What a summer 2016 served up! Let’s send it out in style with a hot air balloon festival, the AJC Book Festival, an arts festival, and of course, Dragon Con. Because whether your summer was a little dreamy, a little intellectual, a bit artsy, or a tad bit weird, we’ve got the perfect way for you to commemorate it during this final weekend of our favorite season. Read on for everything you need to know to do ‘er proud.


Photo: Paolo Carboni via flickr 


AJC Decatur Book Festival
Take your favorite little book worms to the AJC Decatur Book Festival, filled with family-friendly events and activities. Fri. to Sun. Event details.


DragonCon Parade on Peachtree
Check out super heroes, villains, and all manner of fantastical creatures in Atlanta’s largest parade. Sat. Event details.

Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game and Fan Zone
Head to the World Congress Center for interactive fan activities, pep rallies, team parades, games, and giveaways, then to the Dome (tickets sold separately) to see Georgia play North Carolina. Sat. Event details.

Final Weekend of XOXO Exhibit at The Children’s Museum
Think you know exactly what your kiddos are feeling? You might be surprised. XOXO is an exhibit that asks children to explore their feelings through play, silliness, and by considering what makes them sad, mad and happy. Fri. to Sun. Event details.


Tour and Tinker at MODA
Tour Beautiful Users: Designing for People and On You: Wearing Technology, then knock out a tinkering session at the Design Bar in the MODA lobby. Make simple wearable tech that you can take home using LED lights and coin cell batteries to craft a piece of jewelry, embellish something you’re already wearing, or create something entirely of your own invention. Sun. Event details.

East Cobb

Enjoy tastes from local restaurants, sounds of live music from local artists, and children’s games and inflatables during the 6th annual Noshfest. Sun. and Mon. Event details.


Play Nintendo Summer Tour
Head to the North Point Mall in Alpharetta to check out some of Nintendo’s best 3DS games, participate in exciting contests, win awesome prizes (while supplies last). Warning: THIS will change your kid’s Santa list, for sure. Fri. through Mon. Event details.

Callaway Gardens

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Head to Callaway Gardens with your kiddos for the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, complete with a Friday Night Balloon Glow, and a Saturday filled with beautiful balloons in flight (hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride if you’re inclined), live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, and a 5K Race and Triathlon event. Fri. to Sun. Event details.

How will you shut down Summer 2016? Don’t be shy. Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey