5 of the best things you can do in Atlanta this weekend

Gather 'round, 2021.

As Hurricane Ian gains strength in its approach to Florida’s Gulf Coast, the weather outlook throughout the southeast remains uncertain. For cities projected to be less impacted by the storm like Atlanta, there are still plenty of events on the calendar. Here are five of the best things to do in Atlanta this weekend, rain or shine.

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Gather ‘round, Atlanta!

The annual Gather ‘round festival is back this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited!

From tastings and seminars to dinners and parties, the four-day event is jam-packed with intimate and collaborative events combining food and drink with music and art. The festival will be held on Atlanta’s west side, at venues including Westside Motor Lounge, Guardian Works, and Guardian Studios.

Check out punkfoodie.com for a sneak peek of what to expect at the opening night event.

Location: Select locations; Date: Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2; Admission: $100+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Find your next favorite flick at a film fest

For the eleventh year, the Georgia Latino International Film Festival brings you the best in Latin American cinema!

This year’s program includes feature, episodic and short films, including those from Georgia Latino Film Alliance and HBOMax/Warner Media’s Latino Short Film Festival. The festival also features opportunities for the audiences to participate in discussions with directors at the screenings and at the series of special events highlighting the diversity of Latino culture.

This year’s guest is Stacey Abrams, who will speak about the future of Georgia’s booming film industry!

Location: Gwinnett - 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097; Date: Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1; Admission: 25+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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Prost! Celebrate Oktoberfest at Eventide Brewing

Get ready to have a blast at Eventide with all your favorite German beer, food and contests!

On Saturday, Oct. 1, celebrate Oktoberfest with six German beer varieties on tap and plenty of authentic, mouthwatering fare from Coffyn Pyes and Hot Dog Pete’s. The day’s events will also include a beer stein holding competition, with the winner receiving $100 in bar cash.

Location: East Atlanta - 1015 Grant St SE; Time: Noon to 9 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Oct. 1; Admission: $20-$115; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Party like it’s 1972!

Travel back in time and dance the night away at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center!

Callanwolde is going all the way back to 1972 — the year Callanwolde was founded — for a night with a night full of dancing, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Location: Druid Hills - 980 Briarcliff Rd NE; Time: 5:30 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Oct. 2; Admission: $50; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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Enjoy Arabic sights, sounds and flavors

The Atlanta Arab Festival is an annual event that welcomes guests to celebrate and learn about Arab and Arab American cultures. Festival-goers can look forward to a culinary tour at the Arab world food court, live performances, demonstrations, workshops and more. While you’re there, check out local artists and artisans at the Bazaar, connect with local nonprofits and more. It’s free to attend!

This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Location: Embry Hills - 3288 Marjan Dr, Atlanta, GA 30340; Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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