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There's plenty going on this weekend in metro Atlanta if you're looking to enjoy the long summer days. Some towns are getting an early head start on Fourth of July celebrations, and you'll also find several outdoor concerts and movies to attend.

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


"Beetlejuice." 8-11 p.m. Friday, June 28. $8-$9. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.org/.

Enjoy 1988's "Beetlejuice," Tim Burton's dark comedy classic, on the big screen. The film starts Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Michael Keaton.

A Garden with Wings. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 28-Saturday, June 29 plus additional dates. Free with Garden admission of $5-$10. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. https://smithgilbertgardens.com/.

Encounter butterflies in all stages of life as the kids beckon them closer with a "sugar wand." You can also visit the Southern Living Pollinator Garden, where you'll find butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds.

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155th Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Free. Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. https://www.nps.gov.

Celebrate and remember the sacrifice of both sides during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864. Activities include hikes, children's games, infantry and artillery demonstrations and more.

Not Just a Movie Movie Series. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King St. Smyrna. https://www.smyrnaga.gov/.

Play cornhole, listen to music from a DJ and more before settling in to watch "Hotel Transylvania."


Oakhurst Farm & Craft Market. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Thankful Missionary Baptist Church, 830 West College Ave., Decatur. https://www.facebook.com/.

Visit with and buy from local growers and makers and stay for a showing of "Zootopia" as soon as the sun goes down.

Russell Cook and The Sweet Teeth will perform as part of the Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Concert Series this Saturday.
Photo: From Dunwoody Nature Center's Facebook page/For the AJC

Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Concert Series. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. $5 for non-member adults, $3 for non-member children, free for ages 3 and under and members. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. https://dunwoodynature.org/2019-summer-concert-series/.

Arrive early to set up your blanket or folding chairs and enjoy a picnic before listening to Russell Cook and The Sweet Teeth. A selection of craft beers will be available for adult guests.

DeKalb County Men's Health Fair. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 404-508-7847. https://www.eventbrite.com/.

Live Healthy DeKalb Coalition's health fair for men offers health screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, health talks and more.

Touch a Truck. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. https://www.brookhavenga.gov/.

Bring the kids out to hop up on a fire truck, get behind the wheel of heavy equipment and check out police vehicles. No sirens will be sounded for the first 30 minutes of this event to accommodate children who are sensory-sensitive.

North Fulton

Family Yoga. 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 28. Free with general admission of $6-$10. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org.

All ages and levels can come together to start the day off with some yoga in nature. Bring your yoga mat or borrow one from the instructor.

Independence Day Walking Parade. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Starts at Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. https://www.cityofmiltonga.us/.

Dress up your bikes, kids, pets, wagons or carts to walk or ride in the parade. Prizes will be awarded afterward, and stay for games, crafts, face painting and more.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29. $5 ages 2 and up. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232. https://www.roswellgov.com/.

The puppet show "Rucker, Go Home!" is based on the book "Rucker, the Lost Country Dog," the story of a local Roswell dog at the turn-of-the century.

Alpharetta's Music at Twilight. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Free. Corner of Milton Avenue and North Main Street, Alpharetta. https://www.alpharetta.ga.us.

Bring some food and friends to enjoy live music from Trisha Adams, a performer, vocalist and songwriter.


Loganville Independence Celebration. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Football fields at West Walton Park, 925 Twin Lakes Road, Loganville. https://www.loganville-ga.gov/.

Celebrate Independence Day early with inflatables and other kids' activities, food vendors, a concert and fireworks show at dark.

Peachtree Corners will host two bands and a fireworks display Saturday.
Photo: From peachtreecornersga.gov/For the AJC

Fireworks on Town Green. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Free. Town Green at the Town Center, 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners. https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.

Enjoy an opening band before Queen Nation takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 9:40 p.m.

Made in the USA 5K/10K. 7:30 a.m. start time. Saturday, June 29. $30-$45, free for active duty military and free responders. In front of Sugar Hill City Hall, 5039 W. Broad St. NE, Sugar Hill. https://localraces.com/.

Race in a 5K or 10K to celebrate members of the military as well as first responders.

Wynne-Russell House Tour. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 29. Free, with donations appreciated. 4684 Wynne-Russell Drive, Lilburn. https://www.cityoflilburn.com/.

Join house historians for an open house and tour of the house and grounds of this historic home. You'll also learn about paranormal investigations that have taken place at the house.

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