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Festivals in Georgia
The Peach State's annual calendar is filled with fun events for every interest: from food to flowers to film to fire ants, you'll find great activities that everyone in the family can enjoy in every region of the state.
Festivals Near Atlanta
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place in spring, when flowers bloom. Held early April, the three-day event features hundreds of arts and crafts for sale, along with music, food, and the dogwood blossoms. The Atlanta Film Festival also takes place in April, featuring new short films and documentaries and chances to interact with the filmmakers.
July brings the National Black Arts Festival, showcasing the heritage and artistry of people of African descent. Centennial Olympic Park fills with an international marketplace, children's village, and music stage. Atlanta's diversity is celebrated at other festivals throughout the year, including the Atlanta Turkish Festival, the Festival Peachtree Latino, and the Martin Luther King Jr. March & Rally.
Athletic events include the Fourth of July's Peachtree Road Race 10K, the world's largest 10-kilometer footrace. The annual Atlanta Streets Alive event closes streets to cars to allow easy exploration by bicycle and on foot. In the suburbs outside Atlanta, enjoy the Big Shanty Festival that celebrates the region's Civil War heritage with a parade, arts & crafts, music, and more fun. The Roswell Memorial Day Parade is the biggest in Georgia.
Festivals in Central Georgia
The mid-state region, including Macon and Augusta, has its share of fun festivals and events throughout the year. One of golf's biggest annual events, the Masters Tournament, takes place in early April at the Augusta National Golf Club. April is also the season for the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, known as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. The 10-day festival takes place beneath delicate petals on more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees.
The festival includes a parade, concerts, and a balloon-glow event. During the festival, you can enjoy lantern light tours of Ocmulgee National Monument. Other towns in the region celebrate their heritage with local festivals. The Grovetown Heritage Festival takes place in late April, and the International City Fall Festival takes place in Warner Robins in late September.
Harness racing fans should time their visit to the Hawkinsville Harness Festival in April. The north Georgia town is the Harness Horse Racing Capital of Georgia, and the event combines race action with a family festival offering music, food, and crafts.
Festivals in Coastal Georgia
There's always fun along the shoreline in Georgia. The Savannah Music Festival in late March is the biggest music event in Georgia, bringing local and international performers to town over an 18-day period. Taste the best food in the South at great food festivals. During the Taste of Savannah in the fall, visitors enjoy great bites from the city's best restaurants. For traditional southern food, try another fall festival, the Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival, held in Golden Isles.
It's two days of cook-offs, demonstrations, and of course, tastings. In late October, feast at the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill. Other festivals offer even more traditional food flavors. Enjoy the annual Labor Day Catfish Festival in Kingsland or the summertime Watermelon and Peanut Boiling Festival in Statesboro.
Festivals in Northern Georgia
There are great arts and crafts festivals throughout the year in this part of Georgia, including the annual AthFest Music & Arts Festival in late June. The event brings more than 150 bands and 50 artists to 15 venues and three stages in Athens. The Mecca Fest in Carrollton every October features local Georgia artwork, plus great food and performances from local talent including the Georgia Youth Ballet.
Mid-May's Geranium Festival in McDonough features local businesses, great art, food, and fun for children. The Sorghum Festival in Blairsville in October and the Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, also in October, feature local heritage in the form of sorghum syrup and moonshine. Other events in northern Georgia include the Rome International Film Festival in September and the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival in June.
Festivals in Southern Georgia
Lace up your running shoes for the Albany Marathon in March; there's a 1/2 marathon for those who prefer shorter runs. Prefer bike races? The marathon event also includes the SB&T Bike Race. Flower-lovers find plenty of festival fun in March and April. The annual Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival, in early March, features flowers, classic cars, kids fun, a food court, and more than 150 arts and crafts vendors. In April, the Thomasville Rose Show & Festival shows off the fragrant flowers with a parade, music, crafts, and food.
One of the most unusual events on the annual calendar, the Fire Ant Festival in Ashburn in March includes a fire ant calling contest and giant fire ant maze, plus crafts, fireworks, and more fun.
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Make your way to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds as you explore northern Georgia. Near the border and a short drive from nearby Blairsville, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts a number of different festivals and fairs throughout the year. Some of the most popular events held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds include Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In car show, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, and the annual Georgia Mountain Fair.
In mid-May, visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the Georgia Mountain EggFest, a popular and tasty food fair. As you trek through Hiawassee, makes plans to explore the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Each year, in conjunction with the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Miss Georgia Mountain Fair contest is held – watch as the classy ladies of northern Georgia compete for the title.
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
Found in Perry, GA, the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter is a multipurpose complex and host to a slew of events, expos, festivals, and fairs thorough the year. Coming in at more than 1,100 acres, many Georgians and visitors to Perry and the central GA region enjoy the many livestock shows, horse shows, and dog shows held at the Agricenter.
Every year beginning on the fifth Thursday after Labor Day, the Georgia National Fair kicks off. You'll find a diverse landscape of sterling attractions in central Georgia, each yielding full days of fun and excitement. When you travel to the Perry area of GA during the summer, be sure to check out the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter.
Located in downtown Savannah, the Telfair Academy features 19th century period rooms and a collection of 19th and 20th century art. Explore American and European paintings, statues, sculptures, and decorative arts.
Don't miss special events at this Coastal Georgia art center, including the Telfair Art Fair, A Collectors' Evening, and Art on Tap. Plan your next visit to Savannah and the Georgia coast, and be sure you make time for a tour of this impressive museum. Whether you're a lover of the arts, or just hoping for a bit of culture, the Telfair Academy is an ideal attraction.