Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Oct. 18-20

There’s nothing scary about this weekend. With festivals galore, a family-centered philanthropic event, and plenty of pumpkins to get you in the fall spirit, there’s no doubt about it—this weekend missed the “trick” memo and headed straight for a heavy dose of “treat.” Keep reading to all the details.

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Stone Mountain

Highland Games & Scottish Festival
The meadows and meandering tree-lined paths of Stone Mountain play host once again to an impressive mix of sights and sounds of a Scottish Highland Games. Don your tartans if you have them but don’t stress if yours is still at the cleaners. Everyone can be Scottish for this special weekend celebration. Events for kids include Scottish athletic events that allow them to participate in kid-sized traditional Scottish athletic activities. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Pumpkin Festival
Play by day as you enjoy family-friendly park attractions and special fall entertainment featuring some classic storybook characters, then, watch the pumpkins begin to glow at dusk for the brilliantly decorated and seasonally sensational Pumpkin Festival. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Little Five Points

L5P Parade and Halloween Festival
The Little 5 Points (L5P) Halloween Festival and Parade is one of the top ten Halloween events in the country. The festival takes place in L5P, one of the oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods in Atlanta. Enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment, local vendors, and the best Halloween parade in the South. Sat. Event details.


Little Hands, Big Lovefest at Piedmont Park
Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST is a philanthropic family festival and fun run held in the Meadow at Piedmont Park where children of all ages can actively engage in civic projects that benefit other children in Atlanta. The annual event is hosted by Children Helping Children (CHC), an Atlanta-based nonprofit committed to educating and empowering youth philanthropists. Traditional festival activities will be offered including obstacle courses, bumper balls, wood working, food trucks, face painting and a talent show and light celebration run entirely by kids at 4:30. Festival is free, but please register in advance. Sat. Event details.

Fall Family Fun at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy Scarecrows in the Garden and activities for the whole family in the Children’s Garden. Sensory and art activities focus on the fabulous fall season and provide children with the opportunity to learn about pumpkins, gourds and more! This activity is free with Garden admission. Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta Village

Head to East Atlanta Village for the 7th annual Dogtoberfest, a family-friendly festival featuring local bites and sips, craft vendors and the city’s most legendary Halloween costume contest. Free for people, and $5 per dog, attendees will enjoy meeting adoptable dogs and cats at this event, plus a chance to win prizes by entering the pet costume contest. Sun. Event details.


Artful Stories at The Carlos Museum
In the Art of the Americas Galleries, sitting beneath a pair of jade earspools in the shape of waterlilies, children will hear Maya Christina Gonzalez’s story of a young girl who loves rivers, illustrated in the same blue and green colors of water and jade. Children will move to the studio to create rubbings on paper to reveal hidden shapes below, just as flowing water has exposed jadeite boulders for centuries in the Guatemala’s Motagua River Valley. Sat. Event details.


Harvest Fest at Glover Park
Marietta’s HarvestFest is an annual festival held each October. In addition to a wide variety of arts & crafts vendors, the festival includes Touch-A-Truck, Scarecrows In The Square, a costume contest and a special Halloween kids’ corner. Sat. Event details.


McKenna Farms Fall Festival
Don’t miss the 15th annual Fall Festival at McKenna Farms! Enjoy live music, pony rides, hay rides, jump houses, face painting, games and crafts. $10 entry fee; Children 2 and under are free. Food and pony rides available for an additional cost. All proceeds benefit McKenna Farms’ therapeutic programs for children with special needs. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe
As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, Serenbe’s bringing back our favorite fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. This nighttime immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling. But, if you (or the kiddos) afraid of the dark, plan on going to The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience. Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight, on select days. Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey


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