It’s officially fall in Atlanta, and that also means that it’s fair season. Whether you go for the corn dogs or the ferris wheel, this is the weekend to revel in your favorite fair fixin’. And if the idea of rides and fair food makes you shudder, don’t panic. You’ve got a full weekend of family food trucks, drive-ins, and family-friendly performances ahead, too. Keep reading for our favorite ways to frolic this weekend, below.

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Gwinnett County Fair 
Come for the rides and food then stay for the shows. The annual Gwinnett County Fair will feature the Ninja Experience Show, Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean Show, and concerts by Malpass Brothers, The Swingin’ Medallions, Wilson-Fairchild and Kasual. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Kiwanis Coweta County Fair
At the Kiwanis Coweta County Fair, see livestock shows, comedians, a moto-freestyle show, a reptile rescue exhibit, and live entertainment—in addition to the traditional fair experience. Here‘s the scoop.

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival
Featuring approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations and live acoustic music. Check out the details here.

Music Midtown
As one of the state’s largest music fests, Music Midtown draws fans to Atlanta every September. The long list of acts in the weekend lineup covers many musical genres and features some of the industry’s biggest names. The fest, held outdoors in Piedmont Park in September, has seen acts by the likes of Ludacris, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Artic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and T.I. Here‘s the scoop.

Cruise a Skate Park
Atlanta’s skateparks are spread out, which means accessing one is relatively easy, no matter where you live. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is often the site of free beginner skateboarding classes on the weekends (check the BeltLine’s website to find out when to go), and the Brook Run Skate Park in Dunwoody is the largest skatepark in Atlanta, and is surrounded by trees (and near trails for biking, walking, and running).

Go Apple Picking in North Georgia
The time is ripe for some good old-fashioned apple picking fun in North Georgia. There’s a bushel of excitement to be had when you head to the country, from fresh air and exercise to crisp deliciousness for the perfect back-to-school snack breakHere is where to find this season’s bumper crops, open generally through the end of October.

See Mother Goose at Center for Puppetry Arts
Mother Goose is missing, but you can help find her with some assistance from your favorite nursery rhyme characters. Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville need help to look for clues to Mother Goose’s whereabouts. Bright colors, fun original music, familiar stories engage children in a creative experience that supports learning and social development. The whole family is invited to clap and sing along. For more information, check this out.

Catch a Drive-In Movie at The Starlight
Since 1949, Starlight Drive-In has entertained guests on the outskirts of Atlanta. Due to their strategic location and savvy growth decisions, they have remained an Atlanta staple. Double-features play seven days a week on high-quality digital projection. Here‘s what you need to know before you go.

Explore the Wild West at the Booth Museum
The Booth Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000-square-foot museum located in Cartersville. Guests are invited to see America’s story through contemporary Western artwork, presidential portraits and letters, Civil War art, more than 200 Native American artifacts, and so much more. Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. Here‘s more info before you roll.

Enjoy Live Music & Food Trucks in Duluth
Duluth is the place to be on Friday night from May through September as food trucks take over Downtown Duluth! Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Festival Center Stage and in Parsons Alley. Here‘s the plan.

Plan Ahead for Nearby Fall Fairs & Festivals
Funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, family entertainment, and farm animals—is it really even the fall if you haven’t visited a fair or festival in Georgia? From the mountains to the coast, we’ve put together our favorite fall fairs and festivals. Here‘s the scoop.

Welcome the Weekend at Avalon Nights
Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza at Avalon every Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away. Find out more here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

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—Shelley Massey

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