If you’re looking for some serious fun this weekend, look no further than our sweet sixteen picks that are certain to score with everyone in the family. From a Greek festival to a folklife festival and even the North Georgia State Fair, this weekend is destined to go down as a solid “W” in everyone’s books. So what are you waiting on? Get off the bench and show us your A-game!
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Opa! at the Atlanta Greek Festival
Head to the Atlanta Greek Festival for traditional food, dancing, and of course, a kids zone! Held at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Rd. Adults $5, Children 12 & under free. Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 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.
Chastain Park Pottery on the Porch
Don’t miss this annual tradition at the Chastain Arts Center, complete with food trucks, demonstrations, door prizes, family fun, and plenty or art (to admire and to purchase). Held at Chastain Arts Center, 135 W Wieuca Rd. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center
What better way to celebrate Fall than with traditional crafts, live bluegrass and folk music, and local food truck fare at this annual family-friendly festival at the Atlanta History Center! Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW. $16.50/ adult, $11/ youth. Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
East Atlanta Strut
With a parade, music, food and drink, a kids zone, and plenty of hipsters of all ages, the East Atlanta Strut is THE place to be for a good time at any age this weekend. Held at East Atlanta Village, Flat Shoals and Glenwood Ave. Free. Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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.
Taste the Best of Atlanta
Calling all foodies and their parents! Taste of Atlanta returns with samplings of the best of what Atlanta has to offer, live entertainment, specialty food and beverage tents, and four live cooking stages. Held at Tech Square, Spring St. & 5th St. Park Entrance. Festival General Admission: $25 in advance, $35 at event, and Children 12 & under admitted free (food available for purchase). Fri., Sat., & Sun. All ages. Event details.
Spin in an Artful Top
Head to The High to be a part of the Los Trompos installation, an interactive setting located in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center campus on the Sifly Piazza. Play, create and be a part of the art, where you can watch amazing performances every first and third Friday, have a picnic or just spin in a top. Held at Siffly Plaza, The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. Fri., Sat. and Sun. All ages. Event details.
See Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden (FINAL WEEKS)
If you think the Garden outdoes itself during Holiday Lights, brace yourself for Bruce Munro’s incredible optic fiber and light installation. Head there at dusk for a dreamy landscape that’s worth keeping the kids up late. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free; Friday – Saturday: $22.95 Adult, $15.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free. Wed. to Sun. from 6-11 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Get Silly at The High
We all secretly want to give the pigeon a hot dog. Now’s your chance. The High Museum of Art presents Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, featuring over 100 works by the artist. 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). Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. & Sun., 12 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Head to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch, access to the rides, treetop SkyHike®, and see beautiful fall views from the train or top of Stone Mountain. Held at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. $24.95/ adult, $19.95/ ages 3-11. Sep 25 – Oct 25, hours vary by day. All ages. Event details.
Step Right Up for the North Georgia State Fair
Step right up and have a ball at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta! From thrilling to sweet, there are rides for everyone, plenty of fair food, and entertainment daily. Don’t miss discounts and special events on Family Fun Days (September 26 and 27). Held at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. $7 admission for adults, Free for 10 and under, Rides priced individually. Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, times vary by day. All ages. Event details.
Princess Playtime at Olivia’s Dollhouse
Calling all princesses! Olivia’s Dollhouse is hosting a two hour open play and dress up event on select dates this Fall. To register, select a drop-in time from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. Parents, enjoy the free wifi, coffee and water! Held at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 500. $10 first sibling/$6 additional siblings. Fri. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Have a Ball with the Play Mobile
Don’t miss this recreation center on wheels at a park near you! Appearing every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a local park, the Play Mobile is a courtesy of Atlanta Parks and Rec Department and encourages kids to get out and play. Free activities from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and 1-4 p.m. on weekends include the ring toss, hula-hoops, board games, scooters, arts and craft activities, and more. Held at West End Park – Fri., Sept. 25, Grove Park – Sat., Sept. 26, and Atlanta Streets Alive (Highlands) – Sun., Sept. 27. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Gainesville
Nature Connects: LEGO® in the Garden
Worth the drive to Gainesville, the newly-opened Gainesville extension of the Atlanta Botanical Garden features 14 larger-than-life installations built from nearly 400,000 LEGO bricks including a giant praying mantis, butterfly, hummingbird, flowers and more. Don’t miss the grand opening this weekend with LEGO activities and games. Held in Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Dr. Free with admission (Adult $18.95, Child $12.95, Under 3 free). Sep 19 – Jan 3. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Alto
Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Jaemor Farms
If 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. Free under 3. Sept. hours: Sat. from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. from 1-6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
What’s you’re gam plan this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!