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Weekend best bets: Oct. 3-5


A vendor sets out her knit pieces during last year’s Norcross Art Fest. Photo: Handout

Celebrating its 11th year, the Taste of Atlanta at Tech Square features food from vendors in and around metro Atlanta, as well as food trucks through Oct. 7. Read our preview.

Arts, benefit: The Pink Frog Affair: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Dance pays tribute to breast cancer patients and survivors with music from Jennifer Holliday, Kathleen Bertrand and Ken Ford and performances from Atlanta Ballet and Morehouse College Glee Club.

Festival, holiday: Stone Mountain Park’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival features a pie eating contest, costume dance party and trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. The event runs through Oct. 28.

Festival: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the LGBT film festival Out on Film, which runs through Oct. 11. at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Read our preview here.

Stage: Actor’s Express presents the musical version of “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” The show continues through Oct. 7 at the King Plow Arts Center. Check out our review of the production.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company presents the fresh-from-Broadway play “Time Stands Still.” The show continues through Oct. 14. Check out our interview with the stars of the show.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents the rousing musical “Anything Goes.” It opens Sept. 21 and continues through Oct. 7 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Stage: Bram Stoker’s horror classic gets a modern musical update in “Dracula: The Rock Opera,” which runs through Oct. 14 at 7 Stages Theater.

Stage: “1776” is a musical take on the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence by representatives of the 13 original colonies. See it at Dorsey Studios Theater through Oct. 7.

Festival: Art lovers will find plenty to love at the Norcross Art Fest at Thrasher Park in Norcross. The event, which runs through Oct. 7, features artists from across the country and a free children’s art pavilion.

Music: Bell X1, One of Ireland’s most popular bands brings its tight, melodic pop to Smith’s Olde Bar.

Festival: “Antiques Roadshow” fans will find lots to please at Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival, which features 50 antiques dealers from six states.

Festival: If you love your collard greens, it’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy the Atlanta Collard Greens Cultural Festival at English Avenue Elementary School. The event will feature food, an African marketplace and entertainment.

Festival: Powder Springs Day features food, entertainment and rides.

Festival: Want a side of history with your scares? Sunday in the Park reconnects the Historic Oakland Cemetery with its Victorian roots  harkening back to Oakland’s founding 162 years ago as a garden cemetery.

Festival: Round up the dogs for the fourth Chattapoochee Pet Fest, featuring pet adoptions, crafts, prizes for the best pet costume and appearances by Duluth’s Top Dog.

Music: Bachata singer Prince Royce brings his brand of Latin pop to the Tabernacle.

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k dog

October 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

For some reason you miss the Sweet Auburn Fall Festival.


October 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

Also, the historic Fourth Ward Park is hosting an Oktoberfest on Saturday the 6th, called “HOTOBERFEST 2012.”


October 4th, 2012
10:46 am

Missed this weekend 10/6 in Grayson GA

Grayson Blues and Brews
October 6th, 2PM till 6PM

kathe hall

October 4th, 2012
11:32 am

You missed the Marble Festival in Jasper, GA and the Georgia Blue Grass Championship in Jasper
Beautiful leaves up here!


October 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Don’t miss the Avondale Estates Annual Autumn Attic Sale!
Saturday, October 06, 2012, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Avondale Pattillo UMC Parking Lot
3260 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30032

Mister Pants

October 4th, 2012
8:57 pm

I will be wearing my elastic pants.


October 5th, 2012
9:04 am

You left off, the Gay, GA, Cotton Picken Fair!!!

johnny t-bone

October 5th, 2012
9:21 am

You left off Pat Metheny at the Variety Playhouse this Sunday. Metheny is likely the most influential guitarist of the last 25 years and probably the greatest musician/composer alive today across all genres.


October 5th, 2012
4:23 pm

Ummm…. Taste?


October 6th, 2012
3:00 am

This listing is becoming a JOKE because it leaves off so many awesome events..for example, it did not mention the HUGE Little 5 Points Fest last Saturday with 7 stages and over 100 acts or Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, Cosmic, Crunchy, and Hippy (little 5 pts eclectic style, of course) in one day.

This week it is neglecting to mention probably the biggest event in the metro area this weekend: The Sweet Auburn Fall Festival, one of the largest fall festival in the Southeast, attracting 100,000 people over a two -day weekend. Fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. At Auburn Avenue, downtown Atlanta. Times: Sat 11-9pm, Sun 2-9pm

There is even a Wikipedia entry for this festival:

A goal of the festival this year is to register as many voters for the upcoming Nov 6 SHOW UP!!!

Whoever is responsible for maintaining this Best Bets list needs to get serious with it or get replaced because people rely on this site for info on what to do in the ATL…just my 2cents…LOL!


October 6th, 2012
3:05 am

Here’s the Wiki Entry for the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival:

The Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival is an annual festival held the first weekend in October on Auburn Avenue. Civil rights leader Hosea Williams founded the first festival in 1984 as a way to celebrate the African American achievements as established on Auburn Avenue. The festival offers food, art, and entertainment throughout the day while celebrating Auburn Avenue’s past and growth, and is operated by the Sweet Auburn Committee.

The festival’s entertainment varies from comedians to up and coming artist from diverse genres of music. Artist such as Usher Raymond, Outkast, India.Arie, and Raven-Symoné have started out performing on stage at the festival. Ultimately, the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival entertainment has grown much farther than originally anticipated from its beginning stages in 1984.

AGAIN: There will be voter registrations available at the festival, this will be an awesomely important election so if you are not yet registered, SHOW UP!!!

I like Pants Too

October 6th, 2012
8:56 am

Alpharetta Farmer’s Market. Scarecrow Festival. Brew Moon Fest.
Why no mention, a ton of stuff here and then you can take grandma to Crabapple for antiques.


October 6th, 2012
9:43 am

Confusion about the fall sweet auburn festival- why in the world does their site say November, other sites say November, and ppl here say this weekend. I saw an article saying this weekend on some arbitrary site. Can someone please give me the website for the event bc clearly I’m missing something. I want to go… I

Love Festivals

October 6th, 2012
9:54 am

And what about the Atlanta Greek Festival this weekend. Come on AJC…sheesh!


October 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

UPDATE!!! The Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival has been moved to Nov 3 and 4 this year…here is the entertainment schedule for Saturday:

The Sweet Auburn MUSIC festival is next weekend, also on Auburn Ave