Atlanta Weekend: Best Bets for October 26-28,2012

Gymnastics: The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions includes gold medalists Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Nastia Lukin. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Gwinnett Arena.

Gymnastics: The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions includes gold medalists Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Nastia Lukin. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Gwinnett Arena.

Halloween: The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts more than 100 handcrafted scarecrows at Scarecrows in the Garden. It continues through Oct. 31. Take a look at some of the highlights.

Stage: Cirque du Soleil’s Totem sets up the big tent in Atlanta, with shows beginning Oct. 26 near Atlantic Station at 20th and Market streets.

Festival: Visit Georgia’s oldest covered bridge and join the fall festivities at the Euharlee Covered Bridge Festival and 5K, which  Oct. 26-28 at Frankie Harris Park in Euharlee.

Festival: The pages of Country Living magazine come alive at Stone Mountain Park at the Country Living Fair. It takes place Oct. 26-28.

Halloween: Scare up some frights at the Dark Harvest Haunted House, which continues through Oct. 31 at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.

Stage: Theatrical Outfit presents the world premiere of “Two Drink Minimum,” which explores the changing dynamics of a relationship between mother and son. It runs through Nov. 18 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Check out our look at playwright William Balzer and our interview with actress Susan Larkin.

Music: Trumpeter Joe Gransden and his band headline a Benny Goodman Tribute at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility in Alpharetta.

Stage: “The Divine Sister” is Charles Busch’s twisted tale tells the story of a Mother Superior trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing “visions,” a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. The Process Theatre production at OnStage Atlanta opens Oct. 26 and continues through Nov. 17

Comedy: Best known for his hilarious spots on “Chappelle’s Show,” Charlie Murphy brings his stand-up comedy to the Punchline Oct. 26-28.

Stage: The long-running and tuneful “The Fantasticks” is the latest production from Company J. It runs through Oct. 28 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody.

Halloween: Relive your worst nightmares in the smoke-filled, strobe-lit darkness at Frightmore, which continues through Oct. 31 at 1912 Mt. Zion Road, Building 1865 C, in Morrow.

Festival: Get a touch of the West right here in Georgia at the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium. It’s happening through Oct. 28 at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. For more on the Booth Museum and Cartersville, see our story on “National Geographic Greatest Portraits of the American West.”

Halloween: Imagine being cast in a zombie flick as humans chased by the undead. Now in its third year, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse transforms a sprawling abandoned truck stop into a haunted attraction. Catch the brain-eaters at Safety Wolf Recreation Outpost in Conley through Oct. 31.

Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House is Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house and was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. See it at 8 p.m. nightly through Nov. 3 at the Masquerade.

Halloween: Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton teems with fall fun, with both a Corn Maze and the Haunted Barn. The Haunted barn is opens Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27. The Corn Maze is open Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 11.

Stage: See the original stage show that inspired the cult movie as Next Stage Theatre presents “The Rocky Horror Show.” It continues through Nov. 3 at Next Stage Theatre’s Alley Stage in Marietta.

Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents the premiere of Alfred Uhry’s new play “Apples and Oranges.” It continues through Oct. 28.

Stage: Georgia Shakespeare revisits the 1936 Orson Welles production of “Macbeth,” which moved the action to the Caribbean with an all African-American cast. The show runs through Oct. 28 on the Oglethorpe University campus.

Stage: “Lovecraft’s Nightmares” offers a different story written by or inspired by the master of classic horror, H. P. Lovecraft, each weekend in October. Presented by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company through Oct. 28 at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.

Stage: Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” explores the seven-year infidelity of married couple Emma and Robert and their “close friend” Jerry. It runs through Oct. 28 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Stage: The Center for Puppetry presents the final performances of its annual Halloween special “The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast.” It runs through Oct. 27.

Stage: A beloved cult classic gets a makeover with “The Rocky Horror Puppet Show.” It’s at the Basement Theatre in Buckhead through Oct. 27.

Festival, holiday: Stone Mountain Park’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival features a pie eating contest, costume dance party and trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. The event runs through Oct. 28.

Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House is still going strong and the award-winning haunt will continue through Nov. 3 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.

Festival: The Johns Creek Arts Festival will offer paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, jewelry and a costumed pet parade at noon Oct. 27. The fest runs Oct. 27 and 28 in the green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Gymnastics: The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions includes gold medalists Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Nastia Lukin. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Gwinnett Arena.

Festival: Music, food, live entertainment, kids’ activities and an artists market with more than 175 vendors are all part of the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival, happening Oct. 27-28.

Festival: Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo is a new family festival celebrating international culture and kite-flying. The fun begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 in Piedmont Park.

Festival: T.I. will be honored at the family-friendly celebrations surrounding Atlanta Hip Hop Day. The events take place at Woodruff Park  Oct. 27-28.

Halloween: BOOfest combines a “Day of the Dead” celebration with the lighter side of Halloween. There will be storytelling, a mask parade, building and decorating a traditional altar and more. It all begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in historic downtown Norcross.

Halloween: Enjoy games, music, art, a family-friendly haunted house and more at the Dark Harvest Family Festival, which happens Oct. 27-28 at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.

Halloween: Halloween on the Green offers family-friendly activities, trick or treating, a costume contest, kids zone, hayrides and a special performance by Laughing Pizza. It happens 1-7 p.m. Oct. 27 on the Duluth Town Green.

Halloween: Gruesome Greenway & Halloween Hayride also offers a pumpkin decorating contest, kids’ costume contest, creepy critters petting zoo and more, beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in Lilburn City Park.

Halloween: Help light up the night at the inaugural Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade. It gets started at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at  Boulevard and Confederate Avenue.

Stage: Humorist and author David Sedaris takes the stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Holiday: Atlanta History Center presents storytelling, crafts, Mexican food and entertainment and altar building in celebration of the Day of the Dead. It begins at noon Oct. 28.

Wrestling: See both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship defended at WWE: Hell in a Cell at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Philips Arena.

Stage: The Classical Theatre Project presents “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

And if you’re looking for some grown-up Halloween fun over the weekend and into next week, check out this round-up.

Compiled by The AJC

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