The Day of the Dead Festival
When: October 27, noon–5 p.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center
Details: Forget Halloween, the Institute of Mexican Culture is partnering with Atlanta History Center to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico, you can learn about the Mexican holiday while participating in traditional dancing, crafts, costume contests that can earn up to $500, and enjoying authentic Mexican food and drinks.
Grant Park Lantern Parade
When: October 25, 6–10 p.m.
Where: Grant Park
Details: Grant Park will light up the night sky in preparation for Halloween with its ninth annual Lantern Parade. Don’t have a lantern? Lantern kits are available nearby at Adams Realtors and Dakota Blue for $20.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays Harry Potter
When: October 25–27
Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall
Details: The only thing better than watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is watching it while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams’s incredible score live. Dressing up isn’t mandatory, but it doesn’t hurt.
Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo
When: October 26, 1–4 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Details: Bring the kids and look up at the sky as kites of all designs will be soaring in Piedmont Park. Expect bouncy houses, live music, arts and crafts, and food.
When: October 23 to November 17
Where: Fox Theatre
Details: Before there was Dorthy, there was the Wicked Witch of the West. The play tells the story of green-skinned but good-hearted Elphaba’s troubled past and how she became the witch after she was ridiculed by her friends and misunderstood by the public.
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