Fall Georgia Festivals
Here is the list of September and October fall festivals in Georgia. A quick glance at the list reveals a really diverse set of parties celebrating fall, the harvest, specific crops, craft beer, and even hummingbirds. You should definitely be able to find an enjoyable way to celebrate a weekend from this list of festivals. I guess I’m not surprised – the Oktoberfest in Georgia list revealed that they know how to party in the Deep South.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Atlanta Underground Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – August 19-20, 2016
Savannah Bacon Fest – Sept 2-3, 2016
Local restaurants serve up mouthwatering bacon creations to food lovers.
Kingsland Catfish Festival – Kingsland, GA – September 2-3, 2016
Get crispy southern fried catfish fillets cooked by the Knights of Columbus.
Dragon Con – Atlanta – Sept 2-5, 2016
The world’s largest fantasy and science fiction convention held annually over Labor Day weekend.
Art in the Park – Marietta – Sept 3-5 2016
One of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events. Art displays, artist market, the famous painted pots, historic walking tour and more. It has taken place on Labor Day weekend at Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park since 1986. Free admission with plenty of free parking.
Yellow Daisy Festival – Stone Mountain – Sept 8-11, 2016
Voted one of the top three arts & crafts shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Chattahoochee Mountain Fair – Clarkesville, GA – Sept 9-17, 2016
A family tradition in the Northeast Georgia Mountains since 1975.
One Musicfest – Atlanta, GA – September 10, 2016
The top progressive urban music festival in the Southeast.
Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival – Atlanta, GA – Sept 10, 2016
Georgia’s biggest Hong Kong cultural event of the year.
Atlanta Smooth Music Festival – Sept 10, 2016
The Atlanta area’s only all day outdoor smooth jazz music experience, where you can bring your own food and beverages, and enjoy great music.
Rome International Film Festival – Rome, GA – Sept 15-18, 2016
This event is known for its screenings of independent films. MovieMaker called it one of the outstanding film festivals of the Southeast.
Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival – Jekyll Island – Sept 16-18, 2016
This event combines the classic southern dish with a weekend of entertainment including arts & crafts, live music, brew fest, kid’s zone and more.
Suwanee Fest – Sept 17-18, 2016
55,000 attend Town Center Park for this event. Arts & crafts, food, live music, children’s rides and more.
Sandy Springs Festival – Sandy Springs, GA – September 17-18, 2016
A tradition since 1984. Artists Market, 5K/10K, live musical entertainment, food, pet parade and children’s park (petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and more).
Roswell Arts Festival – Roswell, GA – Sept 17-18, 2016
An art festival supporting the Roswell Recreation Association with music/dance entertainment, children’s activities, food and more.
Atlanta Greek Festival – Sept 22-25, 2016
This event brings the sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to Atlanta.
Rome Beer Fest – Rome, GA – September 24, 2016
An annual beer festival that raises funds for the Rome Area Council for the Arts.
Plains Peanut Festival – Plains, GA – September 24, 2016
Celebrates Sumter County’s peanut production with a parade, fun run, exhibits and other activities.
Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival – Canton, GA – Sept 24-25, 2016
32nd annual event. Over 200 arts & crafts vendors, concession stands and entertainers. Children’s area with rides and activities. Free parking and shuttle services. Presented by the Service League with proceeds serving needy
children. Location is Boling Park.
Duluth Fall Festival – Duluth, GA – September 24-25, 2016
Consistently attended by 100,000+. Carnival, parade, 5K road race, arts and crafts, food, Man’s Corner and Kids’ Korner.
Westobou – Augusta, GA – Sept 28 – Oct 2, 2016
Five days of music, dance, art and fun in Augusta.
Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest – Alpharetta, GA – October 1, 2016
More than 1000 scarecrows will line downtown streets while residents enjoy festival food, country music and games.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair – Gay, GA – October 1-2, 2016
A twice a year festival with live music, magic show, arts, antiques and Southern foods. Dates back to 1972.
Georgia Marble Festival – Jasper, GA – October 1-2, 2016
36th Annual event. Parade, Road Race, Marble Quarry Tours, Arts & Crafts, Retail, Food Vendors, Children’s Area and Live Music and Entertainment. Fun For the Entire Family.
Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, October 1-2, 2016
A music festival with R&B, hip-hop and gospel. Their slogan is: “Where the Food is Good & the Music is Great”
Georgia National Fair – Perry, GA – October 6-16, 2016
An annual, family friendly event since 1990 with agricultural exhibits, fireworks, midway rides, concerts and street entertainers.
The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA – Oct 7-8, 2016
A barbecue contest with live music, car show and other festivities.
Paulding Fine Arts Fall Fest – Dallas, GA – October 8, 2016
14th annual event. Artist showcase, crafts, festival food, live entertainment and more. Free admission.
Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival – Madison, GA – October 8, 2016
12th annual event in Town Park.
Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Blairsville, GA – Oct 8-9 & 15-16, 2016
The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years.
Atlanta Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 13-15, 2016
They’ve screened thousands of independent horror features and shorts since 2006.
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Richmond Hill, GA – October 14-16, 2016
A community fair featuring seafood, live music and crafts.
Oconee Chamber Fall Festival – Watkinsville, GA – October 15, 2016
20,000 attend this annual, one day outdoor arts & crafts festival held since 1974.
Festival on Ponce – Atlanta – Oct 15-16, 2016
An Atlanta arts and crafts festival located in Olmsted Linear Park. 125+ displays of fine arts, crafts, fold and “outsider art”. Attendance is free.
Hummingbird Festival – Hogansville, GA – October 15-16, 2016
An outdoor festival with food, music, and crafts for the whole family.
Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival – Talking Rock, GA – October 15-16, 2016
The third smallest town in Georgia puts on their 21st annual festival full of great food, antique vendors, and crafts. Enjoy some wonderful blue grass and gospel music during this two day event with free admission and free parking.
Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown – Cleveland, GA – Oct 21-22, 2016
A barbecue contest and fall festival.
Good Hope Poppy Festival – Good Hope, GA – October 22, 2016
The festival honors Moina Belle Michael, known as the Poppy Lady. She was born in Good Hope and used the red corn poppy as a symbol to honor fallen troops in World War I. Festival runs from 9 AM – 5 PM. Includes bike ride, more than 50 vendors, food from local cooks, old-fashioned hayride and more.
Chiaha Harvest Fair – Rome, GA – October 22-23, 2016
A toe tapping, cider sipping, fun-for-everyone arts festival.
Martin Fall Festival – Martin, GA – October 29, 2016
Annual event on the last Saturday of October with live music, food vendors, and locally made arts and crafts.
Georgia Sweet Potato Festival – Ocilla, GA – October 29, 2016
Wings Over North Georgia Air Show – Rome, GA – Oct 29-30, 2016
The US Air Force Thunderbirds and concert headliner Travis Tritt star at this air show with BBQ Classic competition, kids zone and more.
Cotton Gin Festival – Bostwick, GA – Nov 5, 2016
Parade, Gin Run (5K), hayrides, arts & crafts, and food. Proceeds go toward restoration of the Susie Agnes Hotel, which is now serving as the city hall. Parking is $5.
Savannah Food and Wine Fest – Nov 7-13, 2016
Bethesda Dinner (outdoor, tented farm to table dinner), cooking classes, celebrity chef tour, riverboat stroll, riverboat wine and dinner cruise, candlelight tour and more.
Atlanta Amazing Pet Expo – Duluth, GA – Nov 12-13, 2016
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Hotoberfest – Atlanta, GA – August 15, 2015
Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA – September 18-19, 2015
Taste of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – September 25-27, 2015
GABBAfest – Macon, GA – September 25-27, 2015
Downtown Dalton Beer Festival – Dalton, GA – Sept 26, 2015
Great Atlanta Beer Fest – Atlanta, GA – September 26, 2015
Tunes and Balloons Festival – Macon – September 12, 2015
Held at Middle Georgia State College’s Macon Campus.
Jeep Festival – Jasper, GA – Sept 4-6, 2015
Come enjoy three days of family friendly fun: jeep trails and obstacles, live music and bonfire, helicopter rides, show and shine, and much more! The JeepFest is an annual event that is sponsored and operated by the Pickens Sheriff’s Office.
Fall Bluegrass Festival – Cochran, GA. September 16-20, 2015.
A 4 day family friendly bluegrass festival at Hillside RV Park with stage shows, workshops, jamming, movies, bingo, and other activities. All in a beautiful campground featuring 89 wooded acres, nature trails, saltwater pool, playground, horseshoe pit, and more. Cabin rentals available.
Kids Dig It – Valdosta, GA – September 19, 2015
8th annual event sponsored by Lowndes County 4-H. This is an event to introduce kids and adults to big construction equipment and other local vendors. Kids and adults can enjoy riding in construction equipment and to see how it operates under the supervision of trained technicians. Other big equipment as well as animated characters, concessions and much more will be available. The admission is $5.00 per person (age 2 and under free) with $1.00 per ride on each piece of equipment. The event will be held at the Lowndes County Civic Center (Fairgrounds), 2102 E. Hill Avenue, Valdosta, Ga 31601. For more information call 229-333-5185.
Silver Dollar Bluegrass Festival – Reynolds, GA – Sept 26-27, 2015
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – Atlanta, GA – September 25- October 25, 2015. Open Friday through Sunday each weekend.
Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival – Jasper, GA – Oct 3-4, 2015
This two-day celebration includes a road race, parade, motorcycle ride & expo, fine arts exhibit, arts & crafts booths, entertainment, children’s area, business expo and tours of the marble quarry. 35th annual event at Lee Newtown Park.
Candler Park Fall Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct. 3-4, 2015
15th annual festival which averages 15,000 attendees per day. Hours are noon-10pm on Saturday and noon-9pm on Sunday. Artist market is noon-6pm both days. Totally 80’s 5k and Fun Fun is 9am on Oct 3. Tour of Homes is noon-6pm October 4th.
Elisha Winn Fair – Dacula, GA – Oct 3-4 2015
Live bluegrass music and tour of 200 yr old historic home with outbuildings. The fair also includes crafts, crafters, reenactors, food and music. The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett Historical Society for the preservation of the Winn Property. Location: 908 Dacula Rd Dacula GA 30019
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – October 7-15, 2016
9 days of music (country music show, Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention and more), flower show, arts & crafts, pioneer village, demonstrations and more.
Georgia Apple Festival of Ellijay – Ellijay, GA – October 8-9 & 15-16, 2016
45th annual event will be held at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. Antique car show, parade, arts & crafts and more. Adult admission is $5.
Summerhill Fall Fest – Atlanta, GA – October 10, 2015
Woodstock Lions Fall Festival – October 10, 2015.
The Woodstock Lions are organizing a fall festival on Oct 10 – 11am – 4pm at 550 Molly Lane – Woodstock GA 30189. Event is free and includes food tastings, live music, art, craft, face painting, Horse rides, and raffles.
Prater’s Mill Country Fair – Dalton, Georgia – October 10 & 11, 2015
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Atlanta, Georgia – October 13-16, 2016
Bremen Towne Festival – Bremen, GA – October 17, 2015
22nd annual event.
Brookhaven Arts Festival – Brookhaven, GA – October 17-18, 2015
Social Circle Friendship Festival and Parade – October 3, 2015
21st annual event.
Fairburn Fall Festival – Fairburn, GA – October 3, 2015
Andersonville Historic Fair, Andersonville, GA – October 3-4, 2015
Snellville Fall Festival – Snellville, GA – October 10, 2015
Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival – Euharlee, GA – October 16-17, 2015
It is Friday, October 16 (7-10pm) and Saturday, October 17 (10a-5p). There will be vendors, food, kids activities, live music and registration for the United Way’s Zombie Run. Admission is free. Location is Frankie Harris Park in Euharlee.
Stone Mountain Highland Games – Stone Mountain, GA – Oct 16-18, 2015
43rd annual event at Stone Mountain Park. Whisky tasting, professional piping competition, celtic music recital, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Gala, sheepdog presentation and more.
Georgia Peanut Festival – Sylvester, GA – October 17, 2015
Decatur Craft Beer Festival – Decatur, GA – October 17, 2015
Black Bear Festival – Chatsworth, GA – Oct 17-18, 2015
North Georgia Folk Festival – Oct. 10, 2015
31st annual event will be held at Sandy Creek Park. Music, arts & crafts, food and more.
Great Locomotive Chase Festival – Adairsville – Oct 2-4, 2015
47th annual arts & crafts festival. Carnival rides, parade, pageants, live music and entertainment, food. $3 admission for ages 6+ on Fridy and Saturday. Sunday is free.
A3C Hip Hop Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 7-11, 2015
Johns Creek Fall Family Festival – Johns Creek, GA – October 10, 2015
Georgia-Carolina State Fair – October 16-25, 2015
Harvest Balloon Festival – Flowery Branch, GA – October 17, 2015
Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival – October 23-25, 2015
Dealers from all over the metro area and surrounding states bring their best to downtown Braselton. Find antiques, collectibles, furniture, Vintage, primitives, vintage jewelry, ironworks and more! Local jams, honey, breads, great food & beverages available too. Free parking, free admission. Directions: I-85 to exit 129, turn east on Hwy. 53 and follow the signs.
Deep Roots Festival – Milledgeville, GA – October 24, 2015
Fireman’s Fall Festival – Rossville, GA – October 24, 2015
10 am – 5 pm. 3rd Annual event – Sponsored by the Rossville Fire Department Volunteer Club – Arts & Crafts, Trick or Treating, Petting Zoo, Astro Jumps, Pony Rides, Cake Walk, Halloween Costume Contest, Old School Fireman’s Relay, Food, Games, Designated Kids Zone FREE PARKING FREE ADMISSION
Location : 200 Ellis Road Rossville, GA 30741 Rossville Ball Fields
Southern Mountains Arts Experience Toccoa, GA – October 24-25, 2015
This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 24th and 25th, 2015 from 10:00am til 6:00pm on Saturday and from 11:00am til 6:00pm on Sunday. Family friendly event featuring fine art, folk art, pottery, art cars, music, food, wine, beer, and Georgia Grown products. Event will be held on the Currahee Saddle Club field on the corner of Hwy 17 and Cawthon Road and is hosted by Currahee Vineyard and Winery.
Fall Jonquil Festival – Smyrna, GA – October 24-25, 2015
Atlanta Arts Festival – October 24-25, 2015
Annual event at Piedmont Park. Artist demonstrations, classes, live entertainment, food and more. Ordinarily the second weekend after Labor Day. Free admission.
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival – Clayton, GA – Oct 3, 2015
East Point Fall Festival & Carnival – East Point, GA – October 10, 2015
Seminole County Harvest Festival – October 17, 2015
Milan Harvest Festival – Milan, GA – October 17, 2015
Athens-Clarke County Harvest Festival – Athens, GA – October 23, 2014
IrishFest Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – November 6-7, 2015
Woodstock Art & Wine Festival – Woodstock – Nov 14-15, 2015
Showcases Southeast artists and includes a juried fine art show, crafts, a wine tasting area, food, kid’s activities, live music and entertainment.
Harvest Fest – Savannah – Nov 6-7, 2015
Fireworks, live music, food and Hopped Up On Georgia Brews craft beer tasting.
Atlanta Veg Fest – Atlanta, GA – Nov 7, 2015
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