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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)
Friday Night Live: 50's Night - 9/2/16 at 6-9pm
Join the celebration of the 1950s in Downtown Woodstock. Sport your best 50's style this night, from slicked back hair to poodle skirts. Free Admission. Pets are welcome. Phone: 770-924-0407 - Location: Downtown Woodstock, GA 30188
Twins Day Festival - 9/3/16 at 10am-3pm
See double or maybe even triple at the Twins Day Festival! Twins, triplets, and look-alikes of all ages are invited to participate in contests. A group photo will be taken at 1 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Oldest, Youngest, and Most alike Twins, as well as the Most Alike Un-Related Twins. Food and craft vendors will be on site with musical entertainment and arrival by the Tennessee VAlley Railroad Museum Passenger Train. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and fun for all ages. Free parking. Phone: 706-859-0900 - Address: Summerville Depot, 119 East Washington St, Summerville, GA 30747
Buchanan Cruise Night - 9/3 & 10/1/16 at 5-8pm
Take a step back in time and see antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors on display in Buchanan. Walk around the historic courthouse on the square to see newly restored vehicles, enjoy music and concessions, and participate in prize giveaways every hour. While you're at the courthouse, see if you can find the Masonic block that was laid as the cornerstone for the building. Free admission and parking. Phone: 440-550-3475 - Location: On the Square, historic downtown Buchanan, GA 30113
Atlanta Audubon Society: Discover the Birds of Red Top - 9/4/16 at 8-10am
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. A member of the Atlanta Audubon Society will lead an easy 1 mile hike on the paved Lakeside trail. Great for birders of any experience level. We will supply some binoculars for those without. Program is outdoors and weather permitting. Bring water and a hat. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102
Arts in the Alley
Ringgold Rods & Relics Cruise-In - 9/9, 10/14, 11/11/16
Ringgold Rods and Relics is a non-profit organization that donates to multiple charities across the city, county and country. Free door prizes are donated by local merchants. Go to the DJ table for a free ticket for door prize drawings. Drawings are done about every half hour. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for (1) arms length, $10 for (2) arms length, and $20 for a vehicle length. We draw the winner for the 50/50 about 4pm. You must be present to win. Tents are welcome, but preferred in the grass. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Times are at 1-7pm. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 Location: Nashville St, downtown Ringgold, GA
Waco Festival - 9/10/16 at 6am-9pm
Start the day off with a wonderful breakfast downtown at 6 a.m, then enjoy the parade, arts and and crafts, food, fun, games and prizes ending the day with a street dance for all. Food and entertainment will be offered all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-316-6308 - Address: 185 Atlantic Ave., downtown Waco, GA 30182
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail - 9/10/16 at 12noon-4pm
Join a ranger as we investigate the mysteries of the Homestead trail. Old homestead sites, road beds, moonshine distilleries and more paint a picture of life years ago. This is a moderate 4-mile hike exploring the hidden gems of Homestead Trail. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and bring water. Dogs welcome, but this isn't a good trail for strollers or young children. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102
Sunset Point: Cloudland Canyon's Hidden Gem - 9/10/16 at 7:15-8:15pm, 10/1/16 at 6:45-7:45pm & 11/5/16 at 6:15-7:15pm
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy expansive views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. Please bring water, snacks, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear close-toed shoes. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-657-4050 - Address: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Ringgold Opry - 9/10, 10/8 & 11/12/16 at 7-10pm
The Ringgold Opry features bluegrass, country, and folk music performers. Performers from across the tri-state area come to share traditional acoustic music. Bring your own guitar, fiddle or banjo for an old style jam session. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 Address: Historic Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St, Ringgold GA
Friends Membership Meeting - 9/22, 10/27/16 & 12/8/16
Learn more about Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and how you can help your favorite state park during this monthly meeting. Meet at the Group Shelter. Hours are at 6-7pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-657-4050 - Address: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd., Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Northeast Georgia Mountains
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Cruise-In at the Farmers Market - 9/2 & 10/7/16 at 4-7pm
Crowds of car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts are drawn to see and/or display classic and antique vehicles. Don't be surprised to find local musicians jamming. On Saturday following the Cruise "Into The Farmers Market," join us for Cruise In "On the Square" at 4 p.m. It's a great way to show off your special ride! Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-994-6643 - Address: Union County Farmers Market, 148 Old Smokey Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512
Hidden Gems - Homesteaders and Moonshiners - 9/3/16 at 2-3:30pm
Meet the Naturalist at the Park office to embark upon a hike through the hills and hollers of Tugaloo State Park to uncover the hidden history surrounding the ruins of homes and stills dotted throughout the Park. We will be taking the Sassafras Trail located behind the office for a 2-mile round trip. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-356-4362 - Address: Tugaloo State Park, 1763 Tugaloo State Park Road, Lavonia, GA 30553
Mountain Heritage Festival - 9/3 - 9/4/16 at 9am-5pm
Celebrating Appalachian history and culture, the Mountain Heritage Festival features an open-air market with local handicrafts such as handmade brooms, candles, soaps, wood carvings, pottery, honey and garden products. Enjoy performances by bluegrass musicians, gospel groups and country musicians. Sample campfire cooking at the Civil War Camp. "Old-ways" games and craft demonstrations of rail/shingle splitting, spinning and quilting also are featured. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-745-5493 - Address: Mountain Life Museum, 25 School St, Blairsville, GA 30512
Barker's Creek Gristmill Demonstration - 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3/16 1-4pm
Barker's Creek Mill has been providing the local community with milling services since 1944. It is built on the site of an older mill that served the community since the first white settlers arrived in the area in the 1820s. The mill is powered by a 12-foot overshot wheel set on babbet bearings. The mill itself is a vertical mill with two 16" flint/granite stones. Our volunteer miller is happy to answer any questions. Our stone-ground grits and cornmeal are available for purchase at the mill, or at the Hambidge Center gallery and gift shop. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-746-7324 - Address: The Hambidge Center, 105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568
Sounds on the Square - Katie Deal & Chris Wright - 9/4/16 at 3-5pm
Growing up in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Katie Deal gained an early appreciation for all things country and all things musical. From her mother's smooth contralto voice and her grandmother's lively accordion, to her father's lullabies and family reunions of pickin' and grinnin', music was everywhere. Since then, she has traveled the country wowing fans with her uncanny portrayal of Ms. Patsy Cline. With two sell-out national tours and numerous productions in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, Katie has procured a national following. Chris is her husband and an accomplished musician in his own right. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-943-4442 - Address: Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square, 118 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501
Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - 9/10/16 at 8am-8pm
This is Georgia's biggest Hong Kong cultural event of the year. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) is pleased to host this event. Corporate and organizational teams from the greater Atlanta area race in 20-person dragon boats – a history that has deep roots in Asian traditions. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-287-7888 - Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506
Travelers Rest "Hidden Gem" - 9/10/16 at 10-11am
Join the Ranger guided tour at the Travelers Rest Historic site Inn and discover the old post office and find the hidden compartment where Mr. Jarrett used to hide his gold. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-356-4362 - Address: Traveler's Rest Historic Site, 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa, GA 30577
Lula Belton Historical Society Fall Festival - 9/10/16 at 10am-4pm
The Festival celebrates local artisans, potters of Northeast Georgia and the revitalization of Lula, Georgia. Centered in the newly revitalized downtown area near the Lula Railroad Depot, the Festival will showcase the area's accomplished potters and folks artists, as well as crafters, food and entertainment. During the festival, members of the community, guests and the children will paint this year's town mural. Free admission and free parking. Phone: 706-677-2016 - Address: Historic Lula Railroad Depot, 5959 Athens St, Lula, GA 30554
Second Saturday Guided Hikes - 9/10, 10/8, 11/12 & 12/10/16
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. For information regarding which trails are to be used, and to make reservations, please call the visitors center. No pets please. Hours are 9-11am. Free hiking event. $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-878-3087 Address: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen GA 30545
A Long And Accomplished Life Exhibit Opens - 10/22 & 10/25 - 10/29/16
This exhibition will feature a surgical re-enactment of the first painless surgery and musical entertainment by Sally and the Jefferson Fiddle Kids. The exhibit, which replaces the Medicine of the Civil War exhibit, will include documents and items from the vault relating to Dr. Long that have not previously been on display. Handicapped Accessible event. The exhibit will be free on the 200th birthday celebration on October 22, 2016, and then regular admission prices will apply. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Phone: 706-367-5307 - Address: Crawford Long Museum, 28 College St, Jefferson, GA 30549
Metro-Atlanta
Riverside Sounds Concert - 9/3 & 10/1/16 at 7-9pm
The annual free Roswell Riverside Sounds concert series is hosted at Riverside Park in Roswell, Georgia. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-641-3705 - Address: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
Organ Discovery Day - 9/10/16 at 3pm
Spivey Hall's Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ is a marvelous instrument. But how does it work? Why are there so many pipes, and why do they sound different? What's going with all those keyboards, knobs, and switches on the organ console? How are fingers and feet used to play the organ? Why does the organ have a computer? What are the creative choices organists must make when performing a particular piece of organ music? Answers to these and other organ mysteries will be revealed in a family-friendly, interactive session led by a trio of experts who star in Spivey Hall's new educational video. Free admission and parking. However, tickets are required. Phone: 678-466-4200 - Address: Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow GA
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 9/11, 10/9, 11/13 & 12/11/16
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show one Sunday per month. Visitors can browse, buy, sell or trade at the show. The experienced dealers also offer free verbal appraisals for items brought to the show. Other collectibles are also on display, such as medals, Civil War artifacts, stock certificates, scrip from coal miners, jewelry and gemstones. All visitors are welcome to the coin show, including experienced collectors and investors, and those who are new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible event. Hours are at 9am-5pm. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta-Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Coast & Islands
Savannah First Friday Fireworks - 9/2/16 at 9:30pm
Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of the month on historic River Street! First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie's Savannah. Free fun event! Phone: 912-234-0295 - Address: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 River St, , Savannah, GA 31401
Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash - 9/4/16 at 7-9:30pm
Enjoy the ocean breezes while live music fills the air with the popular band The Swingin' Medallions in a free concert beginining at 7 p.m., followed by a spectacular fireworks show around 9:15 p.m.! Note: This event is Sunday evening. The whole family will enjoy this free event. Parking is Free from 8 p.m.-8 a.m. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Address: Tybee Island Pier, Tybrisa Street/Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Family Food Truck Fun Festival - 9/4/16 at 12noon-4pm
Join your favorite food trucks for our first Family Food Truck Fun Fest. Delicious food, giant ground sloth, cornhole, ranger led games and a reptile show are all part of the fun. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-598-2300 - Address: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Presidential Pathways
Pine Mountain Trail Summer Ramble - 9/3/16 at 10am-1pm
Join the Pine Mountain Trail Association members for a summer adventure along the Pine Mountain Ridge. This 2.9-mile ramble along Sawtooth Trail begins at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. It ends at Fox Den Cove. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 8 and older. Transportation back to vehicle provided. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-663-4858 - Address: F.D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Georgia Hwy 190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Historic Heartland
Live on the Square Concerts w/ Lady Creech & The Main Street Band - 9/3/16 5-10pm
This family-friendly event takes place in Forsyth's Historic Square and features music, food, dancing, and community. We hope to see you there! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone:478-994-7747 - Address: Forsyth Main Street, 26 N Jackson St., Forsyth, GA 31029
Tour at Two: “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs & Their Subjects” - 9/7/16 at 2-3pm
Join Asen Kirin, curator of the exhibition and professor of art history at UGA, for a special tour.
Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Morning Mindfulness - 9/9/16 at 9:30-10:30am
The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful practice in an environment of creative energy. Free meditation sessions will be held on select Fridays. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools (without backs) are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged, call or send email to callan@uga.edu. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-542-8863 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Georgia Cycling League Race #1 - 9/10 - 9/11/16 at 8am-5pm
The Georgia Cycling League provides student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, to achieve their personal best. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-860-4190 - Address: Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA 30013
Your State Parks Day - 9/24/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40 acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park. Please call to register, so we know how many volunteers will be working. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Classic South
Labor Day Jazz Weekend - 9/3 at 2-7pm & 9/4/16 at 6-10pm
This is the summer capstone event, heralding the end of the lasy days of summer. Enjoy two days of festivities, plenty of music and merriment. Saturday events are free to attend, and include tons of family-friendly activity. Sunday evening concert, a ticketed event, features some of the best in regional and national talent. Garden City Jazz has presented a jazz festival featuring mainstream + traditional + smooth + straight.ahead + swing + fusion + funk + free + classic + contemporary music annually since 2010. Handicapped Accessible event. Free event on Saturday only for general admission. Costs: Saturday VIP $20 - Sunday Festival $20 & Sunday VIP $50. Phone: 962-233-5299 - Address: The Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
Plantation Trace
First Friday Music Concert - 9/2/16 at 7:30-9:30pm - The Roy Baker Band
10/7/16 at 7:30-9:30pm - Ozell Road
11/4/16 at 7:30-9:30pm - Bleu Burden
Enjoy fabulous music . Participating shops and restaurants in Downtown Thomasville will stay open late. Look for special pricing and deals all over downtown. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend a fun evening. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-227-7020 - Location: downtown Thomasville, GA 31792
Magnolia Midlands
First Friday Concert Series - 9/2 & 10/7/16 at 7:30-10pm
Downtown Dublin rocks as the Market on Madison's amphitheater highlights the finest in live musical talent. From rock to country, there's a hot new band every month. Get ready to dance under the stars in the heart of downtown! This year's line up will cover genres like rock, beach tunes, blues, country, and Top 40 pop music. Bring your families, lawn chairs, coolers, pets, and friends. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Admission & parking are free. Phone: 478-272-2560 Address: Market on Madison, 314 W Madison St, Dublin, GA 31021
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