25+ Not-to-Miss July Events

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Don’t miss these exciting events for a fun-filled July. Check out our list of 4th of July celebrations, spring and summer festivals, exhibitsconcerts and free outdoor movies.

A Garden with Wings at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Encounter butterflies in all stages of life, as well as nectar plants. July 1-31.

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta

Imagine being face-to-face with the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitat with this immersive digital experience with a 4K laser projection, audio, scents and in-floor haptics. July 1-Aug. 8.

Survival Safari at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy an evening of team challenges, scavenger hunts and interactive activities that will help you learn more about nocturnal species and how they use their different senses to navigate in the park. July 2 and 17.

Disney’s Newsies at The Legacy Theater

See this Broadway show about the newsboy strike come to life on the lawn. July 6-Aug. 1.

Aurora Children’s Playhouse on the Lawrenceville Lawn

Children are transported to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama and Puerto Rico with music, dance and instruments at “A Musical Tour Through Latin America.” July 7.

Junie B. Jones at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Quirky Junie B. Jones must learn to survive the adventures of first grade in this musical based on the popular book series. July 7-21.

Into the Woods at Byers Theatre

Fairytale characters Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and more meet in this musical adventure. July 9-18.

Circo Hermanos Vasquez at Plaza Fiesta

This amazing circus features dancers, magicians, clowns, acrobatics, stunt performers and more. July 9-25.

Family Zoo Yoga at Zoo Atlanta

Practice yoga and stretches inspired by bears, and learn more about their connection to humans. July 10.

Summer NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Watch drivers compete in the Xfinity Series and the Quaker State 400 races. July 10-11.

Second Sunday at High Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission to see special and permanent art exhibits. July 11.

Breakfast with Butterflies at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Spend one-on-one time with butterflies while enjoying a light breakfast and exploring the grounds prior to opening. July 11.

Once Upon a Time at Lionheart Theatre

This play festival features “Fractured Fairytales” by J.M. Wolf and is directed and acted by kids. July 15-18.

The FRIENDS Experience at Perimeter Pointe

Visit set recreations from the sitcom “Friends,” along with original props and costumes. July 15-Sept. 6.

Stamp and Scrapbook Expo at Gas South District

Attend workshops, win prizes, go shopping, get crafty and more at this scrapbooking event. July 16-17.

Reptile Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Meet live reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, tortoises, lizards and more. July 17.

Railroad Speeder Days at Southeastern Railway Museum

Experience railroad pieces from the past, and go on speeder rides. July 17-18.

Twilight Tots at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy a mini-tour of the Zoo, sing songs, hear stories, observe animals and more at this program designed for younger kids. July 24 and 27.

Harlem Globetrotters at State Farm Arena

This new Spread Game tour features high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, streetball, family entertainment and more basketball fun. July 25.

Back-to-School Bubblepalooza at Duluth Town Green

Play with bubbles, enjoy yard games, and dance to the tunes provided by a DJ. July 28.

Southeast Homeschool Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre

Shop home education materials, learn from homeschool speakers, find resources to help you on your homeschool journey and more, while kids entertain themselves in the KidsZone. July 29-31.

Opossum Breakfast at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Enjoy a light breakfast in the company of an opossum, learn how staff take care of the animal and make a craft. July 30.

Wild World Weekend at Zoo Atlanta

Travel all around the world to experience the dynamic cultures and rich biodiversity with wildlife, special entertainment and activities. July 31-Aug. 1.

Candytopia in Buckhead

Travel to an imaginative fantasyland with an immersive experience featuring art installations, sensory experiences and candy samples. Through July 31.

The Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts

When a young bird doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond, he goes on a journey where he meets other animals and discovers his true self. Through Aug. 1.

Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park

Special summer entertainment includes an action-packed Canine Thrill Show and an interactive magic show from Aaron Radatz. Through Aug. 2.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Through Aug. 8.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. Through Aug. 29.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. Through Sept. 7.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. Through Sept. 26.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. Through Oct. 31.

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Best 4th of July Fireworks in Atlanta 2021

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Cookouts, parades, fireworks! These are all staples of a fun Fourth of July spent with friends and family in Atlanta.

Events may require advance registration or timed ticket entry; call or check websites for COVID-19 safety precautions.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Memorial Lawn at Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy a fireworks display following the Lasershow Spectacular. July 1-5.

Independence Day Celebration at Newtown Park

Listen to live music by The Block Party Experience, enjoy activities, taste food and watch fireworks. July 2.

Independence Day Celebration in Peachtree City

Fourth of July parade begins at 9 a.m. at Village on the Green on Peachtree Parkway. Fireworks will take place over Lake Peachtree at dusk. July 3.

Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks at Glover Park

A parade, free concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks. Parade begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Parkway. July 3.

Red, White & Boom! at Lillian Webb Park

Fireworks, food trucks, inflatables, music and more. July 3.

Kennesaw’s Salute to America in Downtown Kennesaw

Pre-Fourth celebration including two stages of live music, food vendors and other activities. July 3.

Duluth Celebrates America at Duluth Town Green

Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display, live music, food trucks and more. July 3.

Sparks in the Park at E.E. Robinson Park

Fireworks, food and drinks and live entertainment. July 3.

Cumming Fourth of July Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds

Festivities include a dance contest, food, vendors. July 3.

Fourth of July Celebration at Dellinger Park

Concert, fireworks, children’s area, food and more. July 4.

Fourth of July Parade and Rotary Celebration in Downtown Newnan

A patriotic, hometown parade starts at Veteran’s Memorial Park and ends at Greenville Street Park; followed by entertainment and food at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium directly after parade; fireworks at dusk. July 4.

July Fourth Concert and Fireworks at Cauble Park

Food vendors, live music in the afternoon and fireworks at dark. July 4.

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Roswell Area Park

Watch the skies light up over Roswell with live music, entertainment and food trucks. Bring chairs and blankets. Fireworks start at sunset. July 4.

4th of July Celebration in Avondale Estates

Community-led parade starts at 10 a.m.; fireworks begin at dusk at Lake Avondale. July 4.

July Fourth Fireworks at Wills Park

Watch a brilliant display of fireworks at dusk. July 4.

July 4 Fireworks in Downtown Decatur

Fireworks display that will launch from the top of DeKalb County Parking Deck. July 4.

Sandy Springs Stars & Stripes Annual Fireworks Celebration at City Green

Enjoy live entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at this family-friendly gathering. July 4.

Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade at Dunwoody Village

Celebration features marching bands, floats, clowns and animal units who will march from Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road to Dunwoody Village. July 5.

July 4th Spectacular in Woodstock

Celebrate with a festival, a parade and fireworks. July 5.

Beyond Atlanta

July 4th Weekend Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens

Beach activities, live music, food trucks, contests and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 2-4.

July 4th Fireworks at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate America’s birthday with this fireworks extravaganza. July 4.

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, June 20 will mark the longest day of 2021, heralding the official start of summer. Use these suggestions as a starting point to spark your own solstice ritual.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt

For smaller children, number or alphabetize clues leading to treats or summer supplies. Consider sunglasses, sunscreen, bug catchers, coupons for an ice cream outing or glow-in-the-dark necklaces. For tweens and teens, try a homemade coupon for a special privilege they have been begging to experience (maybe an hour later curfew or a zip line trip).

Eat Dinner Outside

A backyard barbecue is fun, but add to the festive feel with a change of scenery. Tune into nature on this day – pack a picnic dinner and head to a local park.

Try a Family Sun Salutation

A sun salute is an overall body stretch for the whole family, and kids will be amused while creating the yoga position called downward dog. Here is a simple version.

Make a Flying Wish

Write a wish down on paper and burn it, sending the wish into the sky. If the weather isn’t cooperative, there are wishing papers rise quickly and then disappear, and can be lit indoors. Try one from Flying Wish Paper. Another fun activity is wishing lanterns. Head outside with the family, make a wish and watch as the lantern floats away.

Start Summer Resolutions

Take your lead from the movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” (PG) and see if your family can develop a “Thrill Point List” for summer. What could you add to your list to make the summer of 2021 an exciting time for everyone? Pull out poster board and markers and let the creativity flow.

Stay up Until Dark and Stargaze

Check local observatories for summer solstice events. For novice star searches, borrow a book from the library to help you assess what you’re seeing, or use a free star-finding app such as Star Chart, SkyView or Night Sky Lite.

Rituals Often Involve Water

If nothing else, dip your toes in. How about a family battle using water balloons or squirt guns? Your willingness to let go and have fun can be a signal that the more relaxed days of summer are here.

Get Your Hands Dirty

It’s not too late to plant some produce or flowers. Consider planting in your vegetable garden for a fall harvest or add annuals to your flower garden to mark the occasion.

Bury Any Negatives

Has anyone in the family been struggling with something, such as a habit they want to leave behind? Write down any behaviors or experiences you want to put behind you and bury them. Use the solstice as a restart button.

Invite Friends to Join the Celebration

Remember to try and capture the “we always” when building a new family tradition. Kids love the tradition of “we always eat … ” or “we always do … ” a certain thing on a special day. Maybe you will always start solstice with a pancake breakfast. Ask your children for suggestions and they will likely come up with some fun options.

–Sue LeBreton

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Guide to 2021 Outdoor Movies in Atlanta

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head out to one of these area parks for a free movie night. Check the websites before visiting for weather cancellations and COVID-19 safety precautions.

Movies on the Town

Town Brookhaven: 4330 Peachtree Rd. NE, Brookhaven
Movies start at dusk; registration requested.
June 10 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)
June 17 – “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (PG-13)
June 24 – “Pitch Perfect” (PG-13)
July 1 – “50 First Dates” (PG-13)
July 15 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
July 22 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

Movies On The Square

Colony Square: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
7-9 p.m.
July 1 – “The Sandlot” (PG)
Aug. 5 – “Grease” (PG)
Sept. 2 – “The Lion King” (PG)
Oct. 7 – “Hocus Pocus” (PG)

Flicks on the Bricks

Duluth Town Green: 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth
Movies begin at 8 p.m.
Aug. 6 – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PG)
Sept. 3 – “The Wizard of Oz” (PG)

Flicks on the Green

Peachtree Corners Town Green: 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners
Movies begin at 7 p.m.
July 3 – “Hook” (PG)
Aug. 7 – “Thor” (PG-13)
Sept. 4 – “Cars” (G)
Oct. 2 – “Labyrinth” (PG)

Movies Under the Stars

Honeysuckle Park: 3037 Pleasant Valley Dr., Doraville
Movies start at dusk.
July 3 – “Onward” (PG)
Aug. 17 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

Outdoor Movie Series

Swift-Cantrell Park: 3140 Old 41 Hwy. NW, Kennesaw
Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-show activities; registration requested.
July 24 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)

Screen on the Green

Atlantic Green: 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta
Movie trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. with movie starting at 7 p.m.
June 10 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)
June 24 – “Cool Runnings” (PG)
July 8 – “Grease: Sing-a-long” (PG)
Aug. 12 – “Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG)
Aug. 26 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (PG-13)

Movies at Newtown Park

Newton Park: 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek
Movies begin at dusk. Gate opens at 6:45 p.m. for pre-show activities.
June 11 – “Onward” (PG)
July 9 – TBA
Aug. 20 – TBA
Sept. 10 – TBA

Movie Under the Stars

The Bowl at Sugar Hill: 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill
Listen to live music before watching a movie.
June 11 – “The Princess and the Frog” (G)
July 16 – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (PG-13)
Aug. 13 – “Shark Tale” (PG)
Sept. 10 – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (PG-13)

Movies in the Park

Riverside Park: 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell
June 15 – “Moana” (PG) at Roswell Area Park Pool: 10495 Woodstock Rd., Roswell
June 26 – “Aladdin” (PG)

Feature Fridays

Lawrenceville Lawn: 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville
Movies shown from 7-9 p.m.
June 18 – “Hidden Figures” (PG)
July 30 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
Aug. 27 – “The Pursuit of Happiness” (PG-13)
Sept. 24 – “A League of Their Own” (PG)

The Avenue East Cobb Summer Movie Series

The Avenue East Cobb: 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta
Arrive early for movie-themed fun and treats.
June 24 – “Scoob!” (PG)

Discount Movies

These theaters offer a chance to see recent or current movies without the expensive prices.

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Go-to Guide: Tubing with Kids Around Atlanta

Traveling down the Chattahoochee by inner tube or raft is a great way to cool off. Do it yourself, or visit one of these companies for a relaxing day on the river.

Please note that because companies are taking safety precautions during COVID-19, you may experience longer wait times or reduced capacity for rentals. Be sure to check the website or call for special instructions.

Cool River Tubing, Helen

This tubing company sits right in the German-inspired town of Helen, and also has a zip line, water slide and climbing areas. After snaking down the Chattahoochee River, explore the town and have a taste of German food.
Cost: Purchase tickets at the Headwaters or Chattahoochee Outposts, and the Main Street Booth. $10-$16 per person; prices vary for other activities.
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 3.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Float down the Chattahoochee River at one of NOC’s three outposts: Roswell at Azaelea Park, Powers Island or Johnson Ferry.  Kayak, canoe, paddleboard and raft rentals and guided trips are also available; book tickets online.
Cost: From $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily at 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 8.

Chattahoochee River Tubing

Purchase tickets at the Abbots Bridge Road check-in area; a shuttle will take you to the put-in location for a four-hour ride down the Chattahoochee. Straps are available to tether your tubes together, or rent a 4-person raft.
Cost: $23 (4 hour trip)
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last trip leaves at 4:30 p.m.). Minimum tubing age is 5.

Helen Waterpark

This family attraction in Helen offers a 2.5-hour tube ride from 2 launch locations – Highway 75 N. or Brucken Street. While you’re there, enjoy the waterpark’s slides and activities.
Cost: $12-$16 per person for a single-tube trip (prices vary on weekends and holidays).
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shoot the Hooch

Tube the Chattahoochee on a 2-3 hour trip, from Power Island Park NPS to Paces Mill NPS.
Cost: Starting at $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 5.

DIY Shoot the Hooch

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is open for rafting and tubing from dawn to dusk during the summer; all you need is a life vest and raft or tube. Parking is $5 at any of the parking lot access points. Make sure to leave a second car where you decide to end on the river.

Check weather reports and call for dam water release information: This provides recommended calm water times for floating. Buford Dam: 1-855- 326-3569. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.
Minimum age to float down the river varies if renting supplies from a company; if not, it is up to parental discretion.
Ages 12 and younger must wear a life vest at all times. Ages 13 and older must have one in the raft or tube.
Rubber-soled shoes are a must for tackling slippery rocks.

Where to Go:
Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge, 4 miles; 3-4 hours.
Medlock Bridge to Jones Bridge, 3 miles; 1.5-2 hours.
Morgan Falls Dam to Johnson Ferry, 2 miles; 1-2 hours.
Johnson Ferry to Powers Island, 3.5 miles; 2-4 hours.
Powers Island to Paces Mill, 3 miles; 1-3 hours.

Visit nps.gov or call 678-538-1200 for more information.

Appalachian Outfitters

Meet at Appalachian Outfitters’ Dahlonega outpost for a tube ride on the Chestatee River. A shuttle will take you to the put-in site for the 30-45 minute ride. If you want to do the trip again, take a 10-minute walk back to the beginning (or pay a $2 shuttle fee for each additional ride). You can also rent canoe and kayaks for trips on the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers.
Cost: $6 per person; $2 for additional shuttle rides.
The Details: Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 4.

Toccoa River Tubing

This tubing adventure is worth the trip to the scenic Blue Ridge area – take a 1.5 mile trip down the calm waters of the Toccoa river.  Single and two-person funyaks and kayaks are also available for rental.
Cost: $15 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; reservations are not required. The minimum age for tubing is 5.

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25+ Not-to-Miss June Events

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Summer is here! We have you covered with the best family-friendly shows, exhibits and special events this month. Don’t miss our list of Father’s Day events. Also, check out our guides to spring and summer festivals, exhibits, concerts and free outdoor movies.

Virtual: Juneteenth with Atlanta History Center

Celebrate the traditions and achievements of African American culture with virtual resources. June 1-21.

Vibe Check: Improv Comedy at Lionheart Theatre

Watch a family-friendly improv show from comedy troupe Vibe Check. June 4-5.

Fridays -N- Duluth in Duluth

Try exotic foods from different food trucks and listen to live entertainment. June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Survival Safari at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy an evening of team challenges, scavenger hunts and interactive activities that will help you learn more about nocturnal species and how they use their different senses to navigate in the park. June 4 and 19.

Scales and Tails at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Discover unique reptiles and amphibians from their animal collection, and celebrate the new exhibits “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” and “Nature’s Ninjas.” June 5.

Civil War History Day at Southern Museum of Civil War History

Living historians dressed in period-appropriate costumes will demonstrate items from the battlefield and the home front. June 5.

First Saturday at Dunwoody Nature Center

Look for critters, learn about the water cycle, and hike Wildcat Creek. June 5.

Sandy Springs Lantern Parade at Steel Canyon Golf Club

Enjoy food, entertainment and children’s activities before seeing beautiful floating lanterns on the river. June 5.

Kaiser Permanente Movie Series at Fair Oaks Park

Watch Sonic the Hedgehog at this drive-in experience. June 5.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies and nectar plants. June 7-Aug. 8.

Best of Broadway Musical Theatre Revue at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Enjoy a set list of Broadway’s greatest hits. June 10-13.

Family Zoo Yoga at Zoo Atlanta

Practice yoga and stretches inspired by giraffes, and learn more about the human connection to the featured animal. June 12.

RockFest 30 at Tellus Science Museum

See rare and exotic jewelry, ancient fossils and rocks from around the world, play games, win prizes and more. June 12-13.

Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park

Special summer entertainment includes an action-packed Canine Thrill Show and an interactive magic show from Aaron Radatz. June 12-Aug. 2.

Twilight Trek at Zoo Atlanta

Explore native Georgia animals and environments, and learn more about local wildlife. June 12 and 25.

Second Sunday at High Museum of Art

Browse the museum’s permanent and featured exhibits for free. June 13.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Puppets perform in four productions this season: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff,” “The Princess and the Pea, Y’all” and “The Zany Zoo.” June 15-July 10.

The Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts

When a young bird doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond, he goes on a journey where he meets other animals and discovers his true self. June 16-Aug. 1.

Family Food Truck Friday at Riverside Park

Purchase food from different food trucks, enjoy entertainment, play in the sprayground and more. June 18.

Jurassic Parks and Rex at Logan Farm Park

Watch Jurassic Park, and enjoy themed dinosaur activities and photo opportunities. June 18.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival at Centennial Olympic Park

This event includes live music, see a car and bike show, shop the artist’s market, enjoy children’s activities and more to commemorate emancipation for slaves on June 19, 1865. June 18-20.

Pop-in for Family Fun at Marietta Museum of History

Take home themed “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” activities. June 19.

Pirates Ahoy! at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Sail in for dance parties, filming an action-packed pirate movie, walking the plank, family photos and more. Through June 20.

Summer Movie Series at The Avenue East Cobb

Watch a family-friendly movie, visit with a movie character, play movie trivia, and check out the balloon artist and caricaturist. June 24.

Calder-Picasso at High Museum of Art

Explore more than 100 works of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, two of the foremost figures in twentieth-century art. June 26-Sept. 19.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. Through Aug. 29.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. Through Sept. 7.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. Through Oct. 31.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. Through Nov. 15.

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How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

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Summer fun is just around the corner! Try these special events and activities during your Memorial three-day weekend. Also check out our list of 250 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta With Kids for more ideas.

Events:

May Fair at Buford Corn Maze

See a magic show, look at fire engines, go on a hayride, train ride or pony ride, and play farm games. May 28-31.

Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy a special salute to the troops, an extended fireworks finale and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. May 28-31.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Cauble Park

Honor those who have given their lives in service to the country with veterans and current servicemen. May 29.

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Browse unique art finds and other hand-crafted products from regional and national artisans, locally produced goods from Georgia Grown members and sponsors. May 29-30.

Memorial Day Tribute at Brook Run Park

The Dunwoody Parks & Rec and City of Dunwoody will be honoring those who have served with a ceremony, which will also be available on Facebook. May 31.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Park at City Center

The City of Woodstock, American Legion Post 316, Marine Corps League Detachment 1311, Warriors’ Watch Riders and other local groups honor those who’ve fought at this ceremony. May 31.

Virtual: Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute

The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host a tribute with a performance of the national anthem, a keynote speaker and more. May 31.

Memorial Day Celebration at Veterans Monument in Peachtree Corners

Honor veterans at this ceremony. May 31.

Memorial Day Ceremony in Smyrna

This annual ceremony is hosted by American Legion Post 160 and local veterans. After the ceremony, enjoy lunch specials and live music. May 31.

Norcross Memorial Day Remembrance at Thrasher Park

Pay tribute to the troops and their families with entertainment and a guest speaker. May 31.

Activities:

View Animals at Zoo Atlanta

See amazing animals from all over the world; advance ticket purchase required.

See Flowers at Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s newest exhibit opened on May 15. All guests must have a timed ticket for admission bought in advance online.

Take an Easy Hike

Step outside and experience nature –there are so many beautiful places for easy hikes near Atlanta. Try these next time you’re looking for free and cheap fun with the kids.

Travel to a Georgia State Park

Enjoy time outdoors and in nature at Georgia State Parks with these kid-friendly hikes.

Drive Thru an Animal Farm

Head to one of these three animal adventures with drive-thru experiences to get out of the house and view amazing animals.

Go Strawberry Picking

These strawberry farms near Atlanta have strawberry picking and pickup options for strawberries, jams, pastries, ice cream and more.

Play Putt-Putt Golf

There are a variety of mini golf courses around Atlanta that are currently open.

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Celebrate Dad! Best Things to Do on Father’s Day in Atlanta

Dads Get in Free:

North Georgia Wildlife Park

Dads get free admission with a paid children’s admission to see farm animals, alligators, deer, kangaroos and more. June 18-20.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Head to the CNC on Father’s Day – dads and grandfathers get in free. Bring a picnic, enjoy on-site programs, and walk the Wildlife Walk and the trails. June 20.

Oasis Outdoor Pool at Cherokee County Aquatic Center

This Dad’s Day Special includes free admission for dad to this water park with the purchase of one child admission. June 20.

Festivals and Events:

Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Style Driving Experience & Ride Alongs

Drive on the 1.54-mile oval and take laps around the speedway. June 18-19.

Treat Dad to a Meal:

Reservations strongly encouraged. Call or check websites for details.

Fogo de Chão

Order a Father’s Day To-Go Package from this Brazilian steak house. Order by June 19.

Milton’s Cuisine

Enjoy a specially crafted three-course prix-fixe menu with crab bisque, Nashville hot chicken meatballs, shrimp and grits and more. June 20.

Melting Pot

Celebrate with the Meat-Lover’s Endless Fondue Feast. A to-go meal is also available; order by June 18. June 18-20.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Treat dad to specialty cuts or classics, including ribeye, New York strip, Surf & Turf and more. June 20.

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Guide to Atlanta Outdoor Concerts 2021

Concerts in the park are a great way for kids to be exposed to live music from an early age. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the show.

Check websites for social distancing measures. Due to COVID-19, some events may be canceled at the last minute. Please check websites before you go.

Avalon Nights Live at Avalon Plaza

6-8 p.m.
May 14 – Kurt Thomas Band
May 21 – Justin Band
May 28 – Bumpin’ the Mango
Location: 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-2000.

City Green Live in Sandy Springs

Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
May 14 – Cha Wa
May 28 – Old Salt Union
June 11 – Uptown Funk
June 25 – Randall Bramblett & The Megablasters
July 23 – Tribute: A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band
Location: 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022.

Sunday Sounds at Hotel at Avalon Pool Terrace

5-7 p.m.
May 16 – Karlea Lyneé
May 23 – Karlea Lyneé
Location: 9000 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 470-588-1075.

Sugar Hill Live at The Bowl at Sugar Hill

6-8 p.m.
May 19 – TBA
June 2 – TBA
June 16 – TBA
June 30 – TBA
July 7 – TBA
July 21 – TBA
Aug. 4 – TBA
Aug. 18 – TBA
Sept. 1 – TBA
Sept. 15 – TBA
Sept. 29 – TBA
Oct. 6 – TBA
Oct. 20 – TBA
Location: 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill. 770-945-6716.

LIVE at the DTL Concert Series at Lawrenceville Lawn

8 p.m.
May 21 – The Ultimate King of Pop Experience
June 11 – Nightrain The Guns N’ Roses Experience
July 23 – Elton Live! The Ultimate Tribute
Aug. 20 – Mustache the Band
Sept. 17 – Uptown Funk – Tribute to Bruno Mars
Location: 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville. 770-963-2414.

Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern

Starts at 7 p.m.; for ages 21+.
May 23 – Grasshounds
June 6 – All the Locals
June 13 – EG Vines
June 20 – The 502s
July 4 – Frankly Scarlet
July 11 – Carly Moffa
July 18 – Ides of June
July 25 – Cody Bolden
Aug. 1 – Motherfolk
Aug. 8 – The Selfless Lovers
Sept. 5 – Easy Honey
Location: 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

Norcross Concerts in the Park at Thrasher Park

7:30-9:30 p.m.
May 28 – Voltage Brothers
June 11 – Creativity
June 25 – The Rupert’s
July 9 – No Limits
July 23 – Electric Avenue
Aug. 6 – A1A
Aug. 20 – The Bee Gees Gold Tribute Band
Sept. 3 – The Downtown Band
Location: 93 Park Dr., Norcross. 770-448-2122.

Summer Concert Series at Newtown Park

7 p.m.
June 4 – 7 Sharp 9
Location: 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3261.

First Friday in Downtown Canton

6-9 p.m.
June 4 – Rupert’s Orchestra
July 2 – Glow
Aug. 6 – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute – On the Border
Sept. 3 – Trotline
Oct. 1 – Electric Avenue
Oct. 29 – No Sweat
Location: 250 E. Main St., Canton. 770-704-1548.

First Friday Concert Series in Downtown Kennesaw

6-9 p.m.
June 4 – TBA
July 2 – TBA
Aug. 6 – TBA
Sept. 3 – TBA
Oct. 1 – TBA
Location: Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw. 770-424-8274.

Lantern Series at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Starts at 7:30 p.m. $13-$24.
June 5 – Swedish Jam Factory
Sept. 25 – The Black Market Trust
Oct. 16 – We Banjo 3
Location: 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251.

Woodstock Summer Concerts

7:30-10 p.m.
June 12 – Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
July 9 – Ultimate Queen Celebration
Aug. 14 – Steep Canyon Rangers
Sept. 18 – Christopher Cross
Sept. 25 – Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Location: 101 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. 770-517-6788.

Sunset Sounds at Drake Field

7-10 p.m.
June 18 – No Limitz
July 30 – Crossroads Rebellion
Aug. 27 – Corbette Jackson
Location: 155 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City. 770-631-2525.

Summer Stage Concert Series in Downtown Duluth

8-10 p.m.
June 19 – Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band
Aug. 21 – TBA
Location: 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Sunset Sips at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Music begins at 7 p.m.
June 24 – The Ruby Reds
July 8 – Lauren St. Jane
July 22 – TBA
Aug. 12 – TBA
Aug. 26 – TBA
Sept. 9 – Monica Spears
Sept. 23 – No Solution
Location: 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Music on the City at Roswell City Hall

Starts at 7 p.m.
July 9 – The Glow Band
Aug. 13 – 911 Band
Sept. 10 – Shaky Jane
Oct. 8 – KRP
Location: 38 Hill St., Roswell. 770-594-6271.

Jennifer Wilson and Emily Webb contributed to this article.

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25+ Not-to-Miss May Events

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

We have you covered with the best family-friendly shows, exhibits and special events this month. Don’t miss our list of Mother’s Day events and brunches. Also check out our Guide to Spring and Summer Festivals and events for celebrating Memorial Day.

First Saturdays at Dunwoody Nature Center

Enjoy an exploration of bees and pollinator-friendly native plants at this fun event. May 1.

We Are The Young at Aurora Theatre

See young musicians combine traditional Chinese instruments with contemporary pop music. May 1.

MotoAmerica Superbikes at Michelin Raceway

Watch six classes of road racing and family fun with a kid’s zone and carnival games. Through May 2.

Microsculpture at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The tiny world of insects is magnified with portraits in this outdoor exhibit. Through May 2.

Songs to Grow on at Alliance Theatre

Enjoy American folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s classic children’s songs. May 6-16.

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Meet amazing robots at this meet-and-greet event, which includes machines and droids. May 8.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. May 8-Aug. 29.

Second Sunday at the High Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission to see the art in the galleries. May 9.

The Big Bad Little Red Pig Show at Center for Puppetry Arts

Little Red and the trio of little pigs work together to take on the terrifying wolf in this retelling of two classic stories. Through May 9.

The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Celebrate your favorite stories from Mo Willems with themed activities with his characters. Through May 9.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Find out what archaeologists have discovered about the ancient Maya civilization that flourished in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Through May 9.

Virtual: Toddler Takeover and Pre-K Playfest by the Alliance Theatre

Kids ages 0-5 will watch, listen, sing, play and create with activity guides, audio and workshops with kid-friendly productions. May 10-16.

Matilda JR. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Matilda uses her courage and cleverness to help save her fellow students from their mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. May 14-15.

Aladdin at Infinite Energy Theater

Presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet, this performance shows Aladdin and his genie working together to elevate him from beggar to prince and woo the princess. May 14-16.

Pinocchio at Center for Puppetry Arts

Watch the story of Pinocchio turning into a real-life boy with comedy and music, and at the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, make a Creaking Cricket Rod Puppet. May 14-23.

National Astronomy Day at Tellus Science Museum

Make a nebula with paint, play astronomy games, learn about stars, see demonstrations from a NASA Ambassador, and go stargazing. May 15.

Pop-in for Family Fun at Marietta Museum of History

Take home themed “Military Appreciation” activities for the family to complete. May 15.

North Georgia Live Steamers at Georgia International Horse Park

Enjoy a miniature train ride on a smaller version of a real steam train. May 15.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. May 15-Oct. 31.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. May 19-Nov. 15.

Endangered Species Day at Zoo Atlanta

Celebrate and learn more about species diversity with activities focused on amazing animals from all over the world. May 21.

Kidfitstrong Fitness Challenge at Piedmont Park

Kids and families have the opportunity to test their physical fitness with an exciting obstacle course, along with other fun games and fitness challenges. May 22.

Atlanta Air Show at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field

Watch the in-air performances from the Army Black Daggers, USAF Heritage Flight, B-17 Texas Raiders and more, and see different aircraft displays. May 22-23.

The Yaarab Shrine Circus & Fair at Jim R. Miller Park

See somersaulting acrobats, jugglers, clowns, motorcycling daredevils and more. Stroll the midway and enjoy carnival rides and attractions for all ages. May 22-31.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. May 22-Sept. 7.

Spring Classic Car Cruise at Historic Downtown Acworth

Get up close to amazing classic cars. May 29.

Spring Scramble Scavenger Hunt at Oakland Cemetery

Enjoy a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery with three different difficulty levels. Through May 31.

EcoTinker Science Stations at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Examine the connection between STEM and nature with tech and tinker stations, learn about recycling, consumer science, and more. Through May 31.

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