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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
Firefly Festival - 7/30/16 at 7:30-9:30pm
Families, musicians, and fireflies will head to Town Park to celebrate the end of summer. Join us on Friday night in Madison's Town Park. Bring the kids for a night of fun with stilt walkers, music, giant bubbles, face painters, inflatables, creative kids crafts, and family entertainment. For kids 12 and under, your wristband covers everything in the park. On Saturday night, join us as we host a "date night" in the park with a Firefly Twilight Concert. The band Sweetwater Junction will keep the crowd moving. Come early to claim your favorite spot on the Great Lawn. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome on Saturday night; there are no food vendors on site. This is a ticketed event for everyone 13 and older. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $5 to $10. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Madison's Town Park, 218 W. Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
Goodwill's Auto Sale - 7/30/16
Preview & Bid will be held from 8-11 a.m., and the winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. We will feature cars, trucks, watercraft and lawn equipment. Proceeds benefit Goodwill's education, job training and placement programs. All vehicles are sold "as is" and all sales are final. Vehicles must be paid for the day of the sale by Master Card/Visa, personal checks with electronic check verification, or cash. Ad Valorem tax is included with minimum bid. The sale price is the winning bid plus tag and title fee. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-471-4841 - Address: Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206
Bragg Jam Music, Arts & Kids' Festival - 7/30/16
Starting at 10am, enjoy the ultimate summer music festival. Rain or shine, bands spanning all genres take on a variety of stages across the city and and put on one unforgettable show after another in a jam-packed, rock, blues, and soul-infused night. Starting at 10 a.m., Bragg Jam's Kids Fest hosts a free daytime event where families are invited to create, perform and play in the heart of the city. As the sun goes down, Bragg Jam's signature Concert Crawl is already geared up, featuring live music performances at a variety of Macon hotspots, with free trolley service throughout the night. In addition to bars, there are several all-ages performance venues that are smoke-free and family friendly. Admission to the Concert Crawl is $25 in advance, $30 day of, for an wristband that gets you into each venue. Phone: 478-743-3401 - Locations: Stages in Downtown Macon, Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201
Tie-Dye with the Quilters - 7/30/16 at 10am-12noon
Join our Plantation Quilters Guild as they teach about dyeing fabrics and make your very own tie dye shirt. Be sure to bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. All ages are welcome. Cost is $2 per person. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette, GA 31046
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August
Tour at Two: “Turned and Sculpted: Wood Art from the Collection of Arthur and Jane Mason” - 8/3/16 at 2-3pm
Join docents for a tour of our Permanent Collections at the Georgia Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to attend. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo - 8/6 at 3:30-5:30pm & 8/7/16 at 7:30-9:30pm
The nation's only traveling Black Rodeo tells the story of the Black American Cowboy, and reaches over 121,000 spectators annually throughout the United States. To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation's most skilled and entertaining black cowboys and cowgirls will compete in the nation's only touring black rodeo competition - the thrilling Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR). Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $18 to $30 per person, plus $7 parking fee. Phone: 678-993-9308 - Address: Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, GA
Sunday Spotlight Tour: Decorative Arts - 8/7/16 at 3-4pm
Join docents as they lead this tour. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Tour at Two: Visitors’ Choice - 8/10/16 at 2-3pm
Visitors are invited to choose the subject of this tour from the museum's recent acquisitions. Visit the Georgia Museum of Art's Facebook page to vote or vote in person. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Perseids "Shooting Star" Party - 8/12 - 8/13/16 at 7pm-3am
Join us for a lovely and celestial night on the beach. We are keeping the beach open until 3 am for a chance to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring light snacks, soft drinks, blankets, lounge chair, sit back and enjoy the show. Handicapped Accessible event. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA
Historic Ruins at High Falls State Park
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
Labor Day Folklife Festival - 9/3/16 at 10:30am-3:30pm
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Experience first hand the daily chores needed to run a farm and reward your labors with games and music. Cost is $4 to $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 - 9/10/16 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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