INtown High Five

Here’s your weekend guide for food, festivals and fun.

1. Gay pride: The annual Atlanta Pride festival is all weekend long at Piedmont Park featuring entertainment by Antigone Rising, American Idol’s Kimberly Locke and Niki Harris, Madonna’s sassy back-up dancer and vocalist. The Pride Parade will step off on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the MARTA Civic Center station and proceed up Peachtree before turning onto 10th Street to enter the park. There will also be a market in the park, food, and plenty of parties and side events to make a full weekend.

2. Family fun: The Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Harmony Park. Best of all – it’s free! Events include the 5K Arts Run/Walk, local artists live musical performances, a community area featuring Decatur-based nonprofit groups, an activity area for children, a parade, food and beverages at Oakhurst’s many restaurants.

3. The sweet spot: The Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival is Saturday and Sunday along one of Downtown’s most famous streets. Expect a weekend of art, food and entertainment by Faith Evans and Donnell Jones on Saturday.

4. Fear factor: If you want some early Halloween thrills and chills, Netherworld is open every night this month through Halloween. The haunted house has been ranked number one in the country, so expect a scary experience.

5. The original Rent: All you musical theater geeks (or is that gleeks, now?) who love Rent have an opportunity to see the show its based on this weekend courtesy of The Atlanta Opera. La Boheme is onstage for a final weekend at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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.