Parents work 365-days a year, so why not live it up with the Littles this Labor Day weekend? This weekend is the perfect time to explore the city or get away from it all (hint: many orchards up north plan to open for the u-pick season this weekend). From the world’s biggest sci-fi fantasy gathering to plenty of festivals,—and one just-for-kids event that only comes around once a year—Atlanta parents have plenty of exciting ways to spend family time over the three-day weekend.
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TinyCON at Children's Museum of Atlanta
Calling all Tiny Adventurers—TinyCON® is back! Head to the Children's Museum of Atlanta for the fifth annual two-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, and fictional universes…just for kids. Nab your tickets for activities galore and train like Jedi, create your own fizzy potions and wands, decorate wings, make Minecraft art, and hunt for Pokémon.
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. N.W.
The largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, TV and gaming includes a parade, contests, an Artist Alley and more. Visit the website for a full schedule and locations, including Covid policies that might affect fan attendance at events.
National Cinema Day
Go to the movies on National Cinema Day (September 3) for just $3 per ticket. Major chains like AMC and Regal Cinemas, along with college campus theaters and some smaller independent theaters, are set to participate. Check the website to find a participating theater near you. Event details.
Labor Day Weekend Celebration
Stone Mountain Park honors and appreciates everyday working heroes during its Labor Day weekend Celebration. Enjoy a day of adventure on family-friendly attractions, then stay into the evening for the Lasershow Spectacular followed by epic fireworks all three nights.
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA
Mountain Heritage Festival
The Mountain Heritage Festival is a fun fill-filled family event held annually Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend at the Mountain Life Museum, one block south of the square in Blairsville, Georgia. The festival features locally produced handicrafts, traditional foods, music, demonstrations, hands on activities, and live animals to help tell the story of life in this rugged land a century ago. Mountain art and crafts, music, living history activities, demonstrations on quilting, spinning, basket making, chair canning, farm animals, and gold panning, and activities for children are happening all weekend long.
Find out more: visitdowntownblairsville.com
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Pioneer Days Festival
When it comes to Labor Day weekend events around Atlanta, the Pioneer Days Festival is a blast and worth the trek. Between the exciting rides, crave-worthy festival food, and family-oriented games and other activities, you and the kids will be entertained all day long. Plus, entry to the fair is on the cheap, and wristbands for rides are just $25 for unlimited rides.
Sam Smith Park
1155 Douthit Ferry Rd.
Pure Heat Community Festival
It's the 10th anniversary of this community festival taking place at Piedmont Park across from the pool. It's also the first year the festival will include a specific youth festival, offering a safe space for LGBTQ youth that includes games, music, a mini ball, and more. Expect food booths, vendors, and day of pride for everyone who attends.
1320 Monroe Dr. N.E.
Art in the Park
There's nothing like an art festival especially on Labor Day weekend. Check out Art in the Park at Marietta Square, running all weekend long, and find yourself surrounded by paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and so much more. The whole family will love this annual favorite.
99 S. Park Square N.E.
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Labor Day Fun at Six Flags White Water
Celebrate the long weekend by seeing who comes in first place on Wahoo Racer or by bobbing along with the waves in the Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool. Put your taste buds to the test with delicious, savory options at Sternwheeler or create your perfect waffle cone at Beachside Smoothies if you’re in the mood for a sweeter option. Check out the different ways to celebrate the holiday weekend at Six Flags White Water.
250 Cobb Pkwy. N.
Cool Cruisers Car Show
Check out cool cars, enjoy good food, win prizes, listen to music, and of course—explore the trains at this annual car show at the Southeastern Railway Museum.
Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy.
Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens
Light up your Labor Day with a three-day celebration at Callaway Gardens. Stay and play all day with garden and beach access, food and drink specials, and holiday merchandise. The gardens transform each night with the extraordinary Hot Air Balloon Glow, where balloons illuminate Robin Lake Beach, and then fireworks take over the sky. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, this is one memorable way to welcome September with the kids.
Find out more: callawaygardens.com
Noshfest enters its tenth year celebrating Jewish food and culture and bringing together members of Cobb County’s diverse community. Bring the kids to this two-day festival where they can enjoy delicious food from around the world, browse vendor booths, and learn about the Jewish culture through interactive exhibits. There's even a chance to tour the sanctuary, and the kid’s zone is the perfect place to play with inflatables, games, and face painting.
Temple Kol Emeth
1415 Old Canton Rd.