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The colorfully goofy and musically adventurous  Nick Jr. TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" becomes a stage show. The touring version of the show hits the Fox Theatre this weekend and gets some help from a few local musical luminaries. Photo: Neilson Barnard

The colorfully goofy and musically adventurous Nick Jr. TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" becomes a stage production. The touring version of the show hits the Fox Theatre this weekend and gets some help from a few local musical luminaries. Photo: Neilson Barnard

There are so many things going on this weekend, it’s tough to know where to begin, and this list doesn’t even include the haunted houses and pumpkin patches and corn mazes that are so prevalent this time of year. Check those links (and our Holiday Guide) for all the info on the Halloween-y happenings. As for the rest, here’s a sampling of the fun.

FRIDAY

Ghost tour: It’s the only time during the year that Oakland Cemetery  is open after dark, so don’t miss the popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24. 248 Oakland Ave. in Atlanta.

Festival: For a little bit of the West here in the Southeast, check out the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at the booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Oct. 22-24.

Stage: After returning home from the funeral of an acquaintance, an evening of confessions turns into a nightmare for a married couple in “Albatross.” The latest Actor’s Express production is in previews Oct. 22-23; opening night is Oct. 24. The show continues through Nov. 20.

Comedy: The host of Comedy Central’s’ “Tosh.0,” Daniel Tosh is also a popular stand-up comedian. 7:30 p.m (sold out) and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Tabernacle, Atlanta.

Festival: Ghouls and spooks will congregate at  “The Haunted Museum: The Curse of Kennesaw Mountain,” of course, but  there will also be a pumpkin trail, hay rides, face painting and refreshments. The Kennesaw Cemetery will be selling pumpkins at their pumpkin patch. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw.

Comedy: The quick-witted Paula Poundstone has become a fixture on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” She’ll perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.

Comedy: Jim Breuer was Goat Boy on “Saturday Night Live” and Dave Chappelle’s co-star in “Half-Baked.” He’s also a very funny stand-up comedian. He’ll’ be at the Punchline at 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 22-23.

Dance: Atlanta Ballet opens its season with “Moulin Rouge” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Oct. 22-31.

Stage: Love gets dangerous when a young English teacher gets involved in the personal lives of two of her students in Synchronicity Performance Group’s “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy.” Through Nov. 21 at 7 Stages BackStage Theatre in Little Five Points.

Stage: Broadway performer Eric Jordan Young investigates his own obsession with Sammy Davis Jr. in “Sammy & Me.” Through Oct. 24 at Atlanta’s  Alliance Theatre.

Stage: In Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of their First One Hundred Years,” six elegant African-American debutantes are introduced to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. Starring Jasmine Guy and directed by Susan V. Booth. Through Nov. 14 at the Alliance Theatre.

SATURDAY

Festival: Things will get very yummy at the ninth annual Taste of Atlanta, where some of Atlanta’s top chefs will show their stuff. 11 a.m. Oct. 23-24 at Technology Square in Atlanta.

Festival: Dunwoody Music Festival and Chili Cook-off will also offer a classic car show, a battle of the bands and much more. 10 a.m. Oct. 23; noon Oct. 24 at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Festival: Francine Reed is the musical headliner at the annual Candler Park Fall Fest, but there are many more reasons to join the free fun. Oct. 23-24 at Candler Park, Atlanta.

Stage, kids: “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!” brings the Nick Jr. television show to the stage, with special local musical guests Zac Brown (2 p.m. Sunday show), the Drive-By Truckers (Saturday) and Arrested Development (5 p.m. Sunday show). 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at the Fox Theatre.

Festival: Arts and crafts are what it’s all about at Avondale Estates’ AutumnFest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 23; noon-5 p.m. Oct. 24.

Festival: Go to the dogs at the Walk N’ Wag Outdoor Festival and Pet Parade. 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at Chastain Park (in the Blue Lot),  Atlanta.

Festival: Help celebrate the city’s 140th birthday at the Norcross Harvest Festival. 11 a.m. Oct. 23 in historic downtown Norcross.

Festival: Tasty treats and family fun will being the crowds out to the Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off in downtown McDonough. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23 on McDonough’s Historic Courthouse Square, One Courthouse Square.

Festival: The Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ and Music Festival is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cobb County. And it’s to your benefit to show up if you like to eat barbecue. 11 a.m. Oct. 23 in the parking lot at Six Flags White Water, Marietta.

Comedy: They’ll be taping the Rickey Smiley & Friends show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center for television. 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

SUNDAY

Music: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks have been melding folk, country, jazz and pop for more than 40 years. Hicks and his co-horts will be at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Music: The Unplugged in the Park series closes out another season with a headlining set from former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk. Heavy Mojo, the Shadowboxers and Chuck Dunn are also on the bill. The free show begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Park Tavern on the edge of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.

Music: David Daniell (of improvisational Atlanta trio San Agustin) and Douglas McCombs (of Tortoise) collaborated on the 2009 album “Sycamore.” They’ll perform at 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Eyedrum in downtown Atlanta.

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.

Follow me on Twitter at @ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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NativeAtlantan

October 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Smyrna’s Fall Festival is this weekend too!

Shane Harrison

October 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm

Thanks for mentioning that, NativeAtlantan. For more info on the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival, go to http://www.smyrnacity.com