52 Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You’ll Love

Fall Festivals in Georgia and Atlanta fill September and October with events gallore for the entire family. Whether you enjoy time in the city at Chastain or Piedmont Park, or you prefer to head into the mountains and watch the leaves change, we’ve got a festival for you!

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2017 Feature Fall Festival

Annual Harvest Fest
Downtown Calhoun
October 28, 2017

Shop Downtown Calhoun’s unique boutiques and over 70 craft and food vendors during the 12th Annual Harvest Fest. Be sure to take a break from all the festival treasures by sinking your teeth into some famous “Farmer Fries” and relax on a tractor ride. The hospitality is simply unbeatable at this one-of-a-kind historic downtown experience.

Fall is the perfect time to explore Calhoun/Gordon County, Georgia. In addition to Harvest Fest, here are four more reasons to visit

  • Enjoy an enchanted evening at the lighting of The ROCK Garden on Oct 1. Fifty miniature structures get even more magical as 400 candles illuminate the sights at this ‘wee whimsical place’.
  • Copper Creek Farm, located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, hosts family fun every weekend in October with corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, and barnyard adventures. Stay for evening haunted and flashlight mazes, hayrides and a bonfire.
  • Payne Farm and Produce is a family-run farm open weekends in October with hayrides, corncribs, petting barn, barrel trains, movies at night and more.
  • The Calhoun First Presbyterian Church’s pumpkin patch is like a mini-fall festival with 25 varieties of pumpkins, plus wheat straw, mums, boiled peanuts, corn stalks, Ellijay fried pies, and local honey.

September Fall Festivals

Sky High Balloon Festival
Callaway Gardens
Sept 1-3, 2017
Soar into September at our 19th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival! The weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long. Watch beautiful balloons all aglow or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live musicbeach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations and entertaining performers.

Dragon*Con
Downtown Atlanta
Sept 1-4, 2017
The Dragon Con Parade is a FREE and spectacular event, for sure!  The parade on Peachtree Street offers excellent viewing opportunities for the whole family. Don’t miss the other events as well.

Marietta Art in the Park
Downtown Marietta
Sept 2-4, 2017
Art in the Park will be celebrating its 31th year Anniversary as Marietta Square’s premier event celebrating the arts by featuring both local and national artist displaying their fine arts on Labor Day weekend. Widely acclaimed as one of the best fine art shows in Atlanta, and the only in Cobb County, this FREE Labor Day tradition in and around Glover Park appeals to patrons and budgets of all ages.

In addition to the incredible 175 Fine Artists, the festival also features: Chalk Spot – a street chalk art display for aspiring artists young and old. Children’s Art Alley – a free interactive ‘make and take’ area. Food Truck Row – for those wanted to grab a bit to eat on the go. The local restaurants will offer indoor and patio style dining. There are unique shops unique shops, boutiques, museums, galleries are all within walking distance to the festival.

Grape Stomp Fest 
Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa in Blairsville
Sept 2, 2017
The 4th Annual Grape Stomp Fest is sure to be a smashing good time. Offering grape stomping at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Live Music ALL DAY. Local vendors and so much more. $25 per person includes souvenir glass, 1 tasting and/or glass of wine and lunch. Event 11-6 p.m.

2017 Crush Fest
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Sept 2, 2017
The day-long festival features live music, food trucks, an artisan market, wine tastings, and a chance for attendees to take part in the festival’s signature event—a traditional barefoot grape stomping accompanied by live accordion and guitar music from winery owners Bob and Jane Miller. Held since 2010, Crush Fest has become a Labor Day weekend tradition at Yonah Mountain Vineyards and attracts more than 5,000 visitors of all ages from around the Southeast. Children 16 and under are FREE.

Yellow Daisy Festival
Stone Mountain Park
Sept 7-10, 2017
FREE with parking. Despite its growth from a small arts & crafts show to the four-day event that it has become today, the Yellow Daisy Festival Presented by Humana continues to be a big show with a small-town feel. More than 400 artists and crafters from 33 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Enjoy daily live entertainment, Children’s Corner activities, fabulous festival foods and crafter demonstrations throughout the event.

47th Annual Oktoberfest
Helen, Ga
Sep 7-10, Sept 14-17, Sept 21-24, Sept 28 – Oct 29, 2017
Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen – the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which runs from mid-September through October 29.

Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival
Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark
Sept 8-9, 2017
FREE. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Rival Entertainment are teaming up again to present a festival experience that embraces the spirit and culture of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, which debuted in 2010 and drew close to 70,000 participants last year. OFWFF will put live entertainment, a food truck rally (with the most popular mobile eateries in the city), adult beverage concessions and a college football sports bar, a kids’ area, lantern-making workshops hosted by premier local artists, a pet-friendly zone, a Lantern Parade viewing party and more distinctive experiences at the halfway point of the Lantern Parade route, which goes from Irwin Street at Krog Street Market to Piedmont Park.

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair
Sept 8-16, 2017
Clarkesville
This Habersham County tradition features family entertainment that includes: carnival, livestock judging, arts & crafts, various exhibits and demonstrations, and nightly entertainment. Come enjoy The Miss Chattahoochee Pageant, talent contests, arts, crafts, livestock shows and thrilling rides all week!

Mountain Music Festival
Vogel State Park in Blairsville, GA
Sept 9, 2017
Bluegrass and Gospel music will be heard throughout the park as well as crafters and demonstrators with handmade items for sale. The Vogel Volunteers will have a food concession.

Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Lake Lanier
Sept 9, 2017
The annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is Georgia’s biggest Hong Kong cultural event of the year. Thousands of competitors and spectators join to cheer their favorite teams, witness cultural events during the opening ceremonies, and indulge in cuisine from around the world.

Gold Rush Festival 2017
Sept 9, 2017
Villa Rica
A celebration of the prospectors who found gold in this town. From those early days in 1826, when the first settlers came to this area, until the present, Villa Rica has enjoyed the benefits of a small town close to the big city. Gold Rush reflects the good things that are unique about this city. From the hometown entertainment of a community parade to handcrafted clothing, crafts and works of art – “Pride in accomplishment and artisanship is the standard.” Great food prepared on the spot by “family secret” recipes with only the freshest ingredients, great music and plenty of opportunity for people to gather and share a day of fun.

Fall Fest 2017
Babyland General Hospital
Sept 9, 2017
Lots of free activities, including rides, slides, dancing and sidewalk chalk. Drawing for a handmade, original Little People Baby, SRP Adoption Fee: $295. Concession food available. FREE event takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shrimp and Grits Festival
Jekyll Island
September 15 – 17, 2017
In celebration of a dish synonymous with the South, Jekyll Island – which is nestled along Georgia’s coastline midway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL – will host the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. Sample individual approaches to the classic dish, from a professional cooking competition and craft brew fest to a carefully curated array of hand-selected arts and crafts merchants and live music, this soiree that pays homage to a Southern culinary specialty is not one to miss. Sue was judge for the festival one year and it was a tasty job, and the shrimp and grits – worthy of a trip to the festival.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta
Augusta Common
Sept 15-17, 2017
Arts in the Heart of Augusta is a 2 1/2 day celebration of food, arts, diversity and culture. We have over 80,000 visitors annually and are preparing for our 36th year. We feature a juried Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Market, a Global Village with food from more than 20 countries, five stages stacked with live entertainment and much more. This award winning festival is produced each year by the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

Barnesville Buggy Days
Barnesville
Sept 15-17, 2017
Barnesville Buggy Days celebrates Barnesville’s heritage as the Buggy Capital of the South during the late 1800s. Buggy Days is held on the third full weekend in September. More than 150 artists and crafts persons sell their handmade items on Main Street. Buggies are on display outdoors and in the Old Jail Museum. Food pleasing to every taste is available from hardworking civic clubs. The parade features buggies, floats, horses, and a host of civic groups. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, leading off with the Grand Marshal. Join us at the Ritz Park Amphitheater on Friday night to kick off the festival weekend. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun!

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival
Blue Ridge
Sept 16, 2017
Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

JapanFest 2017: Re-Discover Japan
Infinite Energy Center 
Sept 16-17, 2017
JapanFest will feature a variety of musical performances sure to suit all ages and interests, including taiko drumming, J-Rock and J-Pop, and classical music. Dance performances will include both traditional and modern Japanese dance, as well as traditional Okinawan dance. All are invited to join in the spirited Bon dance! A variety of cultural demonstrations, including Ikebana and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, will be a great way for Japanese enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn more about Japan, to experience Japanese culture. For visitors who have always wanted to try on an authentic Japanese kimono, the Konnichiwa Club will dress attendees from head to toe in the latest kimono from Japan. JapanFest will also feature a variety of exciting workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture.

Marietta StreetFest
Downtown Marietta

Sept 16-17, 2017
Now a two-day event, the 26th Annual Marietta StreetFest, held September 16-17, focuses on the family with many free activities including arts & crafts booths, the Hubcaps and History Car Show on Saturday and the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-In on Sunday, a kid-friendly activity zone and Tiny Tot Town, the Toy Box Trot fun run and the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival. Each year, the festival draws more than 21,000 attendees to the Marietta Square, amid a variety of local shops, dining options and historic sites.

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
Ocmulgee National Monument, in Macon
Sept 16-17, 2017
Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the celebration shares this vital piece of American history with some 17,000+ guests to the monument each year, allowing new generations to understand the Native American heritage, arts, and culture first-hand through interaction and observation. Discover the mounds, artifacts and nature within the 702-acre National Monument. The Visitor Center, featuring over 2,000 artifacts and displays, will be open to the public. This year the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration celebrates its 26th year.

Ride the Rails Festival
Mineral Bluff
Sept 16-17, 2017
A five mile round trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to the Hogback Road crossing at Murphy Jct, GA, then returning over the bridge to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot.

Fall Folklife Festival
Atlanta History Center
Sep 23, 2017
Celebrate all things Southern at the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folklife Festival. Smith Family Farm provides the ideal backdrop for exploring our Southern foodways traditions with chef demonstrations and discussions in our open-hearth kitchens. Hands-on demonstrations explore Southern crafts, such as basket weaving, woodworking, pottery, food preservation, and candle dipping. Sip local brews while listening to the sounds of Georgia folk musicians, visiting with regional folk artists, and exploring signature exhibitions and the fall foliage in our Goizueta Gardens.

Downtown Dalton Beer Festival
Dalton, Ga
Sept 30, 2017
(Date Night Option; no one under 21 admitted) Join us in Historic Downtown Dalton for the 9th Annual Beer Fest. Relax and enjoy unlimited samples of over 40 craft beers from the U.S. and around the world. The festival takes place on September 30th from 4 pm until 8 pm featuring a big screen TV for the UGA vs. UT game and later live music. This is an awesome event that draws over 350 people annually. Check back for more info.

Arts Festival and Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens – Ballground, Ga
Sept 23-24, 2017

Celebrate with us during our French inspired festival.  Hundreds of Waterlilies in bloom!  Enjoy the beauty of the Gardens as well as a juried arts and crafts show where exhibitors will be selling original work. A French market will feature chocolates, flowers, soaps,  produce and more.  Overwhelm your sense of taste with French-inspired cuisine available for purchase from food masters Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano, while enjoying a glass of wine.  An experiential treat! PLEASE NOTE: On this Saturday and Sunday ONLY, adult admission will be 1/2 price at $10.00 and $5.00 for children and young adults, ages 3-17.  Normal admission prices will apply to all remaining festival dates in September and October.  

Plains Peanut Festival
Plains, Ga
Sept 23, 2017
The annual Plains Peanut Festival is centered around one of the Sumter County community’s claims to fame, its peanut production, and features the community’s most famous residents in active roles.  The festival kicks off with a 1-mile fun run and a 5-K road race.  People line the sidewalks of Plains each year to watch the unique entries in the parade downtown.  Visitors enjoy the all-day event and educational exhibits are on display to accent the importance of agriculture in this region.

Great Locomotive Chase Festival
Adairsville
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017
Arts and crafts festival in celebration of the events of Andrews’ Raiders Civil War escapade. Enjoy carnival rides, craft and vendor booths, music and entertainment, food, plus a parade, pageants, and evening concerts. $3 Admission Fee – Friday and Saturday and FREE on Sunday.

Fall Ga State Fair
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept 29 – Oct 8, 2017
The Georgia State Fair offers FUN for all, from breath taking rides, mouth watering foods, attractions and plenty of entertainment. The is always something happening at the Georgia State Fair.

Fall Fest in Candler Park
Candler Park
Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2017
This year marks the 17th anniversary of  Fall Fest in Candler Park, a two-day celebration of music, art, family and kicked off with a 5k race and a tour of homes. It’s called the Fall Fest because it takes place in October — so mark your calendars for  9/30 – 10/1  2017 — but it’s events like these that make people really fall for the charm of Candler Park and all that the Intown Atlanta communities have to offer. An estimated 15,000 daily festival goers are expected. Fall Fest is FREE and produced by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization a 501c4. All proceeds from the festival go directly back to benefiting the community.

 

October Fall Festivals

The Westobou Festival
Augusta
Oct 3-14, 2017
Celebrating excellence in the arts, Westobou Festival includes an array of performances and exhibitions featuring distinct talent in the disciplines of dance, film, music, spoken words and visual arts. Westobou Festival gives audiences the opportunity to experience the power of art within the backdrop of the exciting city Augusta.

 

Cumming Country Fair
Cumming Fairgrounds
Opens Oct 5, 2017
The fair is an affordable family outing providing entertainment around every corner. There is free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free living history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages.

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival
Downtown Alpharetta
Oct 6-7, 2017
Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians. Selected as one of the Top 20 Events in October 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society, this two-day festival begins Friday, October 6 with free kick-off concerts in both Downtown Alpharetta from 7-10 p.m. and Avalon from 6-8 p.m., Alpharetta’s resort-inspired retail community. The festival continues Saturday, October 7 in the heart of downtown with music starting at 5 p.m., boasting big names like Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, Allen Stone, and James McMurtry who are this year’s festival headliners.

Harvest Concert at The Georgia Winery
Ringgold
Oct 7, 2017
On October 7th, there will be more than just a crisp chill in the air at the Georgia Winery. The melodies of live music by Martin and Durham and band will be echoing through the night as attendees at the Second Annual Harvest Concert enjoy the show. Throughout the evening, Lockharts BBQ will serve an array of delicious fare. Gather around the fire pit to warm up and browse the vendor marketplace to find unique gifts and items for the whole family! Then, be sure to head over to our grape stomp area to snap a photo. Bring chairs and blankets and get ready for a night full of music and fall fun.

Foxfire Mountaneer Festival
Rabun Cty Civic Center
Oct 7, 2017
The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring traditional music from numerous regional performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike.

Family Fall Fest
Mistletoe State Park in Appling, GA
Oct 7, 2017
Welcome fall with a pumpkin scavenger hunt, face painting, children’s games, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, cake walk, a snake program, nocturnal animals program, and more.

Big Red Apple Festival
Cornelia
Oct 7, 2017
This long standing North Georgia tradition continues to draw crowds from all over the southeast to Cornelia for a weekend of fall fun in one of the most beautiful areas of the state. Enjoy entertainment at the depot, browse local artisans and their crafts, Car Show, food from regional vendors, Kid Zone for some fun, and much more. Hours: 10am to 4pm

Great Atlanta Beer Fest
Turner Field
Oct 7, 2017
(Date Night Option; no one under 21 admitted) After 6 great years at Turner Field, the Great Atlanta Beer Fest will move to Suntrust Park on Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1-5pm. We will feature 150+ different beers and ciders to sample from Atlanta, the Southeast, and all over America. We will also have 25+ wine selections to enjoy. The festival will take place inside the stadium using the concourse, both levels of the Chop House, and the games of “The Sandlot” (kids zone) will be open to beer fest patrons. College Football will be on the big screens in the outfield as well as the TVs in the Chop House and around the concourse. There will be live music with the Geeks Band and a DJ dance party with everyone’s favorite, DJ Qtip.

Fall Festival
Ballground
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2017
Delight in music, food and flowers at Gibbs Gardens during October. Enjoy live music performances, concessions, and experience the glorious flowers and foliage of fall as you stroll through over 220 acres. Festival is FREE with the price of admission.

Indian Summer Festival
Suches
Oct 7-8, 2017
The Indian Summer Festival in Suches is held the first full weekend of October on the grounds of Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school, on GA Hwy. 60, between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge. The weekend-long event includes a car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and family activities. Enjoy performances by elementary students of Woody Gap School, the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging, an auction, Mountain Rangers hand-to-hand combat demonstration, mountain music, and an archery demonstration. Food vendors will feature pork BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, fried apple pies, homemade preserves and more. Visit the crafts tents for a variety of handmade items.

Pine LakeFest
Pine Lake 
Oct 7-8, 2017
FREE. Pine LakeFest is two days of art, music, food and family-friendly fun on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake, Georgia. Now in its 17th year, the festival showcases handmade art and crafts by 45 local and regional artist vendors and live music by two dozen talented musicians. Activities include chalk art and sandcastle contests on the beach with prizes, kids’ crafts, facepainting, a pet show, and “Floatzilla!” a wild water parade. Special guests, “The Marching Abominables,” will lead our pet parade.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Hiawasee
Oct 13-21, 2017
With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Meeks Park, Blairsville
Oct 14-15, 2017
The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years. Arts, crafts, exhibits, food, music, activities, square dance, biskit eating, pole climbing, log sawing, horseshoe pitching, rock throwing and, of course, sorghum mill grinding cane and cooking sorghum.

Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay
Oct 14-15, 21-22, 2017
Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well as visitors from all over. Here are the Best Apple Picking Places Around Atlanta.

Kidtoberfest
Little Shop of Stories
Oct 20, 2017
Little Shop of Stories continues their tradition of Kidtoberfest, a fun family event on Decatur Square featuring a root beer tasting as well as delicious German food for purchase. Proceeds from this event benefit both the Decatur High School German program as well as On the Same Page, Little Shop’s community reading initiative.

Annual Taste of Atlanta
Historic Fourth Ward Park – Atlanta
Oct 20-22, 2017
Taste of Atlanta, the city’s must-do, unforgettable three-day food festival returns in October, 2017 at our new location, Historic Fourth Ward Park! More than 90 neighborhood favorites will show off their most craveable dishes, the hottest local chefs will strut their stuff on four live demo stages, and patrons of the Grand Tasting Event will hit boozy nirvana sampling craft beers, wine and creative cocktails. The 2017 event will take festival-goers on a foodie adventure through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods by featuring the chefs and restaurants that give these communities their unique flair.

Annual Lula Fall Festival
Train Depot in Lula, Ga
Oct 21, 2017
FREE. Artists and craftsmen bring their folk art, pottery, hand-crafted items from across North Georgia. Enjoy children’s activities, fantastic food and entertainment. Admission is free.

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade
Little 5 Points
Oct 21, 2017
The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade is the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top ten Halloween events in the country. It is staged in Little 5 Points, Atlanta’s premiere business, arts and music district. Each October, over 35,000 people flock to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and the best Halloween parade in the South! Need more Halloween events? Check out our list of more than 45 Halloween events for both kids AND adults.

Annual Black Bear Festival
Chatsworth
Oct 21-22, 2017
The Annual Black Bear Festival is an exciting opportunity for the community to promote a fun, family event that will celebrate the beauty of downtown Chatsworth dressed up in fall splendor. Black Bear Classic 5k and Fun Mile, Black Bear Classic Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show, Baking Contest, “Little Miss Black Bear”, Pet Parade, Costume Contest with divisions for all ages, and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors.

Gold Rush Days Festival
Dahlonega
Oct 21-22, 2017
Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. It is a time for thousands to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
Kennesaw State University
Oct 21-22, 2017
The Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Live Music, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more.

Alive! Festival
Suwanee
October 21, 2017
The Alive! Festival is an annual Health & Wellness, Green Living Eco Festival benefiting Project Green. The festival is designed to promote “All Things Natural, Organic and Green” and to bring to the forefront companies in the Health & Wellness industry plus information and education.

Cowboy Festival & Symposium
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville
Oct 26-29, 2017
Enjoy entertainment throughout the four day event, including Western music, fast draw competitions, performances of the Re-enactment of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, demonstrations of traditional Native American dances. The Kids Corner of the Festival and Symposium will feature a variety of free activities for children.

Mountain Moonshine Festival
Dawsonville
Oct 27-29, 2017
See the parade of moonshine and revenue cars to kick off festivities at 9:00 Saturday morning. Many great vendors –something for everyone. Two stages with live entertainment around the square in downtown Dawsonville Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Formerly known as “Thunder Road USA.” Moonshine Run on Friday, October 27, leaving the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at approximately 10:00 AM. Meet many legendary race car drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars than you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US!

Chiaha Harvest Fair
Ridge Ferry Park in Rome
Oct 28-29, 2017
A toe-tappin’, cider-sippin’, fun-for-everyone arts festival. Chiaha has grown into a juried show of artists and craftsmen from all over the country, including many demonstrators, sharing the tricks of their craft throughout the weekend. The festival is known for its stellar entertainment, featuring musicians from far and near. And, the offerings of an unduplicated variety of local food vendors will surely satisfy your craving for delicious, hand-prepared treats.

Japanese Colors Maplefest
Ballground, Ga
Oct  28-29, Nov 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Celebrate fall during our Japanese Maples Colorfest! Come for a front row seat as over 2,000 Japanese Maples display brilliant autumn color. Atlanta Katori has carried on that 500 year old tradition in the Atlanta area since 2004 and we invite you on  October 28th for a demonstration of the art designated as an “Intangible Cultural Asset” by the Japanese government.

 

November Fall Festivals

Hemlock Fest
Dahlonega
Nov 3-5, 2017
HemlockFest, hosted by the Lumpkin Coalition, is an annual festival held the first full weekend in November. The Festival and the proceeds from the festival are used to increase public awareness of Eastern and Carolina hemlock tree problems and to provide financial support for Area Colleges and Universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks.

 

Fall Festivals in Atlanta fill September and October with events galore for the entire family. Prefer the city or the mountains? We've got a festival for you!

Disclosure: We are happy to partner with the Gordon County CVB on this post. We’ve made so many memories in Gordon County, we hope you will too. 

21 Comments on "52 Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You’ll Love"

  1. You can’t not include Duluth’s three-day Fall Festival! Huuge festival that usually garners 100K visitors every year. It’s always the last weekend in September.

    SuwaneeFest is the weekend prior to that and is also a hugely popular festival in fall!

  2. Dwayne Johnson | 09/03/2015 at 3:28 pm | Reply

    You forgot my favorite one, Duluth’s Fall Festival, September 26-27. http://duluthfallfestival.org/

    • I keep getting nailed for missing that one 🙂 I’ve never been, but will have to check it off the list this year. Thx for sharing!! 🙂

  3. I love these lists. Always find some new treasure! Another one to add–the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration the 3rd weekend of September each year. This year it will be 9/19-9/20. We celebrate the culture of the Southeastern Native Americans with dance, music, food, crafts +. http://www.ocmulgeemounds.org/ocmulgee-indian-celebration/

  4. You also missed Liberty Tree Festival in Dalton on October 24th. I will be a vendor there with my planner stickers that day! It is from 11 am to 5 pm.

  5. Don’t forget the 48th Moonshine Festival in Downtown Dawsonville Oct. 24 & 25th! http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/45949-48th-annual-mountain-moonshine-festival

  6. Fall Expo 2015 Rome Civic Center 10-8

  7. Patrycja Towns | 10/11/2015 at 12:33 pm | Reply

    You forgot the Alive! Festival – a non profit festival featuring Natural Wellness, Green Living, Live Music, Artists, Kids Zone and much more… and most importantly that this is a Fundraising event! Everyone welcome – even our furry friends!

    October 24th • Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Suwanee Town Center Park
    330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, GA 30024

    • Free Parking • Free Admission • Outdoor Event • Rain or Shine
    • Natural & Organic Products • Health & Wellness • Green & Eco Friendly Products
    • Artists • Local Non-Profits • Kids Area • Fun for the entire Family

  8. Arts in the Heart of Augusta is September 16th-18th, 2016! Dates are wrong above, also we have online tickets available here:
    https://www.cityspintickets.com/e/arts-in-the-heart-of-augusta-festival

  9. The Sunflower Festival at Yule Forest in Stockbridge. http://aboutyule.com/sunflower-festival/ This is the third year for the small festival at The Pumpkin Patch. It takes place on October 1st.

  10. 36th Annual Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 22, 2016
    10am – 5pm
    Parking & Admission is FREE
    901 Railroad Street
    Conyers, GA 30012
    1-800-CONYERS

    We hope you’ll join the crowd for a full day of arts and craft vendors, festival food, entertainment and kid’s activities.

    http://www.conyersga.com/government/main-street-about-us/events-and-attractions/olde-town-fall-festival

  11. This state-sponsored yearly event has something for everyone with its exciting games and rides to its headlining concert performances featuring many nationally known musical acts. The newest addition to this fall fair is the Georgia Grown Building.. Read More The Georgia Peach festival is an all day event honoring peach growers for their contribution to Georgia’s agricultural heritage. The highlight of the morning is the the festival parade featuring floats with local dignitaries and the winner of.. Read More

  12. Judy Thompson | 09/28/2016 at 3:29 pm | Reply

    Dates for the Sorghum Festival in Blairsville, GA are Oct. 8th & 9th and Oct. 15th & 16th.

  13. Please add Pine Lake’s LakeFest to your calendar. It takes place in beautiful, quirky Pine Lake, which is just halfway between Decatur and Stone Mountain. The event is Saturday, October 1st, from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, October 2nd, from noon to 6 pm. Entrance is FREE. We have fabulous art, music, poetry, food vendors, chalk-drawing contest, sand sculpture contest, float parade, marching abominables, pet parade, kids activities, and conversation tents where you can sit and relax and visit with others – all down by the lake. Everyone welcome, including dogs! For more information, please go to pinelakefest.com. See you there!

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