It’s that time of year again–cool breezes, vivid fall foliage and pumpkin spice everything reign supreme. To get outdoors and breathe in all the autumn excitement, visit one of North Georgia’s popular fall festivals. With art, music, and an eclectic mass of deep-fried goodies, these local celebrations offer something for everyone.
1. Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: A massive nine-day event against a backdrop of mountains and tall trees, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival showcases well-known performers like Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, and Lorrie Morgan. To go along with great music, it offers arts and crafts vendors, delicious fare and a State Fiddler’s Convention.
2. Oakhurst Porchfest: For a down-home experience, join this unique celebration of hometown music, where performers display their talents from the comfort of their front porches. Stroll down local neighborhood streets while munching on local goodies, all while hearing your neighbors toot their horns.
3. Historic Dallas Fall Fest: For ongoing live entertainment, this festival can’t be beaten. With two stages, food trucks, and various craft activities, this event needs your all-day attention.
4. Chalktoberfest Chalk and Beer Festival: Sip the tasty beer while watching local artists decorate the streets with chalk around Marietta Square. With wine and concessions complementing the festivities, it’ll be a day of fun for the whole family.
5. Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival: With live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and a merchant market, this fall fest attracts thousands each year.
6. Georgia Apple Festival: Boasting a parade, 5-K run, Apple Queen Pageant, and food/craft vendors, this northern Georgia festival has been delighting families for 47 years. Running the two weekends in mid-October, it sits on the Elijay Lions Club Fairgrounds and offers free admission to kids 10 and under.
7. Taste of Atlanta: With almost a hundred restaurants taking part, taste buds all over the city can delight in the area’s wide-ranging food scene. So head downtown October 19 – 21 and support Atlanta’s top chefs.
8. Decatur Craft Beer Festival: Sample craft beer from the area’s 80 local breweries and enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment. And every admission ticket comes with a souvenir glass.
Whether you want a whole-family extravaganza or need an adult’s only retreat, north Georgia has a fall festival for every taste.