Pop culture has sensationalized sharks as one of the most ferocious predators on the planet, and while that may ring true during dinner time in the deep blue sea, sharks rarely make a snack out of humans frolicking in the water a la Jaws. Georgia Aquarium's PLANET SHARK: PREDATOR OR PREY sets the record straight with a collection of full-scale models, real shark jaws, teeth, fossils, and a frozen 700-pound bluefin tuna display while exploring the unique relationship between humans and one of Earth's most misunderstood inhabitants. Through May 31, 2010. $23.50-$31.50. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org. (Alicia Wages)
The basic essentials of a great festival are beer, music and giving back to the community. This year's HOTOBERFEST provides all three. Admission to the beer garten gives patrons an opportunity to taste test and vote for their favorite beers out of 110 from around the world. The fun continues with an assortment of musical performances and a chance to give back to Mother Nature with the world market, which focuses on better ways to go green. All proceeds benefit Trees Atlanta, Dialogue and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Free-$55. Noon-7 p.m. Glenwood Park, 916 Glenwood Park Drive. 404-271-5050. www.hotoberfest.net. (Quatoyiah Murry)
OCT. 8-NOV. 1 JULIUS CAESAR Georgia Shakespeare takes on the timeless tale. gashakespeare.org.
OCT. 10 LISA LAMPANELLI The journalist-turned-comic visits Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com.
OCT. 10-11 CANDLER PARK FALL FESTIVAL Celebrates its centennial with Col. Bruce Hampton, Kingsized and Friends of Danny Pearl. www.candlerparkfallfest.org.
OCT. 10-11 TASTE OF ATLANTA Includes more than 80 restaurants such as notables West Egg Cafe and Holeman & Finch Public House. tasteofatlanta.net.