Mark Your Calendar: 8 North Georgia Festivals You Don't Want to Miss This Fall
There’s no season quite like fall in North Georgia. As the leaves begin to turn colors and the air grows crisp, the small towns suddenly come alive with festivals and street fairs. Nearly every town in the area has its own celebration, and if you’re not careful, you might miss one of the most exciting events of the year. We’ve made up a list of the 8 fall festivals in North Georgia that you don’t want to miss. Mark your calendars now!
47th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen
Kick off the fall season at the 47th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia. This two-month celebration is the longest-running Oktoberfest in the United States, and the town of Helen takes that responsibility seriously. This festival features authentic German-style food, music, and dancing, including the waltz and the polka. Bonus points if you show up in your best lederhosen or dirndl.
- September 21 - 24 and September 28 - October 29
- More Information: www.helenchamber.com
Tiny Home Mountain Festival in Ellijay
Here’s a festival that you can write off you your taxes later. Ellijay’s inaugural Tiny Home Mountain Festival will donate a portion of its proceeds to the local Boys and Girls Club and the Gilmer County Food Bank. This festival is the latest product of the sustainability-focused tiny house movement, and will feature several tiny houses available to tour, plus live music, barbeque, and local wines.
- September 23 - 24
- More Information: www.tinymountainfestival.com
Dancing Goats Folkfest in Ellijay
The Dancing Goats Folkfest celebrates Appalachian folk art in all of its many forms. You can expect to see anything from handmade pottery to old-fashioned woodworking at this “mountain shindig.” If the auditory arts are more your style, you can also listen to old-time storytelling and live mountain music.
- September 30 - October 1
- More Information: www.gilmerchamber.com
Georgia Marble Festival in Jasper
Have you dreamed of peeking into the quarries of North Georgia’s marble industry? If you answered yes, then you won’t want to miss the annual Georgia Marble Festival in Jasper. Go on a guided tour of a quarry and hear the history of the area, participate in the 5K run/walk, or check out the many crafts (including marble sculpting) available for viewing and purchase at the accompanying street fair.
- October 7-8
- More Information: www.georgiamarblefestival.com
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee
This event spans 9 days in October and is a classic fall festival, but with a twist. Celebrate the season with arts and crafts, a flower show, the Georgia State Fiddler’s Convention, and live music every day. If that’s not enough to tempt you, you can also see “Old Ways Demonstrations” of lost skills like blacksmithing, quilting, cider milling, and more. The cherry on top is the 3-times daily tiger show, which features 12 Bengal tigers and 2 white tigers.
- October 13 - 21
- More Information: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay
This event brings us back to Ellijay for the annual Georgia Apple Festival. Check out the more than 300 vendors offering handmade crafts, demonstrations, and countless yummy apple-centric treats. Don’t miss the antique car show on the 14th, or the parade on the 21st.
- October 14 - 15 and 21 - 22
- More Information: www.georgiaapplefestival.org
Blairsville Sorghum Festival
This festival celebrates Appalachia’s legendary sugar source: sorghum. Join the live syrup-making demonstration, then sop up the product of your hard work at the biscuit-eating contest. In between are live music performances and competitive games like pole climbing, rock throwing, and horseshoe throwing, and the day ends with an old-fashioned square dance in the middle school gym.
- October 14 - 15 and 21 - 22
- More Information: www.blairsvillesorghumfestival.com
Dahlonega Gold Rush Days
This unique event celebrates the discovery of gold in Dahlonega way back in 1828. You can get into the spirit of the Georgia gold rush by panning for gold, joining the wheelbarrow race, or beating your opponent in the hand wrestling competition. If you’re more of a hands-off festival goer, you can browse the more than 300 vendor booths, sample the food vendors’ wares, or take in the live music performances.
- October 21 - 22
- More Information: www.dahlonegajaycees.com
Fall in love with North Georgia
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year here in North Georgia. Come see what all the fuss is about at one of these fall festivals.
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