Callaway Gardens, Ga. is a special place during the holidays, but the Pine Mountain, Ga. attraction has several other incredible, can’t miss seasonal festivals and events too. Here’s what you need to know to plan a years worth of visits to Callaway Gardens, Ga.
Special Events and Festivals at Callaway Gardens, Ga.
The holidays aren’t the only time to visit Callaway Gardens, Ga. Here is your season by season guide to the best events held at the Gardens.
Winter at Callaway Gardens, Ga.
Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition to wonderful meals (including buffet, casual sit down or fine dining), the holidays are a very special time at the Gardens. The Georgia weather is perfect for a bike ride along the trails during the day, then plan a visit to the Festival of Lights along Lake Robin in the evening. If the holiday stress has you all in knots, book a treatment at the Spa before leaving.
Marathon and Fitness Series. Each January, Callaway Gardens, Ga. hosts a marathon, half marathon and 5k (a flat course around Robin Lake for those of us who aren’t really runners). It’s a gorgeous run through the Garden paths, past the Butterfly house, the Memorial Chapel, and through gently rolling hills.
Spring at Callaway Gardens, Ga.
Azalea Season. Callaway is known far and wide for their amazing azaleas, and when they are in bloom, it is one of the most popular times to visit Callaway Gardens to see more than 20,000 plants in bloom. The season is marked by a series of weekend events collectively called Celebrate Spring!
Symphony on the Sands. If you love outdoor concerts, and a full orchestra, then Symphony on the Sands is the event for you. It’s an annual tradition where the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs under the stars on Robin Lake. Purchase tickets or a stage-front table.
Summer at Callaway Gardens, Ga.
Summer Family Adventure. Why should the kids be the only ones to enjoy summer camp. At Callaway, you can join your kids for Family Summer Adventure, a family camp where you can spend time with – and without the kids.
Beach Activities. Summer time is busy along Lake Robin. Enjoy splashing in the water, or take it up a notch with water skiing, tubing, or attempting the slippery obstacles on Aqua Island – a Wipe Out type course on the lake.
Florida State Circus. Each summer, the FSU Flying High Circus takes up residence in Pine Mountain, Ga. at Callaway Gardens. Enjoy complimentary shows daily shows, and then try your hand at some of the circus antics.
Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. Each Memorial Day Weekend, Pine Mountain Ga. is the home to the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, held on Callaway Gardens Lake Robin. In addition to the competition, enjoy live music, beach activities, kids zones.
Fall at Callaway Gardens, Ga.
Idea Cason Callaway Golf Tournament. Fall brings the changing leaves and the annual Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Golf Tournament. The event is co-presented by Callaway Golf and Odyssey. Of course you can also get a tee time at any of the Callaway Gardens golf courses throughout the year as well.
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. I have not been to this festival, but it has been on my bucket list for a while. There are tons of family friendly activities, but the highlight of course are the many, many hot air balloons that fire up for the Friday Night Balloon Glow.
Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. Break out your hat, and your best preppy outfit the first Saturday in November for the Callaway Gardens Steeplechase. In addition to thoroughbred racing, there are pony rides, parades, and of course a hat contest.
*All photos courtesy of Callaway Gardens, Ga.