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.
Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House was created by movie professionals Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina and named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. Through Nov. 6 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.
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.
Sports: It’s opening night for the Atlanta Thrashers as they face off against the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena.
Stage: In a new version of the classic tale “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Dr. Henry Jekyll tips the scales with his dangerous experiments, bringing forth the horrifying monster Edward Hyde. Through Oct. 31 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
Halloween: The Lost County Haunted House returns for another scary month from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30. At 538 Ga. 212 S. in Covington.
Festival: The 2010 Atlanta Pride Festival begins with a kick-off party at the Georgia Aquarium on Oct. 8. The big day is Oct. 10, when the parade winds down Peachtree Street beginning near the Civic Center MARTA station and concluding at Piedmont Park, where there will be entertainment all day. Oct. 8-10.
Festival: They might keep the doctor away, but North Georgia’s apples draw thousands of visitors to the Georgia Apple Festival for the delicious red fruit. Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17. At the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay.
Halloween: The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse is an immersive Halloween attraction that will make you feel like you are in a Hollywood movie, running in and out of buildings, up and down stairs and covering a lot of ground as you flee from the undead who want to eat your brains. Children under 13 are not permitted without a guardian at all times. 8 p.m. Oct. 8-10, 14-17, 19-24 and 26-31 at 4215 Thurman Road, Conley.
Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House, Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house, was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. 8 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31 behind the Masquerade in Midtown.
Festival: “Sherman’s Last Burning” brings together professional and amateur barbecue competitors, along with arts and crafts vendors, reptile show, talent competition and live entertainment. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 8; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9 at American Legion Field in Covington.
Stage: In “Show ’n’ Tell: A Family Musical,” Vivian’s best friend and her homeroom teacher help her find a way to wow the class on Show and Tell day. Frenchie Davis of “American Idol” stars. Oct. 8-10 at 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta.
Festival: One of Atlanta’s most famous streets is at the center of the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival. Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 9; 2-8 p.m. Oct. 10 on Auburn Avenue at Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, downtown Atlanta.
Festival: Music, art, food and fun converge this weekend at the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival in the family-friendly neighborhood in Decatur. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Harmony Park.
Stage: Jake Ehrenreich’s “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” is an autobiographical musical comedy about a young boy’s quest for the American Dream.Through Oct. 24 at the Center Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody.
Comedy: Host of E’s “The Soup” and star of NBC’s “Community” Joel McHale brings his stand-up comedy show to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
Music: Longtime regional faves Mother’s Finest will rock Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 9
Music: British rock band Enter Shikari heads a bill that includes Haste the Day, Sleeping With Sirens, Ms. White and Lights Go Blue at The 7 Venue in Douglasville at 8 p.m. Oct. 9.
Sports: The Atlanta Braves return to Turner Field for Game 3 against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series. The game gets under way at 4:37 p.m. Oct. 10.
Music: Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek performs as part of the free Unplugged in the Park series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Park Tavern in Midtown.
Movies, music, car show: Drive Invasion is annual celebration of drive-in movie culture at the Starlight Six Drive-In. It moves to October from its former Labor Day perch. There will be a vintage car show, along with music from Jason & the Scorchers, the Fleshtones and more. The movies include “The Legend of Billy Jack,” “Convoy,” “The Road Warrior,” “Cleopatra Jones” and Three Stooges shorts. Gates open 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Movies start at 8:30 p.m.
For more music happenings, check out this week’s Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.