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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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Tournament - 4/24/17 at 10:30am-6pm
The event will include beer tastings and a beer garden for the teams. Call for cost and more info. Phone: 706-485-7701 - Address: Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, 126 Cuscowilla Dr., Eatonton, GA
Spring Harvest Festival - 4/29/17 at 9am-2pm
Join us as we reopen the seasonal Farmers Market in Madison, Georgia and celebrate the Spring Harvest Festival. We will have live music, a photo booth, kids crafts, demos and sampling with many Farmview suppliers, as well as giveaways, Farmview Schoolhouse class demos, and much more. "Breaking Down the Pig" with Farmview Butcher Glen Wellman: This is a free demo that we will be offering from 11-11:30 a.m. on the day of the festival. Meet with our very own Butcher as he breaks down a side of pork in the Farmview Butchery. He will instruct and discuss as he works. Due to limited space, you must RSVP at this link to EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-down-the-pig-tickets-33097075243 - Live musical performances from Macayla Cook and Swamp Rabbit Railroad will take place in the afternoon and will be a swinging good time! See performances by Happy Soles Cloggers of Madison and more. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 770-385-1187 - Address: Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Highway, Madison, GA 30650
State Banana Pudding Festival - 4/29/17 at 7am-10pm
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 mid-morning, 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 Puddin' Pedal Bike Ride, a 40-mile 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'll dance the evening away with live music. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-946-1501 - Address: Blue Goose on Main, 128 East Main Street, Irwinton, Georgia 31042
Hornyhead Fish Tournament and Festival - 4/29/17 at 8am-2pm
A little town celebrates a little fish in a big way! Join us for a day of fishing, music, food, shopping, and fun! The 31st annual fishing tournament starts at 8 a.m., and three age categories of anglers head to their secret spots. The winning fish will have a combination of length and the most "horns" on its head. At 10 a.m., craft, plants, and sales booths will open, and live music will begin. Enjoy a hot funnel cake, take photos with baby goats, explore a fire truck up close, and enter the hula hoop contest! Stop by Schoolhouse Museum to see how a class looked in the 1920's. By 1 p.m., the winners of both the fishing tournament and the Hornyhead Queen will be announced. The Hornyhead Parade will start after 1 p.m. This free event will be a fun, small town experience for the whole family. Proceeds help preserve the Historic Newborn Schoolhouse. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-353-0177 - Address: Historic Newborn Schoolhouse, 4326 Highway 142, Newborn, GA 30056
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2nd Annual Oconee Garden Tour - 4/29/17 at 9am-2pm
You will see first hand some of the beautiful gardens in the area as well as hear from the gardeners themselves. This is a unique and fun event for all ages. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at these local stores and nurseries: Cofer's, Outdoor Speciality, Thomas Orchards, Athens Seed, Lawn & Garden, and Ace Hardware - Watkinsville. Phone: 706-769-4974 - Address: Oconee Area Resource Council, 12 Durham St, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Paws on the Falls - 4/29/17 at 11am-12:30pm
Hey, canines! Bring your humans down to the park for a hike down the Falls View trail and meet new doggy friends. Bring your leash, water and some comfortable shoes. Costs are $5 per person and $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 478-993-3053 - Address: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, GA 30233
Strawberry Festival - 4/29 at 10am-6pm & 4/30/17 at 11am-4pm
Festival featuring pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries, food, craft vendors, live music, and other fun for the whole. Admission fee is $2 per person and Pick-Your-Own Strawberries is $12 per gallon (plus tax). Phone: 770-597-5346 - Address: Mitcham Farm, 797 W Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, GA 30054
May
Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens - 5/5 - 5/6/17 at 10am-5pm
Historic Madison, renowned as one of Georgia's largest designated National Register of Historic Districts, will celebrate the 2017 spring season in grand style. Celebrate Southern history, architecture and art! Experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a collection of the city's finest, architecturally significant private homes. The grand stuctures and gardens tell the astonishing story of a genteel, gracious city that was spared the torch and devastation of Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea. Cost ranges from $25 to $40 per person. Phone: 706-342-4743 - Address: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650
7th Annual Derby Day 2017 - 5/6/17 a 4:30-9pm
Tour the historic c.1875 Godfrey-Hunt House - one of Madison's grandest historic properties. A distinguished antebellum home with its high-style architecture and gracious landscape is the ideal backdrop for party-goers to enjoy. The event includes live streaming of the Kentucky Derby, bourbon tastings, a beer garden, delicious Derby Supper by Epting Events, live auction, best dressed and best hat competitions, and weather permitting, the Derby Dash will return with a twist! Visit www.mmcGeorgia.org for event preview, sponsorship information and to purchase tickets! Cost is $150 per person. Phone: 706-818-8046 - Address: Godfrey-Hunt House, 568 Academy Street, Madison, GA 30650
Waterfalls at High Falls State Park
Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show - 5/6/17 at 11am-4pm
What's cooking in Conyers? 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. Food samples should range from $1 to $4 each. Bring the family, and bring your appetite! Also, the annual Conyers Car Show, presented by Red Line Events, will feature vintage cars and live music on Railroad Street. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Olde Town Conyers, 901 Railroad Street, Conyers, GA 30012
Old Clinton War Days - 5/6 & 5/7/17 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
Atlanta Boy Choir - 5/7/17 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. They appeared in concert for Heads of States and have represented Georgia and the United States as Ambassadors of Culture and Goodwill on their many tours abroad. They are the favorite performers of many renowned celebrities, including five appearances for Pope John Paul II in Rome. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $8 to $20 per person. Phone: 770-922-3143 - Address: Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main Street, Conyers, GA 30012
Brandy Clark & Charlie Worsham Live in Athens! - 5/11/17 at 8-10pm
Washington-native received her first of six career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit "Mama's Broken Heart." She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for "Follow Your Arrow," which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015. Cost is $20 per person. Phone: 706-549-7871 - Address: 40 Watt Club, 285 W Washington St., Athens, GA 30601
The Springs Fling and Sock Hop - 5/13/17 at 2-6pm
Enjoy games, crafts, vendors and fun for the whole family. Stay for the sock hop, enjoy root beer floats and '50s music. Free fun event! $5 parking fee.

Sock Hop - 5/13/17 at 6-9pm
Dust off your poodle skirts and letter sweaters and join in the Sock Hop. Enjoy music, dancing, and refreshments at the Stone Pavilion. The Friends of Indian Springs State Park will be serving a dinner complete with Coke floats for a fee. $2 admission fee. $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-504-2277 - Address: Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, GA 30216
16th Annual Madison in May Road Race - 5/13/17
Participate in the 5K, 10.2K, or 1 Mile Fun run benefiting Morgan County YOUNG LIFE. The 5K is a flat and fast, out and back shaded course through Madison's Antebellum Historic District. The 10.2K course follows the same route and continues beyond city limits on a scenic rural road, mostly flat with a few moderate rollers. Law enforcement and EMTs will be on duty. Time splits, water stops and refreshments will be provided. Call for cost, more info and registration details. Phone: 706-342-1965 - Address: 160 W Washington St, downtown Madison, GA 30650
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