Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia
Labor Day Weekend at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain
Labor Day Weekend at Callaway Resort & Gardens features a number of hot air balloons that light up for a spectacular balloon glow at night followed by fireworks over Robin Lake Beach. Enjoy a weekend full of swimming at the beach, seeing butterflies and birds of prey take flight, and all the resort amenities along with three nights of balloon glows.
Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park, September
The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain hosts hundreds of artisans from all over the country in early September. Named for the yellow flowers that bloom in September on the mountain's hiking trails, the festival welcomes families and friends to spend time browsing the artists' booths, enjoying great festival food and spending the day at one of Georgia's most popular attractions. Shop for handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry and more. You'll also enjoy mouth-watering festival foods and live entertainment.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, September
As one of the state's largest food fests, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival draws fans to Atlanta every September. The four-day event showcases more than 200 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and industry insiders – each with a unique story to tell and a tradition to share. The fest, held in various locations throughout the city, including Historic Fourth Ward Park near Ponce City Market, is an adults-only event.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, September
The annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival showcases fine arts and crafts, music and international cuisine in Augusta. Browse work at more than 100 juried artist booths, and enjoy live music and entertainment on five stages. Dine on cuisine from around the world at international food booths, as well as take-out from downtown restaurants. The three-day celebration also features family-friendly performances on the Family Stage and interactive arts and crafts activities for children, ensuring guests of all ages enjoy the festivities.
Oktoberfest in Helen, Weekends in September & Daily Sept. 28-Oct. 29
Get out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready to dance to the polka in Helen this fall. Alpine Helen's Oktoberfest celebrations have been going on for more than 50 years, involving multiple weeks of traditional dancing, food, and of course, beer from September through October.
Learn more in this Guide to Helen Oktoberfest.
St. Marys Seafood Festival, October
The St. Marys Seafood Festival on Oct. 7, 2023, brings a full day of family fun in St. Marys, including a 5K and 10K run, a parade, and seafood concessionaires. You’ll also find entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
A favorite part of the day will be the food! The restaurants will offer seafood festival specials, and food trucks and vendors will serve sensational seafood fare. The festival is on the waterfront in St. Marys historic district and offers visitors a relaxing small-town feel.
Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival, October
All the hallmarks of a great country fair and festival come together during the annual Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival in Georgia’s Meriwether County. Exhibitors continue the spirit of craftsmanship, skill, talent and vision that many area farmers, homemakers, craftsmen and students began in town. Enjoy food and entertainment throughout the fairgrounds. Admission is free.
Rock City's Rocktoberfest in Lookout Mountain, October
Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the annual Rocktoberfest on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. Enjoy German music with live performances as well as Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows. Honor the park's founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter’s heritage with German food and fun for the whole family.
Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, October
If you're looking for a food festival that's geared toward family fun, then the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay in October is the perfect fit. Families from all over the country flock to this North Georgia town for two exciting fall weekends. Vendors offering food, art and crafts, and all things apples are ready to serve you. Stick around for the craft and apple cooking demonstrations, parade and the annual classic car show.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee, October
The nine-day Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee features exciting musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and more! Don't miss the music performances by Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, Shenandoah and Trace Adkins.
Fall Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, October
Bring friends, family and even your pet to Blue Ridge for the Fall Arts in the Park, which showcases more than 170 juried fine arts and crafts exhibitors. Enjoy tasty food, watch artist demonstrations and let kids experience the children's activity booth. Admission is just $5 for adults, and children under 12 are free.
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, November
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.