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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  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, Sept. 2-4, 2016

    The Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens is highlighted by the extraordinary vision of a balloon glow on Friday evening, and morning and evening flights on Saturday and Sunday. Between balloon launches, the days are filled with entertainment, family activities, exhibits, demonstrations, music and more.
  • 46th Annual Oktoberfest, September 8-October 30, 2016

    The Alpine-themed village of Helen, in the northeast Georgia mountains, loves Oktoberfest so much the celebrating starts in September and doesn’t finish until the end of October! 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!

  • South Georgia BBQ & Outdoor Festival, Sept. 9-10, 2016

    You do not want to miss the South Georgia BBQ Festival which includes a GBA sanctioned BBQ competition, popular bands, motorcycle show and poker run, car show, arts & crafts, outdoor vendors and more.
  • Appalachian Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Sept. 24, 2016

    Ringgold hosts the Appalachian Celtic Festival and Highland Games featuring musi, arts, crafts, demonstrations and Scottish Highland Athletic Games.
  • Annual Rock Shrimp Festival, Oct. 1, 2016

    The Annual Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys includes a 5K run, kids' activities, a themed parade featuring decorated floats, fire trucks, tractors, golf carts, while downtown will be overflowing with all-day entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food concessionaires, and, of course, the sweet-tasting rock shrimp that is the event's namesake.

  • 36th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival, Oct. 22, 2016

    Celebrate the 36th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival, Conyers' oldest existing festival, featuring a variety of vendors and attractions, food, music, arts & crafts, and activities for the children. Admission is free!