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13 Things to Do in Atlanta This October

Sarah Barker, Amelia Johnson, Wellsley Kesel, Rebekah Middlebrooks & Sophia Schott | October 1, 2019 | Lifestyle

A Timeless Affair
Don your black-tie best to Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s elegant gala, complete with a sunset cocktail hour, seated dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. This year’s theme is Secrets of the Silk Road, with special honors given to Eve McClatchey Saunders. 6:30pm, tickets $500, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Buckhead,

Corps de Ballet Kickoff Luncheon
This year marks Atlanta’s 21st annual Corps de Ballet Kickoff Luncheon, with honorary guest and acclaimed dancer Misty Copeland receiving the first-ever Trailblazer Award. Expect flavorful fare with a side of a stunning runway show and choreographed performance by Atlanta Ballet 2 at this fabulous fete. 11am, tickets $175, tables from $1,750, The St. Regis Atlanta, Buckhead,

Angels of Life Hair and Fashion Show
An inspiring evening featuring testimonies from transplant recipients and donors, this affair benefits Georgia Transplant Foundation. 5:30pm, tickets $79, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Cumberland,

Charlotte sy Dimby Trunk Show
For the royal family-obsessed Atlantans, mark this date on your calendar. Parisian children’s clothing brand Charlotte sy Dimby (worn by the likes of Princess Charlotte) makes its way to Atlanta for a two-day trunk show with a special twist: the debut of a capsule collection co-designed by Atlanta’s own Emily Hertz of Born on Fifth. 10am, email to reserve spot, charlottesydimby.‌com;


Benefits of Laughter
Skyland Trail’s annual Benefits of Laughter has been delighting Atlanta’s philanthropic, corporate and social communities for over 20 years. Held each fall, the laughter-filled affair is an inspiring evening that supports the treatment and path toward recovery for those suffering from mental illness. Raising over $11 million in years past, Benefits of Laughter has helped clients and families afford therapeutic treatments. This year, five-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady joins as the comedic host to entertain guests. 6:15pm, sponsorships from $2,000, The St. Regis Atlanta, Buckhead,


Returning for its fourth year, Breakthrough Atlanta’s Fund-A-Scholar affair—co-chaired this year by Tess Dean and Laura Graber—is a night you won’t want to miss. With an exclusive performance by Chris Lee (a former Breakthrough Atlanta student and cast member of Broadway hit Hamilton), the evening will see unforgettable moments, as well as cocktails and dinner, all to benefit the nonprofit’s mission to provide scholarships for Atlanta public school students to attend a rigorous summer program at The Lovett School in 2020. 6:30pm, patron tickets $500 for two, Summerour Studio, West Midtown,

Crystal Ball
As Arthritis Foundation’s largest fundraising event in Georgia, the coveted Crystal Ball has raised more than $9.4 million. With a seated dinner, engaging speakers and a lively auction, the ball provides funds for arthritis research and programs like Camp AcheAway, a camp for children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. A true blessing, Crystal Ball works to provide support and love to the over 1.6 million Georgians living with arthritis. 6:30pm, tickets from $600, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, Downtown,

Hearts and Hands Gala
This signature seated dinner will treat guests clad in their black-tie best to exciting silent and live auctions, in addition to electric live entertainment. All proceeds from the heartwarming evening will benefit the ongoing operations of the two Ronald McDonald House Charities locations here in Atlanta. With the goal of garnering attention for the health and well-being of families and their children, the Hearts and Hands Gala is an absolute must-attend. 6:30pm, tickets $400, Buckhead, ‌

The Pink Cork
This soiree promises to be wine-filled and wondrous, with 100% of proceeds going to support breast cancer research in Georgia. Come out wearing your finest pink to support Atlanta’s women suffering from breast cancer. 6pm, tickets $75 in advance, $90 at the door, Buckhead Club,


Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Featuring more than 100 of photographer Sally Mann’s praised photographs, including newer works, this exhibit on display through winter focuses on Mann’s inspiration derived from the South. Co-curated by the High Museum of Art’s Sarah Kennel, the exhibition acts as your perfect dose of culture this month. Times vary, Circle memberships from $1,200, High Museum of Art,


From New York to Atlanta, this Broadway musical is a must-see when it comes to our city. Telling the tale of Elphaba—better known as the Wicked Witch of the West—this musical continues to move audiences with its wit and emotion. Spoiler alert: You won’t be able to get the catchy songs out of your head for weeks—not that that’s a bad thing. Times vary, orchestra tickets from $53, Fox Theatre, Midtown,

Betting on a Cure Casino Night
This annual casino night dishes out delectable dining stations, signature cocktails, a silent auction and the all-important casino tables. All of the thrilling evening’s proceeds go toward the medically related expenses of Atlanta’s low-income women while they undergo treatment for breast cancer. 7pm, tickets $150, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Buckhead,

Golden Gala
Hosted by Adopt a Golden Atlanta, this annual affair brings together two- and four-legged friends alike. This year’s gala is paying special tribute to 150 years of the golden retriever breed, so Atlantans can expect a night to remember: Think a decadent seated dinner, playfully named Goldentini cocktails, and live and silent auctions to boot. Plus, a performance by America’s Got Talent’s Oscar the Singing Golden Retriever. 6:30pm, tickets $200, Atlanta History Center, Buckhead,

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Photography by: from top: kimberly evans | Alison Church | Sally Mann, “The Two Virginias #4” (1991, gelatin silver print) | Joan Marcus