- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
With the city just popping with activity this weekend, make sure to get off your couch and enjoy some of that warm August air with your neighbors.
From free yoga to fun runs, BBQ festivals to jazz, you'll find the entertainment and inspiration you're looking for all around the Atlanta area.
Even though the weather has been a little unpredictable lately, take a chance with these not-to-miss community events:
Practice yoga with friends along the Silver Comet Trail this weekend and help support the Just One Africa initiative. Proceeds bring clean drinking water to remote regions of Kenya.
Join in on stimulating conversation and discussion with other crime novel enthusiasts like you. With monthly speakers and author appearances, this meeting will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Anti-Bullying and Back to School Party. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Markay Gallery. 26 Winters St., Marietta. 404-401-1806. www.markaygallery.com.
While children's author and illustrator Sharna Fulton debuts original artwork that encourage friendship, kids will participate in anti-bullying games and activities to help them feel empowered and confident.
Taste of Shiloh Fun Day Fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Free. Hinson Family Life Center. 810 Church St., Smyrna. 470-377-3777.www.tasteofshiloh.wixsite.com.
Enjoy an evening out while supporting the renovation project for Restoration 30 Church at The Taste of Shiloh Fun Day Fundraiser. Guests will enjoy games, fun activities, challenges and tons of food.
Jazz on the Lawn. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. $25 per person at the door. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org.
Enjoy listening to featured artist Bob Baldwin this Friday for Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Pack a picnic dinner and don't forget your blankets.
Fernbank After Dark: Ecology + Mixology. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.
Discover how to help the environment while brewing beer at Fernbank this Friday. As part of their Fernbank After Hours program, guests will join Terrapin Beer Co., Sweetwater Brewing Company and Urban Tree Cidery for a night of tasting and learning. You'll also have after-hours access to the Museum and WildWoods.
Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. $15 per person, free for children ages 12 and under. Harmony Park. Oakview Road, Decatur. www.decaturbbqfestival.com.
The 17th Annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival hits Harmony Park on Saturday with live music and some of the best barbecue in the South. Bring the whole family and get your taste buds ready for this community-friendly event.
Complimentary Wine Tasting at Wahoo! Wine & Provisions. 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Wahoo! Wine & Provisions. 1036 West College Ave., Decatur. 404-687-9463. www.culinarylocal.com.
Come out for free wine tasting this Saturday at Wahoo! Wine & Provisions. You'll sample amazing wine while finding out the stories and secrets behind it.
Duluth Food Truck Friday. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Free. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.
Don't plan dinner this Friday, because the Duluth Food Truck Friday has you covered. It all takes place next to the City of Duluth City Hall, and includes live music, entertainment and unbeatable food truck fare.
Inflatable Fun Run. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. $50 per racer, free to watch. Scott Hudgens Park. 4545 River Green Parkway, Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.
Take part in a race like none you've ever experienced this Saturday at the Inflatable Fun Run. This hilarious event will have you feeling like a kid again with a 5K race that takes you through inflatable obstacle courses, a tidal wave slide, live music, activities and more.
Originally You Back to School Bash. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Bogan Park Community Room. 2723 North Bogan Road NE, Buford. 404-479-1455. www.originallyyou.org.
Prepare your kids to go back to school in style at the Originally You Bank to School Bash. Guests will enjoy complementary hair cuts for kids, door prizes, food and entertainment.
August Concert and Wing Festival. 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Suwanee Town Center Park. 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 770-945-8996. www.suwanee.com
Suwanee Town Park will host the August Concert and Wing Festival this Saturday, which will feature music by the Spin Doctors and piles of delicious wings.
B at the Movies: Moana. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Riverside Park. 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 404-897-7500. www.b985.com.
Bring your children to a free movie at Riverside Park this Saturday as part of the B at the Movies series. Along with Moana playing on the big screen, you'll also enjoy prizes and games, courtesy of B98.5, McDonalds, Sprint and LGE Credit Union.
Summer Serendipity Opening Reception 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Johns Creek Arts Center. 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Duluth. 770-623-8448. www.johnscreekarts.org.
Take in a little art this Saturday at the Summer Serendipidy Opening Reception. This juried art competition takes place at the Johns Creek Arts Center, and features artwork from artists in the North Georgia area.
Cosplay Night Pool Party. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free. Battle & Brew. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 678-560-1500. www.battleandbrew.com.
Put on your best cosplay beachwear and prepare for a night of geeky fun this Saturday at Battle & Brew. This Cosplay Night Pool Party will include contests, prizes and a raffle.
Yoga on the Patio. 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Free. Osteria Mattone. 1095 Canton St., Roswell. 678-878-3378. www.osteriamattone.com.
Experience Yoga on the Patio this Sunday at Osteria Mattone. Local yoga instructors will guide you through an hour of yoga, followed by a complementary mimosa.