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Dragon Con After Party: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

It's all about planning this weekend around Atlanta.

Whether you're building a house, planning a wedding or landscaping your yard, there are many opportunities this weekend for families with big plans and projects ahead.

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After the planning’s all done, make sure to explore all the other community-driven events taking place around town:


Fall Atlanta Home Show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 to 10. $10 per person, free for seniors and children ages 12 and under. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-798-1997.

The 34th Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show takes place all weekend long at the Galleria, with over 300 exhibitors showcasing new and innovative home improvement products and services.

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Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club Work Day. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw.

Join the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club for a work day to help keep the park clean and pristine. You'll help park staff to maintain and groom the 20 trails around Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Hike through history on the Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm Loop Trail at Kennesaw Mountain.

Marietta International Film Festival. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. $15 per day, $25 for the entire festival. Earl Smith Strand Theatre. 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 404-973-2280.

Celebrate cinema this weekend at the Marietta International Film Festival, which takes place at the Strand Theatre on the Square. Over the course of the festival, you'll see 55 films from 15 countries.

Sisters in Crime Meeting. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Free for the first two visits. Smyrna Public Library. 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna.

If you enjoy a good crime novel, join other enthusiasts like you to take part in stimulating conversation, workshops, author appearances and more.


Mozart at the Museum. Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Free. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta.

Experience listening to Mozart's G Minor Piano Quartet at the Carlos Museum this Friday. Pianists William Ransom and Julie Coucheron will join the Vega Quartet as they perform Mozart's G Minor Piano Quartet.

Yellow Daisy Standard Flower Show. 4-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 to 10. Free admission, $15 parking. Stone Mountain Park. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407.

Celebrate the beauty of flora at the 46th Annual Yellow Daisy Standard Flower Show at Stone Mountain Park. This judged show will include a stunning array of over 450 annuals, perennials, trees, vines and shrubs.

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Flick-Nic in Candler Park. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Free. Candler Park. 585 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta.

Bring the family out for a movie under the stars at Candler Park this Saturday. As part of the Flick-Nic series, you'll watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the lawn.

Children's Meditation Classes at Dharma Jewel Monastery. 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Free. Dharma Jewel Monastery. 2550 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta. 770-939-5008.

Teach your little ones how to meditate at the Dharma Jewel Monastery this Sunday. Along with a guided meditation just for kids, they'll take part in arts and crafts, story time and educational games.


Duluth Food Truck Friday. 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Free. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Don't waste your Friday stuck in the kitchen - enjoy dinner out at Duluth Food Truck Friday. You'll have your pick from some of the best local food trucks in the areas, along with live music and entertainment.

Brews and Boos Lawrenceville Haunted Pub Crawl. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. $28.30 per person. Aurora Theatre. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222.

Take part in a frightfully fun Friday at the Aurora Theatre at the Brews and Boos Lawrenceville Haunted Pub Crawl. Along with brews, you'll listen to tall tales, spooky stories and the haunted history of the area.

Plan the perfect wedding this weekend at the Georgia Bridal Show.
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Georgia Bridal Show. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. $15 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-736-1979.

Get started planning your perfect wedding at the Georgia Bridal Show, which takes place a the Infinite Energy Center this Sunday. Along with a bridal fashion show, you'll get a chance to sample food and cakes, see flowers, listen to music demos, talk to honeymoon experts and more.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellis Henican and Musician Doc Todd. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. 10 College St. NW, Norcross. 770-978-5154.

Come down to the Gwinnett Library for a special talk to benefit veterans. Ellis Henican will discuss how service animals can make a difference in the lives of veterans, while combat veteran Doc Todd will showcase the healing and restorative power of music.

North Fulton

Raptor Photography Workshop. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Experience the world or raptors like never before with a special photography workshop from local nature photographer Eric Bowles. Along with private access to raptors at the center, you'll also learn about photography techniques and tips.

Little Diggers Lettuce Bowls: Grow Your Own Salad. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

Show your little ones just how easy it is to grow your own food at the Little Diggers Lettuce Bowls event happening at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. This free activity is part of the Family Gardening Series, and will include a planted container to take home.

Dragon PWN. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. $10 per person. Battle & Brew, 5920 Roswell Road A120, Sandy Springs. 678-560-1500.

Come on over to this Dragon Con After Party, which will feature a Cosplay contest, a live DJ, special food and drinks and, of course, open gaming.

Osteria Mattone's Yoga on the Patio. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Free. Osteria Mattone. 1095 Canton St., Roswell. 678-878-3378.

Join April Berta from Korsi Yoga for a free yoga session on the Patio at Osteria Mattone this Sunday. After the hour-long class, stay awhile for a Roman-inspired meal from Executive Chef Eric Sell.

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