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Weekend best bets: Oct. 15-17

A kiss is still a kiss and "Casablanca" is still a classic. The 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on Friday.

A kiss is still a kiss and "Casablanca" is still a classic. The 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on Friday.


Halloween: Little Five Points has been keeping Atlanta weird for decades, and the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade makes sure it stays freaky. Oct. 15-16 (parade begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 16). Centered around Findley Plaza at Euclid and Moreland avenues in Atlanta.

Halloween: The candlelight Norcross Ghost Tour focuses on stories of paranormal investigations, historical events and tragic deaths in this Reconstruction-era town during its 100-year history. There are three tours per night: kids/family tour at 7 p.m. and adult/teenager tours at 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 15-16, 20-23, 27-31. At 54 Jones St., Norcross.

Music: The ’70s rock legends the Eagles take the stage for the Green Concert benefit for Piedmont Park. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Meadow at Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

Stage: “Dreamgirls,” the beloved musical about the stormy career of a 1960s girl group, returns to the Fox Theatre through Oct. 17.

Kids: Child-friendly and cool, it’s Disney On Ice: Toy Story 3. At Philips Arena through Oct. 17.

Film: “Casablanca,” the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, screens at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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.

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, running through Oct. 30. At 538 Ga. 212 S. in Covington.

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. 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, food: The Cherokee Pignic offers games, craft demonstrations, music and a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off. 4 p.m. Oct. 15; 10 a.m. Oct. 16. At Heritage Park, Canton.


Festival: Take a trip to the Scottish highlands without leaving Georgia at the 38th Stone Mountain Highland Games & Scottish Festival. Oct. 16-17 at Stone Mountain Park.

Music: Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra begins its fourth season with works by Mozart, Schuman and Salieri. 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Theater at Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek.

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. 16-17.  At the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay.

Dance: The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company Presents “Nezha” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Air show: The Wings Over Atlanta Air Show will take place high above Dobbins Air Reserve Base Oct. 16-17.  The free show begins at 10 a.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.


Kids, family festival: Pony rides, a live band, storyteller, face painting, cake walk, cookie and Halloween bag decorating will keep the kids happy at the Frazer Center Fall Festival. 2-6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center, Atlanta.

Music: The Music on the Hill series continues with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Alcides Rodriguez  accomapanied by pianist Tim Whitehead for Hindemith’s Clarinet Sonata. Violinist Olga Shpitko joins them for Bartók’s “Contrasts,” for a trio of clarinet, violin and piano. 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta.

Music: Atlanta Chamber Players’ 35th season opens with “Chamber Music in Art Spaces: Rapido! Take Two.” Composers in 29 states in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast composed almost 200 short new works during a 14-day period this past June. The work of the three Southeastern regional finalists will be performed in this concert. 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the High Museum of Art’s Walter Hill Auditorium,  Atlanta.

Music: The Unplugged in the Park series continues with performances by Gareth Asher and Emily Kate Boyd. 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Park Tavern on the edge of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.

Music: Steven Halpern,  who is also being awarded  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sound Therapy Association, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts

For more music happenings, check out our 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.

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11 comments Add your comment

Boogers in your beer

October 14th, 2010
7:32 am

Wont be the same without Don Felder.


October 14th, 2010
1:26 pm

I’m surprised Wings over Marrieta at the Dobbins Air Force Base is not listed here.

Shane Harrison

October 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Luis: We have a separate story on that event. It’s here:

Thanks for pointing it out here, though. I’ll add it to the list.

Julia Marshall

October 14th, 2010
10:10 pm

Why are other haunted houses in Atlanta (Inside perimeter) listed? Personally I think Haunt Atlanta is especially good- better than Netherworld, IMHO.

Julia Marshall

October 14th, 2010
10:12 pm

Excuse me, that should have read: “Why are other haunted houses in Atlanta NOT listed…..

Eddie Rickenbacker

October 15th, 2010
7:14 am

Luis, Am I missing something here or isn’t that the “Wings Over Atlanta Air Show” listed under the Saturday events above????????????????????? …. just checkin’ …..

Eddie Rickenbacker

October 15th, 2010
7:17 am

The Blue Angels “practicing” for Saturday’s & Sunday’s show yesterday at Dobbins – freaking amazing, what a show these guys put on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 15th, 2010
8:53 am

Eddie, it was added on after I had posted the comment, but yes, that is the same show. I went it 2008 and it was called Wings Over Marrietta then…I’m sure it will be just as thrilling if not better this year.

Shane, thanks for the link! I had not seen it.


October 15th, 2010
11:39 am

I’m amazed the Eggtoberfest is NOT mentioned in the list for Saturday? Several thousand Big Green Egg users will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway celebrating one of the largest Cook-outs in the Southeast. Folks from all over the country and several foreign country’s will be cooking on Big Green Egg grills and celebrating this once-a-year event. Come down Saturday for a fun day filled with Big Green Egg fellowship and good food.



October 15th, 2010
3:19 pm

What about Atlanta Streets Alive! in downtown on Sunday?!


October 15th, 2010
6:48 pm

The Eagles were bad then, how bad they must be now. This would be the event to go wilding and purse snatching at scare all those West Cobb residents back to Cobb. Hood Rats 1, Eagles Fans 0.