Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia

Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia, Oct. 7-17, 2021

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 the Georgia National Fair in the middle of the state, fall adventures await families around the state. Sample a few events around Georgia to fully experience the season, and share your favorite fall finds using #ExploreGeorgia.

Father and daughter at Yellow Daisy Festival

Atlanta Metro

Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain

Exclusively at Stone Mountain Park, the Yellow Daisy Festival hosts hundreds of artisans from all over the United States Sept. 9-12, 2021. Explore handmade works from artists, potters, painters, jewelers, crafters, and woodworkers. Gather your family for four days of shopping, mouth-watering festival foods, and fun. 

Marietta StreetFest

This fall, the 30th annual Marietta StreetFest celebrates arts and crafts, family fun, live music and classic cars in historic Marietta Square. Held Sept. 18-19, 2021, the free outdoor event is presented by the Marietta Museum of History. Browse the work of more than 75 artists, watch the kids play in Kids Korner and Tiny Tot Town, check out the classic cars, and enjoy music by local bands and songwriters.

Georgia Apple Festival

North Georgia

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

Over two weekends in October (9-10 & 16-17, 2021), 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. Performers at this year's event, Oct. 8-16, 2021, include Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, Neal McCoy and Lee Greenwood.

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 the Oct. 9-10, 2021, event at Prater's Mill Historic Site. Craft demonstrations include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting and woodcarving, and you can even see the mill grind corn. 

Finster Fest, Summerville

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden hosts the annual Finster Fest art and music extravaganza Oct. 9-10, 2021. Featuring more than 60 artists, live music, barbecue, and other southern fares, a children's art activity area, and the chance to tour Howard Finster's famous folk art environment the family-friendly festival is truly one-of-a-kind. 

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 (Oct. 16-17, 2021). It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Rome

Don't miss the USN Blue Angels at the ninth annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show Oct 30-31, 2021, in Rome. Known as "Georgia’s Aviation Tailgate Party," the 2021 event will use a drive-in format, offering spectators the perfect mix of social distancing while watching some of the top military and civilian aviation performers.

Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia

Central Georgia

ArtsCity Festival, Augusta

Clear you calendar for Sept. 17-19, 2021, so you don’t miss out on all that the ArtsCity Festival has to offer – from international cuisine to local art vendors to jazz musicians. See more than 100 arts and crafts booths and two stages of non-stop entertainment, including a Global Stage with cultural music and dance and Jazz Stage with Jazz and Blues performances. This mini-Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival promises all of the fun cultural experiences that fans have come to love in a safe, scaled-down environment for this year.

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, Macon

Celebrate the cultures of the Southeastern Native Americans at the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Sept. 18-19, 2021. Experience traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance. Native American arts and crafts vendors will be selling their crafts as well as food. Rediscover the mounds and Earth Lodge, artifacts, trails, and nature within the park.

Oliver Hardy Festival, Harlem

Remember Laurel & Hardy, the classic comedy duo from the 1940s? Celebrate their legacy in Oliver's hometown Oct. 2, 2021, at the Oliver Hardy Festival, a fun‑filled day for the whole family. Don't miss the look-alike contest, music, dance, great food, and classic movies all day at the Laurel & Hardy Museum.

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! Visit Oct. 7-17, 2021.

Olde Town Fall Festival, Conyers

Join the fun Oct. 16, 2021, at the Olde Town Fall Festival, a full day of arts and craft vendors, festival food, entertainment, and kids' activities. There are two stages of entertainment, so plan your browsing, shopping, and snacking around some great local acts. Parking and admission are free.

Deep Roots Festival, Milledgeville

A cultural arts and music festival Oct. 23, 2021, Deep Roots also features a barbecue cook-off, more than 100 vendors with handmade arts and crafts, an antique car show, and the KidZone -- complete with the best collection of rides and inflatables.

Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in Statesboro, Georgia

South Georgia

Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, Statesboro

Take a spin on the carnival rides, visit the petting zoo, check out local agriculture and eat delicious food at the annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Oct. 18-23, 2021, in Statesboro. Explore the Heritage Village, where you can see an old-fashioned store, a chicken barn, and blacksmith shop. Be sure to stop by The Pancake House, a local fair tradition!

Mother and child touching stingray at CoastFest in Brunswick, Georgia

Coastal Georgia

Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash

Bring the family to celebrate the end of summer at the Tybee Island Pier. This annual event is free and will feature live music from the Swingin' Medallions Band under the open-air pavilion. Bring cash for food and drinks available at the pier bodegas.

CoastFest, Brunswick

The annual CoastFest Oct. 2, 2021, pictured above, 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 Oct. 15-17, 2021. Thrill-seekers will love the carnival midway, and shoppers will love the handmade arts and crafts.

Published: July 2021
Written by: Lesli Peterson