September is going out in style. From a festival in Sandy Springs to a visit by the Big Mouse downtown, you can take your pick from hyperlocal experiences to international sensations, right here in Atlanta. And if the heat’s keeping you from hitting the great outdoors, give Kefi, a new indoor play space in Buckhead, a try. Keep reading for everything you need to know to make the most of the weekend.

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Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs Festival
The Sandy Springs Festival offers two exciting days of art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 5K/10K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more. The Sandy Springs Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 20,000 attendees. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Fri.-Sun. 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.


Glover Park Concert Series
You’ll be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series, featuring local and national acts on the last Friday night of each month through September. Concerts are free but if you are looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. Fri. Event details.


Food Truck Fridays
You’ll find an array of different food trucks each month, as well as entertainment and fun for the whole family. Riverside Park amenities include a spray ground (for a nominal fee) and two playgrounds. Bring your blankets and chairs for a fun night out in the park! Drinks will be available for purchase. Fri. Event details.

Naturally Artistic at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Presented by Northside Hospital Open Daily, September 15–November 30 Visit CNC this fall for Naturally Artistic and get inspired as you reflect on nature through various forms of art. Begin by crafting your own nature journal, then explore stations at some of CNC’s most picturesque locations to fill it with drawings, music, and poetry. Fri. Event details.


Hey Willy, See the Pyramids at The Alliance Theatre
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.

Shows for Seedlings at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy a variety of live performances from some of Atlanta’s best storytellers, puppeteers, musicians and magicians in the Children’s Garden. Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Artful Stories: Aesop’s Fables at The Carlos Museum
Under the gaze of a Greek lion, children will hear the fables of “The Lion and the Mouse”and “The Fox and the Mask”as told by Aesop in ancient Greece more than 2,500 years ago. After looking for lions, mice, and theater masks in the galleries, children will head to the studio to make raffia lion manes to wear. Sat. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
Along with the fine arts and crafts there will be a children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Best of all, it’s entirely free! Historic Fourth Ward Park is just off North Avenue, across from the Ponce City Market. Grab your walking shoes, bike or rollerblades and take the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail to the park! Sat. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Free Day in the National Parks
Experience the national parks for free on five days in 2019. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Find a park near you, here. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey