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Weekend best bets: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Weiner dog fans unite! The Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Festival is happening this weekend at Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody. The dogs will be racing, vying for best costume and competing in face-kissing, tail-wagging and howling. Photo: Stephen Morton / AP

Weiner dog fans unite! The Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Festival is happening Oct. 1 at Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody. The dogs will be racing, vying for best costume and competing in face-kissing, tail-wagging and howling. Photo: Stephen Morton / AP

Festival: This is one of the tastiest weekends of the year as the beloved annual Atlanta Greek Festival surrounds the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road. Don’t miss the lovely syrup-soaked pastry known as baklava, the beautiful church or the fest’s many energetic dancers. It’s happening daily through Oct 2.

Festival: The third annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival at Atlantic Station promises a taste of barbecue styles from all over the South, from Texas to the Carolinas, and Memphis to Kentucky.  The festival takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Film: Out on Film is one of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, and most of the screenings take place at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta Sept. 29 through Oct. 6. Check out our guide to some of the festival’s highlights.

Comedy: Comedian, talk show host and radio personality Adam Carolla brings his touring show to the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Comedy: Tennessee-born Korean-American comedian Henry Cho brings his stand-up comedy to Wild Bill’s at 8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Music: Violinist Joshua Bell joins conductor Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra also performs a new work by Osvaldo Golijov and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. The concerts are at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Atlanta Symphony Hall

Visual and performance art: Flux brings together 34 public art projects by 219 artists the Castleberry Hill neighborhood from 8 p.m until midnight Sept. 30.

Stage: “Motherhood, the Musical” takes a tuneful and loving look at the blessings and perils of being a mom. The show continues through Nov. 20 at the 14th Street Playhouse.

Fair: The ride-packed midway is calling as the North Georgia State Fair takes over Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. And don’t miss the concerts, which include Josh Kelley on Sept. 24 and the Band Perry on Sept. 29.The fair continues through Oct. 2.

Stage: “All Blues” tells the true story of Ray Sprigle, a white journalist who sets out to report on the black experience in the 1948 Jim Crow South first-hand, by disguising himself as a black man for 30 days. The show runs through Oct. 9 at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.

Stage: Get the story behind the witches of Oz in the tuneful musical “Wicked.” The touring show returns to Atlanta for a four-week run, playing at the Fox Theatre through Oct. 9. Check out our interview with Mark Jacoby, the Tennessee native and one-time Atlantan who plays the Wizard.

Stage: In Aurora Theatre’s “Underneath the Lintel,” a quirky Dutch librarian turns into a globe-trotting detective when he becomes obsessed about a book that is 113 years overdue. The show continues at the company’s Lawrenceville home through Oct. 2.

Stage: A mysterious cache of love letters leads a white professor of gender studies from the bayous of Baton Rouge to the Chicago doorstep of Leo, a divorced African-American chef, in “Tree.” The Horizon Theatre Company’s latest production continues through Oct. 16.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical trip back to the 1920s. The show continues through Oct. 2 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Stage: In Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s “Lakebottom Proper,” social climbing plans go terribly wrong. Presented by Process Theatre Co., the show runs through Oct. 1 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: “Spring Awakening” is the 2007 Tony-winning best musical about teenage friends coping with their burgeoning sexuality. The show is the season opener for Actors Express and continues through Oct. 1 at the theater’s King Plow Arts Center facility in Atlanta. See our review of the show.

Stage: Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is a musical take on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. It continues at Alliance Theatre through Oct. 2. Take a look at our review of the show.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is doing all of Shakespeare’s comedies in the order in which they were written, and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is up first. Sept. 30 is the final night for “Two Gentlemen” at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. “The Taming of the Shrew,” the second of Shakespeare’s comedies, wraps up its run on  Oct. 1. “The Comedy of Errors,” which rounds out the first trio of comedies, completes the initial three-show repertory with a final show on Oct. 2.

Stage: In “The Boys Next Door,” four mentally handicapped men live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere but increasingly despairing social worker.  The Renaissance Project production continues through Oct. 2 at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur.

Music: Young country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift will perform her hits at Philips Arena. The show begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.

Music: Get a whole day of great music from international, national, local and regional artists at the Peachtree Music Festival. The show begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 and continues through 11 p.m. near the intersection of 8th and Spring streets.

Music: You know just what you’re getting when you hear the title “Jazz, Jazz and More Jazz.” Myrna Clayton and the 24 piece West Side Winds Jazz Orchestra are joined by the Infinite Sound Family beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

Music, comedy: The long-serving king of musical parody, Weird Al Yankovic, brings his memorably mangled hits to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

Music: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist Helen Kim as soloist for Barber’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra also performs “Peachtree Street” from Jennifer Higdon’s “City Scape” and Brahms Symphony No. 1. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw.

Festival: Celebrate one of Atlanta’s great historic neighborhoods as arts, music, food and much more fill the streets at the Sweet Auburn Fall Festival from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2-9 p.m. Oct. 2 at Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in Atlanta.

Festival: The Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest brings together food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, a performance by the Old School Horn Band from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and headliners Banks and Shane from 9-11 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. It’s happening in Downtown Alpharetta on Old Milton Avenue.

Festival, pets: If you’re a dachshund fan (and who isn’t), don’t miss the Howl-O-Weenie Dachshund Festival, which gets under way at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody.

Festival, kids and family: Kidsfest includes four areas: performing arts, visual arts, sports and fitness and food and nutrition. The Avondale Estates event begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the intersection of Pine and Franklin streets.


Fesitval, food: The Field of Greens Festival features 30 of Atlanta and Athens’ best farm to table chefs, along with an interactive Kid’s Village, local music, festival market and craft demonstrations. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2 at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm in Covington.

Pets: The man with the miraculous powers of canine persuasion, Cesar Millan (also known as “The Dog Whisperer”) shares tips and techniques at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Check out our interview with Millan.

Music: A full night of R&B is in store at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood as Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, T-Pain and Tyga perform beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Festival: Experience living history demonstrations, Victorian costume contests, carriage tours and free walking tours at Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park. A children’s area will feature crafts, old-fashioned games and the traditional Teddy Bear Tea. Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 2. Get the story behind the event.

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.

24 comments Add your comment


September 29th, 2011
8:25 am

You did not mention the Stand Campaign at the Dome Saturday 6-9


September 29th, 2011
8:29 am

You forgot to mention the Braves playing in the playoffs- That’s right, they choked the entire month of September and won’t be playing…


September 29th, 2011
8:31 am

Petit Le Mans?


September 29th, 2011
8:38 am



September 29th, 2011
8:38 am

What about Party at Ponce on Saturday night?


September 29th, 2011
9:09 am

What about the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park??


September 29th, 2011
10:06 am

13.1 Atlanta Half Marathon!


September 29th, 2011
10:07 am

What about Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta?


September 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Um….Adam Carolla on September 20? That can’t be right?


September 29th, 2011
11:14 am

What about the Oktoberfest festivities at Fado in Buckhead on October 1

Shane Harrison

September 29th, 2011
11:15 am

Thanks for mentioning a few more events. Here are some links to go with those:
Petit Le Mans:
The Stand Campaign:
And the Party at Ponce wasn’t mentioned here because we have a separate story on that here:

And I’ve fixed the date on the Adam Carolla show. It is Sept. 30.

Ron Burgundy

September 29th, 2011
11:29 am

This write up actually makes some of this crap sound fun, but when you go there will be a bunch of douchy libtards wunning around talking about how cultured they are and how Atlanat is the next Manhattan.

Save your money and use it to move to a decent downtown scene.


September 30th, 2011
6:47 am

You are one angry guy, Ron. Back to Manhatten guy – they need folk like you and we here in Atlanta sure don’t.


September 30th, 2011
8:11 am

Bob Decker

September 30th, 2011
8:35 am

Let’s not forget the real big event this weekend, the ” how to stop-shop, and get shot ” festival being held anywhere inside I-285 in Atlanta.


September 30th, 2011
8:39 am

The Gwinnett Historical Society sponsors the 33rd Elisha Winn Fair.
It will be held on Saturday October 1, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. &
Sunday October 2, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The location is 908 Dacula Road, Dacula, GA 30019.


September 30th, 2011
8:43 am

What about the screening of Philadelphia along with the AIDS quilt being put on in the historic 4th ward presented by the center for civil and human rights?

Ron's above eveything and everyone

September 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

You sound like a real winner little guy. Mom let you use the computer in the basement today? If you could ever afford it maybe you could get up and move to another city you could make fun of.

Ron = Troll

September 30th, 2011
12:26 pm

What do you do for fun Ron? Just curious…


September 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

Norcross Art Festival!


October 1st, 2011
10:57 am

What about the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA
Finals this weekend – our own hometown team
Right here and no one ever mentioned it. They
Are playing in the championship game!!!

Six Flags Over Georgia

October 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Don’t Forget Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Gerogia! Scarier than ever! With new Terror Train and more!


October 2nd, 2011
8:49 am

ajc out of touch with whats really going on !!!!!!


October 2nd, 2011
2:51 pm

Firefly run sat nite was awesome! Can’t wait to see how big it gets next year!