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18 Can't-Miss Fall Events for Family Fun

Experience the season's best and create family memories at Georgia's fall festivals and fairs.

  • Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

Fall beckons families outdoors to enjoy Georgia's festivals, fairs and crisp weather. From Ellijay’s Apple Festival in the mountains to Tybee Island’s Pirate Fest on the coast, fall adventures await families around the state. Sample a few events in each region of Georgia to fully experience the season, and share your favorite fall finds using #ExploreGeorgia.

  • Atlanta Metro

    Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival (Kennesaw) - On Oct. 27-28, 2017, take the family to Kennesaw State University's Sports & Entertainment Park for Atlanta's only hot air balloon festival and largest costume party. With trick-or-treating, hot air balloon glows, costume showdowns, roving performers, food trucks and more, you'll be amazed at this incredible Halloween experience.

    Halloween Hayrides at Red Top Mountain State Park (Acworth) - The hayride loops through the Iron Hill area of Red Top Mountain State Park, providing riders with a trip through the mythical town of Ravenwood. Plenty of treats and cider are available following the stories for you to enjoy prior to the short walk back to your car.

  • Classic South

    Family Fall Fest at Mistletoe State Park (Appling) - On Oct. 7, 2017, welcome fall with hayrides, crafts, hikes, children’s games, storytelling and more at this state park on Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta. Stay for the weekend in one of the park's lakeside log cabins or cottages, or set up camp and enjoy spectacular views of sunset and sunrise over the water.

    A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens State Park (Crawfordville) - On Oct. 28, 2017, enjoy a fun evening of ghoulish events, including a haunted hayride, treats, a movie on the lawn, campfire, costume contest and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and equestrian campers.

  • The Coast

    Tybee Island Pirate Fest (Tybee Island) - There is fun for pirates of all ages; the littlest pirates can enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment, while adults can grab a drink, partake in pirate-themed carnival games and shop for fun souvenirs. 

    CoastFest (Brunswick) - The annual CoastFest highlights Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education. Activities range from recycling to coastal weather … native plants to sea turtles ... water conservation to archeology… herpetology to geology … sharks to shrimp!

  • Historic Heartland

    Deep Roots Festival (Milledgeville) - This cultural arts and music festival on Oct, 21, 2017, also features a delicious barbecue cook-off, more than 100 vendors with handmade arts & crafts, an antique car show and the KidZone -- complete with the best collection of rides and inflatables. Don't miss musical performances by Atlanta-based Drivin N' Cryin, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Muddy Magnolias, Trae Pierce and the T-Stones, and Milledgeville's own McCook & Martin.

    Washington Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (Athens) – Pick larger-than-life sunflowers, explore the corn maze and pick the perfect pumpkin. Other fall farm activities include a petting zoo, pig races and s’mores around the campfire.

  • Historic High Country

    Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay) - On Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, 2017, more than 300 vendors showcase handmade, hand-crafted items at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. Enjoy many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. Don't miss the apple cake and apple pie recipe contests Oct. 14, the classic auto show Oct. 14, the Apple Festival Parade Oct. 21, and be sure to visit several of the orchards in the area for freshly picked apples and more Georgia-grown treats.

    Wings Over North Georgia Airshow (Rome) - Rated North Georgia’s No. 1 family weekend event, this world-class air show festival Oct. 20-22, 2017, features the USN Blue Angels, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Sky Soldiers Cobra demo team and many more world-class performers. 

  • Magnolia Midlands

    TroupCorn Maze & Halloween Fun (Dublin) - With a huge corn maze and more than 20 additional attractions, TroupCorn Maze offers a fresh take on family fun and education in a rural farm setting. Certified Georgia Grown, TroupCorn Maze grows bushels of smiles for the whole family during October and November with acres of fun! Cheer on your team during College Football Saturdays with a huge outdoor movie screen, snacks from Mazey's Restaurant, and a fire crackling!

    Dublin Fall Fair (Dublin) - Stroll under the bright lights of the carnival midway with fun games and exciting rides like Viper, Wipe Out, Drop Tower, Fireball, and lots of kiddie rides. Sample carnival food favorites like funnel cakes, corn dogs, and fried candy bars! Put a smile on their face with an unlimited ride pass and unlimited fun!

  • Northeast Georgia Mountains

    Georgia Mountain Fall Festival (Hiawassee) - Each October, the nine-day event features exciting musical performances, arts and craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

    Gold Rush Days Festival (Dahlonega) - More than 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Dahlonega Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event the third full weekend in October. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

  • Plantation Trace

    Berrien County Harvest Festival (Nashville) - The Berrien County Harvest Festival features arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Roll up your pant legs and give grape stomping a try -- just one of the many family-friendly activities available. Admission to the downtown festival is free to the public. 

    Spooktacular at Chehaw Park (Albany) - Spend your Halloween with Chehaw in the Zoo plaza with Halloween themed fun for all ages! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes! Games, prizes, candy and animal encounters are all free with zoo admission. 

  • Presidential Pathways

    Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch (The Rock) – Saturdays in fall bring a series of special events to The Rock Ranch beginning in October. Special Saturdays include Cowboy Day, Great Outdoor Adventure Day, a Hot Air Balloon Rally and a “Not So Spooky” Halloween Festival. The festivities come to a close in November with National Pumpkin Destruction Day.

    Day Out with Thomas on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train (Cordele) - Thomas visits the SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park in southwest Georgia in October. You can spend a whole day with the beloved storybook engine, Sir Topham Hatt and other friends.

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