Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia

Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia, Oct. 3-13, 2019

18 Can't-Miss Fall Events for Family Fun

Experience the season's best and create family memories at Georgia's fall festivals and fairs.

Fall beckons families outdoors to enjoy Georgia's festivals, fairs and crisp weather. From Ellijay’s Apple Festival in the mountains to Tybee Island’s Pirate Fest on the coast, fall adventures await families around the state. Sample a few events in each region of Georgia to fully experience the season, and share your favorite fall finds using #ExploreGeorgia.

Owl-o-ween Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kennesaw, Georgia

Atlanta Metro

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival, Kennesaw

Take the family to Kennesaw State University's Sports & Entertainment Park for Owl-O-Ween, Atlanta's only hot air balloon festival and largest costume party. With trick-or-treating, hot air balloon glows, costume showdowns, roving performers, food trucks and more, you'll be amazed at this incredible Halloween experience.

Boo at the Zoo, Atlanta

Dress in costume and visit with more than 1,000 animals at Zoo Atlanta during Boo at Zoo Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, 2019. Enjoy treats throughout the zoo, and watch animals get Halloween surprises. 

Georgia Apple Festival

North Georgia

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

Over two weekends in October (12-13 & 19-20), more than 300 vendors showcase handmade, hand-crafted items at the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. Enjoy many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. Don't miss the apple cake and apple pie recipe contests, the classic auto show, the Apple Festival Parade, and be sure to visit several of the orchards in the area for freshly picked apples and more Georgia-grown treats.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee

Each October, the nine-day Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features exciting musical performances, arts and craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega

More than 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Dahlonega Public Square and Historic District in support of Gold Rush Days the third full weekend in October. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

Prater's Mill Country Fair, Dalton

Browse arts and crafts by nearly 200 artisans while you listen to mountain music, sample Southern foods and watch living history exhibits at this October event at Prater's Mill Historic Site. Craft demonstrations include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting and woodcarving, and you can even see the mill grind corn. 

Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia

Central Georgia

The Georgia National Fair, Perry

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. The best part? Fireworks each night!

Deep Roots Festival, Milledgeville

A cultural arts and music festival in October, Deep Roots also features a delicious barbecue cook-off, more than 100 vendors with handmade arts & crafts, an antique car show and the KidZone -- complete with the best collection of rides and inflatables.

Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch

Saturdays in fall bring a series of special events to The Rock Ranch beginning in October. Special Saturdays include Superhero Day, Great Outdoor Adventure Day, a Hot Air Balloon Rally and a “Not So Spooky” Halloween Festival. The festivities come to a close in November with National Pumpkin Destruction Day.

A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville

On Oct. 26, 2019, enjoy a fun evening of ghoulish events, including a haunted hayride, treats, a movie on the lawn, campfire, costume contest and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and equestrian campers at A.H. Stephens State Park.

TroupCorn Maze & Halloween Fun, Dublin

With a huge corn maze and more than 20 additional attractions, TroupCorn Maze offers a fresh take on family fun and education in a rural farm setting. Certified Georgia Grown, TroupCorn Maze grows bushels of smiles for the whole family during October and November with acres of fun! Cheer on your team during College Football Saturdays with a huge outdoor movie screen, snacks from Mazey's Restaurant, and a fire crackling!

Family Fall Fest at Mistletoe State Park, Appling

In November, celebrate fall with hayrides, crafts, hikes, children’s games, storytelling and more at the Annual Fall Festival at Mistletoe State Park on Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta. Stay for the weekend in one of the park's lakeside log cabins or cottages, or set up camp and enjoy spectacular views of sunset and sunrise over the water.

Day Out with Thomas on the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad

South Georgia

Day Out with Thomas on the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad, Cordele

Thomas visits the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia in October. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends.

Harvest Festival, Nashville

The Harvest Festival features arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Roll up your pant legs and give grape stomping a try -- just one of the many family-friendly activities available. Admission to the downtown festival is free to the public.

Spooktacular at Chehaw Park, Albany

Spend your Halloween with Chehaw in the Zoo plaza with Halloween-themed fun for all ages! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes! Games, prizes, candy and animal encounters are all free with zoo admission.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

The Coast

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

There is fun for pirates of all ages at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest in October. The littlest pirates can enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment, while adults can grab a drink, partake in pirate-themed carnival games and shop for fun souvenirs.

CoastFest, Brunswick

The annual CoastFest in October highlights Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education. Activities range from recycling to coastal weather … native plants to sea turtles ... water conservation to archeology… herpetology to geology … sharks to shrimp!

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, Richmond Hill

Eat some of the best seafood you'll find anywhere while you enjoy live entertainment on two stages at this must-try fall food festival. Thrill-seekers will love the carnival midway, and shoppers will love the handmade arts and crafts.

Published: August 2019
Written by: Lesli Peterson