Only in Atlanta can you watch a Super Hero tap dance down Peachtree, experience a huge expo of college football, hobnob with literati, and take to the skies at a hot air balloon festival all in one weekend. It’s a good thing that Monday is Labor Day, because you’re going to need a day off before heading back to the grind after this weekend is over.

Dragon Con Parade Atlanta

Photo: Jeff Gunn via flickr Creative Commons 

Downtown

DragonCon Parade on Peachtree
Atlanta’s largest parade, the annual Dragon Con Parade, has a new route to better accommodate viewers who flock to see costumed (and sometimes creepy) super heroes, villains, and all manner of fantastical creatures. Held Downtown, Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Linden Ave. Free. Sat. at 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game and FanZone
Head to the World Congress Center for interactive fan activities, games, and giveaways, then to the Dome to see Auburn play Louisville. Held at World Congress Center (FanZone) and Georgia Dome (Game). $70/ game ticket, or $15/ FanZone (does not require game ticket). Sat. Game time at 3:30 p.m., FanZone from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Decatur

AJC Decatur Book Festival
Take your favorite little book worms to the AJC Decatur Book Festival, filled with family-friendly events and activities. From an opening day parade to a dedicated Children’s Stage featuring interactive activities and presentations by top authors and illustrators, you’ll have plenty to peruse throughout the festival geared just to families with kiddos. Held in Downtown Decatur, Multiple locations. Free. Fri. to Sun., Event times vary, check here for schedule. All ages. Event details.

Midtown

Catch a Live Children’s Performance at Atlanta Botanical Garden
What to do, what to do? It’s Saturday. Time to turn off the cartoons and load ’em up for live performances by storytellers and musicians in the Children’s Garden. Best news? Rain. Or. Shine. 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. All ages. 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.

Grant Park

Join Adventure Cubs at Zoo Atlanta
Toddlers and their favorite grownups will love this hands-on program that allows you to explore different toddler-friendly concepts about animals. You’ll go on a Zoo tour, explore and play at interactive learning stations, and meet an animal ambassador up-close. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. $24/ adult + child pair, includes Zoo Admission. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register here. All ages. Event details.

Emory

Catch a Case of the Giggles at Emory Point
Head to Emory Point (aka home to The General Muir and it’s delectable burger) for a day of Monster Mayhem-themed family fun, including entertainment, crafts, and games. Held at The Park at Emory Point, 1727 Clifton Rd. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Marietta

Enjoy Art in the Park 
Head to Art in the Park for some incredible fine art extravaganza featuring an artist market, children’s art alley, and the famous Painted Pots. Art displayed will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking from 175 of the country’s finest artists. Held at Glover Park, 50 N. Park Sq. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Pine Mountain

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Head to Callaway Gardens with your kiddos for the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, complete with a Friday Night Balloon Glow, and a Saturday filled with beautiful balloons in flight (hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride if you’re inclined), live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, and a 5K Race and Triathlon event. Held at Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27. $30/ over age 13, $15 ages 6-12, Free for 5 and under. Fri. & Sat. All ages. Event details.

How are you keeping busy this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey