10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Emory students, including Malia Wakesho-Ajwang (center) and Mariam Egberongbe (right), participate in the Atlanta Pride Parade as it moves up Peachtree Street on Sunday, Oc.t 9, 2022. This was the first time the parade had been held since 2019 because of the pandemic. (Photo: Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Correction: The Atlanta Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Nov. 4, not this Sunday, Oct. 15, as originally listed. The event listing below has been updated.

Hey Atlanta, gear up for an exciting weekend! The city is buzzing with exciting events and festivals to make the most of the perfect weather.

Go full throttle at the vibrant Atlanta Pride Festival, embrace the spooky vibes of Friday the 13th at a thrilling party, and soak in the rich culture at Hola Mercado Cultural Market, a lively celebration marking the grand finale of Hispanic Heritage Month. Fall is here, and Atlanta is where the action is. Here’s the lowdown on the weekend’s hottest happenings:

Friday the 13th Party

Join Urban Tree Cidery to kick off its Halloween Pop-Up Bar with the ultimate Friday the 13th celebration. Enjoy free tarot readings, karaoke, a live DJ, and spooky cocktails all month long. No reservations needed.

Location: Northwest Atlanta at Urban Tree Cidery - 1465 Howell Mill Rd NW; Time: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Date: Friday, Oct. 13; Admission: Free; Website: urbantreecidery.com

October Oasis

Dive into the now at Oasis at the High! Every second Friday, enjoy yoga, creative and immersive art experiences, and zero-proof drinks. This event is for those seeking the ultimate chill.

Location: Midtown at High Museum of Art - 1280 Peachtree St NE; Time: 6-9 p.m.; Date: Friday, Oct. 13; Admission: $25; Website: high.org

Atlanta Magical Movie Scores

Iconic movie scores performed live by a chamber orchestra in a magical setting at The Church at Ponce & Highland. Expect to hear music from movies including “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and more.

Location: Poncey-Highland at The Church at Ponce & Highland - 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; Showtimes: 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Oct. 14; Admission: $45+; Website: viennalightorchestra.com

Atlanta Pride Festival

Show up and show out this weekend at the Atlanta Pride Festival! Join the festivities at Piedmont Park, featuring vendors, food, entertainment, and headliners like Icona Pop and Saucy Santana. The grand finale: one of the largest gay pride parades on Sunday, kicking off at noon from the MARTA Civic Center Station.

Location: Midtown at Piedmont Park - 371 10th St NE; Time and Date: 10 a.m. until late, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15; Admission: Free; Website: atlantapride.org

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

Enjoy diverse arts and crafts, DJs, food, drinks, games, and more on Saturday and Sunday. Free entry, all ages, and dog-friendly!

Location: Old Fourth Ward at Historic Fourth Ward Park - 680 Dallas St NE; Time and Date: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com


Savor craft beers, live music, and incredible live street art at Marietta’s downtown square. Chalk artists create wonders as you indulge in a family-friendly day out.

Location: Cobb at Marietta Square - 99 S Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060; Time and Date: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15; Admission: Free; Website: chalktoberfest.com

The Sasha Colby Drag Brunch

It’s time to glam up, y’all. Southern Exchange Ballrooms and WUSSY Magazine present The Big Atlanta Sasha Colby PRIDE Drag Brunch this Sunday. Catch electrifying performances, enjoy a delicious brunch, and celebrate PRIDE in style.

Location: Downtown at Southern Exchange Ballrooms - 200 Peachtree St; Time: 11:30 a.m.; Date: Sunday, Oct. 15; Admission: $25; Website: exploretock.com

Hola Mercado Cultural Market

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month’s grand finale at a vibrant marketplace, uniting culture, community, and 60+ Latinx and minority-led businesses. Enjoy DJs, workshops, tequila samples, giveaways, and endless fun!

Location: Northwest Atlanta at 42 West Entertainment Group - 1088 Huff Rd NW; Time: Noon to 6 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Oct. 15; Admission: Free; Website: eventbrite.com

Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Commanders

Atlanta Falcons clash with Washington Commanders this Sunday, 1 p.m. at the electrifying Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Football season for the win!

Location: Downtown at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - 1 AMB Dr NW; Time: 1 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Oct. 15; Admission: $40+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Atlanta Chili Cookoff

Spice up your Sunday at the Atlanta Chili Cookoff! Enjoy a family-filled day, fun, and a lively chili competition.

Location: Dunwoody at Brook Run Park - 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338; Time: 1-4 p.m., Date: Saturday, Nov. 4; Admission: $20+; Website: atlantachilicookoff.com

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