The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Georgia! By
Before the first leaves fall from the trees, Georgia is already in full fall festival mode. In the Peach State, fall festivals abound to herald cooler temperatures, pumpkin-flavored everything, and beautiful fall foliage that attracts thousands of visitors to the state each year. Best of all, there’s always plenty of festivals to deliver the entertainment you’re looking for. Here’s where you’ll find the 10 best fall festivals in Georgia.
Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains is a little slice of authentic Bavaria that throws the most epic Oktoberfest this side of the Atlantic. This month-long event features all of the best elements of the traditional event, including German dancers, lederhosen, bratwurst, and figurative rivers of the finest German brews. If you only choose to go to one Oktoberfest this year, this one should be it.
Arguably one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, the Atlanta Greek Fest is brimming with some of the best flavors you’ll find outside of the motherland. Food, wine, and live music await attendees and create a pure immersion in the Greek culture. It’s the perfect way to fill your appetite for food, wine, art, and worldly experiences.
There’s always a good reason to take a day trip to Stone Mountain, but the Highland Games make for a unique experience that only happens once a year. Here you can treat your taste buds to fine whiskeys and delight your ears with Celtic tunes. Don’t forget to don your tartan!
The SOUND! The SIGHTS! The PAGEANTRY! The Massed Bands are an important part of the Highland Games. During the Opening Ceremonies it showcases the Pipe Bands that will be competing later on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the massed bands provide a musical backdrop to the Clans marching onto the Main Parade Field. It is an awe-inspiring feature of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the bands are pleased to provide an enchanting performance for the spectators. The Massed Bands give the audience an opportunity to see and hear a very large group of pipe bands on the move. This year we have 22 bands from 9 states (Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey!). The massed bands consists of 450 pipers and drummers. The Head Drum Major, Jim Thompson and Drum Major Keith Grest organize the Massed Bands for the Stone Mountain Highland Games. Take time to notice the formations, the turns and the small bit of chaos that makes up the 'counter march' turn during Massed Bands! We hope that the magnificent sound of 22 pipe bands will move your heart and soul!
The pirate craze may be over in Hollywood, but it’s alive and well in Tybee Island. This pirate-themed festival lets you escape the ordinary and dive right into your wildest dreams. Pirate performers, a parade, live music, and other attractions make this weekend-long festival one worth walking the plank for.
There used to be gold in the Dahlonega hills, and the townspeople have never forgotten. Every third weekend in October pays homage to its gold-encrusted history, complete with gold panning, craft vendors, and plenty of food and drink to go around.
This true-to-form fall festival is complete with pumpkin painting, food, and music, but its big draw is the colorful array of hot air balloons that fill the sky. Not only does it provide a fun-filled day for all ages, but it’s also working to help two local charitable organizations helping people and animals.
What better time to enjoy a series of spooky movies than right before Halloween? The Atlanta Film Festival is a much-anticipated event among its fans each year, showcasing some of the best macabre independent films from some of the industry’s top filmmakers. It’s a frightfully good time!
Touted as Savannah’s “party of the season,” Oktoberfest is nothing short of a good time. German food and libations abound here. Guests can delight their taste buds in a sausage eating contest, or participate in dancers and Dachshund races. Both entertaining and culturally enriching, you’ll be saying “Guten tag!” to everyone before the weekend is over.
Nestled on the shoreline of scenic Lake Chatuge is one of the mountain’s most enjoyable fall festivals. Nine days are jam packed with music, craft vendors, food, and, yes, there’s even a Fiddler’s Convention. It’s good, clean family fun with a mountaineer flair guests of all ages can enjoy.
In case the name didn’t give it away, Decatur’s Beer Fest features some of the best craft brews you’ll find anywhere—and they’re all just waiting to tantalize your taste buds. Your entry fee includes a souvenir tasting glass and grants you access to unlimited samples. It’s not a particularly long event, and only lasts for a day, but if you can’t get enough craft beer it’s an event you won’t want to skip!