Ahoy thar, me hearties! Yer weekend o’ family fun is settin’ sail. Start smartly at Center for Puppetry Arts’ pirate puppet show. Travel the silk road Saturday with Fernbank’s Marco Polo Opening Day Celebration. Take yer landlubber o’er to the Fall Folklife Festival fer some farm fresh fun. The CNC’s Primitive Skills Day ain’t fer ya lilly-livered but has tall tales for the wee ‘uns. Rustle yerself up some grub at the Taste of Chamblee. And don’t ya miss the Concert and Fireworks on the Square—it be a jolly fine way to steal a snuggle with your sweeties. Arrr!


Everybody Loves Pirates
Lucy and her friend Little Chucky have big dreams, a treasure map, and lots of determination. The duo sets off on the adventure of a lifetime only to find themselves walking the plank at the hands of some pesky (but lovable) pirates! See what happens in this swashbuckling adventure that’s fun for the whole crew. Wed.-Fri., 10 & 11:30 am; Sat., 12 & 2 pm; Sun., 1 & 3 pm, Center for Puppetry Arts, $16.50, discounted prices for members. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event details.

Marco Polo Opening Day Celebration
Take a trip down the Silk Road during the opening day celebration of Fernbank’s new exhibition—Marco Polo: Man & Myth. Activities include a live camel display, falconer demonstrations, festive foods, a Kung Fo performance and crafts. Sat., 10 am to 2 pm, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Included with Museum admission and free for members. All ages. Event details.

Fall Folklife Festival
This annual family program celebrates all things Southern with traditional crafts, southern foodways, and a focus on environmental sustainability. Observe the craftsmanship of traditional folk art practices throughout the farm including blacksmithing, woodworking, and much more. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians Sourwood Honey performing sets of folk and bluegrass music at the History Center’s outdoor Mable Dorn Reeder Amphitheater. The Little Red Barn petting zoo introduces guests to a variety of friendly animals at the Smith Family Farm’s barnyard. And, great food from some of Atlanta’s favorite Food Trucks and locally crafted beers will be available for purchase. Sat., 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, The Atlanta History Center, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

Primitive Skills Day
From ancient methods of living from the land, to modern hybrid woodsmen, take part in a day all about surviving and thriving in the wild! Learn to make Lean’tos, Forts and Spider Shelters. A CNC Naturalist will help you create the perfect hideaways using branches, pine needles and other natural stuff. Enjoy a stroll as a Masterwoodsman leads guided walks identifying important woodland trees while sharing their uses to the early pioneers. Play games enjoyed by children of early settlers and tribes. Hear traditional Creek and Cherokee tales. Sun., 12 to 5 pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

Taste of Chamblee
The 6th Annual Taste of Chamblee will feature local favorites The Mad Italian, High Road Craft Ice Cream, and Maison Robert Fine Chocolates, along with more than 20 other of Chamblee’s diverse and delicious culinary offerings. Attendees will purchase tickets for food and beverage for $1 each. Participating restaurants and vendors will serve sample-sized portions ranging from 1-4 tickets per serving. Attendees can enjoy the performances of the Taste of Chamblee Main Stage, packed with great local talent including dance crews, rock bands, and cultural performances. The festival also features a full kid zone with interactive games and inflatables for kids of all ages; as well as an Art Walk and an antique car show displaying classic, antique, and modified cars. Sat., 12 to 6 pm, Downtown Chamblee, Free. All ages. Event details.

Concert and Fireworks on the Square
The Fourth of July festivities may have been rained out this year but that won’t stop the fun! The city is having a rain date for their fireworks festivities following the seasons last Concert on the Square. Come out to hear local favorite, bluegrass artist Roxie Watson, and stick around for the fireworks after the show. Sat., 7 pm, Downtown Decatur, Free. All ages. Event details.

Where will ya spend the weekend with yer sprogs? Tell us below—or we’ll toss ya o’erboard!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts