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Things to do in and around Atlanta: Lisa Fischer and the Pumpkin Festival

For music lovers, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton bring their magical sounds to City Winery.

Halloween, though, is just around the corner, so there’s something for those who like a little fright in their day.

Here are some suggestions for your weekend.

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

Luther Vandross knew it. The Rolling Stones and Tina Turner did as well.

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It’s no secret. Lisa Fischer has one of the most powerful, inventive voices in the business with a range that is jaw dropping.

Fisher spent decades singing backup for these musical icons and now draws audiences of her own.

She and the band Grand Baton will bring their magical sound to City Winery Atlanta on Oct. 26.

You may know her voice from the big hit, “How Can I Ease the Pain.” Or you probably heard her belt out the legendary “Gimme Shelter” with the Stones. She was also a star of the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom.”

Grand Baton’s organic fusion of soul, progressive rock, African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms powers Fischer’s vocal flexibility in concert.

She recorded the title track for Billy Childs’ “Map to the Treasure” and created music with J.C. Maillard for the Alonzo King Lines Ballet.

7 p.m. Oct. 26. $45-$60. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791. www.citywinery.com.

Annual Pumpkin Festival

You can play by day and glow by night at Stone Mountain Park’s Annual Pumpkin Festival through Oct. 28.

Visitors can venture out on the Skyride and journey around the mountain on the Scenic Railroad. Meet some of the special pumpkin characters including Spookly the Square Pumpkin, storytelling with Mother Goose, pie eating contests with Peter Peter, tea party games with the Mad Hatter and a dance party.

At night, there will be huge glowing pumpkin displays, costume contests, a glow-along party parade, flashlight tours of Dinosaur Explore and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. through Oct. 28. $34.95 with discounts available online. Parking $20. Stone Mountain Park, Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com

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Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser

Howl about doing something fun and helps homeless pets?

DiOGi Pet Services will sponsor a “Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser” to benefit the nonprofit rescue group, Angels Among Us, on Oct. 28 at 2080 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

Come dressed to scare. There will be snacks, beer and wine. For the pets, there will be also a dog Halloween costume contest. The cost to enter the costume contest is $20.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. $5. DiOGI Pet Services, 2080 Cheshire Bridge Rd., Atlanta. 404-549-3443. clubdiogi.com.

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