6 Georgia Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2016

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Mark your 2016 calendars and start making plans to attend these Georgia festivals.

International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon) – Party with the blossoms during the annual two-week event in downtown Macon. This festival has something for everyone, including (but definitely not limited to) tours, food, a huge parade, concerts, vendors, sports events, a battle of the bands. The 2016 festival will be held March 17- April 3.

Savannah Irish Festival (Savannah) – Do you love St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah but you’re not up for joining the thousands of roaming street revelers? Head to the city a month in advance for the annual Savannah Irish Festival, a three-day cultural celebration that kicks off the town’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The 2016 festival will be held February 19-21.

Rose Show & Festival (Thomasville) – Celebrating its 95th year in 2016, the Rose Show & Festival features thousands of roses, two parades, live music, a street dance, arts and crafts, festival food and more. The 2016 festival will be held April 21-23.

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival (Jekyll Island) – Each September Jekyll Island cooks up something good (real, real good if you ask me) for locals and visitors. The annual Shrimp and Grits Festival features a celebration of the favorite dish in all things, including cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, a cook-off, kid-friendly entertainment options and shrimp boat tours. The 2016 festival will be held September 16-18.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta (Augusta) – Visual, musical and cultural arts combine for this annual event in downtown Augusta. In addition to arts and crafts vendors selling their goods, the festival features family-friendly fun for youngsters and live music, festival food, street performances, open galleries ready for browsing and plenty of local flavor. A 2016 festival date has not yet been confirmed for this autumn festival.

The Cotton Pickin’ Fair (Gay) – Step back in time to the days when cotton reigned supreme throughout Georgia. This festival focuses on art, antiques, crafts and classic Southern-style live entertainment. A 2016 festival date has not yet been confirmed for this autumn festival.


Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.