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Below are lists of free festivals, fairs, holiday and special events in Georgia through 2014 . Many events are located near you. Call listings contact numbers for info.
Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
2014 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show - 10/21-10/26 & 10/28 - 10/31/14 at 10am-6pm
Starts with a reception on Oct. 18 from 5pm to 7pm. and runs until November 15. See works of fine art from artists across the country. Only the best of the best were accepted by the show's judge. This show features 2-D and 3-D wares that are wide and diversified in style and medium, ranging from large stone statues and wood carvings to paintings, pastels and photography. All works in the show are originals and are for sale. Free admission and parking. $15 entry fee for artist. Call for more info. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
The Art of Suzanne DesLauriers - 10/21-10/26 10/28 - 10/31, 11/1-11/2, 11/4-11/9, 11/11-11/16, 11/18-11/23, 11/25-11/30, 12/2-12/7, 12/9-12/14, 12/16-12/21, 12/23, 12/26-12/27 & 12/29-12/30/14 and 1/2-1/4 & 1/5-1/10/15 at 10am-6pm
Celebrate the acrylic, watercolor and pastel creations of Suzy DesLauriers whose passion lies in re-creating the beauty of rocks, water and mountains. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Hot Rods on Main - 10/24/14 at 5-9pm
Enjoy revving entertainment! This family-fun event features awesome hot rods and motorcycles, assorted vendors, and feet-tapping live music. In addition, attendees can tour the Google STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Fair that features soap box cars built and raced by local students. Check out some of the area's coolest classic, muscle, and other high-performance vehicles, or showcase your ride at the car show. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-449-3102 - Address: 6695 Church St, Douglasville, GA 30134
Classic Cars Cruise In - 10/25/14 at 6pm until dark
Enjoy looking at beautiful, antique, racy and classic cars at the Classic Car, "Cruise In". Free fun event! Phone: 706-838-4701 - Location: Dairy Queen Parking Lot On Blue Ridge Hwy (GA 5), Blue Ridge, Georgia
Arts in the Alley
Red Carpet Half Marathon & Liberty Tree Festival - 10/25/14 at 11am-7pm
Dalton's annual Liberty Tree BBQ & Music Festival will be Saturday, October 25, 2014, in conjunction with the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon. The family-friendly festival will have music, inflatables, arts & crafts vendors, local cuisine, games. Admission is free, thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Free parking. Phone: 706-278-3332 - Address: Dalton Green Park, 250 N Selvidge St, Dalton, GA 30720
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Exhibit: All Creatures Great and Small - 10/20 - 12/12/14
This special exhibit from the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection and the collection of Carl and Marian Mullis features works of art that depict animals by American self-taught artists. Paintings, sculptures and mixed-media creations by such folk masters as Thornton Dial Sr. and Mose Tolliver, and by outstanding, but relatively unheralded contemporary artists, like Ted Gordon will be on display. Opening reception is Oct. 9 at 5:30-7pm. Free admission and parking. Call for more info. Phone: 770-534-6263 - Address: Brenau Sellars Gallery, Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Blvd, Gainesville, GA 30501
Reception and Artist Talk: Shared Experiences: Works by Henry Higginbotham - 10/23/14 at 5:30-7pm
Artist Henry Higginbotham will discuss the processes and themes employed in his large-scale contemporary sculptures. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a reception. Free admission. Phone: 770-534-6263 - Address: Brenau University John Burd Center for the Performing Art, 429 Academy St., Gainesville, GA 30501
Friday Night Concert Series - 10/24/14 at 7pm
The Union County Historical Society invites musicians to perform a free concert in the courtroom at the Old Courthouse. On most Fridays, every bench is taken, the balcony is filled to capacity, and people line the walls of the renovated courtroom to see the show. Music Coordinator Sam Ensley gets things started by loosening up the crowd with a few jokes. Then, it's time for the music! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-745-5493 - Location: Old Courthouse, One Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512
Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival - 10/24 at 12noon-7pm, 10/25 at 9am-6pm & 10/26/14 at 10am-5pm
This festival features antiques, salvage, collectibles, glassware, primitives, furniture, up-cycling, art, pottery, holiday crafts, gifts, mill tours and food vendors. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-684-0369 - Address: Braselton Park, 115 Harrison St, Henry and Harrison Streets, Braselton, GA 30517
Mountain Moonshine Festival - 10/25 at 8am-7pm & 10/26/14 at 8am-6pm
Dawson County, Georgia, revels in its heritage of moonshine running, backwoods racing and motorsports glory, and celebrates it in grand style each year during its free, family-friendly event. The Mountain Moonshine Festival takes place on the last weekend of October, on the square in downtown Dawsonville, featuring vintage race cars, live entertainment, a car show, a swap meet, arts and crafts, great food and souvenirs. All proceeds from the Mountain Moonshine Festival go to KARE for Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization in Dawson County that provides for the children in the county. Handicapped Accessible event. Free parking. Phone: 706-216-5273 - Location: historic downtown Dawsonville, GA
Fireworks at event
5th Annual Juried Student Design Exhibition - 11/6 - 11/25/14
This juried exhibition showcases the work of Brenau University art and design students. The exhibition focuses on design-based works in the areas of graphic design, interior design, fashion design, and two- and three-dimensional design. Opening reception and awards ceremoney is on Nov. 6 at 5:30-7pm. Free admission and parking. Call for times and more info. Phone: 770-534-6263 - Address: Brenau Sellars Gallery, Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Blvd, Gainesville, GA 30501
Metro-Atlanta
Scarecrow Showcase & Contest - 10/20 - 10/31/14
The contest is open to all individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches, non-profit organizations and governments in McDonough and surrounding areas. Last year's event showcased 67 scarecrows on and around the Historic McDonough Square with over 1000 votes cast for the People's Choice Award. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better, with prizes totaling $2,300. Free fun event! Phone: 770-898-9311 - Address: Historic McDonough Square, 5 Griffin St, McDonough, GA 30253
Johns Creek Arts Festival - 10/25 at 10am-6pm & 10/26/14 at 11am-5pm
The festival brings together visual artists, musicians and performers for a two-day celebration. The atmosphere will be alive with continuous entertainment on our main stage. Begin your holiday shopping among the 100 whimsical and fun artisans from around the country. Bring the sports fans to watch the game on large screen TVs in the food pavilion. Visit the energizing Kidz Zone for a few more surprises. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome all weekend. Free admission and parking. Phone: 800-590-4211 - Address: Atlanta Athletic Club Fields, 1930 Bobby Jones Dr, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Coast & Islands
Hay Days - 10/20 - 10/31/14 at 8am-8pm
Join us for fall family fun in St. Marys. Osborne Street and businesses in the historic district are decorated with scarecrows. Stroll through the historic district and view the scarecrows that are all dressed up to celebrate the fall season. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-882-8111 - Location: Osborne St, downtown St. Marys, GA 31558
Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night - 10/24/14 at 5-10pm
Tricks and treats start at 5pm. Kids can visit the beggar candy stations, activity stations, go on a hay ride or take a haunted tour through the Historic Old Jail. Downtown restaurants and food vendors will be available. There will be a costume contest and a Thriller Performance during the night. Scooby-Doo the Movie will be showing to close out the fun. Bring the family and enjoy a night of treats, tricks and spooky Halloween fun! Free admission & parking. Phone: 912-877-4332 - Address: Bradwell Park, Commerce St and E M.L. King Jr. Dr, Hinesville, GA 31313
Presidential Pathway
Athos Menaboni: Six Decades of Painting in GA - 10/21 - 10/25 & 10/28-10/31, 11/1, 11/4-11/8, 11/11-11/15, 11/18-11/22, 11/25-11/29, 12/2-12/6, 12/9-12/13, 12/16-12/20, 12/23-12/27 & 12/30-12/31/14, 1/2 - 1/3/15 at 10am-5pm
The Albany Museum of Art continues our 50th Anniversary with an exhibition by renowned Italian-born artist Athos Menaboni. A Georgia resident for more than sixty years, he's best known for his paintings of more than 150 bird species native to this region. Athos Menaboni: Six Decades of Painting in Georgia will feature paintings on loan from private collections and museums across the state. Included in the exhibit will be two pieces on loan for the first time from Robert W. Woodruff's collection at Ichauway Plantation. In addition, Menaboni's painted duck decoys, on loan from Callaway Gardens, are among a limited number of three-dimensional works the artist created. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-439-8400 - Address: Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Dr, Albany, Georgia 31707
Historic Heartland
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 10/20 - 11/30/14
The Old School History Museum features a number of new items in its Civil War display, including an 1866 U.S. Government Pardon of an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward signatures, Confederate discharge papers of an Eatonton soldier and several 1860s period dresses. Visitors will also be fascinated by a video of a Denham family descendant reading an 1864 family letter that details the destruction of Denhamville, Sherman's reason for coming to Eatonton, and the Denham family's narrow escape. The museum is home to the circa 1840 fish weathervane that once graced the Denham Tannery chimney. In addition, the museum has access to artifacts from several private collections and plans to exhibit some of these rarely seen items during the community's Nov. 20-24, 2014, special celebration weekend. A new self-guiding brochure will be ready for visitors who wish to tour at their leisure and without a docent. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours of Operation are Sunday at 2-4pm, Monday - Friday at 9am-5pm, and Saturday at 10am-4pm. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N Madison Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
Tour at Two: "Aspects of Modernism: American Art of the 1920s & 1930s" - 10/22/14
Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead guests on a tour of the permanent collection. Handicapped Accessible event. Show at 2-3pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium - 10/23 at 5:30-6:30pm & 10/24/14 at 9am-6pm
Cosponsored by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This symposium in memory of scholar Andrew Ladis celebrates both his love of trecento painting and his commitment to its display, study and preservation in a museum context. Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602 All talks will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art. Handicapped Accessible event. Free parking. Phone:
34th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival - 10/25/14 at 10am-5pm
Celebrate Conyers' oldest existing festival. This event features a variety of vendors and attractions, food, music, arts & crafts and activities for the children. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking! Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Olde Town Conyers, 901 Railroad St, Conyers, GA 30012
2014 Old Jail Tours - 11/1 and 12/6/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free 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. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 11/7 & 12/5/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Classic South
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Plantation Trace
"Musicart" an Exhibition - 10/25-10/26/14 at 2-6pm
"MUSICART" is an exhibition of paintings and associated musical compositions by the artist/composer Jeffrey Hoover. Central to Hoover's creative work is the combining of his painting with his musical composition. His "musicart" is experienced in a gallery setting (with images on paper or canvas using acrylic, watercolor, pastel and charcoal) and his musical compositions (ranging from classical to jazz employing traditional and experimental compositional techniques) playing in the background. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-679-5069 - Address: Center for Art & Rehabilitative Energies, 3696 Pearl St, Shellman, GA 39886
First Friday in Historic Downtown Thomasville - 11/7/14 at 6-9pm
Join the Office of Main Street and Tourism in downtown Thomasville on the First Friday of every month! Enjoy live outdoor music concerts, extended downtown shopping shopping and dining hours, and fun for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for some fun! Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-227-7020 - Location: Jackson St, downtown Thomasville, GA 31792
Magnolia Midlands
Remembering Our Fallen From Georgia - 10/20 - 10/24/14
"Remembering Our Fallen" was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and their names will be remembered and spoken. Open Mon-Thurs at 9am-5pm and Fri at 9am-4pm. Handicapped Accessible. Free admission & parking. Phone: 912-489-1869 - Address: Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, 222 South Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458
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