We’re actually cheating a bit this week with the High Five because the first weekend of October is filled with events we want to recommend. So, we’re doubling up on a few of our suggestions. We know you won’t mind.

1. House Proud: If you’ve always wanted to snoop around other people’s homes, you have two opportunities this weekend: The Ansley Park Tour of Homes and Lake Clare Home & Garden Tour. Check out eight historic homes designed by Neel Reid in Ansley  on Saturday and Sunday, while Lake Claire residents open their doors and gates for tours, followed by some good food and entertainment on Saturday.

2. What the Flux? Head over to Castleberry Hill on Friday night for Flux 2010, a one-night only public art celebration in the streets and empty spaces of the neighborhood. The evening includes art and arm wrestling, performance, outdoor films, escaped zebras, parades, projects, and other forms of experimentation.

3. Burgers & BBQ: If you love to eat, then this weekend will go right to your waistline. The Battle of the Burgers is Saturday in Virginia Highland’s John Howell Park from noon to 4 p.m. as local restaurants compete to see who serves up the best hamburger, with attendees getting to taste and vote. Over in Atlantic Station, the Atlanta BBQ Festival is Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. with ‘que and stew from Atlanta’s favorite joints. There’s also music, prizes and a kid’s area.

4. More festival fever: Pace yourself and try to hit all three of these festivals this weekend – we dare you. The Atlanta Greek Festival starts today and continues through Sunday with art, music and lots of food. The Pace Academy Fall Fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, organic farmer’s market, book sale, batting cages and much more. And if you didn’t get enough barbecue at Atlantic Station, head over to the Emory Presbyterian Church Fall Festival & Bluegrass Barbecue on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Put down the Kindle: The AAUW Book Sale continues this weekend at Perimeter Mall with more than 75,000 gently used books for sale for super cheap. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the sale raises money for the organization’s scholarships and grants program.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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