Carol is the ATL Insider’s culture vulture. If there is a new exhibit in town or a new show on the stage, Carol is the first to know about it.
- Willie Nelson & Family Live in Concert, Friday
Yes, I’ve seen Willie in concert before. Several times. Yes, I loved every concert. Yes, I would go to a Willie concert again and again. Is there anybody who doesn’t love Willie Nelson?
- A Salute to American Classics, Sunday
First of all, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is wonderful. And so is the music from “West Side Story,” which is among the classics that music director Robert Spano and the ASO will perform at this concert. Gershwin will be there (“An American in Paris”) and John Williams (“Star Wars”). Maria. . . .
- TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, all weekend
Atlanta’s only annual PGA TOUR event occurs at historic East Lake Golf Club. It’s been way too long since I was lucky enough to go to the Masters in Augusta, so it seems high time to take in some pro golf right here in the ATL.
Joleen is a work-at-home mom to a toddler son. She and her family live in the ‘burbs but enjoy regularly traveling into the city for family fun and adventure.
- Pumpkin Festival, through Oct. 25
If your family is anything like mine, I'm going to go out on a whim and assume you're pretty pumpkin-crazed. Fall is synonymous with this much-loved veggie, so what better way to kick off the season than to visit the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park? Follow the life-sized telling of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you wend your way through Spookley’s A-MAZE-ING Adventure. Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin and lift his friends into the air for a Dance-A-Long Party Parade that dances through Crossroads, and then meet him at Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch Meet & Greet. The festival promises to provide fun attractions, games and more, for all ages. Visit the website for ticket pricing and more information.
- LEGO Americana Roadshow at North Point, through Oct. 4
My husband (I mean son) is going to go crazy when I tell him about The LEGO® Americana Roadshow at North Point Mall. It's a free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation's most beloved landmarks, including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Old North Church. This weekend they're having a special LEGO Model Make and Take event where children can build their own White House model. After visiting the White House in person this past summer, this is an event we won't miss!
- Peter Pan, through Oct. 25
Watch Peter Pan soar onto the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts this opening weekend. Following the novel's classic episodes, Peter Pan celebrates the carefree spirit of childhood and the value of following your dreams. It's off to Neverland we go!
Tommy is a young professional keeping an eye out for the city's liveliest happenings.
- TomorrowWorld, all weekend
Ready to camp out in an electronic music wonderland? Well, grab your tent, your sunglasses and your favorite dance partner and head just outside of town to the bass-thumping-est electronic music festival of the year. Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Flux Pavilion, Seven Lions, Paul Van Dyk (!!!), Porter Robinson and Tiësto are just a few names on this amazing lineup.
- Taste of Atlanta, all weekend
The famous three-day Atlanta food festival has returned. Sample the city's best food, wine, beer and cocktails, and get a taste of Southern fare at its finest. You can also learn cooking tips from Atlanta's best chefs. Bon appétit!
- Atlanta Greek Festival, all weekend
If you're a fan of the food, music and culture of the country that invented democracy and big fat weddings, then don't miss the Atlanta Greek Festival. This weekend-long event features live cooking demonstrations and delicious souvlaki, Greek pizza, moussaka and more. Bonus: There will almost definitely be someone who can tell you how to pronounce "gyro" correctly.