Chalktoberfest: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's time to get outdoors, Atlanta, and counties around the metro Atlanta have the perfect events to get you into the spirit of the season.

Whether you want to watch a classic rodeo in Cobb, or bike through town in Gwinnett, you'll find yourself surrounded by good friends and phenomenal fall fun all weekend long. 

Check out this weekend’s lineup:


Cobb County Rodeo. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 through 10, free for children ages 3 and under. Jim R. Miller Park. 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. 404-625-4890.

The Cobb Classic Rodeo takes place at Jim R. Miller Park this weekend, and will feature exciting entertainment for the whole family. Events will include bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and more. 

Georgia RV & Camper Show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 to 15. $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 15, free for children ages 5 and under. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-279-9899.

If you've ever thought about touring the country in an RV, or spending time in the great outdoors in a camper, don't miss the Georgia RV & Camper Show this weekend at the Galleria. You'll see a wide range of vehicles with on-site financing and event discounts. 

Great Pumpkin Painting. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Oct. 14. $15 per person. Vinings School of Art. 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Smyrna. 678-213-4278.

Celebrate October with a pumpkin painting day at the Vinings School of Art. Kids are separated into different age groups, and each child will learn new painting techniques to create a beautiful fall-themed work of art.

Chalktoberfest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15. Free. Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. 30 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta. 770-528-1444.

Join over 80 national and international chalk artists at Chalktoberfest at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. This event will feature a public chalk art competition, live music, an antique car show, crafts for kids and a beer festival.


Martinis & IMAX has been a regular event for several years. Fernbank decided to change their evening offerings by replacing Martinis & IMAX with new, hands-on science experiments and other activities.PHOTO CONTRIBUTED . (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Fernbank After Dark: Strange Science. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. $10 to $20 per person. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300.

Experience science like never before this Friday at Fernbank After Dark. This event for grown-ups only will include hands-on activities, self-guided tours, live music and a film in the giant screen theater.

Plant Propagation Basics. 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338.

Join DeKalb County Master Gardeners Roger Duvall and Bill Lide for a two-session workshop to learn the basics of plant propagation. You'll find out how to take seeds from germination to cutting at this hands-on, not-to-miss event.

9th Annual Fall Festival on Ponce. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15. Free. Olmsted Park North Druid Hills. 1451 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

The 9th Annual Fall Festival on Ponce will hit Olmsted Park this weekend with over 125 local and regional fine arts and crafts displays, live music, a children's area and food trucks.

Organ Concert at Briarlake Baptist Church. 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Free. Briarlake Baptist Church. 3715 Lavista Road, Decatur. 404-325-4214.

Briarlake Baptist Church will host organist and composer Jason D. Payne for a free concert, which will feature the 62 rank Reuter pipe organ and works by Payne, Bach, Brahms, Widor and Procter.


STEAM/Duluth Fine Arts League Art Walk. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. City of Duluth City Hall. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Spend a little time on the Town Green learning about science with the Duluth Fine Arts League. This special Art Walk will include interactive art and science projects and demonstrations, music and food trucks.

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Pedal Gwinnett. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. City of Duluth Town Green. 3578 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Spend your Saturday biking through Gwinnett with the City of Duluth and the City of Norcross. It all starts at the Duluth Town Green, and includes free coffee and donuts from Simply Done Donuts. After riding through town, you'll also enjoy a free lunch at Chase's Grille and Wingery.

The Suwanee Jazz Fest. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Suwanee Town Center Park. 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 678-878-2818.

Music will fill the air at Suwanee Town Center Park on Saturday during The Suwannee Jazz Fest. You'll hear group and solo jazz artists while enjoying fare from local eateries and food trucks at this community-centered event.

Netherworld maintains a permanent roster of between 12 and 20 employees, in addition to the 380 or so hired for Halloween duty. Photos: Courtesy of 360 Media (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NETHERWORLD Haunted House. 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 through 15. $25 to $35 per person. Georgia Antique & Design Center. 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. 404-608-2484.

Time to get your fright on, because the NETHERWORLD Haunted House will scare the pants off of you all weekend long. Along with surreal sets and scenery, guests will experience unbeatable bone-chilling thrills just in time for Halloween.

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North Fulton

Stellaluna Puppet Making Workshop. 11 a.m. to noon. Friday, Oct. 13. $5 workshop fee per person. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232.

If your children love the book Stellaluna, don't miss the special Stellaluna Puppet Making Workshop taking place at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center this Friday. Along with learning all about fruit bats, guests will also build a puppet to take home.

Heritage Sandy Springs Urban Hike and Movie. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Free to hike, $11.50 per person for the movie. Lefont Theater. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-851-9111.

Spend your Friday enjoying a 3-mile hike through the Heritage Green park, followed by a movie at the Lefont Theater. Make sure to bring your flashlight on this urban night hike.

Little Diggers: Bulbs. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Oct. 14. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

Get your little ones excited about fall planting with a free horticulture class just for kids. It all takes place at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, and each child will get to take home a container of planted bulbs to tend.

Harvest on the Hooch. 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. $55 for adults, $20 for children over 10, free for children ages 10 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Help support the Chattahoochee Nature Center Unity Garden and local food pantries at a one-of-a-kind garden party. Taking place on the grounds of CNC, this event will feature food samples from top local chefs, activities for the whole family, live entertainment, a scavenger hunt, games, prizes and even a petting zoo.

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