¡Hola! Your weekend guide está aquí—and it is all about mucho family fun. Caravan out to Conyers to celebrate Latin-American culture with Fiesta Georgia. Or, take a trip to Duluth for the 27th annual JapanFest at Gwinnett Center. Celebrate Native American culture with the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon. Enjoy a take-out Chinese cooking class at The Cook’s Warehouse for parents and kids. Listen in to a live kid’s concert in Buckhead. And don’t miss the other ‘hood happenings this weekend including the Marietta StreetFest, East Atlanta Strut and East Cobber Parade. Wherever in the world you spend your weekend, we hope it is muy bien!


Fiesta Georgia
Fiesta Georgia is Georgia’s Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration, featuring a daylong celebration of Latino culture with continuous live musical performances by international, national and local recording artists. Mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, helicopter rides, youth soccer clinics, interactive sponsor displays with many free product samples, arts and crafts and authentic foods from several Latin-American countries all bring Fiestas Patrias to life at Fiesta Georgia. Sun., 11 am to 7 pm, Georgia International Horse Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

JapanFest Atlanta
JapanFest, now in its 27th year, typically draws crowds exceeding 19,000. The event features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, and tea as well as cultural crafts. Sat. & Sun., 10 am to 5 pm, Gwinnett Center Convention Center, $8, children age 6 or younger free. All ages. Event details.

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
Ocmulgee Indian Celebration includes Native American-themed music, dancing, singing, storytelling, crafts demonstrations, educational exhibits, and native foods at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Sat. & Sun., 10 am to 5 pm, Ocmulgee National Monument, Free. All ages. Event details.

Take-Out Chinese At Home Cooking Class for Parents and Kids
Give “family night” a whole new meaning by not only eating together as a family, but by cooking the meal together. Chef Stephanie will share many tips and techniques for re-creating these fabulous dishes at home, so you don’t have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy a Chinese feast again. Parents and kids alike will love learning to make these take-out classics like egg rolls, orange chicken, fried rice, and chicken noodle bowls. Sat., 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, The Cook’s Warehouse, $45. Ages 6 to 9 years. Event details.

Aviva And The Flying Penguins Childrens Show
Live Music with Aviva and the Flying Penguins—a popular local band that children love encouraging singing along, song-creation and creative movement. There will be a children’s menu is available from the attached Landmark Diner. Sat., Doors open at 3 pm, show starts at 4 pm, Jerry Farber’s Side Door, $6 per person advance ticket purchase; $10 at door. All ages. Event details.

Marietta StreetFest
Back for the second year, Marietta StreetFest includes the Children’s Zone with inflatables, make-n-take projects and interactive games. It’s all the fun a kid could ask for, and it’s even larger this year. Most activities are free, but some may require a fee. For moms looking for their next favorite piece of jewelry, a visit to Jewelry Row will offer more than 15 booths filled with various styles and price ranges. Sat., 9 am to 5 pm, Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square, Free. All ages. Event details.

East Atlanta Strut
The 16th annual, one day extravaganza includes  5 stages of live local music, a comedy stage, artists market, the famous strut parade, a kids village, carnival stalls, community booths, and concessions. Sat., 10 am to 9 pm, East Atlanta Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

18th Annual East Cobber Parade and Festival
Booths at the East Cobber Parade & Festival will showcase everything from jewelry to local schools. Young East Cobbers will have lots to do in the Kids Zone like getting their faces painted, playing carnival games or hopping on a moonwalk. And all festival visitors can enjoy food from East Cobb restaurants and civic clubs while listening to some great local entertainment. Sat., 10 am to 3 pm, Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center parking lot in East Cobb, Free. All ages. Event details.

Where will you spend the weekend with your familia? Tell us abajo!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Fiesta Georgia