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Weekend best bets: Oct. 1-3

The Atlanta Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's beloved classic "La Boheme" at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Photo: Tim Wilkerson.

The Atlanta Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's beloved classic "La Bohème" at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Photo: Tim Wilkerson.


Festival: One of Atlanta’s favorite festivals is the tasty Atlanta Greek Festival. They even offer a food drive-through, but you’ll miss the music, dancing, singing, educational lectures, shopping and children’s activities. Free parking and shuttle buses from Century Center Office Park on Clairmont Road. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 1-2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta.

Stage: Georgia’s Diana DeGarmo stars in “9 to 5: The Musical,” playing the role originated by Dolly Parton. Through Oct. 3 at the Fox Theatre,  Atlanta.

Stage: True Colors Theatre Company presents “Gut Bucket Blues,” a biographical musical that explores the life of Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the blues. Through Nov. 7 at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Festival: You know it’s fall when Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival rolls around. The 9th annual event takes place through October. At U.S. Highway 78 E., Exit 8, Stone Mountain.

Festival: Local arts group Flux Projects continues its mission to make art “happen” in Atlanta with FLUX 2010, a yearly one-night celebration of temporary public art. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 1 at 100 Walker St. S.W., Atlanta.

Music festival: Beverages and al fresco music are the main attractions at the 7th annual Virginia Highland Rocktoberfest. 5 p.m. Oct. 1. at 822 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

Fireworks: It’s the final edition of year for the Publix Friday Night Fireworks at the Atlanta Braves games. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Turner Field, Atlanta.

Haunted house: The Lost County Haunted House returns for another scary month from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30. At 538 Ga. 212 S. in Covington.

Film festival: Out on Film, Atlanta’s lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival, begins  Oct. 1 and continues through Oct. 7. At Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Midtown.

Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Emanuel Ax who will join in for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The orchestra also performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”). 8Oct. 1-2 at Atlanta Symphony Hall,  Atlanta.

Music: Saxophonist David Sanborn and his trio, featuring Joey DeFrancesco, perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.

Stage: In “Night Blooms,” two families – one white and one black – cope with change in Selma, Ala., in 1965. It continues through Oct 24 at Horizon Theatre Company in Little Five Points, Atlanta.

Fair: The North Georgia State Fair continues through Oct. 3, with a full array of games and rides, free attractions and shows, farm animals, blue ribbon competitions, entertainment and fair foods. Concerts are free with admission. At Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

Visit the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival on Saturday for one-of-a-kind gifts..

Visit the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival on Saturday for one-of-a-kind gifts.


Festival: Chow down and take in some classic rock tribute acts at the 3rd annual Rock N’ Rib Fest from 1-9 p.m. Oct. 2 in downtown Lawrenceville.

Music: The Atlanta Opera presents Puccini’s classic  “La Bohème.” 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; 3 p.m. Oct.  10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Festival: You’ll get a touch of small town charm combined with art and antiques at the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival. 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at 790 Mayfield Road in Milton.

Music: Big-voiced R&B diva Mary J. Blige headlines at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, with opening sets from Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel. The show starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Festival: It’s an art lover’s weekend in Gwinnett as the Norcross Art Fest takes over downtown Norcross from10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oct. 3 .

Festival, road trip: The Oliver Hardy Festival celebrates the most famous son of  Harlem. The east Georgia town is the birthplace of the larger half of the famed comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. The 22nd annual festival includes a look-alike contest, skits, parades and movie screenings. The Oct. 2 festival is free. From Atlanta, go east on I-20 to Exit 183, then south to downtown Harlem.

Music: The “Make A Difference Tour 2010” features author and minister Max Lucado, along with several of contemporary Christian music’s biggest artists: TobyMac, Third Day and Michael W. Smith. 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta.

Artists’ market: The Indie Crafts Market @ Manchester Street offers works for sale by Atlanta artists and crafters. Participating artists are asked to make a small donation to P.A.L.S. (Pets are Loving Support). 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at Habersham Gardens,  Atlanta.

Music: The Other Sound Music Festival showcases under-the-radar local talent in several venues around Little Five Points, including Star Bar, the Five Spot, Criminal Records and Java Lords. The music starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 2

Festival, pets: The Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Festival celebrates the long, lean, low-to-the-ground hounds. 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody.

Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene is among the local chefs scheduled to appear at Field of Greens. Photo: Phil Skinner /

Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene is among the local chefs scheduled to appear at Field of Greens. Photo: Phil Skinner /


Festival, food: Enjoy locally grown, chef-prepared food, live music and green living education in a family-friendly environment at Field of Greens 2010. Some of Atlanta’s top chefs are expected to be on hand to offer tastings, including Kevin Rathbun, Jay Swift of 4th and Swift, Linton Hopkins of Resturant Eugene, Canoe’s Carvel Grant Gould, The Shed at Greenwood’s Lance Gummere and Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen. 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in Covington.

Music: Rock out at the Project Family Reunion with Buck Cherry, Shinedown, Sevendust, Bullet for My Valentine, Taddy Porter and NeeDeep. Original headliners Stone Temple Pilots canceled, but the show will go on. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta.

Music: The stellar a cappella sounds of Rockapella will fill Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

For more live music happenings, check out our weekly Live Music Picks post on the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

15 comments Add your comment

B Stephens

September 30th, 2010
11:08 pm

You forgot “Petit LeMans” @ Road Atlanta In Braselton on Saturday, October 2

u gotta be kidding

October 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

No excuse for leaving out a world class race coming to town. Myopy, couldn’t be more disappointed. classic out of touch AJC.


October 1st, 2010
1:24 pm

You forgot HOToberfest in Glenwood Park – Saturday – Beer and Earth Day celebration


October 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

Another obscure Gay event!!! Why is the rest of the stuff even on the list?


October 1st, 2010
1:32 pm

The Pace Academy Fall Fair, to be held October 2, 2010, promises to be great fun for everyone! There will be games and rides for all ages and great shopping to be had at the Street Market. We are also introducing a pumpkin patch, an organic farmers market and a cake walk! Of course, everyone always looks forward to the annual toys and books sale as well. We promise, there will be something for everyone!!


October 1st, 2010
1:49 pm

What about Petit Le Mans? There will be more people there than at all this other stuff.


October 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

They left off Trinity Luthern Church’s Oktoberfest!! Saturday, Oct. 2, Lilburn, GA. Craft Fair, authentic German food and beer, kid’s games etc….


October 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

PETIT LEMANS- by far the biggest event in town this weekend. A world class race happens upon this town and and our flagship paper somehow glosses over it. I guess if its not NASCAR or UGA, why cover it right? Please go out of business soon.

WondeRoot supporter

October 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

There is a great community event at At The Collective on Elizabeth St. in Inman Park this weekend. Check it out.

dirty dan

October 1st, 2010
4:57 pm

Dont forget about the round robin gloryhole event being held in the Men’s room of the Greyhound bus station. Lot’s of fun for all ages.

And you forgot.....

October 1st, 2010
4:57 pm

about the sit on the coach and watch the dawgs get their azz kicked by colorado fest…….

dirty dan

October 1st, 2010
4:59 pm

Petite titty sounds good to me too…


October 2nd, 2010
9:55 am

And how on Earth could the Cotton’ Pickin’ Fair in Gay be missed?



October 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

Thank goodness you didn’t send people to the BBQ festival in Atlantic Station! Atlantic Station has great festivals, but this was the most unorganized event I’ve ever been to. We waited in line 30 minutes to pay a $10 cover charge. We then waited in line 20 minutes to buy a drink and when we finally got to the counter, they were out of diet coke, so we had to purchase a warm coke and it was 1 hour into the festival!! Then it was a complete rip off. You had to pay anywhere form $1-$3 for these tiny sample cups of bbq. The band was good but absolutely no where to sit and actually enjoy their music. It was the worst way to spend a $90 day!!

palmer fralick

October 6th, 2010
8:53 am

Anything going on THIS weekend? the day after tomorrow??