October, you make us want to sing a song. And check out military helicopters as they take off and land from a science museum. And hit a chili cook-off. And also hear stories surrounded by Andy Warhol prints. We love you, October. Keep reading for more reasons to love this month—and this weekend, especially—in Atlanta, below.

Photo: Martha W. McQuade via flickr


Wire and Wood Songwriter’s Festival
Enjoy live music and a laid-back vibe at this annual songwriter’s festival. You’ll get to learn the stories behind each song and and you might just recognize some of your favorite tunes. Sat. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Piedmont Pilgrimage Model Train Tour
Weekends in October, join the model train pilgrimage through homes and gardens to check out what other model train fans are doing with their sets. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Peter Pan at Center for Puppetry Arts
Head to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a playdate with the Darling kids, where they’ll encounter mermaids, mischievous antics with the Lost Boys, and a run-in with Captain Hook and the crocodile. Performed in black light, the family-favorite show features vibrant sets, flying puppets and original music to bring the magic of the beloved fantasy story to life on stage. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Second Sunday Funday at The High
Check out this series on the second Sunday of each month offering free admission for all visitors from 12 to 5 p.m. and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun. Event details.

Family Free Day and STEAM Fun at MODA
Head to the Museum of Design Atlanta for free admission and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. This month’s free day activity is DIY Yarn Bombing, where visitors can create craft yarn bombs, a form of street art made of crocheted yarn. Sun. Event details.


Storytime and Printmaking at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory
Surrounded by bright-colored Andy Warhol silkscreen prints, children will hear James Warhola’s tall tale about his Uncle Andy’s famous cats. Children will experiment with printmaking and make their own cat books. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.eduSat. Event details


Chili Cook-Off
Taste chili and Brunswick stew from 75+ restaurant and amateur competition teams at Brookhaven’s cook off. Stick around to explore the Kid Zone and listen to live music. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Heavy Metal at Tellus Science Museum
Check out the serious equipment—helicopters, fire engines, military machines, and more—at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville this weekend. Many of the machines are open for kids to explore, and there will be live helicopter take-offs and landings. There’s even more fun to be had at this event – educational activities, train rides, bounce houses, photo ops, a sale in the Store, and a special cookout-style menu in our outdoor Café. Sat. Event details

Worth the Drive: Serenbe

The Family-Friendly Sleepy Hollow Experience
Don’t miss The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe, with Family Friendly shows on Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Matinees are less spooky, and there are fun fall games—including corn hole, ring toss, and other fun family favorites—before (beginning at 1 p.m.) and after the show. Concessions and libations from a fall menu are available for purchase. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Helen

Family-Friendly Oktoberfest
Celebrate German culture in the Georgia mountains at this annual festival that includes music, food, dancing, crafts, and—of course—beer. At the Festhalle, there is even a dance floor just for the kiddos. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey