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Day of the Dead: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

If you love anime, cats or 5Ks, you’re in for a treat. There’s plenty to do in the city this weekend no matter your interest. 

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Check out the following 16 things to do in metro area this weekend:

Cobb

Taste of Kennesaw. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Free admission with $1-$4 food samples. Kennesaw Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee St. 770-423-1330. https://www.facebook.com.

Sample signature dishes from over 30 restaurants, listen to live music, let the kids try age-appropriate activities and watch the game and have a drink at the beer garden.

Northwest Georgia Heart Walk/Run. 8 a.m. festivities start, 8:30 a.m. opening ceremonies, 9 a.m. 5K walk/run begins. $40-$55 for runners, no fee for walkers. Saturday, Nov. 2. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta. 678-224-2012. www2.heart.org.

Get some exercise and help raise money for the American Heart Association. Survivors of heart disease or stroke are given white or red ball caps to wear.

Anime fans will gather in Cobb County for a weekend of cosplay, a formal ball and more.
Photo: Photo: From cobbgalleria.com/For the AJC

Anime Weekend Atlanta. continuing 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. $40 and up, age 10 and under admitted free. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. https://awa-con.com/.

Gather with other anime fans for a weekend of events including cosplay, a formal ball, artist alley, tabletop gaming and more.

Lassiter Craft Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Free admission. Lassiter High School, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 678-494-7863. lassiterbands.org.

Browse and buy crafts at Lassiter High School's 34th annual craft fair and help support the school's band.

DeKalb

MJCCA Book Festival. 8 p.m. start time Saturday, Nov. 2 and noon start time Sunday, Nov. 3, continuing through Nov. 18. Prices vary. Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4000. atlantajcc.com.

The 28th MJCCA Book Festival continues this weekend with authors including Ben Mezrich, author of "Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption" and Olympic skater Adam Rippon, author of "Beautiful on the Outside."

DUMC Holiday Festival. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Free admission. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-0675 ext. 175. dunwoodyumc.org.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church's 28th annual festival features handmade craft items from more than 115 artisans, a silent online auction and more. All proceeds will go toward funding the church's Habitat for Humanity home.

Painting with a Twist. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. $35. Paint with a Twist, 4512 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-676-9524. paintingwithatwist.com.

Bring kids age 6 and up for an afternoon of "Frozen 2" painting, trivia, prizes and fun.

"A Universe of Surprises." 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. $7 adults, $5 children/seniors/active military personnel. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. 678-874-7102. http://www.fernbank.edu/.

Attend a live full-dome simulcast from Chicago's Adler Planetarium. The astronomers will present "A Universe of Surprises," which explores everything from black holes to exotic exoplanets.

North Fulton

Atlanta Baby and Beyond Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. $10 plus fees and up. The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 404-527-5501. babyandbeyondexpo.com.

More than 100 baby and children's vendors will have product booths, and you'll also find child and health care experts conducting interactive and educational activities.

Dia de los Muertos Festival and Parade. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Free admission. Roswell City Hall grounds, 38 Hill St., Roswell. http://dayofthedeadatl.com/.

Commemorate the past and celebrate the future at Roswell's Day of the Dead Festival and Parade. Mexican food, street performers, a live mariachi band and a lantern parade are among the activities offered.

Native American Culture and Beliefs Program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. General admission $15 adults, $10 children. Friends of Bulloch Hall pay $11 for adults and $6 for children. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 

770-992-1731. bullochhall.org.

Jim Sawgrass, a Muskogee Creek tribal member, will discuss Creek culture and present artifacts and reproductions. Later in the day, native dancer Purcella Bean will demonstrate dances and ask audiences to join in.

Alpharetta Women's Half Marathon & 5K. 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. $35 and up for 5K, $65 and up for half marathon. 504-454-6561. https://alpharettawomenshalf.events/.

This USATF-certified event winds through some of Alpharetta's most scenic sites and ends at Avalon.

Gwinnett

Pedigree and household cats will compete at the Cotton States CFA Championship & Household Pet Cat Show this weekend in Duluth.
Photo: Photo: BECKY STEIN / AJC special/For the AJC

Cotton States CFA Championship & Household Pet Cat Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. $8 adults, $6 children and seniors. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464. https://cottonstatescatclub.org/.

See pedigree cats and household cats compete and look at cats available for adoption. Cat-related vendors will also have booths set up.

Sugar Hill Ice Skating. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. $10 general admission, $8 for kids 8 and under, $3 skate rental, $129 season pass. 5039 W. Broad St. (behind the City Hall building), Sugar Hill. 770-554-7506. https://www.haidrink.com/.

The Sugar Hill Ice Skating week is open for its first weekend of the season, so grab or rent your skates and get ready to glide.

2019 Model Railroad Days. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3. $10 adults, $8 seniors 65 and older and $7 for children between the ages of 2-12. The Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth. 770-476-2013. train-museum.org.

The Georgia & Tennessee Railroad will be showcased through an extremely detailed HO layout. Several clubs will also set up models of various scales, operate classic trains and conduct clinics.

Mall of Georgia Race Against Time 5K. midnight pre-race party, 1:50 a.m. race. Saturday, Nov. 2. $25-$30. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-985-3921. https://www.facebook.com/.

Party before the race with music, movie trivia, door prizes, awards and snacks. Then race through the time change, ensuring that your finish time is before your start time. The course is fast, flat and run entirely on Mall of Georgia property.

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