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Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
Friends Membership Meeting - 7/28, 8/25, 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
Mountain Music Series - 7/30/16 at 8-9:30pm
Enjoy a live band for an hour or more. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and meet at the Vaughan log cabin located behind the park office. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102
Bowdon Founders Day - 8/5 at 5-9pm & 8/6/16 at 10am-10pm
Celebrate the founding of Bowdon, "the Friendly City." Arts, crafts, music, a parade, 5K run, and other activities are highlights of this celebration. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-258-8980 - Location: Hwy 166 and Hwy 100, downtown Bowdon, GA 30108
Hear it on the Mountain: Nearly Normal String Band - 8/6/16 at 8-9pm
Come picnic or relax on the grass and listen to the Atlanta-based Nearly Normal String Band as they perform traditional acoustic music in the bluegrass, folk, blues and Appalachian mountain traditions. Program takes place adjacent to the Interpretive Center in the Main Day-Use Area of the park. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-657-4050 - Address: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Arts in the Alley
City of Villa Rica Summer Concert Series - 8/6/16 at 8-10pm
The concert will be Saturday, August 6 at The MILL amphitheater and Thomas A. Dorsey Stage from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. The concert is free! Phone: 678-785-1092 - Address: The MILL Amphitheater and Thomas A. Dorsey Stage, 106 Temple St, Villa Rica, GA 30180
Buchanan Cruise Night - 8/6, 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
Sunset Point: Cloudland Canyon's Hidden Gem - 8/6/16 at 8-9pm, 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 Rods & Relics Cruise-In - 8/12, 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
Meridian Herald 19th Annual Higher Ground Camp Meeting Service - 8/13/16 at 3-6pm
With prophetic preaching, prayer, singing, and music, this camp meeting service will be held outdoors on Epworth's historic meeting grounds. Steven Darsey and the Meridian Chorale will provide music.Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-492-2043 - Address: Epworth United Methodist Church, 585 Madola Rd, Epworth, GA 30541
Ringgold Opry - 8/13, 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
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
Northeast Georgia Mountains
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Fort Yargo's Pokemon Hunt - 7/30/16 at 6-7pm
Join the naturalist for a Pokemon Go hunt on the Birdberry Trail. There are several poke-stops nearby. Bring your own phones and make sure to wear closed toe shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Handicapped Accessible. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-867-3489 - Address: Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St, Winder, GA 30680
Barker's Creek Gristmill Demonstration - 8/1, 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
Cruise-In at the Farmers Market - 8/5, 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
Touch a Truck - 8/6/16 at 10am-1pm
This event allows your children to explore an assortment of big trucks! All vehicles are explored in a safe environment. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-531-2680 - Address: 525 City Park Prior St., Gainesville, GA 30501
Second Saturday Guided Hikes - 8/13, 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
Friday Night Flicks - 7/29/16 at 7-10pm
Bring your lawn chairs for comfort and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie featuring Cinderella (2015). In addition to the movie, the event will also include pre-show entertainment and concessions. Free parking. Phone: 770-947-5920 - Address: O'Neal Plaza, 6695 Church St, downtown Douglasville, GA 30134
Alpharetta Art in the Park - 7/30/16 at 9am-4pm
As many as 35 artists will be offering beautiful artwork for sale and some artists may be exhibiting their talent as well. We are a handcrafted-only artist market. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-762-1035 - Address: Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Ave, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Rock the Park - 8/5/16 at 6-10pm
Enjoy a free concert with 20 RIDE, a Zac Brown Tribute Band! These are authentic players performing great music the way Zac does at all his concerts. Pack a lawn chair and enjoy music, dinner and drinks under the stars. Food trucks and beer sales open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free parking. Phone: 770-638-2225 - Address: Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA 30047
Old Soldiers Day Parade & Race - 8/6/16 at 7am-12noon
The 5K and 10K road race rolls through town and finishes before the downtown ceremonies and parade that recognizes the living memory of all veterans of war. Along with the program and parade, this celebration also features floats, bands, entertainment, children's activities and prizes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road at the end of the parade. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-297-6000 - Address: Wills Park, 11915 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Riverside Sounds Concert - 8/6, 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
Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park - 8/13/16 at 10am-2pm
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin' time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Summer Stage Concert featuring Drivin' N Cryin' - 8/13/16 at 8-10pm
Enjoy southern rock-influenced sound, fused with country, jangle pop and hard rock. Widely known for their hit songs, "Fly Me Courageous" and "Straight to Hell," this homegrown band will surely take you back down memory lane. VIP tables are available for purchase, however, the event is free! Free parking. Phone: 770-476-3434 - Address: Duluth Town Green, 3167 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 8/14, 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
Honeybees and Bobcats - 7/27/16 at 11am-4pm
Join us at 11 a.m. for the lecture, All About Honeybees. Learn about the importance of pollination and find out why they are not just important to farmers. 3 p.m.: All About Bobcats: Learn all about this incredibly elusive animal. We very rarely see them on the park but we know they are here. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 912-598-2300 - Address: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Life in the Tidal Creeks - 7/30/16 at 2-3pm
Our tidal creeks are teaming with life. Come learn about the vast array of life that occupies our marshes. From fiddler crabs and periwinkle snails to bottlenose dolphins and even sharks, our tidal creeks will never cease to amaze. Free fun event! 5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 912-598-2300 - Address: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Savannah First Friday Fireworks - 8/5/16
Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks on historic River Street! Fireworks start at 9:30pm. Free fun event! Phone: 912-234-0295 - Address: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401
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, not on Labor Day. Free fun evet! Parking is free from 8pm until 8am.nd 9:30 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this free event. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Address: Tybee Island Pier, Tybrisa Street/Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Presidential Pathways
Discovering Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker - 7/27 - 7/31/16
Artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making preliminary sketches of buildings, spaces and people. Shoemaker's medium of hand-painted silk has dye applied directly to the material. For this project, she used silk twill, a midweight silk that billows gently as the air moves. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Historic Heartland
Tour at Two: “Turned and Sculpted: Wood Art from the Collection of Arthur & Jane Mason” - 8/3/16 at 2-3pm
Join docents for a tour of our Permanent Collections at the Georgia Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to attend. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Sunday Spotlight Tour: Decorative Arts - 8/7/16 at 3-4pm
Join docents as they lead this tour. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Tour at Two: Visitors’ Choice - 8/10/16 at 2-3pm
Visitors are invited to choose the subject of this tour from the museum's recent acquisitions. Visit the Georgia Museum of Art's Facebook page to vote or vote in person. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Perseids "Shooting Star" Party - 8/12/16 at 10pm-3am
Join us for a lovely and celestial night on the beach. We are keeping the beach open until 3 am for a chance to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring light snacks, soft drinks, blankets, lounge chair, sit back and enjoy the show. Handicapped Accessible event. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
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
Civil War Exhibit - 7/29-7/30, 8/2, 8/4-8/6, 8/9, 8/11-8/13, 8/16 & 8/18/16
A rotating exhibition of Civil War artifacts, memorabilia and other collectables are on display in this exciting and very popular exhibition. Visitors will view personal letters written by Civil War Veterans to their love ones in Washington County. Weapons, uniforms and other components of the Confederate soldiers uniform will be on exhibit. There is a panaramic view of leaders - both Federal and Confederate. See a vast number of other items relevant to this period in our history. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours are 2-5 Thusday and Thursday, and 10am-3pm on Fri and Sat. Phone: 478-552-1965 - Address: The Brown House Museum, 268 North Harris St, Sandersville, GA 31082
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 - 8/5/16 at 7:30-9:30pm - Zach Seabaugh
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
Party Under the Perseids - 8/12/16 at 9-10pm
Witness one of the most popular meteor showers to grace the skies of our planet from one of the darkest locations in this part of the country. The Perseid meteor shower can produce as many 50-100 meteors per hour. We will also observe other features of the night sky and learn about the effects of night pollution. Handicapped Accessible event. Free fun event! $5 admission fee. Phone: 912-637-5274 - Address: Stephen C. Foster State Park, 17515 Hwy 177, Fargo GA 31631
Magnolia Midlands
Summer Concerts at Water Works Park: Station No. 7 - 8/5/16 at 7-9pm
Listen to the sweet sounds of Jason Bible. Voted among greatest Americana musicians in Savannah, Georgia in 2015. Concessions available! Bring your own seat! Handicapped Accessible event. Pets Are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-278-2772 - Address: Water Works Park, 93 Tippins St, Baxley, GA 31513
First Friday Concert Series - 8/5, 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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