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Below are lists of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Historic Heartland travel region. Please call listings contact numbers for more info.
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April
Morning Mindfulness - 4/29/16 at 9:30-10:30am
The museum invites you to participate in guided mindfulness meditation practice in spaces throughout the museum. Each session includes 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. Free admission and parking.

90 Carlton: Spring - 4/29/16 at 6-9pm
This reception features the spring exhibitions. Enjoy gallery activities, door prizes and "Ask the Experts" from 7:30pm to 8:30 p.m. This event is free for members, $5 nonmembers. Free parking. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or call. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-542-4199 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Southworks 2016: 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibit - 4/29 - 4/30/16 10am-4pm
The Southworks Juried Art Exhibit is a national juried art exhibition that the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St, Watkinsville GA
Make Your Own Rag Doll - 4/30/16 at 10am-12noon
Join the Plantation Quilters Guild in learning how to make your very own rag doll. All supplies will be provided and there is no sewing required. All ages are welcome. Cost is $2 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, Georgia 31046
3rd Annual Strawberry Festival - 4/30/16 at 10am-6pm
Fun festival features u-pick strawberries, pre-picked strawberries and other specialty food items for sale, craft vendors, food and drink, live music, hayrides, farm animal viewing area, tractor demonstrations, and fun for the whole family. The festival is co-sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church. The church will provide free cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and boiled peanuts. There will also be firetrucks, EMT, a clown, face painting, fun contests, and free photos. Strawberry picking will be open while supply lasts. The Country River Band will perform from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. U-pick strawberries are $12/gallon and pre-picked strawberries are $14/gallon. Kids get unlimited access to a designated play area for just $3/child. Rain date is Sunday, May 1. Phone: 770-597-6346 - Address: Mitcham Farm, 797 W Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, GA 30054
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Madison Fest in Town Park - 4/30/16 at 9am-4pm
Join us for a family-friendly day of fun in downtown Madison, where arts and crafts vendors, garden exhibits, live entertainment and guest speakers provide the activities. Plant vendors will be on hand to help you select plants to stand up to southeastern heat and humidity for your flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. We'll host informal discussions with speakers on various gardening topics. George Sanko, Director of the Native Plant Garden at Georgia Perimeter College, will bring some of his preferred plants; David Arnal of the Bee Factory will tell us how to encourage pollinators in our home garden; Morgan County Master Gardener Hilda Chilton will demonstrate proper tomato propagation techniques; and Mimi Maumus, the chef /owner of homemade catering in Athens will demonstrate how to prepare traditional Southern treats from scratch. Madison Locally Grown and local farmers will be on hand to sell their wares. Bring a cooler to carry home perishables like eggs, cheese and meats. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-1251 - Address: Madison's Town Park, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show - 4/30/16 at 11am-4pm
Sample and savor delicious appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts from top restaurants in town. This event will be held along Commercial and Center Streets in Historic Olde Town. Admission is free, and food samples are $1 to $4 each. Bring the family, and bring your appetite! Also, enjoy vintage cars and live music on Railroad Street. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Olde Town Conyers, 901 Railroad St, Conyers, GA 30012
State Banana Pudding Festival - 4/30/16 at 7am-10pm
Join us for award-winning Banana Pudding on the Pudding' Path. Sample banana pudding from local non-profit and vote on your favorite. Complete the Pudding Path, and you have eaten almost a full pound of Banana Pudding. Cooks from around the state will be setting up for the judges around noon, so head to the stage to see who walks away with the prize and braggin' rights to Georgia's Best Banana Pudding! The day starts with a 5K run and 1-mile Health Walk and the Pudding Pedal Bike Ride, a 20-mile easy ride with one long hill to pull right before the Banana Pudding Rest Stop. A full day of entertainment, a car show, Banana Pudding Stage, plus food vendors, crafters, and a kids corner make this a "must do" festival. We wrap up with a Top Banana Talent Show and street dance featuring a live band. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-946-1501 - Address: 128 E Main St, Irwinton, GA 31042
30th Annual Hornyhead Festival - 4/30/16 at 8am-2pm
Celebrate life with a fun and free familly event. At 8 a.m., vendor booths and children's activities open, and fishing registration begins for kids, youth and adults! At 10 a.m., the music starts: bands include the Now and Then Band and The Maloy Brothers. Grab some BBQ and cheer as our Hornyhead Queen is crowned and fish are brought in for judging. By 12:30 p.m., the winning fish are announced! Join us at 1 p.m. as the parade kicks off with Grand Co-Marshalls O'Neill Williams and Travis Johnson. Then, you can shop a bit more or visit the museum to learn what school was like back in the 1920s! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-353-0177 - Address: Historic Newborn Schoolhouse, 4326 Hwy 142, Newborn GA
Family Day: Poetry and Art - 4/30/16 at 10am-12noon
Presented in conjunction with NEA's Big Read project, this program will connect Robinson Jeffers' Big Sur nature poetry with the paintings and drawings it inspired in the exhibition "David Ligare: California Classicist." Kids and families are invited to bring a copy of their favorite nature poem from home or write their own poem at the museum, then create a decorative frame for it using natural materials. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4199 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602
Historic Ruins at High Falls State Park
Old Clinton War Days - 4/30 at 9am-5pm & 5/1/16 at 9am-4pm
During this event, historic Clinton comes alive with the sights and sounds of Civil War Georgia, a reminder of its occupation by Union soldiers during the March to the Sea. Clinton was the early seat of Jones County between 1808 and 1905. Visit the camps, demonstrations, and booths of our Civil War re-enactors, and don't miss their battle recreation at 2 p.m. each day! Tour the 1809-10 McCarthy-Pope House, the early-1900s Miss Annie's Store, and the 1889 Pine Ridge School Museum. Take a stroll and admire the architecture of the antebellum houses, buildings, and the 1821 Methodist Church and burial grounds. Visit the crafts booths and food stands. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Admission cost is $3 to $5 per person. Phone: 478-607-0365 - Address: Old Clinton Historic District, US Hwy 129, Clinton, GA 31032
Gringo Star with Elroy Love - 4/30 - 5/1/16 at 10:30pm - 2pm
On Gringo Star's latest, liquid melodies cascade through air like a waterfall in zero gravity, brothers Nicholas and Peter Furgiuele and cohort Chris Kaufmann out-of-body - floating apparitions of a band glancing down as their corporeal manifestations radiate celestial blues and psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-Western weirdness.
Elroy Love: One of the newer bands to come from the Macon scene. Made up of a few former members from Dalmatian, this 3 piece captured the hearts (and ears) of so many at their first show with Mothers back in January . Bringing a style all too familiar, but yet with twist of fun and originality that you can tell is pulled from somewhere different. Only $5 per person. Phone: 478-741-9130 - Address: The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, 430 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201
May
Atlanta Boy Choir - 5/1/16 at 5-9pm
During this half century, the choir has sung around the world in almost all of the prestigious concert halls, cathedrals, and other impressive venues including many international music festivals. This brotherhood of singers includes every race, ethnic, and social strata and not only do they perform magnificently, but they also lend their efforts in the development of the choir. Often, the men appear in concert and on tour with the boys in major masterworks and have been heard in such venues as St. Mark's Basilica, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Peter's in Italy. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $15 to $25 per person. Phone: 770-922-3143 - Address: Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main St, Conyers, GA 30012
Southworks 2016: 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibit - 5/2 - 5/6/16 at 10am-4pm
The Southworks Juried Art Exhibit is a national juried art exhibition that the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-769-4565 Address: Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St, Watkinsville GA
Hat's Off to Our Equestrian Campers - 5/6/16 at 5-6pm
For our equestrian campers. Celebrate "Derby" weekend by hanging your most decorated, bedazzled and race themed hat on the post by your campsite. Judges will choose the best hat and give out prizes accordingly. First place gets a free night of camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park! Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Paws on the Falls - 5/8/16 at 10-11:30am
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. Costs are $5 per dog and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA 30233
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 5/9 & 5/14/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for the ride. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
High Falls Homeschool Thursday - 5/19/16 at 10am-12noon
In this monthly series, we will explore science, nature, and the Georgia's outdoors through fun and exciting activities. This month's theme is dedicated to bugs! Learnthe anatomy and the important role bugs play in the environment. Costs are $7 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA 30233
Architectural Tour Series - 5/21/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
June
Frogging & Other Night Sounds by Kayak - National Trails Day - 6/4/16 at 8:30-10pm
Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear. Space is limited, please pre-register. $15 plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Junior Ranger Day Camp - 6/7-6/9 & 6/21-6/23/16 at 9:30am-1pm
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, archery, keeping a nature journal and much more. Register in advance, space is limited. $75 plus $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 6/11/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 6/18/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
July
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 7/9/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 7/16/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
August
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 8/13 & 8/14/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 8/20/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
September
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 9/10/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 9/17/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
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
October
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 10/8/16 at 9am-1pm
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Architectural Tour Series - 10/15/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
Spooky Wagon Ride - 10/21-10/22 & 10/28-10/29/16 at 7:30-9:30pm
Take a frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. Wagon will depart from beach parking lot, each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come, first serve. Volunteer ghosts are needed; contact the park as soon as possible. Costs are $5 plus $5 parking. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
November
Architectural Tour Series - 11/19/16 at 1:30-4pm
Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore the design and history of this architectural marvel. The tour culminates with a discovery of the historical and environmentally-friendly features of the open-air cloister, the elegant Abbey Cafe, and the enchanting Abbey Store. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local community food bank. Cost is $10 per person age 13 and older. Call for more info. Phone: 678-642-0680 - Address: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
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