Festival: Get a bit of Western culture in the Southeast when the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium takes over the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville Oct. 21-23.
Halloween: Storytelling, face painting and crafts accompany family-friendly frights at Haunted Night at the Museum, which happens Oct. 21-22 at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary-Gwinnett History Museum in Lawrenceville.
Festival: Listen up and chow down at the Hapeville Downtown Live Concert & Chili Cook-off at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Hapeville’s Jess Lucas Park.
Music: The Michael O’Neal Singers perform composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” which blends a classic choral sound with the jubilant harmonies typical of the bluegrass style. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Oct 21 at Roswell United Methodist Church.
Dance: The Atlanta Ballet explores “The Four Seasons” with the music of Vivaldi. Performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
History, visual arts: “Carter’s Quest for Tut,” a fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc., has many original Egyptian artifacts, dioramas showing life in days of King Tut, a gift gallery with Egyptian-themed art and souvenirs and more. It continues through Nov. 18 at the Dancentre South facility in Woodstock.
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.
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.
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. 13 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: The Bram Stoker classic “Dracula” comes to undead life on the stage at the New London Theatre in Snellville. The show 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 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 presents 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.
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 continues through March 4 at the Atlanta History Center.
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. See our review of the show.
Festival, food: More than 40,000 adventurous eaters are expected at Taste of Atlanta, the yummiest event of the year. Sample from more than 80 local restaurants, including Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, Escorpion, Food 101 and JCT Kitchen. Check out our preview of the festival, which happens in Midtown Oct. 22-23.
Music, festival: The Stars of ’80s Rock featuring Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special headlines the third annual Dunwoody Music Festival. That headlining concert is a separate ticketed event within the festival and begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The festival overall begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 and noon Oct. 23 in Brook Run Park.
Halloween, festival: Little Five Points has been keeping Atlanta weird for decades, and the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade is one sure way to make sure it stays freaky. The music begins at noon Oct. 22 and the parade starts at 4 p.m. in the neighborhood surrounding Moreland and Euclid avenues.
Music: Superstar country duo Sugarland, aka Atlanta’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, return to play for the hometown crowd at Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
Conference, travel: Head to the Atlanta Travel and Adventure Show with Faith Travel Conference to hear tips from travel experts including Pauline Frommer, the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, PBS’s “Georgia Traveler” hosts David Zelski and Michelle DeShields, and representatives from many destinations. It happens at the Cobb Galleria Centre Oct. 22-23.
Festival: The folks at Country Living magazine bring their Country Living Fair to Stone Mountain Park, with a show and sale of folk art, antiques, crafts, furniture, home decor and more. The fest runs Oct. 22-23.
Festival: The Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival showcases work by more than 150 artists and crafters from across the country on the city’s Village Green Oct. 22-23.
Festival: Get a touch of country in the city at the Little Creek Farm Fall Festival, which starts at noon Oct. 22 at the Decatur farm.
Festival, Halloween: Experience a Fall Afternoon on the Square, where you can browse an artists market, watch performances on stage and bid on items in a silent auction from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 22. Then catch the Spirits of McDonough City Cemetery Tour from 6-9 p.m. The fest happens on the Courthouse Square in McDonough and there will be parking at Richard Craig Park, 125 S. Zack Hinton Parkway.
Music: Live entertainment, workshops, vendors and more will be on hand for Atlanta Hip Hop Day, which takes place Oct. 22-23 in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
Music: Mableton Rocks brings JB Walker and the Cheap Whiskey Band, Bubba Dew & the Boneslingers, Stevie Nicks tribute band White Winged Dove and many more to the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre beginning at 3 p.m. Oct. 22.
Music: Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus join “Together in Song” in a program of American works for chorus and small ensemble, including Stephen Paulus’ “American Medley,” Gwyneth Walker’s “Together in Song” and “Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map” by Samuel Barber. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Marietta First United Methodist Church
Beloved comedian and actor Bill Cosby will bring his warm, familiar style of stand-up comedy to Atlanta for two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus. Check out our chat with the living legend.
Festival, pets: Bring your four-legged friend of any breed to Boxerstock, where there will be music, vendor booths, children’s activities, a concession stand, canine demonstrations and a silent auction. Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell will be there, too. It’s happening at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta noon-6 p.m. Oct. 23.
Music: Northside Drive Baptist Church’s Music on the Hill series continues with violinist Olga Shpitko and pianist Tim Whitehead performing works for piano and violin by Ravel, Brahms, and Piazzolla. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Oct. 23.
Music: The Atlanta Chamber Players open their season with “Commissions Then & Now” at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 a the High Museum of Art. The program includes John Elmquist’s “Junk Shot,” the winner of the Players’ Rapido Concerto Competition, along with works by Beethoven and 20th century British composer Geoffrey Bush.
Music: The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra’s “Music Imagery” is a program of symphonic music by French composers. The music begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Buckhead.
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.