2023: The 50+ 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! Take your pick between delicious food, family friendly events, finds from the artist market, live music….or have it all.

Here are 50+ of the best fall festivals in Georgia that you’re not going to want to miss!

2023: The 50+ Best Fall Festivals in Georgia That You’ll Love

Wire & Wood 2023: Our Favorite Fall Event!

If you’re looking for a dynamic, award-winning music festival to attend, mark your calendars for the Wire & Wood Alpharetta songwriters festival taking place on October 13-14, 2023, in Downtown Alpharetta.

Enjoy more than 30 live music performances throughout the stunning downtown streets as local, regional and national artists perform original songs while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn about their favorite hits, as artists share the stories behind their tunes. In addition to music, festival goers can enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants. This FREE event is rain or shine!

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FALL FESTIVALS IN GEORGIA: WEEK OF AUG 28 - SEPT 3, 2023

DRAGON*CON

Downtown Atlanta | August 31 - September 4, 2023

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.

Read More: Dragoncon Parade: Everything You Need To Know for an Amazing Time

SKY HIGH BALLOON FESTIVAL

Callaway Gardens | Sept 1-3, 2023

Labor Day Weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow at Callaway Gardens 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.

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GRAPE STOMP FEST

Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa | Sept 2, 2023

The Grape Stomp Fest in Blairsville is sure to be a smashing good time. Lunch vendors available, live Music ALL DAY, local vendors and so much more. $25 ticket includes admission and your souvenir wine glass. Kids welcome. Grape stomping at 2 & 4 pm. Don't miss the "I Love Lucy" look-alike contest!

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SOLVE & SIP MURDER MYSTERY

Ringgold | August 27, 2023

Solve and Sip are murder mystery parties where guests take on active roles as characters within an interesting story of betrayal, deception and murder. Guests are given unique character profiles, alibis and motives, not word-for-word scripts. Draw on your own conclusions to the motives and identify the killer as everyone has fun socializing and mingling during the investigation. As the night progresses, one of your fellow guests will be revealed as the murderer (if it is not you)! Tickets include a glass of wine.

MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK

Downtown Marietta |September 2-4, 2023

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.

WEEK OF SEPT 4 - SEPT 10, 2023

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL

🌎 More Information | September 2024 |📍Ellijay

Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival is bringing great music, great wines, fine art, and delicious cuisine, to beautiful Ellijay, GA. They will be offering a diversity of wines from around the world, including those made locally in North Georgia and the North Carolina region.

Enjoy delicious food prepared locally and listen to top jazz performers also from the region. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle and bring your blanket and lawn chairs to relax in while listening to great music.

The focus of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival is for the North Georgia Mountains to be recognized as “A Cultural Tourism Destination”, to feature regional wines being produced locally,  provide financial support and opportunities for area students of Jazz music, and awareness to the community as to the importance of this legendary American music style.

Read More: 8 ELLIJAY WINERY OPTIONS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DAYTIME DATE

DRAGON*CON (continued)

Downtown Atlanta | August 31 - September 4, 2023

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.

MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK (continued)

Downtown Marietta |September 2-4, 2023

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.

HELEN OKTOBERFEST

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

Read More: Beer, Brats, Bands, and Lederhosen: Celebrate Helen Oktoberfest

YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL

Stone Mountain Park | Sept. 7-10, 2023

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 350 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.

Read More: Your Complete Guide to the Amazing Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy Festival (2023)

CHATTAHOOCHEE MOUNTAIN FAIR

Clarkesville | September 8-16, 2023

The Chattahoochee Mountain Fair is a Habersham County tradition that 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 | September 9, 2023

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 9, 2023

The Gold Rush Festival in Villa Rica is 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 FESTIVALS IN GEORGIA: WEEK OF SEPT 11 - SEPT 17, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

CHATTAHOOCHEE MOUNTAIN FAIR (continued)

Clarkesville | September 8-16, 2023

The Chattahoochee Mountain Fair is a Habersham County tradition that 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!

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Kingston Downs | September 14-17, 2023

Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is an electronic dance music and immersive art festival.  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. 

ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA

Augusta Common | September 15-17, 2023

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.

Read More: The Best Things To Do in Augusta Ga: A Weekend Itinerary

BUCKHEAD FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Buckhead | September 16-17, 2023

Held in the heart of Buckhead, home to one of the city’s most enthusiastic art buying communities, the two-day Buckhead Fine Arts Festival will feature approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass artists, jewelers and more.

Festival goers can also soak up the sun and cityscape, while enjoying artist demonstrations and live acoustic music. The dynamic merchants in and surrounding the festival in the Buckhead Village will provide a variety of beverage and food offerings. Free to attend, the festival is rain or shine, open to all ages, and four-legged friends are welcome.

MUSIC MIDTOWN

Midtown Atlanta | September 15-17, 2023

Music Midtown features a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages. Be it rock and roll, hip hop, pop, electronic, or anything in between, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier festival for music lovers of all kinds since 1994.

Read More: ATLANTA MUSIC FESTIVALS: A NOTEWORTHY LIST OF 43+ OF METRO’S BEST

BARNESVILLE BUGGY DAYS

Barnesville | Sept 16-17, 2023

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.

JAPANFEST ATLANTA

Duluth | September 16-17, 2023

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.

OCMULGEE INDIGENOUS CELEBRATION

Ocmulgee National Monument | September 16-17, 2023

Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Ocmulgee Indigenous Celebration shares this vital piece of American history with some 17,000+ guests to the Ocmulgee National 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 Georgia National Monument in Macon. The Visitor Center, featuring over 2,000 artifacts and displays, will be open to the public.

Read More: Ocmulgee National Monument: An Unforgettable Living-History Journey

WEEK OF SEPT 18 - SEPT 24, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR

Marietta | Sept 21-Oct 1, 2023

The largest fair in Metro Atlanta takes over Jim Miller Park with rides, concerts, food, pageants, a flower show and more. The North Georgia State Fair is a must visit! Ages 10 and under admitted free.

SANDY SPRINGS ARTSAPALOOZA

Sandy Springs | September 23-24, 2023

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza features more than 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more, the festival will transform the beautiful tree-lined streets of Sandy Springs into an expansive outdoor art gallery.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, participate in hands-on art activities, and enjoy live acoustic performances. The award-winning, two-day festival will also have a children's area, gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives and beverages. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.

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BIG RED APPLE FESTIVAL

Cornelia | September 23, 2023

The Big Red Apple Festival is a long standing North Georgia tradition that 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.

PLAINS PEANUT FESTIVAL

Plains, GA | September 23, 2023

Plains Peanut Festival is fun for all ages. Activities include a road race, fun run, folk play, all day entertainment, Kiddie rides, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, SAM Shortline train rides and more.

RIVERFEST

Canton| September 23-24, 2023

Featured against the banks of the Etowah River Park in Canton, the Riverfest Arts & Crafts festival raises funds to support Cherokee County children in need. The two-day festival draws over 25,000 patrons, over 150 arts crafts exhibitors, 10-15 concessionaires, and a host of local entertainers.

FALL FESTIVALS IN GEORGIA: WEEK OF SEPT 25 - OCT 1, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR (continued)

Marietta | Sept 21-Oct 1, 2023

The largest fair in Metro Atlanta takes over Jim Miller Park with rides, concerts, food, pageants, a flower show and more. The North Georgia State Fair is a must visit! Ages 10 and under admitted free.

SWEET AUBURN MUSIC FEST

Sweet Auburn District | September 30-October 1, 2023

The Sweet Auburn Music Fest features live music, good food, national artists and celebrities - ALL FREE! If you are looking for a perfect blend of music, people, food, entertainment, and culture, welcome home.

From upcoming acts to timeless R&B & Gospel stars to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all. It is a family gathering of Food, Fun, and Music. What everyone loves. Enjoy the international food court, art vendors, small business owners and socialize with all the people from throughout the Southeast.

DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL

Downtown Duluth| September 30 - October 1, 2023

Established to promote fellowship and raise funds for their historic community, the Duluth Fall Festival is a town-wide celebration. Get ready for concerts, carnival rides, parades, plenty of shopping—and the real star of the show—the local fare.

OKTOBERFEST ATLANTA

Old Fourth Ward | Sep 29, 2023

Put on your lederhosen and join in for a full weekend of German-themed fun at Oktoberfest Atlanta! 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!

DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

Downtown Decatur | Paused for 2023

Note: The Decatur Book Festival will not be taking place in 2023, but they have plans to return in 2024.

The Decatur Book Festival 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.

GEORGIA STATE FAIR

Atlanta Motor Speedway | Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2023

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.

ROCKTOBERFEST

Rock City | Saturdays and Sundays in October

See Rock City and celebrate Oktoberfest at the same time with a visit to Rock City in October!   The  annual German-themed harvest festival, Rocktoberfest, offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Rocktoberfest hosts one-of-a-kind characters including the Fall Fairy, Jerry the Mime, Ik the Troll King and a caricature artist onsite to draw pictures of guests, included free with admission. And of course, the event would not be the same without Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows and live German music from The Musik Meisters and Wurstbrats. Mini pumpkin painting is also available.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

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LULA FALL FESTIVAL

Train Depot in Lula, Ga | September 30, 2023

The Lula Fall Festival is a free event filled with fun. Artists and craftsmen bring their folk art, pottery, hand-crafted items from across North Georgia. Enjoy children’s activities, fantastic food and entertainment.

FALL FEST IN CANDLER PARK

Candler Park | Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2023

Enjoy a two-day celebration of music, art, family and kicked off with a 5k race and a tour of homes at the Fall Fest in Candler Park. 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.

WEEK OF OCT 2 - OCT 8, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

GEORGIA STATE FAIR (continued)

Atlanta Motor Speedway | Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2023

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.

ROCKTOBERFEST (continued)

Rock City | Saturdays and Sundays in October

See Rock City and celebrate Oktoberfest at the same time with a visit to Rock City in October!   The  annual German-themed harvest festival, Rocktoberfest, offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Rocktoberfest hosts one-of-a-kind characters including the Fall Fairy, Jerry the Mime, Ik the Troll King and a caricature artist onsite to draw pictures of guests, included free with admission. And of course, the event would not be the same without Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows and live German music from The Musik Meisters and Wurstbrats. Mini pumpkin painting is also available.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

THE COTTON FAIR

Gay, GA | Oct 7-8, 2023

The Cotton Fair has been a staple in the community of Gay, Georgia for over 50 years. Each year during the first weekend of May and October, the Craft Festival brings a bustling crowd into our historic town. The festival is a chance to discover unique, skilled artisans and one-of-a-kind antiques—it feels like stepping back in time. 

ST MARYS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Waterfront Park| October 7, 2023

The St. Marys Seafood Festival brings a full day of family fun in St. Marys, including a 5K and 10K run, a themed parade featuring floats, fire trucks, tractors, and golf carts, and, of course, seafood concessionaires. You’ll also find entertainment, demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors, and more.

A favorite part of the day will be the food! The restaurants will be offering seafood festival specials and there will be food trucks and vendors with sensational seafood fare. The Kiwanis Club will have a booth with several seafood choices.

The festival is on the waterfront in St. Marys historic district and offers visitors a relaxing small-town feel.

CUMMING COUNTRY FAIR

Cumming Fairgrounds | October 5-15, 2023 | Website

The Cumming Country 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.

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GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FALL FESTIVAL

Hiawassee | October 6-14, 2023

With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall, and attending the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee is a great way to experience it.

Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a cooking contest, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

Read More: 52+ THINGS TO DO IN HIAWASSEE, GA ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE CHATUGE

ALIVE! FESTIVAL

Suwanee | Oct 7, 2023

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.

FALL FESTIVAL ON PONCE

Olmsted Linear Park | Oct 7-8, 2023

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. The event is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.

FALL FESTIVALS IN GEORGIA: WEEK OF OCT 9 - OCT 15, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

ROCKTOBERFEST (continued)

Rock City | Saturdays and Sundays in October

See Rock City and celebrate Oktoberfest at the same time with a visit to Rock City in October!   The  annual German-themed harvest festival, Rocktoberfest, offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Rocktoberfest hosts one-of-a-kind characters including the Fall Fairy, Jerry the Mime, Ik the Troll King and a caricature artist onsite to draw pictures of guests, included free with admission. And of course, the event would not be the same without Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows and live German music from The Musik Meisters and Wurstbrats. Mini pumpkin painting is also available.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

CUMMING COUNTRY FAIR (continued)

Cumming Fairgrounds | October 5-15, 2023 | Website

The Cumming Country 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.

GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FALL FESTIVAL (continued)

Hiawassee | October 6-14, 2023

With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall, and attending the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee is a great way to experience it.

Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a cooking contest, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

BLAIRSVILLE SORGHUM FESTIVAL

Meeks Park |October 14-15 & 21-22, 2023

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.

Rad More: BLAIRSVILLE GA: A STUNNING MOUNTAIN TOWN FILLED WITH FAMILY ADVENTURE

GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL

Ellijay | Oct. 14-15 and 21-22, 2023

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.

Read More: 31 Sensational Things To Do in Ellijay Ga (When You Leave the Kids at Home)

RIDE THE RAILS FESTIVAL

Mineral Bluff | October 14 - 15, 2023

The Ride the Rails Festival features 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, you can take a short ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car. Real fun for all ages.

WEEK OF OCT 16 - OCT 22, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

ROCKTOBERFEST (continued)

Rock City | Saturdays and Sundays in October

See Rock City and celebrate Oktoberfest at the same time with a visit to Rock City in October!   The  annual German-themed harvest festival, Rocktoberfest, offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Rocktoberfest hosts one-of-a-kind characters including the Fall Fairy, Jerry the Mime, Ik the Troll King and a caricature artist onsite to draw pictures of guests, included free with admission. And of course, the event would not be the same without Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows and live German music from The Musik Meisters and Wurstbrats. Mini pumpkin painting is also available.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

STONE MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES

Stone Mountain Park | October 20-22, 2023

Head out to Stone Mountain Park for the Scottish Highland Games! 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.

Read More: 2023 Stone Mountain Highland Games: An Insider’s Guide on the Best Scottish Heritage Festival

GOLD RUSH DAYS FESTIVAL

Dahlonega | Oct 21-22, 2023

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!

PINE LAKE LAKEFEST

Pine Lake  | October 21-22, 2023

Pine Lake's LakeFest returns to the shores of beautiful Pine Lake, Georgia, on October 21 and 22.  On that weekend, the city will transform its lakefront into a marketplace featuring handmade work by local artists and crafters, street performers, food trucks and festival treats.

There will be live music both days, family games and contests on the Beach with prizes, a Kids’ Carnival, a Pet Parade, and don't miss the "Floatzilla!"—LakeFest's signature wild water parade!  Admission and parking are free. 

OLD FOURTH WARD PARK ARTS FESTIVAL

Old Fourth Ward Park | October 21-22, 2023

Join the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces as they celebrate the return of the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival. The two-day festival will once again be held in Atlanta’s picturesque Historic Fourth Ward Park that is conveniently located along the bustling Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. 

Festival goers are invited to explore painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodwork and handcrafted items. The festival also features live music in the amphitheater, local food vendors, drinks, a children’s area, art demonstrations, games, and much more. The event is free to attend, open to all ages and dogs are welcome.

LITTLE 5 POINTS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL & PARADE

Little 5 Points | Oct 21-22, 2023

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! 

Read More: Everything You Need to Know about the Amazing Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival

RHYTHM & BREWS FESTIVAL

Greensboro | TBD

General admission to the Rhythm and Brews Festival in Greensboro 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.

WEEK OF OCT 23 - OCT 29, 2023

HELEN OKTOBERFEST (continued)

Helen | Select Dates Sept 7 - Oct. 29, 2023

Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the US. The Festhalle in Helen is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll.... and bring the kids!

ROCKTOBERFEST (continued)

Rock City | Saturdays and Sundays in October

See Rock City and celebrate Oktoberfest at the same time with a visit to Rock City in October!   The  annual German-themed harvest festival, Rocktoberfest, offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Rocktoberfest hosts one-of-a-kind characters including the Fall Fairy, Jerry the Mime, Ik the Troll King and a caricature artist onsite to draw pictures of guests, included free with admission. And of course, the event would not be the same without Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows and live German music from The Musik Meisters and Wurstbrats. Mini pumpkin painting is also available.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

WEST FEST AT BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville | Oct 26-28, 2023

Grab your cowboy hat and join the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, for the totally revamped West Fest! 

Entertainment includes re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, vendors, live music, Native American dancing, food trucks, children’s train and hay rides, living history encampments, chuckwagons, petting zoo, mechanical calf roping, and more. Free children’s art projects and activities are also included with admission. Festival is included with Museum admission.

Read More: BOOTH MUSEUM: A LEGENDARY WESTERN MUSEUM IN THE SOUTH

CHIAHA HARVEST FAIR

Ridge Ferry Park in Rome | October 28-29, 2023

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.

SOLVE & SIP MURDER MYSTERY

Ringgold | October 29, 2023

Solve and Sip are murder mystery parties where guests take on active roles as characters within an interesting story of betrayal, deception and murder.

Guests are given unique character profiles, alibis and motives, not word-for-word scripts. Draw on your own conclusions to the motives and identify the killer as everyone has fun socializing and mingling during the investigation. As the night progresses, one of your fellow guests will be revealed as the murderer (if it is not you)!

Tickets include a glass of wine.

WEEK OF OCT 30 - NOV 5, 2023

HEMLOCK FEST

Dahlonega | TBD

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

Atlanta | Nov 4-5, 2023

Featuring more than 185 talented painters, photographers, sculptors,  leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and  more, the  Chastain Park Arts Festival will transform Chastain Park into an expansive outdoor art gallery.

Festival goers are invited to view artist  demonstrations, participate  in hands-on art  activities and enjoy live acoustic performances while taking in breathtaking fall scenery.  The  award-winning, two-day festival will also have a children's play area in the  adjacent green space, gourmet food trucks, beverages and more. 

The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and four-legged friends are welcome.

SHRIMP AND GRITS FESTIVAL

Jekyll Island | November 3-4, 2023

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.

Read More: Jekyll Island GA: Protected Coastal Beauty With Resort Fun

FALL FESTIVALS IN GEORGIA FAQ

What is the most famous fall tradition?

One of the most famous fall traditions in Georgia is apple picking. Check out our Essential Apple Picking Georgia Guide to find the best places to experience apple picking and fall fun.

What are some popular fall traditions in the United States?

Some of the most popular fall traditions in the United States include apple picking, visiting a pumpkin patch, enjoying warm drinks by the fire, taking scenic drives, enjoying the changing leaves, football, and of course, fall festivals!

What is the most famous festival in the world in the fall?

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is considered the most popular fall festival in the world. More than 6 million people attend the festival each year! (That's a lot of beer!)

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