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Below are lists of free festivals, fairs, holiday and special events in Georgia. Many events are located near you. Call listings contact numbers for info.
Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
Ringgold Opry - 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30/15 at 7:30-10pm
Hear live country, folk, and bluegrass music at the Ringgold Depot! Musicians are welcome to bring instruments. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: The Historic Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, GA 30736
West Antioch Shoreline Litter Pickup - 2/7/15 at 10-11pm
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the West Antioch boat ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the West Antioch boat ramp parking lot. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-802-5087 - Address: Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area, 4054 Big Texas Valley Rd NW, Rome, GA 30165
New Echota Privet Pull - 2/28/15 at 12noon-3pm
Join us along the trails as we eradicate the Chinese privet that is taking over the parks. Bring your gloves as we saw, cut and spray to make room for our native plants and trees. Free event. Phone: 706-624-1321 - Address: New Echota Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Hwy NE, Calhoun, GA 30701
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Civil War at 150 - 2/12, 3/12 & 4/9/15 at 5:30pm
The three-part lecture series, "Civil War at 150," begins Feb. 12 and is sponsored by UNG's Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy. All events are free. The first lecture, "How the Civil War Impacted Georgia, and How Georgia Impacted the Civil War," is set for Feb. 12 and features Dr. John Inscoe of the University of Georgia. The second lecture, "UNG Historians Reflect on the Civil War," is scheduled for March 12 and will feature numerous UNG history faculty. Dr. J. David Hacker of the University of Minnesota will conclude the series on April 9, the anniversary of the war's end, with his presentation, "The Human Cost of the American Civil War." In 2012, Hacker published research that increased the death toll of the nation's deadliest war to 750,000. All programs will be in the Cleveland Ballroom in the Martha T. Nesbitt Building on UNG's Gainesville Campus. Programs begin at 6 p.m. and a reception will be at 5:30 p.m. before each program. Handicapped Accessible event. Free parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: University of North Georgia, Martha T. Nesbitt Building, 2571 Mathis Dr, Cleveland Ballroom, Oakwood, GA 30566
Arts in the Alley
Volunteer Work Day - 2/14, 3/14, 5/9, 6/13/15 at 9am-12noon
Come join the Friends of Don Carter State Park every second Saturday of the month to participate in a variety of volunteer projects. Meet at the park's visitor center. Free parking and admission. Phone: 678-450-7726 - Address: Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506
Arbor Day Tree Planting - 2/21/15 at 9am-12noon
Help plant trees around the park in celebration of Arbor Day. Bring gloves and shovels if you have them. No need to pre-register. Volunteers will meet at the tennis courts at 9am. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-867-3489 - Address: Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St, Winder, GA 30680
Metro-Atlanta
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 1/26-1/30, 2/2-2/6, 2/9-2/13, 2/16-2/20, 2/23-2/27, 3/2-3/6, 3/9-3/13, 3/16-3/20, 3/23-3/27, 3/30-3/31, 4/1-4/3, 4/6-4/10, 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, 4/27-4/30, 5/4-5/8, 5/11-5/15, 5/18-5/22, 5/25 - 5/29, 6/1-6/5, 6-8-6/12 & 6/15-6/20/15
The City of Smyrna installed three displays containing selections from a collection of Civil War artifacts collected by Gerald Cox. Gerald Cox (1945-1996) was an Atlanta Civil War artifacts collector who grew up in a family of Civil War historians. As a boy in the 1950s, he spent many weekends in Smyrna and visited the Carmichael Plantation, near I-285, where he searched the area of the battle that reached Atlanta, having passed through Smyrna in 1864. He found his first relic, a lead .58-caliber bullet and was hooked. He and his family continued exploring, building a huge collection of artifacts through the years. A portion of the collection is now displayed on the 2nd floor at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga.) with two additional displays on the 2nd levels of the Smyrna Public Library (100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna Ga.) and Brawner Hall (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga.). Find information at www.SmyrnaCity.com / Residents / History and Points of Interest / Cox Armstrong Collection. Handicapped Accessible. Hours are 8am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-434-6600 - 3 Smyrna Locations: 3180 Atlanta Road, 100 Village Green Circle, and 2800 King St, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Fireworks at event
Coast & Islands
First Fridays in Historic Downtown Brunswick - 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4/15 at 5-8pm
On the first Friday of each month, visit the shops, galleries and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free fun event! Phone: 912-265-4032 - Location: Newcastle Street & Gloucester Streets, downtown Brunswick, GA 31520
Colonial Faire and Muster - 2/7 - 2/8/15 at 10am-4pm
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. FREE fun event! Phone: 912-353-3023 - Address: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
Super Museum Sunday at the Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low - 2/8/15 at 11am-4pm
Visit the Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, on Super Museum Sunday for a free taster tour of three rooms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Statesboro to Darien, more than 40 cultural institutions throughout coastal Georgia participate in Super Museum Sunday, a popular Georgia History Festival annual event. Free fun event! Phone: 912-233-4501 - Address: Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, National Historic Landmark, 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
Mardi Gras Festival - 2/14/15 at 9am-5:30pm
Join us for a family-oriented festival in Historic St. Marys featuring a bicycle tour, 5K run, street dance, parade, arts, crafts, food vendors and games. We also offer on-stage music, entertainment and a karoke contest. Lots of fun for all ages. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission & parking. Location: Osborne St, St. Marys, GA
George Washington Memorial Walk - 2/15/15 at 2:30-3:30pm
The George Washington Memorial Walk is an afternoon procession, with many participants dressed in period clothing. They escort a wagon carrying a flag draped coffin from the waterfont of the historic district to the corner of Conyers St. and Osborne St. Upon arriving at the Washington Memorial, the original Washington memorial service is re-read in honor of George Washington. Residents were located so far South that the news of George Washington's death did not reach the town for more than 30 days after his death. Citizens felt compelled to hold a service when the news was finally received, and today the town of St. Marys still commemorates this event. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-409-0215 - Location: Historic District, Osborne St, St. Marys, GA 31558
Presidential Pathway
Night Museum - 1/24/15 at 6-9pm
Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark. The museum and bookstore will be open. At 7 p.m., a special program will occur in the museum theater. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65. During this nighttime event, the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets Are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-924-0343 - Address: Andersonville National Historic Site, 496 Cemetery Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711
Callaway Gardens Founder's Day - 2/21/15 at 9am-5pm
Callaway Gardens honors its founders each year on November 6 (Cason J. Callaway's birthday) and February 21 (Virginia Hand Callaway's birthday). Admission is free, and special organ concerts are held on these days from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel. Phone: 706-663-2281 - Address: Callaway Gardens, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, 17800 US HWY 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Historic Heartland
2915 Old Jail Tours - 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1, 9/5, 10/3 & 11/7/15 at 10am-2pm
On the first Saturday of each month, explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County at the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail was constructed in 1897 and was used by Rockdale County until 1969. All exterior walls are three bricks thick, and all interior walls are two bricks thick. The floor and ceiling of the second floor area are constructed of steel with six inches of concrete above it. The main floor consisted of the sheriff's office and living quarters for his family. Five Rockdale County Sheriffs' families lived in the building between 1897 and 1969. The Rockdale County Historical Society acquired the property in 1975 to serve as the home to the Society and as a house museum. Free admission and parking. Call the Conyers Welcome Center for more info. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
After Event Cleanup - 2/17, 3/17, 5/19, 6/10, 7/1 and 11/10/15 at 10am-12noon
Help the rangers clean up after the syrup day event. There are lots of things to wash up and put away. Event is after Syrup making day. Call to participate. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
Hellebore Days - 3/6 - 3/7/15 at 10am-4pm
Celebrate the coming of Spring through a spectacular display of thousands of hellebore flowers during the first weekend in March. Hellebores, also called Lenten Roses, have beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink, rose, purple and pale green which bloom during the season of Lent (February through April). A guided tour of the gardens will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-765-4444 - Address: Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens, 1971 Whippoorwill Rd, Bishop, GA 30621
Warner Robins Community Concert Association Presents: "Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra" - 3/8/15 at 3pm
Atlanta Mandolins was established in 1994, and is made up of mandolinists, guitarists and bassists, who have joined together to form the performing unit of the Atlanta Mandolin Society. Under the direction of conductor Robb Smith, music selections range from Turn of the Century Rags and Marches, Classical, Latin, Irish, Jazz, Brazilian, Ethnic compositions to Seasonal compositions. Free fun event! Phone: 478-923-3737 - Address: United Methodist Church, 205 N Davis Dr, Warner Robins, GA 31088
Classic South
Films on Friday: King Creole (1958) - 2/6/15 at 12noon
View the 1958 film, King Creole, featuring Elivs Presley as Danny Fisher. After viewing the film, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-724-7501 - Address: Morris Museum of Art, 1 Tenth St, Augusta, GA 30901
Revolutionary Days - 2/13 at 3-9pm & 2/14/15 at 8am-6:30pm
This commemorative celebration is held to honor the anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek at the battleground. Several events are held during the weekend in Washington and Wilkes County to highlight patriotic activities and the lifestyles of colonial ancestors. Events include a parade, a dramatic portrayal of the Battle of Kettle Creek, a walking tour, a memorial ceremony, and a musical performance by the Washington Little Theater Company. A colonial worship service will be held Sunday at a local church in Washington, Ga. A "Heroes of the Hornet's Nest Ceremony" will be held at 11 a.m. at Elijah Clarke State Park. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-678-5111 - Address: Kettle Creek Battlefield, War Hill Road, Washington, GA 30673
Lecture: Joni Mabe the Elvis Babe - 2/15/15 at 1pm
Artist Joni Mabe discusses her fabulous Elvis-themed work on display in the Education gallery. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-724-7501 - Address: Morris Museum of Art, 1 Tenth St, Augusta, GA 30901
Arbor Day - Volunteer Day - 2/20/15 at 10am-12noon
Volunteers are needed to help clean up the butterfly garden and get it prepared for spring. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Free admission and parking. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-541-0321 - Address: Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Rd, Appling, GA 30802
Plantation Trace
Nine from GAGA - 1/25, 2/7 - 2/8, 2/14 - 2/15, 2/21 - 2/22 & 3/1/15 at 2-6pm
The Center for Art in Shellman celebrates the talents of nine Southwest Georgia's gifted painters, photographers and sculptors; members of the Guild of Albany Georgia Artists (GAGA). In the fall of each year, the Albany Museum of Art hosts a competition, under the supervision of GAGA. Three individuals working in three different mediums are awarded prizes. The most recent exhibition offered awards to Painters: Daniel Del Vecchio, Patrick Foster and Phil Thomas; Photographers: Don Fisher, Kay Stafford and Chuck Ulm; and Sculpturers: Meg Anderson, Cheryl Angela and Mike Westmoreland. An opening reception is slated for January 11, 2015, from 2-6 p.m. Free parking and admission. Phone: 229-679-5069 - Address: The Center for Art & Rehabilitative Energies, Inc., 3696 Pearl St, Shellman, GA 39886
Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival - 3/6 at 6-10pm & 3/7/15 at 9am-10pm
This fun event features a professional and backyard BBQ cooking competition sanctioned by the Georgia BBQ Association, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and entertainment all day long! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. And it's all free! Free parking. Phone: 229-382-8700 - Address: Fulwood Park, Tift Ave & 8th St, Tifton, GA 31794
Magnolia Midlands
St. Patrick's Snow Day! - 2/28/15 at 10am-4pm
Bundle up for Dublin Snow Day just in time for St. Patrick's! Romp through acres of fresh snow as Southern Pines Regional Park gets blasted with wintry fun! Sip hot chocolate, build a snowman, start a snowball fight, or sled the 10' slide. Southern Pines Regional Park will be covered in a blanket of wintry fun for the whole family! Explore fire engines, ambulances, bucket trucks, and more during the Touch A Truck, located just outside the snow play area. Get in the Irish spirit with treats from the concession stand. Other fun includes a Candy Cane Hunt, train rides, jumpers, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, Mini Lawn Mower Pull at the Ag & Expo Center, face painting, 10' Snow Slide, and Snow Scene for snowball tosses, snowman making, and snow angels! No admission fee and sleds for the slide will be provided. This free event will have the whole family frolicking in a winter wonderland of fun! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Phone: 478-272-4002 - Address: Southern Pines Regional Park, 575 Southern Pines Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
George Snyder: Lyrical Geometry - 2/28 - 5/2/15 at 10am-6pm
George Snyder's geometric abstract works come in two forms: flat, often landscape – like on a painted surface or geometric constructions that lilt across space in the form of tubes. Growing up in West Virginia, Snyder was initially influenced by the colorful patterns in his grandmother's quilts. Quickly moving beyond her beautiful patterns, Snyder has been a leader in geometric pattern painting and tubular construction. His most recent pieces utilize paint technology from the automobile industry. Snyder has been the recipient of arts in public places grants, numerous awards and has been collected nationally by private and public collectors. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-212-2787 - Address: Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 E Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458
St. Patrick's Festival - 3/1 - 3/31/15 at 8am-8pm
The St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin takes place the entire month of March, with the main events taking place the weekend following St. Patrick's Day. The festival includes a hot air balloon fest, parade, leprechaun contest, road race, arts and crafts show and much more. You won't want to miss this family fun event! The first weekend in March is Pig in the Park BBQ Championship & Concert at the Market on Madison. Mark your calendar for Super Saturday, which features the St. Patrick's Parade, Arts & Crafts Festival, Gospel Sing, Leprechaun Road Race, Quilt Show, and much, much more. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission & parking. Phone: 478-272-5546 - Location: Academy Ave, downtown Dublin, GA 31021
First Friday Concert Series - 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4 & 10/2/15 at 7:30-10pm
Downtown Dublin rocks the First Friday of each month as the Market on Madison's amphitheater highlights the finest in musical talent. A different musical talent will be featured each month. Enjoy classic rock, country favorites, jazz stylings and eclectic pop. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, coolers, and a picnic to experience Market on Madison under the stars. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-2560 - Address: Market on Madison, 314 W. Madison St, Dublin, GA 31021
St. Patrick's Kite Flying Jamboree - 3/7/15 at 1-4pm
Bring your favorite kite as the luck of the Irish blows in steady breezes for the Annual St. Patrick's Festival Kite Flying Jamboree at Springdale Baptist Church. This free family event fills the sky with bold color. Lucky the Leprechaun will visit, and snacks will be available for purchase. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free parking. Phone: 478-272-1417 - Address: Springdale Baptist Church, 1701 Springdale Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
St. Patrick's Cruzin' the Pines Car & Truck Show - 3/7/15 at 10am-2pm
Roll the window down, sit back, and cruise on over to Dublin, Georgia for the St. Patrick's Cruzin' the Pines Car & Truck Show. On-site Registration begins 10 a.m. until noon. On-Site Registration Cost: $20 - includes one meal ticket for the concession stand. Concession Stand will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, iced drinks and fresh popcorn. Rock to the golden oldies with a live D.J. on site from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Awards Ceremony will begin at 2:15 p.m., followed by a victory cruise around beautiful Dublin. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking for general public. Phone: 478-277-5060 - Address: Southern Pines Regional Park, 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin, GA 31021
Erin Go Bragh Run/Walk Challenge - 3/7/15 at 8:30am-2pm
Run like the wind during the St. Patrick's Erin Go Bragh Run/Walk Challenge in Dublin Ga. on March 7, 2015. Bring the kids and your four-legged pals for a pet-friendly race! Tee shirts provided with registration by March 1.Half Marathon, 8-mile and 4-mile runs begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1-mile run/walk and dog walk begins at 11 a.m. Dogs participate free, but must be on a leash and able to control in crowd. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Call for more info. Registration costs are $20 & $25. Free admission and parking for spectators. Phone: 478-278-6018 - Address: Dudley Baptist Church, 1425 2nd St, Dudley, Georgia 31021
Irish Balloon Fest & Glow - 3/7 at 6:30-10pm & 3/8/15 at 7-9am
Watch as color light the skies above Dublin, Georgia as a multitude of hot air balloons float in a race to the finish in a celebration of St. Patrick's Day during the Irish Balloon Fest and Glow! Weather permitting. Tethered rides may be available at the balloonists discretion. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-4002 - Address: Southern Pines Ag & Expo Center, 575 Southern Pines Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
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