Sandy Springs Festival at Heritage Green
Organizers say this annual event has transformed from an intimate picnic to a big-time area affair with more than 20,000 guests expected. It serves as the main fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit that works to preserve and promote the history and culture of Sandy Springs. They’ll be ringing in the fest’s 25th anniversary with oodles of activities including a collector’s car show, live music, a kiddie area, a pet parade, and juried artist market. But it all begins Saturday morning . The Doug Kessler 5K Race begins at 7:30 a.m., and a 10K race follows at 8 a.m.
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26. $5; $7 two-day pass; $2 ages 6-17; $3 ages 6-17 for two-day pass. Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111, www.sandyspringsfestival.com.
“The Rat Pack is Back” at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
Few can say they actually experienced the Rat Pack’s Vegas act in all of its martini-swilling, finger-snapping glory. For those who missed the swing and ring-a-ding, the Fred becomes a virtual substitute for the Sands Hotel Copa Room as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop impersonators attempt to recreate the magic. (What, no Peter Lawford?) A jazz act warms up the audience before the bow-tied quartet hits the stage dishing out lounge standards backed by a 12-piece big band. Expect plenty of between-song banter ending in “babe.”
8 p.m. Sept. 24. $20-$25. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630, www.amphitheater.org.