Festival: The sound of bagpipes will fill the air, tartan is the fabric of choice and caber tossing, stone put, sheaf toss and other events will test the skills of competitors at the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival. It’s happening Oct. 15 and 16 in Stone Mountain Park.
Halloween: Imagine being cast in a zombie flick as humans chased by the undead. Now in its second year, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse transforms a sprawling abandoned truck stop into a haunted attraction. Catch the brain-eaters at Safety Wolf Recreation Outpost in Conley through Oct. 31.
Stage: “Fela!” is a celebration of the life and music of one of Africa’s greatest and most beloved musicians. It’s at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center through Oct. 16.
Halloween: Relive your worst nightmares in the smoke-filled, strobe-lit darkness at Frightmore, which continues through Nov. 5 at 1912 Mt. Zion Road, Building 1865 C, in Morrow.
Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House is Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house and was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. See it at 8 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31 at the Masquerade.
Performance, kids: Disney On Ice Dare To Dream brings many of your favorite Disney princesses to the ice at Philips Arena through Oct. 16.
Stage: In “Freud’s Last Session,” Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising Oxford professor C.S. Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud’s death. The Theatrical Outfit production runs through Nov. 6 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.
Stage: “Golda’s Balcony” follows the life of Golda Meir – from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher to the epicenter of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Tovah Feldshuh stars in this one-woman show, which brought her a Tony Award nomination in 2004. It’s at the Alliance Theatre through Nov. 6.
Stage: With eerie stories, spooky songs and devilish dances, audience members will be taken to a world that is beyond this mortal plane in “The Ghastly Dreadfuls.” The Center for Puppetry Arts production is for ages 18 and up and continues through Oct. 29.
Stage: Brad Sherrill’s “Red Letter Jesus,” the Atlanta actor premieres his new adaptation of Jesus’ words directly from Matthew, Mark and Luke. This free performance is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Chamblee First United Methodist Church.
Stage: The Bram Stoker classic “Dracula” comes to undead life on the stage at the New London Theatre in Snellville. The show opens Oct 14 and runs through Oct. 31.
Stage: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at a bar in Paris in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a play by Steve Martin. The OnStage Atlanta production opens Oct. 14 and continues through Nov. 5 at the company’s Decatur space.
Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House’s custom Hollywood-quality sets and special effects have contributed to the haunt being named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. It continues through Nov. 5 at the Netherworld site in Norcross.
Exhibition, visual art: “The AIDS Memorial Quilt” was founded in 1987 as a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. With more then 40,000 panels, the blocks on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta will be changed out each month through Jan. 1. See our interview with the curators of the accompanying exhibition, “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters.”
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Macbeth,” a tale of betrayal and the lust for power and one of the bard’s best known works. The show runs through Oct. 30 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.
Stage: A mother struggles to hold on to her family, a son struggles to let go and a daughter struggles to find her way in the world in this Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Georgia Shakespeare present the beloved classic at Oglethorpe University through Oct. 30.
Stage: Three Civil War re-enactors clash with a theater critic and radio commentator in the new comedy “Gray Area.” The show continues through Oct. 30 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
Stage: “Broke” is Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer’s new comedy that takes an almost-too-close-for-comfort look at joblessness in the new America. The show continues at the Alliance Theatre through Oct. 23. Check out our review of the show.
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.
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.
History: “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” is a multimedia exhibition that spotlights the New York City landmark’s powerful impact on the entertainment business. It opens Oct. 8 and continues through March 4 at the Atlanta History Center
Stage, TV: Atlanta’s own NeNe Leakes is among the Bravo reality stars on hand for The Real Housewives Live Tour, an in-person evening with Leakes and “Housewives” from New York, New Jersey and Miami. It starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Festival: Highlights at the Candler Park Fall Fest include live music, activities for kids, food trucks, a tour of Candler Park homes, an artists’ market, costume competitions and the Great Leaf Monster. It begins at noon Oct. 15 and 16 in Atlanta’s Candler Park.
Conference: The O You! Conference is an Oprah Winfrey-sponsored event that brings experts such as Suze Orman, Dr. Oz and Nate Berkus to town for a day of learning, inspiration and fun. The sold-out event is happening at the Georgia World Congress Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Festival: In the air, there will be balloon rides and competition racing at the Harvest Balloon Festival. On the ground, enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, hay rides, face painting, games, concerts and raffles. The fun happens 1:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch.
Festival: Archaeology takes center stage at the Frontier Faire at the historic Fort Daniel site in Buford. There will be a trading post, artifact exhibit, old tool display, food, brick kiln, and a chance to learn about all of the archaeological activity at the site to date. The event begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and organizers are asking for a $2 donation to help preserve the site.
Festival: AutumnFest is an art show and artists’ market featuring more than 60 regional artists and craftsmen selling original paintings, folk art, metal sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry and textiles. It begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and at noon Oct. 16 across from City Hall in Avondale Estates.
Festival: Celebrate the eighth year of the Brookhaven Arts Festival, which will feature some of Atlanta’s finest female musicians, including Gwen Hughes, the Anne Marie Perry Band and the Women of Rock (Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett and Donna Hopkins). The fest happens 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 16 in Apple Valley Park behind the Brookhaven MARTA station.
Festival: A pumpkin patch, haunted house, karaoke and lots of great food are among the very good reasons to head to the Pace Academy Annual Fall Fair, which takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15.
Music: Country hit-making outfit Little Big Town, which includes Georgians Kimberley Schlapman and Karen Fairchild, plays the Buckhead Theatre at 9 p.m. Oct. 15.
Music: Take a musical journey to the Emerald Isle (and other Celtic locales) with the singers of Celtic Thunder at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fox Theatre.
Music: The sounds of New Orleans infuse the music of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. They’ll perform at 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Center Stage.
Music: The Beijing Chamber Ensemble from the Renmin University School of Music in China performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Georgia State University’s Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. The concert is free, but reservations are required.
Music: Martin David Jones joins the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Works by Smetana and Tchaikovsky are also on the program. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.
Music: Jason Michael Carroll, who hit the Top 10 on the country charts with “Alyssa Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” comes to Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
Visual art, shopping: Get a head start on that Christmas shopping at the Spruill Center Gallery’s Open Air Artist Market in Dunwoody. It opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 15.
Visual art: The High Museum of Art explores some of the highlights of the art of the 20th century with “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters.” the show opens Oct. 15 and runs through April 29.
Festival: The 40th year of the Georgia Apple Festival includes more than 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. An antique car show is held at the Civic Center on Oct. 8. The parade is at 10 a.m. Oct. 15. The fest is centered at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in the North Georgia town of Ellijay.
Charity event, recreation: Help raise money for a good cause, meet new friends and get some exercise at the AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run. It starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 in Piedmont Park.
Music: Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez first gained worldwide notice by winning the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca, Spain. He’ll perform at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall in Morrow at 3 p.m. Oct. 16.
For more things to do this weekend, don’t miss our list of fall fun ideas, including pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
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.