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Weekend to do list: October 16-18

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Among this weekend's picks: the Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games. AJC file photo

Here’s some very good news for the weekend: it’s not supposed to rain. As I’m typing this, our worst moment seems to be a 20 percent chance. That means you can hit the Stone Mountain Highland Games, or the Little Five Points Halloween parade, the Chastain Park Arts Festival or the the hot air balloon launch at The Rock Ranch. Of course, there’s a lot going on inside, as well. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this weekend. If you’re looking for live music, check out this list from our Atlanta Music Scene blog. Suggestions are always welcome in the comments! — Jamie G.


Books: Author Kathy Buckworth signs “The BlackBerry Diaries: Adventures in Motherhood,” 3 p.m., North Point Mall, Alpharetta.

Comedy: Robin Williams performs, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

Comedy: Steve Harvey performs, 9 p.m., AmericasMart Atlanta.

Festivals: Little Five Points Halloween Festival continues through Oct. 17, 5-10 p.m., Findley Plaza at Moreland and Euclid avenues, Atlanta. FREE. Photos.

Festivals: Cumming Country Fair and Festival continues through Oct. 18, Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming.

Festivals: Georgia Mountain Fall Festival continues through Oct. 17, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee.

For families: Family Storytelling: Spooky Stories, 7 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.

For kids: Final weekend for Synchronicity’s “Bunnicula,” through Oct. 18, Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage, Atlanta. Review.

Music: Caroline Herring performs, 8 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur. Read more.

Stage: “TATS: The Experience” continues, 7:30 p.m., 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta.


Art: “John Portman: Art and Architecture” opens, 10 a.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Photos.

Art: Guest Curator Dan Cameron lectures on his projects, 11 a.m., Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta.

Books: Georgia Literary Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations on Broad Street, Rome. FREE.

Drink: The Great Decatur Craft Beer Festival, noon-5 p.m., Decatur Square. SOLD OUT.

Festivals: Chastain Park Arts Festival runs through Oct. 18, Chastain Park, Atlanta. FREE. More info.

Festivals: Highland Games and Scottish Festival continues through Oct. 18, Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain.

Food: DeGustar: A Latin Taste of Atlanta, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Atlantic Station’s Central Park, Atlanta.

For families: Hot Air Balloon Rally and other family events, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., The Rock Ranch, The Rock.

For kids: “Peter Rabbit’s Garden” kids class, 1:30 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

Sports: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies, 6 p.m., Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta.


Books: Author Tony Horwitz discusses “A Voyage Long and Strange” for Gwinnett Reads, 4 p.m., Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, Duluth.

Community: AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, noon check-in, 1:45 p.m. run, Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free to watch. Read more.

Film: Monty Python double feature, 3 p.m., The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta.

For families: Target Family Free Day arts festival, noon-5 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Stage: Georgia Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” continues, 2 p.m., Conant Performing Arts Center, Atlanta.

Stage: Rosewater Theatre’s “Don’t Dress for Dinner” continues, 3 p.m., The Rosewater Theatre, Roswell.

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

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October 18th, 2009
1:05 pm

Celtic Thunder will be at the Fox Theatre on Sat. Oct. 24, 8pm

Tickets on sale now!!!


October 17th, 2009
10:38 am

Hey! Converse Open Gym is next weekend, Sat., Oct 24th and again on Sat., Nov. 14th at Georgia Tech. This is a FREE event for boys and girls who love to play basketball. Come dressed to play! See for more info and click on Converse Open Gym.
Jamie, would you consider looking into this and posting it? Totally free and very well-done.

Jamie Gumbrecht

October 16th, 2009
11:44 am

Thanks, ajw!


October 16th, 2009
10:35 am

The Tucker Street Market is also happening all day Saturday. Lots of beautiful affordable art will be on display and for sale at The Custom Frame Shop on Main St. in downtown Tucker. Also pumpkin sculpting shows by Aaron Whitmoyer. Musician Scott Downes will also be performing.

Jamie Gumbrecht

October 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Thanks Stacey! For those who are interested, here’s more info:


October 16th, 2009
7:59 am

The Georgia National Fair in Perry Ga runs thru this Sunday. The drive is worth it.

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