Father's Day events: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

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Want to spend time doing something fun with your dad or your kids this Father's Day weekend in metro Atlanta?

You'll find events including a fishing day, a 5K that celebrates fathers and a family field day.

Check out the following 16 family-friendly things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta:


Gone Fishing. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. Free. Cabela's, 152 Northpoint Parkway, Acworth and other Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops Locations. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/gone-fishing-event.

Get the kids in your family off the couch and involved in fishing with activities such as fishing seminars, catch-and-release ponds, craft tables, giveaways and more.

Juneteenth Celebration Weekend. 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Free. Marietta Square, North Park Square, Marietta. http://cobbnaacp.org/flyer/.

The Cobb County NAACP is hosting events throughout the weekend, with an Evening Under the Stars with Jonathan "John Boy" Wright and his 13-piece brass band, a gospel fest and a cultural festival with vendors, a children's area and more.

"Glory." 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16. $8-$9. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square Marietta. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.org/.

Watch the 1989 film "Glory," which tells the story of an all-black unit made up of Northern freemen and escaped slaves in the Civil War.

"Oliver!" 8 p.m. Friday, June 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. $30-$60. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. http://atlantalyrictheatre.com/.

Enjoy the classic musical based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." It tells the tale of a young orphan who finds acceptance among a group of petty thieves. This production is rated PG-13 due to violence and sexual innuendo.


Fishing with Fathers. 8-11 a.m. Sunday, June 16. Free, with rental fees for fishing gear if needed. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia. 770-484-3060 to register. http://arabiaalliance.org/.

Dads and kids can join in at the premiere of the Junior Ranger Angler Program and learn the basics of freshwater fishing. Light refreshments will be served at the Nature Center before the group departs for the lake. Limited supplies of fishing gear are available for rental, so bringing your own is recommended.

National Pollinator Week Kick-Off Mini-Festival. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Free. Downtown Decatur Square (behind the bandstand and MARTA plaza and behind the historic DeKalb courthouse). https://www.beecaturga.com/.

Kick off National Pollinator Week by celebrating pollinators, honey and native plants with vendors, exhibitors and face-painting for kids.

The I Am a Father 5K will be run Saturday in Decatur to celebrate fathers.

Credit: From IAmaFather5K.org

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Credit: From IAmaFather5K.org

I Am a Father 5K Atlanta. 8 a.m. race start, Saturday, June 15. $30. Greenforest Community Baptist Church, 3250 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. https://www.iamafather5k.org/atlanta.html.

The entire family is welcome to participate in this run/walk, which celebrates fathers. In addition to the race, a health fair, live entertainment and a warm-up with Stepp Stewart from the Dr. Oz Show will be featured.

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Educators' Week at Stone Mountain Park. Concludes Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407. https://www.stonemountainpark.com/.

Educators can score a free All-Attractions Pass at Stone Mountain Park through June 16, and if they'd like to buy additional passes, they can purchase up to six for a discounted rate of $22.95 plus tax. Register online to receive a coupon, which you'll need along with educator identification such as an employee photo ID, pay stub or name badge with school name or county and a state-issued photo ID. Home schoolers (one per household) can bring a home school declaration of intent and a state-issued photo ID.

North Fulton

Music on the Hill. 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 14. Free. City Hall lawn, 38 Hill St., Roswell. https://www.roswellgov.com/.

Spread out a blanket and listen to the sounds of The Doug Cameron Orchestra, which performs hits from the Big Band era. Cameron's vocals evoke the spirit of legends such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Possum Trot 10K. 6 a.m. race day registration and packet pickup, 7 a.m. 10K race and 7:10 one-mile fun run Saturday, June 15. $15-$40. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/.

Join the Possum Trot and run on a flat course along the Chattahoochee River. Arrive early and stay after the run so you can enjoy food, music and vendors at the lakeside pavilion.

Dierks Bentley pulls into Atlanta this weekend.

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Dierks Bentley. 7 p.m. Friday, June 14. $25 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. https://www.ticketmaster.com/.

Country singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley is joined on his Burning Man 2019 tour by Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. $5 age 2 and up. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. Roswell. 770-594-6232. https://www.roswellgov.com/.

"The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House" is an imaginative take on the story of The Three Little Pigs presented by the award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. The show takes place on a two-level stage and is accompanied by a musical score.


BookFest Gwinnett. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St. NW, Norcross. http://bookfestgwinnett.org/.

Local, regional and nationally acclaimed authors will speak throughout the day, and fans of young adult books and graphic novels can interact with local authors in these genres. And if you're a writer as well as a reader, writing workshops will be presented by local university professors and the Atlanta Writers Club.

Family Field Day. 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Free. Town Green, 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners. https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov/.

Bring the family for a day of fun with classic field day games like sack races as well as inflatable ax throwing and more.

Sips, Chips & Dips. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. $8 per person. Lucky Shoals Park Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross. 678-277-0860. 678-277-0860. https://www.facebook.com/.

Celebrate Father's Day with music, games and refreshments for all ages. Register by calling the number above.

The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning in Duluth will host Family Day on Saturday.

Credit: From the hudgens.org

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Credit: From the hudgens.org

Family Day. 11 a.m.-1 pm. Free. Saturday, June 15. Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002. https://thehudgens.org/

Join in activities for all age groups, including ones that are based on current exhibits. For example, you can view "Drawing on Clay" and then use it as inspiration to create your own ceramic tile piece.