best-decorated stroller and your running shoes to show up and show your love for our mothers. Sat., 10 am to 1 pm, Piedmont Park, $35 for adults and $10 for kids. All ages. Event details.

Chomp and Stomp Chili Cookoff and Festival
Come hungry for the 11th annual Chomp & Stomp Festival—a little neighborhood fundraiser that brought in 100 individual chilis, 27 restaurants chilis, 65 artists, 30 food vendors, 15 celebrity judges, and between 19,000 and 22,000 attendees last year! Enjoy the free kids area where little ones can hear a Br’er Rabbit tale, talk with puppets about the musical merits of Wiggles vs. Yo Gabba Gabba, or get their faces painted with unicorns. Sat., 7 am to 6 pm, Cabbagetown Park, Festival is free but some events and concessions have fees. All ages. Event details.

How will your heard horse around this weekend? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens via Facebook