Fairs & Festivals 2021


October 1-10
Georgia State Fair
This large fair includes midway rides, live music, Lady Houdini, Circus Hollywood, Aquatic Acrobatic Show, Motorcycle Stunt Show, Hypnotist Show, Magic Show, white tiger display, petting zoo, pig races and other family activities. Admission is $5-$10 for adults; children 4 and under free. Ride tickets available; unlimited ride wristbands $25 for all ages. Atlanta Motor Speedway. georgiastatefair.org

October 2-3
Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Gay, Georgia
Return to 1910 where the farmhouse, cotton gin and cotton warehouse are the backdrop for 21st-century family fun. Designated a Top 20 Event from Southeast Tourism Society, this arts, antiques and crafts fair features artisans, antique specialists, live music, cloggers, homemade Southern food and wares, magic theater, children’s activities and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9-$10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12 and free for ages 7 and under. Parking is free. cpfair.org

October 7-17
Georgia National Fair
Perry Georgia
The largest fair in the Southeast is designated a Top 50 Fair in North America by Amusement Business magazine and one of the Best 202 Things About the South by Southern Living. Includes midway, roller coasters, magic shows, horse shows, agricultural and livestock competitions, 11 free concerts and nightly fireworks. Musical guests include Clay Walker, Sawyer Brown, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Commodores, Rumba Latina and more. Admission for adults is $10-$15; children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. georgianationalfair.com

October 9-10
Prater’s Mill Country Fair
Dalton, Georgia
Featured in the National Geographic Map Guide to Appalachia, this is one of the Southeast’s largest events. Fair features living history exhibits and handmade arts and crafts that celebrate Appalachian traditions, live music, Southern food, petting zoo, pony rides and more. Tour the operating gristmill, country store, Shugart Cotton Gin and Westbrook Barn. Fair is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sat. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Admission is $7 cash for adults; children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. pratersmill.org

October 13-24
South Carolina State Fair
Entertainment includes midway games, more than 70 fair rides, free stage shows, flower shows, sand sculpture show, petting zoo, craft demos and NASCAR night. Concert headliners include The Swingin’ Medallions, Diamonds and Whiskey, Bombshell and more. Admission varies per night. Parking is $5 per vehicle except on Sat. Oct 20 when it is $20 (due to the USC vs. Vanderbilt football game). Wheelchair and scooter rentals available. scstatefair.org

October 15-24
Georgia-Carolina State Fair
Downtown Augusta
Themed “The Best 10 Days of October,” Augusta Exchange Club’s downtown fair on Hale Street features midway rides, carnival shows, livestock and artisan exhibits and attractions from James E. Strates Shows. Admission is $5-$8; special opening day admission is 25 cents. Unlimited rides $20-$25. Opens 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and noon-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ages 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult. georgiacarolinastatefair.com

October 22-31
Western Carolina State Fair
Aiken Fairgrounds
Aiken’s fair features two midways and more than 40 rides along with family shows, horticulture exhibits, arts and crafts, cornhole competition and a beer garden. Admission for ages 11 and up is $8-$10; children 10 and under are free. Fair opens Mon.-Fri. at 5 p.m. and noon on Sat. and Sun. Parking is free. A tram shuttle service is now offered to and from the most distant parking lots. westerncarolinastatefair.com

November 4-14
Columbia County Fair
Columbia County Fairgrounds
The Merchants Association of Columbia County brings rides and attractions from Drew Expositions that include a midway, demolition derby, magician, aquatic acrobatic show, Jurassic Kingdom with T-Rex, Dr. Magical Balloons, Hot Glass Academy, Wardrobe of Wishes, Firefighter Show, the UGA Georgettes, master chainsaw carver, nightly concerts, agricultural and community exhibits, talent shows, petting zoo and food court. There are nightly admission specials, and children under 3 are free. Parking and golf cart shuttles are free. columbiacountyfair.net

Local Festivals

September 30-October 3
Fall Festival, Flea Market & Oktoberfest
Barton Field, Fort Gordon
Festival features a carnival Thurs.-Sun., Oktoberfest entertainment and authentic German food Fri. night, a flea market Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and a vendor village and entertainment Fri and Sat. Open to the public; admission is free. Ages 16 and older must show ID at the Fort Gordon entrance; drivers must show registration and insurance. No pets, coolers or large bags. (706) 791-8878, gordon.armymwr.com

October 2
Oliver Hardy Festival
Downtown Harlem
Festival celebrates Harlem’s native son. Includes 10 a.m. parade, Laurel and Hardy impersonators, Laurel and Hardy films, arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (706) 556-0043, harlemga.org

Aiken Music Fest
Highlands, Aiken
Southern rock, blues and funk group Gaslight Street headlines with special guest Will McCranie. 6-10 p.m. $15. aikenmusicfest.com

October 5
American Legion Auxiliary of Post 192
Open to the public, event features plates with choice of one meat, schnitzel or 2 brats, sides and dessert. Sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut, braised red cabbage and German potato salad. $12 per plate; extra meat $3. 1:30-4 p.m. All proceeds benefit Post 192’s programs that support veterans, children and youth, military and the community. For tickets, call (253) 227-7933 or e-mail drendagargus@yahoo.com.

October 23
Camellia City Festival
Downtown Thomson
This year’s festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of McDuffie County. Activities include a 5-K Run, arts and crafts, family activities, food vendors, live music with Daniel E. Johnson and fireworks. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free. thomsonmcduffiechamber.com

Regional Festivals

September 18-October 31
Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain
Daytime features family friendly park attractions, fall entertainment, pie-eating contest and classic storybook characters. After the sun goes down, the park glows in a whole new light with 10 new themed areas that include more than 40 newly imagined scenes, thousands of glowing lights, massive carved pumpkins, bubbles, fog and plenty of not-so-spooky, glowing adventures after sunset. stonemountainpark.com

September 30-October 2
Albino Skunk Music Festival
Three-day acoustic music festival in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains features nearly 20 bluegrass, Americana, folk, roots and rock bands. Includes food vendors, craft beers, handmade crafts, farmers market and Kiddieland. Bring chairs and coolers; camping available. $23 and up. The Skunk Farm. albinoskunk.com

Moonshiners Reunion & Mountain Music Festival
Authentic Appalachian folk festival in South Carolina includes live bands, arts and crafts, camping and all-night picking sessions. Bring lawn seating, tents, RVs and instruments. No pets or glass. Gates open Thurs. at noon. Plum Hollow Farm. moonshiners.com.

September 30-October 10
MOJA Arts Festival
Celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture includes classical music, dance, gospel concert, jazz concert, poetry, R&B, storytelling, theater, visual arts and ethnic food. mojafestival.com

September 30-October 31
Oktoberfest in Alpine Helen
America’s longest-running Oktoberfest features German music, German food and drinks, polka dancing, horse-drawn carriage rides, homemade fudge and shopping in a Bavarian-style village. Open seven days a week 6 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $8 Mon.-Fri., $10 Sat. and free on Sun. helenga.org

October 1-2
Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Festival features shrimp dishes from local restaurants, food and beverage vendors, contests, live music, 5K walk/run, arts and crafts market and children’s area. Fri. noon-10 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. beaufortshrimpfestival.com

October 2
Atlanta Pizza Festival
The nation’s largest pizza event features pizzerias from around the country. Noon-6 p.m. Admission is $15-$35. Pay for slices at booths. Pinnacle Parking lot at Atlantic Station. atlpizzafestival.com

October 7-10
Fall for Greenville
An evening concert 10/7 kicks off the 40th anniversary of this food and wine festival followed by three days of food-tasting, live music and culinary competitions in downtown Greenville. Event features cuisine from more than 40 restaurants, a wine garden, a beer garden, live music from 75 bands, contests and kids’ area. Free admission; tasting tickets available. fallforgreenville.net

October 8-16
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Nine days of arts and crafts, country music, gospel music, mountain arts demonstrations, Pioneer Village, aerial stunt shows, Cowboy Circus and concerts that include The Bellamy Brothers, Herman’s Hermits, Pam Tillis, Lee Greenwood, Tracy Lawrence, Ronnie Milsap and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12 admission; children 12 and under are free. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

October 9
Charleston Beer Fest
Festival features more than 100 brews from nearly 50 breweries. Includes food trucks, live music, beer games and craft vendors. Bring a blanket and enjoy river views. Riverfront Park. chsbeerfest.org

October 9-10
Sample craft beers, hear live music from local artists, watch professional chalk artists chalk the streets and eat great food in Marietta’s downtown square. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free admission. chalktoberfest.com

October 9-10, 16-17
Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay Fairgrounds
Festival features more than 300 arts vendors, craft demonstrations, classic auto show, 5K road race, parade and lots of family activities. No pets. $5 adults; children 10 and under free. Free shuttle service. Ellijay Fairgrounds. georgiaapplefestival.org

October 10
Latin American Festival
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin and Caribbean cultures with merengue, reggaeton, bachata and salsa music; traditional dance; folkloric artwork and crafts; and authentic Latin American and Caribbean food. Noon-5 p.m. North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Adults $10, students $5, kids 12 and under free. ccprc.com

October 15-17
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
One of the largest seafood festivals in the Southeast features live music, amusement rides, arts and crafts, seafood and nearly 20 nationally known music and dance acts. Admission $5-$20; children under 5 free. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. J.F. Gregory Park Pavilion. goseafoodfestival.com

October 16-17
Gold Rush Days Festival
Festival in the town square includes children’s activities, fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, wrist wrestling, King and Queen coronation, hog calling contest, buck dancing contest, live music, parade and more than 300 exhibitors and food vendors. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free admission. goldrushdaysfestival.com

October 16-24
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
Week-long festival features locally harvested seafood, Lowcountry cuisine, live music and entertainment, river boat tours, art displays, Blessing of the Fleet, Oyster Fest, Sips & Seafood Party, Pops in the Park with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and more. blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com

October 22-24
Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens
Visitors can explore a selection of private homes, gardens and plantations normally not open to the public. Events include a luncheon lecture, walking tour of the Historic Landmark District, afternoon country retreat and Lowcountry picnic, tour with a Southern brunch and fall art walk. historicbeaufort.org

October 24
Italian Heritage Festival
Hilton Head
Festival includes Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, pizza-eating contest, games, live entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 admission; bring lawn chairs. No pets. Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. iachh.org

Appalachian Brew, Que & Stew Festival
Festival features unlimited tasting of beers from more than 40 craft breweries in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama, food from area restaurants, regional arts and crafts and lots of Appalachian and Americana music. Shuttle services to hotels and campgrounds available. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $35-$40. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

October 23-30
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Eight-day film festival showcases award-winning filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses. Includes screenings ranging from major international productions to student-created shorts, workshops, panels, lectures and receptions. Various venues and prices. filmfest.scad.edu

November 5-7
Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance
Hilton Head and Savannah
Automotive and motorsports festival features vintage cars and racecars and major international names in automotive collecting and racing. $8 and up; multiple-day passes and discounts available. Children under 12 free. hhiconcours.com

November 6
German Bierfest
The longest-running beer festival in Atlanta features more than 50 varieties of complimentary German beer and wine, music performances and beer-themed activities. Atlanta area German restaurants and food vendors will be selling authentic cuisine such as bratwurst, döners, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more. 1-6 p.m. Woodruff Park. $54 general admission, $110 VIP tickets, $10 designated driver tickets. bigtickets.com