Night Hike and Campfire: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta


Good day sunshine – it's warm, it's sunny and Atlanta is filled with plenty of events and activities to keep you entertained all weekend long.

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From spring festivals and special museum days, to car shows and dancing, you definitely won't find yourself stuck indoors hoping for winter to finally end. Atlanta, spring is here, so get out there and have some fun this weekend.

Here's the lineup:

Cobb

Bonsai Study Group. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Free with garden admission. Smith-Gilbert Gardens. 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. www.smithgilbertgardens.com.

Explore the art of Bonsai at Smith-Gilbert Gardens with Curtaor Rodney Clemons this Saturday. You'll learn how the garden oversees the collection and discover how to tend your own Bonsai.

I Am Queen: Ignite the Magic and Majesty Within Women's Day Retreat. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. Prices vary. Unity North Atlanta. 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 678-819-9100. www.unitynorth.org.

Join like-minded women and find support within your community at the I Am Queen event taking place at Unity North Atlanta this Friday.

SpringsFest 2018. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Free. Powder Springs City Hall. 4484 Marietta St, Powder Springs. 770-943-1666. www.powderspringsfest.com.

Spring has sprung in Powder Springs with live entertainment, a road race, face painting, inflatables, food trucks, vendors and more.

Spring Arts Festival. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Free. Kennesaw State University. Visual and Commercial Arts Building. 411 Bartow Ave., Kennesaw. 470-578-6000. www.arts.kennesaw.edu.

Join Kennesaw State for a community arts festival featuring works by local artists, hands-on workshops, a photo booth and competitions.

DeKalb

Plant Sale Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. Oakhurst Garden

435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 404-371-1920. www.wyldecenter.org.

Find beautiful plants for your spring garden at the Wylde Center's Plant Sale Festival. This year's selections will include native pants, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.

Fernbank After Dark: Carnival Science. 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 13. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Fernbank will feature a carnival-filled After Dark event for grown-ups interested in learning more about science, which will include hands-on activities, live music, self-guided tours, games and more. 

Engineering Day at Fernbank. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Included with admission. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Learn all about engineering at this special museum day dedicated to the innovators who design and construct bridges, computer systems, buildings and structures around the world. Guests will enjoy engineering-themed crafts, demonstrations and games. 

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English Country Dancing. 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. $9 per person. Decatur Recreation Center Studio. 231 Sycamore St., Decatur. www.ecdatlanta.org.

Learn a timeless dance dating back to the 16th century with new friends at the Decatur Recreation Center Studio this Sunday.

Gwinnett

Norcross Clean-Up Day. 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Free. City of Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. 10 College St. NW, Norcross. 770-448-2122. www.norcrossga.net.

Take part in a community-wide spring cleaning by taking part in the Norcross Clean-Up Day on Saturday. Residents can bring items to recycle and shred, canned goods for donation and items to purge.

Duluth Rotary Car Show. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Free. Downtown Duluth. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.exploregeorgia.org.

The Duluth Rotary Car Show takes over Downtown Duluth this Saturday with hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars, antiques and pick-ups, along with live music, a raffle, vendors and more.

3hr East Coast Swing Boot Camp. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. $50 per person, $90 per couple. Dancing4Fun Dance Studio Atlanta. 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. 678-304-7343. www.dancing4fun.com.

If you've ever wanted to learn to swing dance, now is your chance. Dancing4Fun Dance Studio will host a 3-hour East Coast Swing boot camp open for all experience levels. 

Canning 101. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. $10 per person, pre-registration required. Gwinnett County Public Library Suwanee Branch. 361 Main St., Suwanee. 678-377-4010. www.gwinnettpl.org.

Discover the joy of canning your own food this Saturday as Family and Consumer Science Agent Ines Beltran walks you through food preservation methods and techniques at the Sawnee Library.

North Fulton
Baby Birds with Julie Zickefoose. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Join guest speaker and artist Julie Zickefoose at CNC this Saturday as she talks about her experiences working with, drawing and painting birds.

Pilates Instructor Training: Mat 1. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15. $477 per person. Body Awareness Studio. 5549 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-252-7550. www.bodyawarenessstudio.com.

If you've ever wanted to become a Pilates instructor, don't miss the Mat 1 training taking place this weekend at Body Awareness Studio. This Pilates Instructor Training will teach you the basics of Pilates instructions and prepare you for a deeper practice.

Night Hike and Campfire. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Commune with nocturnal wildlife with CNC on a special night hike through the forest. At the end of the hike, guests will enjoy a campfire with marshmallows. 

Crawfish Boil at Hugo's Oyster Bar. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Hugo's Oyster Bar. 10360 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-993-5922. www.hugosoysterbar.com.

Savor a live crawfish boil while sipping craft beer and listening to Hill Roberts with Catfish & The Bottom this Saturday at Hugo's Oyster Bar.


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