There's plenty to do this weekend, but here are some highlights.
1. . This is the year's major festival in the Town of Festivals, a.k.a. Decatur. It will dominate downtown Saturday and Sunday, so be prepared for hordes of bookish visitors, blocked streets and the smell of funnel cakes. Go to the book festival website for more information than you can possibly absorb. Free admission.
2. . You can register the day of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. The 1-mile race starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9 a.m. Prices are $25 and $12.
3. Decatur High starts the football season. The Bulldogs travel to Grady for their first real action of the season (that was a scrimmage two weeks ago against Holy Innocents) and their first game under new coach Brad Waggoner. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
4. Dragoncon. It's not in Decatur or Avondale Estates, but Patch would be remiss if it didn't mention Atlanta's other big Labor Day weekend event -- Dragoncon. One of the highlights is the parade of characters down Peachtree Street, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.