Atlantans are some sort of party people this weekend. From a fall festival and lantern parade in Old Fourth Ward to a celebration of chocolate in Midtown, a community carnival in Sewanee to a Ocmulgee Indian festival in Macon, you can’t throw a high-five without hitting something worth taking the entire gang to. Keep reading for details on these events, and more, below.

Photo: Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival via Facebook

Old Fourth Ward

Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival
Don’t miss the 5th annual Fall Festival in Old Fourth Ward Park, with a kids zone, DIY lantern kits, a lantern parade, live music, food trucks, and from 12-4 p.m. this year, complimentary Rose tastings! Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Brownwood Bike Rally
Get your bikes in gear for the East Atlanta Kids Club’s 15th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally in East Atlanta. The Brownwood Bike Rally is a festive event celebrating cycling, fitness and health, and is perfect for kids and adults. This year’s festival includes street bike races and a bike safety rodeo for kids, a “fun race” and more challenging crit-CX courses for adults, a health fair, a food court and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.


Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious! at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious inspires children’s natural curiosity as they explore science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The immersive environment takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat. Your kiddos will delight in the City Farm, Apartment building, Produce Stand, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Battery

The Braves: Kids’ Only Gate Giveaways
Every Sunday the team will have a kids-only gate giveaway for children ages 14 and under. As part of these giveaways, Hope & Will’s Sandlot will be free for kids on Sundays during the regular season. The giveaway item this weekend is the Two-Bit Bobblehead presented by The Home Depot. Sun. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Mary Poppins at the Byers Theater
Don’t miss this musical based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film about the troubled Banks family whose fate turns once Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Chocolate-Covered Weekend at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Indulge in a delicious weekend of chocolate samples and fun family activities. Visit the tree where chocolate begins and learn some fun information about the chocolate-making process. Stop by the Outdoor Kitchen where Atlanta pastry chefs conduct cooking demonstrations and share culinary tips for chocolaty treats. Free with garden admission or membership. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Children’s Workshop: Vulture Headdress at The Carlos Museum
In the Ptolemaic Period of ancient Egypt, the vulture headdress was worn by royal women to show their connection with the goddesses. Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta used felt and possibly a bit of magic to design a vulture headdress that children can make and then wear them home! Sat. Event details.


Japan Fest at Infinite Energy Center
JapanFest draws crowds exceeding 19,000, and features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, and tea. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Suwanee Fest
Don’t miss this two-day celebration of community with nearly 200 vendors and exhibitors, carnival rides, 15 entertainment acts, one amazing parade, and more at this beloved town fall tradition. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Family Canoe Day is an introduction to canoeing on Beaver Pond for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport. Canoe instructors will spend extra time going over paddling techniques and equipment and will provide races games and water-squirters. CNC provides all equipment for participants and admission to CNC is included. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the nature center grounds after the canoe adventure. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Macon

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
Head to Macon to one of the largest Native American gatherings in the Southeast as more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers, living history demonstrators and others with ties to the region return to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey