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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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July
Oh, Those Summer Nights! - 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30/15 at 7:30-9:30pm
Join us in Town Park for an outdoor concerts, movies, and dance/exercise classes. The schedule is as follows: 7/2 - Line Dancing 101, 7/9 - The Hobohemians, 7/16 - Movie Night under the Stars with "Grease", and on 7/30 - Zumba 101. Claim your favorite spot on the Great Lawn. Bring your blankets, chairs and coolers to enjoy an evening of music under the stars with friends and family. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-342-1251 - Address: Madison's Town Park, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
"Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour - 7/10 - 7/11 & 7/17 - 7/18/15 at 8:30-10pm
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle, and enjoy the stars and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. Costs are $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Twilight Night Paddle - 7/10, 7/18 & 7/24/15 at 7:45-9:15pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led three mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Costs are $15 which includes boat and gear and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson GA
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 7/11/15 at 2-4pm
Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original. Admission cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
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Bike Trails Work and Ride - 7/11/15 at 9am
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.

Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday - 7/11/15 at 10am-1pm
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and and restoring a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Monroe Farmers Market - 7/11, 7/18 & 7/25/15 at 8:30am-12:30pm
This market is operated and comprised by its membership of farmers, growers, artisans and vendors. Local growers showcase and market products; publicize the importance of locally grown products; provide opportunities for presentations and demonstrations related to agriculture, gardening, food safety and preparation; and allow residents to buy healthy, locally grown products to enhance their quality of lifestyle. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Court St., Monroe, GA 30655
Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling - 7/12/15 at 9-10:30am
Learn how to canoe on High Falls Lake with a certified instructor. This program is for those 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to canoeing. Reservations are required. Meet at the Park Office. Costs are $10 Per person which includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson GA
New Moon Kayak Tour - 7/17 - 7/18/15 at 8:30-10pm
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Costs are $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 7/25/15 at 9pm-11pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need to call 404-413-6024 to make reservations. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
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Full Moon Kayak Tour - 7/31/15 at 8:30-10pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. Admission fee is $15 and parking is $5. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
August
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 8/1/15 at 2-4pm
Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original. Admission cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
2015 Old Jail Tours - 8/1/15 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
Monroe Farmers Market - 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 & 8/29/15 at 8:30am-12:30pm
This market is operated and comprised by its membership of farmers, growers, artisans and vendors. Local growers showcase and market products; publicize the importance of locally grown products; provide opportunities for presentations and demonstrations related to agriculture, gardening, food safety and preparation; and allow residents to buy healthy, locally grown products to enhance their quality of lifestyle. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Court St., Monroe, GA 30655
Twilight Night Paddle - 8/1 & 8/18/15 at 7:30-9pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led three mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Costs are $15 which includes boat and gear and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson GA
Full Moon Kayak Tour - 8/1, 8/29 & 8/30/15 at 8:30-10pm
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. Admission fee is $15 and parking is $5. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 8/8/15 at 9am
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 Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling - 8/16/15 at 9-10:30am
Learn how to canoe on High Falls Lake with a certified instructor. This program is for those 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to canoeing. Reservations are required. Meet at the Park Office. Costs are $10 Per person which includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson GA
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 8/22/15 at 8:40pm-10:40pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need to call 404-413-6024 to make reservations. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Home School At Hard Labor - 8/26/15 at 1:30-3pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday - 8/29/15 at 10am-1pm
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and and restoring a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
September
Home School At Hard Labor - 9/2/15 at 1:30-3pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
2015 Old Jail Tours - 9/5/15 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
Monroe Farmers Market - 9/5, 9/12, 9/19 & 9/26/15 at 8:30am-12:30pm
This market is operated and comprised by its membership of farmers, growers, artisans and vendors. Local growers showcase and market products; publicize the importance of locally grown products; provide opportunities for presentations and demonstrations related to agriculture, gardening, food safety and preparation; and allow residents to buy healthy, locally grown products to enhance their quality of lifestyle. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Court St., Monroe, GA 30655
New Moon Kayak Tour - 9/11 - 9/12/15 at 8:30-10pm
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Costs are $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 9/12/15 at 2-4pm
Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original. Admission cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 9/12/15 at 9am
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 Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 9/19/15 at 8-10pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need to call 404-413-6024 to make reservations. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Twilight Night Paddle - 9/19 & 9/25/15 at 6:30-8pm
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led three mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Costs are $15 which includes boat and gear and $5 parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson GA
October
2015 Old Jail Tours - 10/3/15 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
Monroe Farmers Market - 10/3 & 10/10/15 at 8:30am-12:30pm
This market is operated and comprised by its membership of farmers, growers, artisans and vendors. Local growers showcase and market products; publicize the importance of locally grown products; provide opportunities for presentations and demonstrations related to agriculture, gardening, food safety and preparation; and allow residents to buy healthy, locally grown products to enhance their quality of lifestyle. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-266-5331 - Location: Court St., Monroe, GA 30655
Bike Trails Work and Ride - 10/10/15 at 9am
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 Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 10/10/15 at 2-4pm
Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original. Admission cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
New Moon Kayak Tour - 10/10 - 10/11/15 at 8:9:30pm
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Costs are $15 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday - 10/17/15 at 10am-1pm
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and and restoring a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House - 10/24/15 at 7:30pm-9:30pm
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need to call 404-413-6024 to make reservations. Night sky observations start one-half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
Home School At Hard Labor - 10/28/15 at 1:30-3pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
November
Home School At Hard Labor - 11/4/15 at 1:30-3pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
2015 Old Jail Tours - 11/7/15/15 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 - 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
December
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration - 12/5/15 at 2-4pm
Watch one of the few remaining working Talbott stationary steam engines in operation. See if you can make the whistle blow. Explore the saw mill, grist mill, and cotton gin house that this engine once powered, and other farm buildings and houses--all original. Admission cost is $4-$6.50 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
2015 Old Jail Tours - 12/5/15 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
Home School At Hard Labor - 12/17/15 at 6:30-8:30pm
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
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