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Weekender Briefs: Carve a pumpkin at the Dairy Barn; take a historical tour of The Ridges


Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival at 10 a.m. in the Nelsonville Public Square. Visitors can try their hands at a few competitions at the first official state of Ohio championship for smoked meat and barbecue, including a best margarita contest. 

Admission: Free

Field of Screams, weekly at 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Farm, 28364 Osborne Road, Coolville. Take a haunted journey through 2 miles of haunted woods and a corn maze, grab some food from Hot Dog Willy’s, and enjoy some spooky tunes by DJ Johnny Blue.

Admission: $10


Pumpkin Fest 2018 at 1 p.m. at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane. Attendees can purchase pumpkins and decorate or carve them with provided supplies. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available.

Admission: Free

Character Show Spooktacular at 8 p.m. at The Front Room Coffeehouse. Blue Pencil Comedy will elicit some laughs while dressed as their favorite Halloween characters.

Admission: Free 

Fall Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway at 5 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. The train ride will include wine and cheese and raise money for the opera house.

Admission: $30-40

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons with The High Definitions at 9 p.m. at The Union Bar and Grill, 18 W. Union St. Enjoy a special Homecoming weekend show featuring the rock-Americana group.

Admission: $7


Drums & Masks: All Hallows Eve at 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 184 Longview Heights Road. Go on a musical, rhythmic and artistic adventure by making a personalized mask and drumming through the morning.

Admission: Free

Athens Asylum Walking Tours at 2 p.m. beginning at the Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St. An Athens Asylum expert will lead a two-hour outdoor walking tour of The Ridges, telling stories about what life was like for residents and staff of the former asylum.

Admission: $12 with a Southeast Ohio History Center membership; $15 for ages 12 and over 

The Great American Read Finale Event at 3 p.m. in Baker Center Theater. WOUB will air the final episode of PBS’s The Great American Read series. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for which book they think should be named America’s favorite.

Admission: Free

Movies to see at The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St.

Drop Your Shorts short film series screenings: Sunday, 7 p.m.

Blade Runner (rated R): Friday, 7 p.m.

Blindspotting (rated R): Friday, 5:15, 7:25 and 9:35 p.m.; Saturday, 2:55, 5:15, 7:25 and 9:35 p.m.; Sunday, 2:55, 5:15, 7:25 and 9:35 p.m.

Colette (rated R): Friday, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:45, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:45, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.

Tea with the Dames (not rated): Friday, 5:05 and 9:40 p.m.; Saturday, 3:05, 5:05, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m.; Sunday, 3:05, 5:05 and 9:40 p.m.


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