Watch the skies light up with hot air balloons, experience a lasershow at Stone Mountain Park, enjoy fireworks on Lake Lanier, cheer for your favorite football team or race car driver and watch a sci-fi parade in Downtown Atlanta. Head to any of these events and make the most of your holiday weekend.

Decatur Book Festival       
Decatur Square. 404-471-5769;
Hours: Aug. 29-31. Check website for full event schedule.
Cost: Free
This weekend festival is full of literature, music, food, art and fun. Children’s parades happening both Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. invite kids to bring instruments and dress up as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters.

Callaway’s Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Callaway Gardens. 706-663-2281;
Hours: Aug. 29- Sept. 1
Cost: Adults, $25; ages 6-12, $12.50; children 5 and younger, free.
Watch the skies light up with a balloon glow above the trees on Fri., Sat., and Sun., night with launches also on Sat., and Sun., morning. View website for scheduled events and times.
*Mon., Sept. 1 Free garden admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. including: swimming, miniature golf, table tennis, shuffleboard, giant chess and checkers with an additional fee for Aqua Island and Paddle Boats.

Pioneer Day Festival
Sam Smith Park. 1155 Douthit Ferry Rd., Cartersville.
Hours:Aug. 29 -Sept. 1. Fri., 4-11 p.m., Sat.-Sun., noon-11 p.m., Mon., noon-10 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $5; ages 12 and younger, free. Unlimited rides each day, $20 wristbands.
Celebrate Labor Day with carnival rides and games, arts and crafts shows, live entertainment and fireworks.

Art in the Park
Historic Marietta Square. 404-966-8497,
Hours: Aug. 30-Sept.1. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
A weekend celebrating fine arts includes an artist market, children’s art alley, and Chalk Spot, a street chalk art display for children K-12 to create unique designs in 3-foot square spaces.

Dragon Con Parade
Downtown Atlanta. 404-669-0773;
Hours: Aug. 30, 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Be sure to catch some wacky costumes and an interesting sci-fi culture at the parade. The largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, TV and gaming host a colorful parade through downtown.

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Stone Mountain Park
Spend the day enjoying all the attractions in the park until 8 p.m. and then stay for the Laser and fireworks event with a special tribute to Everyday Working Heroes at 9 p.m. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain.770-498-5690; Parking, $10; lasershow and fireworks, free with parking fee; Adventure pass for attractions, prices vary.

Relax lakeside and enjoy live music, a day in the sun and a fireworks show. The three main areas Family Fun Park, Big Beach and Sunset Cove will each host “Last Blast of Summer” fun. 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford. 770-932-7218, Visit for admission prices.

White Water Park
Wrap up the summer with a tropical tour weekend Luau from a steel drum band and hula dancers. 250 Cobb Pkwy, Marietta,770-590-4067, Visit for ticket prices.

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