The leaves are turning and there’s no better weekend than this one to take a ride towards the North Georgia Mountains. With a corn maze, scarecrow trail and pumpkin fest, and giant LEGOs in the garden, a day trip is guaranteed to be as easy as it is fun. Sticking around town? Don’t miss the 80s dance party with friendly monsters at the Aquarium, farmers markets, and more just minutes from your own back yard. Happy fall, y’all!

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Midtown

See Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Scarecrows in the Garden returns for its 13th annual season of fall family fun. Throughout October the Garden is stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Harvest their imagination and come see this festive fall spectacle. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Adults: $18.95, Children ages 3 to 12: $12.95, Children under 3 & members: free. Fri. to Sun. from 9 a.m. to 7 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.

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 St. Free with admission ($19.50/ Adult, $12/ Children ages 6-17). 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri., and 12 to 5 p.m. Sun. All ages. 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.

Downtown

Family Fright Fest at the Aquarium
Head to the seas of the Aquarium for a Graveyard Smash: A Monstrous Spook-tacular, weekends starting October 10 through October 31. Dracula, Igor, Frankenstein and his bride, and all their other chilling friends will make appearances for a 70s and 80s dance party. Held at The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW. Free with admission ($35.95/ adult, $29.95/ child 3-12, free under 3). Characters appear twice daily on Sat. & Sun. All ages. Event details.

Buckhead

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.

 

Stone Mountain

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.

Multiple Locations

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 multiple locations Fri.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

Adventure Cubs at the Zoo
Toddlers and their favorite grownups will love this hands-on program that allows you to explore different toddler-friendly concepts about animals. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. $24/ adult + child pair, includes Zoo Admission. Sat. Ages 3-4. 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. 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.

How are you rocking the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey