Fall is descending upon Atlanta, and—wait...it’s September already?? We have been having such a busy summer at the Center for Puppetry Arts, it’s so easy to lose track of time. We’ve been busy constructing a brand-new special exhibit, staging a number of shows, and planning a ton of other events coming up this fall and winter. Take a look at what we’ve got lined up for September, and make your plans to come see us!


On stage in the Family Series through September 23: The Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop's Fables (Ages 2+; a Theater for the Very Young show). Aesop’s circus is in town and the animals are ready to take the stage in this cheerful, interactive production specifically designed for the very young. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Happy Hare Tabletop Puppet. Come early to hear some of your favorite fables and to color a special puppet that you can use during the show!

On stage in the Family Series beginning September 25: Peter Pan (Ages 4+). Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in this vibrant, colorful adaptation of the time-honored classic tale. This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cranky Crocodile Ultraviolet Puppet.

On stage in the New Directions Series for Adults and Teens through September 2: National Puppet Slam (Ages 18+). For one weekend only, experience the beauty, ingenuity, and hilarity of original short-form puppetry by talented artists from across the United States. These contemporary pieces for adult audiences have been nominated by their respective slams and curated for an evening of short works that aspire to be as varied as the vast national network of independently produced puppetry slams it celebrates. Tickets include free admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and beer and wine bar will be for sale.


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the Global Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.


New exhibit! Now on display in the Special Exhibit Gallery: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. Immerse yourself in a world of fantastical creatures and pure imagination: the world of Jim Henson’s visionary masterpiece The Dark Crystal. This exhibit will feature original Brian Froud artwork, animatronic prototypes, as well as iconic puppets, costumes and props.


Sept. 4: Toddler Tuesday. This interactive museum program is designed for ages 2-4, and includes special games, puppet making, dancing, story time and more!


Sept. 17: Ready, Set, Puppetshow! (Virtual workshop; ages 18+). Whether you’re a new puppeteer or a seasoned professional, this workshop will guide you through story development, simple puppet construction, and future planning so you’ll be ready to begin a new show or revive an old idea!


Sept. 22: String Fling. String Fling is the annual fundraising gala supporting the Center for Puppetry Arts’ arts-infused educational programming. Proceeds from the event provide creative experiences for children, families, students, and arts lovers of all ages. This elegant, creative black tie event will be held in the heart of Atlanta at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, silent and live auctions, a delicious seated dinner, and fun puppet surprises – all for the benefit of one of Atlanta’s most beloved and unique institutions.


Sept. 23: It’s our 40th birthday! The Center for Puppetry Arts opened on this day in 1978.


Sept. 24: Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936, and we are proud to display his work in our Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Join us on as we celebrate his life!


Sept. 29: Jim Henson’s Birthday Celebration. Join us for a celebration of Jim Henson’s birthday! Festivities include face painting, Henson-related story times, hands-on Puppetry 101 and conservation carts, sweet treats, and more!


Sept. 29: This Frog: A Kermit Kompilation from Sam and Friends to Stardom. This screening celebrates Kermit the Frog’s 60+ years on the scene with a brand-new compilation of Jim Henson’s most memorable performances as Kermit the Frog.