Alpharetta Art in the Park: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's getting more and more difficult to beat the July heat, and you're probably feeling tired of having to retreat into an air-conditioned house all day.

Say goodbye to summertime cabin fever by getting out there and enjoying all that Atlanta has to offer, even if it means sweating a little to do it. (Just make sure to pack extra water.)

Whether you like to sample treats from food trucks, take leisurely bird walks or see free movies, you just can't beat this weekend's lineup of events around town. Here's what's happening, Atlanta:


Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre Free Movie: Finding Dory. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28. Free. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 5239 Floyd Road SW, Mableton. 770-819-7765.

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Join your community for a free movie at the Mable House this Friday. The gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie “Finding Dory” will begin at dusk. Don't forget the popcorn.

The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo 2017. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. $27 per day, $47 for a two-day ticket. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

Feel proud of your curvy physique by attending the 2017 Curvy Fashionista Style Expo this weekend at the Galleria. Along with a fashion show, guests will enjoy shopping from over 60 vendors, take part in workshops and panel discussions and socialize with like-minded people.

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Family Circus Extravaganza. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29. $15 to $20 per person, free for lap-sitters ages 2 and under. Earl Smith Strand Theatre. 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 404-319-0180.

Bring your kiddos down to the Family Circus Extravaganza this Saturday, which will feature family-friendly comedy, acrobatics, juggling, Scrappy the Trick Dog, a flying aerialist and more.

Pins for Paws. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30. $25 donation. AMF Marietta Lanes. 565 Cobb Parkway S, Marietta.

Help raise money for the Good Mews Animal Foundation and Cooper's Cupboard by bowling with your friends this Sunday. As part of the Pins for Paws event, a $25 donation will get you 2 hours of bowling with shoe rental, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win event tickets and gift cards.


Hot Glass "Date" Night. 4 p.m. , 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, July 28. $195 per couple. Spruill Center for the Arts. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.

Who needs dinner and a movie when you can learn how to shape molten glass with your significant other. This class isn't just for couples - bring along your best friend or family member, too. Each person will get to make one handmade glass piece, such as a paperweight or ornament.

Experience Jazz on the Lawn at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center this weekend. (Courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center/For the AJC)

Jazz on the Lawn. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 28. $25 per person at the door. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338.

Come out to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for a little Jazz on the Lawn this Friday. Bring your blanket and a picnic dinner and listen to featured artists Virginia Schenck and Free Planet Radio.

Decatur Ghost Tour. 8 p.m. Friday, July 28. $15 for adults, $12 for children ages 10 and under. Bandstand on the Square. 101 East Court Square, Decatur. 404-296-7771.

Have a hauntingly good time on the Decatur Ghost Tour this Friday, which begins on the Historic Town Square in Downtown Decatur. You'll travel through shops and restaurants, then tour the Old Decatur Cemetery. Don't forget your camera on this spooky excursion.

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Georgia Nurses Association Bookbag Drive Distribution Event. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Free. Georgia Nurses Association. 3032 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-325-5536.

The Georgia Nurses Association will provide book bags to help children in need this Saturday during their Bookbag Drive Distribution Event. After the book bags are handed out, guests can enjoy snacks and activities of the Child Protect Program. Advanced registration required.


City of Duluth Food Truck Friday. 6 p.m. Friday, July 28. Free. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Get a real taste of the South at City of Duluth Food Truck Friday. You'll sample some of the best fare in town while listening to live music at the City of Duluth City Hall.

2017 Georgia Outdoor News Outdoor Blast. 1 - 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28 through 30. $8 per person, free for children ages 12 and under. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 800-438-4663.

If you love to hunt, you won't want to miss out on spending the weekend at the 2017 Georgia Outdoor News Outdoor Blast. It all takes place at the Infinite Energy Center, and will include a gun giveaway, hundreds of vendors, Chevrolets on display and the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out finals.

Cosplay Costume Showcase. 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Free. Barnes and Noble Mall of Georgia. 3333 Buford Drive NE, Buford. 678-482-4150.

Put on your finest attire, cosplayers, because it's time for the Cosplay Costume Showcase at Barnes and Noble at Mall of Georgia. Dress to impress for this not-to-miss event, which will feature a costume contest with guests judges and a parade.

Enjoy watching the movie Kong: Skull Island on Saturday in Gwinnett as part of the Movies Under the Stars series. (Courtesy of AJC stock/For the AJC)

Movies Under the Stars: Kong: Skull Island. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Free. Mall of Georgia. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 770-271-9458.

Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia will feature “Kong: Skull Island” on the big screen this Saturday. The movie begins at dusk, along with food vendors, bouncie houses and live music from Dean Taylor & The Better Days.

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Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike and Movie. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 28. $11.50 for adults. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

Start your weekend out with a Night Urban Hike and Movie this Friday, hosted by Heritage Sandy Springs. It all starts off with a 3-mile flashlight hike throughout Heritage Green and the Sandy Springs City Walk, then winds down with a movie at the Lefont Theater.

Alpharetta Art in the Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Free. Downtown Alpharetta. 178 South Main St., Alpharetta. 678-296-2829.

Pick out a few treasures on Saturday at Alpharetta Art in the Park. You'll peruse an outdoor artists' marketplace filled with handcrafted pottery, artwork, jewelry, woodwork, photography, metalwork and more.

Bird Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society. 8 a.m. Saturday, July 29. Included with CNC admission, free for members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Calling all bird watchers - CNC will host the Atlanta Audubon Society for a special Bird Walk this Saturday, which will take you on a birding tour of the center's forests and river.

American Girl® Club - Julie Celebrates the Bicentennial. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29. $15 per person. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

If you have an American Girl® fan in your family, bring them over to the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum to travel through time with Julie as she celebrates the bicentennial. This club event will include crafts, a hands-on activity and snacks. Reservations recommended.

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