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Get active: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

If you'd like to get the family out and about this weekend in metro Atlanta, there’s plenty to do. Special swimming, hiking, running and tubing activities are just some of the offerings, and you'll also be able to relax with music or a movie if that's more your speed.

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


The annual Railroad Rendezvous at The Southern Museum features a live iron pour.
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Railroad Rendezvous. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 20. $10 adults, $8 seniors 65 and up, $5 military/student and kids 3-17, free for children 2 and under. $5 for Board the General, $10 for iron pour block. Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117.

Attend a live iron pour and take your design home. The event also features model trains, crafts for kids, and a Piston Workshop, where you can build our own piston-powered machine. You can also "Board the General" locomotive and have your photo taken.

Civil War Collectors Showcase. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 20. $5. Kennesaw State University Civil War Center Room 400, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. 470-578-6765.

Some of the country's top collectors of Civil War items will show and explain some of their most unique items. These include original Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, weapons, maps, portraits, and more.

"Shrek the Musical." 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20. $12-$15. Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. 770-436-4108, ext. 214.

The Smyrna Village Players' performance of the new age fairytale brings the heroes into modern times. ASL interpretation will be offered at Saturday's 2 p.m. matinee.

Gentlemen of Soul. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 20. $45. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-3285.

Enjoy music from the Gentlemen of Soul featuring Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, and Howard Hewett.


Join in a Friday hike at Arabia Mountain to take in beautiful views.
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Interpretive and Recreational Hike. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, July 19. Free. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia. 770-484-3060 or to register.

Learn about the natural and cultural resources of Arabia Mountain and take in beautiful views. The ranger-led hike is moderate and lasts about one to two hours. Bring a refillable water bottle and snacks.

Dive into Shabbat. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, July 19. MJCCA Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4161.

Celebrate Shabbat by bringing a picnic or potluck items to share with friends at this public event. Open swim will start at 5 p.m. followed by Shabbat songs and blessings at 6 p.m. Ice pops, challah, and grape juice are free.

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"Little Women." 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, plus additional dates. $10-$15. Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker.

The ageless story of "Little Women" is presented in a nontraditional, diverse production.

Summer Pops Concerts. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, July 19. $10-$32. Cole Auditorium, Fine Arts Building CF Perimeter College at Georgia State University – Clarkston campus, 3735 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston. 678-891-3565.

The DeKalb symphony orchestra, featuring pianist Robert Strickland and his trio, will perform "Music from the Stage and Screen - big & small."

North Fulton

Music at Twilight. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 19. Free. Old Milton Park, corner of Milton Avenue and N. Main Street, downtown Alpharetta.

J. Scott Thompson will perform songs using his powerful voice and easygoing personality. His inspiration comes from James Brown, Sam Cooke, The Beatles, and Otis Redding.

The Roswell Farmers & Artisan Market features local products, a pie contest, music and more.
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Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, July 20. Free admission. City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell.

Browse through local products, enjoy music, check out the popup library, take part in a pie contest, and more.

Family Movie Series. Movie starts at dark. Saturday, July 20. Free admission. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-594-6158.

Bring lawn chairs, blanket, and snacks. You can also buy food and drink at the concession stand. Kids can romp on the playground before you all settle in to watch "Mary Poppins Returns."

Summer Choral Project concert. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21. $10. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek.

The Summer Choral Project will be joined by the Orpheus Men's Ensemble for this concert.


Whatever Floats Your Boat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Free admission, fee for renting tubes, etc. and mandatory life vests. Rogers Bridge Park, 4291 Rogers Bridge Road, Duluth.

Tube down the Chattahoochee with your own or a rental tube, raft, kayak, or stand up paddle board. You can also stay in the park for music, food, inflatables, rock climbing, and more. Click here to reserve a vessel.

Movie on the Lawn. 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. Free. Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and let the family watch "A Dog's Way Home."

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. 9 a.m. early bird and 10 a.m. general-6 p.m. Friday, July 19 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 20. $8-$15 with extra charges for some special events. Infinite Energy Center, exhibit halls A-C, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 888-252-3976.

See new products and designs, learn new techniques, and swap ideas with other card makers, stampers, and scrapbook enthusiasts.

Frozen/Elf/Broadway in the Park 5K/1K/Fun Run. 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. start times. Saturday, July 20. $15-$30. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave. NW, Suwanee.

This family-friendly run features medals for a variety of ages, including ones for the first stroller and first dog to cross the line. It's a fundraiser for future Broadway in the Park performances that will take place Suwanee Town Center.

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