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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)
Southern Charm Wedding Expo - 1/21/17 at 12noon-4pm
View the latest trends in wedding essentials and bridal fashions, all under one roof. From DJs and jewelers to photographers and florists, there will be plenty of wedding vendors on hand to showcase their skills and talents. Catering companies will bring samples for brides. Register for door prizes. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: Historic Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, GA 30736
Wilderness Survival - 1/22 & 1/29/17 at 10-11:30am
Fire building, wilderness survival kits, and shelter building are all important skills to know when trekking in the woods. Join us to learn these lessons hands-on and and ask a ranger any questions you might have! Meet at the picnic tables near the outdoor classroom. Free fun event! $5 parking fee.

Snakes, Skins and Scales - 1/22 & 1/29/17 at 2-3:30pm
Have you ever wondered why snakes' skin and scales look the way they do? Come see a live snake and learn what makes these beautiful creatures so unique. Afterwards, stick around for a fun craft. Meet at the picnic tables near the outdoor classroom. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth GA
Hidden Heart - Valentine's Day Hike - 2/14/17 at 3-4:30pm
In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the 38 foot fire tower at Fort Mountain. A young stone mason carved a heart out of a stone and placed it in the tower for his love. Join a ranger and hike the CCC Stone Tower Trail. Learn more about this romantic gesture, and see it for yourself. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-422-1932 - Address: Fort Mountain State Park, 181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Hills of Iron and Iron Pour - 3/18/17 at 10am-9pm
Ranger-led interpretive tours of the park's historic iron mines wil be held from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. Ride leaves every 1/2 hour. Some easy hiking is required to explore the mine. The last ride leaves at 11:30 a.m. Meet at Iron Hill parking lot. At 1-5pm, enjoy Yard Games (corn hole, Viking chess, and other pioneer games) behind Park Office. At 2pm, Scratch blocks go on sale. While supplies last, limit one per person. $10 for a 5x5 scratch mold. Supplies sell quickly, and the line forms several hours before 2pm, so get here early to get a spot! You will have several hours to create your design before the pour begins. At 5:30pm, Scratch blocks must be returned to casting shed by this time. At 6-8:30pm, Iron pour begins. At this point, the iron should be hot enough to begin pouring it into molds. Watch as molten iron flows from the furnace and is poured into molds! *Time estimation is not exact. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102
Arts in the Alley
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Jaime Bull Artist Talk and Reception - 1/19/17
Jaime Bull will talk about her artwork in conjunction with the opening reception for her solo exhibit. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-717-3438 - Address: UNG Dahlonega Campus, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Hometown Teams Sports Movie Marathon Weekend - 1/20 at 7pm, 1/21 at 12noon & 1/22/17 at 2pm
Join us for a special free sports themed movie marathon weekend. Come hang out with us as we show an assortment of sports movies over three days. Bring your friends and family, wear your PJ's, bring a blanket, and get comfy. Watch one, or watch every one. It's up to you! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-367-5714 - Address: William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School, 575 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549
A Little Night(hawk) Music - 2/6 & 3/6/17 at 7:30-9pm
The faculty of the UNG Music Department present a recital as part of the "A Little Night(hawk) Music" concert series. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission. Phone: 678-717-3930 - Address: Univ. of North Georgia CEPA Building, 3040 Landrum Education Drive, Gainesville, GA
6th Annual Spring Foliage Fest - 3/18/17 at 10am-4pm
A huge variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, and produce will be available for purchase. Enjoy music, crafts, food and drinks. Meet special guest and gardening expert Walter Reeves. NEW THIS YEAR: 4H 5K Run Over. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-367-5714 - Address: Jefferson City Park, 302 Longview Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549
Metro-Atlanta
Macro-invertebrate Investigation - 1/28/17 at 10:30am-2:30pm
Come down to the riverside at the base of the New Manchester ruins. Look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages. If you would like to help look for critters, please wear close toed water shoes or boots. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-732-5871 - Address: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm - 3/10/17 at 8:30-10:30am
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's satellite property, Vaughter's Farm, on the Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at Vaughter's Farm Trailhead. Free fun event! Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated. $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Hwy 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Shoupade Park Tours - 3/11 & 3/18/17 at 11am-3pm
Tour Shoupade Park with Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer. Admission is free. Visit riverline.org for additional details. Phone: 276-492-4910 - Address: Shoupade Park, 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna, GA 30080
Coast & Islands
Colonial Faire and Muster - 2/3 - 2/5/17 at 9am-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.Cost is $4.50-$10 per person on Friday. Free admission on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking. Phone: 912-353-3023 - Address: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah Georgia
Hike and History of the Skidaway Narrows - 2/11/17 at 1:30-3pm
Come join one of our park rangers for a hike along the Sandpiper and Avian loop trails, leading to the pristine Skidaway Narrows. Learn some cool facts about the history of this popular river. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-598-2300 Address: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Georgia Arbor Day/Backyard Bird Count - 2/18/17 at 9am-12noon
Technically, Georgia Arbor Day is on the February 17, but because of school hours, we will celebrate on that Saturday. Come out to the park to plant our 30 saplings, chosen to promote wildlife welfare at the park. After getting our hands dirty, there will be tree themed crafts and a hike dedicated to identifying the trees here at the park. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Rd, Waycross GA
9th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee - 2/25/17 at 12noon
The party features blues and rock music from 3 - 6 p.m. Thrilling street performances entertain revelers as they enjoy the festival and colorful businesses in the area. Enjoy Cajun food and fun on Tybee Island. The 2016 Mardi Gras Tybee Parade, with colorful floats, plenty of beads and marching bands, begins Saturday at 3 p.m. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Parade and street party are free. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Address: Tybrisa Street/Strand Avenue, 802 1st Street, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Mardi Gras Festival - 2/25/17 at 7am-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 and parking. Call for cost. Phone: 912-882-4000 - Address: St. Marys Historic District, 400 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA 31558
Small World Festival - 3/4/17 at 10am-4pm
This is an exciting celebration of the diverse cultures found in Liberty County and around the world. Individuals of all heritages join together to celebrate and educate the crowds about their lineage. Many cultures are represented to excite your senses through an International Food Court, World Market Place and cultural entertainment. The all-day event is held in downtown Hinesville in historic Liberty County in the late spring. Located between Savannah and Brunswick/St. Simons, Hinesville is the perfect place to experience the history of Georgia. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-877-4332 - Address: Bryant Commons, 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville, GA 31313
8th Annual Jazz ‘n Art on Satilla Riverwalk - 3/18 at 9am-5pm & 3/19/17 at 10am-4pm
Highly acclaimed saxophonist, Michael Hulett, will bring the 'Jazz' and local artists and master craftswomen/men will bring the 'Art' along with an en plein air paint out led by Mary O. Smith on Saturday. This year the event will expand to bring National Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin and other tellers. Sponsored by the Woodbine Woman's Club, this event offers 'South of Brunswick' stew, desserts and beverages (for purchase). Children are welcome to participate in an educational creative arts experience and are encouraged to bring their artwork from home and put it out for display. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-576-3211 - Location: Gazebo at the Woodbine Riverwalk, Corner of East Oak & 2nd Street, Woodbine, GA 31569
Presidential Pathways
Side by Side Concert - 1/21/17 at 7:30-9pm
Join us for a side-by-side concert featuring members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performing with Youth Orchestra students. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission. Phone: 706-256-3614 - Address: Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, 900 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901
Astronomy Night - 1/21/17 at 7-9pm
Providence Canyon once again welcomes the Coca-Cola Space Science Center from Columbus, Georgia. as they host the first astronomy night of the year. Please join us as we learn about the winter sky and view the stars. Handicapped Accessible event. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 229-838-4706 - Address: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area, 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815
Great Backyard Bird Count - 2/17/17 at 8-11am
Help us count winter birds during this international event sponsored by Audubon and Cornell University. Novice and expert birders welcome. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Park Office and we will carpool to sites. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-663-4858 - Address: F.D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Georgia Hwy 190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Historic Heartland
Fire and Ice Festival - 2/11/17 at 4-8pm
Our Fire Performers are Kyo Flow and Saturn Suns Hoops; Our Ice Performers are K&Z Ice Carvings and Ice Sculptures Unlimited. There will be special appearances, photo opportunities, and face painting with Disney Princesses Anna and Elsa from Frozen! Hosted at the Eatonton Cotton Warehouse and the Community Event Stage/Activity Center. Free fun event! Phone: 706-485-7701 - Address: City Center Stage, 118 N. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton, GA 31024
Forsythia Festival - 3/11 - 3/12/17 at 10am-5pm
This free, family-fun event features a two-day arts and crafts show, children's fair, a 5K and one-mile fun run, sporting tournaments, live entertainment, and much more. Enjoy mouth-watering foods, fine arts and crafts, and a fun time for the whole family. Join us Saturday night for FaithFest, our faith-based singing competition celebrating music, faith, and our community. Celebrate the whole week with community events and a beauty pageant. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-994-9239 - Address: Forsyth Commercial Historic District, 10 W. Chambers Street, Forsyth, GA 31029
Conyers St. Patrick's Day Parade - 3/17/17 at 4:30pm
Everyone's Irish for the day. This is a two-block walking parade, and everybody is encouraged to meet at the corner of Main and Center streets prior to 4:30 p.m. to join in this annual tradition. There is an annual crowning of children's St. Patrick's Day Parade king and queen and a Leprechaun Lookalike Contest at the conclusion of the parade. There are also complimentary Irish-themed refreshments at the Olde Town Pavilion. Following the parade is the 8th Annual World's Shortest Endurance Run sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockdale County. The run, .1 mile in length from the Conyers Welcome Center to The Pointe on Railroad Street, begins with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. and participants who enter will receive a T-shirt. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Olde Town Pavilion, 901 Railroad Street, Conyers, GA 30012
Classic South
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Plantation Trace
Stargazing at the Mounds - 2/18 - 2/19/17 at 6:30pm
We'll have star-charts, red-lens flashlights, and moon binoculars ready for star viewing from on top of the mounds. Meet at Groups Shelter 2 parking lot and we'll walk you to the mound. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes, and closed toed shoes. No pets please. Free fun event! $5 parking fee.

Dusk Hike, Sounds, Sights and Smells of the Night - 2/18 - 2/19/17 at 6:30-7:15pm
Join us at Group Shelter 2 parking lot for a short hike to explore the darkness. We will be using black-light flashlights to explore the trail for glowing bugs and plants, and using our senses to explore what our eyes might miss. Wear closed toed shoes, no pets, and bring flashlights with a red lens if possible. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 229-724-2150 - Address: Kolomoki Mounds State Park, 205 Indian Mounds Road, Blakely, GA 39823
Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival - 3/4/17 at 9am-10pm
Enjoy the smell of BBQ cooking and the sounds of bands jamming from the stage! This festival partners with the Georgia BBQ Association to host a BBQ Competition, featuring professional and backyard cooking teams. The festival also features arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, a kids area and tons of free entertainment all day long! This event will be held in Fulwood Park on the first Saturday in March. It promises to be a day full of fun and food! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-386-0216 - Location: Fulwood Park, Tift Avenue, Tifton, GA 31794
Froggie Fling - 3/24/17 at 7-9pm
You know it's getting warmer when you start hearing all the different ribbits and croaks fill the air, so what better way to kick off spring than by going on a frog hunt? Florence Marina invites the public to join us as we learn about the diverse frog populations along the Chattahoochee River. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 229-838-4706 - Address: Florence Marina State Park, 218 Florence Road, Omaha, GA 31821
Magnolia Midlands
St. Patrick's Pig in the Park BBQ Fest - 3/3 at 6-11:30pm & 3/4/17 at 10am-4pm
Get fired up Friday at 6pm with the First Friday Concert featuring live performances. Grab your lawn chairs and coolers as downtown spices up with live musical performances, local BBQ and fun for the kids. The competition heats up as the BBQ Championship continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as teams compete for bragging rights and cash prizes. Pig in the Park BBQ Championship pits competitors against each other in three categories: ribs, pulled pork and chicken with first, second, and third place awarded in each division. Savor the sights and smells as Dublin fires up with kiddie rides, free BBQ samples, live music, and more! Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-2560 - Address: Market on Madison, 314 W. Madison Street, Dublin, GA 31021
St. Patrick's Kite Flying Jamboree - 3/4/17
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 donation. Blow more good luck your way during the Bubble Blowing Contest for ages 0-4 years old. The high flying fun is completely free! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free parking. Phone: 478-272-1417 - Address: Springdale Baptist Church, 1701 Springdale Road, Dublin, GA
Fitzgerald's Wild Chicken Festival - 3/17 - 3/18/17 at 10am-4pm
Burmese chickens are a fixture of the Fitzgerald landscape, and the Wild Chicken Festival honors the unique residents that have been local attractions since the 1960s. The celebration of Fitzgerald's Famous Wild Burmese Chickens is free for everyone. Events include a 5K walk/run, a wing eating contest, a crowing contest, an egg drop, arts, crafts, food and more. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 800-386-4642 - Address: 119 S Main St, Downtown Historic Fitzgerald, GA 31750
St. Patrick's Arts & Crafts Festival - 3/18/17 at 9am-6pm
Explore the best of Downtown Dublin during the Arts & Crafts Festival as live music, artisans, and food take center stage. Featuring live entertainment, petting zoo, play zone with pony rides, kid's beautiful landscaping, a huge dining pavilion and food court, guest information booths, and more, the Arts & Crafts Festival promises families a lively time! March 18 is Super Saturday and attendees can experience a day full of family-friendly activities, including the St. Patrick's Parade, Annual Tennis Tournament, and Leprechaun Road Race. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs downtown as the St. Patrick's Parade frolicks downtown at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-2560 - Address: Market on Madison & Bicentennial Plaza, 314 W. Madison St, Dublin, GA 31021
St. Patrick's Parade - 3/18/17 at 10am-11:30pm
Everyone's a wee bit Irish in Dublin during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Get those Irish eyes smiling as hundreds of floats take to Jackson Street and Bellevue Avenue for the ultimate celebration of Irish pride. Be sure to wear your green and get ready to frolic! Watch the kids go crazy as handfuls of candy are thrown their way during this festive parade. Wave at all the frilly green floats as "Lucky" the leprechaun makes his way into town surrounded by floats full of creativity as they make their way through Downtown Dublin. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-4002 - Address: 314 Academy Avenue, downtown Dublin, GA 31021
St. Patrick's Cruisin' the Pines Car & Truck Show - 3/25/17 at 9am-2pm
Roll the window down, sit back, and cruise on over to Dublin, Georgia for the St. Patrick's Cruisin' the Pines Car & Truck Show at Southern Pines Regional Park. On-site registration begins 9 a.m. until noon. On-site registration cost is $20. The cost includes one meal ticket for the concession stand 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 around 1:30 p.m. followed by a victory cruise around Dublin. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-277-5060 - Address: Southern Pines Regional Park, 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin, GA 31021
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