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Things to do in Georgia

Planning a visit to Georgia? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.


Southern Georgia Events

October 2014

October 2-4, 2014
Great Southern Music Festival at Picker's Paradise Park Come on out to Picker’s Paradise Park in Ochlocknee for this great bluegrass music festival. Bands such as Swiftwater, Midnight Rain, and Wildwood Valley Boys will be taking the stage throughout the festival. Times vary.
October 25, 2014
Fall Festival Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross fills as the community gathers to celebrate the magical time of year where everything is a little spookier and the trees change color. There will be face painting, bingo, and haunted hayrides. The fun begins at 4 p.m.

November 2014

November , 2014
Mule Day Join the town of Calvary for this annual event. There will be various contests, live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts. The fun begins at 6:30 a.m. and a parade at 11 a.m.

December 2014

December 4, 2014
Christmas Parade Grab a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate as you head to Downtown Cairo for their beautiful Christmas Parade. It begins at 7 p.m.

Atlanta & Northern Georgia Events

October 2014

October 11 - October 19, 2014
Sorghum Festival

The 2nd and 3rd weekends of October welcome the Blairsville Sorghum Festival, where arts, crafts, foods, and music take over downtown Blairsville.

October 4 & 5, 2014
Indian Summer Festival

Suches's Woody Gap School throws a party full of activities and family friendly entertainment Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 11,12,18 & 19, 2014
Georgia Apple Festival

Held on the Ellijay Lions Club Fairground, the Georgia Apple Festival features vendors, food, fun, and a host of welcoming attractions.

October 4 & 5, 2014
Georgia Marble Festival

The Georgia Marble Festival brings the city of Jasper together for a weekend filled with arts, crafts, food, marble tours, music, and a 5k run. Held at Lee Newton Park.

October 2014

October 24-26, 2014
Taste of Atlanta

Held in Midtown at Tech Square, Atlanta's premier food, wine, beer, and cocktail event brings together food lovers and top-ranked chefs for three days of tastings and demonstrations.

November 2014

November 8, 2014
Veterans Day Parade

Support our nation's veterans with this annual parade, where this year's theme will focus on the final 15 months of World War II.

December 2014

December 31, 2014
Peach Bowl

This annual Atlanta football tradition kicks off at the Georgia Dome.

March 2015

March 14, 2015
Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade

Atlanta's longest-running event kicks off at noon in midtown along Peachtree Street between 15th and 5th Streets.

Central Georgia Events

September 2014

September 27, 2014
Plains Peanut Festival

Plains honors its most famous export with a parade, family friendly activities, a one-mile fun run, 5K road race, and much more.

September 26 - October 5, 2014
Georgia State Fair

Held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the state fair features live entertainment, rides, and many, many attractions.

October 2014

October 31 - November 2, 2014
Christmas Made in the South

Shop for that perfect and authentic Christmas gift at this fine artisan and crafts gathering. Shopping starts at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center at 10 a.m.

November 2014

November 7 – 8, 2014
24th Madrigal Dinner

Join many Lords and Ladies at the annual Madrigal Dinner held at 7 p.m. in the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus – and presented by Georgia Southwestern State University.

Enjoy entertainment from the GSW Chamber Singers & Brass Ensemble, plus Dutch Treat Cocktails at Floyd’s Pub from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

November 6-8, 2014
Big Pig Jig

Central Georgia's oldest and largest barbecue cooking contest gets under way at Vienna's Big Pig Jig Village.

November 8, 2014
Fountain City Classic

The Fountain City Classic sees the ASU Golden Rams and the FVSU Wildcats football teams square off for the 24th time at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.

Coastal Georgia Events

October 2014

October 9-12, 2014
Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Celebrate everything pirates during this long weekend. Experience the Buccaneer Ball, watch the Pirate Parade, and experience musical entertainment.

November 2014

November 6 - 9, 2014
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Alongside the big marathon race, this weekend includes a health & fitness expo and a 5K & 1 mile race.

March 2015

March 14, 2015
St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration gets underway at the corner of Abercorn and Gwinnett Streets.

March 2015

March 26 - 29, 2015
Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens

Enter some of Savannah's historic family private homes. Tour headquarters and ticket pick-ups can be found at 105 East Bay Street.

April 2015

April 24 - 25, 2015
Woodbine Crawfish Festival

Alongside tasting the best crawfish in your life, the festival features a parade, 5K walk and run, entertainment, and plenty of vendors to shop through.

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Must See in Georgia

  • Georgia Festivals

    Georgia Festivals

    Find hotels near state-wide Georgia festivals in cities like Macon, Savannah, Athens, and the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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  • Visiting Atlanta

    Visiting Atlanta

    Enjoy your trek through Atlanta with an afternoon at Turner Field, home of the Braves, or a tour of the World of Coca-Cola.

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  • Georgia Airport Hotels

    Georgia Airport Hotels

    Find hotels near major Georgia airports like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Savannah/Hilton Head International.

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  • Outdoor Georgia

    Outdoor Georgia

    Visit Georgia on your next tour of the south, and check out many of the outdoor sites in cities like Atlanta, Savannah, and Valdosta.

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  • Georgia Sports Teams

    Georgia Sports Teams

    Visit Georgia and enjoy sports from football to Minor League Baseball. You can check out a Falcons game in Atlanta or head to Savannah for a Sand Gnats baseball game.

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