Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kennesaw

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

Oct. 19-20, 2018, 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.

Halloween Hayrides at Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth

On Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 12-27, 2018, take a hayride through the Iron Hill area of Red Top Mountain State Park and explore the mythical town of Ravenwood. Plenty of treats and cider are available following the stories for you to enjoy before the short walk back to your car.

Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Georgia

Classic South

Family Fall Fest at Mistletoe State Park, Appling

On Oct. 13, 2018, welcome fall with hayrides, crafts, hikes, children’s games, storytelling and more at the Family 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.

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

On Oct. 27, 2018, 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.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

The Coast

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

There is fun for pirates of all ages at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest Oct. 4-7, 2018. 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 on Oct. 6, 2018, 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!

Deep Roots Barbecue Cook-off

Historic Heartland

Deep Roots Festival, Milledgeville

A cultural arts and music festival on Oct. 20, 2018, 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. 

Washington Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Athens

Pick larger-than-life sunflowers, explore the corn maze and pick the perfect pumpkin at Washington Farms. Other fall farm activities include a petting zoo, pig races and s’mores around the campfire.

Georgia Apple Festival

Historic High Country

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

Over two weekends in October (13-14 & 20-21), 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.

Wings Over North Georgia Airshow, Rome

Rated North Georgia’s No. 1 family weekend event, Wings Over North Georgia Oct. 13-14, 2018, features the USAF F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Teams and many more world-class performers.

TroupCorn Maze in Dublin, Georgia

Magnolia Midlands

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!

Dublin Fall Fair, Dublin

Stroll under the bright lights of the carnival midway at the Dublin Fall Fair Oct. 16-20, 2018, with fun games and exciting rides like Viper, Wipe Out, Drop Tower, Fireball, and lots of kiddie rides. Sample carnival food favorites like funnel cakes, corn dogs, and fried candy bars! Put a smile on their face with an unlimited ride pass and unlimited fun!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee

Each October, the nine-day Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Oct. 12-21, 2018, 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 (Oct. 20-21, 2018). It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

Grape Stomp Festival

Plantation Trace

Berrien County Harvest Festival, Nashville

The Berrien County Harvest Festival on Sept. 29, 2018, 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.

Pumpkin Destruction Day at The Rock Ranch

Presidential Pathways

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 percentage of admission to Fall Family Fun Days will be donated to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Day Out with Thomas on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, Cordele

Thomas visits the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia Oct. 19-21 & 27-28, 2018. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends.

Published: September 2018
Written by: Lesli Peterson