The Georgia National Fair, held over 10 days in Perry, features rides, games and fireworks along with livestock and horse shows.
You Need to Go to These Festivals This Fall in Georgia
Cooler days and turning leaves lure us out of our air-conditioned lairs and into the crisp fall air and festival season.
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
The Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival in September 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.
48th Annual Oktoberfest, Sept. 6 - Oct. 28, 2018
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. 7-8, 2018
You do not want to miss September's South Georgia BBQ & Outdoor Festival in Douglas, which includes a GBA-sanctioned BBQ competition, popular bands, motorcycle show and poker run, car show, arts and crafts, outdoor vendors and more.
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, Sept. 14-16, 2018
Celebrate the return of the three-day 2018 Shrimp & Grits Festival in the Golden Isles filled with great food, music a craft beer fest and more. Chefs from around the state compete for the title of "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits," and local restaurants serve the Southern staple on the Riverfront Lawn. Shop for handmade foods, arts and crafts, and learn tips from the experts at Southern Living magazine. After taking a year off because of Hurricane Irma, this year's festival is sure to draw a crowd!
Annual Rock Shrimp Festival, Oct. 6, 2018
The Annual Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys in October 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.
Georgia National Fair, Oct. 4-14, 2018
See livestock and horse shows, competitive exhibits, major concerts, street entertainers, family entertainment, a circus, and nightly fireworks at the 10-day Georgia National Fair in Perry. Your family will also love the food, rides, games and vendors at this fall tradition in Georgia.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Oct. 12-21, 2018
With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery, there is no better place to be than the North Georgia mountains in the fall! Each October, the nine-day Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee features exciting musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention.
Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival
Celebrate the Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival, the city's oldest existing festival, featuring a variety of vendors and attractions, food, music, arts and crafts, and activities for the children. Admission is free!