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Here is a list of fall festivals in the state of Georgia. Although we've done our best to verify these festivals are still happening, you may want to do your own research before attending. Also, be aware that many festivals require masks and social distancing despite being mostly outdoors. 

OCTOBER

Helen Oktoberfest 

  • When: Now through Nov. 7
  • Where: Helen
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual Oktoberfest celebration in the Alpine-themed city of Helen. 

Georgia Apple Festival 

  • When: Oct. 9-10 and 16-17
  • Where: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds
  • How much: $5 for ages over 10
  • What: More than 300 vendors, on-site demonstrations, parade, antique car show and more.

Stone Mountain Highland Games 

  • When: Oct. 15-17
  • Where: Stone Mountain Park
  • How much: $20 general admission
  • What: Traditional Highland games, food, vendors, live entertainment and more.

Magnolia Fine Arts Festival 

  • When: Oct. 16-17
  • Where: Drake Field, Peachtree City
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Local and regional visual artists, a variety of live music and dance, food and more.

Gold Rush Days Festival 

  • When: Oct. 16-17
  • Where: Downtown Dahlonega
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Celebrate the discovery of gold in Dahlonega with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and more.

Snellville Fall Festival 

  • When: Oct. 16
  • Where: Snellville Town Green
  • How much: $10 for activity band
  • What: Activities include rock wall, trackless train, inflatable slide, obstacle course, 9-hole mini golf and more. There will also be live entertainment, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts vendors, food and more.

Loganville Autumn Fest 

  • When: Oct. 16
  • Where: downtown Loganville
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Live entertainment, 200 vendors, food and children's activities.

Johns Creek Arts Festival 

  • When: Oct. 16
  • Where: Atlanta Athletic Club
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Variety of artisans, vendors and exhibitors from around the country. There will be paintings, poetry, metalwork, folk art, jewelry, yard art and more.

Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival 

  • When: Oct. 17
  • Where: Brook Run Park and Playground, Dunwoody
  • How much: Tasting tickets are $1 each (at least 10 recommended)
  • What: All spectrums of the Jewish community participate in this festival and everyone in Atlanta is welcome to attend.

Shaky Knees Music Festival 

  • When: Oct. 22-24
  • Where: Central Park
  • How much: Tickets start at $99
  • What: Music festival featuring indie rock, folk and country music with food and other activities. Performers include Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, mac Demarco, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, White Reaper, Alice Cooper, Portugal. The Man, Garbage, The Hives, Living Colour and many more.

A3C Festival & Conference

  • When: Oct. 22-24
  • Where: Georgia Freight Depot
  • How much: $35 to $199
  • What: A3C is a music, tech, film and cultural festival.

Mountain Moonshine Festival 

  • When: Oct. 22-24
  • Where: Downtown Dawsonville
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Parade of moonshine and revenue cars, vendors, two stages with live entertainment, food and more.

Atlanta Chili Cook Off 

  • When: Oct. 23
  • Where: Brook Run Park
  • How much: $10 in advance, $35 VIP in advance
  • What: 75 teams scheduled to compete. There will also be live music and entertainment.

Johns Creek International Festival 

  • When: Oct. 23
  • Where: City hall
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Celebrate countries and cultures from around the world with music, global marketplace and children's activities.

Chiaha Harvest Fair 

  • When: Oct. 23-24
  • Where: Ridge Ferry Park in Rome
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Artists and craftsmen from around the country, live music, local food vendors and more.

Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival 

  • When: Oct. 23-24
  • Where: Smyrna Village Green
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: More than 125 booths featuring arts and crafts, puppet shows, live music, food and children's activities.

NOVEMBER

Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off Festival

  • When: Nov. 6
  • Where: Cabbagetown Park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Chili cook-off, fun run, artist market, bluegrass music and more.

Chastain Park Fall Festival 

  • When: Nov. 6-7
  • Where: Chastain Park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Arts and crafts festival with live music and food.

Suwanee Wine Fest 

  • When: Nov. 6
  • Where: Suwanee Town Center Park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: More than 150 wines and local wine experts, live music, artisanal products from local vendors, food from local restaurants and more.

Taste of Kennesaw 

  • When: Nov. 6
  • Where: downtown Kennesaw
  • What: More than 30 food booths, a beer garden, children's activities, and live entertainment.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights 

  • When: Nov. 13-Jan. 15, 2022
  • Where: Atlanta Botanical Park
  • How much: Tickets start at $22.95
  • What: Holiday display of lights.

BLM 5K Atlanta Festival 

  • When: Nov. 18-20
  • Where: Piedmont Park
  • What: A 5K Black Lives Matter walk/run featuring performances by Ari Elle, KTFN, Cookaman E, Jagbabi, King Jai, Temidayo, Tabitha Skye, Kovoski K.T and many more. There will also be food and arts and crafts.

FESTIVALS THAT HAVE PASSED

SEPTEMBER

Food That Rocks food festival 

  • When: Sept. 23-25
  • Where: Sandy Springs
  • How much: Tickets start at $80
  • What: Food from local restaurants, live music and wine/beer/cocktails.

Savannah Jazz Festival 

  • When: Sept. 23-26
  • Where: Savannah
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Performers include Shawn Purcell, Ranky Tanky, John Lee with Laurence Hobgood, U.S. Navy Commodores Band, Grant Green Jr., Don Braden, Kenny Banks Jr. and more.

Atlanta Greek Festival 

  • When: Sept. 24-26
  • Where: Annunciation Greek orthodox Cathedral
  • How much: $2-$55
  • What: This year's Atlanta Greek Festival is a drive-thru festival. Place your order online and pick it up.

A Night Out for John Howell Park (replacing Virginia-Highland Summerfest) 

  • When: Sept. 24
  • Where: John Howell Park
  • How much: $25 per person, $10 for children 10 and under
  • What: Catered dinner by D.B.A. Barbecue.

Big Red Apple Festival 

  • When: Sept. 25
  • Where: Downtown Cornelia
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Hayrides, cornhole tournament, car show, kids zone, arts and crafts vendors, carriage rides, food vendors, live entertainment and more.

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest 

  • When: Sept. 25
  • Where: downtown Alpharetta
  • How much: $20 general admission
  • What: Annual beer festival with beer, live music and food.

Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival 

  • When: Sept. 25
  • Where: Etowah River park, Canton
  • How much: $5 donation requested
  • What: Arts and crafts festival, live entertainment, concessions and children's activities.

East Atlanta Strut 

  • When: Sept. 25
  • Where: East Atlanta
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Celebrate Atlanta's art, culture and quirkiness. Arts and crafts, food, drink, live music, parade and more.

Viva Tequila Festival 

  • When: Sept. 25
  • Where: Truist Park
  • How much: $35 to $50
  • What: More than 30 hand-crafted, small-batch tequilas from Mexico paired with small plates from Atlanta's top chefs and restaurants.

Duluth Fall Festival

  • When: Sept. 25-26
  • Where: downtown Duluth
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual fall festival with arts and crafts, food and live entertainment.

Sweet Auburn Music Fest 

  • When: Sept. 25-26
  • Where: Auburn Avenue
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual R&B, hip-hop and gospel music festival with food, children's activities and more.

Afropunk Atlanta

  • When: Sept. 25-26
  • Where: Atlantic Station
  • How much: Tickets start at $70
  • What: Festival celebrating African music and heritage with live music, art, film, vendors, food and more. 

Sandy Springs Artspalooza 

  • When: Sept. 25-26
  • Where: Lake Forrest Drive
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Arts festival with emphasis on visual arts and handcrafted items. Up to 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more.

Recovery Rocks Festival 

  • When: Sept. 26
  • Where: Cumming Fairground
  • How much: Tickets start at $10
  • What: One of the largest family-friendly, sober-social festival in Georgia. Four bands, Kidz Zone, food and local vendors.

Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery/Tunes from the Tombs 

  • When: Sept. 26
  • Where: Oakland Cemetery
  • How much: Tickets start at $20
  • What: Annual fall festival with living history, tours, music, artists, food trucks and more.

North Georgia State Fair 

  • When: Sept. 23-Oct. 3
  • Where: Marietta
  • How much: Tickets start at $10 for adults
  • What: Annual state fair with carnival, animal shows, exhibits, food, and more.

Hahira Honey Bee Festival 

  • When: Sept. 27-Oct. 2
  • Where: Hahira
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual fall festival with arts and crafts, food, live music, children's activities and more.

Westobou Festival 

  • When: Sept. 30-Oct. 3
  • Where: Downtown Augusta
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Celebration of arts and creativity showcasing music, dance, film, spoken word and visual art.

Decatur Book Festival 

  • When: Oct. 1-3
  • Where: Downtown Decatur
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Largest independent book festival in the country. There will be book signings, author readings, panel discussions, children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams and more.

Atlanta Pizza Festival 

  • When: Oct. 2
  • Where: Atlantic Station
  • How much: Tickets start at $15
  • What: Pizza vendors, live music and beer/wine.

Taste of Tucker 

  • When: Oct. 2
  • Where: Main Street in downtown Tucker
  • How much: 10 taste tickets for $10
  • What: Dozens of restaurants and various non-food vendors, live entertainment, kids zone and more.

Atlanta Mimosa Festival 

  • When: Oct. 2
  • Where: Historic 4th Ward Skate park
  • How much: Tickets start at $45
  • What: Mimosa-themed festival with drinks, food and live music.

Fall Fest in Candler Park 

  • When: Oct. 2
  • Where: Candler Park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Tasty treats, live music, kid-friendly fun, art and more.

Oliver Hardy Festival 

  • When: Oct. 2
  • Where: Harlem
  • How much:
  • What: Festival in honor of comedian Oliver Hardy in his hometown. Arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, and movie shorts in the theater.

ATL Hip Hop Day 

  • When: Oct. 2-3
  • Where: Woodruff Park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual hip hop festival featuring DJ Swamp Izzo, Fort Knox, Sean Teezy, Niko the Beachkid, Hectic Dabackpacka, Suave and more.

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival 

  • When: Oct. 2-3
  • Where: History Fourth Ward park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Arts and crafts fair with live music and food.

Whaley's Fall Craft Fair 

  • When: Oct. 2-3
  • Where: Gay
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Annual arts and crafts fair timed to coincide with the annual Cotton Pickin' Fair.

Cotton Pickin' Fair 

  • When: Oct. 2-3
  • Where: Gay
  • How much: $10 general admission
  • What: Twice-annual arts and crafts fair with hundreds of vendors, antiques, food, children's rides and live entertainment.

Georgia State Fair 

  • When: Oct. 1-10
  • Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • How much: Tickets start at $10 for adults
  • What: Annual state fair with family-friendly entertainment, animals, food, carnival and more.

Cumming Country Fair 

  • When: Oct. 7-17
  • Where: Cumming Fairgrounds
  • How much: $10 for ages 10 and up
  • What: County fair with concerts, history exhibits, discount days, amusement rides, fair food and more.

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival 

  • When: Oct. 8-9
  • Where: downtown Alpharetta
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Music festival featuring country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass. More than 30 artists and 6 stages.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival 

  • When: Oct. 8-16
  • Where: Fairgrounds in Hiawassee
  • How much: Tickets start at $12 general admission
  • What: Arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational demonstrations, contests, food and more.

Fall Fest at East Cobb 

  • When: Oct. 9
  • Where: Central Avenue between Kale Me Crazy and Banana Republic
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Family-friendly activities. Free face painting, balloon art and interactive entertainment. Food and beverages.

Mable House Harvest Festival 

  • When: Oct. 9
  • Where: Floyd Road in Mableton
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: There will be hayrides, crafts, music, games, petting farm and more.

Taste of Acworth 

  • When: Oct. 9
  • Where: downtown Acworth
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: More than 120 booths, children's activities, dog show, fashion show and live entertainment.

Fall Farm Days at Smith Plantation 

  • When: Oct. 9
  • Where: Smith Plantation in Roswell
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Petting zoo, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, kids sing-along, hands-on activities for children, demonstrations of hearth cooking, blacksmithing and pottery and more.

ONE Musicfest 

  • When: Oct. 9-10
  • Where: Centennial Olympic Park
  • How much: Tickets start at $169
  • What: Music festival featuring performances by H.E.R., Lil Wayne, The Isley Brothers, Burna Boy, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Boi, Masego, Young Do and more.

Chalktoberfest Chalk and Beer Festival

  • When: Oct. 9-10
  • Where: Marietta
  • What: Festival featuring 86 chalk artists, 40 breweries, 20 beers, 20 wines, vendors, food and live entertainment. 

Festival on Ponce 

  • When: Oct. 9-10
  • Where: Olmstead Linear park
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Arts and crafts festival featuring fok and outsider art, food, and children's activities.

Blairsville Sorghum Festival 

  • When: Oct. 9-10 and 16-17
  • Where: Blairsville
  • How much: Free admission
  • What: Arts and crafts, food, music, square dancing, biscuit eating, pole climbing, log sawing, horseshoes, rock throwing and sorghum mill grinding.

Prater's Mill Country Fair 

  • When: Oct. 9-10
  • Where: Prater's Mill Heritage Park in Dalton
  • How much: $7 general admission
  • What: Mountain music, Southern food, living history exhibits, arts and crafts, train rides for kids, demonstrations and more.

If you would like to submit information about a festival for this list, send an email to joyce.lupiani@cbs46.com

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