2020: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You’ll Love

Fall Festivals in Georgia fill late August, 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.

2020: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You'll Love

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August/September Fall Festivals

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival Atlantic Station DATE: September 18, 2021 This festival showcases a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE–TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry, all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.

Alive! Festival
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.

2020 Crush Fest
Yonah Mountain Vineyards


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
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.

Decatur Book Festival
Downtown Decatur
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is currently being "reimagined" for 2020. Check their website for details.

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.

Sky High Balloon Festival
Callaway Gardens
Sept 4 - Sept 6, 2020
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 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
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.

2020: The 55+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You'll Love

Grape Stomp Fest 
Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa in Blairsville
Sept 5, 2020
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
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 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.

50th Annual Oktoberfest
Helen, Ga
Begins Sept 10 and runs on select dates through Nov 8, 2020
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 November 8. The Oktoberfest parade is on Sept 12, 2020 at 12 noon.

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair
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
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
Sept 12, 2020
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.

Mountain Music Festival
Vogel State Park in Blairsville, GA
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
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
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 19 - Sept 20, 2020
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
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
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
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
June 1 - Sept 30, 2020

To adopt the "New Normal with COVID-19" JapanFest 2020 will go virtual for the first time in its history.  Have fun exploring the multi-layered culture of Japan. They will be hosting plenty of events for you to participate in during the virtual festival! Immerse yourself, together with your family and friends, in all things Japanese from home.

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

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
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

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.

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade
SEPT 24, 2020

In collaboration with Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, Arbitrary Living presents Friends and Neighbors event series. Friends and Neighbors is a mini boutique festival and day party celebrating southern hospitality, public art and creative commerce. This online festival will include laughing yoga, chakra aligning comedians, DJs, tarot, mental health convos and a hilarious host.

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
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

October Fall Festivals

Ga State Fair
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Oct 2 - 11, 2020
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.

The Westobou Festival
Oct 1-4, 2020
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
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
Details for 2020 have not been released yet.

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 Cty Civic Center
2020 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 2020

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 3, 2020
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 
Cancelled for 2020

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

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 9-10 2020
In celebration of all things German, the festival is in its fourth year and will be bigger than ever with more food vendor choices and multiple Oktoberfest-style beer tents throughout the park--absolutely no shortage of frosty brews for ticket holders. The celebration is the largest German festival to take place in Atlanta — a tremendous party complete with live polka music, popular food vendors, costumes, and even a dog parade.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
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
Dates still not announced
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. (Gibbs Gardens is currently open but has changed rules and regulations due to Covid-19.)

Fall Festival on Ponce
Olmsted Linear Park
Oct 10-11, 2020
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
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
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
Oct 11, 2020
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
2020 dates not announced

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
Cancelled for 2020

Friday events start with lectures, 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
Oct 16-18 2020
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 been announced yet for 2020.

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

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?

Annual Black Bear Festival
OCT 17-18, 2020
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 17-18, 2020
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!

Georgia Mountain Beer Festival
Gibbs Gardens - Ball Ground, Ga
Date for 2020 has not been announced yet.

For the beer connoisseurs out there, this will be your day.  Gibbs Gardens will be host to 20 local and regional craft brewers who will offer samples of their beer. A local winery and Mead brewery will also participate. Several different food offerings will also be available that will hit the spot with your beer.  The LooSe ShoEs Band will play throughout the afternoon Vendors, who focus on celebrating north Georgia’s many backwoods and water activities, will be on hand to share their products and offer advice.  Who knows?  You may decide to go home with a kayak.

Rhythm & Brews Festival
Sandy Creek Barn, Greensboro
Date for 2020 has not been announced yet.

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

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
Dates for 2020 has not been announced yet.

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

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
Date for 2020 has not been announced yet.

Celebrate fall during our Japanese Maples Colorfest! Come for a front row seat as over 2,000 Japanese Maples display brilliant autumn color.


November Fall Festivals

Hemlock Fest

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 7-8, 2020
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
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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