Fairs & Festivals 2019

Local Fairs & Festivals

September 27-28
Fall Festival, Oktoberfest & Flea Market
Barton Field
Festival includes food, drinks, live music, dancing, kiddie carnival, pony rides, vendor village, pumpkin bowling, a hay maze, Oktoberfest (Fri. night) and flea market (Sat.). Open 5-11 p.m. Fri. and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Free admission; open to the public. Ages 16 and older must show ID at the Fort Gordon entrance; drivers must show registration and insurance. (706) 791-8878, gordon.armymwr.com 

October 2-6
Westobou Festival
Various Augusta venues
This 5-day dance, theater, music and arts festival features more than 60 events and exhibits at 40 different venues. Visitors also can participate in yoga classes and hoop dancing, ride the free Ferris wheel, watch cooking demonstrations by chefs and peruse trunk shows. This year’s lineup includes Magic Giant, The Suffers, Melanie Wade Larson, Terry Galloway, and more. Various times and costs; many events free. westoboufestival.com

October 5
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

October 10-13
Augusta Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Festival’s 30th anniversary features Greek dancing, food and pastries, along with a Greek bazaar. Thurs. 4-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat.11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Corner of 10th and Greene streets. Free admission. (706) 724-1087, holytrinityaugusta.org

October 18-27
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. Opens 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and noon Sat.-Sun. (706) 722-0202, georgiacarolinastatefair.com

Western Carolina State Fair
Aiken’s fair features two midways and more than 40 rides along with family shows, horticulture exhibits and arts and crafts. Entertainment includes Tumbleweed Crossing, Pork Chop Revue, demolition derby and professional bull riding. Free parking. Ages 6 and up $8; children 5 and under free. westerncarolinastatefair.com

October 25
Grovetown Autumn Festival
Liberty Park
Festival features a bonfire, contests, games, hayrides, vendors, trunk or treat (wear costumes) and more. Admission is free. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (706) 860-7691, cityofgrovetown.com

October 31-November 10
Columbia County Fair
Columbia County Fairgrounds
The Merchants Association of Columbia County brings this area favorite that features rides and attractions from Drew Expositions. Includes a midway, demolition derby, Sea Lion Splash, Oscar the Robot, Jurassic Kingdom, stilt walker and juggler, chainsaw artist, UGA Dance Team, nightly concerts, agricultural and community exhibits, talent shows, petting zoo and food court. There are nightly admission specials, and children under 3 are free. Free parking and golf cart shuttle. columbiacountyfair.net

November 2
Family Fall Festival
Mistletoe State Park, Appling
Festival features free apple bobbing, s’mores, music, scavenger hunt, games and more. Hayrides are $3; archery is $1. Admission is $5 per vehicle, plus $5 parking. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Beach area. (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org


Regional Fairs & Festivals

September 26-October 6
MOJA Arts Festival
Celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts includes classical music, dance, gospel concert, jazz concert, poetry, R&B, storytelling, theater, visual arts and ethnic food. mojafestival.com

September 26-October 27
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. Admission is $8 Mon.-Fri., $10 Sat. and free on Sun. (800) 858-8027, helenga.org

September 26-November 3
Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
Entertainment includes attractions, games, shows, dance-along party parade, trick or treat scavenger hunt, pie-eating contest and pumpkin patch. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. Saturday laser show begins 9:30 p.m. stonemountainpark.com

September 27-October 6
Georgia State Fair
Fair includes midway rides, petting zoo, camel and pony rides, pig races and family activities. Admission $5-$10; children 4 and under free. Ride wristbands $25. Atlanta Motor Speedway. georgiastatefair.org

October 3-5
Albino Skunk Music Festival
Three-day acoustic music festival in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains features nearly 20 bands including the Tim O’Brien Band, Larry Keel Experience, Lindsay Lou, The Slocan Ramblers, Sol Driven Train, Upstate and more. 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. No manufacturing, distribution or selling of alcohol at this venue. Plum Hollow Farm. Gates open Thurs. at noon, Fri. 6 p.m. and Sat. 1 p.m. One-day ticket is $30, Fri./Sat. pass is $55 and three-day pass is $75. moonshiners.com.

October 3-13
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, horse shows, agricultural and livestock competitions, live entertainment and nightly fireworks. Musical guests include Little Anthony & the Imperials, Gin Blossoms, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Confederate Railroad and more. georgianationalfair.com

October 4-5
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. 6-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. downtownbeaufort.com

October 4-6
Oktoberfest on the River
German festival features live entertainment, beer garden, German-Southern cuisine, outdoor games, arts and crafts, wiener dog racing, bratwurst tasting and chicken dancing on River Street. Free. Fireworks begin at dark Fri. night. (912) 234-0295, riverstreetsavannah.com

October 5-6
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. $5-$10; children under 7 free. cpfair.org

October 9-20
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 Tams, Sweet Potato Pie, The Restoration, Warrick McZeke, Swim in the Wild and more. Admission varies per night. $5 cash parking. Wheelchair and scooter rentals available. scstatefair.org

October 10-12
Savannah Greek Fest
Three-day celebration of Greek food, music and heritage features homemade Greek foods and desserts, Greek dancing and music, church tours, marketplace and more. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. St. Paul’s Hellenic Center. Free admission Thurs. and Fri. until 4 p.m.; $2 donation after 4 p.m. savannahgreekfest.com

October 10-13
Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Tybee Island
Tybee transforms into a lively pirate village, celebrating the colorful seafaring history of the Georgia coast. Festival includes live music, petting zoo and special kids’ zone, carnival, parade, fireworks, market and costume contests. $12-$15; weekend pass $25-$27. Children 12 and under are free. tybeepiratefest.com

October 11-19
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Nine days of arts and crafts, country music, gospel music, mountain arts demonstrations, helicopter rides and Pioneer Village. Performers include The Gatlin Brothers, Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Crystal Gayle and more. $12 adults; children under 12 free. Free parking. (706) 896-4191, georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

October 12
North Georgia Folk Festival
Music festival showcases several different types of music that have roots in the region, from bluegrass and gospel to traditional folk music. Includes arts and craft vendors, games, food, folk art, family entertainment and live music by Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, The Rebecca Sunshine Band, The Moonshine, Crooked Mile, Caroline Aiken Band, Joe Leone and Gypsy at Heart, The Skillet Lickers, Eliot Bronson, Adam Klein, Grupo 21, Nina Ricci and Oh Jeremiah. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $8-$15; children under 12 free. Sandy Creek Park. northgeorgiafolkfestival.org

Outdoor cooking festival features more than 200 grills. Sample food, see demos and listen to live music. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $60; children under 12 free. Stone Mountain Park. biggreenegg.com

October 12-13
Prater’s Mill Country Fair
Dalton, Georgia
Featured in the National Geographic Map Guide to Appalachia, this is one of the Southeast’s largest festivals. Includes live music, Southern food, living history exhibits and handmade arts and crafts that celebrate Appalachian traditions. Tour the operating gristmill, country store, Shugart Cotton Gin and Westbrook Barn. Gates open at 9 a.m. $7 cash for adults, children 12 and under are free. Free parking. pratersmill.org

October 12-13, 19-20
Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay Fairgrounds
Festival features more than 300 arts vendors, craft demonstrations, classic auto show, 5K road race and parade. No pets. $5 adults; children 10 and under free. (706) 635-4500, georgiaapplefestival.org

October 12-20
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
Week-long event features locally harvested seafood, Lowcountry cuisine and area art. Streetfest on Oct. 19-20 includes a juried fine art show featuring more than 100 artists from 10 different states, food from premier restaurants and caterers and live music and entertainment. blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com

October 13
Latin American Festival
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin world with live salsa and merengue music, authentic food and crafts. Noon-6 p.m. North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Adults $10, students $5, kids 12 and under free. ccprc.com

October 18-20
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
Festival includes seafood, arts and crafts, carnival rides, fireworks and nearly 20 nationally known musical and dance acts including The Marshall Tucker Band, Lance Stinson, The Brian Fuller Band and more. J.F. Gregory Park Pavilion. Admission $8-$10; children under 5 free. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. goseafoodfestival.com.

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. dahlonega.org

October 24-November 3
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

October 25-27
Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens
Visitors can explore a selection of private homes, gardens and plantations normally not open to the public. Walking tour of homes in National Landmark Historic District, Fri., $60. Ramble Around Beaufort tour of homes, Sat., $60. Wine Down after tour, Sat., $50. Kitchens & Cuisine tour, Sun., $60. (843) 379-3331, historicbeaufort.org

Country Living Fair
Stone Mountain
Country Living Magazine home décor fair at Stone Mountain Park features more than 200 booths of folk art, antiques, furniture and other handcrafted goods. Includes cooking demonstrations, decorating and crafting seminars, workshops, general store and gourmet harvest market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $13 and up. Children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult. stellashows.com, stonemountainpark.com

October 26
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

October 26-November 2
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

October 27
Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival
Food festival draws about 10,000 people each year and provides attendees with a taste of ethnic Jewish cuisine, dance and family entertainment. Monterey Square. Free admission. Food tickets available for purchase. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. mickveisrael.org