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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.
OCTOBER

Halloween Hay Day
2017-10-29 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Join us for a free day at Hay House. Activities include tours of three levels of the house and hands-on crafts with historical context. This event will be Halloween themed. Sponsored by Cox Communication, Georgia Power and Navicent Health.

Free event
Phone: 478-742-8155
Address: Hay House 934 Georgia Avenue Macon, GA 31201

Legends and Lore Tour
2017-10-30 5:00PM - 8:00PM

As with most Behind the Scenes Tours of Hay House, this specialty tour will feature areas of Hay House that are not accessible on the regular tour such as the Wine Cellar, Attic, and Cupola. Guides will also explain the myths and realities of certain architectural features such as the Secret Room and the underground tunnels. The tour will also feature the original Springhouse, located under the nearby Harris-Hall-Bennett House, a site with stories of hauntings as well. The tour will also include various interpreters recounting tales of their experiences and those of others in Hay House's Basement, Music Room, and especially the Second Floor Hall and Bedrooms. The evening will be capped with wine and canapes in the historic Dining Room where board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Free event
Phone: 478-742-8155
Address: Hay House 934 Georgia Avenue Macon, GA 31201

Fall Festival on the Square
2017-10-31 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Bring your children for trick-or-treating in a safe, family-friendly environment at this year's Forsyth Fall Festival on the Square. We close off the streets of Forsyth's Historic Square as local businesses hand out candy by the bucket load. Games, inflatables, and festival foods are just some of the treats waiting for you this year. Come out and join us!

Free event
Phone: 478-994-7747
Address: Forsyth Historic Square 26 N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029

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NOVEMBER

Tour at Two: Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs
11/1/17 - 11/1/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, will give a special tour of the exhibition. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free admission & parking
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St. Athens, GA 30602

Americans in Paris Film Series: An American in Paris
11/2/17 - 11/2/17 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and students. Each film will include a 15-minute introduction by a guest speakers and short conversations about the film following the screening. Gene Kelly stars as Gerry, an American expatriate painter in postwar Paris. Struggling to find success in both art and love, he meets and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron), who turns his life upside down. This lavish musical, with its gorgeous dance sequences and beautiful, frequently melancholic Gershwin score, won the Academy Award for best picture. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. (1951, NR, 113 min.) Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Funds raised at the fair are used to preserve the three-story grist mill. From a dilapidated building with holes in the roof and floor, peeling paint and rotten beams, Prater's Mill is now a gleaming red building with white trim, a new tin roof and a repaired floor.


Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Morning Mindfulness
11/3/17 - 11/3/17 9:30AM - 10:30AM

The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the fall semester. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; call 706.542.0448 or email sagekincaid@uga.edu. Funded in part by the Hemera Foundation.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St. Athens, GA 30602

Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
11/4/17 - 11/4/17 10:30AM - 3:30PM

See how the Jarrell family made their very own cane syrup in one of the original kettles. Sip on sugar cane juice and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Freshly made, hot syrup will be available to take home and enjoy at the end of the day.

Admission Fee $4-$6.50. Free Parking.
Phone: 478-986-5172
Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site 711 Jarrell Plantation Road Juliette, GA 31046

Bostwick's Cotton Gin Festival
11/4/17 - 11/4/17 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Bostwick is located just a few miles outside of historic Madison and is home to the remake of the movie Footloose as well as The Annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival! Don't miss this favorite event which features loads of fun for the whole family! On Saturday, November 4, the festivities will begin at 9 a.m. including a tractor and antique car parade that starts at 11 a.m. followed by a full day of cotton-ginning, festival fun! There will be booths of hand-made arts and crafts, and you will likely find your favorite edible treat at the many food vendors. Kids can play in the recently harvested cotton, and the gin will be operating all day long! You'll definitely want to make it a weekend getaway and visit the many unique shops and restaurants that have earned Madison a place on Budget Travel Magazine's list of "Most Picturesque Villages in the World!" www.VisitMadisonGa.com

Parking $5.00.
Phone: 706-343-0065 | 706-342-0182
Address: Downtown Bostwick 5951 Bostwick Rd (Hwy 83) Bostwick, GA 30623

51st Annual Deer Festival
11/4/17 - 11/4/17 7:30AM - 5:00PM

The Deer Festival kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the Deer Dash, a one-mile fun run and 5K run/walk, that takes participants through many of the historic downtown neighborhoods of Monticello, Ga. Copies of the route and applications for the race can be found at the Chamber of Commerce office on the Square. The Deer Festival parade will begin at 3 p.m. There will be arts and crafts booths as well as food and entertainment.
Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-468-8994 | 706-468-8994
Address: Monticello Square 119 W Washington Street Monticello, GA 31064

Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
11/5/17 - 11/5/17 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Join docents as they lead a tour of the permanent collection. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public.

Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address:Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Full Moon Lake Paddle
11/4/17 - 11/4/17 6:00PM

Enjoy a ranger led paddle at night along the beautiful Lake Rutledge under the light of a full moon. Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime. kids must be 8 or older. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here. Meet at the beach area. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, quick drying pants, and water. Register in advance.

Admission Fee $15 with a rental craft, $10 with your own. Parking Fee $5.
Phone:706-557-3001
Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park 5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge, GA 30663

Historic Ruins at High Falls State Park

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King Cotton in the Georgia Piedmont
11/5/17 - 11/5/17 2:00PM - 4:00PM

In partnership: Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Morgan County Landmarks Society ​ The cotton industry dictated the present-day Morgan County and the Piedmont region as we know it now, including landscape, business, culture, and pace of life. The King Cotton symposium will present the history and importance of the cotton industry in the Georgia Piedmont region and the greater South. This afternoon will also feature the premiere of the Morgan County Landmarks Society brief film featuring firsthand interviews with cotton field workers and how the work shaped their lives and their descendants. Program features: Cotton Culture before Emancipation, Historian Brad Rice KEYNOTE: Cotton Cultural after Emancipation, Dr. Scott Nesbit ​Voices from the Fields, film premiere Panel discussion: Cotton Culture Today & Tomorrow, Patsy Harris, Dr. Nesbit, representatives from the Georgia Cotton Commission

Free Admission.
Phone: 706-342-4743
Address: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center 434 South Main Street Madison, GA 30650

4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship
11/7/17 - 11/7/17 7:00PM - 9:30PM

This annual competition features student research in the arts. Poster competition entries will be on display November 1 – 7 in the museum's education resource center, during regular hours. Poster session begins at 7 p.m.; thesis presentations begin at 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in both categories. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free Admission and Free Parking.

Kid Fun Zone $5

Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Toddler Tuesday: Permanent Collection
11/7/17 - 11/7/17 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just for little ones. This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years. Space is limited; please email sagekincaid@uga.edu or call 706-542-0448 after October 1 to reserve a spot. Family programs are sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free admission and Free Parking.
Phone:706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St. Athens, GA 30602

Teen Studio: Mickalene Thomas
11/9/17 - 11/9/17 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Teens ages 13 – 18 are invited to this studio-based workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The group will spend time in the galleries exploring the work of contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas in the exhibition "Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête" before creating their own mixed-media works of art using photography and collage. Includes a pizza dinner. This program is free, but space is limited. Email sagekincaid@uga.edu or call 706.542.0448 to reserve a spot. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Student Night
11/9/17 - 11/9/17 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music, food, fun and themed activities to celebrate the current exhibitions. Student Night is generously sponsored by the UGA Parents and Families Association and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-749-9150
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602 706-542-4662

Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
11/8/17 - 11/8/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Meet the Georgia Museum of Art's docents November 08, 2017, at 2 p.m. for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Fall Trees and Leaves Hike
11/4/17 - 11/11/17 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 12:30 PM - Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA - Winter can be a great time to learn "Bark and Buds" of our native trees. Join a Park Ranger on this Guided walk of the Brantley Nature Trail and discover how much fun learning winter trees can be. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
12:30 pm - 12:00 am

Saturday, November 11, 2017
3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Admission Fee 5.Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-557-3001
Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park 5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge, GA 30663

Old School Fall Festival
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 9:00AM - 2:00PM

November is a time for giving thanks, and it seems perfect that our Fall Festival is on Veterans Day. We are so thankful for our servicemen and women. With bagpipe and singing, we're dedicating a new flagpole and flag to the memory of former Mayor Roger Sheridan, a WWII combat veteran - and saluting all the vets attending.

The Kids Zone features a bouncy obstacle course, face painting, baby goats, games, and a tent where you can write a note of thanks to an active duty service person.

Come enjoy music by Dufrane, Party of Two and The Maloy Brothers inside our renovated auditorium. Shop from a variety of vendors. While you are there, step over to the kitchen for our chili cookoff. Will your fave earn the Golden Spoon and the cash winnings that come with it? Your $5 ticket buys you three samples, chips, drink, and a vote for your favorite. (Enter your amazing chili at newbornschoolhouse.org for only $10.)

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone:404-353-0177 | 770-787-1660
Address: HHistoric Newborn Schoolhouse 4326 Highway 142 4170 Newborn Road Newborn, GA 30056

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 7:00PM

Come and enjoy our miniature golf course in a different light meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole.

Admission Fee $5.Parking Fee $5.
Phone:706-557-3001
Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park 5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge, GA 30663

Beaver Creek Arts & Crafts Festival
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Come join us for the Arts & Crafts festival on November 11 in Ivey, Ga. We will have arts & crafts vendors from all around the state, great food vendors and fun for the whole family. The historical setting for the festival was once a thriving 19th century farming community. There was a depot, post office, and a general store. The original general store still stands. Beaver Creek Festival is a means to preserve the history of Ivey for future generations.

Admission for adults, Kids 12 & under Free $5.00. Free Parking.
Phone: 478-414-0375
Address: Beaver Creek at Ivey Station 159 Jackson Rd Ivey, GA 31031

Family Day: Color
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Learn all about the tints, hues and shades that make up our colorful world in this special color-themed Family Day. Explore color with activities and selected works of art in the permanent collection, then make your own colorful piece in the studio classroom. Family programs are sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Atlanta Fall Classic I Horse Show
11/8/17 - 11/12/17 8:00AM - 4:00PM

The Atlanta Fall Classic I & II Hunter-Jumper Horse Shows will attract over 700 of the finest horses in the Southeast to compete for two five-day shows. This event will be held daily from 8 a.m. until late afternoon. Come watch the $45,000 Grand Prix on Saturday where the best compete against the best. For more information, please visit www.classiccompany.com. The Atlanta Fall Classic I has two weeks of USEF AA rated Hunters, Come join us! This event is located in the Charles Walker Arena, Arenas 4-7 and on Saturday, the $45,000 Grand Prix is located in the Grand Prix Stadium. This event is a free admission event.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 770-602-2606
Address: Georgia International Horse Park 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway Charles Walker Arena Conyers, GA 30013

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Quickstep to Murder”
11/12/17 - 11/12/17 :30PM - 9:30PM

Purchase tickets now for Quickstep to Murder, a spoof on the Dancing with the Stars craze, written and performed by The Usual Suspects. The Eatonton Cotton Warehouse doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the performance to follow. Proceeds benefit Georgia Writers Museum. Tickets are $55 each. There are 10 seats to a table and a maximum of 20 tables for this event. Each table will form an investigative team of 10 members so seating will be assigned. Call 706-991-5119 or email georgiawritersmuseum@gmail.com for more information.

Tickets $55 each. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-991-5119
Address: FEatonton Cotton Warehouse 118 N Jefferson St. Eatonton, GA 31024

Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 5:00PM

Meet at the kayak rack near the beach for an evening paddle on Lake Rutledge. Bring water, water shoes, and a flash light. Space is limited. Please preregister 24 hours in advance for this event. Please stop by the office to purchase a $5 park pass per vehicle.

Admission Fee $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-557-3001
Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park 5 Hard Labor Creek Road Rutledge, GA 30663

Collectors Trip to West Georgia
11/14/17 - 11/14/17 All Day

Join the Collectors for a two-night trip to West Georgia that includes tours of Hills and Dales Estate and Gardens in LaGrange; Hay House in Macon, including lunch at the home of a board member; the Columbus Museum of Art and a private tour by the director of Pasaquan, near Buena Vista. A number of private home visits are also scheduled, including a tour of Bankshaven in Newnan. The trip is open to all members of the Collectors. If you are interested in joining the museum or the Collectors or in receiving more information about the trip, email jointhemuseum@uga.edu or call 706-542-4662.

Admission $95 for members of the Collectors, $80 for Collectors members with self-provided transportation to all points of interest in Mil. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Artful Conversation: Charles Biederman
11/15/17 - 11/15/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Join Sage Kincaid, assistant curator of education, for conversation and close looking focusing on Biederman's untitled painting from 1936 on long-term loan.

Free Admission anad Free Parking.
Phone: 706-542-4662
Address: Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602

Spotlight on the Arts Festival
11/1/17 - 11/12/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Presented by the UGA Arts Council, the sixth annual Spotlight on the Arts festival features dozens of events and exhibitions in the visual, literary and performing arts. The 12-day festival, scheduled for Nov. 1-12, includes museum tours, discussions with writers, concerts, dance and dramatic performances. The festival kicks off Nov. 1 with "Kaleidoscope: Spotlight on the Arts Opening Celebration," featuring a non-stop collage of student performances from dance to music, theater and creative writing. The free event is set for 7:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Performing Arts Center, followed by an after-party at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Highlights of the Spotlight on the Arts festival include a University Theatre production of "Cabaret," a Shakespeare symposium, a guest lecture and DJ set from internationally renowned music producer Jacknife Lee and guest performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and folk music group the Bumper Jacksons.

Phone: 770-990-5863
Address: Various Locations on UGA Campus UGA Campus Athens Georgia, GA 30605

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