Blooming cherry trees in Macon, Georgia. Photo courtesy of International Cherry Blossom Festival

Macon, Georgia. Photo courtesy of International Cherry Blossom Festival

Best Festivals of 2022

Get in on the action — from apple picking to shrimp sampling — at some of Georgia’s signature events.

Take the opportunity to get away for long holiday weekends and festivals that capture the best of each season at these 11 events from Savannah to the North Georgia mountains. Mark your calendars, book your rooms and be among the first to get your tickets to these best festivals of the year!

Parade goer in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2022 - Savannah is home to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the South (and second largest in the country), a high-stepping event that dates back to 1824 and is the pinnacle of the weekend-long celebration. Wear lots of green (and some good walking shoes), raise a pint, and dance a jig to the sound of bagpipes on the city’s cobblestone streets. 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

Blooming cherry trees in Macon, Georgia. Photo courtesy of International Cherry Blossom Festival

International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia

International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon

March 18-27, 2022 - Usher in springtime with this magnificent display of nature at Carolyn Crayton Park in the heart of Macon. The town is awash in cotton-candy pink as 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom, making Macon the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

Think Pink this Spring

Liam's Cheese Shoppe in Thomasville, Georgia, decorated during the Rose Show & Festival

Liam's Cheese Shoppe decorated during the Thomasville Rose Show & Festival

Thomasville Rose Show and Festival

April 22-23, 2022 - Held in downtown Thomasville for more than 100 years, the Rose Show and Festival in April offers a visual feast, as spectacular floral displays take over the town. Restaurants get in on the fun, too, as they incorporate the flower into dishes and drinks (think rose sangria and macarons), making it a truly multisensory experience.

Bask in the Rose Show beauty

Team of horses at the gate of Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, Georgia

Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, Georgia

Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee

Aug. 19-27, 2022 - It’s yesterday once more at this fun-filled fair held every August on the shores of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee. Delight in vintage carnival rides, stroll the 1800s mountain village, and check out demonstrations of pioneer crafts, from moonshine making and cider squeezing to quilting and blacksmithing.

Go to the Georgia Mountain Fair

Hot air balloons glowing at night at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Hot Air Balloon Glow in Pine Mountain

Sept. 2-4, 2022 - With more than 2,500 acres of gardens to explore, Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain is a scenic wonderland all year long. Each Labor Day weekend, it becomes even dreamier as dozens of glowing hot-air balloons take to the sky at sunset, followed by an extraordinary fireworks show.

Get away to Callaway for Labor Day

Music Midtown 2021 in Atlanta. Photo by Ian Rawn Photography

Music Midtown in Atlanta. Photo by Ian Rawn Photography

Music Midtown in Atlanta

September 2022 (exact dates TBA) - Make your way to Atlanta's Piedmont Park in September for this hopping, multi-stage music festival, featuring a range of genres, from classic rock to hip-hop. Jamming to your favorite artists with views of the city skyline is nothing short of magical.

Don't Miss Music Midtown

Acrobat performing at Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Sept. 16-18, 2022 - This September extravaganza draws art lovers from far and wide to Augusta’s historic downtown. In addition to a juried fine arts competition and crafts market, the festival features live jazz music, a beer garden with Southern brews, and a wide variety of international eats.

Explore Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Child with apples in Ellijay, Georgia. Photo by @justthekings

B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia. Photo by @justthekings

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Oct. 8-9 & 15-16, 2022 - Apples are the stars of the show at this October celebration in Ellijay, known as the Apple Capital of Georgia. Come for the fresh-picked apples, and stay for the parade, vintage car show, and abundance of sweet treats — from apple butter to apple fritters to apple cider slushies.

Save the Dates for the Georgia Apple Festival

Overhead view of Gold Rush Days parade in Dahlonega, Georgia

Gold Rush Days parade in Dahlonega, Georgia

Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega

Oct. 15-16, 2022 - Crisp mountain air and peak fall foliage set the stage for this October festival. Thousands gather to celebrate the anniversary of the 1828 discovery of gold in Dahlonega by panning for gold, mining gemstones, attending the annual parade, and purchasing local art.

Get in on Gold Rush Days

Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia. Photo by @floridadonny

Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia. Photo by @floridadonny

Helen Oktoberfest

Sept. 8-Oct. 30, 2022 (various dates) - Follow the sound of oompah bands to Helen, the Bavarian-inspired town where revelers don lederhosen and dirndls and celebrate this traditional folk festival from late September through early November. Raise a pint in the Festhalle, chow down on bratwursts and kraut, and dance along to traditional German tunes.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Helen

Shrimp mascot welcoming guests to the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Nov. 4-6, 2022 - The savory Southern delicacy is especially delicious when prepared with locally caught Georgia shrimp. At this award-winning festival on Jekyll Island in November celebrating the beloved dish, you can sample myriad variations from renowned chefs. Live music and numerous art vendors make this an especially entertaining affair in one of Georgia’s most naturally beautiful locations.

Dig in at Jekyll's Shrimp & Grits Festival

Published: February 2022
Written by: Lia Picard
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