Trip Ideas

Top Festivals for Fall

Cooler days and turning leaves lure us out of our air-conditioned lairs and into the crisp fall air and festival season.

  • The Georgia National Fair

    The Georgia National Fair, held over 10 days in Perry, features rides, games and fireworks along with livestock and horse shows.

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  • Jekyll Island's Shrimp & Grits Festival

    If we must say goodbye to summer, Jekyll Island's Shrimp & Grits Festival, which celebrates two of Georgia’s favorite foods, is the perfect way to do it. Taste the classic Southern dish, watch shrimp cook-offs, tour shrimp boats, sample craft beer and chill out at evening concerts in the island’s beautiful historic district. 
  • Yellow Daisy Festival

    Stroll among more than 400 arts and crafts booths at the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain in September. When your stomach starts to growl, the food trucks can fill almost any gastronomic need. Kids have their own activity area, and there’s even a “Men’s Den” with TVs showing college football and other sports. 

  • Oktoberfest

    The Alpine-themed village of Helen, in the northeast Georgia mountains, loves Oktoberfest (44th Annual) so much the celebrating starts in September and doesn’t finish until November! The brats are cooking, the strudels are baking, the beer is flowing and polka music fills the air. You’d have to go to Germany for a more authentic Oktoberfest, but this one is less than two hours away from Atlanta, and you don’t need a passport!

  • Georgia Apple Festival

    Plan on checking out the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, “The Heart of Georgia’s Apple Country,” for two weekends in October. The town square is packed with arts, crafts, apple butter, apple pies, a car show and more apples.

  • Gold Rush Days

    Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega celebrates the discovery of gold in 1828. Dahlonega also celebrates good times with the Coronation of the King and Queen, a parade, clogging, hog calling, buck dancing and gold-panning contests, and arm wrestling. 

  • Georgia National Fair

    Fall means fun at the 11-day Georgia National Fair. Livestock, fine arts and home arts competitions, big-time amusement rides and concerts by country artists help draw more than 400,000 people to Perry. 

  • Taste of Atlanta

    Atlanta has a well-earned reputation as a food lover’s town and nowhere is that more evident than at October’s Taste of Atlanta. Nosh on samples from more than 90 restaurants showcasing their best culinary creations, and learn some new skills at a cooking demo or workshop in Midtown near Georgia Tech. 

  • Stone Mountain Highland Games

    Everyone is Scottish during the Stone Mountain Highland Games. More than 100 clan associations and Scottish societies participate in the “Gathering of the Clans,” but if you’re not a lad or lassie of Scottish descent, no worries. Check out highland dancers, pipe bands and marvel as professional and amateur athletes compete in the Highland Heavies by “tossing” (throwing) sheafs (burlap bags of hay thrown with a pitchfork), 56-pound weights, and cabers (large, tapered poles). 

  • Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival

    Take a step back in time at the Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival. The festival benefits the historic Susie Agnes Hotel, which serves as City Hall and has been a center of community life and commerce for more than a century.