Peanut butter and jelly. Hansel and Gretel. Yin and yang. This weekend is all about balance, Atlanta. Take your pick from the action packed Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, Rock the Block Party, Virginia-Highland Summerfest, and Festival of Chariots, but don’t forget to plan some down-time at a Back to the Future movie screening at The Fox, a terrarium planting workshop at Botanical, or an artist paint-in at the Zoo.



Flutter to the Butterfly Festival
Visitors can hand-feed more than 200 free-flying butterflies, and all ages will enjoy the live music, arts and crafts, face painting, butterfly parades and more. Held at Chattahooche Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. NE. $12. Sat. from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.; Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


See Back to the Future at The Fox
As if catching a classic childhood favorite replayed on the big screen wasn’t enough excitement for us moms and dads, try watching one in the fabulous Fox Theatre and sharing the experience with your own littles. The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox is sure to delight the entire family. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. $5-$10 in advance; Combos for multiple shows in the series are available. Sat. at 7:30 p.m. All ages (rated PG). Event details.

Rock the Block Party
The Fox is still saying thank-you to Atlantans who helped Save the Fox in the ’70’s from demolition, and the Rock the Block Party is a family friendly event with live music, a parade, and activities for all ages. Held at Peachtree St. NE and 3rd St. NE. Free. Sun. from 12-6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Plant a Terrarium 
If planting your own garden this summer seems a little overwhelming, don’t stress! Just head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with your little diggers and create a one-of-a-kind terrarium, instead. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. $6/ child plus admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, Free for 3 and under). Sat. from 1-2 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Don’t Miss Summerfest
Don’t miss this annual tradition in the Highlands with tons of local artists, entertainment, food, and a fantastic (and free) Kidsfest, complete with games, arts and crafts, and face painting. Held in Virginia-Highlands; Kidsfest located in John Howell Park, North Highland Ave. and Park Dr. Free. All ages. Event details.


Explore Fairy Tales at the Children’s Museum
Step inside fairy tales from around the globe at the Children’s Museum’s new exhibit Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales. Featuring multicultural fairy tales, this exhibit takes visitors into the pages of seven favorite fairy tales from around the world. Held at Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Free with admission ($12.75/ person, under 1 free). Through July 26. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

See Artists at Work at the Zoo
Watch artists bring blank canvasses to life at Art Gone Wild at the Zoo. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., SE. Free with admission (Adults $23, Ages 3-11 $18, Under 3 free). Through June 5. All ages. Event details.

Downtown and Midtown

Celebrate the Festival of Chariots
The Festival of Chariots is an annual performance that dates back over 2,000 years in India, and you can celebrate it in Atlanta! The Festival will include a parade, face painting and henna art, yoga and meditation, children’s games, and entertainment. Held from Marietta St. to Centennial Park Dr. (parade) and ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, 1287 S. Ponce de Leon Ave. (festivities). Free. Parade is at noon on Sat.; festivities begin at 10 a.m. Sat. and Sun. All ages. Event details.


Catch a Case of Giggles at Emory Point
Head to Emory Point (aka home to The General Muir and it’s delectable burger) for a day of “underwater whimsy” themed family fun, including entertainment, crafts, and games. Held at The Park at Emory Point, 1727 Clifton Rd., NE $4/ adult, free for kids 12 & under. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

How else will you amp up your summer fun this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: sandi.k.barr via Flickr Creative Commons