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Back-to-school events: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

The calendar still says it's late July, but back-to-school events are already getting underway in the metro Atlanta area.

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If you're looking for something for the family to do this weekend, you can also get in the holiday spirit months early with a Christmas in July event or shop and cosplay at a cosmic convention.

Check out the following 16 events this weekend in metro Atlanta:


Southeast Homeschool Expo. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, July 26 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. $20 per person, children 18 and under free. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-285-6340. https://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/dates-times-and-costs/.

See, discuss and buy homeschool educational materials, get creative ideas, and attend "how to" workshops on different homeschooling subjects.

Not Just a Movie Movie Series. 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Free admission and popcorn. Brinkley Park, 1270 Hunter St., Smyrna. https://www.smyrnaga.gov.

Bring the family out for pre-movie activities, including inflatables and face-painting before watching "RV," which stars Robin Williams.

Hot Fun in the Summer Sun 5K. 7 a.m. registration and packet pickup, 8 a.m. race. Saturday, July 27. $25-$30. Starts at Ozone Billiards, 890 Cobb Place Blvd. NW, Kennesaw. https://fivestarntpq3.com/.

Bring your dog along for the race if you'd like, and all participants will qualify for free entry for the upcoming Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will host a tribute to ABBA this Saturday.
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A Tribute to ABBA. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27. $36 and up. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com/.

Sing and dance at the ultimate ABBA tribute celebration, where you'll hear their most popular hits including "Mama Mia," "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen."


Storefront Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. At 15 participating stores in Decatur. https://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/.

This city-wide shopping event is held twice a year and includes prizes, pop-ups, specials and more.

$500 Weddings Summer Bridal Show. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Free admission. 5380 Studios, 5380 E. Mountain St., Stone Mountain. https://www.eventbrite.com.

Enjoy one-stop shopping for everything wedding-related, including caterers, event planners, florists, ice carvers, officiants, hairstylists and more.

The Atlanta Comic Convention comes to DeKalb County this Sunday.
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The Atlanta Comic Convention. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. $5. Marriott Hotel-Century Center Northeast/Emory area, 2000 Century Blvd., Atlanta. 706-837-4976. http://www.atlantacomicconvention.com.

The comic convention features over one million comics, toys and more, and cosplayers will receive free gifts.

B at the Movies. 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Free admission. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. https://dunwoodyga.gov/.

Play games, eat snacks and join in family fun before watching "How to Train Your Dragon 3" together on a giant screen.

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Family Yoga. Price included with Chattahoochee Nature Center Admission of $6-$7, free for members. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/.

Bring your own yoga mat or borrow one from the instructors and start your day by stretching in nature.

Shred. Swing. Sip. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 27. Topgolf, 

Work out and then enjoy complimentary golf at Topgolf in Alpharetta this weekend.
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10900 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta. 843-445-5010. https://www.eventbrite.com/.

Take part in a HIIT workout, play complimentary golf (only for workout participants) and stay for brunch at Topgolf.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27 and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28. $10 general admission, $25 reserved seating. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 678-871-7766. https://rumcactingup.webs.com/.

This enduring musical features the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and is presented with a live 20-piece orchestra and costumes from New York.

City Green Live. 6:30 p.m. festivities and 7:30 p.m. performance. Friday, July 26. Free. The Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. https://citysprings.com/.

Join Big Sam's Funky Nation, which puts forth a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop.

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You can cover yourself with a variety of colors at the Venezuela Color Run and festival in Lilburn.
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Venezuela Color Run. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-11 am. Race and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. festival. Saturday, July 27. $15-$25 to register in run. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St. NW, Lilburn. https://www.active.com.

Run, walk, jog, dance or jump your way along the race route and cover yourself with a variety of colors. Music, a DJ, food and other entertainment is also offered, with half of event profits being used to help education in Venezuela.

Christmas in July Arts & Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Free admission. Grayson Community Park, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. https://cityofgrayson.org.

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas early with holiday music, photos with Santa, plenty of arts and crafts vendors and kids' activities.

Gwinnett County Community Health Fair and Back-to-School Bash. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Free. Bogan Park Recreation Center, 2723 N. Bogan Road, NE, Buford. http://www.livehealthygwinnett.com/.

Screenings, speakers, inflatables, welcome bags, a school supply giveaway and collection and more highlight this community event.

Repticon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27 (9 a.m. VIP early entry) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 28. $5-$15. Gwinnett County Fairground, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. https://repticon.com/.

See live animals, buy pets and pet products and enjoy live seminars and demonstrations at this expo that's dedicated to reptiles and exotic animals. 

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