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Family-friendly events in Atlanta to check out this September

Paige Minds The Gap

There are a ton of fun things for families to do in Atlanta, Georgia this month! Kick off the fall season with these exciting family-friendly events happening in Atlanta this September.

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Dragon Con

Event Dates: September 2, 2021 through September 6, 2021

Taking place in Atlanta every Labor Day Weekend, Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, pop culture convention in the world, focusing on science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. The convention will feature contests, workshops, gaming, a parade, an art show, comic and pop artists, and more.

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Event Dates: September 3, 2021 through September 5, 2021

This Callaway Gardens celebration features three days of all-day garden access, beach access, food and drink specials, and more. The gardens will transform each night with the Hot Air Balloon Glow where balloons will illuminate the beach and culminate in a fireworks show.

TinyCON® Hosted by Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Event Dates: September 4, 2021 through September 5, 2021

The 5th annual TinyCON® is a two-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, and fictional universes just for kids. Tiny Adventurers can train like Jedi, create fizzy potions and wands, decorate wings, make Minecraft art, hunt for Pokémon, and more during this fun event.

Labor Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park

Event Dates: September 4, 2021 through September 6, 2021

Stone Mountain Park honors Labor Day Weekend with this special family-friendly annual celebration. Enjoy the park’s attractions during the day and then stay into the evening for the Lasershow Spectacular and an epic firework show all three nights this weekend.

Marietta Art in the Park

Event Dates: September 4, 2021 through September 6, 2021

Art in the Park is Marietta’s signature event and has been a tradition since 1986. The festival takes place around the Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park on Labor Day Weekend and celebrates the arts by featuring local and national artists from around the country.

Yellow Daisy Festival

Event Dates: September 9, 2021 through September 12, 2021

The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is one of the top arts and crafts shows in the country. This festival features more than 250 artists and crafters displaying their works for you to purchase. There will be festival food and craft demonstrations throughout the event.

Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival

Event Dates: September 18, 2021 through October 31, 2021

Enjoy Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly Pumpkin Festival where you can “Play By Day” and “Glow By Night”. During the day, you can visit the park’s family-friendly attractions with special fall entertainment featuring classic storybook characters. At night, the park is lit up with the new Nighttime Parade and not-so-spooky glowing experiences.

“Woodland Spirits” at Fernbank Museum

Event Dates: September 18, 2021 through November 7, 2021

Encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows of Fernbank Museum’s WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. The museum’s annual Halloween exhibit features kooky sculptures, a haunted outpost, a monster garden, and more.

Back to Your Roots Farm Fair

Event Date: September 19, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Chattahoochee Nature Center celebrates the fall harvest with the family-fun Back to Your Roots Farm Fair. During this event, you will meet live farm animals, enjoy themed activities, walk the hiking trails, and explore the native gardens. This is a great way to spend quality time with family and connect with nature.

Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival

Event Date: September 25, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 14th annual Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the rich history of the Chinese tradition of racing dragon boats. The event features boat races, food vendors, craft vendors, entertainment, kid’s activities, and more.

Peppa Pig Live Performance at Perimeter Mall

Event Dates: September 25, 2021 through September 26, 2021

Peppa Pig and Friends are making their North America debut at Perimeter Mall. Enjoy 15-minute live performances, coloring stations, photo opportunities, music, and surprises.

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta

Event Dates: now through October 30, 2021

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta allows guests to feel as if they have been transported to the African safari. Through unique immersive technology, guests will be surrounded by the natural habitat of wild animals in Africa. Animal lovers can wander the sweeping plains, admire the spectacular landscapes, and encounter lions, zebras, and elephants.

“Turtle Odyssey” at Fernbank Museum

Event Dates: now playing daily

“Turtle Odyssey” is the newest giant screen film playing at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The story follows Bunji, an Australian green sea turtle, as she treks across the open ocean. You will experience the ocean through the eyes of a turtle as you follow the life cycle of a green sea turtle from birth to laying eggs of her own.

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I'm Paige, an Atlanta-based travel blogger at PaigeMindsTheGap.com. I'm passionate about events happening in Atlanta and traveling the South. Check out PaigeMindsTheGap.com for more local travel stories and tips.

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