Regional Events

Note: Event date, venue and other details may change at short notice due to the pandemic. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

Through-August 17
Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens
Charleston
The 2021 festival has been re-imagined with smaller audience sizes, virtual programming, more outdoor programming and social distancing protocols in place. All tours this year will feature private gardens and exteriors only. historiccharleston.org

July 4, 13, 20, 27
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove
Hilton Head
Weekly summer celebration features live music and entertainment, arts and crafts and family activities. Fireworks start at dusk. Special fireworks celebration on July 4th. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. sheltercoveharbourfest.com

July 16-25
Beaufort Water Festival
Beaufort
Ten-day festival includes sailing regatta, water show, shrimp boat tour, dragon boat race, tours, sports tournaments, raft race, children’s activities, fireworks, Commodore’s Ball, air show, parade of boats, craft market and nightly entertainment. Free; nightly entertainment requires ticket purchase. Waterfront Park. bftwaterfestival.com

July 18-August 26
Turtle Days
Little St. Simons Island
Join naturalists and explore the world of loggerhead sea turtles through excursions, evening beach walks, presentations and post-hatch nest inventories. Cost includes lodging, meals, soft drinks, all island activities, use of recreation gear and boat transfers to and from the island. (888) 733-5774, littlestsimonsisland.com

July 22
Decoding Dolphin Behavior
Charleston
Join a naturalist to learn more about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and their unique feeding strategies such as strand-feeding. $9. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Folly Beach County Park and Isle of Palms County Park. Registration required; registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. ccprc.com

July 24
Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Mount Pleasant
Sweetgrass basket makers demonstrate weaving. Entertainment includes Gullah Geechee cultural musical groups, praise dancing, arts and crafts, Gullah cuisine and storytelling. Memorial Waterfront Park. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. visit-historic-charleston.com

July 24-25
Savannah Mega Comic Con
Savannah
Comic book and toy convention features comic books and superhero-related items, vintage and modern toys, anime, cosplay, vintage video games and special guests Noah Hathaway, Michael Biehn, Summer Noelle, Jamie Katonic and Sgt. Slaughter. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 and up; kids 5 and under are free. Savannah Convention Center. savannahmegacc.com

July 30-August 29
Summer Music Weekends
Lookout Mountain, GA
Events include live country, folk and bluegrass music, food and beverages and birds of prey shows from Rock City Raptors. Rock City Gardens. Named a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society. $26.95 adults; $14.95 children 3-12. seerockcity.com

August 1-31
Georgia Wine Highway
Statewide
Month-long event includes 41 wineries and 8 tasting rooms across Georgia. Visit vineyards in Blue Ridge, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Ellijay, Rabun Gap, Toccoa, Dahlonega, Braselton, Young Harris, Helen, Clayton, Jasper, Tiger, Lagrange, Ackworth, Rome, Americus and more. Passport holders receive a collectors’ glass and either 4 tastings or 1 glass at the participating wineries. Passport $75. georgiawineproducers.orgs

August 6
Miranda Lambert
Alpharetta
The country music star performs her Wildcard Tour at 7 p.m. $42-$122. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. livenation.com

August 6-7
Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale
Highway 341
Explore more than a dozen counties along Georgia’s longest yard sale that features everything from antiques and locally crafted items to food and traditional yard sale items. Official sites range from groups and organizations to individuals. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. explorehwy341.org 

Atlanta Summer Wine Festival
Atlanta
Festival offers more than 50 wines to taste, along with beer, live music and DJ. 7-11 p.m. Fri. plus noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Sat. City Winery. $35-$60. atlantawinefestivals.com

August 6-8
ATL Comic Convention
Atlanta
Event features comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel and comicdom-related celebrities. $30-$60. Georgia World Congress Center. atlcomicconvention.com 

August 13
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Atlanta
The rock band performs its Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’ Tour at 7 p.m. $22 and up. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. livenation.com

August 13-21
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee
Fair includes new carnival rides, concerts, art shows, exhibits, glassblowing demonstrations, Pioneer Village and educational Grizzly Bear show. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. $12 one-day pass; ride packages available. Free parking. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

August 17
James Taylor & Jackson Browne
Duluth
The musicians perform at Gas South Arena (formerly Infinite Energy Center) at 7:30 p.m. $83 and up. gassouthdistrict.com

August 21
German Bierfest
Atlanta
Features more than 35 authentic German beers, German food from area restaurants, live music and activities. 1-6 p.m. $30-$120. Designated drivers $10. Includes a commemorative sample glass and all the beer samples you can safely consume. Woodruff Park. germanbierfest.com 

Jason Aldean
Atlanta
The country music artist performs his Back in the Saddle Tour at 7:30 p.m. $22 and up. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. livenation.com

 Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Charleston
Dance to classic oldies and beach music on the Mount Pleasant Pier with the Shem Creek Boogie Band. Beverages, food and snacks available for purchase. No outside alcohol or coolers. 7-10:30 p.m. $8-$10. ccprc.com

August 21-22
Turtle Hatching Day Trips
Savannah
Accompany Georgia DNR Sea Turtle Conservation Program interns as they inventory loggerhead turtle nests for eggs and live hatchlings on Ossabaw Island’s South Beach. Transportation from Skidaway included. Bring your own lunch. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $125. Advance reservations recommended. ossabawisland.org

August 26
Harry Connick Jr. and his Band
Atlanta
The award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist performs his Time to Play Tour with his band. 8 p.m. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park. chastainseries.com

August 28
Motown in the Moonlight
Charleston
Dance to rhythm and blues and Motown tunes with live music from The Majestics. 7-10:30 p.m. $8 in advance. Bring chairs. Food and beverages available for purchase. Outside coolers, alcohol, food, beverages and pets are not allowed. Mount Pleasant Pier. ccprc.com

August 28-September 12
Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational
Watkinsville
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation presents an exhibition and sale of more than 4,000 pottery items from 50 Georgia artists. Named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. ocaf.com

August 29
South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival
Charleston
Festival features Jamaican jerk food, wine, reggae bands, a celebrity chef, pepper-eating contest, dominoes tournament, Jamaican Ludo game, artist showcase and prizes. Noon-6 p.m. $40 adults; $25 designated drivers and ages 13-20; free for children ages 2 and under. Magnolia Plantation. screggaejerkfestival.com

September 3-5
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Charleston
Nick Colionne and DJ D’Nyce headline the All White Party Affair on Fri. night. Lineup for Sat. and Sun. includes Willie Bradley, Peabo Bryson, Adam Hawley, Kindred Family Soul, Richard Elliott and more. $68-113. The Charleston Gaillard Center. lowcountryjazzfest.com

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Pine Mountain
Festival includes launches, a balloon glow, exhibits, pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, car show, live music and entertainment. $15-$50. Callaway Gardens. callawaygardens.com

September 5
Labor Day Beach Blast
Tybee Island
Celebrate the end of summer while listening to live music from the Swingin’ Medallions. Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Free.visittybee.com 

Folk Pottery Show and Sale
Helen
Annual event features folk pottery from the region and demonstrations of 19th century crafts and skills at a working blacksmith forge and shop. This Heritage Site features the only known restored slave cabin in the northeast Georgia mountains. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. folkpotterymuseum.com

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