Funtober Fall Festivals

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.

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September 2015:

Art in the Park – Marietta – Sept 5-7, 2015
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.

Sandy Springs Festival – Sandy Springs, GA – September 19-20, 2015
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).

Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival – Atlanta, GA – Sept 12, 2015
Rome Beer Fest – Rome, GA – September 12, 2015

Suwanee Fest – Sept 19-20, 2015
55,000 attend Town Center Park for this event. Arts & crafts, food, live music, children’s rides and more.

Hoschton Fall Festival – Hoschton, GA – September 25-27, 2015

Taste of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – September 25-27, 2015

Duluth Fall Festival – Duluth, GA – September 26-27, 2015
Consistently attended by 100,000+. Carnival, parade, 5K road race, arts and crafts, food, Man’s Corner and Kids’ Korner.

Tunes and Balloons Festival – Macon – September 12, 2015
Held at Middle Georgia State College’s Macon Campus.

Rome International Film Festival – Rome, GA – Sept 10-13, 2015
This event is known for its screenings of independent films. MovieMaker called it one of the outstanding film festivals of the Southeast.

October 2015:

Social Circle Friendship Festival and Parade – October 3, 2015
21st annual event.

Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Blairsville, GA – Oct 10-11 & 17-18, 2015

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.

Oconee Chamber Fall Festival – Watkinsville, GA – October 17, 2015
20,000 attend this annual, one day outdoor arts & crafts festival held since 1974.

The Cotton Pickin’ Fair – Gay, GA – October 3-4, 2015
A twice a year festival with live music, magic show, arts, antiques and Southern foods. Dates back to 1972.

Georgia National Fair – Perry, GA - October 8-18, 2015

Georgia Apple Festival of Ellijay – Ellijay, GA – October 10-11 & 17-18, 2015
44th annual event will be held at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. Antique car show, parade, arts & crafts and more. Adult admission is $5.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – October 9-17, 2015
9 days of music (country music show, Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention and more), flower show, arts & crafts, pioneer village, demonstrations and more.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Richmond Hill, GA – October 16-18, 2015

Black Bear Festival – Chatsworth, GA - Oct 17-18, 2015

Festival on Ponce – Atlanta – Oct 17-18, 2015
An Atlanta arts and crafts festival located in Olmsted Linear Park. 125+ displays of fine arts, crafts, fold and “outsider art”. Attendance is free.

North Georgia Folk Festival – Oct. 10, 2015
31st annual event will be held at Sandy Creek Park. Music, arts & crafts, food and more.
Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, October 3-4, 2015
A music festival with R&B, hip-hop and gospel. Their slogan is: “Where the Food is Good & the Music is Great”

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

Paulding Fine Arts Fall Fest – Dallas, GA – October 10, 2015
13th annual event. Artist showcase, crafts, festival food, live entertainment and more. Free admission.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair – October 16-25, 2015

Hummingbird Festival – Hogansville, GA – October 17-18, 2015

Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown – Cleveland, GA – Oct 23-24, 2015

Chiaha Harvest Fair – Rome, 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.

November 2015:

Cotton Gin Festival – Bostwick, GA - Nov 7, 2015
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.

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

Savannah Food and Wine Fest – Nov 9-15, 2015
Bethesda Dinner (outdoor, tented farm to table dinner), cooking classes, celebrity chef tour, riverboat stroll, riverboat wine and dinner cruise, candlelight tour and more.

Last Year’s Events:
Kingsland Catfish Festival - Kingsland, GA – September 1, 2014
Great Atlanta Beer Fest – Atlanta, GA – September 6, 2014
Gourd Art and Craft Show – Griffin, GA – September 26-28, 2014
Plains Peanut Festival – Plains, GA – September 27, 2014
Yellow Daisy Festival – Stone Mountain – Sept 4-7, 2014
Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival – Jekyll Island – Sept 19-21, 2014
Johns Creek Fall Family Festival – Johns Creek, GA – September 6, 2014
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – Atlanta, GA – September 26 – October 26, 2014
Chattahoochee Mountain Fair – Clarkesville, GA - Sept 5-13, 2014
Downtown Dalton Beer Festival – Dalton, GA – Sept 27, 2014
One Musicfest – Atlanta, GA – September 13, 2014
Martin Fall Festival – Martin, GA – October 25, 2014

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Historic Westside Village Festival – Atlanta, GA – September 20-21, 2014
A free 2 day indoor/outdoor festival highlighting the trade and industry contributions of some of Atlanta’s premier business leaders of the past and those currently spearheading generational economic advancements within the Historic Westside Village Community to include English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights, Hunter Hills and adjourning areas. At the Historic Westside Village Festival all visitors will have a comprehensive cultural experience and take away resources that can enhance their lives by attending one of the educational seminars in the indoor section of the festival. While inside partake of all types of resources at the Job and Career Pavilion, Health Pavilion, Finance Pavilion, Housing Pavilion and Beauty Pavilion. Outside visitors of all ages will be enticed, delighted and entertained by the vendors, attractions in the Kids Zone and constant live performances of Gospel, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B and Soul on the Festival Main Stage; so don’t forget your folding lawn chair! All proceeds go to the non-profit services of Stimulate America and Antioch Urban Ministries whom support the community.

Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival – Madison, GA - October 4, 2014
Andersonville Historic Fair, Andersonville, GA – October 4-5, 2014
Atlanta Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 16-19, 2014
Atlanta Underground Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 16-20, 2014
Harvest Balloon Festival – Flowery Branch, GA – October 18-19, 2014
The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA - Oct 10-11, 2014
Fall Jonquil Festival – Smyrna, GA – October 25-26, 2014
Decatur Craft Beer Festival – Decatur, GA – October 18, 2014

Deep Roots Festival – Milledgeville, GA – October 18, 2014
Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest – Alpharetta, GA – October 4, 2014

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show – Rome, GA - Oct 18-19, 2014

Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival - Talking Rock, GA – October 18-19, 2014
The third smallest town in Georgia puts on their 20th 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.

Georgia Peanut Festival – Sylvester, GA – October 18, 2014
Snellville Fall Festival – Snellville, GA – October 25, 2014
IrishFest Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – October 31, November 1-2, 2014
Fairburn Fall Festival – Fairburn, GA – October 4, 2014
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Atlanta, Georgia – October 12-18, 2014
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival – Clayton, GA - Oct 4, 2014
Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA – September 19-20, 2014
East Point Fall Festival & Carnival – East Point, GA – October 11, 2014
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – Atlanta, GA – September 26 – October 26, 2014
Seminole County Harvest Festival – October 18, 2014
Milan Harvest Festival – Milan, GA – October 18, 2014
GABBAfest – Macon, GA – September 26-28, 2014
Georgia Sweet Potato Festival - Ocilla, GA – October 25, 2014
Athens-Clarke County Harvest Festival – Athens, GA – October 23, 2014

Atlanta Amazing Pet Expo – Duluth, GA – Nov 8, 2014
The Ponce De Leon Beer Fest – Atlanta, GA – Nov 15, 2014
Decatur Wine Festival Decatur, GA – Nov 8, 2014
Brew Your Cask Off Cask Ale Festival – Atlanta, GA – Nov 8, 2014
Brothers and Sisters Music Festival - Atlanta, GA – November 28, 2014

Fall festivals in Georgia that we don’t have dates yet:
 Hotoberfest – Atlanta, GA – October 5, 2013
Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival  – Atlanta, GA – October 17-20, 2013 
Callaway Gardens Harvest Moon Festival – Pine Mountain, GA
Hometown Harvest Festival – Leesburg, GA
Atlanta Rice Festival – Atlanta, GA
Cherokee Pignic – Canton, GA
Milan Harvest Festival – Milan, GA 

Find other fun things to do in Georgia in October:

Oktoberfest in Georgia
Georgia Corn Mazes
Georgia Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Georgia
Georgia Pumpkin Patches

2 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t forget to visit the 2nd annual Zombie Farms… every Fri and Sat in October in Winterville GA.

    The government media complex would have you believe the undead must be feared and destroyed. One farmer knows better. He has discovered the secret to repressing the blood cravings of the undead and putting them to better use. So when you see strange slow moving scarecrows working nearby fields fear not. The solution to the crippled economy and global climate change is at hand: a labor force that will require no payment, never complain, never pollute the environment, and never rest.

  2. I’m trying to find the carnival that my family has been going to every year in Dalton around Oct.12-15.? It was a carnival, with rides and a petting zoo with a motorcycle act in a round dome. I can’t seem to find it. I know we went to it several years but can’t recall the name.

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