It's Fall y'all and what better way to enjoy the leafs changing & the crisp breeze than getting outdoors for some fun fall activities. Check out this list of things you could do:

Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA/ October 28, 2017

Enjoy a great time at the “2nd Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew and Que Festival” featuring 20 breweries from Georgia & North Carolina. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. Hiawassee is centrally located, just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Chattanooga. Saturday 11am- 7pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

Vogel State Park Fall Festival

Blairsville, GA/ October 28, 2017

Come out and celebrate fall in the North Georgia mountains. There will be hay rides, a cake walk, Trunk or treating and storytelling. $5 parking. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call Vogel State Park @ 706-745-2628.

Japanese Maples Colorfest

Ball Ground, GA/ October 28-29, November 4-5 & 11-12, 2017

Experience the largest Japanese Gardens in America. View over 2,000 Japanese maples as they display brilliant fall color in shades of orange, red, yellow and gold. Adults $10, Children $10. For a list of performances, cuisine, and activities that will take place during the Colorfest visit Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881 or www.gibbsgardens.com

Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge, GA/ October 29, 2017

Join us for a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. 1-Hour Trip Time. 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

Annual Hemlock Fest

Dahlonega, GA/ November 1 – 3, 2017

All ages! Lots of musical entertainment, including fire dancing and after-hours acoustic jam. Knife throwing and archery. Canoeing, fishing, and pond discovery on Lake Merlin. Arts and crafts demonstrations. Interactive presentations and exhibits, including live birds of prey. Medicine wheel walks, morning bird walks, plant walks, and interpretive nature walks Birds of prey demo and live snake and furs & skulls demo. Silversmith demo. Camping, Canoeing, Story Telling. Benefitting research efforts to save our Hemlocks. Starbridge Farm is located off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For more information call The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003 or visit http://hemlockfest.org.

Acworth Halloween Jambooree

Logan Farm Park, 4762 Logan Road, Acworth/Saturday, October 28

The event will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the large field at the Administrative Office Entrance to the park.  For a minimal charge, each child can participate in many different carnival type games and activities where they can win candy and prizes.  Costume contests will be going on throughout the event.  There will also be a FREE hayride!

*Cub Scout Pack 611 will be holding their annual food drive to collect food for the Scouting for Food Program.  Make sure to bring a non-perishable food item and receive 5 free game tickets per child!

Acworth Beer and Wine Fest

Located on Senator Russell Avenue in Historic Downtown Acworth/ Saturday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Enjoy over 100 craft beers, wine, live music, great food, and TONS of fun!  This event is for people 21 and older, no kids or pets will be allowed. Tickets purchased in advance will cost $35.  After October 26, prices will increase to $40.  Tickets purchased at the event will cost $50.  Tickets include event entry, souvenir cup, unlimited beer and wine samples, and entertainment!  Designated Driver tickets will be available at the gate for $15.  For all additional details, to view the beer list, or get directions, please visit: www.acworthbeerwinefest.com.

Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival

Historic Marietta Square  October 21st/ Saturday; 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Harvest Fest will feature many local and area artists and craftspeople, Touch-A-Truck, Farmers Market and Halloween Happenings.  Exhibitors will include painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs. The Halloween Happenings are for children ages 12 and younger and includes games, candy, prizes, and a costume contest. There is even a costume contest for pets. No registration is required for the costume contests.

Hunters Harvest Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show

Hunter Park – Douglasville/October 28th/  Saturday; 11:00am - 5:00pm

This event will feature vendors from all over West Georgia and Metro Atlanta with varying arts and crafts items. Over 40 vendors are expected to attend. The fall festival will also include multiple play areas that all the family can enjoy (carnival wristband $3). All festival attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. For more information, call 678-449-3166.

Pumpkin Fest at Pettit Creek Farm 

Cartersville/Goes through October 31st 

Pettit Creek Farm welcomes weekday visitors to its pumpkin pickin’ patch, corn maze, petting zoo, and hayrides. On weekends enjoy all this plus, camel rides, pony rides, the Euro-Bungy, and inflatables. The farm concession stand is also open on weekends. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday-Friday 2-6 PM, and Saturday-Sunday 10 AM-6 PM. Admission is $15 adults, $12 children, ages under 2 are free. Pony and camel rides, Euro-Bungy, inflatables are all an additional cost ($5-$7).

Spooky Science Night at the Tellus Science Museum

Cartersville/ October 28th - Saturday 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Get ready for a SPOOK-tacular night of fun at Tellus Science BOO-seum! Wear your costume and enjoy children’s activities, free planetarium shows, and scavenger hunts through the dark and spooky museum galleries.  Bring a flashlight, decorate it onsight and let it guide you through the galleries.  The observatory will be open.

Still Family Farm's Corn on the Cobb Event

Powder Springs/Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until dusk/Goes until October 29th

Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Roly Poly, Kiddie Climb, Pump Duck Races, Hayride, Heirloom Tractor Display 

Spooky Night at the Strand Theatre

Meatloaf + Rocky Horror Double Feature

October 28th - Saturday; 8:00pm

Get ready for a Late Night Double Feature this spooky season when the Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the Strand! We’ll open up with a tribute concert performed by the Georgia Players Guild dedicated to both Meatloaf and the original Rocky Horror soundtrack starting at 9 pm and we’ll wrap the night up with a midnight showing of the original cult classic the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Combined show prices are $25 but individual tickets for just the movie or concert are also available – $10 for the movie and $20 for the concert.

Six Flags Fright Fest

Six Flags Over Georgia/lasts through October 31st

It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down.  Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. BEWARE! There is no place to hide!


A special thank you to our blog contributor Tammy Wissing