Festivals and Fairs

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival

Cumming Country Fair and Festival. Cumming Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, live music, fireworks, chainsaw carving and more! Oct. 4-14. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 12:30-9 p.m. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. 770-781-3491. Adults, $7; ages 5-18, $3; 4 and under, free; parking, $3.
Taste of Atlanta. Midtown at Tech Square. Celebrate Atlanta’s best chefs, local farmers, music cafes and live cooking stages. Oct. 5-7. Fri., 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Spring Street & 5th Street, Atlanta. 404-875-4434. Advance purchase, $25; at gate, $35; 13 and under, free with paid adult.
Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival. Downtown Crabapple. Featuring antiques dealers and local juried artists, roaming musicians, food trucks and kids’ activities. Oct. 6. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 765 Broadwell Rd., Milton. 770-241-1125. Free.
Autumn Fest. Barrett Park. Arts and crafts, children’s activities, a petting zoo, food and inflatables. Oct. 6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Lane and Hickory Rd., Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. Free.
Scarecrow Harvest. Historic Downtown Alpharetta. Over 100 scarecrows decorated by elementary school children, a farmers market, awards, music, hayrides to the log cabin, face painting, cornhole, storytelling, inflatables and activities. Oct. 6. 10 a.m-2 p.m.. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6078. Free.
Norcross Art Fest. Historic Downtown Norcross. Local and national artists display and sell folk art, photography, pottery, jewelry and more. Oct. 6-7. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Norcross. 770-452-1727. Free.
Sunday in the Park. Historic Oakland Cemetery. Live music, Victorian costume contest, artists market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers, and a scavenger hunt. Oct. 7. Noon-6 p.m. 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Free, but suggested donation of $5; parking, $5.
Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Family Block Party. Mercer University, Atlanta Campus. More than 50 kid-friendly attractions, storytelling, inflatables, pony rides and prizes. Oct. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta. 770-454-7599. $5/person; 2 and under, free.
Mall of Georgia Fall Festival. Mall of Georgia. Kids can enjoy crafts, games, a bounce house and stage performances. Radio Disney will entertain. Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-8788. $5.
Taste of Suwanee. Town Center Park. Local performers and restaurants, kids activities. Oct. 13. noon-5 p.m. Buford Hwy. and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Suwanee. 770-831-3159. Free admission, tasting tickets for a fee.
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival. Decatur. More than 50 artists, seven bands, 5K run, neighborhood parade, African drumming and more. Oct. 13. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Corner of East Lake Dr. and Oakview Rd., Decatur. 404-371-9583. Free.
Parktoberfest. Whittier Mill Park. Live music in  the 22-acre park with local food and beverages. Oct. 13. 3-10 p.m. 2975 Wales Ave., Atlanta. 404-384-7884. $5 admission; $20 for adults to receive a cup that can be filled with local craft beer; children 12 and under, free.
Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Stone Mountain Park. Featuring musical entertainment, children’s events and more. Oct. 19-21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain. 770-521-0228. Sat., adults, $15 (at gate, $17); Sun., adults $13 (at gate, $15); both days, ages 4-12, $4 ($5 at gate); under 4, free. Advance purchase 3-day parking pass, $10. smhg.org.
Fall Festival. Wilburn Farm at Davidson-Arabia Mountain. Hayrides, Face art , mini farmers market, live music, vendors, fresh apple cider and more. Oct. 19-21. Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun., 8-10 a.m. 3899 N. Goddard Rd., Lithonia. 770-484-3060. Free.
High Point Elementary Fall Festival. High Point Elementary. Come enjoy train and pony rides, a rock climbing wall, pumpkin patch, face painting, bake sale, inflatables and more. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 520 Greenland Rd., Atlanta. 404-843-7716. $15 for all activities; or $5 for arts & crafts, or games or rides.
Harvest Balloon Festival. Sterling on the Lake. Take part in balloon adventures, competitive races and tethered rides. On land, pumpkin carving, hayrides, face painting and a bake sale. Oct. 20. Sat., balloon rides, 5:30-8 p.m., festivities 3-8 p.m. 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. 770-967-9777. Festival free. Parking, $5.
Harvest Square Festival. Glover Park-Marietta Square. Halloween games, family activities. See scarecrows and more. Oct. 20. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
Pace Fall Fair. Pace Academy. A popular tradition that offers laser tag, a dunk tank, inflatables, a street market, fair games and more. Rain or shine. Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-240-7411. Free.
Flavors of Fall Festival. Smith-Gilbert Gardens. See artwork from local artists, listen to musicians play and stroll through the garden. Pack a picnic lunch. Oct. 20. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Adults, $7; children, $5; 4 and younger, free.
AutumnFest. Avondale Estates. Annual arts and music festival. Features regional artists, live music and entertainment, food and recreational activities for the kids. Oct. 20-21. Sat. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Clarendon Ave. and S. Avondale Rd.,  Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400.  Free.
Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium. Booth Western Arts Museum. Children’s activities, pioneer demonstrations, Western gun fight reenactments, Native American dancing and more. Oct. 25-28. Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. 770-387-1300. Adults, $10; children 12 and younger, $3.
Country Living Fair. Stone Mountain Park. Over 150 booths of antiques and hand-crafted goods, plus a harvest market and general store. Oct. 26-28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. U.S. Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. $16/one day; $20/weekend pass; one-day parking, $10.
Fall Jonquil Festival. Smyrna Village Green. Arts and crafts market, festival food, live music and kids’ activities. Oct. 27-28. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-423-1330. Free.
Family Fall Festival. Elachee Nature Science Center. See a live animal program, play games, make crafts, enjoy hikes. Also costumed animal characters, face painting and more. Oct. 27.  2-5 p.m. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. 770-535-1976. $5/person.

Beyond Atlanta

Georgia National Fair. Georgia National Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, concerts, food vendors, livestock, live entertainment and more. Oct. 4, 3-10 p.m.; Oct. 5-14, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 401 Larry Walker Pkwy., Perry. 478-987-3247. Adults, $5; children 10 and younger, free with paid adult. Unlimited ride wristband, $13.
National Storytelling Festival. Jonesborough, Tenn. America’s favorite storytellers perform at this three-day outdoor festival. Nightly family-friendly ghost story concerts and much more! Oct. 5-7. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Historic Downtown Jonesborough. 800-952-8392, ext. 221. Tickets start at $45. See storytellingcenter.net for complete ticket package breakdown.
Cotton Pickin’ Fair. Gay Family Farmstead. Enjoy musicians, folk dancers, marionettes and delicious Southern food on the 1828 family farm. Oct. 6-7. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 18830 Georgia Hwy. 85, Gay. 706-538-6814. Adults, $7; children 7-12, $3.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Arts, crafts, history, music and more. Oct. 12-21. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee. 706-896-4191. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com. $5/person; parking $2..
Georgia Apple Festival. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. Handmade and handcrafted items, plus all the apples you can eat! Oct. 13-14, 20-21. Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1729 South Main St., Ellijay. 706-636-4500. Adults, $5; children 10 and under, free.
Fall Hoedown. Vogel State Park. Celebrate fall with noon chili, a cakewalk, hayrides, bonfire, line dancing, trick or treats and professional storytelling. Oct. 20. noon- 8 p.m. Details at  gastateparks.org. 405 Vogel State Park Rd., Blairsville. 706-745-2628. Free; parking, $5.
Dahlonega Gold Rush Days. Dahlonega Gold Museum. Celebrate the 1828 discovery of gold with 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, a parade, gold panning, hog calling, buck dancing, wrist wrestling, live entertainment and more. Oct. 20-21. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 1 Public Square, Dahlonega. 706-864-2257. $3.50.
Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. Mossy Creek Barnyard. Have fun in the “Enchanted Forest.” Find arts and crafts and listen to live entertainment. Oct. 20-21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315M Lake Joy Rd., Perry. 478-922-8265. Adults, $5; children, $1.