Labor Day weekend is upon us, Atlanta! The holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, giving us one last long weekend to enjoy the season. Whether you're a local staying in town or a visitor traveling to Atlanta this weekend, our top picks will not disappoint. Start planning your weekend now with our guide to the area’s holiday happenings.
#1 Dragon Con
This internationally known pop culture fan convention is held annually on Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Atlanta. Organized for the fans, by the fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,000 hours of programming on comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming and more over the course of four days. Weekend and daily memberships are available for a cost.
If you can't make it for the whole weekend, check out the Annual Dragon Con Parade
on Saturday at 10 a.m. It's free and open to the public! Get a look at the amazing costumes as well as some of the celebrity guests as the parade makes its way through downtown. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot!
Image courtesy: Flickr user downeym
#2 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Saturday, September 5, 3:30 p.m.
Say goodbye to summer and hello to the start of the college football season. SEC or ACC? Whether you are a diehard (#6) Auburn Tiger
or (#25) Louisville Cardinal
fan, sport your team colors and tailgate with live music and BBQ competitions at Centennial Park beginning at 11 a.m.
Image courtesy: FOX Sports
#3 Labor Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park
Friday - Sunday (September 4-6): 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, September 7: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (no laser show or fireworks)
Join Stone Mountain for a weekend of rock climbing, hiking and family fun. Be sure to bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs to stay for their famous laser light show, followed by a special fireworks display (Friday through Sunday).
Image courtesy: Stone Mountain Park
#4 AJC Decatur Book Festival
September 4- 6
Decatur Square (101 East Court Square Decatur, GA 30030)
Attention literature buffs of all ages! Get ready to walk the streets of Decatur and enjoy the country’s largest independent book festival. Book signings, readings, writing workshops, and poetry slams will be happening over the course of the weekend. There will also be live music, parades and cooking demonstrations.
Image courtesy: Decatur Book Festival
#5 Marietta Art in the Park
Marietta Square (205 Lawrence St NE, Marietta, GA 30060)
Art in the Park will feature works from 175 artists from around the county. A wide variety of art will be on display in the square, including paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking. Let your kids get creative in the children’s arts alley or take a walking tour of Marietta Square.
Image courtesy: Marietta Art in the Park