If you’re eager to get out and about this weekend, you’re in luck. There are plenty of family-friendly activities on tap, including a pet adoption event, museum exhibits and a chili cookoff. Scroll down to get all the details.

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North Georgia State Fair
This is the big one, folks! If you’re looking for a classic fall fair with rides, funnel cakes (and all the other fair foods), entertainment and more, look no further than the North Georgia State Fair. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sandy Springs

American Girl Club
This monthly program lets kids travel through time via the perspectives of the brave and spunky history characters of the American Girl® series, learning history in an interactive and fun way. Each Club event includes a hands-on activity, craft and snack. RSVPs are requested. Sat. Event details.


Buckaroo Music Festival
Join FACT Relief Foundation and Press On Fund for the 2017 Buckaroo Music Festival, featuring The Blue Dogs, the Joey Landreth Trio and Eddie Smith, the Memphis Legend. Enjoy music, fantastic food and drink and games (frisbee, corn hole and room to dance). Best of all, proceeds benefit Press On’s childhood cancer research and FACT Relief’s families battling catastrophic illness or injury. Sat. Event details.


Scarecrow Festival
Alpharetta’s downtown streets will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to get into the fall spirit. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables. Sat. Event details.


Duluth Fall Festival
With a parade, a road race, a carnival and hundreds of arts and crafts booths, the Duluth Fall Festival is a treat for the entire family. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Bring your kids and your pets to the biggest pet adoption event in the South, complete with live music, pet demonstrations, activities for the kids and tasty food and drinks. Pets of all kinds are welcome. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Peach State Chili Cookoff
Sample chili from over 50 vendors in Suwanee’s town square and turn the little ones loose in the free kids’ area, where they’ll find performances from Mister Greggy, Atlanta’s Best Family Entertainer, as well as face painting and games throughout the day. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Planetarium Shows at Fernbank Science Center
Visit the Fernbank Science Center and check out the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library. Don’t miss the daily planetarium shows, like Solar Quest and Earth, Moon & Sun. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Sid the Science Kid at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Don’t miss the museum’s new traveling exhibit that brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Kids will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Susie Foresman