Festivals and Fairs

Eat cotton candy, take a gander at craft vendors and ride a ferris wheels to your heart’s delight.

Yellow Daisy Festival

Stone Mountain Park
Sept. 6-9: Thurs., Fri., Sun., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Visitors can glimpse and gawk at the work of more than 400 artists and craftspeople from all over the country. Kids can romp in the Children’s Corner and enjoy craft demonstrations. Take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy live entertainment and festival food. Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5633. Free; parking, $10.

 

Marietta Streetfest

Glover Park in Marietta Square
Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Stroll through a topnotch artists market and antique alley, enjoy live music and gaze upon classic cars in the Hubcaps and History Classic car show. The kids will want to dash to the family fun zone, where they’ll find inflatables and artist stations. Please stop by the Atlanta Parent booth and say hello. Marietta Square. 770-794-5710. Free.

 

North Georgia State Fair

Jim R. Miller Park
Sept. 20-30: Mon.-Thurs., 4-11 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight;  Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 12:30-10 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of fall at the largest fair in the metro Atlanta area. Families can enjoy carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides. Don’t miss live music featuring country favorites such as Colt Ford, Thompson Square, and Sara Evans. 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta. 770-528-8989. Adults, $7; children 10 and under, free. Ride tickets, $1 each. Parking, $3.

 

Johns Creek Fall Festival. Newton Park. Crafts, carnival games, moonwalks, a giant slide, obstacle courses, food and live music. Sept. 8. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3200. Free.
Taste of Kennesaw. Downtown Kennesaw. Taste food from local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment, and take the kids to the children’s zone with inflatables, a trackless train and more. Sept. 8. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-423-1330. Free admission, tickets for samples, $1-$4.
Paws and Planes Festival. Marietta Museum of History. Have fun with helicopter rides, pet adoptions, live music, children’s activities and a raffle. Leashed dogs are welcome at this event that benefits homeless pets. Sept. 8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 550 Perrin Rd., Marietta. 770-971-0010. Adults, $10; children 12 and younger, free.
Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair. Pine Log UMC Campground. Live entertainment, barbecue, and arts and crafts. Sept. 8-9. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Off Highway 411, Rydal. 770-607-5350. $3/person; children younger than 12, free.
Gwinnett County Fair. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Livestock shows, carnival rides, games and live entertainment. Sept. 13-23. Mon.-Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 1-10 p.m. 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 770-963-6522. Adults, $5; children 6-12, $2; younger than 6, free. Parking, free.
Hapeville Happy Days Festival. Jess Lucas Downtown Park. Live music Friday; games, rides, and arts and crafts Saturday. Sept. 14-15. Fri., 7-11 p.m.; Sat., Parade at 10 a.m., Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 680 South Central Ave., Hapeville. 404-669-8269. Free.
East Cobber Parade & Festival. Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival games and parade. Sept. 15. Parade starts at 10 a.m., festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 736 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. 770-640-7070. Free.
Suwanee Day. Town Center Park. Celebrate the City of Suwannee with games, kids activities, all-day on-stage entertainment, a parade and more. Sept. 15. Parade kicks of at 9 a.m. Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 370 Buford Hwy., Suwannee. 770-945-8996. Free.
Taste of Smyrna Festival of Delectable. Downtown Smyrna. Taste food from local restaurants, enjoy live music and take the kids to the enormous, interactive Kids Zone. Sept. 15. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2800 King St., Smyrna. 770-423-1330. Free, tickets for samples range from $1-$4.
Honeybee Festival. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Come and celebrate this crucial part of Georgia Agriculture. Don’t miss the bee costume contest, games and crafts. Sept. 15. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr. Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults 13 and older, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50.
Art in the Square. Downtown Gainesville. Live entertainment, including belly dancing and music, food from local restaurants and more. Sept. 15-16. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 am.-5 p.m. Downtown Gainesville. 770-535-6860. Free.
Atlanta Arts Festival. Piedmont Park. Fine arts exhibit showcasing 200 artists, entertainment, children’s activities, and food. Sept. 15-16. Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta. 770-941-9660. Free.
JapanFest. Gwinnett Center. Experience Japanese culture with musical and dance performances, martial arts demos, a tea ceremony, and workshops about Japanese kimonos and a tea ceremony, kids area with crafts and games and much more. Sept. 15-16. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 404-842-0736. Adults, $8; children 6 and younger, free.
Roswell Arts Festival. Roswell Town Square. Live performances and arts and crafts for purchase. Children’s activities and food vendors on site. Sept. 15-16. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Downtown Roswell. 770-641-3705. Parking and shuttles available at City Hall. Free.
Shakerag Arts and Crafts Festival. Shakerag Knoll. More than 100 art vendors selling handmade jewelry, pottery, candles and more; children’s activities, live entertainment and food. Sept. 15-16. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 191 McIntosh Tr., Peachtree City. 770-631-2542. Free.
Inman Farm Heritage Days. Minter Farms. A printing press, steam engine, cotton gin and other antique machines on display. Food, craft sale and live music. Sept. 21-23. Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 283 Hills Bridge Rd., Fayetteville. 770-461-2840. Free.
Fall Folklife Festival. Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center. Enjoy a variety of farm demonstrations, music and kid-friendly activities representing traditions of the Southeast. Sept. 22. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $14.50; ages 4-12, $9; 3 and younger, free.
Sandy Springs Festival. Heritage Green. Children’s park, live entertainment and more than 600 artists, crafters, vendors and entertainers. Lightening 10K and 5K races and pet parade. Sept. 22-23. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Adults, $5; children 6-17, $2; younger than 5, free.
Fiesta Georgia. Georgia International Horse Park. Celebrate Mexican Independence with live music, Latino culture, authentic food, helicopter rides, and arts and crafts. Sept. 23. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers. 404-350-0200. Free.
Duluth Fall Festival. Taylor Miller Park. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, parade, 5K road race and silent auction. Sept. 29-30. Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. W. Lawrence St. and Main St., Duluth. 855-385-8841. Free.
Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival. Boling Park. Arts and crafts, children’s area, antiques and live entertainment. Sept. 29-30. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hwy. 5, Canton. 770-704-5991. Adults, $5; children 10 and younger, free.
Crossroads in Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival. American Country Antique Dealers and local artists are featured at this one day show in Historic Crabapple. Food vendors, children’s activities and roaming musicians. Oct. 6. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 790 Mayfield Rd., Milton 770-241-1115. Free.

Beyond Atlanta

Callaway’s Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. Callaway Gardens. Watch the skies light up with a balloon glow on Friday evening and stick around for balloon launches Sat. and Sun. in the mornings and evenings. Between balloon launches, experience all the food, music, and entertainment Robin Lake has to offer on its last weekend of operation for the year. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Visit callawaygardens.com for scheduled events and times. Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. 706-663-2281. Adults, $25; ages 6-12, $12.50; children 5 and younger, free.
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee. Hillcrest Orchards. Apple picking, cow milking, mule-drawn wagon rides, pig racing, live entertainment and more. Sept. 8-9, Sept. 15-16, Sept. 22-23, Sept. 29-30 and weekends in Oct. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay. 706-273-3838. $6/person; petting farm $3.
Mountain Music and Arts & Crafts Festival. Vogel State Park. Bluegrass and gospel music and arts and crafts booths. Sept. 8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7485 Vogel State Park Rd., Blairsville. 706-745-2628. $2-5 plus $5 parking.
Heritage Weekend. Tweetsie Railroad. Celebrate the golden age of steam locomotive and mountain heritage during Railroad Heritage Weekend. On Sat., Cherokee dancers perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Event runs Sept. 8-9 . 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock, NC. 800-526-5740. Special park admission price for two days includes unlimited train rides;  Adults, $48; ages 3-12, $33; 2 and younger, free.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Augusta Commons. Over 35 different cultures will be featured, international cuisine, live entertainment, and a children’s area. Sept. 14-16. Fri., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Historic Downtown Augusta. 706-826-4702. Adults, $7, $5 in advance; children under 10, free.
Railfest. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Visit the authentic Mountain Craft Fair, listen to Appalachia music and ride the railroad. Sept. 15-16. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800-872-4681. Festival is free.