September, we like your spunk. From over-the-top family theatre to outdoor adventures, cultural festivals to living history demonstrations, you meet us where we are and elevate our game. Thanks, September. This one’s for you.


Photo: Rob Briscoe via flickr


Peter Rabbit at Center for Puppetry Arts
Take your Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail to Center for Puppetry Arts to see Thistle Theatre’s take on Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sesame Street Live at The Fox: Elmo Makes Music
Learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork with your favorite Sesame Street characters in this Broadway-style musical production. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Opening Day Celebration at Fernbank
Check out Fernbank’s newest special exhibition, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, with a day of DINO-MITE fun, including hands-on learning opportunities and up-close investigations with the stars of paleontology. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Zoo Atlanta’s Red Panda Day
Celebrate “the other panda” – and the one-and-only Idgie the red panda – with interactive activities highlighting this endangered species, and learn more about the challenges Idgie’s counterparts face in the wild. Sat. Event details.

Candler Park

Free Movie Under the Stars
Head to Candler Park for the last free movie of the season and enjoy McFarland USA on the big screen. Bring your own seating or blankets, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Leashed pups are welcome, and the movie begins at dark. Sat. Event details.


Star Gazing and Lemonade at Red Top Mountain State Park
Head north of Atlanta for 30 minutes and learn about the night sky and celestial events. Meet at the visitor’s center and head to the stargazing location together with a guide, and enjoy ice-cold lemonade. Fri. Event details.

Harvest Time at the Homestead
See apple cider being made with a shredder and a press, participate in pioneer games, play with pioneer-style toys, see Civil War style cannons and rifles fire, and feel what it was like to be a civilian or a soldier in North Georgia during the Civil War. Try your hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, candle dipping and more during this living history demonstration. Sat. Event details.


Olympians and Swimmers on Lake Lanier
Swim Across America’s 4th annual Atlanta Open Water Swim at Lake Lanier will showcase nearly 20 current and former Olympians and over 500 regional swimmers for a 1 mile and 5K course, as well as a 4 X ½ mile relay. Enjoy entertainment, music, awards, patient stories, and family fun—including access to Lanier Islands Sunset Cove. Sat. Event details.


Check out karate, kendo, and sumo demonstrations, along with the best Japanese cuisine in Atlanta, at JapanFest. With musical and dance performances, workshops on Japanese culture, and a Children’s Area where children can make their own Japanese tops and a Japanese kite, this is one cultural festival you won’t want to miss. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Don’t be shy. Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey