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Weekend to do list: October 2-4

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There's dancing at the Atlanta Greek Festival, but I hear the food is the best part. The festival begins Friday! AJC file photo

We’re deep into festival season, and just starting to hit Halloween season. Regardless, here are some suggestions of what to do this weekend. You can also find more live music picks from the Atlanta Music Scene blog. As always, feel free to share your suggestions in the comments! — Jamie G.


Art: Le Flash 2009 dance and visual art presentation to open Atlanta Celebrates Photography, dances at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Castleberry Hill neighborhood, Atlanta. FREE. PHOTOS.

Festivals: Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival, Oct. 2-4, Auburn Avenue near downtown Atlanta.

Festivals: Atlanta Greek Festival, Oct. 2-4, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation, Atlanta.

Film: Out on Film Festival runs Oct. 2-8, Midtown Art Cinema, Atlanta. Our movie picks.

Music: How Sweet the Sound church choir competition, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Music: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band performs to benefit South Cobb High School bands and flood victims, 7 p.m., Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton.

Stage: “Macbeth” presented by the North Fulton Drama Club, 7 p.m. seating, 8 p.m. show, Historic Barrington Hall, Roswell. FREE.

Stage: Can’t, Don’t, Won’t, Stop Theater Festival, 8 p.m. Oct. 2-3, Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta. Story.

Visual art: Reception for artist Abril Andrade Griffith and “The Forbidden Circus,” 7 p.m., U*Space Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.


Community: Hands On Atlanta Day of volunteering, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., various project sites in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Registration info.

Festivals: HotoberFest craft beer and live music festival, noon-7 p.m., free for festival area $30-$50 for beer tasting area, Glenwood Park neighborhood, Atlanta.

For families: “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” opens, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta. First look at the exhibit.

For families: Scarecrows in the Garden, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., with children’s activities from 1-4 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

For kids: Night and Day event, 1:30 p.m., Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta. FREE.

Museums: There are a couple ways to get into museums for free this weekend.

  • Bank of America customers get free entry to the Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Zoo Atlanta, Millennium Gate and the High Museum of Art.
  • The High Museum of Art also has a Fulton Free Day on Saturday, so Fulton County residents get in free.


Festivals: Hindu Heritage Day and Festival of Lights, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. FREE.

Festivals: Atlanta Horrorfest presents the Atlanta Zombie Walk, zombie makeup begins at noon, walk begins at 3 p.m., Lenny’s Bar to Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. FREE. More info.

For families: Sunday in the Park Victorian street festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. FREE, donations requested.

Music: Al Pettaway and Amy White perform, 4 p.m., Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Newnan.

Outdoors: 13.1 Atlanta southern rock-themed half-marathon and music performances, 7:13 a.m., Oglethorpe University, Atlanta.

Pet-friendly: Dogtoberfest Mutt Strut, costume contest and other animal activities, 2-6 p.m., The Solarium, Decatur. FREE.

Stage: “Passion for Justice” dance to raise awareness about human trafficking, 6:30 p.m., Perimeter Church, Duluth.

Got an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the calendar.

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14 comments Add your comment


October 17th, 2009
9:16 am

Thanks for your work, Jamie. This is all helpful.

There is a free event that happens once a month at Georgia Tech called Converse Open Gym. It is a very well-run event with a DJ, prizes and give-aways for boys and girls ages 11-18 who have a love for basketball. It is an opportunity for them to play indoors against other kids their age. See and click on Converse Open Gym for details. It would be great if you would highlight this on your site. It is FREE!


October 4th, 2009
5:05 am

North Georgia vinyards are always nice to go visit. My wife and I go and we’re not even wine drinkers but the locations are so beautiful and some have great restuarants and festivals as well.


October 3rd, 2009
11:35 pm

Atlanta is never boring…

Jamie Gumbrecht

October 3rd, 2009
1:51 pm

Obviously the events highlighted in this list won’t appeal to everybody, but there’s no reason to insult others in the comments, or to repeat tired, baseless stereotypes. Respect each other and keep the conversation moving forward, or take your negativity elsewhere. For those offering up suggestions and ideas, many thanks. Your input is greatly appreciated.