Old-fashioned fairs are the perfect way to enjoy an autumn adventure with the family. Try your luck at a midway game, ride a pony, taste something delish and climb onto a carnival ride!

Atlanta Parent Magazine's Family Block Party

Mercer University
Oct. 12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join the 10th annual party that celebrates kids with more than 50 activities and live entertainment. You’ll find storytelling, food, interactive exhibits, craft booths, a huge toddler play area, a petting farm, sports games, an inflatable playground, pony rides, and – for the first time – camel rides. 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta. 770-454-7599, atlantaparent.com. $5 per person, ages 3 and older; 2 and younger free (buy tickets in advance and avoid the line).


Charges may apply for some festival activities, such as inflatables and activity stations in addition to entrance fees.

Cumming Country Fair and Festival. Cumming Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, live music, fireworks, chainsaw carving and more. Oct. 3-13. 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 younger, free; parking, $3.
Autumn Fest. Barrett Memorial Park. Arts and crafts, childrens’ activities, live entertainment, food and more. Oct. 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Lane and Hickory Rd., Holly Springs. 770-721-7506. Free.
AutumnFest Arts and Music Festival. Avondale Estates across from City Hall. Features regional artists, live music and entertainment, food trucks, chef demonstrations and recreational activities for the kids. Oct. 5-6. Sat. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. Clarendon Ave. and S. Avondale Rd.,  Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400. Free.
Crabapple Fest Antique and Art Festival. Historic Crabapple. Featuring antiques dealers and local juried artists, roaming musicians, food trucks and kids’ activities. Oct. 5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 765 Broadwell Rd., Milton. 770-241-1125. Free.
E. Rivers Fall Festival. E. Rivers Elementary. Enjoy carnival rides and games, live entertainment, bake sale and food vendors. Oct. 5. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 4360 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-802-7050. $25 per wristband; parents free.
Norcross Art Fest. Historic Downtown Norcross. Local and national artists display and sell folk art, photography, pottery, jewelry and more. Oct. 5-6. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Norcross. 770-452-1727. Free.
Rock’n Ribville. Downtown Lawrenceville. Enjoy BBQ competition, burger eating contest, music, kids’ zone and more. Oct. 5. Noon-9 p.m. 185 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-2639. 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. 5. 10 a.m-2 p.m. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6078. 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. 6. noon-6 p.m. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Free, suggested donation, $5; parking, $5.
Fall Festival. Wilburn Farm at Davidson-Arabia Mountain. Hayrides, face art, mini farmers market, live music, vendors, fresh apple cider and more. Oct. 11-13. 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.
Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Family Block Party. Mercer University, Atlanta Campus. More than 50 kid-friendly attractions, storytelling, inflatables, pony rides and prizes. Oct. 12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta. 770-454-7599. $5; 2 and younger, free.
Fall-O-Ween Fest. Swift-Cantrell Park. The park will be transformed into “Spook-Central Park,” featuring a costume contest, free and pay-to-play inflatables, a trackless train, carnival games, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, childrens’ crafts, scarecrow displays, carved pumpkins and more. Oct. 12. 5 p.m. 3140 Old 41 Hwy., Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. 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. 12. 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. 12. noon-5 p.m. Buford Hwy. and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Suwanee. 770-945-8996. Free admission, tasting tickets for a fee.
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival. Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village. More than 50 artists, seven bands, 5K run, neighborhood parade, African drumming and more. Oct. 12. 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. 12. 3-10 p.m. 2975 Wales Ave., Atlanta. 404-735-3367. $5 admission; $20 for adults to receive a cup that can be filled with local craft beer; children 12 and younger, free.
Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Stone Mountain Park. Featuring musical entertainment, children’s events and more. Oct. 19-20. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain. 770-521-0228. Sat., adults, $17 (at gate, $19); Sun., adults $15 (at gate, $17); both days, ages 4-12, $5 ($6 at gate); younger than 4, free. Advance purchase 3-day parking pass, $10. smhg.org.
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. 19. Sat., balloon rides, 5:30-8 p.m., festivities 1-8 p.m. 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. 770-967-9777. $25 donation for 30 activity tickets. Parking, $5.
Harvest Square Festival. Glover Park-Marietta Square. Halloween games, family activities, scarecrows and more. Oct. 19. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
Pace Fall Fair. Pace Academy. Laser tag, bungees, inflatables, fair games and more. Rain or shine. Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-240-7411. Free admission, activity tickets for a fee.
Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium. Booth Western Arts Museum. Childrens’ activities, pioneer demonstrations, Western gun fight reenactments, Native American dancing and more. Oct. 24-27. Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 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. 25-27. 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.
Taste of Atlanta. Midtown at Tech Square. Celebrate Atlanta’s best chefs, local farmers, music cafes and live cooking stages. Oct. 25-27. 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, $30; at gate, $40; 13 and younger, free with paid adult.
Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo. Piedmont Park at the Meadow. Family friendly fun featuring kite flying, food vendors, entertainment, kids’ fun zone, arts and crafts, costume contest and more . Oct. 26. noon-5 p.m. 10th St. between Charles Allen Dr. and Monroe St. Free.
Fall Jonquil Festival. Smyrna Village Green. Arts and crafts market, festival food, live music and kids’ activities. Oct. 26-27. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-423-1330. Free.
Nightfall. 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.  5-8 p.m. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. 770-535-1976. $5.

Beyond Atlanta

Georgia National Fair. Georgia National Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, concerts, food vendors, livestock, live entertainment and more. Oct. 3, 3-10 p.m.; Oct. 4-13, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 401 Larry Walker Pkwy., Perry. 478-987-3247. Adults, $6-$10; children 10 and younger, free with paid adult. Unlimited ride wristband, $16.
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. 4-6. 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. 5-6. 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. 11-19. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee. 706-896-4191. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com. $11/person, 9 and younger, free; parking, free.
Georgia Apple Festival. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. Handmade and handcrafted items, plus all the apples you can eat! Oct. 12-13, 19-20. 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 younger, free.
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. 19-20. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 1 Public Square, Dahlonega. 706-864-2257. $3.50.
Fall Hoedown. Vogel State Park. Celebrate fall with noon chili, a cakewalk, hayrides, bonfire, line dancing, trick or treats and professional storytelling. Oct. 19. noon- 8 p.m. Details at  gastateparks.org. 405 Vogel State Park Rd., Blairsville. 706-745-2628. Free; parking, $5.
Hummingbird Festival. Historic Downtown Hogansville. Enjoy food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, open storefronts, rides, and activities for the whole family. Oct. 19-20. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 301 E. Main Street, Hogansville, 706-637-9497. Free.
Mossy Creek Festival. Mossy Creek Barnyard. Find arts and crafts, hayrides, petting zoo, live entertainment and more. Oct. 19-20. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315M Lake Joy Rd., Perry. 478-922-8265. Adults, $5; children, $1


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