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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend in metro Atlanta, get the family together for an event that appeals to everyone.

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You'll find everything from a classic showing of "Mary Poppins" to a Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo going on, so check out the following things to do in Atlanta this weekend and make your plans:


Strand Movie Series: "Mary Poppins." 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. Earl and Rachel Smith Stand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. $9 adults, $8 students, seniors and military. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.org/.

Watch the 1964 classic version of Mary Poppins, starring the incomparable Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. With the sequel, "Mary Poppins Returns," being released last year, it's the perfect time to introduce the kids to the original.

Georgia Street Rod Association Swap Meet, Flea Market and Car Show. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $5 adults, 12 and under free. Cobb County Fairgrounds, J.R Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. 956-371-1937. http://www.gsra.com/.

The 25th annual event features a car show and plenty of vendors selling automobile as well as general flea market items. Food concessions are also available.

Concertmaster David Coucheron and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1.” (Jeff Roffman)

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Sensory Friendly Concert. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $10. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-429-2390. https://georgiasymphony.org/.

GSO's orchestra and chorus will perform in a low-pressure, special needs-friendly environment that allows audience members to move around and sing if they'd like to. The instrumental "petting zoo" will be available in the lobby to give audience members the chance to try out different instruments.

Chasing Moonlight/Racing Sunlight the 5K in Paradise. 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday, March 10. $35 or $60 for both races. Town Center Mall, 400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, NW, Kennesaw. active.com.

Chase moonlight as Daylight Saving Time starts, race the sunlight in the morning – or do both! The finish line will have live palm trees, fruity drinks and beach music.

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Jawbones & Sawbones vs. Harlem Wizards. 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $15 and up for adults, $10 and up for kids 7 and up. Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 770-469-9355. https://www.sidebysideclubhouse.org/.

Local Atlanta lawyers and doctors play against the Harlem Wizards, who show off their basketball tricks as the game becomes interactive. Any child who's wearing a Wizards jersey can help the team warm up on court. The event is a fundraiser for Side by Side, an Atlanta nonprofit that rebuilds lives after brain injury.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday's Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo is free. The event is held at North DeKalb Mall.
Photo: From Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo's Facebook page/For the AJC

The Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Free. North DeKalb Mall, 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. http://www.atlantascifiexpo.com/.

This fifth annual event brings artists, writers, game designers, animators, cosplayers and more together in a full-scale fan event. Unlike many similar events, the Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo has free admission.

Dance the Night Away! 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students. https://www.atlantafreedombands.com/.

Atlanta Freedom Bands presents a program that features dances from a wide variety of cultures from around the world.

Rock n' Walk. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Free with park admission of $20 per car. Historical & Environmental Education Center, Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. https://atlantasciencefestival.org/.

Georgia State University Geosciences sponsors hikes to explore Stone Mountain, with groups frequently leaving the Education Center. Other activities include "walking" a Giant Traveling Map of Georgia and exploring landscapes with Google Cardboard VR as you hike up the mountain.

North Fulton

Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, plus additional dates through March 17. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children age 6-18, children under 6 free. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. http://www.bullochhall.org/quilt-show.html.

The 37th annual quilt show features over 150 unique, antique, traditional and art quilts by local artists and displayed throughout Bulloch Hall.

Getting to Know Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 8. $7. Main sanctuary of Perimeter Church, 500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. https://www.perimeterschool.org/.

Perimeter School students present a spirited, abbreviated version of the famed Rogers and Hammerstein classic "Oklahoma!"

Parents and kids can connect with bar and bat mitzvah vendors in Alpharetta on Sunday.
Photo: From Atlanta Mitzvah Connection's Facebook page/For the AJC

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Free parent registration. Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. https://www.atlantamitzvahconnection.com/.

Parents and kids can connect with a variety of vendors for bar and bat mitzvahs, sample free food and drinks and participate in interactive activities designed for tweens.

Solos of Spring. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $12 adults, $6 students. Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Highway, Milton. https://www.alpharettasymphony.com/events-1/solos-of-spring.

Winners of the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra's Youth Competition join the orchestra for a "Solos of Spring" concert.


Gwinnett Medical Center Women's Wellness Day. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Infinite Energy Center, Infinite Energy Forum, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. https://gmcwomenswellness.com/.

This event is devoted to making sure participants know about health and wellness resources available in the community. Wellness workshops, interactive booths, free screenings and more will be featured.

UniverSoul Circus. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, March 8. Noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, plus additional ongoing dates. Tickets start at $17.50. Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. https://www.universoulcircus.com/.

Billed as "The Coolest Show on Earth," The UniverSoul Circus is a single-ring circus with performers from at least 24 different countries.

Gwinnett County Community Health Fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Free. Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-963-9205. http://www.scnievents.com/healthfairs/.

Vendors, free health screenings, giveaways and more are featured at the first of this year's Gwinnett County Community Health Fairs.

Quince Girl Expo. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Free admission. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. 678-277-0920. www.gwinnettparks.com.

Prepare to make your big day one to remember with a fashion show, demos, vendors and more.

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