Halloween happenings: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

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Dr. Fauci encourages Americans to enjoy Halloween safely.Dr. Fauci encourages Americans to enjoy Halloween safely.As weekly averages of Covid-19 cases decline across the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci says celebrations such as trick-or-treating are now safe to enjoy.As weekly averages of COVID-19 cases decline across the United States, Fauci says celebrations such as trick-or-treating are now safe to enjoy.I think that, particularly if you're vaccinated, you can get out there… You're outdoors for the most part, at least when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating, and enjoy it.., Dr. Anthony Fauci, via Business Insider.I think that, particularly if you're vaccinated, you can get out there… You're outdoors for the most part, at least when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating, and enjoy it.., Dr. Anthony Fauci, via Business Insider.... this is a time of the year that children love. It's a very important part of the year for children, Dr. Anthony Fauci, via Business Insider.Fauci implied it’s too early to declare victory over the virus, continuing to urge the importance of vaccines.On the one hand, we do want to celebrate and look forward to the fact that we are going in the right direction… , Dr. Anthony Fauci, via Business Insider.but if you look at the history of the surges and the diminutions in cases over a period of time, they can bounce back, Dr. Anthony Fauci, via Business Insider.On Thursday, the weekly number of coronavirus infections in the United States fell below 100,000.As the holiday season approaches, 68 million eligible Americans have yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine.The COVID-19 pandemic has reached death tolls of 716,000 in the United States and more than 4 million more around the globe

Looking for something fun to do in metro Atlanta this weekend? You’ll find that some areas are getting a head start on Halloween events, but if you’re not in the spirit yet, set out to visit a dog festival or Highland Games.

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

Cobb

The Secrets of Smyrna

5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Smyrna City Hall, 2800 King St. SE, Smyrna. 470-239-2210.

This .7-mile immersive street theater tour brings some of Smyrna’s “characters” from the past to life. Wear comfortable walking shoes for this rain or shine event.

Truck or Treat

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Take the kids to touch cool vehicles, collect Halloween candy and more at Kennesaw’s Truck or Treat event Saturday.

Credit: From kennesaw-ga.gov

Take the kids to touch cool vehicles, collect Halloween candy and more at Kennesaw’s Truck or Treat event Saturday.
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Take the kids to touch cool vehicles, collect Halloween candy and more at Kennesaw’s Truck or Treat event Saturday.

Credit: From kennesaw-ga.gov

Credit: From kennesaw-ga.gov

3 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Free, $5 chair rental, $50 VIP tent rental. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old Hwy. 41, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714.

Truck-or-Treat lets kids touch and climb on vehicles like public safety and heavy construction equipment and then collect candy on a trail and participate in costume contests, field games and a scavenger hunt. The evening wraps up with a showing of the original “Ghostbusters” movie after sundown (around 7 p.m.).

HarvestFest and Scarecrows in the Square

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square NE, Marietta.

Have a day of fun with a HarvestFest Market, the Scarecrows in the Square competition, a Touch-A-Truck event, pie-eating contest, kids’ festival and costume contest.

Friday Night Jazz

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Volkstuin patio, 2710 Jefferson St., Austell.

Relax with some live smooth jazz from Kennesaw State University’s jazz program.

DeKalb

Highland Games and Scottish Festival

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The annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival returns to Stone Mountain Park this weekend.

Credit: Credit: Phil Skinner

The annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival returns to Stone Mountain Park this weekend.
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The annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival returns to Stone Mountain Park this weekend.

Credit: Credit: Phil Skinner

Credit: Credit: Phil Skinner

Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17. Adults $20, kids age 4-12 $5, plus daily $20 parking pass. Saturday Night Ceilidh $10. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-521-0228.

If you’re Scottish — or even if you’re not — don your tartans and enjoy games, music, dance and more at the 49th annual Highland Games.

10th Annual Madison Ave Soapbox Derby

Food area opens at 11 a.m., judging begins at noon, races at approximately 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m, 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Madison Avenue, Decatur.

Set up with chairs, blankets and a picnic and watch the soapbox derby. Masks must be worn where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities.

Georgia Audubon Society Bird Walk

8 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Free, but registration requested. Dunwoody Nature Center (meet at the historic fireplace), 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322.

Learn more about Georgia’s resident and migrating birds in a walk led by an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer. Bring binoculars if you have them, or contact the Dunwoody Nature Center in advance to find out about borrowing a pair.

Tiny House Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. $15-$30. Outside Little Tree Art Studios, 2834 Franklin St., Avondale Estates. Networking from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. The Lost Druid Brewery, 2866 Washington St., Avondale Estates.

Tour tiny houses, connect with vendors, listen to speakers and network afterward.

North Fulton

Johns Creek Arts Festival

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Over 130 artisans will display and sell their art at the Johns Creek Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

Credit: From splashfestivals.com

Over 130 artisans will display and sell their art at the Johns Creek Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
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Over 130 artisans will display and sell their art at the Johns Creek Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

Credit: From splashfestivals.com

Credit: From splashfestivals.com

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Free admission. Green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club on Hwy. 141, Johns Creek (GPS address is 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek).

Over 130 artisans from across the country will showcase their paintings, yard art, glass work and more at the festival, which also features plenty of live music.

Pop Up Performance Series

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. $25 advance, $30 day of show, $17.50 students under 18, seniors over 65. Chattahoochee Nature Center in the Ben Brady Pavilion, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

Singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell brings traditional Southern songs to new generations in this innovative performance from the Roswell Arts Fund’s Pop Up Performance Series. Proof of vaccination is required for entry and masks are required in indoor spaces.

Fall Apple Tasting and Wine Dinner

6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. $55. Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-751-8500.

Learn how to pair the right apple with the right dish. The menu includes roasted apple and winter squash soup as well as grilled pork chop with maple-glazed carrots and apple mostarda.

New Country 101FIVE Fest

6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. $30 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Listen to music from country artists including Brantley Gilbert, LANCO, Colt Ford and Lily Rose. To attend, you’ll either need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 14 days past your final shot or provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. Kids 12 and under will need to provide proof of the negative test. Masks are encouraged.

Gwinnett

Spooky Spirits 5K

11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee.

This costume and cocktails twist on a traditional 5K is great for serious runners as well as those who just want to walk with friends and have some fun. Register either as a non-stop runner or one who wants to make a few stops for spirits along the way. All runners age 21 and up can celebrate with a full cocktail at the end of the race, and prizes will be awarded for the most spirited costumes.

PAWFest

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Bring your pooch to PAWFest in Lawrenceville on Saturday.

Credit: From the Gwinnett Humane Society

Bring your pooch to PAWFest in Lawrenceville on Saturday.
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Bring your pooch to PAWFest in Lawrenceville on Saturday.

Credit: From the Gwinnett Humane Society

Credit: From the Gwinnett Humane Society

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Free admission. Lawrenceville Lawn, 147 Luckie St., Lawrenceville.

Put your pooch on a leash and attend PAWFest, where you can watch a puppy parade, buy items from pet-themed or food vendors, listen to live music and more.

Urban MediaMakers Festival

Thursday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 17. Continues through Oct. 24. Free admission. Various locations throughout Gwinnett County, including Duluth, Lilburn and Lawrenceville.

Headquartered in Lawrenceville, the 20th Urban MediaMakers Festival is a virtual and in-person event that lets content creators from throughout the world showcase their works.

Sugar Rush

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. 5039 W. Broad St. NE, Sugar Hill.

Sugar Rush expands to a two-day festival this year with live music, local vendors, food trucks and artisan demonstrations.