This weekend marks the official start of summer, so let’s jump right in with festivals and fanfare aplenty! Make a splash at Callaway Garden’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival, or head out to the ‘Hooch for Kids Fishing Day. Let the littles soak in the scene at the Atlanta Jazz Festival or the tot-tastic Decatur Arts Festival. And don’t miss Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s firing demonstrations. Because this weekend is all about starting summer with a bang!


Memorial Day Weekend Festival
Start off summer with a splash as Callaway Gardens features the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and a host of other fun attractions at Robin Lake Beach including live music, the Callaway Gardens Farmers Marketbeach activities, kids zones, great food and much more. Kids Zone, Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Callaway Gardens, Free with admission. All ages.
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Kids Fishing Day
Harken back to the times of Tom and Huck at the old fishing hole. Tots can try their luck with fishing poles made of river cane with a cork bobber and a hook on the end of the line waiting to be baited. All that’s left to do is to swing the hook out into the water, relax, and wait for the fish to start biting. Hook a catfish, bream, or bass—and perhaps a tall tale or two. Don’t forget to take a break from the fishing to learn about a healthy aquatic environment. Reservations are required. Call 678-538-1200 to make your reservation. Sat., 9 to 11 a.m., Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, $3 for parking pass. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Decatur Kids Arts Festival
The Decatur Kids Arts Festival kicks off with a parade. Lineup begins at 9:30 am at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Marching begins at 9:50. Dress up your kids and decorate your strollers, bikes and trikes. After the parade, enjoy arts and crafts, music, balloons, juggling, clowns, inflatables and much more. Commemorate the fun by taking a picture in the Wow Photobooth. Sat.,10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Decatur Recreation Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Tune in for this weekend-long fest of jazz performances, two kids activity areas with a puppet factory from the Center for Puppetry Arts, face painting, kids’ concerts, and games. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat.- Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Piedmont Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Artillery Demonstrations
Memorial Day activities include live firing demonstrations and exhibits of veterans’ uniforms and memorabilia. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., noon, 2 & 3 p.m., Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Looking for other spots to chill this weekend? Check out our list of the best places to keep cool in Hotlanta.

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Callaway Gardens via Facebook