7 Kid-Friendly Events to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend

Art in the Park

Celebrate Labor Day with these seven events in metro Atlanta.

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Decatur Square
Sept. 2-4
Children’s parades happen Sat. at 9:30 a.m. and Sun. at 11:30 a.m. Kids are invited to dress up as their favorite and most-admired historical figure on Sat. and their nerdiest selves on Sun. Don’t miss kidnote speaker Dav Pilkey, author of “Captain Underpants” at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center 5 p.m. Fri.  404-373-2021. decaturbookfestival.com. Free tickets at local Decatur book stores.

Art in the Park

Glover Park, Marietta
Sept. 3-5 / 10 a.m-5 p.m.
Celebrate fine arts from across the country. Kids K-12 can enjoy the Chalk Spot, a street chalk art display for aspiring artists, a free interactive “make and take” craft area and Tiny Tot Town, an area specifically for toddlers with small toys, bounce house and crawling tube. 404-966-8497. artparkmarietta.com. Marietta Square. Free.

Pioneer Day Festival

Smith Park, Cartersville
Sept. 2-5 / Fri.  4-11 p.m. Sat., noon-11p.m. Sun., noon-11p.m. Mon., noon-10 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day with an arts and crafts show, festival foods, carnival rides, games and fireworks. 770-974-9033. pioneerdaysga.com. 1155 Douthit Ferry Rd., Cartersville. Adults, $5; ages 12 and younger, free.

Dragon Con Parade

Downtown Atlanta
Sept. 3 / 10 a.m.  
The largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, TV and gaming boasts a character-filled parade through downtown. 404-669-0773. dragoncon.org. Free.

Callaway’s Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Sept. 2-4
Watch colorful balloons light up the sky or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Between balloon launches, experience a Kids Zone, live music, classic car show, or disc dog demonstration. Visit callawaygardens.com for a full list of scheduled events. 800-852-3810. callawaygardens.com. Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. Adults, $30; ages 6-12, $25; ages 5 and younger, free.

Labor Day Beach Bash

Tybee Island
Sept. 4 / 7-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music from the “Swingin’ Mediallions” band at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. 912-786-5444. visittybee.com. Free.

Chick-fil-A Kick-off game Georgia vs. North Carolina  

Sept. 3 / 5:30 p.m.
Georgia Dome
For the first time in more than 40 years, these two teams face off in their season opener. Enjoy game week special pricing at the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. Visit the Fan Zone from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for interactive games, sponsor attractions and official Pep Rallies. Prices vary. Tickets, primesport.com or visit each team’s ticket office website.

Pioneer Day Festival

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