[Updated 7/21/2022] When the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to transform into gorgeous shades of red, orange, and yellow, you know it’s Georgia in the fall.
And when this magical time of year comes around, towns all across the state get ready to celebrate the season with an array of fall fairs and festivals in Georgia.
Bringing together food, games, music, and fall activities in Georgia, many of these events become family traditions and are something you can look forward to each year.
From the iconic two-month-long Oktoberfest celebration in Helen GA to the endlessly entertaining North Georgia State Fair, each event offers a unique autumnal experience you won’t want to miss.
Read on to see our staff picks for the 25 Best Fall Fairs & Festivals in Georgia, arranged in chronological order, with information about what makes each one worth visiting.
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2022 Fall Fairs and Festivals in Georgia Guide
- Grape Stomp Festival (Blairsville, September 3)
- Oktoberfest (Helen, September 8 – October 30)
- Chattahoochee Mountain Fair (Clarkesville, September 9-17)
- Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival (Blue Ridge, September 15-17)
- American Made Music Fest (Hiawassee GA, September 15-17)
- Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival (Stone Mountain, September 17-October 30)
- Suwanee Fest (Suwanee, September 17-18)
- North Georgia State Fair (Marietta, September 22-October 2)
- Big Red Apple Festival (Cornelia, September 24)
- Atlanta Chili Cook Off (Atlanta, October 1)
- Lula Fall Festival (Lula, October 1-2)
- Indian Summer Festival (Suches, October 1-2)
- Foxfire Mountaineer Festival (Clayton, October 2)
- Cumming Country Fair & Festival (Cumming, October 6-16)
- Georgia Mountain Fall Festival (Hiawassee, October 7-15)
- Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay, October 8-9 & 15-16)
- Fall Arts in The Park (Blue Ridge, October 8-9)
- Blairsville Sorghum Festival (Blairsville, October 8-9 & 15-16)
- Stone Mountain Games and Highland Festival (Stone Mountain, October 14-16)
- Gold Rush Days (Dahlonega, October 15-16)
- Heritage Days Festival (Talking Rock, October 15-16)
- Booth Western Art Museum Cowboy Festival (Cartersville, October 20-22)
- Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show (Dawsonville, October 21-23)
- Appalachian Brew, Stew, & Que Festival (Hiawassee, October 22)
- Dancing Goats Folk Fest (Ellijay, October 22-23)
1. Grape Stomp Festival
(Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa in Blairsville GA, September 3)
The Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa in Blairsville GA is bringing back all of the oenophile fun in 2022 for their 9th annual Grape Stomp Fest.
Live music will be played all day by the award-winning Rhonda Funk and the Garrett Wheeler Band. You can enjoy the tunes while browsing craft booths and enjoying delicious BBQ from food trucks.
The grape stomping takes place at 2 and 4 PM, and you won’t want to miss the I Love Lucy look-alike contest, with locally-grown Georgia wines as the prizes.
Admission is $25 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Admission for those ages 21 and under is $15.
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(Helen GA Festhalle, September 8 – October 30)
Now celebrating its 52nd year, Oktoberfest is the longest-running celebration and one of the most famous festivals in the USA. It’s also one of the most popular cultural festivals in the country.
Running in 2021 from September 8 through October 30, the Helen Chamber of Commerce-hosted event puts a spotlight on the town’s Alpine inspiration.
Rows of long tables are set up so visitors can eat bratwurst from Helen GA restaurants, drink beer, and enjoy German-style polka bands that have come from all over the country.
While every day of Oktoberfest brings all kinds of joy and celebration, the immensely popular Oktoberfest Parade will be taking place on September 10th. This is a day you won’t want to miss!
Admission Monday through Friday is $8, rising to $10 on Saturday, and Sundays are free. Kids ages 5 and under enter free every day, while kids ages 6 to 12 are half-price.
Plan on coming back in December for Christmas in Helen GA, which was recently rated the “Top Christmas Town in America” by MSN.com and one of Southern Living‘s Best Christmas Towns in the USA.
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3. Chattahoochee Mountain Fair
(Habersham County Fairgrounds in Clarkesville GA, September 9-17)
The Chattahoochee Mountain Fair has been an annual tradition since 1975, providing entertainment for families to enjoy while soaking in the splendor of the autumn season.
The Georgia fair offers live entertainment, thrilling carnival rides, mouth-watering food, craft vendors, face painting, and even a petting zoo, as well as plenty of awesome photo opportunities.
There are a variety of contests you can enter (or just watch), including baking, photography, adult/youth crafts, livestock shows, and the Miss Chattahoochee Pageant.
Other fun features include a rodeo on September 16th and 17th and a Kids Farm & Fun Day, where kids can learn about farm animals and watch demonstrations of cow milking and more.
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4. Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival
(Downtown Blue Ridge GA, September 15-17)
If you want to celebrate fall in Georgia a little early, make your way to Downtown Blue Ridge GA for the 11th annual Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival.
As you walk through the historic downtown area, the mouth-watering smell of BBQ from more than 10 different local and regional vendors will fill the air and the sound of toe-tapping tunes will fill your ears.
In 2022, the awesome musical lineup includes: Men In Blues, Hughes Taylor Band, The Crossroads Band, Packrat’s Smokehouse, and Rae & The Royal Peacocks (Winners of the 2021 Blues Challenge).
The festival charges $10 admission, but kids 12 and under can enjoy all the fun for free.
If you’re still in the area on September 18th, there will also be a Blue Ridge Blues Crawl downtown, starting at 7 PM. You can explore some of the best restaurants in Blue Ridge GA, enjoy live music, and celebrate the timeless sound of the blues!
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5. American Made Music Fest
(Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee GA, September 15-17)
The American Made Music Fest offers visitors the best of live Country, Gospel, and Bluegrass music.
Presented at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, the festival presents 9 musical artists over the course of 3 days, including Craig Morgan, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, and more.
For those interested in camping, there will be RV hookups and tent space available at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds campgrounds, which are right next to Lake Chatuge.
Single-day tickets are $60, while 3-day passes start at $165, with VIP add-ons available. Children under 2 years of age get in free if they sit on the lap of an adult.
While you’re there, stop by one of the many local food trucks to grab a snack or dinner while you’re waiting for the next show!
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6. Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
(Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain GA, September 17-October 30)
Ranking alongside Stone Mountain Christmas among the park’s most popular events, the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival is one of the most beloved festivals in GA.
Whether you’re enjoying a journey around the mountain aboard a locomotive, entering the pie-eating contest, or enjoying a new show starring award-winning magician Aaron Radatz, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all ages.
When the sun goes down, the festivities continue as Stone Mountain Park lights up with the new Glow By Night Event and nighttime parade.
This family-friendly outdoor adventure takes visitors through classic storybook tales that come to life after dark.
There are over 10 themed areas to enjoy, with over 40 scenes filled with thousands of twinkling lights, huge carved pumpkins, and plenty of not-so-spooky fun!
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7. Suwanee Fest
(Suwanee GA. September 17-18)
The annual Suwanee Fest is making its return on September 17 & 18 at Town Center Park in Suwanee GA. For 2022, the festival’s theme “The Greatest in the Galaxy.”
The Gwinnett County festival features nearly 200 different vendors offering fine arts and crafts and delicious food, as well as a variety of entertainment, and even a parade to celebrate the Suwanee community.
Entertainment acts for the 2022 festival are scheduled to include acrobats, live music, and more.
There’s also a special Fun Zone full of rides and games for kids to enjoy, which allows mom and dad some free time for browsing the festival booths.
Admission to the festival is free, and there are free shuttle services to Town Center Park.
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8. North Georgia State Fair
(Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta GA, September 22-October 2)
The ever-popular North Georgia State Fair returns for its 89th year, bringing all the rides, games, shows, and excitement from years past (and some new attractions to boot).
Attracting around 300,000 people each year, the Fair has entertained visitors for generations, yet still manages to take it up a notch each year.
The 2022 event will feature more than 40 amusement rides and carnival-style games courtesy of the Great James H. Drew Exposition.
There will also be yummy food vendors and live musical performances from stars like The Afters, Locash, Josh Turner, Corey Smith and Michael Ray.
You can also enjoy a variety of new shows for 2022, like AGT Quarter Finalist Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show, Rosaire’s Royal Pig Racers, and The Birdman’s world class bird show.
Other attractions include checking out Brian Ruth, “Master of the Chainsaw” create artistic masterpieces before your eyes, marveling America’s Got Talent Extreme David “The Human Cannonball” Smith fly across the sky, petting exotic animals, and watching life-size Transformer-style robot vehicles.
Also note the new youth policy, after 6pm NO individual under the age of 17 will be allowed admission without a parent.
Tickets are $10 for admission. Rides tickets are available for an additional fee. Check the website for discounts or visit O’Reilly Auto Parts Store for half price tickets.
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9. Big Red Apple Festival
(Downtown Cornelia GA, September 24)
Nestled in the mountains of Northeast Georgia about 8 miles from the Schoolbus Graveyard, Cornelia is a picturesque town known as “The Home of the Big Red Apple.”
Every year, Cornelia hosts the Big Red Apple Festival to celebrate the town and the apples grown there, as well as the impending arrival of fall colors in North Georgia.
Now in its 33rd year, the festival will offer hayrides, carriage rides, historic tours, and live entertainment. There will also be arts and crafts, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, kids zone, and car show.
While you’re there, be sure to get a selfie next to the Big Red Apple. Located at the railway depot in downtown Cornelia, the replica measures 7 feet high, 22 feet around, and weighs 5,200 pounds!
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10. Atlanta Chili Cook Off
(Atlanta GA, October 1)
Think you have the best chili recipe? Or maybe you just want to try the best recipe? Either way, this festival is for you!
Sponsored by Crown Royal, Michelob Ultra, and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, this popular Atlanta festival is held at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.
The Cook Off is open to amateurs and pros alike, so you’ll likely see chefs many local restaurants striving to be the reigning champs of the chili world.
The annual festival is fun for all ages and features all sorts of vendors as well as a Kid Zone full of family-friendly games and activities.
Tickets are required for anyone over 10 years of age, and they start at $15/person for general admission.
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11. Lula Fall Festival
(Train Depot in Lula GA, October 1-2)
Located in both Hall and Banks counties, Lula is a tiny North Georgia town that hosts the charming Lula Fall Festival in early October every year.
Featuring folk art and pottery, the event celebrates the culture of Northeast Georgia by inviting potters, folk artists, and community crafters from all over the area to display their works for visitors to enjoy.
While at the festival, you can browse a broad array of art mediums and styles, as well as enjoy a variety of children’s activities, delicious food, and live entertainment.
The event is located at the Lula Train Depot Railroad Yard, and admission is totally free.
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12. Indian Summer Festival
(Woody Gap School in Suches GA, October 1-2)
Held in Suches GA– the town widely known as “The Valley Above the Clouds”– the Indian Summer Festival is a two-day event featuring music, dancing, arts, crafts, and more.
Indian summer, for those who don’t know, has nothing to do with the Cherokee or other Native Americans. It’s the period of unseasonably warm, dry weather in temperate regions that can last from September into mid-November.
There will be food vendors selling festival classics ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to funnel cakes and cotton candy, as well as arts and crafts booths stationed throughout.
The elementary students of Woody Gap School (on whose grounds the event is held) will be there to entertain guests with their performances.
There will also be a Mountain Ranger hand-to-hand combat demonstration, archery demonstration, mountain music, and a Country Square Dance featuring a live band!
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13. Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
(Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton GA, October 2)
On the first Saturday of October, the annual Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Clayton puts a spotlight on Appalachian culture for a day packed full of all kinds of traditional art and music.
A wide variety of Appalachian Mountain art will be on display here. The artists themselves will provide demonstrations of historic crafts such as woodworking, blacksmithing, soap making, and more.
Visitors of all ages can also play a ton of traditional games and puzzles, including sack races and cross-cut sawing competitions, while enjoying live music from regional performers.
Admission is $5 per person (children 5 and under are free), with all proceeds going to support the Foxfire Museum’s mission of preserving Southern Appalachian culture.
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14. Cumming Country Fair & Festival
(Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming GA, October 6-16)
Drawing in 225,000+ people from all across Georgia, the Cumming Country Fair & Festival is celebrating its 28th year as the largest event held at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
The festival features fun for the whole family, with over 40 amusement rides and attractions to enjoy including Comedian and Magic Man TJ Hill, Native Indian Village, Petting Zoo, Robocars House and the Four Scythes North Georgia’s newest haunted attraction.
There will also be incredible live performances from Sawyer Brown, Tyler Farr and Joe Nichols.
Of course, there’s also plenty of mouth-watering fair food, from classics like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and corn dogs to treats like funnel cake, fried Oreos, cotton candy, caramel apples, and more.
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15. Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
(Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee GA, October 7-15)
Held annually at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, this 9-day Georgia festival features arts & crafts vendors, educational demonstrations, food vendors, and live musical performances.
Well-known musicians who will be performing in 2022 include the Oak Ridge Boys & The South Wind Band, Aaron Tippin & Hunt-r-Greene, Mark Wills & Jim Wood Band and Ashley McBryde.
New attractions for 2022 include over a dozen rides like carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars and more from Midway Rides Unlimited.
The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is also home to the 11th annual Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Holiday Favorites Cooking Contest.
This year it takes place on October 9th starting at 11 AM, with competitors bringing their best dish to compete for up to $100.
Admission to this family-friendly event is $12 per person, with children 12 and under able to enjoy the festival for free.
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16. Georgia Apple Festival
(Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay GA, October 8-9 & 15-16)
In 2022 the Georgia Apple Festival returns to Ellijay GA, with even more fun to celebrate its 51st year!
Apples are so strongly associated with this Georgia mountain town that the festival is often referred to as the “Ellijay Apple Festival“.
Offering two weekends of autumnal celebration, the festival will feature over 300 vendors with food from local Ellijay restaurants, hand-crafted items, and on-site demonstrations of how different crafts are made.
There will also be the ever-popular parade and antique car show, as well as a 5K run. Admission is $5 for adults, but children ages 10 and under can enter for free.
Parking at the Lions Club Fairgrounds is limited, but there’s a free shuttle service. The various shuttle bus routes and parking areas are marked on a map on the Georgia Apple Festival website.
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17. Fall Arts in The Park
(Blue Ridge GA, October 8-9)
The 12th Annual Fall Arts in The Park festival will be taking place this October 8th & 9th in Blue Ridge GA.
Presented by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, the festival features 170+ artists and local vendors, as well as different crafts, demonstrations, and food trucks to grab a bite at as well.
Not only are local artists represented here, but the festival supports the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association, a non-profit that strives to provide opportunities for artists, as well as economic development for those in the community.
Interestingly, Blue Ridge has been listed as one of the Top 5 Best Art Towns in the state of Georgia.
Admission to the annual festival is just $5.
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18. Blairsville Sorghum Festival
(Meeks Park in Blairsville GA, October 8-9 & 15-16)
Part of Blairsville GA’s heritage for over 50 years now, the Blairsville Sorghum Festival returns in 2022.
Hosted by Blairsville Sorghum Syrup Makers and Enotah CASA Inc., the main event is focused on watching demonstrations and learning how the delicious syrup is made.
But there are also a ton of other activities for visitors to enjoy, including log sawing, pole climbing, rock- and hatchet-throwing, square dancing, and a parade through town.
Handmade arts and crafts vendors will be selling all kinds of soaps, lotions, jewelry, clothing, and wood and metal works. There will also be live demonstrations where you can see how certain crafts are made, and even try making some yourself.
Admission is just $5, and kids ages 12 and under are free.
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19. Stone Mountain Games and Highland Festival
(Stone Mountain GA, October 14-16)
The 50th Annual Stone Mountain Games & Highland Festival brings a little bit of Scotland to Georgia, with the 2022 edition taking place October 14-16.
The festival offers an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Scottish culture by eating and drinking like a native and testing your skills in different competitions.
While you’re there, you’ll also see various Celtic performers, musicians, and bagpipe bands, and vendors will be selling imported goods from the British Isles.
Little lads and lassies will have a chance to participate in different Scottish activities (such as the Haggis Hurl and Scotch Egg Drop), make beaded jewelry and canvas crafts, and even get their face painted.
Admission to the festival starts at $22.50, and children 12 years of age and younger get in free with an adult.
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20. Gold Rush Days
(Dahlonega GA, October 15-16)
The 67th annual Gold Rush Days festivals returns in 2022 to celebrate Dahlonega GA’s discovery of Gold in 1828. Finds there and in nearby Dukes Creek actually led to the first gold rush in America!
Voted one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Dahlonega’s Town Square and Historic District every year.
The festivities include family-friendly games, wheelbarrow racing, face painting, live music, and a gold panning contest. There’s also a huge parade with jubilant marching bands and a coronation of the Gold Rush Days King and Queen.
There will also be more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors scattered throughout the area, as well as a broad variety of food vendors and Dahlonega restaurant specials.
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21. Heritage Days Festival
(Talking Rock GA, October 15-16)
The tiny of Talking Rock GA comes alive every October when they host the Heritage Days Festival.
Now in its 28th year, the festival is filled with all sorts of fun and small town charm, including yummy Southern food as well as bluegrass and gospel music.
Vendors from all across Georgia join with local shop owners for the festival, with booths featuring all sorts of arts, crafts, and antiques lining the street.
Visitors to the festival can meet the Town Crier, and there will even be some surprise demonstrations that are sure to entertain all ages.
The best part? Admission and parking are free!
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22. Booth Western Art Museum Cowboy Festival/Symposium
(The Booth Museum in Cartersville GA, October 20-22)
Located in Cartersville GA, the Booth Western Art Museum is home to the largest permanent exhibition space in the USA for Western American artwork.
The museum hosts a number of annual events throughout the year, but their Cowboy Festival and Symposium is arguably the most popular. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the fun by wearing their Western best.
The event starts with school programs on Thursday, October 20, followed by the annual Western art history symposium takes place in the Bergman Theatre on Friday, October 21.
But the festival itself takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, and features Native American dancing, living history encampments, roping demonstrations, a reenactment of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and more.
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23. Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show
(Dawsonville GA, October 21-23)
Dawsonville is home to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and Amicalola Falls State Park. But it is perhaps most famous among NASCAR fans as the home of racing legend Bill Elliott.
Taking place at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Dawsonville City Hall’s Main Street Park, the 55th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show is a must-see for fans of classic cars.
The festivities begin on Friday, October 21 at 8 AM, with a car show and swap meet.
At 9:30 AM, the Moonshine Run will depart from Bearden’s, showcasing all kinds of vintage vehicles as they drive throughout North Georgia’s Moonshine Country.
On Saturday, the festival and car show continues with a parade that marches through town at 9 AM. The festivities conclude after the final day of fun on Sunday.
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24. Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival
(Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee GA, October 22)
Featuring craft beers from GA breweries, NC Breweries, South Carolina, and Alabama, the Appalachian Brew, Stew & Cue Festival is a must-visit for anyone who loves beer.
There will be over 40 breweries offering unlimited tastings, including Akademia Brewing, Copperhill Brewing, and Sycamore Brewing. Just remember to drink responsibly.
Along with the drinks, there will be delicious food available from local restaurants and regional arts and crafts showcased throughout the event.
You can also enjoy traditional Appalachian and Americana music, with live performances by Granny’s Mason Jar, Cody Marlowe & Austin Coleman, Elliott Sperin, Wyatt Espalin & Friends, and Shanon LaBrie.
You’lL leave the festival with a free souvenir glass and a ride on their shuttle service back to the GMF campground or local hotel if needed!
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25. Dancing Goats Folk Fest
(Ellijay GA, October 22-23)
Ellijay GA may be best known for its apple picking, but it also has an excellent location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Dancing Goats Folk Fest is a folk-art festival in that seeks to preserve and celebrate Southern Appalachian Culture and History.
The annual event features lots of traditional foods, arts and crafts, and music ranging from bluegrass and country to folksy mountain ballads.
Storytelling is also featured at the festival, continuing the timeless Southern tradition of telling the history of the land through word-of-mouth.
Perhaps the most unique offering at the Dancing Goats Folk Fest is the Goat Pageant. Happening on Saturday and Sunday, it features pampered goats strutting their stuff in hopes of winning the crown!
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–by Christina Maggitas; with additional reporting by Molly Fraizer, lead photo via Canva