1. Friday, Oct. 5: Final First Friday Art Walk: The final Art Walk of the season takes place on Marietta Square from 5 to 9 p.m.
2. Saturday, Oct. 6: 19th annual Habitat Road Race—5K, 1 mile and Tot Trot: The proceeds from the race will be used to build Mt. Bethel’s 32nd Habitat for Humanity house. The post race celebration will include refreshments, a dj, food, vendor exhibits, door prizes and fun for kids. The race starts at 8 a.m.; admission is $20 by Oct. 3 and $25 after Oct. 3. Mt. Bethel UMC, 4385 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta.
3. Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 5K race benefitting Make a Wish Georgia: The race will begin and end at the Marietta Square. Registration is $25 for untimed 5K walk/run, $35 for timed 5K run; Children 6-12 years old are $10.
4. Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 13: Junior League of Cobb-Marietta’s Annual Mistletoe Market: Shoppers can plan to get an early start on their Holiday gift giving at the 22nd Annual Mistletoe Market hosted by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM). The JLCM’s Mistletoe Market is a 3½ day shopping event held at the Cobb County Civic Center located at 548 South Marietta Parkway in Marietta.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5. Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.: The Cobb County Classic Rodeo is riding into Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The fun will last about two hours each night. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $12 for children.
6. Oct. 12 through Oct. 14: The Cobb County Library and The Friends of the Library are hosting their Semi-Annual Book Sale at Jim Miller Park. Over 100,000 items are for sale at the event, which takes place in the spring and fall for three days beginning on Friday. Sale items include books both hardbound and paperback for children, young adults and adults; audio-visuals including books on tape and compact disc; videocassettes; compact discs; records; magazines; and comic books.
7. Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.: The Packway Handle Band will perform at the Strand Theatre. The Packway Handle Band emerged from a small bluegrass scene in Athens in 2001, finding national acclaim first as finalists at the Telluride bluegrass competition in 2002 and 2003, and then taking second place in 2004.
8. Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.: “Nosferatu” will be shown at the Strand Theatre. This classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film was directed by F. W. Murnau and stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok.
9. Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit Marietta Square for the 36th annual Harvest Square Festival. The Fall arts and crafts festival features a wide variety of unique handmade items from a local artist and craftsmen as well as Fall fun for the entire family.
The event also includes Halloween Happenings for children ages 10 and younger. The event takes place as part of Harvest Square and includes games, candy, prizes and a costume contest for children 12 and under. There is even a costume contest for pets. No registration is required for the costume contests.
Scarecrows on the Square winners will be announced. The Pumpkin Patch with pumpkin decorating for the kids will be held.
10. Sunday, Oct. 21: The 5th annual Boxerstock Music Festival takes place on from noon to 6pm at Jim Miller Park. The event features live music from both national and local acts in a variety of genres. Boxerstock is a family and dog-friendly event, welcoming well-behaved dogs of all breeds.
11. Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.: STRANDelicious, a progressive dinner through the historic theater with food from 15 restaurants on Marietta Square. Guests will enjoy live entertainment on the rooftop terrace and a tasty tour of the theatre as the progressive dinner makes its way through the grand auditorium and special event rooms of The Strand.
12. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21: “Smoke on the Mountain” will be performed at the Strand Theatre. The ensemble cast is accompanied by three bluegrass virtuoso "cousins" on fiddle, bass, guitar, and mandolin as they perform over twenty of the best gospel tunes ever written. They will delight you with: Church in the Wildwood, Wonderful Time Up There, No Tears in Heaven, Jesus ls Mine, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood, Bringing in the Sheaves, Smoke on the Mountain, and numerous others.
13. Oct. 21 from 1:45 to 4 p.m.: Youth Track or Treat: The run at the Marietta High School will benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Domestic Violence Shelter.
14. Friday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 31: Strandemonium: The Strand Theatre will be presenting the rock and roll spectacular Strandemonium Halloween weekend. There will be music for all ages and blood types with classics like “Monster Mash”, “Purple People Eater”, and “Love Potion #9” to current Halloween hits including “Dead Man’s Party”, “Zombie Prom”, and “Bring on the Freaks.” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
15. Oct. 27: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K is the American Cancer Society’s premier breast cancer event. Registration starts on Marietta Square at 7 a.m. and the run begins at 8 a.m.
16. Saturday, Oct. 27: Marietta Zombie Walk takes place in Marietta Square. Marietta is set to welcome the return of pumpkins, candy, scarecrows and zombies. Carnival of Doom, in association with Marietta.com, The Strand, Zenith Design Group and Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub are sponsoring the second annual Marietta Zombie Walk benefiting MUST Ministries. The Infestation (gathering) starts at 5 p.m. in Glover Park and the Feeding (Zombie Walk) starts at 6 p.m.
17. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Marietta Square Farmers Market gathers an average of over 60 vendors, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products.
18. Saturday, Oct. 13: The Art of the Masquerades: Enjoy the 5th annual United Arts of Cobb Arts Ball at the Cobb Galleria Centre. At 6:30 p.m. the cocktail reception and silent auction begin. At 7:30 p.m. the dinner and live auction begin and at 9 p.m. casino games and dancing kick off.