Food Festivals and more: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

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Things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Looking for something fun to do in metro Atlanta this weekend? Halloween events, including a party and a hike, are on the calendar. You can also enjoy some food festivals centered on mac ‘n’ cheese, barbecue or chili.

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

Cobb

Fall Jonquil Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Smyrna Village Green, 1282 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. Free admission. 770-423-1330.

Smyrna’s Fall Jonquil Festival offers plenty of fun, including food, live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts and children’s activities such as inflatables and sand art.

‘Que & Brew

Sample barbecue and beer, listen to live music and more at Smyrna’s ‘Que and Brew.
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Sample barbecue and beer, listen to live music and more at Smyrna’s ‘Que and Brew.

Credit: From livesaferesources.org

Credit: From livesaferesources.org

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Free admission, $15 barbecue tasting ticket, $25 beer tasting ticket. Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna.

Eat delicious barbecue and vote for the People’s Choice, try your choice of over 30 local beers, sign up in advance to play in a cornhole tournament and listen to live music. You won’t have to miss your favorite football teams playing since a TV trailer will be playing all the big games. Proceeds will benefit LiveSafe Resources, which helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

Fright Night Halloween Party

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. $20 (includes admission and one drink ticket). The Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave, SE, Atlanta. 404-965-2511

Guests age 21 and over can attend a haunted cemetery-themed bash with live music, entertainment, games and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Acworth Halloween Jamboree

3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Logan Farm Park (large field in front of the playground), 4405 Cherokee St., Acworth.

Have a spooky good time with games, rides, food, music and a costume contest.

DeKalb

Paint in the Park

Use the changing fall colors you see in Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park as inspiration for a painting this Sunday.
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Use the changing fall colors you see in Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park as inspiration for a painting this Sunday.

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Credit: From brookhavenga.gov

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven.

Use Blackburn Park’s changing fall color as inspiration for your artwork, with limited art supplies and paper available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own easel and canvas if you’d like. All ages are welcome, and prizes will be awarded.

Atlanta Chili Cook Off

Noon-5 p.m. VIP, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. general admission. $15 unlimited chili samples ($25 at the door), $25 for you and a guest, $45 early entry and all-you-can-eat food and drink. Saturday, Oct. 23. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.

Register to compete in the chili cook-off and vie for one of the trophies, or just reap the awards as you sample delicious chili from various cooks.

Pics in the Park

7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Free. Pernoshal Park, 4575 North Shallowford Road, Dunwoody

Watch the popular movie “The Goonies” and score some free popcorn to munch.

Ghostly Gatherings

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. $20 non-members, $10 members for gatherings, $27 non-members, $17 for members. Fernbank, 676 Clifton Road, Atlanta. 404-929-6400.

Join Fernbank for an evening of the Woodland Spirits outdoor experience, indoor exhibits including Antarctic Dinosaurs. Drinks - including adult beverages - will be available for purchase.

North Fulton

Alpharetta Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K

Walk or run in the Alpharetta Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K this Sunday.
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Walk or run in the Alpharetta Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K this Sunday.

Credit: From Alpharetta Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K’s Facebook page

Credit: From Alpharetta Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K’s Facebook page

7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Registration for each race starts at $1 and increases as slots are sold out. Avalon, 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000.

Serious runners, walkers and everyone in between are welcome to participate in the Alpharetta Women’s Half Marathon & 5K. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, goodie bag, bib tag timing and complimentary post-event food and refreshments.

First City Fair

4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Free admission. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta and Alpharetta First Baptist Church, 44 Academy St., Alpharetta.

Have fun on midway rides, eat classic fair food and enjoy activities for the entire family.

Shakespeare in the Park

7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. Wills Park Grand Pavilion (behind the Alpharetta Community Center, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta.

Watch performers from Act1 Community Theater perform Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” a comedy that includes an act of betrayal and a plot for revenge.

36th Annual Halloween Hikes

6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. $12 per person, free for kids 2 and under. No walk-ups can be accommodated. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Take a guided night hike to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. You can also make crafts, gather ‘round a campfire and have more fun at this non-scary event.

Gwinnett

Mac & Cheese Festival

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville.

Sample cheesy dishes from top chefs, food trucks and food vendors, let the kids try some activities, listen to live entertainment and more.

Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast

Do the Time Warp, bring your (approved) props and watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a live shadow cast in Duluth Saturday night.
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Do the Time Warp, bring your (approved) props and watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a live shadow cast in Duluth Saturday night.

11:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Free, with first-come, first-served admission. Red Clay Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth.

Get ready to do the Time Warp and yell out response lines as you watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” complete with a live shadow cast. You must be 18 or over or with a parent or guardian to attend. Approved props are OK to use.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. $50-$65. The Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 West Broad St., Sugar Hill. 770-945-6716.

Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar performs with guitarist Neil Giraldo.

6th Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5K and Fun Run

7 a.m. check-in/registration, 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. fun run. Saturday, Oct. 23. $25 5K, $18 Fun Run. Little Mulberry Park, 3855 Fence Road, Dacula.

Race along the paved paths of Little Mulberry Park. Trophies and medals will be awarded at this fundraiser for Oak Hill Classical School.