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.
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.
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.