Tybee Island Pirate Fest, Oct. 4-7, 2018
10 Unusual Georgia Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss
The rich fabric of a community reveals itself in the festivals hosted there. Whether it’s a celebration of a unique animal from the area, or a beautiful indigenous flower, or something totally different, you can tell a lot about a community during the spring or fall festivals. Here are some unique Georgia soirees you don’t want to miss.
The Big Pig Jig, Vienna
The Big Pig Jig is set around the Southeast’s largest and Georgia’s oldest official barbecue cooking contest in Vienna. Held in November, the festivities begin on Friday night when cook teams start their fires. Gates open for participants to enjoy children's activities, arts and crafts, food and concerts. Saturday is the barbecue judging with winners announced that evening.
VIP Bed Race, Columbus
What better way to raise money and awareness of homeless families than a bed race competition? Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP) provides temporary shelter, meals and support to homeless families in Columbus. The community comes together the last Saturday in February to support their mission by designing and building beds on wheels to race each other down a 150-yard course. You can only imagine the hilarity. Awards are given for fastest bed, best theme, team spirit and crowd's choice.
Fire Ant Festival, Ashburn
Tunes from the Tombs, Atlanta
The site for the unusual Tunes from the Tombs music festival is a cemetery. Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for some of Atlanta’s most notable residents, such as Maynard Jackson, Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones, but don’t wait until you’ve departed this world to visit, or you’ll miss out. Tunes from the Tombs is held in each summer in June and always features a roster of impressive Georgia- and Southern-based musicians.
Pirate Fest, Tybee Island
What better place to celebrate pirates than on the Georgia coast? Pirate Fest is held each October on Tybee Island. Dress the part with a visit to the Thieves and Gypsies Market, where you can transform from a mild-mannered tourist to a swashbuckling pirate. Don’t miss the Pirate Parade held on Saturday. The family-friendly street party includes lots of dancing and, of course, treasure.
Chicken Livers & Gizzards Festival, Broxton
About an hour east of Tifton, Georgia, is the tiny town of Broxton, known for its sandstone formation called Broxton Rocks. Well, that and the Chicken Livers & Gizzards Festival. Held the first Saturday in November, the festival is free and a chance to enjoy small-town fun. The event kicks off with a parade followed by a good old-fashioned street festival. When planning your trip, be sure to arrange a tour of the Broxton Rocks Preserve.
Geranium Drop, McDonough
The Buzzard Drop, Perry
Bob the Buzzard was somewhere North of the Mason-Dixon Line, freezing his “feathers” off, when he suddenly decided there had to be a better life. He settled in Perry, Georgia, and now Bob and his friends are as much a part of the landscape in Perry as the Clock Tower at the Fairgrounds. In honor of the Buzzard’s return, Perry residents gather each New Year’s Eve to celebrate their brave trek with a New Year’s Eve celebration and Buzzard drop.
Possum Drop, Tallapoosa
About 45 minutes west of Atlanta on I-20, you’ll find the town of Tallapoosa, formerly known as Possum Snout. Tallapoosa rings in the New Year by dropping a stuffed possum named Spencer. Come early, there is a full day of activities, including a Possum Day Parade, Kids Zone, live bands, concessions and even a Possum King and Queen!