Labor Day 2016 in Atlanta: Family-Friendly and Fun Events!

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. I have mixed feelings about that idea, but I DO love a 3-day weekend! Here is a list of some fun family events to hit up this weekend in Atlanta and the surrounding areas:

Stone Mountain Labor Day Celebration

Stone Mountain Park honors and appreciates our Everyday Working Heroes in a Labor Day Weekend celebration featuring the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® followed by epic fireworks display on all three nights (Saturday-Monday)!*

Callaway Gardens Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Soar into September at our 18th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. The weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long. Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, as well as a 5K Race and Triathlon event. If you’re a photography buff, you can sign up for our hands-on “Mastering Night Photography” course. Plus, you’ll find drink specials and sports on the televisions at the Beach Bar. Cap off the weekend with a final balloon glow Sunday night on Robin Lake Beach. With this exciting line-up of events, surrounded by the natural beauty of Callaway Gardens, there’s no better way to say “farewell” to Summer 2016.*

AJC Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more*.

Art in the Park, Marietta

Art in the Park will be celebrating its 30th year Anniversary as Marietta Square’s premier event celebrating the arts by featuring both local and national artist displaying their fine arts on Labor Day weekend. Widely acclaimed as one of the best fine art shows in Atlanta, and the only in Cobb County, this FREE Labor Day tradition in and around Glover Park appeals to patrons and budgets of all ages.*

Dragon Con Parade

Atlanta’s largest and most unique parade! Dragon con is a pop culture convention that focuses on sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comics and related media.This event may not be suitable for some families with young ones.

Smokin’ Up The Mountains

BBQ & Brews is proud to present the first ever Smokin’ Up The Mountains BBQ and Craft Beer Festival in East Ellijay (in the field behind Longhorns) on Saturday, September 3rd – 12 noon to 8 p.m. Free Kid’s Area!*

Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival

The 11th Annual Grace Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day,
An International Food, Culture and Music Festival!*

Celebrate Freedom Concert Tour

Large, outdoor, FREE, day-long, music festival featuring Christian artists.

Avalon Oak + Coletta Labor Day Pig Roast

There’s no better way to spend Labor Day weekend than with a pig roast and cookout! Join Oak Steakhouse and Colletta on Sunday, September 4th from 5 to 8pm for an evening of food and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy a whole roasted pig, oysters, special sides and desserts in Palmer Plaza while listening to live music and sipping on cocktails to celebrate the end of summer. For the kids, there will also be an array of games and face painting to enjoy.*

IPRA World Championship Rodeo, Cumming

Bull Riding, Bare Back Riding, Barrel Racing, Cowgirl Breakaway Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Saddle Bronc Riding.*

Summer Concert Series in Various Cities: 





And that’s all folks! I hope you have a beautiful and blessed holiday weekend!


*these descriptions have been taken directly from the individual event website

Which Town is Our Town?

In the near future, we are going to be handed a bit of freedom and opportunity. At that point, we are seriously considering making a big move and doing some lifestyle changes. But there will be more to come on all that in another post…. For now, help us figure out our dream locale by playing a game where you throw in your two cents!

The game is called “Which Town is Our Town?” The rules are simple. You read what we’re looking for and what we’re not looking for and if you live there, have heard of there or have been there, convince us that YOUR town is OUR town!  If your town wins (by having the most votes for the town/city), I’ll write a post all about the pros/cons of your town and why we will or won’t be moving there. Comment below to cast your vote and sell us your great city 🙂

Your town is not our town if:

If the locals in your town think that 25 C is too hot or that -10 C is not too cold, then your town is not our town.

If words like sustainable living, organic gardening, homeschooling, small house movement or naturopathic medicine would raise a few eyebrows in your local coffee shop, then your town is not our town.

If it’s hard to find local foods most of the year, then your town is not our town.

If ½ an acre or preferably more of land costs in excess of 50K, then your town is not our town.

Your town might be our town if:

There is a beautiful beach we can drive to within 2 hours.

There are beautiful, snowboardable mountains we can drive to within 2 hours.

There is natural beauty to be found at many corners, and specialty coffee shops, bars, top of the line restaurants and all around rad places for cool cats at the remaining corners.

There are many young families and you frequently see children playing outside.

You have this amazing gluten-free bakery that gluten-eaters frequent because, yes, it’s that good.

There is a sense of community and pride evident by clean streets and friendly people.

ocean famWe want a place with an awesome vibe, community feel, natural beauty, and cool peeps. One of the most important things to me is being somewhere warmer than here (Southern Ontario).  Major bonus points (although not a requirement) if I can smell the clean, salty air that comes from living somewhat near the ocean. That being said, there is something to be said about loving what you’ve got, so I’m happy to hear from people who think our roots are already planted in the perfect place. Okay.  Sell it. Go!

I Dont Know

Today I was confronted again with the often-repeated phrase “I don’t know”. Such an easy, apathetic and lazy excuse for an answer. Once said, it can completely kill a conversation and leave the other person feeling like you are either dumb or disinterested.  I’m not saying there is never a time where it can be safely said. What I am saying is that I believe we, as a society, too often use it as a crutch so as not to give too much thought to something we’d rather not be bothered with.  I am 100% guilty of this, most especially when answering questions such as “Why are some birds brown, others black and others red, yellow, blue….?” Or “If God is in everything, are we killing a piece of God every time we kill a bug?”

I realized that it had become a problem for me recently when my 6-year-old son started prefacing his questions to me with “I know you’re going to say you don’t know, but…..”.  It forced me to take a look at why I was so quick to avoid any kind of real thought to his questions and also to evaluate how I felt when others give me the same excuse/response.

What should we do about blah blah blah?

I don’t know.

Can I go [insert place here] on [insert day here]?

I don’t know.

How do you feel?

I don’t know.

Do you think we can blah blah blah?

I don’t know.

Where should we go from here?

I don’t know.

How was the universe created?

I don’t know.

 These are all questions I have posed or have had posed to me that resulted in that very answer.  What if that little three-word phrase didn’t exist in that context?  What if we could no longer use it to answer questions about our feelings and thoughts or even straight facts? We might replace the answers with:

What should we do about blah blah blah?

Let’s brainstorm and figure it out together!

Can I go [insert place here] on [insert day here]?

Let’s look at the calendar and see if that will work.

How do you feel?

I feel [insert feeling here] OR I need more time to think about that.

Do you think we can blah blah blah?

Of course we can!  Let’s figure out how.

Where should we go from here?

Well that depends, where do we see ourselves at the end?

How was the universe created?

Let’s Google it!

It’s almost just as easy to come up with a thought -out, acceptable answer in a very short amount of time, as it is to say I don’t know. An answer that gives you personal power and leaves the other person feeling validated.  With every “ I don’t know” we throw around, we relinquish our creative power and inner knowledge.  We give away the gift of looking within to hear our truth and set it free and we give away the knowledge that could be incurred by learning something new.  Really people, it’s all within you and what’s not, we have the all-knowing Internet for.  Let’s challenge ourselves to be less lazy and more caring; both of ourselves and of the people we interact with by giving a bit more thought before using that catchall phrase.

“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”  ~ Kahlil Gibran