It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s your high-flying guide to a weekend of family fun! Your weekend takes flight with The Great Georgia Air Show. Or, chill out with Disney on Ice’s Let’s Celebrate show at Phillips Arena. Follow the yellow brick road to the Center for Puppetry Arts production of The Wizard of Oz. Buzz over to Ellijay for their annual Apple Festival. Take in the country air at the Fall Farm Day at Archibald Smith Plantation Home. Toast the season’s splendor at Stone Mountain Village’s Octoberfest. Bring the whole gang out for the Family Block Party. Celebrate the arts at the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival or the High Museum’s Arts & Rec program where a Caldecott winner will work with your kids.


The Great Georgia Air Show
Come see the high flying acts of the area’s best aviation and arial acrobatics teams at the Great Georgia Airshow. Kids will love the up-close-and-personal feel of this show where they can mingle with performers and the buzz-worthy kid’s zone. Fri., 3 to 9 pm; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 am to 6 pm, Falcon Field at Atlanta Regional Airport, $25 general admission, $15 for ages 6-11, children under 5 are free. All ages. Event details.

Disney On Ice—Let’s Celebrate!
It’s one colossal party on ice, with all their favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Fri., 10:30 am & 7:30 pm; Sat., 11 am, 2:30 & 6:30 pm; Sun., 1 & 5 pm, Philips Arena, Ticket prices start at $18. All ages. Event details.

The Wizard of Oz
The classic American fairy tale of The Wizard of Oz comes to life courtesy of marionette puppets in this production. Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman and Strawman are all singing the Blues. Fri., 10 & 11:30 am; Sat., 12 & 2 pm; Sun., 1 & 3 pm, Center for Puppetry Arts, $16.50, discounted prices for member. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event details.

Apple Festival
See over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected seasonal crafts are made. There is a parade and antique car show in historic downtown Ellijay so be sure to click here for special event scheduling. Sat., 9 am to 6 pm; Sun., 9 am to 5 pm, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, $5 for adults, children 10 & under are free. All ages. Event details.

Fall Farm Day
This annual family event will feature artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th Century Farm, including living history exhibits and activities such as blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and open hearth cooking. Children’s activities include period games, petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts, farm chores, and gold and gem panning (for $5). Attendees will be able to take home the gold and gems that they find. Sat., 11 am to 3 pm, Archibald Smith Plantation Home, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

Octoberfest in Stone Mountain Village
Enjoy authentic German food (and beer!) as well as kids activities, live music, folk dancing and a historic hayride during this seasonal celebration. Did we mention there would be beer? Sat. & Sun., noon to 6 pm, Stone Mountain Village, Free admission and parking. All ages. Event details.

Family Block Party
The festival features more than 50 exciting family-friendly activities, live entertainment including performers, storytelling, and local groups, food, interactive exhibits, craft booths, a huge toddler play area, mobile petting farm, interactive sports games, inflatable play ground, pony rides, live music and continuous storytelling. Sat., 10 am to 4 pm, Mercer University Atlanta Campus, $5. All ages. Event details.

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival
Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance, this fam-friendly event includes a 5k walk/run, art market, live music and good old fashioned parade. Don’t miss the kid’s zone full of arts and activities for the small set. Sat., 10 am to 7 pm, Harmony Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Arts & Rec
Jerry Pinkney, children’s book illustrator (and Caldecott Medal winner), brings his storytelling talents to the High Museum for this family program. Visitors can collaborate with Pinkney on a community-inspired illustration and enjoy story time courtesy of his wife as she reads The Tortise and the Hare. There will also be workshops where they can imagine and illustrate characters, storyboard and bind a book. Sun., noon to 5 pm, The High Museum of Art, Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Where will you fly off to this weekend for some family fun? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of The Great Georgia Air Show via Facebook