Celebrate Jimmy Carter’s 94th birthday and other things to do in Atlanta on Monday, Oct. 1

We did it, Atlanta! We made it to October.

(Whether summer and its 90-plus degree temperatures will stubbornly insist on coming along with us is pretty much anyone’s guess at this point).

This month always sends a jolt through the air as it unofficially kicks off the holiday season. Just check out all the Halloween displays already up around town if you don’t believe us.

So it’s OK to start celebrating by doing some fun things around town on this particular Monday. Starting with a public and nearly free event marking a certain someone’s 94th birthday.


The former president of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner turns 94 years young on Oct. 1. And to celebrate, his namesake library and museum in Atlanta is offering 94 cents admission on Monday. Plains resident Carter won't be there himself, but there will be a big card to sign or people can bring their own birthday cards and the staff will make sure it all gets to him. Check out the great exhibitions, and, as the icing on the proverbial birthday cake, the Atlanta Symphony's Brass Quartet will perform in the lobby from noon to 1 p.m. 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 94 cents. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov


Kick off the month fright, er, right, by taking this spooky tour of possibly haunted sites and spinetingling tales in one of metro Atlanta's oldest and most historic cities. Led by a professional storyteller, the 90-minute tour begins and ends at Aurora Theatre and promises to cover "some of Lawrenceville's most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events." 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $9 ages 11 and younger. 128 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville. www.auroratheatre.com or www.scarystroll.com


The pioneering band that first came along in the late 1970s and helped propel the U.K.'s music scene to new prominence with its unique blend of punk, Ska, reggae and more is still going strong courtesy of longtime leader Dave Wakeling. This current lineup plays all the hits and other loved songs by the Beat and General Public, as well as other new music. 8 p.m. $40-$55. City Winery, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.citywinery.com/atlanta

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