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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)
Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibit - 4/18-4/19, 4/21-4/26, 4/28-4/30 & 5/1/15
Celebrate the talents of the Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE), an organization promoting women painters whose works are representational and who live in the SE United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia). Hours are 10am-6pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
2nd Qtr Artist in Residence: Terry Barnes - 4/18-4/19, 4/21-4/26, 4/28- 4/30, 5/1-5/5, 5/7-5/12, 5/14-5/19, 5/21-5/26, 5/28-5/31, 6/2-6/7 & 6/9-6/12/15 at 10am-6pm
Enjoy the breathtaking photography of Terry Barnes as you see the natural beauty of life through his eyes. Terry was recently awarded the Best of Show and 1st prize award in the 2014 BRMP National Photography Show. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Ringgold Opry - 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30/15
Hear live country, folk, and bluegrass music at the Ringgold Depot! Musicians are welcome to bring instruments. Handicapped Accessible event. Hours are 7:30-10pm. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St, Ringgold GA 30736
Buchanan Cruise Night - 5/2, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1, 9/5 and 10/3/15 at 5-8pm
Take a step back in time and see antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors on display. 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. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-550-3475 - Location: On the Square, historic downtown Buchanan, GA 30113
Arts in the Alley
Bremen Car Cruise - 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12 & 10/10/15 at 5-8pm
Enjoy an evening of nostalgia and browse the antique cars and trucks along the main street. Enjoy a hot dog and coke while you step back in time. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Call Raymond for more info. Phone: 770-301-8782 - Location: historic downtown Bremen Georgia
Northeast Georgia Mountains
"Cultivators' Market" - 4/18/15 at 9am-1pm
Enjoy an open-air market with local farmers, growers, and entrepreneurs in a festival atmosphere on a 200-year-old working farm. Seminars on homesteading practices will give instructions on planting, while cotton and pumpkins will be planted using mules to till the ground. Visitors will be able to purchase fresh produce, jams, jellies, salsa, relish, granola, biscuits, muffins, honey, barbeque sandwiches, barbeque sauce, homespun items, soaps, lotions, and wood turned items. Tour historic buildings and watch grits and cornmeal being ground. Watch a blacksmith create iron work, as well as a demonstration of handmade split oak basket, and quilting in the Teacher's house. Enjoy all this while listening to local musicians. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-367-8877 - Address: Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm, 2355 Ethridge Rd, Jefferson, GA 30549
Antique Boat Festival - 4/18/15 at 10am-4pm
See over 50 antique and classic wooden boats from the East Coast will be displayed at the Hartwell Marina. Activities include an opening ceremony, remote control boat races, boat rides, a Porsche cruise-in and vendors selling food, snacks, beverages, boat gifts and t-shirts. The event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Free fun event! Phone: 706-376-5441 - Address: Hartwell Marina, 149 Marina Rd, Hartwell, GA 30643
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival - 4/18 - 4/19/15 at 10am-6pm
Celebrate Southern Appalachian music, art and culture. Pre-festival events occur on Friday before the weekend event, with jammers starting to arrive on Dahlonega's Historic Square during the day, and a Live and Silent Country Auction/dinner in the MainStage tent at night. Free bluegrass and old-time music concerts take place all day both days of the festival in the MainStage tent. A juried artist market will fill the town's Historic Square with handmade pottery, photography, folk art, wood crafts, fiber crafts and more. The festival offers a two-day schedule of free workshops, storytelling, dancers, food, an open mic event, master classes for musicians, and a Sunday morning Gospel Jam. This year, storytelling has an added emphasis, as the National Storytelling Network has designated Bear on the Square as the site of its SE Region Spotlight Event. Sharing stories will be National Storyteller Adam Booth and several local and regional performers. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-7817 - Location: Historic Public Square, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Hal B. Rhodes Student Exhibition - 4/18 - 4/23/15
The exhibit will remain on view through April 23. Please call for dates and hours of exhibit. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 Address: Bob Owens Art Gallery, Hoag Student Center 315, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA
Fireworks at event
UNG Orchestra Concert - 4/23/15 at 8-10pm
The University of North Georgia Orchestra will perform its spring concert on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Hoag Student Center, Room 342. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: Hoag Student Center Auditorium, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Senior Exhibition Group II - 4/23/15 at 5-6:30pm
Celebrate the achievements of graduating Dahlonega Campus Art Majors with the Department of Visual Arts and UNG Art Galleries during a reception for the Senior Exhibition Group II. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: Library Technology Center, 1st Floor Lobby, Dahlonega Campus, 117 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Symphonic Band Concert - 4/23/15 at 7:30-9pm
UNG Symphonic Band will perfom its End-of-Semester Concert on the Gainesville Campus of the University of North Georgia. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: CEPA Gainesville Theatre, 3040 Landrum Dr, Oakwood, GA 30566
Volunteer Work Day - 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
Metro-Atlanta
Spring Arts Festival - 4/18/15 at 12noon-5pm
Browse the diverse artists market featuring everything from handmade jewelry to pottery to painting and more. Children's activites will be available. Also enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-898-9311 or 770-898-3196 - Address: 5 Griffin St, McDonough, GA 30253
Alpharetta Arts StreetFest - 4/18 - 4/19/15 at 10am-5pm
Celebrate the arts at one of the city's most popular events! The streets of Historic Downtown will be closed as nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Enjoy a beautiful spring weekend as you stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art in 14 medium expressions, create children's art, and experience live jazz, roots rock, Celtic music, cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 800-294-0923 - Address: 35 Milton Ave, downtown Alpharetta, GA 30009
Wells Fargo Junior Classic - 4/18 - 4/19/15
The Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno will kick off this year at the Country Club of the South on Friday, April 17 in patriotic fashion. At 12:45 p.m. the sky will be filled with skydivers landing on the Club's practice range to begin the Junior-Am fundraising event, sponsored by Careerbuilders. Amateur teams will be paired with some of the best American and International junior golfers for the day. Proceeds from the American Junior Golf Association's tournament will benefit Hire Heroes USA and selected junior golf organizations. The tournament competition with 78 junior golfers will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19. Spectators are welcomed to attend and there is no charge for admission. Phone: 770-475-1803 - Address: Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Booth Western Art Museum Exhibit - 4/18, 4/21-4/25 & 4/28-4/30, 5/1-5/2, 5/5-5/9, 5/12-5/16, 5/19-5/23 & 5/26-5/27/15
Bring out the cowboy boots for Arts Clayton Gallery's exhibit featuring a collection from the Booth Western Art Museum. Enjoy a preview party on May 1, 2015, and enjoy tasty treats while walking around the gallery admiring the collection on display. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours are Tues-Fri at 9am-5pm & Sat at 10am-4pm. Phone: 770-473-5775 - Address: Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 S Main St, Jonesboro, GA 30236
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 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
Hot Rods on Main Cruise-In - 5/1, 8/7, 9/4 & 10/23/15 at 5-9pm
Enjoy cool hot rods, a live musical performance, and tons of vendors, this event is sure to spark fun for attendees. Come check out some of the area's coolest classic, muscle, and other high-performance vehicles, or showcase your ride at the coolest event in Douglasville. Handicapped Accessible event. There is no fee to enjoy the Hot Rods on Main Cruise-In. Free parking. Call about pre-registration to participate in this cruise. Phone: 678-449-3102 - Address: 6695 Church St, downtown Douglasville, GA 30134
Hapeville Movie Nights Under the Stars - 5/15/15 at 7:30-11pm
Watch Big Hero 6. Movie events begin at 7:30 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk. Bring your blanket or a chair! Free admission & parking. Phone: 404-669-8269 - Address: Hapeville Football Stadium, 3444 N. Fulton Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
Hapeville Movie Nights Under the Stars - 6/19/15 at 7:30-11pm
Watch Annie. Movie events begin at 7:30 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk. Bring your blanket or a chair! Free admission & parking. Phone: 404-669-8269 - Address: Hapeville Football Stadium, 3444 N. Fulton Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
Coast & Islands
St. Simons Island Antique Show - 4/18 - 4/19/15 at 9am-5pm
Antique dealers from all over the Southeast showcase a vast array of antique merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware and more. The show is located in Postell Park under the majestic live oak trees. Parking and admission are free. Phone: 912-267-7822 - Address: Postell Park, 532 Beachview Dr, St. Simons Island, GA 31522
First Fridays in Historic Downtown Brunswick - 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4/15
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
First Friday Fireworks - 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4/15
Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Fireworks show is during 9:30-10pm. Free fun event! Phone: 912-234-0295 - Address: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 E River St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Presidential Pathway
The Last Fort to Fall the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of West Point - 4/18/15
On April 16, 1865, a force of Union cavalry commanded by Colonel Oscar H. LaGrange attacked the earthen fort guarding the railroad and wagon bridges on the Chattahoochee River at West Point, Ga. Among the soldiers who lost their lives that day unaware of Lee's surrender seven days prior was General Robert C. Tyler, the fort's commander. This was the last Confederate fort to be captured during the Civil War, giving Fort Tyler the distinction of being the "last fort to fall." On Saturday, April 18, 2015, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., soldiers will once again occupy the grounds of the fort. Activities will include musket drill, musket firing, soldier life demonstrations and tours of the fort. Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., experience the fort by candle light as it might have been the night before the battle and walk among the luminaries along the path. Learn more about the Battle of West Point and Fort Tyler at http://www.forttyler.com/. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Hours are at 10am-10pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 334-642-0487 - Address: Fort Tyler, 6th Ave, West Point, GA 31833
Chattahoochee Cookin' Exhibit - 4/18-4/19, 4/21-4/26, 4/28-5/3, 5/5-5/10, 5/12-5/17, 5/19-5/24, 5/26-5/31, 6/2-6/7, 6/9-6/14, 6/16-6/21, 6/23-6/28, 6/30-7/5, 7/7-7/12, 7/14-7/19, 7/21-7/26, 7/28-8/2, 8/4-8/9, 8/11-8/16, 8/18-8/23, 8/25-8/30/15, 9/1-9/6, 9/8-9/14 & 9/15-9/20/15
The Chattahoochee Valley has its own proud culinary heritage, which forms the basis of Chattahoochee Cookin'. This exhibition will spotlight local foodways from the from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs. Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition will also spotlight local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally distilled liquor. Technological innovations and agricultural implements designed by local residents will be examined, as well as the role of local restaurateurs who produce Columbus culinary specialties. Murals painted for the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in 1956 will depict the changing nature of agriculture and how we think about the producers who feed us. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906
Historic Heartland
Family Day: Earth Day Celebration - 4/18/15
"Earth" without "art" would just be "eh." Celebrate Earth Day by exploring the work of environmental artist Patricia Leighton in her exhibition in the sculpture garden Phone: 706-542-4662 -Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
The International Dog Show - 4/18 - 4/19/15 at 8:30am-5pm
Join us for an all breed and rare breed conformation dog show located in the Exhibition Center. The event takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Guests enjoy free admission and parking. For more information, visit www.iabca.com. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, GA 30013
Museum Mix - 4/23/15 at 8pm-12midnight
The museum's thrice-annual late-night art party features a DJ, free refreshments and all the galleries open until midnight. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
2915 Old Jail Tours - 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 - 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
Classic South
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Plantation Trace
Artist/Poet, Laurence Holden - 4/18-4/19 & 4/25-4/26/15 at 2-6pm
Laurence Holden is a fine artist working in mixed media, oils, watercolor, intaglio and mono-print printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. His work is represented in over 200 public, private and corporate collections. His work has long explored an elegiac response to the natural world. Laurence lives and works in Clayton, GA in the Northeast Georgia mountains along the northern edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Center for art is located at and is open and free to the public each week-end from 2-6 PM. It can be visited at other times by calling 229 679-5069 and making reservations. One week notice is required. The Opening Reception for Holden's exhibition of paintings and poems is scheduled for Sunday March 8, 2015 between the hours of 2-6 PM. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free fun event! Phone: 229-679-2070 - Address: 3696 Pearl Street, Shellman, GA 39886
Magnolia Midlands
Oratorical Speech Contest: A Celebration of MLK - 4/18/15 at 2-5pm
Celebrate the speech-making tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, GA where, on April 17, 1944, a young Martin Luther King, Jr., presented his first public speech during an oratorical contest. The contest theme is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture." Handicapped Accessible event. Admission to view the contest is free. Phone: 478-272-0354 - Address: First African Baptist Church, 405 Telfair St, Dublin GA
George Snyder: Lyrical Geometry - 4/18 - 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
94th Annual Thomasville Rose Show and Festival - 4/23 - 4/25/15
A Southwest Georgia tradition since the early 1920s, the free family-friendly festival encompasses the Rose Show, which presents contemporary and heirloom roses against a backdrop budding with thousands of the blooms; the Rose Parade, known for its flowery floats; the Street Dance, which brings out boppers young and old (featuring the Atlanta Rhythm Section); plus live music, arts and crafts, a car show, Southern-style festival foods, children's fun and games and more. Continuing a festival tradition, the Thomas County Museum of History and Lapham-Patterson House Museum offer special exhibits about Thomasville's Victorian history and the Rose Show tradition. This annual spring festival garners rave reviews from visitors and is consistently awarded Top Event designations from tourism industry partners. Free fun event! Visit www.ThomasvilleGA.com for event schedule and details. Call for hours and more info. Phone: 229-227-7020 - Location: Broad Street and Paradise Park, downtown Thomasville, GA 31792
First Friday Concert Series - 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
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