15 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta: Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, Cauley Creek Park Grand Opening and more

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If you’re looking for something fun to do in metro Atlanta this weekend, consider cooling off with some sweet scoops at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park. Or take the family to a new park opening in Johns Creek and celebrate with carnival rides, games and more.

Check out the following 15 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

Intown Atlanta

Summerhill Reunion & Unity Festival

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Free. Phoenix Park III, across the street from Connally Street and Georgia Avenue, Atlanta.

Join in the annual Summerhill Reunion & Unity Festival to celebrate the community and enjoy music, food, kids’ activities and a back-to-school bash.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Free admission. Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta.

Enjoy ice cream, live music, fitness routines, wellness engagement activities, non-food vendors and more.

Piedmont Summer Movie Series: BackYARD Fest 2023

6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Free. The Home Depot Backyard, 1 Backyard Way, Atlanta.

Catch some summer vibes at The Home Depot Backyard with a movie on the lawn, games, a DJ, food trucks and the Truist Vendor Village featuring HBCU alum-owned businesses.


SanSe Atlanta 2023

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Truist Park, 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. $100 per person (includes dancing, entertainment, drinks and all-you-can-eat.)

Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with food, live music and cocktails in this event led by Puerto Rican chefs and local community leaders.

Family Art Workshop

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22. $35 for one adult plus one child, $5 for each additional child. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road NW, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248.

Bring your kids to a family workshop and learn about painting landscapes with acrylics.

Railroad Rendezvous

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 22. $10 adults, $8 seniors 65 and older, $5 for children age 3-17 and active duty military/students with ID, free for kids age 2 and under. $5 to board the General locomotive, free for kids 3 and under. Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117.

See an outdoor train model layout, a small tractor display, blacksmithing demonstration, historic printing press demonstrations, a quilting display, an interactive model train display and an interactive tour of the Museum’s Southern Railroad caboose. Tour the General locomotive’s cab for a small additional charge.


Community Barre Class

9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, July 22. Town Green Space, 4330 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven. 678-879-4570.

Bring a yoga mat and water bottle for a community barre class led by barre3 Druid Hills.

Ashford Lane Summer Concert

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Free. The Lawn at Ashford Lane 4500 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta. 678-867-6080.

Listen to music from Davis & The Love, and RSVP online to get special event cups to score discounts at Ashford Lane’s restaurants and retailers.

Paint Like Bob Ross - In the Park!

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22. $70. Dunwoody Nature Center main building, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322.

Take a light-hearted painting class and complete a Bob Ross landscape - even if you’ve never painted before.

North Fulton

Cauley Creek Park Grand Opening Celebration

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Cauley Creek Park, 7255 Bell Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200.

Visit Johns Creek’s new park for a grand opening celebration featuring carnival rides, games, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

Darius Rucker: Starting Fires Tour

8 p.m. Saturday, July 22. $35 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5013.

Catch Darius Rucker, who gained fame with Hootie & the Blowfish and has since won country music awards, on tour.

Christmas in July Home Show

Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, plus one additional day. Free admission. Alpharetta Convention Center at The Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta.

See Santa and meet home improvement experts, indoor and outdoor leisure experts, food and dessert vendors and more.


Splash Pad Day

10 a.m.-noon Friday, July 21. Free. E.E. Robinson Park, 650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill. 770-822-8833.

Bring the kids to cool off with splash pad fun, summer games, ice pops and a water slide.

Summer Concert Series: Canelita Sabrosa

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 21. Free, with donations accepted for the Can-Do Food Drive. Thrasher Park, 93 Park Dr., Norcross. 770-448-2122.

Bring a picnic and listen to music from Canelita Sabrosa, which plays music ranging from Latin jazz to pop to R&B.

Georgia Picnic & Food Truck Festival - Car & Bike Show

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. $30 and up. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

Camp or picnic on the lawn, shop at over 100 vendors, listen to live music, participate in games and activities and more.