Hot Air Balloon Glow on Labor Day Weekend at Callaway Resort & Gardens
Bragg On in Macon, July 31
The roots of American music run deep in Macon. Experience a taste of the city's soulful vibe at the free community concert Bragg On the last Saturday in July. It's a smaller scale than the city's longtime favorite Bragg Jam Concert Crawl that showcases bands at venues throughout the city, but this year's outdoor event promises to be music to your ears.
Hot Air Balloon Glow at Callaway Resort & Gardens, Sept. 3-5
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, Sept. 9-12
A highlight of Georgia's festival calendar every September, the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is one event that arts and crafts fans absolutely can’t miss. Expansive festival grounds welcome visitors to browse and purchase work by hundreds of artists over the four-day event.
Learn more in this Guide to the Yellow Daisy Festival.
Oktoberfest in Helen, Weekends in September & Daily Sept. 30-Nov. 7
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 50 years, involving multiple weeks of traditional dancing, food, and of course, beer from September to November.
Learn more in this Guide to Helen Oktoberfest.
Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, Sept. 11
Join fellow cheese lovers at the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, and indulge in an afternoon of melty, cheesy goodness served by restaurants from all over the city. While tasting samples, listen to live music, play games, and relax with a beer or cocktail in the Bloody Mary Garden. Vote for your favorite grilled cheese creation, and see who will be crowned "Best Grilled Cheese" in Atlanta!
ArtsCity Festival in Augusta, Sept. 17-19
The annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival is being modified this year and will be the ArtsCity Festival instead. Browse work at more than 100 juried artist booths, and enjoy live music and entertainment on two stages. Dine on cuisine from around the world at international food booths, as well as take-out from downtown restaurants. The two-and-a-half-day celebration won't be as large as it has been previously, but it will have all the elements that have made it a beloved festival for years.
Music Midtown in Atlanta, Sept. 18-19
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As one of the state's largest music fests, Music Midtown draws fans to Atlanta every September. The long list of acts in the weekend lineup covers many musical genres and features some of the industry’s biggest names. The fest, held outdoors in Piedmont Park in September, has seen acts by the likes of Ludacris, Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, Artic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and T.I.
Blind Willie McTell Music Festival in Thomson, Sept. 21
Head to Thomson for this year's music festival named for native Blind Willie McTell, an influential blues guitarist and singer. Experience performances by the North Mississippi Allstars, Son Volt, Joachim Cooder (son of famed guitarist Ry Cooder), Todd Allbright, and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers.
Find more events and things to do on your trip with this Guide to Thomson.
Savannah Jazz Festival, Sept. 21-26
The Coastal Jazz Association was formed in 1981 as a way to ensure that jazz would continue to thrive here. Several years later, their efforts birthed the Savannah Jazz Festival, going strong for 40 years now – each September brings a much-anticipated week of performances across the city.
Georgia National Fair in Perry, Oct. 7-17
For 11 days each autumn, The Georgia National Fair brings rides, concerts, agricultural exhibits and competitions, food stands, arts and crafts, and horse shows to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry. The best part? Fireworks each night!
Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega, Oct. 16-17
Dahlonega’s Town Square is taken over each October by Gold Rush Days festival-goers ready to enjoy a parade, children's activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, live musical entertainment, wrist wrestling, and delicious food. Free to attend.
Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Oct. 22-24
The annual Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show in Dawsonville celebrates the town's longstanding embrace of the alcoholic spirit. The late October festival fills the downtown area with family-friendly activities and displays.
While you're in town, if you're a fan of "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" (aka NASCAR champion Bill Elliott), you won't want to miss trying his branded spirits in his hometown. Tour the Dawsonville Distillery to get a taste of handcrafted, small batch moonshine and whiskey. Stop by the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to learn more about NASCAR's roots and how moonshine was a part of the start of the popular racing series.
Savannah Pride, Oct. 28-30
In Savannah, Halloween belongs to Pride! Start the party with Masqueerade on Thursday, Oct. 28, when the streets will be filled with people in costume and drag. Then, join the Savannah Pride Parade Friday, Oct. 29 as it winds through downtown Savannah to the Savannah Pride Festival in Ellis Square. You’ll find music, performances, food and drinks, and more at the festival Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30.