Tybee Island Pirate Fest in October
Fire Ant Festival, Ashburn
This wacky festival held the fourth weekend in March includes your standard festival activities and treats, but you can also get lost in a giant fire ant maze or participate in the fire ant calling contest. What exactly do you think a fire ant sounds like? Find out at the Fire Ant Festival.
Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival
Join fellow cheese lovers at the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival in September 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!
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, held this year in September, 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.
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.
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 to the Possum Drop for a full day of activities, including a Possum Day Parade, Kids Zone, live bands, concessions and even a Possum King and Queen!