From Monsterama to the Soap Box Derby, 7 great things to do this weekend

And, of course, there’s that tax-free holiday
Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby Festival

Photograph by Deb Walker

Just like the week before Christmas, we already know exactly where you’re going to be this weekend—at Target stocking up on anything that could be remotely classified as a school supply during the Georgia tax holiday. But just in case you need a break from the shop-a-thon, here are a few other events happening around town.

Sales Tax Holiday
Now is the time to replace your beat-up computer, replenish you wardrobe, and relive your childhood by stocking up on Crayola markers. Friday and Saturday.

The newcomer convention celebrates all things classic horror film. Because we can all agree that Frankenstein and Dracula are much more menacing than a Sharknado. At the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter/Dunwoody. Friday through Sunday.

Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby Festival
Don’t start your engines, but do get your creative juices flowing to construct a human-powered car and race it through Historic Fourth Ward Park. May the hottest wheels and coolest dads prevail. Saturday, 11 a.m.

Jon Lovitz
“The Critic” himself and former SNL cast member takes the stage at Atlanta Improv. Thursday through Saturday.

Drafts and Dream Cars
If you haven’t yet seen the sleek, stylish, and in one instance, oddly adorable concept cars at the High, strolling among them while sipping on beers from Monday Night Brewing is the perfect opportunity. Friday, 6 p.m.

AJ Ghent Band
The blues-rockers show off their “sacred steel” style, pioneered by Ghent’s family, at Smith’s Olde Bar. Friday, 7 p.m.

Animal Dreams
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery presents this dual exhibition by Atlanta sculptor David Landis and painter June Stratton of Savannah. The artists share a theme: animals in dreamscapes. Landis works in aluminum and silver leaf, and Stratton echoes this with silver details in her work. Through September 17.