Let’s just go ahead and call it, folks. This weekend is all about the letter “F.” From free events galore to fun festivals and even fresh foods and fun at farmers markets, families are going to frolic. We mean flourish. Or maybe freak out? However you react, we predict a fantastic weekend ahead.

Lantern Parade

Photo: J Aaron Farr via flickr Creative Commons

Old Fourth Ward

Inaugural Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival and Lantern Parade
Say hello to Fall with the inaugural OFW Fall Festival, a free 2-day event that includes a food truck rally, live music, pet zone, family zone, complimentary bike valet for those who pedal via the Beltline, yoga, live college football on tv, and the (soon to be) legendary lantern Parade! Held in Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park alongside the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, 830 Willoughby Way. Free. Fri. from 5-11 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Yellow Daisy Arts and Crafts Festival
Head to this free festival for access to over 400 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, Children’s Corner activities, and crafter demonstrations throughout the event as well as fabulous festival foods. Held Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun. All ages. Event details.


Take a Stroller Tour of the Garden
Load up your kiddos and their sweet rides for a jaunt through the Garden. No registration is required for this short interactive walking tour. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child ages 3 to 12, Free/ child 2 and under, Free for members). Sat. at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 1-2. Event details.

Have a Blast at Sunday Fundays at the High
Sundays are for families at the Woodruff Arts Center! Explore, play, learn, and create art in an interactive family-friendly environment, including free activities. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission (Adult $19.50, Children ages 6-17 $12, Kids 5 and under free). Sun. from 1-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables
Don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Aesop’s Fables, including The Lion and the Mouse, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Fox and the Crane, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Go early for story time and to color a puppet to use during the show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Thur-Fri: 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Candler Park

See One Last Movie Under the Stars This Summer
Catch Willy Wonka at Candler Park for the last of their summer series. Be sure to 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 movies begin at dark. Held In front of the pool house, Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave. Free. Sat. at dusk. All ages. Event details.


Free Soccer Clinic and Pick-Up Games
Soccer in the Streets is hosting a free soccer clinic for youth players of all ages, followed by pick-up games on the BeltLine. The clinic will focus on improving players’ control and dribbling skills. Held at D.H. Stanton Park on the BeltLine, 1052 Martin St. Free. Sat. from 2-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Free Intro Bike Lessons for Kids
Head to the Beltline for a free 2-hour intro to biking class for kids by REI! Sign up here. Held at KIPP STRIVE, 1444 Lucile Ave. on the BeltLine. Free. Sat. at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Get Fresh at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Check out Georgia’s largest producer-only farmers market in the state (Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers). With chef demos, samples, live music, you and the kids will certainly want to make it a weekend tradition. Held at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Alto

Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Jaemore Farms
f you’re looking for a corn maze near Atlanta, Jaemor Farms (roughly an hour North) aims to please. After working your way through the giant, football-themed corn maze, try your hand at the mini maze for the kids, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train ride, a giant inflatable slide, duck races, apple cannons, and hayrides. Held at Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy. $14 for an all-access pass for ages 3 & up. Sat. from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. from 1-6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Don’t keep your plans a secret! Tell us what you’re up to this weekend in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey