2021: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You’ll Love

Fall Festivals in Georgia fill September, October and November with events galore. 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!

Note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hours, dates and locations may vary. Visit the event websites (listed below) to ensure the events are going on as planned.

2021: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You'll Love

September Fall Festivals

Alive! Festival

September 18 -19, 2021
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.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

September 25-26, 2021
The Virginia-Highland Summerfest returns to Atlanta in 2021 to celebrate life, community, and great art. Considered one of Atlanta’s most beloved and historic neighborhoods, Virginia-Highland will host its 37th-annual festival on Sept. 25-26.  The event brings together local and regional music talent on two stages, the Juried Artist Market, the Makers’ Market, a 5K run, food from local vendors and more! Visitors can celebrate the culmination of the summer with endless fun festivities.  Entrance to Summerfest is free!

2021 Crush Fest

Yonah Mountain Vineyards
No information yet released for 2021
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.


Downtown Atlanta
September 2-6, 2021
Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, pop culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. 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.

Sky High Balloon Festival

Callaway Gardens
Sept 3 – Sept 5, 2021
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 fun, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, and much more. There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations and entertaining performers.

Marietta Art in the Park

Downtown Marietta
September 4-6, 2021
Art in the Park is 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.

2021: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You'll Love

Grape Stomp Fest 

Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa in Blairsville
Sept 4, 2021
The Grape Stomp Fest is sure to be a smashing good time. Lunch vendors available. 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. Kids welcome. Don’t miss the “I Love Lucy” look-alike contest!

Yellow Daisy Festival

Stone Mountain Park
Sept. 9-12, 2021
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  continues to be a big show with a small-town feel. More than 250 artists and crafters 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.

50th Annual Oktoberfest

Helen, Ga
Begins Sept 9 and runs on select dates through Oct. 28, 2021
Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen – the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which runs from September through October 28. 

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair

September 10-18, 2021
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!

Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Lake Lanier
POSTPONED UNTIL September 10, 2022
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

Villa Rica
Sept 11, 2021

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.

Mountain Music Festival

Vogel State Park in Blairsville, GA
No information has yet been released for 2021.
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.

Music in the Lounge at The Georgia Winery

No information has yet been released for 2021.
Come out to the Winery for live music, wine, and food! Local food trucks will be serving delicious fare and we will be pouring Sweet, Southern wine! All ages welcome.

Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival

Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark
No information has yet been released for 2021.
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, 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.

Barnesville Buggy Days

Sept 18 – Sept 19, 2021
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.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Augusta Common
September 17-19, 2021
Arts in the Heart of Augusta is a 2 1/2 day celebration of food, arts, diversity and culture.  Enjoy 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.

Imagine Music Festival

Chattahoochee Hills
September 17-19, 2021
Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is an electronic dance music and immersive art festival that will be held in a new location in 2021 — Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA.  In addition to top electronic musicians, DJ’s and bands, wander through a fantastic atmosphere filled with mind-bending circus performers, mermaids, sea creatures, and art installations. 

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival

Blue Ridge
September 18, 2021
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: Re-Discover Japan

September 18-19, 2021
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.

Marietta StreetFest

Downtown Marietta
September 18-19, 2021
Now a two-day event, the Marietta StreetFest 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
September 18-19, 2021
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.

Ride the Rails Festival

Mineral Bluff
September 25-26, 2021
A 5-mile round-trip ride by Railroad Motor Car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to Murphy Junction and returning over the bridge back to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Then
take a short ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car. Real fun for all ages.

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Atlanta BeltLine
No information has yet been released about 2021 plans.
Everyone is always invited to make a lantern and walk in the Parade! The lantern parade is a creative collaboration based in community participation. Be the parade! Together, we create a two-mile river of light that can probably be seen from space! It is a wondrous night on the Atlanta BeltLine.

Big Red Apple Festival

September 25, 2021
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: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Yellow Daisy Festival 2015 Stone Mountain Park

October Fall Festivals

Ga State Fair

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Oct 1 – 11, 2021
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.

Decatur Book Festival

Downtown Decatur
October 1-3, 2021
After 15 years of hosting literary events over Labor Day Weekend, the AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University is making a permanent move to the first weekend of October. 

This is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

The Westobou Festival

September 30-October 3, 2021
The Westobou Festival is an annual celebration of arts and creativity that showcases music, dance, film, spoken word and visual art. The festival returns to Augusta this fall. The yearly arrival of Westobou transforms Augusta’s downtown into an artistic mecca where attendees can explore and enjoy the innovative and contemporary environment.

Cumming Country Fair

Cumming Fairgrounds
October 7-17, 2021
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.

Fall Fest in Candler Park

Candler Park
October 2-3, 2021
Enjoy a two-day celebration of music, art, family and kicked off with a 5k race and a tour of homes. 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.

Foxfire Mountaneer Festival

Rabun County Civic Center
2021 dates have not been released yet.
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.

Indian Summer Festival

First full weekend in October 2021
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.

Annual Lula Fall Festival

Train Depot in Lula, Ga
Oct 1-2, 2021
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.

Pine LakeFest

Pine Lake 
October 2, 2021
FREE. Pine LakeFest is two days of art, music, food and family-friendly fun on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake, Georgia. 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.

Family Fall Fest

Mistletoe State Park in Appling, GA
No information has yet been released about 2021 plans.
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.

Oktoberfest Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward
Oct 1-2, 2021
Put on your lederhosen and join in for a full weekend of German-themed fun at Oktoberfest Atlanta! On October 1st & 2nd, enjoy a variety of deliciously cold German beers, craft beer from Bell’s Brewing, German food, live music, and an abundance of games and Oktoberfest-themed activities!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

October 8-16, 2021
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.

Fall Festival

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA
Dates not yet announced for 2021.
Delight in music, food and flowers at Gibbs Gardens. 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. 

Fall Festival on Ponce

Olmsted Linear Park
Oct 9-10, 2021
The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.

Blairsville Sorghum Festival

Meeks Park, Blairsville
October 9-10 & October 16-17, 2021
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, biscuit eating, pole climbing, log sawing, horseshoe pitching, rock throwing and, of course, sorghum mill grinding cane and cooking sorghum.

Georgia Apple Festival

October 9-10 & October 16-17, 2021
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.

Harvest on the Hooch

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Dates have not yet been released for 2021.
Treat yourself to farm-to-table food from local top chefs, sample drinks from local craft breweries, and participate in outdoor activities for the whole family. Ticket prices go up at the door, so buy them early.

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

Kennesaw State University
Dates have not yet been released for 2021.
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.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

Stone Mountain Park
October 15-17, 2021
Friday events start with lectures, a dance gala, and receptions. On Saturday and Sunday, they transform the meadows and meandering tree-lined paths into the impressive mix of sights and sounds of a Scottish Highland Games presented in a uniquely southern style. Don your tartans if you have them and come join everyone. No tartan? That’s OK too! EVERYONE can be Scottish for this special weekend celebration.

Annual Taste of Atlanta

Historic Fourth Ward Park – Atlanta
Dates have not yet been released for 2021.
Taste of Atlanta, the city’s must-do, unforgettable three-day food festival returns! More than 90 neighborhood favorites will show off their most crave-able 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 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.

Georgia Mountain Beer Festival

Gibbs Gardens
Dates have not yet been released for 2021.
For beer connoisseurs out there, this is your day! Gibbs Gardens will host 20 local and regional craft brewers who will offer samples of their brew.  For the non-beer drinkers, Gibbs Gardens will provide wine service for purchase by the glass. Different food offerings, including snacks that “hit the spot” with beer, will be available for purchase.

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade

Little 5 Points
Monster Fest for 2021 (October 16-17, 2021)
In 2021, instead of their normal Halloween Festival and Parade, they will be hosting Monster Fest on October 16-17, 2021.  Search Little 5 Points for monsters designed by local artists.  Grab a map at their L5P Business Association tent, collect selfies, and complete the hunt.  The first 300 people to complete the challenge will win an limited edition L5P monster magazine.

2021 POP UP PARADES: Floats and monsters on odd hours, over 2 days. Kid Parade on Saturday at 11a.m.

Ghosts tours, a Goblin Market, and a Monster Ball on October 15 are also planned for 2021.

Usually…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! 

Annual Black Bear Festival

Dates not yet released for 2021.
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

Oct 16-17, 2021
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!

Rhythm & Brews Festival

Sandy Creek Barn, Greensboro
Dates not yet released for 2021.
General admission is $150 and includes access to the craft beer and wine tasting, concert and shuttle service. The beer and wine garden will provide more than 30 craft selections for tasting and several award-winning food trucks will be on-site to provide culinary pairings. Guests must be 21 and older to attend.

Cowboy Festival & Symposium

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville
Dates not yet released for 2021.
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

October 22-24, 2021
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.” 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
October 23-24, 2021
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

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA
Dates for 2021 have not yet been released.
Celebrate fall during our Japanese Maples Colorfest! Come for a front row seat as over 2,000 Japanese Maples display brilliant autumn color.

2021: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You'll Love

Courtesy of Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

November Fall Festivals

Hemlock Fest

Dates for 2021 have not yet been released.
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.

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 6-7, 2021
The award-winning, two-day festival will feature an expansive artist market filled with skilled artisans, artist demonstrations, live acoustic performances, a children’s area, gourmet food trucks and more. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and four-legged friends are welcome.

Shrimp and Grits Festival

Jekyll Island
POSTPONED UNTIL November 4-6, 2022
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.

Want to get prepared for next year’s spring and summer festivals?  We have an article on that for you, too!  Here are 50+ Best Festivals in Atlanta: Spring and Summer for you to get excited about.

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