AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

It's a budget-friendly Labor Day weekend around Atlanta with free events taking place everywhere you look

Whether you want to enjoy a free movie, take in a little culture or help out your fellow man by donating blood, you'll find plenty to do without breaking the bank. 

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Check out all the free events in this weekend's lineup:


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Marietta Square Art Walk. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free. Marietta Square. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. www.mariettaartwalk.com.

Spend your weekend enjoying live music, looking at local artists' work and experiencing the history of Marietta at the Marietta Square Art Walk this Friday. Don't forget to take a self-guided tour of the galleries, museums, restaurants and venues while you're on the Square.

Blood Drive at Town Center. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3. Free. Town Center at Cobb. 400 Ernest West Barrett Parkway NW, Kennesaw. www.simon.com.

Give a little this weekend - blood that is. Town Center at Cobb will host the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Saturday and Sunday, and all donors will receive a free gift while supplies last. 

Marietta Art in the Park. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3. Free. Marietta Square. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. 404-966-8497. www.artparkmarietta.com.

It's time for the 31st Annual Marietta Art in the Park, and this year's event will include one-of-a-kind works from over 175 national and local artists, a street chalk art display, Children's Art Alley, food trucks and more. 

Art Talk and Poetry Reading: A Thousand Words. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Free. dk Gallery. 25 West Park Square, Marietta. 770-427-5377. www.dkgallery.us.

Don't miss an unforgettable artist talk and poetry reading this Saturday at the dk Gallery in Marietta. Featured artists in "A Thousand Words" will share their works and answer questions at this inspirational show.


Wylde Center Fall Plant Sale. 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free. Wylde Center. 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 404-371-1920. www.wyldecenter.org.

Green up your space by purchasing plants at the Wylde Center Fall Plant Sale taking place this Friday. With over 50 plant varieties to choose from, there's a little something for every fall gardener at this seasonal event.

Inspired Displacement: Translating Travel into Textiles Lecture. 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. 3420 West Hospital Ave., Chamblee. 678-235-4328. www.fiberartsalliance.org

Journey along with Lisa Klakulak, founder of STRONGFELT, as she takes you through her travels as a fiber artist around Norway, Russia, Morocco, Mali, Chile and Australia. You'll discover new insights and inspiration about world artistic culture at this not-to-miss event.

Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Free. Decatur Library. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. www.dekalblibrary.org.

Stock up on books and help raise money for library materials, educational programs and special events at the Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale. 

Kids and parents can be part of the AJC Decatur Book Festival’s parades on Saturday and Sunday. CONTRIBUTED BY TOM MEYER (For the AJC)

AJC Decatur Book Festival. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1 to 3. Free. 101 East Court Square, Decatur. www.decaturbookfestival.com.

Take part in the largest independent book festival in the entire country this weekend, with over 1,000 authors, poetry slams, book signings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, cooking demos, writing workshops and more. 


City of Duluth Food Truck Friday. 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.

Enjoy some of the best street food in the South this weekend at Food Truck Friday. Along with delicious delights, you'll enjoy live music from Maggie Clements Band.

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Flicks on the Bricks: Rogue One. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free. Downtown Duluth. 1760 Pineland Road, Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.

Flicks on the Bricks will play the movie "Rogue One" this Friday in Downtown Duluth. The free outdoor movie will start at 9, and guests will enjoy live music, inflatables and food trucks.

Kevin Weber plays cornhole between races during the Wake the Lake boat races at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Bill Lackey/Staff

Duluth Cornhole League-Fall Season. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Free. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.

Join the Peach State Cornhole League for a little competition and lot of fun. Watch the excitement on the Duluth Town Green, or join in by registering online.

Blood Drive at Mall of Georgia. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3. Free. Mall of Georgia. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 770-271-9458. www.simon.com.

Donate blood in Buford this weekend at Mall of Georgia. The American Red Cross will be onsite, and all donors will get a complementary gift while supplies last.

North Fulton

Children's Book Launch and Signing with David Fitzsimmons. 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. Included with CNC admission, free for members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Bring your little ones to CNC on Friday as David Fitzsimmons reads from his new book, "Curious Critters – Georgia." Along with a reading, visitors can see a live Gopher Tortoise, purchase a book and have it signed by the author.

Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike and Movie. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. $11.50 for adults. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

Come out to the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum this Friday for the Night Urban Hike and Movie. You'll start off with a 3-mile flashlight hike and head over to the Lefont Theater for a movie.

Hugo's Oyster Bar Labor Day. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Free. Hugo's Oyster Bar. 10360 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-993-5922. www.hugosoysterbar.com.

Experience a little football while eating delicious seafood this Labor Day at Hugo's Oyster Bar Labor Day celebration. The opening games for college football will be on the big screen as you enjoy special menu pricing. 

Labor Day Cookout. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. $40 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 through 12. Oak Steakhouse. 950 3rd St., Alpharetta. 678-722-8333. www.oaksteakhouseatlanta.com.

Join Oak Steakhouse for a community cookout this Labor Day weekend at Avalon. Your family will enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast with ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, side dishes and desserts, while listening to live music and taking part in family-friendly games.

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