Well, the huge event of the weekend is Atlanta Pride, the celebration that started in the 1970s and just keeps getting bigger and better. The 2013 massive list of events includes parties, performances, an artists market, a Eucharist service, Lady Gaga-inspired yoga, workshops, films, a car and motorcycle show, and, of course, one hell of a parade. Piedmont Park and environs. atlantapride.org
Tosca at the Atlanta Opera
The Atlanta Opera’s season opener—Puccini’s dramatic tale of love, lust, and treachery—continues this weekend. The opera follows Floria Tosca as she tries to save her lover from a nefarious police chief. Though Puccini’s compositions are as passionate as they are beautiful, the opera is equally noted for its violence. Catch the last two shows: Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. Cobb Energy Centre. atlantaopera.org
The Wizard of Oz (in marionette form)
L. Frank Baum’s classic will be re-created at the Center for Puppetry Arts—sparkly slippers and all. Through October 20. Various showtimes.
Jerry Pinkney at the High
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, opens at the High Museum on Saturday and runs through January 5. The first show of its kind, this spans the Caldecott Medal winner’s fifty-year career creating watercolor illustrations for children’s books and other clients, including the National Parks Service. Pinkney will give a lecture Saturday at 2 p.m. high.org
The Great Georgia Air Show
This weekend’s Great Georgia Air Show draws thousands to see acrobatic aviation displays from top-tier performers. See pilots and their planes up close and personal thanks to the unique layout of Atlanta Regional Airport and catch the festival’s first-ever night show. Advice from one who’s attended: Don’t forget your earplugs. thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine: Performances at Gordon White Park and Reynoldstown
The Saturday line up at Gordon White Park in southwest Atlanta includes dance by the Crossover Arts Movement and Onur Topal-Sumer, blues by Pete Peterson, and a day-long live-painting project. Sunday’s show in Reynoldstown (near the rail spur that ends behind H. Harper Station) includes dance from Beacon and Full Radius and electronica from Eyedrum. The live painting will continue. For the full schedule, beltline.org.
Oktoberfest in Stone Mountain Village
Art, food, beer, stuff to keep the kids entertained. German folk dancing. And admission’s free. Saturday and Sunday. stonemountainvillage.com
Containment at Atlantic Station
Plan to scare yourself silly in the maze/haunted house crafted out of freight containers? Read our preview here.