Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Special Events

(above) Blowing Springs Farm

(above) Dread Hollow


Hamilton and Bradley Counties

Tennessee Valley Railfest

WHEN / September 7-9
WHERE / Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
WHAT / Head to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for Railfest weekend, which begins Friday night with a special concert. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can ride the Missionary Ridge local train, visit local food and craft vendors, and explore special exhibits on Chattanooga’s rich railroad history. A locomotive parade closes the festival Sunday afternoon.
COST / $25/regular; $65/VIP
INFO / tvrail.com, 423.894.8028


Creative Discovery Museum Chocolate Festival

WHEN / September 15
WHERE / Creative Discovery Museum
WHAT / Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Festival! This year’s event will focus on the roots of chocolate and the cultural ties between chocolate production and Guatemala. Beginning at noon, guests can see how chocolate mousse is made, make their own chocolate decorative flowers, and cheer on their favorites in the Chocolate Pie Eating Contest. In addition to all the sweet activities, a Guatemalan folkloric dance team is set to perform.
COST / Activities are free with museum admission.
INFO / cdmfun.org, 423.756.2738


Crabtree Farms Fall Plant Sale & Festival

WHEN / September 22
WHERE / Crabtree Farms
WHAT / From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crabtree Farms will host its annual Fall Plant Sale & Festival. Features include live music, workshops covering basic gardening and cooking with local produce, and a dozen vendors selling coffee, food, art, soap, and more. Fall plants will also be available for purchase – perfect for starting your fall garden!
INFO / crabtreefarms.org, 423.493.9155


Blowing Springs Farm

WHEN / September 28-October 28, Fridays-Sundays
WHERE / Blowing Springs Farm, Flintstone, GA
WHAT / “Get lost” in the Enchanted MAiZE or discover family-friendly activities like duck races, hayrides, corn hole, and the Bagby’s Critter Corral. Visitors can pick out a pumpkin to take home, or paint a miniature pumpkin on site! Festive foods, from funnel cakes and fried Oreos to fresh boiled peanuts, are also available to enjoy.
COST / $10/general admission; FREE/children 3 and under
INFO / blowingspringsfarm.com, 706.820.2531


Hamilton County Fair

WHEN / September 29-30
WHERE / Chester Frost Park, Hixson
WHAT / Kick off the fall season at the Hamilton County Fair, held on Chester Frost Park’s 280-acre lakefront. This two-day annual fair offers shopping, novelty acts, community performers, pig racing, a petting zoo, and fried favorites at Concessions Row. View antique cars, take a selfie at the Pickin Porch, or enter your art, produce, or livestock in a blue-ribbon competition.
COST / FREE, with a shuttle fee (no on-site parking) of $6/adults, $4/kids
INFO / hamiltontn.gov/fair, 423.209.6893


Dread Hollow

WHEN / September 28-October 31, select nights
WHERE / Dread Hollow, 321 Browns Ferry Rd., Chattanooga
WHAT / Experience Chattanooga’s terrifying, award-winning haunted attraction. The cursed town of Dread Hollow returns in 2018 with a blood-curdling nightmare that knows no boundaries. Visitors must make their way through 20,000+ square feet of horror while twisted town residents emerge from the evil shadows. Dread Hollow is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
COST / $20/standard admission; $35/R.I.P. Fast Pass
INFO / dreadhollow.com, 423.800.0566


Southern Belle Fall Foliage Cruise

WHEN / September 30-November 18
WHERE / Southern Belle Riverboat, Riverfront Parkway
WHAT / Take in the beauty of the Tennessee River on Southern Belle’s Fall Foliage Cruise. This three-hour cruise travels to the “Grand Canyon of the South” surrounded by colorful autumn leaves. Guests can listen to live music, enjoy a live narration, and even play bingo to bring home gift shop items! A delicious buffet-style lunch is also served during this special event.
COST / $40.95/adults; $20.95/children 3-12
INFO / chattanoogariverboat.com, 423.266.4488


Wine Over Water Wine & Food Festival

WHEN / October 4-7
WHERE / Walnut Street Bridge
WHAT / Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival is back, and this year, all food and wine is included in the ticket price! Sample from more than 100 wines around the globe while noshing on charcuterie and bread, and be entertained by a range of regional musicians. Several “off the bridge” events will take place in the week leading up to the event, allowing food lovers to further delight their senses. Proceeds benefit Cornerstones for Historic Preservation in Chattanooga.
COST / $80; $85 after Sept. 22
INFO / wineoverwater.org, 423.265.2825


3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

WHEN / October 5-6
WHERE / Ross’s Landing
WHAT / Named one of the top five bluegrass festivals by Great American Country, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival will bring in big names including Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Della Mae, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Mipso. Food and beverage vendors will be available at the event; bring a lawn chair to join in on the toe-tapping fun.
INFO / 3sistersbluegrass.com, 423.265.0771



WHEN / October 5-21
WHERE / Chattanooga (various locations)
WHAT / This multi-day event brings world-class and amateur athletes together for competition and fun. Rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, rowing, off-road biking, swimming – RiverRocks offers more than 30 events that will challenge while providing unique experiences for all skill levels. Family-friendly activities and entertainment are also on the schedule.
COST / FREE. Sports competitions have varying registration fees.
INFO / riverrockschattanooga.com, 423.265.0771


Halloween Eerie Express

WHEN / October 5-27, Fridays and Saturdays
WHERE / Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
WHAT / The round-trip journey takes passengers over four bridges and through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. At the final stop, a 20-room, 2,000-square-foot fun house awaits! Fun house highlights include storytelling, hot cider, blacklight mini golf, children’s activities, and more. Children will take home a mini pumpkin and goody bag at the end of this festive Halloween experience.
COST / $23/ages 2 and up
INFO / tvrail.com, 423.894.8028



WHEN / October 5-27, Fridays and Saturdays
WHERE / Lake Winnepesaukah
WHAT / For the month of October, Lake Winnepesaukah transforms into a hair-raising, Halloween-inspired amusement park with 40 haunted rides, eerie edibles, and thrills galore. Check out the Thriller Parade, magic shows, and dance teams for plenty of surprises. Lake WinnepeSPOOKah opens its gates on Friday and Saturday evenings.
COST / $27 + tax/ages 3-59; $19 + tax/ages 1-2, 60 and older
INFO / lakewinnie.com, 706.866.5681


Autumn Children’s Festival

WHEN / October 6-7
WHERE / Tennessee Riverpark
WHAT / Find carnival games, face painting, a petting zoo, hayrides, a kiddie train, and more at the two-day Autumn Children’s Festival! Health, wellness, and educational programs will also be offered. Proceeds benefit families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga.
COST / FREE, with small fees for activities
INFO / rmhchattanooga.com, 423.778.4300

(above first) Rocktoberfest, (above second) AquaScarium


Rock City’s Rocktoberfest

WHEN / October 6-28, Saturdays and Sundays
WHERE / Rock City, Lookout Mountain
WHAT / For this annual festival, Rock City Square is transformed in celebration of Rock City’s German heritage. Live music, polka lessons, authentic German cuisine, and beer flights are just a few of the things that make Rocktoberfest weekends so special. Kids can enjoy meeting costumed characters, painting pumpkins, and panning for gemstones. In addition to the fall foliage, pansies, shasta daisies, and fall mums will be in bloom for all to enjoy!
COST / $22.95/adults; $12.95/children 3-12
INFO / seerockcity.com, 706.820.2531


Summerville Steam Special

WHEN / October 6-November 11
WHERE / Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
WHAT / Climb aboard a vintage train for this full-day excursion! Take in the fall colors as the train passes through the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Rock Spring, Trion, and more on its way to Summerville, Georgia, where passengers will enjoy a 75-minute layover. This historic route runs Saturdays and select Sundays in October and early November. A luncheon is served inside the dining car Travelers Fare.
COST / $70 and up
INFO / tvrail.com, 423.894.8028

(above first) Southern Belle’s Thanksgiving on the River, (above second) Boo in the Zoo

CultureFest at the Chattanooga Market

WHEN / October 7
WHERE / First Tennessee Pavilion, Chattanooga Market
WHAT / Celebrating Chattanooga’s rich cultural diversity, the 16th Annual CultureFest boasts international cuisine, dance, live music, and art. Visitors can enjoy a multicultural fashion show and a dance contest, and the Parade of Nations is a must-see. Local cultural groups will showcase art and offer cooking demos. Activities include origami, yoga, chopstick lessons, tea tasting, and international board games.
INFO / publicmarkets.us, 423.648.2496

St. Francis Day and the Annual Blessing of Animals

WHEN / October 7
WHERE / St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Ooltewah
WHAT / Take part in the Blessing of the Animals, a beloved tradition on the campus of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. The day comprises of a pet parade and short liturgy in the Episcopal tradition; a petting zoo and pony rides are also available. Pet sitters, animal daycares, and other pet-related vendors are on site to answer questions. If you’re in need of a four-legged best friend, local rescue organizations have adoptable pets ready to take home!
INFO / stfrancis.dioet.org, 423.238.7708

Chattanooga Pride

WHEN / October 7
WHERE / Ross’s Landing
WHAT / A week of celebration is capped off with the Pride Festival at Ross’s Landing. This festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., hosts music, vendors, food, and more. Bring a chair and the whole family to enjoy the annual parade!
INFO / tennesseevalleypride.com


Reflection Riding Fall Native Plant Sale

WHEN / September 21-22
WHERE Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
WHAT / The Fall Native Plant Sale offers an impressive selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Guided hikes and educational workshops will take place throughout the weekend. The public sale is Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the members-only pre-sale takes place Thursday, September 20, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Details for a new mail order option will be announced soon. Sales benefit Reflection Riding.
COST / FREE to enter
INFO / reflectionriding.org, 423.821.1160


Bark in the Park

WHEN / October 13
WHERE / Heritage Park
WHAT / Bring your furry friend to Bark in the Park, an annual event for dogs and dog lovers alike. There will be dog-themed activities, information on adoption and obedience training, and shopping for homemade doggie biscuits and other popular dog items. Sponsor proceeds benefit the Heritage Dog Park.
INFO / facebook.com/chattbarkinthepark, 423.855.9474


Chattanooga Oktoberfest®

WHEN / October 13-14
WHERE / First Tennessee Pavilion, Chattanooga Market
WHAT / Stop by the Chattanooga Market for the sights, smells, and sounds of Oktoberfest! In addition to German-inspired fare, the market will feature a biergarten, Oompah bands, shopping, and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest®. This two-day festival is Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration.
INFO / publicmarkets.us, 423.648.2496


Boo in the Zoo

WHEN / October 19-20, 26-27
WHERE / Chattanooga Zoo
WHAT / The Chattanooga Zoo’s annual Boo in the Zoo is a family-friendly celebration filled with some of your most loveable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, pony rides, games, inflatables, and much more! This is a non-scary, whole family Halloween activity.
COST / $10/members; $15/nonmembers; FREE/children 2 and under
INFO / chattzoo.org, 423.697.1322


Cleveland Apple Festival

WHEN / October 20-21
WHERE / Historic Downtown Cleveland
WHAT / Experience the Cleveland Apple Festival for family fun and delicious apple-themed treats. Over 125 vendors offering art, crafts, food, and more will be set up on the Bradley County Courthouse Square. The “Got Apple” talent show, the Apple Blossom pageant, and an apple dessert contest are festival favorites. Net proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations in the Cleveland area.
COST / $5/adults; $4/seniors; $4/children 4-12; FREE/children 3 and under
INFO / clevelandapplefestival.org



WHEN / October 26
WHERE / Tennessee Aquarium
WHAT / Pull out your best Halloween costume for a family-friendly night of spooks, sweets, and surprises! Dozens of candy stations will be placed throughout the River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings for trick-or-treating. Stop by the Monster Mash party to dance the night away with Aquarium mascots, then watch popular storybook characters scuba dive among hundreds of fish.
COST / $8/member adults and children 3-12; $35/member’s guest adults; $25/member’s guest children 3-12; $40/nonmember adults; $30/nonmember children 3-12
INFO / tnaqua.org, 800.262.0695


Downtown Cleveland Halloween Block Party

WHEN / October 31
WHERE / Courthouse Square, Cleveland
WHAT / Spend your Halloween night in downtown Cleveland at this annual family-friendly block party. Activities include a costume contest, musical entertainment, games, giveaways, and bounce houses. Children can collect candy on the ever-popular Mars Chocolate Treat Street.
INFO / mainstreetcleveland.com, 423.479.1000


Thanksgiving on the River

WHEN / November 22
WHERE / Southern Belle Riverboat, Riverfront Parkway
WHAT / Take a break from cooking this year, and head to the Southern Belle for its annual Thanksgiving on the River. Families can feast on a traditional Thanksgiving spread, including turkey, ham, sides, and pumpkin cheesecake! Enjoy live entertainment, and of course, the gorgeous autumn views, during this two-hour afternoon cruise.
COST / $44.95/adults; $20.95/children 3-12
INFO / chattanoogariverboat.com, 423.266.4488

(above) Tennessee Valley Fair

Surrounding Areas – Tennessee

Tennessee State Fair

WHEN / September 7-16
WHERE / Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville
WHAT / 2018’s theme is “The Heart of Tennessee” for this landmark event, showcasing what makes America and Tennessee great. Free daily attractions include farm tours, the 4-H Butterfly
Exhibit, creative arts demonstrations, and scheduled shows. Guests can also check out live music, carnival rides, and arts and crafts exhibits. An apple pie contest, karaoke contest, corn hole championships, and the Funnel Cake 5K provide friendly competition.
COST / $8/adults; $6/senior citizens; $6/children 3-17; FREE/children 2 and under
INFO / tnstatefair.org, 615.800.3675


Tennessee Valley Fair

WHEN / September 7-16
WHERE / Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN
WHAT / Just shy of 100 years old, the Tennessee Valley Fair brings unique exhibits, livestock shows, action sports, rides, and more than 3,000 contests to Chilhowee Park. Headliners for the concert series include Rick Springfield, Chris Blue, Joe Diffie, Tenth Avenue North, and Scotty McCreery. A fireworks show lights up the sky each night of the festival at 10:30 p.m.
COST / $10/adults; $8/senior citizens; $8/children 6-11; FREE/children 5 and under
INFO / tnvalleyfair.org, 865.215.1471


International Cowpea Festival & Cook-off

WHEN / September 8
WHERE / Charleston City Park, Charleston, TN
WHAT / Ten hours of music, crafts, food, and fun await visitors of the Cowpea Festival. Held in the “Cowpea Capital of the United States,” this festival honors Charleston’s authentic agri-heritage. This year, expect children’s inflatables and activities, a photo contest, vendors, and a performance by Craig Wayne Boyd – season 7 winner of “The Voice.” Local, professional chefs will be entering their creations in the Cowpea Cook-Off; purchase a $5 souvenir spoon to cast a vote for the best dish.
COST / FREE, fees for parking
INFO / cowpeafestival.com, 423.472.6587


White Oak Crafts Fair

WHEN / September 8-9
WHERE / The Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN
WHAT / Held along the banks of the East Fork Stones River, this craft fair hosts more than 75 top craft artisans selling original textiles, jewelry, metalwork, woodcarving, photography, pottery, and more. The featured work is chosen for its excellence and integrity by a reputable selection panel.
COST / FREE with a $3 supervised parking donation to the high school cross country team and Arts Center of Cannon County
INFO / artscenterofcc.com, 615.563.2787


Annual Taste of Autumn

WHEN / September 13
WHERE / Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN
WHAT / On this fun-filled evening, guests will savor food from area restaurants like Dolly Parton’s Stampede, The Fox and Parrot Tavern, Vista Grill, and more. Abbey Road Live, a popular Beatles tribute band, provides the entertainment. This annual event raises funds for the United Way of Sevier County.
COST / $30/adults; FREE/children 5 and under
INFO / gatlinburg.com, 800.568.4748


Homesteads Apple Festival

WHEN / September 22-23
WHERE / Historic Cumberland Homesteads Tower, Crossville, TN
WHAT / This popular festival offers old-fashioned family fun, rain or shine! From 100 craft booths and antique tractors to “Spinning Yards” (free storytelling) and fried apple pies, there truly is something for every visitor. Live music includes a mix of bluegrass, country, folk, and gospel. As an added bonus, visitors can tour the Homesteads Tower Museum at no charge.
COST / $5/adults; FREE/children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult
INFO / cumberlandhomesteads.org/applefest, 931.200.4884


Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

WHEN / September 22-23
WHERE / The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin, TN
WHAT / Visit Franklin for the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, ranked among America’s Best Music Festivals of 2018. Enjoy performances by internationally known artists like Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Hozier, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and Brandi Carlile across eight stages. Other festival highlights include the “Farm to Turntable” food truck park, a wide array of merchants at the Made South Makers Village, and kid-friendly entertainment and activities.
COST / $125/single-day pass
INFO / pilgrimagefestival.com


Harvest Festival

WHEN / September 28-November 3
WHERE / Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN
WHAT / For the entire month of October, Dollywood displays harvest decorations around every corner. Great Pumpkin LumiNights has doubled in size in 2018 with thousands of carved pumpkin displays throughout Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, and upper Craftsman’s Valley. Guests also can attend one of more than 625 gospel shows as part of the Southern Gospel Jubilee – America’s Largest Southern Gospel event. Special fall menus and craft demonstrations will keep guests coming back for more.
COST / Regular Dollywood admission prices
INFO / dollywood.com, 800.365.5996

(above) Harvest Festival

Cheekwood Harvest

WHEN / September 22-October 21
WHERE / Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, TN
WHAT / This signature seasonal festival, featuring more than 5,000 chrysanthemum blooms, promises fun for kids, adults, and families alike! Come see the renowned pumpkin house, then take a tour of scarecrows crafted by members of the Nashville community. On Thursdays through Sundays, enjoy beer and other specialty cocktails at the Cheekwood Beer Garden.
COST / $20/adults; $13/children 3-17; FREE/children 2 and under
INFO / cheekwood.org, 615.356.8000


Downtown Street Fall Festival

WHEN / September 29
WHERE / Historic Downtown Lenoir City, TN
WHAT / Lenoir City Parks and Recreation and the Lenoir City Civitan Club present the Downtown Street Fall Festival, a one-day event featuring live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors. The classic car show, exhibiting unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles, is a highlight.
INFO / lenoircitytn.gov, 865.986.2715


Hola Festival

WHEN / September 29-30
WHERE / Market Square, Knoxville, TN
WHAT / HoLa Hora Latina’s signature event features food vendors, children’s activities, crafts, dancing, and a parade of nations in Knoxville’s Market Square. Guests can enjoy authentic dishes, art, and music all while learning about the unique Hispanic culture.
INFO / holahoralatina.org, 865.335.3358


Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

WHEN / October 4-21
WHERE / Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN
WHAT / Voted one of the Southeast’s “Most Popular Events,” this fair assembles craftsmen from across the U.S. to display unique handmade products – including pottery, copper art, molded leather, and even candy. Many items are holiday-themed, making this a great stop in preparation for the upcoming season. Included in the price of admission is entertainment by The Dennis Lee Band.
COST / $7/adults; FREE/children 12 and under
INFO / craftsmenfair.com, 865.436.7479


Etowah Arts & Crafts Fall Festival

WHEN / October 6-7
WHERE / L&N Depot Park, Etowah, TN
WHAT / Help Etowah celebrate 45 years of autumn fun at this year’s arts and crafts fall festival. Held at the historic depot for the Louisville & Nashville railroad, the event features local food booths, entertainers, and craft vendors. Head downtown to enjoy this showcase of the community’s top talent.
INFO / 423.263.2228

(above) Fall Arts in the Park Festival


National Banana Pudding Festival

WHEN / October 6-7
WHERE / Centerville River Park, Centerville, TN
WHAT / The ultimate comfort food gets its own two-day festival in Centerville, Tennessee! Locals and out-of-towners alike compete in the “National Cook-Off for the Best Banana Pudding in America” – all in front of a live audience. The Puddin’ Path is another highlight, where visitors can sample the iconic dessert from 10 local nonprofits. Two stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, a banana pudding cook-off auction, kids’ activities, and more round out the festival.
COST / $5/general admission; $5/Puddin’ Path
INFO / bananapuddingfest.org, 931.994.6273


Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

WHEN / October 12, 13 & 14
WHERE / Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
WHAT / In its 40th year, the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair is a Nashville tradition celebrating and supporting American handmade craft. Juried, award-winning artists will be selling one-of-a-kind artwork and leading educational craft demonstrations. After shopping, visitors can enjoy food from area vendors and participate in hands-on activities in the Kids’ Tent.
INFO / tennesseecraft.org, 615.736.7600



WHEN / October 13
WHERE / Market Park, Athens, TN
WHAT / Celebrate history, heritage, and harvest in historic downtown Athens during the 15th annual Pumpkintown. Festival favorites, including music from the Reliance Bluegrass Band and the Scott Crisp Memorial Pumpkintown Powwow, will be returning in 2018. Vendors offering arts, crafts, food, and more will be set up from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
INFO / willsonthropic.org/pumpkintown, 423.887.3544


Crossville Oktoberfest

WHEN / October 19-20
WHERE / Knights of Columbus Grounds, Crossville, TN
WHAT / Partake in beer and traditional German food like schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and spaetzle at the 28th annual Crossville Oktoberfest. Musical entertainment is provided by Bavarian Echo, the Frank Moravcik Band, and the Rheingold Band; come prepared to dance!
COST / $6/advance tickets; $7.50/at the door; FREE/children 14 and under
INFO / crossvilleoktoberfest.com, 423.799.0229


Mid-South Barbecue Festival

WHEN / October 19-20
WHERE / Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant, TN
WHAT / Serving up some of the best barbecue the South has to offer, this packed, two-day event has it all: classic cars, costume contests, mechanical bull riding, a beauty pageant, live music, arts and crafts, and a 5K run. Barbecue teams will be competing for the “Grand Champion” title.
INFO / midsouthbbqtn.com, 931.379.9837


Ketner’s Mill Fair

WHEN / October 20-21
WHERE / Ketner’s Mill, Whitwell, TN
WHAT / Funds from this two-day fair, held on the banks of the Sequatchie River, help to preserve the historic Ketner’s Mill. Highlights include more than 150 artisan vendors, entertainment by local bluegrass acts, wagon rides, a petting zoo, and a sorghum molasses demonstration – also available for purchase. Pets are welcome, too!
COST / $7/adults; FREE/children 12 and under
INFO / ketnersmill.org, 423.267.5702



WHEN / October 26-27
WHERE / Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, TN
WHAT / A fall festival for families, PumpkinFest provides an exciting alternative to regular Halloween activities. Join in on this Dayton tradition that offers food, games, a movie in the park, costume contests, and of course, trick-or-treating!
INFO / mainstreetdayton.org, 423.775.9847

Surrounding Areas – North Georgia

Helen Oktoberfest

WHEN / September 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30, October 1-28
WHERE / The Festhalle, Helen, GA
WHAT / Join in on the longest-running Oktoberfest in the nation, boasting beer, brats, bands, and Lederhosen! German-style bands fill the Festhalle with traditional tunes as guests try their hand at polka dancing, and long tables provide the ideal spot to enjoy a brat on a roll. An Oktoberfest parade takes place on September 8.
COST / $8/weekdays; $10/Saturday; FREE/Sunday
INFO / helenchamber.com, 706.878.1619


Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts

WHEN / September 14-16
WHERE / Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA
WHAT / Juried indoor artist exhibits, as well as an outdoor artist market, make this the perfect event for art enthusiasts. The festival also offers live music, kids’ activities, and self-guided tours of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden. The festival kicks off with the “Taste of Dalton,” featuring a tasting menu with treats from local restaurants.
COST / FREE; $55/Friday evening “Taste of Dalton”
INFO / creativeartsguild.org, 706.278.0168


Rose Lawn Arts Festival

WHEN / September 15-16
WHERE / Rose Lawn Museum, Cartersville, GA
WHAT / A juried two-day festival, this event invites guests to the historic estate of Rose Lawn – the Victorian home of evangelist Sam Jones. Enjoy music, food, a book sale, and the work of artists from across the Southeast; these handcrafted exhibits include oils, watercolors, and pastels, as well as sculptures in wood, brass, and glass. Rose Lawn will be open for guided tours.
INFO / roselawnmuseum.com, 770.387.5162


North Georgia State Fair

WHEN / September 20-30
WHERE / Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta, GA
WHAT / In its 86th year, this annual fair features carnival rides and games, a beauty pageant, crazy fair food, and a flower show. The admission price includes concerts by Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Riley Green, and others. Kids can enjoy a petting zoo, puppet show, and an Olympic high dive show. New for 2018 are a tiger encounter, the Grizzly Experience, and a performance by David Smith, “The Human Cannonball.”
COST / $7/adults; FREE/children 10 and under
INFO / northgeorgiastatefair.com, 770.528.8989

Great Locomotive Chase Festival

WHEN / October 5-7
WHERE / Historic Downtown Adairsville, GA
WHAT / Celebrate 50 years of the Great Locomotive Chase Festival – an event commemorating the Andrews’ Raiders Civil War escapade that passed through Adairsville in 1862. Carnival rides, craft vendors, music, a parade, and good food are just a few of the activities in store for festival attendees.
COST / $3 for the weekend
INFO / adairsvillega.net/events, 770.866.4125


Fall Arts in the Park Festival

WHEN / October 13-14
WHERE / Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA
WHAT / Visit one of the top art destinations in Georgia for Fall Arts in the Park, presented by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. This fall festival hosts a wide variety of artists and food with 125+ vendors in attendance; other Blue Ridge attractions include the community theater, scenic railway, galleries, restaurants, and craft breweries.
COST / $5/adults; FREE/children 12 and under
INFO / blueridgearts.net, 706.632.2144

Prater’s Mill Country Fair

WHEN / October 13-14
WHERE / Historic Prater’s Mill, Dalton, GA
WHAT / With mountain music, Southern foods, living history exhibits, and handmade crafts, Prater’s Mill Country Fair transports visitors to a different era. Take a self-guided tour of the operating gristmill and barn, or enjoy a stroll through one of several nature trails. Craft demonstrations include spinning, quilting, blacksmithing, and wood carving.
COST / $7/adults; FREE/children 12 and under
INFO / pratersmill.org, 706.694.6455


The Georgia Apple Festival

WHEN / October 13-14, 20-21
WHERE / Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ellijay, GA
WHAT / Wander through more than 300 vendor booths selling handmade items before biting into a juicy, fresh North Georgia apple from a local orchard. This festival’s schedule includes the annual parade and antique car show, a 5K road race, and the Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant.
COST / $5/adults; FREE/children 10 and under
INFO / georgiaapplefestival.org, 706.636.4500