3 Fun Things to Do This Weekend

MARIETTA

Sci Fi Summer Con Atlanta 2009 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta

Those who can't wait to get their geek on until Dragon*Con have this intimate, three-day pop culture fest. Fans, some decked out in costume, celebrate their love for science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, gaming and more. Filmmakers, authors, actors and artists like Atlanta-based comic book creator Bob Burden ("Flaming Carrot") mingle with guests. Movies and TV shows screen in ballrooms. On Saturday night, a movie event takes place by the pool featuring the convention's own original action short followed by "The Abyss." Want to talk anime or learn the how-tos of indie filmmaking? These and other panel discussions explore different aspects of geekdom. Fan boys and girls troll the dealer's room for elusive comics, nerdy T-shirts, collectible toys and other finds. The activities keep coming, including a charity poker tournament, live music, a Nerf gun battle and a costume contest.

$35 for weekend pass; $15 Friday admission; $20 Saturday and Sunday (each day); free for kids 12 and younger. June 12-14. Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta, 1775 Parkway Place, Marietta. 770-428-4400, 770-313-9237, www.sfscon.net.

GRANT PARK

Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too! at Zoo Atlanta

Party animal takes on a whole new meaning. At the sophomore edition of this beer and wine event, each guest gets a mug. Drinkers get them filled with samples of beer from SweetWater, Terrapin and Atlanta Brewing Company. McWilliams Winery pours nips of wine, too. All of this libation loving takes place while guests explore the zoo. Some animal encounters will be available exclusively for the event. Attractions include the newest giant panda cub, Xi Lan, and the new parakeet exhibit. Live bands Y-O-U, Yacht Rock Revue, Stokeswood, Kyshona and The Brotherland are set to play. Non-drinkers and those 20 and younger get in at a reduced price.

$40-$45 advance; $50 day of event; $35 without alcohol. 4-9 p.m. June 13. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404-624-5600, www.zooatlanta.org.

ROSWELL

Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival at Riverside Park

The Chattahoochee River gets props at this free, family-friendly festival. The bash follows a canoe and kayak race, which ends at the park. Kids can get wet on land courtesy of the park's new spray ground, a play area equipped with motion-sensored blasts of water. Balloon artists twist latex, face painters brighten kids' cheeks and vendors shill edibles. The solar-powered bandstand hosts music from The Watershed Project, a collective of local musicians including Gareth Asher, Christopher Alan Yates, Amy Gerhartz, Brian Binsky and Emily Kate Boyd.

Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 13. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 404-352-9828, www.ucriverkeeper.org.

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