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    Take to the streets of Milledgeville for music, art, BBQ and more during Deep Roots.

The dog days of summer are almost over, and the fall happenings in Georgia's Lake Country are calling your name! Read on for a list of the top fall activities taking place in the four communities surrounding Lakes Oconee and Sinclair — Eatonton, Greensboro, Madison and Milledgeville.

Eatonton

Briar Patch Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Festival – Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Briar Patch Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Festival in Eatonton, Georgia
Briar Patch Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Festival in Eatonton, Georgia

This annual downtown Eatonton event is now in its 7th year and is hosted by Eatonton Main Street on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn. Stroll the courthouse square of historic downtown Eatonton, where you can shop for one-of-a-kind pieces all while enjoying entertainment and delicious eats! For more information, visit http://www.eatontonmainstreet.com/.

Taste Of Eatonton – Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.  8:30 p.m.

Get your tickets and don’t miss out on an opportunity to taste the specialty food items of Eatonton restaurants! With a cash bar and silent auction, this event is a local favorite! For more information, visit www.tasteofeatonton.com.

Halloween Fest – Oct. 27, 7 – 9 p.m.

Participate in the costume contest (all ages welcome) by showing off your most creative costume ideas on the Courthouse Lawn. Also, Watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as October's Movie in the Briarpatch! For more information, visit http://www.eatontonmainstreet.com/.

Greensboro

The Rhythm & Brews Festival – Sept. 16, 6 p.m.
Head out to the Sandy Creek Barn for an evening of live music, craft beer and wine tasting. Stick around for a performance from Whisky Bent with a special guest appearance by John Popper of Blues Traveler. If you’re a foodie, don’t miss this event, which will feature local and regional food trucks.

Rock n’ Roll Cruise In – Sept. 16, 4 - 8 p.m.

Rock n' Roll Cruise In in Greensboro, Georgia
Rock n' Roll Cruise In in Greensboro, Georgia

Put on your dancin' shoes and get ready to "remember when" as live music from the '50's and '60's fills the air. This fall favorite features more than 150 of the region's most impressive classic cars. For more information about entering your car, visit http://www.georgiaclassiccruisers.com.

Taste N’ Jam in Downtown Greensboro – Oct. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

Sample some delicious bites from food vendors and dance to the electrifying sounds of the Jake Bartley Band, back by popular demand!

Madison

Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival – Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enter your out-of-this world chili recipe in Madison’s 13th Annual Chili Cook-off! That, or cast your vote for the best batch in the public sampling. This day full of fun for the whole family also features a cornbread contest, live music and a handmade/homegrown market. Don’t miss this special day in Madison that always attracts a crowd. Wristbands go on sale at 12 p.m. for $5 each, and public sampling begins at 12:30 sharp! For more information, call (706) 342-1251 or visit http://www.madisonga.com/index.aspx?NID=352.

Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival – Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival in Bostwick, Georgia
Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival in Bostwick, Georgia

If you've never seen 100+ tractors motor through town, then it's time to head to Bostwick! Featuring specialty craft vendors, tasty treats and cotton ginning demonstrations, this celebration of agricultural heritage is not to be missed! Bostwick is located in Morgan County just a few miles from Madison. $5 parking fee per vehicle, and hayrides will be available from parking field to the festival. For more information, call (706) 342-0182 or visit http://bostwickga.com/cotton-gin.html.

Milledgeville

Lockerly Under the Stars – Sept. 9

This fun and relaxing celebration at Lockerly Arboretum will feature music by Reunion, food by Aubri Lane’s and a silent auction. Best of all, it will all take place in Lockerly's Grassmann Meadow, under the stars. Phone: (478) 452-2112. Admission: $50 Members, $60 Non-Members, $40 under 40 years old.

Deep Roots Festival – Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – Midnight

Deep Roots Barbecue Cook-Off in Milledgeville, Georgia
Deep Roots Barbecue Cook-Off in Milledgeville, Georgia

This lively cultural arts and music festival brings historic downtown Milledgeville to life like nothing else. A long-time favorite of locals, tourists and college students alike, this festival features an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from bluegrass to rock-and-roll, an artist market and a “LittleRoots KidZone.” The festival also plays host to an MBN-sanctioned BBQ cook-off contest featuring the ever-popular People's Choice award that will draw BBQ connoisseurs from around the Southeast. Phone: 478-414-4014. Admission: $6 prior to festival; $8 at the door or $6 for 4 or more tickets.

Andalusia's 12th Annual Bluegrass Festival – Oct. 28

Gather under the majestic oak and pecan trees at Andalusia Farm for an evening of bluegrass grooving. Pack a picnic and bring the dog because this event is fun for the whole family. There will be food and drink vendors as well as plenty of free parking. The day starts at 3 p.m. with porch pickin’ (bring your instruments!) and guided trail walks before the bands take stage at 5 p.m. Phone: (478) 454-4029. Admission: Adults $10, students and seniors, $5, kids under 12 free.

Jamison Hooks

Jamison Hooks is the Tourism Project Coordinator for the Madison - Morgan CVB. Upon graduating from The Florida State University, Jamison fell in love with Madison and its antebellum charm. The newfound Georgia Peach loves exploring Morgan County with her dog by her side. The duo usually can be found adventuring at Hard Labor Creek State Park or enjoying Lake Oconee.

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