The Dragon*Con Parade through downtown Atlanta in 2012.
Photo: Nelson Hicks
Photo: Nelson Hicks

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The best things to do around Atlanta this week, weekend

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

Powers’ Fall Festival. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Powers Pavilion, 4766 Highway 34, Newnan. www.powerspavilion.com.

Dragon Con. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. One-day convention “membership,” $30-$50; Sunday-Monday, $60. Saturday-Monday, $100; all four days, $130. At Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta (all five host hotels are sold out). 404-669-0773, www.dragoncon.org.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Free. Downtown Decatur. For schedules, maps and must-see events, go to AccessAtlanta's AJC Decatur Book Festival Guide or the expanded MyAJC.com preview

Seafood & Beer Festival. Noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $5 per person; ages 12 and under free. Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. www.riverdaleculture.com.

Atlanta Black Gay Pride 2013. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Events take place at various venues in downtown and Midtown Atlanta. www.atlantaprideweekend.com.

Art in the Park. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Free. Glover Park, Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. www.mariettaga.gov.

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic, Alpharetta. Young baseball teams from  across the Southeast compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament. Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 1. Wills Park, 1755 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, 7 a..m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday. See the schedule on atlantabraves.com. Directions

Nibble & Noshfest. 11 a.m. Sept. 1-2. Admission is two canned goods for donation to Must Ministries. Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. www.kolemeth.net.

9th Annual Beer & Whiskey Fest. 2-11 p.m. Sept. 1. $15. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. www.parktavern.com.

“Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life.” Through Oct. 31. $18.95; $12.95 ages 3-12. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Discovery Days. 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 18. $11.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org.

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MUSIC

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Kelly McFarling. 6 p.m. Aug. 30. $10. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

SummerStage Concert featuring the Ballybeg Band. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Free. Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. N.W., Duluth. 770-476-3434, www.duluthga.net.

Dionne Farris, Phillipia. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $10-$35. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road S.W., Mableton. www.mablehouse.org.

Brian Wiltsey, Josh Hardy. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $10. Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-418-6777, www.steveslivemusic.com.

The Mad Violinist & The Symphony Crack Orchestra. Aug. 30. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Celebrate Freedom Atlanta. With Third Day, Switchfoot, Francesca Batistelli, Family Force 5, Laura Story, Capital Kings and many more. 8 a.m. Aug. 31. Free; tickets required (available at Goodwill of North Georgia and Family Christian Stores). Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road. S.W., Marietta. www.celebratefreedomatlanta.com.

Toni Braxton. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $65-$40. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

Cigar Store Indians. Aug. 31. $15. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Mass Ska Raid with the Planet Smashers, Soul Radics, the Taj Motel Trio, Squirt Gun, Warriors and more. 3 p.m. Aug. 31. $17. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.

Papadosio with EarthCry. 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $18-$15. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com.

Tia McGraff. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $12-$15. Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-418-6777, www.steveslivemusic.com.

Adam Klein and the Wild Fires. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $10-$12. Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, 3116 Main St., Duluth. www.redclaytheatrearts.com.

Woggles, Hate Bombs, Muck and the Mires. 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $10. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.starbaratl.com.

Chateau Élan Concert Series: Pieces of Eight. Sept. 1. $30. Chateau Élan, 100 Tour De France, Braselton. 678-425-0900, Ext. 41; www.chateauelan.com.

Bounce TV Summer Music Festival with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, KEM. 7 p.m. Sept. 1. $99.75-$59.75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

Fast Cars & Guitars with Billy Currington. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1. $49; must be accompanied by either a grandstand ticket or infield wristband. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 1-877-926-7849, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue. 1-8 p.m. $20; $15 in advance. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. www.wrfg.org, www.parktavern.com.

Allman Brother Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. 6 p.m. Sept. 2. $99.50-$29.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com.

Iration. 6 p.m. Sept. 2. The Masquerade. $13. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.

Spose. 7 p.m. Sept. 2. The Masquerade. $10. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.

Zedd. 8 p.m. Sept. 3. The Tabernacle. $25.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

Mindcrime (Queensryche Tribute). 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. $20; $15 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Muse. 7 p.m. Sept. 4. $49.50-$59.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.

PERFORMING ARTS

“Les Misérables.” Through Sept. 8. $30-$40; Wednesday matinees $20. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.

“Rumpelstiltskin.” Through Sept. 8. $16.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow ... Someone Dies.” Through Nov. 6. $65-$68.50. Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery Dinner Theatre, 161 Peachtree Center Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.agathas.com.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Through Sept. 1. $15-$36. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.shakespearetavern.com.

“The Miracle Worker.” Through Sept. 1. $20; $16 in advance. Renaissance Project, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. 678-250-4800, www.trp-atl.org.

“Scratching.” A washed-up arts school graduate winds up illegally tattooing out of his girlfriend’s dirty apartment. Mature content. Through Sept. 15. $20. Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre, 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.pnotheatre.org.

“Evelyn in Purgatory.” Out of Box Theatre presents a play by Topher Payne. Through Aug. 31. $20-$25. Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Parkway S., Marietta. 678-653-4605, www.outofboxtheatre.com.

“Born Yesterday.” Through Sept. 8. $12.60-$15.60. New London Theatre, 2338 Henry Clower Blvd. S.W., Snellville. 770-559-1484, www.newlondontheatre.org.

“Twelfth Night.” Through Sept. 29. $15-$36. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com.

Special K. Through Aug. 31. $20. The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive N.E., Sandy Springs. 404-252-5233, www.punchline.com.

Tone Bell. Through Sept. 1. $15-$25. Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 877-523-3288, laughingskulllounge.com.

“Is Uncle Pete Really Dead?” 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $25. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.14thstplayhouse.org.

“MythBusters: Behind the Myths.” 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $59.65-$143.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.foxtheatre.org.

Atlanta Chinese August Moon Festival Celebration Performance. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $20-$50. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500, www.gwinnettcenter.com.

“24 Hour Play Festival.” Finished plays will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $5. Onyx Theater, 1000 Chastain Road N.W., Kennesaw. 770-423-6650, www.kennesaw.edu/arts.

VISUAL ARTS

“Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome.” Through  Nov. 17. Gallery talk 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. $6-$8. Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E., Atlanta. 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.

Gwinnett County Public Library’s Pulp Portraits & 2013 Altered Book Exhibition. Through Sept. 7. $3-$5. Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-6002, www.artsgwinnett.org.

“Picturesque: A Contemporary Photography Exhibition.” Through Sept. 6. Free. The DeFoor Centre, 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W., Atlanta. 404-591-3741, defoorcentre.com.

“Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.” Through Sept. 29. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org.

“Drawing Inside the Perimeter.” Through Sept. 22. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org.

“Project Mah Jongg.” Through Sept. 15. $12. $8 senior citizens; $6 students. The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. www.thebreman.org.

The Hudgens Prize Finalist’s Exhibition. Through Sept. 7. $3-$5. Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org.

“XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design.” Through Sept. 2. $5-$10. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.museumofdesign.org..

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Ongoing. Currently booking through Feb. 28. $16-$24; $16 ages 4-12; $22 senior citizens; $30 combo ticket with “Bodies … The Exhibition. Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 1-866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.

“Bodies … The Exhibition.” Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.

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