Poof! Just like that, it’s October! While the past few months may seem like a blur, we have a crystal clear view of the month ahead and we can promise you this: it’s going to be amazing. Corn mazes, a fairy celebration, a pumpkin festival, and more are on the horizon, and our Atlanta go-to’s for the littles are playing host to a stellar array of new activities, productions, and exhibits that the whole family will love. So take a deep breath and call us “Fairy Godmother-cycle,” if you wish. The blueprint for this first weekend of October is below, and it’s magical.
Photo: Arwen Abenstern – AWP via flickr Creative Commons
Fairies in the Garden
Discover tiny fairy dwellings built from bark, twigs, branches, seed heads, leaves and other natural materials, tucked in sheltered nooks along the garden’s paths. This year’s Fairy Celebration will include a book reading, art workshops, face painting, and music. Held in Woodlands Garden of Decatur, 932 Scott Blvd. Free. Sat. from 2-4:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Candler Park Fall Fest
Even if you aren’t from this ‘hood, all are welcome at this family-friendly neighborhood festival with live music, artists, kids’ area, food vendors and 5K road race. Held in Candler Park, Corner of McLendon Ave. and Candler Park Dr. Free. Sat. & Sun. from 12-9 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest city park, invites you to participate in the 36th annual fall festival, Sunday in the Park. The Victorian-inspired event is sponsored by Historic Oakland Foundation and features a variety of live musical entertainment, living history demonstrations, an antique auto display, Irish dancers and an opportunity to enter some of the magnificent mausoleums. Held at Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. SE. $7 (children under 3 are free). Sun. from 12-6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Get Fresh at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Check out Georgia’s largest producer-only farmers market in the state (Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers). With chef demos, samples, live music, you and the kids will certainly want to make it a weekend tradition. Held at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Brick or Treat at Legoland
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is getting spooky for Halloween! Come decked out in your awesome Halloween costume every weekend throughout the month for trick-or-treating and games. Held at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, 3500 Lenox Rd. Suite G-1. Price varies by date; see website for details. Through Nov. 1. All ages. Event details.
See Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden (FINAL WEEKS)
If you think the Garden outdoes itself during Holiday Lights, brace yourself for Bruce Munro’s incredible optic fiber and light installation. Head there at dusk for a dreamy landscape that’s worth keeping the kids up late. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free; Friday – Saturday: $22.95 Adult, $15.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free. Wed. to Sun. from 6-11 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See Peter Pan at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Peter Pan, complete with original music and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can make their own Crocodile Rod Puppet to take home! Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Head to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch, access to the rides, treetop SkyHike®, and see beautiful fall views from the train or top of Stone Mountain. Held in Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. $24.95/ adult, $19.95/ ages 3-11. Through Oct. 25; admission times vary by date. All ages. Event details.
Have a Ball with the Play Mobile
Don’t miss this recreation center on wheels at a park near you! Appearing every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a local park, the Play Mobile is a courtesy of Atlanta Parks and Rec Department and encourages kids to get out and play. Free activities from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and 1-4 p.m. on weekends include the ring toss, hula-hoops, board games, scooters, arts and craft activities, and more. Held at Central Park – Fri., Maddox Park – Sat. Free. All ages. Event details.
More than 100 scarecrows decorated by elementary school children, a farmers market, country music with High Cotton, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides to the log cabin, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, and inflatables make this the perfect place to scare up some fall fun. Held at Historic Downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main St. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
North Georgia State Fair
Step right up and have a ball at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta! From thrilling to sweet, there are rides for everyone, plenty of fair food, and entertainment daily. Held at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. $7 admission for adults, Free for 10 and under, Rides priced individually. Through October 4. 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: Cleveland
North Georgia Zoo’s Scarecrow Trail and Pumpkin Fest
The zoo is transformed with decorations and moody lighting, with rows of scarecrows set up throughout wooded paths. Beyond the scarecrows, there are pumpkin patches and hay bale mazes to explore, as well as a full petting zoo for the kids. Held in North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Rd. Adults, $8; ages 2-11, $6; Infants, free. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 12-6 p.m. from Sept. 26-Oct. 31. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Hampton
Georgia State Fair
ides, magic shows, a circus, fair food, live music and more are just some of the sights to get little engines revved at this state fair taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Held in Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Pl. Adults (ages 13 and up), $10; ages 5-12, $5; children under 4 are free. Oct 2 – Oct 11 at Fri., 4 p.m. to midnight; Sat., 10 a.m. to midnight; Sun., 12 to 10 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Alto
Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Jaemor Farms
If you’re looking for a corn maze near Atlanta, Jaemor Farms (roughly an hour North) aims to please. After working your way through the giant, football-themed corn maze, try your hand at the mini maze for the kids, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train ride, a giant inflatable slide, duck races, apple cannons, and hayrides. Held at Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy. $14 for an all-access pass ages 3 & up. Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!