Large umbrellas are used to provide some shade before the start of the Jazz on the Lawn concert at Callanwolde Fine Art Center in Atlanta, GA Friday, July 8, 2016. People are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy during the Friday night concerts. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

It's Father’s Day: 16 things to do in Atlanta with dad this weekend

This Father's Day weekend, spend time with dad enjoying one of the many meaningful and exciting events taking place throughout your neighborhoods.

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Here's a hefty lineup of happenings around the city you can enjoy with your dad for Father's Day:


Free Movie at the Mable House: The LEGO BATMAN Movie. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16. Free. The Mable House. 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-3285.

Dads, don't miss a free movie with your kids this Friday at The Mable House. The LEGO BATMAN Movie will play at 7:30 p.m., so bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy a great show.

Barbara Massey of Zion Baptist Church of Marietta distributes a copy of Our Daily Bread to passer-by Sabrina Wallace (hat) of Marietta at the 11th Annual Juneteenth Cultural Festival. (PHOTO M. CHRIS HUNT)
Photo: M. Chris Hunt

Junteenth Celebration Weekend. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16 through 18. Free. Marietta Square. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-425-5757.

Celebrate Juneteeth this weekend at the Marietta Square. Along with live entertainment, family can enjoy music, raffle prizes, moonwalks, food vendors, a health fair, a Gospel Fest and more.

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6th Annual ART, BARKS & PURRS. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Free. Cobb County Animal Control. 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. 770-499-4136.

Come out to the Cobb County Animal Control front lawn for an arts fair like no other. The 6th Annual ART, BARKS & PURRS event takes place on Saturday and will feature animal-related arts and crafts, including custom leashes and collars, bird feeders, jewelry, gourmet pet treats and artwork. Make sure to bring a donation of cat or dog food to help out animals in need.

Teal & Pink Ribbon Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17. $25 per person. Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta. 678-551-4587.

Spend your Saturday helping raise money to provide services and programs for breast and ovarian cancer patients. Commit 2 Conquer will host the Teal & Pink Ribbon Luncheon at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. For sponsorship opportunities, call 678-551-4587.


Cathey Turner and Randy Henderson dance to the music of Trumpeter Joey Sommerville during the Jazz on the Lawn concert at Callanwolde Fine Art Center in Atlanta, GA Friday, July 8, 2016. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer

Jazz on the Lawn. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16. $20 per person. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338.

If Dad loves jazz, spend Friday together listening to contemporary and classic jazz, salsa, swing and blues at Callanwolde's Jazz on the Lawn. Bring your own blanket and picnic dinner to this outdoor event, or purchase food and drinks onsite.

Summer in the City. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 16. Free. Downtown Decatur, 101 West Court Square, Decatur. 404-371-8386.

Downtown Decatur transforms into a beach party this weekend with 60 tons of sand, live music, dance performances, a rock climbing wall, activities for the kids, pop-up cultural performances, fire twirling and more.

Father's Day Paperweight Class. Multiple times available. Friday through Sunday, June 16 to 18. $46 per person. Decatur Glassblowing Hot Shop and Gallery. 250 Freeman St., Decatur. 404-849-0301.

Create a special memento with your Dad this Father's Day at the Decatur Glassblowing Hot Shop and Gallery. This special Father's Day Paperweight Class includes hot-glass demonstration, safety training and one-on-one instruction on making your own glass paperweight. Ages 10 and up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Concert Series: High Beams. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Free for members, $5 for non-member adults, $3 for students, free for children ages 3 and under. Dunwoody Nature Center. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322.

The Dunwoody Nature Center hosts High Beams during their Summe Concert Series this Saturday. Along with live music by High Beams, visitors can bring a picnic dinner, relax on blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy craft beers.


Lift Up Atlanta's 2017 Summer Fun Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Admission by donation of school supplies. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 678-245-4622.

Bring a donation of much-needed school supplies and receive free admission to Lift Up Atlanta's 2017 Summer Fun Festival. This year's event will include a petting zoo, Kid's Fun Zone, arts and crafts vendors, carnival food, a silent auction, games, activities for the whole family and a magic show.

Don't miss the best local blueberries and Blues from around the state this weekend in Gwinnett.
Photo: Courtesy of Bluesberry and Beer Festival/For the AJC

Bluesberry and Beer Festival. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Betty Mauldin Park. 63 Lawrenceville St. NW, Norcross. 678-622-2104.

Listen to the blues in Norcross this weekend at the Bluesberry and Beer Festival. You'll hear an unbeatable lineup of blues musicians and taste signature "Bluesberry" drinks and desserts from downtown merchants.

Movies Under the Stars: Deep Water Horizon. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Free. Mall of Georgia. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 770-271-9458.

Enjoy watching the movie Deep Water Horizon this Saturday as part of the Movies Under the Stars lineup. This free event begins at dusk, and will include live music, bounce houses, food and drink vendors and more.

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Georgia's Run for the Homeless. 8 a.m. Saturday, June 17. $25 per racer, $15 per Fun Run, $79 Family Discount Rate, free to watch. Tribble Mill Park. 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway SE, Lawrenceville. 678-985-3921.

Get out and run (or walk) for a good cause this Saturday at Georgia's Run for the Homeless. It all takes place at Tribble Mill Park and includes trophies, medals, music, door prizes and snacks for participants.

North Fulton

The Summer Solstice Soiree. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. $50 per person. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 404-785-4483.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice while benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta this Saturday at the Summer Solstice Soiree. White dress is encouraged while you listen to live music, dance, enjoy food and drinks and take part in a live auction.

9th Annual Possum Trot 10K and Fun Run 7 a.m. Saturday, June 17. $30 per 10K racer, $15 per 1 mile racer, free to watch. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

The 39th Annual Possum Trot is back at CNC with a 10K race and 1-mile Fun Run. Registration fees include free admission to CNC, a t-shirt, swag in a reusable race bag, admission to a post-race party, food and live music.

A variety of guided canoe cruises are available from the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.
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Father's Day Paddle. 1 p.m. Sunday, June 18. $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Bring the whole family (including dad) to a special Father's Day Paddle at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. All equipment will be provided, including canoes and water squirters, as you paddle to the Riverside Park playgrounds. Ages 6 and up.

Family Food Fest Atlanta. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18. $15 to $25 per person. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. 404-273-3227.

Savor some of the best food in the South this Sunday at the Family Food Fest Atlanta event. It all takes place at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot and includes a BBQ cookoff, unbeatable food tasting, snow cones, a Kid's Zone, caricature drawings, cotton candy and more.

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