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Events Attractions Fairs & Festivals

Fall 2013

Sidewalk Art at the Sandy Springs Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fun at the Sandy Springs Festival! For the animal lover, take part in the Pet Parade and visit the petting zoo. For the art enthusiast, the Artist Market will showcase a diverse array of both fine and folk art. Teen Territory and the Children’s Park will ensure that the younger members of your family have plenty to do, and the fitness buff can participate in the Sandy Springs 10k/5k, a pre-qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race! Don’t miss the best way to welcome fall! Located at:

Come see us at the corner of Hilderbrand Drive and Sandy Springs Circle


Volume 53 Fall

Number 3 September/October 2013

CONTENTS Metro Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-7 Sporting Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-9 Entertainment Venues . . . . . .10-13 Theatre & Music . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 Fall Events in Georgia . . . . . . .16-30

ON THE COVER he Sandy Springs Festival on September 21-22 will include a juried artists’ market, business and civic expo, children’s park, teen territory, pet parade, heritage education area, live entertainment, food court, and the Doug Kessler Lightning 5K/10K race. Shown on the cover are sidewalk art drawings from last year’s festival. See more details on page 4. This issue is filled with information on many special events planned for Georgia this fall.





801 Nebula Rd., Manchester, GA 31816 Phone 706-846-2620 E-mail Patty Proctor . . . . . . . . .Publisher/Editor Hayley Yawn . . . . . .Publisher’s Assistant Debi Richardson . . . . . . .Graphics Editor 803-259-1990, The GUIDE TO GEORGIA, founded in 1960, is the premiere publication for information on activities and entertainment in Georgia. Four issues are published each year, and the magazines are distributed in all 11 Georgia Welcome Centers, in local visitor bureaus, in hotels, and numerous other outlets as well as to subscribers. Subscription is $10 per year. Contents are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission.

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METRO ATLANTA Sandy Springs Festival and 24 Hours of Booty Cycling Event The 28th Annual Sandy Springs Festival will take place September 21-22. The Festival will include the Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K race, a Juried Artist’s Market, Business and Civic Expo, a Children’s Park and Teen Territory, Kiwanis Pet Parade, Heritage Education Area, live entertainment, food court, and more. The Sandy Springs Festival is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization that operates Heritage Green, a four-acre city park; there, the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum in an 1869 farmhouse houses the temporary Moses Young Robinson Collection (“Wit in Wood”) wood carving exhibit and a permanent exhibit which documents the history of the community. The Sandy Springs Festival will be held at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, next to City Walk/surrounding area. Festival hours will be Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. See website for admission prices. Visit, call 404851-9111, or e-mail For info on events, attractions, restaurants, and hotels, call 866-511-7742 or visit 24 Hours of Booty is the one and only 24-hour road cycling charity event in the country. The Sandy Springs Booty Loop will be October 5-6 from 2pm to 2pm. The event headquarters for Sandy Springs during the 24 hours will be at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, 510 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Registration fees will be on a sliding scale. For early packet pick-up, visit Peachtree Bikes, 225 Hilderbrand Dr. in Sandy Springs on Friday, October 4, 11am-6pm. For info, visit

Ongoing Fall Events Ongoing – Anne Frank in the World Exhibit, Parkside Shopping Ctr., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. Thru Feb. 2014 – Moses Young Robinson Collection, Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. 404-851-9111. Sept. 1,2,7,14,21,28, Oct. 5,12,19,26 – Lasershow, Stone Mt. Park. 770-498-5690. Sept. 3-Oct. 31 – Music at Noon, Centennial Olympic Pk., Tues. & Thurs., 12-1pm. 404-223-4412. Sept. 4-25 – Wednesday WindDown, Centennial Olympic Pk., 5:30-8pm. 404-223-4412. Admission: $5 Child /$12 Adult Sept. 4-Oct. 2 – Blue Sky Concerts, 770 469 12-1pm. 1105 or404-371-8386. Decatur, Wed.,

October 11 - 27

Stone Mountain Park Thurs. - Sun.


Sept. 5-Oct. 3 – Jazz Nights, Scottish Rite, Decatur, Thurs., 7-9pm. 404-370-0888. Sept. 5, Oct. 3 – First Thursday Art Walk, Downtown Atlanta, 5-8pm. 404-658-1877. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – First Friday Art Walk, Marietta Square, 5-9pm. 800-451-3480. Sept. 6, Oct. 5 – Roswell Riverside Park Concerts, Sat., Sun., Mon., 7-9pm. 770-640-3253. Sept. 6-Oct. 25 – Martinis & IMAX, Fernbank, Fridays 6:30-11pm. 404-929-6300. Sept. 7, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 – Concerts on the Decatur Square. 7-9:30pm. 404-371-8386. Sept. 13, Oct. 11 – Southern Filmmakers Tour, Christ Church, Hapeville. 404-669-8269. Sept. 14, 28 – Park Market, Centennial Olympic Park. 404-223-4412. Sept. 14, Oct. 12 – Turtle Tours (ages 2-5), Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 11am. 404-851-9111. Sept. 19, Oct. 17 – Alive After Five, Roswell Historic District. 770-640-3253. Sept. 27-Oct. 27 – Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. Sept. 27-Nov. 2 – Netherworld Haunted House. 404-608-2484. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 – Alpharetta Art in Old Milton Park, 11am-4pm. 678-762-1035. Sept. 28-Oct. 27 – Fright Fest, Six Flags Over Georgia. 770-948-9290. Oct. 18-19 – Capturing Spirit of Oakland Cemetery-Halloween Tours. 404-688-2107.


Thru Sept. 14 – National Black Arts Festival, various venues. 404-730-7315. 1-2 – DragonCon, Downtown. 770-909-0115. Admission: $7 Child / $16 Adult 5-8 – Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain 770-469-1105 • Park. 770-498-5690. GUIDE TO GEORGIA / / September/October 2013

METRO ATLANTA Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition and Sandy Springs Family Reunion Workshop Atlanta’s Second Annual Kosher BBQ Competition will be October 6 at the Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. in Sandy Springs. Team meetings and food preparation will begin Thursday October 3, with competition judging beginning on October 6 at 11am. Visitors can taste the teams’ ribs, brisket and beans, or create their own team and compete for Best Brisket, Best Ribs, Best Beans, and Booth Design. The first, second, and third place team champions for Best Brisket, Best Ribs, Best Beans, Most Original Team Name, and Best Booth Decoration will receive trophies. Part of the proceeds will go to support local charities. All teams must complete the team registration form in advance and the Kosher ingredient pre-order form. E-mail pitboss@atlanta to compete; for additional info, call 678-948-KBBQ or visit To plan your Metro-Atlanta Family Reunion, attend the Sandy Springs’ free Family Reunion Workshop on October 19 from 10am to 2pm at Heritage Green-Community Room, 6110 Blue Stone Rd. in Sandy Springs. Enjoy a complimentary lunch as the Family Reunion Specialist provides insider tips and a Family Reunion Planning Guide that details each step you’ll need to take in making your family reunion a memorable one for everyone. RSVP at 770-206-1445 or visit


27 – Home School Day at Stone Mountain 7 – Avant Concert, Wolf Creek AmphiPark. 770-498-5690. theater. 877-725-8849. 27 – Concert, Atlantic Station, 7pm. 4047 – Taste of Kennesaw, Downtown, 11am733-1221. 8pm. 770-423-1330. 28 – Native America Day, Smith Plantation 8 – Sandy Springs Concert with Kinchafoonee Home, Roswell. 770-641-3798. Cowboys, Heritage Green, 7pm. 404-851-9111. 28-29 – Duluth Fall Festival, Town Green. 10 – Mumford & Sons, Centennial Olympic 770-476-0240. Park. 404-223-4412. 11 – Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Chili Kick-Off, Atlanta Botanical Gdn., 6:30pm. 404-577-4030. 12-15 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo Center. 740-569-2800 or 404-361-2000. 12-22 – Gwinnett County Fair. 770-963-6522. 14 – Taste of Smyrna, Village Green, 11am8pm. 770-423-1350. 14-15 – Atlanta Arts Festival, Piedmont Park. 770-941-9660. 19-29 – North Georgia State Fair, Miller Park, Marietta. 770-423-1330. 20 – Concert, Jess Lucas Park, Downtown Hapeville, 7pm. 404-669-8269. 20 – Friday Jazz, High Museum of Art, 5-10pm. 404-733-4437. 20-21 – Music Midtown, Piedmont Park. 404-875-7275. 21 – Marietta Streetfest & Fireworks 26 Show, Square. 770-794-5710. 27 21 – European Market on Milton Avenue, Alpharetta, 11am-5pm. 678-297-6000. 21 – Happy Days Festival, Jess Lucas Park, Event Highlights Downtown Hapeville. 404-669-8269. to Include: 21-22 – Sandy Springs Festival, Heritage • Featured Artists Market Green. 404-851-9111. • More Than 150 Crafters 21-22 – Roswell Arts Festival, Square. 770• Fresh Harvest Market 640-3253. • Festival Foods 21-22 – National Arms Gun Show, Atlanta • Continuous Entertainment Expo Center North. 404-361-2000. • Children’s Entertainment 27 – Glover Park Concert Series, Marietta Square, 8pm. 770-794-5601. September/October 2013 / / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 5


METRO ATLANTA Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth “Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum” has an extensive collection of railway rolling stock from the last two centuries including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger and private cars, a WWII troop kitchen, a railway post office car, freight cars, and cabooses. Pride of place goes to Superb, a private car used by Presidents Harding and Wilson for official travel. The museum is also home to historic buses from MARTA and its predecessor systems, as well as steam tractors, vintage cabs and firefighting equipment. A restored 1871 passenger depot marks the museum entrance. Special events will include the Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic on Sept. 21 and Model Railroad Days on Nov. 9-10. Train or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature costume contests at noon and 4pm, a craft activity, trick or treating, wagon rides, and story time. The second Thursday of each month features programs geared towards preschoolers. Located at 3595 Buford Highway in Duluth, the museum follows a seasonal schedule; days and hours of operation are available on the website. With ad on page 9 one free train ride with each paid admission. Visit or phone 770-476-2013.

September 28-29 – Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ & Music Fest, Marietta Square. 800-451-3480. 29 – Candler Park Fall Festival & Tour of Homes. 404-606-3595.

October 1-31 – Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. 404-634-8664. 2 – Dunwoody Woman’s Club Tour of Homes. 770-817-8100. 2-7 – East Point Carnival. 404-270-7059. 3-5 – Sweet Repeats Consignment Sale, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton. 770-946-4211. 3-6 – Atlanta Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 404-633-7358. 5 – Airline Collectibles Show & Sale, Delta Transport Heritage Museum. 404-715-7886. 5 – Scarecrow Harvest (mkt., music, food, activities), Dntn. Alpharetta. 678-297-6078. 5 – Crabapple Antique & Art Festival, Milton. 678-297-2811. 5 – Hotober Fest, Glenwood Pk. 404-271-5050. 5-6 – Norcross Arts Festival. 770-452-1727.

REGENCY SUITES HOTEL 975 West Peachtree Street at 10th Street ATLANTA, GEORGIA All-suite hotel; Elegant kitchenettes; Luxurious continental breakfast; complimentary dinner (Mon.-Thurs.) Located two blocks from I-75/85, next to Midtown MARTA station. 404-876-5003 / 800-642-3629


5-6 – Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival, Auburn Ave. 404-886-4469 or 404-399-0886. 5-6 – Pine Lake’s Lakefest. 404-683-0597. 6 – Kosher BBQ Competition, Congregation B’nai Torah, Sandy Springs. 678-948-KBBQ. 6 – Sunday in the Park, Oakland Cemetery, 12-6pm. 404-688-2107. 8 – How Sweet the Sound, Atlanta Civic Center, 7:30pm. 404-658-7159. 10-13 – Scott Antique Market, Atlanta Expo Center. 740-569-2800 or 404-361-2000. 11-13 – Great Georgia Air Show, Atlanta Reg. Airport, Peachtree City. 855-332-4427. 11-27 – ART Station presents Tour of Southern Ghosts, Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. 12 – Lilburn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival. 770-921-2210. 12 – Georgia Philharmonic/A Night at the Movies, Roswell Cultural Arts Ctr.770-594-6232. 12 – Eggtoberfest (Big Green Egg) at Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. 12 – East Point Fall Festival, Commons Area. 404-270-7059. 12 – Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival, Decatur. 404-370-4100. 12 – Fall Festival, Riverview Landing, Chattahoochee River. 404-888-9348. 12 – Light the Night, Centennial Olympic Park. 404-223-4412. 12 – Fall Farm Days, Smith Plantation, Roswell, 11am-3pm. 770-641-3978. 12 – Taste of Acworth, Historic District. 770-974-3112. 12 – Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade & Festival, Roswell. 770-641-3705. 17-20 – Georgia Classic Cluster Dog Show, Atlanta Expo Center South. 404-361-2000. 17-20 – Good Sam RV Rally, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton. 770-946-4211. 18 – Concert & Chili Cook-Off, Jess Lucas Park, Downtown Hapeville, 7pm. 404-669-8269.

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METRO ATLANTA Scott Antique Market in Atlanta The Scott Antique Market at the Atlanta Expo Centers, the world’s largest monthly indoor antique show, features two buildings stocked full of pretty much every antique imaginable. With 366,000 square feet to explore, and over 3,500 booths, plus outdoor shopping and even a courtyard of merchandise, it’s almost impossible to leave without finding exactly what you’re looking for, according to the show's organizers. All things antique wind up at the Scott Antique Market-antique furniture, vintage hardware, rare art, stunning glassware, heirloom silver, incredible jewelry, and so much more. The Scott Antique Market, described as “America’s favorite treasure hunt,” always takes place the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Expo Centers which straddle I-285 at Exit 55. Parking is free; admission is only $5; and a complimentary shuttle goes between both buildings. Show hours are Thursdays 12:45-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 9am-6pm, and Sundays 10am-4pm. Upcoming shows will be Sept. 12-15, Oct.10-13, and Nov. 7-10. For a complete list of show dates and more information on Scott Antique Markets, call 740569-2800 or visit

Fall Jonquil Festival in Smyrna The City of Smyrna will hold its Fall Jonquil Festival on October 26-27 on the downtown Village Green next to Market Village. The festival will feature more than 175 handmade arts and crafts booths, a wide selection of festival foods, a Fresh Harvest Market, a Kids’ Zone, live entertainment, Master Puppeteer Peter Hart, and Scott Thompson with acoustic music at the Veterans Memorial. At the Artist Market artisans from all over the Southeast will have handmade crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and more. Festival foods will include cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. Festival hours will be Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday noon-5pm. Admission will be free to the public. Take I-75 to Exit 260; go west about 3 miles; turn left onto Atlanta Road; festival will be one mile on right. For information, visit or call 770-434-6600 or October 770-423-1330. 19 – Sandy Springs Family Reunion Workshop (free), Heritage Green, 10am-2pm. 770-206-1445. 19 – Taste of Roswell, Square, 12-5:30pm. ST NNUAL USEUM OF VIATION OUNDATION 770-640-3253. 19 – Sip of the South (dinner/dancing/costumes), Bulloch Hall, Roswell. 770-640-3253. 19 – Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival, Marietta Square. 770-794-5601. 19 – Steampunk Festival, Barrington Hall, Roswell. 770-640-3855. 19-20 – Fall Festival on Ponce, North Druid Hills. 404-845-0793. 19-20 – Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. • Free to spectators 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 25-27 – Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690. • 250 cars, trucks & motorcycles 25-27 – Taste of Atlanta, Technology • Oldies DJ • Silent Auction Square, Midtown. 404-875-4434. • Monster Truck Rides • Food & Fun 26 – Train or Treat, Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth. 770-476-2013. Take I-75, Exit 144 or 146 26-27 – Fall Jonquil Festival, Village Green, in WARNER ROBINS Smyrna. 770-423-1330. 478-926-6870 31-Nov. 3 – Indian Festival & Pow Wow, Stone Mountain Park. 770-498-5690.

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Sporting Events Wings & Wheels Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show in Warner Robins See a $5 million display of 250 antique, classic, and custom vehicles on Saturday, October 12, at the Museum of Aviation’s 21st Annual Wings and Wheels Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show. Strap yourself in and enjoy a ride around the Museum’s beautiful 51-acre site in a 600-horsepower monster truck, and “Cruise to the Oldies” with disc jockey Tommy Landrum. The show will be free to the public from 9am-5pm. Spectators will enjoy battery-operated Kiddie Car “Runway Races” from 10am-noon, trackless train rides, food concessions, and a silent auction. Any year vehicle is welcome to compete for trophies. Entry fee will be $20 and $25 after Oct. 1. Vehicles can register the day of the show from 8-11:30am. Don’t miss this great day at this large aviation museum located in Warner Robins next to Robins Air Force Base. Take I-75 Exit 144 (Russell Parkway) or Exit 146 (Watson Blvd.) to the Museum at GA Hwy 247 and Russell Parkway. Call Bob Dubiel at 478-926-6870, e-mail bdubiel, or visit



Sept. 14 . . . . . Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier, 678-971-9858 Sept. 14-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drag Boat Races Bainbridge, 229-243-8555 Oct. 25-26 . . . . . . . . . Stand Up Paddleboarding Challenge, St. Simons Island, 800-933-2627 Oct. 25-27 . . . . . . . . . . Savannah Speed Classic Hutchinson Island, 843-785-4769

Oct. 6. . . . . . . . . Athens to Atlanta Road Skate 800-653-0603 Oct. 12-13 . . . . . . . . Horse Trials, Pine Top Farm, Thomson, 706-449-2029

BIKING Sept. 21 . . . . . . . Beautiful Back Roads Century (12,27,44,64,105), Cartersville, 770-606-9438 Sept. 29 . . . . . . . Six Gap Century & Three Gap 50 Bike Ride, Dahlonega, 706-864-3513 Oct. 5-6 . . . . . 24 Hours of Booty (24 hour ride) Sandy Springs, 866-511-7742

HIKES & RUNS See for races

th 46 Annual

GEORGIA INT’L HORSE PARK Conyers, 888-860-4224, Sept. 7-8 . .USA Dressage Rally/Appaloosa Show Sept. 14-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall Dressage Show Sept. 18-21, 27-28 . . . . . . .Charity Horse Shows Sept. 28-29 . .Cheryl & Co. Fall Fest Horse Show Oct. 11-13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall Dressage Show Oct. 12-13 . . . . . . . . .Hunter/Jumper Fall Classic Oct. 13 . . . . . . . .Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run

GOLFING Sept. 19-22. TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, 404-373-5722 Oct. 31-Nov. 1 . . . . . . . . . . Ga.-Fla. Golf Classic St. Simons Island, 800-933-2627

FISHING Sept. 21-22. . . . . Wal-Mart Bass Fishing Tourn. Tugaloo Park, Toccoa, 800-864-7275 Oct. 12-13 . . Lake Seminole Open Bass Tourn. Bainbridge, 229-243-8555


25-27 on the Square in Downtown


Braselton, 800-849-race, Sep[t. 13-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NASA Dawsonville Sept. 19-22 . . . . . HSR - Atlanta Historic Races Oct. 4-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WERA Grand Marshals “Moonshiners Mark & Jeff” Oct. 16-19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petit Le Mans Largest Collection of Authentic Moonshine & Race Cars Atlanta Motor Speedway . . . . . . . . . . Hampton Moonshine Run • Live Music •Arts & Crafts • Souvenirs 770-946-4211, Great Food • Car Show • Cruise-In • Swap Meet Atlanta Dragway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commerce Saturday Night Concert Featuring “Confederate Railroad” 770-682-3782, All proceeds go towards helping Oglethorpe Speedway Park . . . . . . . . . . . Pooler Children In Need in Dawson County. 912-964-8200, 706-216-5273 Silver Dollar Raceway . . . . . . . . . . . Reynolds 478-847-4414, 8 GUIDE TO GEORGIA / / September/October 2013

Sporting Events The Hiawassee River Railroad Ride the historic Hiwassee River Railroad scenic rail excursion through the unspoiled Cherokee National Forest, along the beautiful Hiwassee River, and through the secluded Hiwassee River Gorge. All trips feature the engineering marvel, the Great Hiwassee Loop. At the top you’ll pass over a bridge 62 feet above the tracks on which you’ve just traveled as the rails negotiate a spiraling formation. All trips begin with a short bus trip from the restored L&N Depot & Museum in Etowah, Tennessee. For those riders choosing a trip to Copperhill, the route continues beyond Farmer through Turtletown and Ducktown to the border towns of Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia. All trains feature comfortable coach seating with large viewing windows for standard service. Dome seating allows passengers a panoramic view from high above the car. Observation lounge seating provides a unique view from the end of train in one direction. While traveling in the other direction, the car will be directly behind the locomotive. Passengers selecting this option will ride in one direction in dome seating and the other in observation seating. Special rates are available for groups of 25 or more, and charter trips can be arranged for groups of 80 or more. For information, phone 423-894-8028, x0 or visit






Sept. 1-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .METS Sept. 13-15 . . . . . . . . .PADRES Sept. 22-25 . . . . . . .BREWERS Sept. 26-29 . . . . . . . .PHILLIES 404-577-9100

Sept. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . .RAMS Sept. 29 . . . . . . . . . .PATRIOTS Oct. 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JETS Oct. 20 . . . . . . .BUCCANEERS 404-223-8444




Sept. 1-2 . . . . . . . .ASHEVILLE 706-736-7889

SOCCER Home Schedules ATLANTA SILVERBACKS Sept. 1-2 . . . .SAN ANTONIO Sept. 28 . . . . . . .EDMONTON Oct. 12 . . . . . . . .MINNESOTA Nov. 2 . . . . . . . . . .NEW YORK 404-969-4900 (see and

Sept. 7 . . .SOUTH CAROLINA Sept. 21 . . . . . .NORTH TEXAS Sept. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LSU Oct. 12 . . . . . . . . . .MISSOURI 877-542-1231

GA TECH YELLOWJACKETS Sept. 21 . .NORTH CAROLINA Sept. 26 . . . . .VIRGINIA TECH Oct. 19 . . . . . . . . . .SYRACUSE 888-TECH-TIX, 404-894-5446

Oct. 26 . . . . . . . . .KNOXVILLE 706-571-0086 cottonmouths.pointstreak

GWINNETT GLADIATORS Oct. 18 . . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Oct. 19 . . . . . . . .GREENVILLE Oct. 30 . . . . . . . . .ORLANDO 770-497-5100

FOOTBALL Sept. 1 . . .Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Georgia Dome Atlanta, 404-223-9200 Oct. 5 . . . . . .Atlanta Football Classic (NC A&T vs SC State) Georgia Dome, Atlanta 404-223-9200

Events sometimes change, so phone for information before driving long distances.

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Entertainment Venues in Georgia “Swamp Gravy: Brothers and Sisters” in Colquitt For the past twenty years, community members in Colquitt have been creating their own success story. They’ve collectively written, composed, and performed original storytelling theatre, and in doing so have revitalized their dying town. The show is call Swamp Gravy, a reference to a tomatobased concoction that, like the piece itself, varies in ingredients and is full of local flavor. This community-based play uses true stories told by the residents of Miller County, and though these stories are from small-town Georgia, they reveal some deeper truths about humanity as a whole. With the aid of professional theater collaborators, Swamp Gravy is performed by approximately 100 volunteer citizens of the town each year. Swamp Gravy presents a new show every October with a remount every March. Swamp Gravy: Brothers and Sisters celebrates the special bond between siblings, and the joy, mischief, and occasional heartbreak that goes with it. Come see why Swamp Gravy is Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play. Call 229-758-5450 Tuesday-Friday for tickets, or visit to order online. AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE at Lakewood Atlanta, 404-627-9704,

Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 27 Oct. 15 Oct. 16

Depeche Mode Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, P.J. Morton Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley John Mayer, Phillip Phillips Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Ghost B.C. Day to Remember, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil


Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 26

Keith Sweat J. Cole Rodney Carrington


Sept. 12 Oct. 5 Oct. 19 Oct. 20

Country Comedy Tour The Broadway Boys Modern Tribute to ABBA Korean Cultural Exchange

CHASTAIN PARK Atlanta, 888-292-8495,

Sept. 7 Sept. 13 Sept. 27 Sept. 28 Oct. 5

Diana Ross Charlie Wilson Lionel Richie Martina McBride Sigur Ros

COBB ENERGY CENTRE Atlanta, 770-916-2800,

Sept. 6-8 Sept. 9 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 21 Sept. 25 Oct. 12 Oct. 16 Oct. 18 Oct. 19 Oct. 22 Oct. 26

‘da Kink in my Hair The National Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra Englebert Humperdinck Jeanne Robertson Tribute to Ella, Joe, & Basie Wanda Sykes Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa SongVersation with India. Arie Lewis Black Radiolab Live-Apocalyptical Sergio Mendes & Eliane Elias

41st Annual


Million Pines Arts & Crafts Festival November 2-3 Sat. (9am-5:30pm) & Sun. (10am-4pm) Arts & Crafts Booths • Demonstrating Craftsmen Children’s Activities • Fantastic Fall Foods Live Entertainment • Gospel Music on Sunday – NO PETS ALLOWED – Just follow I-16 & Hwy. 221 to

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Entertainment Venues in Georgia COBB CIVIC CENTER Marietta, 770-528-8450,

Sept. 6-8 Sept. 28-29 Oct. 10-12 Oct. 26-27

Cox Jewelry & Bead Show Ga. Fine & Collectible Book Fair Jr. League Mistletoe Market R. K. Gun Shows of the South


Sept. 14-15 Sept. 21 Oct. 15-20 Oct. 25

Shrine Circus Tri-City Latino Festival Greater Columbus Fair Merle Haggard

FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Atlanta, 404-894-9600,

Sept. 14 Sept. 20 Sept. 28 Sept. 29 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18

Leila Farouhar/Kamran/Hooman Diavolo Gregory Porter Sri Hanumad Vaibhavam Arturo Sandoval Steven Lin Hot Club of San Francisco

GWINNETT CENTER Duluth, 800-224-6422,

Sept. 4 Sept. 8 Sept. 14 Sept. 21-22 Sept. 26-28 Sept. 28-29 Oct. 12-13 Oct. 25-26 Oct. 26-27 Oct. 27

Muse Georgia Bridal Show N.E. Atlanta Ballet: Emperor & Nightinggale JapanFest Joyce Meyer Ministries Atlanta Chinese Dance Co. Sugarloaf Ballet: Snow White Women of Faith Intergalactic Bead/Jewelry Show Michael Buble´

FOX THEATRE Atlanta, 404-881-2100,

Sept. 21 Sept. 26-29 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 4 Oct. 8 Oct. 9 Oct. 17

Aretha Franklin Stomp The Weekend Earth, Wind, Fire J. Cole America’s Got Talent Sarah Brightman Hunter Haye

FREDERICK BROWN, JR. AMPHITHEATER Peachtree City, 770-631-0630,

Sept. 13 Hotel California/Original Eagles Tribute Band Sept. 27 Departure & Desire

GRAND OPERA HOUSE Macon, 478-301-5460,

Sept. 13 Oct. 17 Oct. 18 Oct. 24-25 Oct. 26 Oct. 29-30

Country Comedy Tour The Ugly Duckling Modern Tribute to ABBA Menopause the Musical Comedian James Gregory Sphinx Virtuosi


Sept. 8 Sept. 21-22

Concert by the Springs: Kinchafoonee Cowboys Sandy Springs Festival

HISTORIC RITZ THEATER Brunswick, 912-262-6934,

Sept. 27 Oct. 20

Atwater-Donnelly Duo/Traditional American & Celtic Folk Music & Dance Katie Deal/Tribute to Patsy Cline

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Entertainment Venues in Georgia IMPERIAL THEATRE


Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 20 Oct. 18

Sept. 20-22 Sept. 21-23 Sept. 28-29 Oct. 19-20 Oct. 19-20 Oct. 26-27

Augusta, 706-722-8341,

Mountain Heart/Lera Lynn People Who Must Concert/Tim Brantley Ballet: Cinderella Grascals/Andie Blaylock/Redline


Savannah, 912-525-5050,

Sept. 21 Oct. 10 Oct. 20

Savannah Philharmonic J. J. Grey & Mofro/Dirty Guv’nahs Savannah Philharmonic


Mableton, 770-819-7765,

Sept. 21 Oct. 5

Kayla Taylor Jazz Psycho DeVilles


Marietta, 770-528-8875,

Sept. 14 Sept. 19-29 Oct. 11-12 Oct. 20 Oct. 26-27 Oct. 31

Blue Ribbon Classic Car Show North Georgia State Fair Cobb County Classic Rodeo Boxerstock Music Festival AKC All Breed Dog Show Fall Festival of Fun


Down the Street Bead Show Western & English Show Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Show Eastman’s Gun Show Nat’l. Preppers & Survivalist Expo Latino Expo

PHILIPS ARENA Atlanta, 404-878-3000,

Sept. 13-15 Oct. 19 Oct. 24 Oct. 26

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing Rod Stewart Nine Inch Nails Selena Gomez

PUNCHLINE COMEDY THEATRE Atlanta, 404-252-5233,

Sept. 6-7 Sept. 27-28 Oct. 3-6 Oct. 11-13 Oct. 25-26

Jon Reep Aisha Tyler April Macie Pablo Francisco Al Madrigal

RIALTO CENTER Atlanta, 404-413-9tix,

Oct. 5 Oct. 20

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Idan Raichel Project


Sept. 7 Sept. 16-17 Sept. 20 Oct. 20 Oct. 26

When Everything Was Possible (concert) Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis Black Jacket Symphony Lightwire Theatre: Ugly Duckling, Tortoise & Hare No Shells Stage Play

ROCK RANCH The Rock, 706-647-6374,

Sept. 14 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26

Farm Strong Endurance Challenge Hats Off for Heroes Lumberjack Day Official Ga. Day of the Cowboy Hot Air Balloon Rally Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival


A covered arena for free concerts and entertainment, including Kellie Pickler, Greg Bates, Casey James, Don Williams, Kidz Bop in Concert, 2013 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, and the American Bull Riding Tour. Heritage

Sept. 14 Sept. 21, Oct. 26 Oct. 5 Oct. 12-13

Francine Reed Contra Dances Jamboree Music Festival Liles of the Valley

Village, daily live family shows and demonstrations, an exciting carnival midway and much more!


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Entertainment Venues in Georgia Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival Plan your trip to Augusta to visit the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival as festival-goers gather to Celebrate Community on September 20-22. This year, a juried show of fine arts and crafts will be showcased while ethnic groups from all over Augusta will tempt festival-goers with scrumptious and authentically prepared regional cuisines. There will be over 110 artisans, 19 ethnic groups, and hundreds of performers lending their talent to the festival. Included will be wood-workers, glass-smiths, jewelry makers, dancers, singers, poets, painters, and more. Additionally, there will be a beer garden featuring craft beers and a free hands-on area for kids. The festival will be located on Broad Street and the Augusta Common, delightfully shaded by buildings and trees. Local favorite bands, Mama Says and AcostA, will rock the stage, along with some of Augusta’s top talent at the Amped Singer/Songwriter contest. See Augusta’s diversity shine at Arts in the Heart of Augusta; for information, menus, maps, and schedules, visit SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER



Sept. 5 Sept. 6 Oct. 4 Oct. 6 Oct. 11 Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Corey Smith Mighty Clouds of Joy Eddie Griffin Loretta Lynn Hunter Hayes Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes

SCHWARTZ CENTER Atlanta, 404-727-5050,

Sept. 8 Sept. 21 Oct. 5 Oct. 9 Oct. 18

Timothy Albrecht Performs Bach Atlanta Music Festival Concert Schubertiad Mystical Arts of Tibet: Music, Dance Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke

SPIVEY HALL Morrow, 678-466-4200,

Sept. 27 Violinist Betul Foykan, Pianist Alex Benford Oct. 13 Pianist Imogen Cooper

Due to our early deadlines, some events are not posted yet. Therefore, you might want to check websites for more information.

Come Play In The Clay Saturday, October




Marietta, 770-293-0080,

Sept. 15 Silent Comedy Shorts Sept. 27-29 Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words Oct. 5 Berenstein Bears Live


Oct. 1 Tribute to Benny Goodman/Ken Peplowski Oct. 22 Cellist David Finckel, Pianist Wu Han


Sept. 2 Sept. 7 Sept. 28 Oct. 8 Oct. 19 Oct. 25

Allman Brothers Band, Grace Potter, Nocturnals Steely Dan Fall Out Boy fun. Kicks 101.5 Country Fair John Fogerty

WILD ADVENTURES Valdosta, 229-219-7080,

Sept. 2 Sept. 14

Southern Music Jam Gospel Feast

Laurel & Hardy Movie Mania Laurel & Hardy Look-a-Likes – Live Entertainment – Parade 300+ Craft & Food Vendors – Children’s Rides – Games Exit 183 off I-20 z HARLEM z 706-556-0043

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P Theatre P Music P Dance P ACT 3 PRODUCTIONS Sandy Springs 770-241-1905,

Sept. 19-28

A Few Good Men

AGATHA’S Atlanta, 404-584-2211,

Thru Nov. 6

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Someone Dies

ALLIANCE THEATRE Atlanta, 404-733-5000,

Sept. 6-Oct. 6 Sept. 20-Oct. 13 Oct. 16-Nov. 10 Oct. 17-Nov. 9 Oct. 25-Nov. 17

Harmony Choir Boy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Waiting for Balloon Warrior Class

ART STATION Stone Mountain, 770-469-1105,

Oct. 11-27

Tour of Southern Ghosts Stone Mountain Park


Oct. 4-13

Evil Dead: The Musical

ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE Marietta, 404-377-9948,

Oct. 25-Nov. 10 Guys & Dolls


Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 26-28 Oct. 3-5 Oct. 10-12 Oct. 13 Oct. 16 Oct. 17, 19 Oct. 18 Oct. 25-26 Oct. 27

Pet Shop Boys Joe Satriani Back, Brahms, Beethoven Pianist Garrick Ohlsson Scandanavian Smorgasbord Michael McDonald Vienna Boys Choir Fairytales for all Ages Chris Mann/ASO Movie Music Spectacular Phantoms of Orchestra

AURORA THEATRE Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222,

Thru Sept. 8 Oct. 3-27

Les Miserables All Childish Things

BACK LOT PLAYERS Forsyth 478-994-0443,

Sept. 13-22 Oct. 17-19

Moon Over the Brewery Children’s Theater Troupe Fall Show

BARRINGTON HALL Roswell, 770-640-3855, Henry V (by N. Fulton Drama Club)

Sept. 27-Oct. 12


Thru Sept. 8 Oct. 3-20

Love, Sex, & the IRS On Golden Pond


Thru Sept. 8 Sept. 28-Oct. 13

Boeing! Boeing! Walter Cronkite Is Dead

CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS Atlanta, 404-873-3391,

Thru Sept. 8 Sept. 11-22 Sept. 25-Oct. 6 Oct. 9-20 Oct. 22-Nov. 3

Rumplestiltskin Peter Rabbit Everybody Loves Pirates Wizard of Oz Dragon King


Sept. 14-22

When Lilacs Last

ELBERT THEATRE Elberton, 706-283-1049,

Sept. 13-22

The Crucible


Sept. 20-Oct. 12

Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Suicide Club


Sept. 27-29

Les Miserables


Oct. 4-12

Alice in Wonderland

GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Roswell, 770-641-1260,

Live Entertainment • Arts & Crafts • Food • Kid’s Zone Helicopter Rides • Parade Q92.3FM Live 9am-3pm

Sept. 5-22 Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America



Oct. 4-27


HABERSHAM COMMUNITY THEATER Clarkesville, 706-839-1315,

Oct. 19-27

The Rocky Horror Show

HISTORIC HOLLY THEATER Dahlonega, 706-864-3759,

Sept. 14-22 Oct. 11-Nov. 3

Aladdin Jr. The Mousetrap

ISLAND PLAYERS St. Simons, 912-638-0338,

Oct. 18-Nov. 3


LEGACY THEATRE Tyrone, 770-306-3343,

Oct. 11-27

13 (A New Musical)


Oct. 11-20


The Game’s Afoot

MAIN STREET PLAYERS Griffin, 770-229-9916,

Sept. 12-22

Pump Boys & Dinettes

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P Theatre P Music P Dance P 25th Annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem The 25th Anniversary of the Oliver Hardy Festival will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 9am-5pm. Main Street activities will begin at 10am with an old fashioned parade including marching bands, floats, clowns, antique cars, and more. During the day there will be two stages of live entertainment from 12pm-5pm, carnival rides, and approximately 300 vendors including those skilled in the culinary arts. There will be a Laurel & Hardy Look-A-Like contest (feel free to join in the fun), original reel-to-reel Laurel & Hardy movies in the air-conditioned theatre housed in the Laurel & Hardy Museum, and skits by the professional Look-A-Likes. Members of the Laurel & Hardy International Appreciation Society from all over the country and the world will be present at this annual festival, and visitors can ask them or the curators of the museum any trivia questions. The Oliver Hardy Festival was started in honor of Harlem’s native son, Oliver Hardy, born on January 18, 1892. He later became a famous actor and the partner in the comedy duo team, Laurel & Hardy, with Stan Laurel. Harlem is located 4 miles off of I-20, Exit 183, 18 miles West of Augusta. No pets over 10lbs please. For more information, call 706-556-0401,or 1-888-2889108, or 706-556-0043 or visit NEW AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE THEATRE TAVERN Atlanta, 404-874-5299,

Sept. 6-29 Oct. 4-28

Twelfth Night & Troilus & Cressida Othello

NEW DEPOT PLAYERS Conyers, 678-374- 3224,

Oct. 10-20

Lost in Yonkers

NEWNAN THEATRE 770-683-6282,

Sept. 5-15 Sept. 26-Oct. 6 Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Bye Bye Birdie ‘Night Mother Mystery of Irma Vep

NEXT STAGE THEATRE COMPANY Marietta 678-744-6398,

Sept. 13-20 Oct. 18-Nov. 3

The Crucible Division Street

PERRY PLAYERS 478-987-5354,

Sept. 13-27

All in the Family

SWAMP GRAVY Colquitt, 800-514-3849,

Oct. 4-26

Brothers & Sisters

TATER PATCH PRODUCTIONS Jasper, 770-547-1096,

Sept. 13-15

Frank Sinatra Tribute Show

THEATRE ALBANY 229-439-7193,

Oct. 18-27

Funny Money


Oct. 11-20

Love, Sex, & the IRS

THEATRE MACON 478-746-9485,

Sept. 6-14 Oct. 18-26

The Fox on the Fairway To Kill a Mockingbird

THEATRICAL OUTFIT Atlanta, 678-528-1500,


Sept. 11-Oct. 6 Oct. 23-Nov. 10

Sept. 13-21 Oct. 25-Nov. 2


Cartersville 770-387-2610,

Convention Bad Seed


The Guys Harabel . . . by Gypsee Yo


Sept. 6-21

Murder by the Book


Oct. 25-Nov. 3


SAVANNAH THEATRE 912-233-7764,

Sept. 6-Oct. 30 Sept. 7-Oct. 29

Jukebox Journey Savannah Live

SPRINGER THEATRE Columbus 706-324-5714,

Sept. 19-Oct. 5

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Pinkalicious Rave On!

Oct. 4-13 Oct. 17-27


Sept. 13-22

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

STAGE DOOR PLAYERS Dunwoody, 770-396-1726,

Sept. 27-Oct. 13

Andrews Brothers: Madcap Musical Salute to Swinging 40’s

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Fall in Love Fall Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge The 2013 Fall Arts in the Park Festival will be held in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge on October 12-13 from 10am-5pm. The two-day festival admission will be $5/adults and children/ free. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a nonprofit Arts Council in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The Fall Arts in the Park Festival, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is only 90 minutes north of Atlanta and will feature over 90 fine arts and crafts with multiple food vendors. The festival will offer paintings, glass, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry, woodworking, basketry, metalwork, and much more. Inside the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association’s Art Center, the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers Juried Photography Show and the art of Marc Moss will be on display. Along with numerous works of art in the Art Center’s six art galleries, the Art Center will present Reflections in Blue, art by Betty Schaefer, located in the Summit Studios. For information, contact 706-632-2144, e-mail Quinn at, or visit For area information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706632-5680 or

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway All Aboard for a trip that will spark kids’ imaginations, adults’ memories, and leave everyone smiling. It all starts at the historic 100+ year-old depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia and heads north from there. As the train winds through the mountains alongside the beautiful Toccoa River, Car Hosts will share the history of the railroad and sights along the way. The views are spectacular from both the vintage climate-controlled coaches and from the open-air car. Need a snack? Visit the Concession car for snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. After a leisurely one-hour trip, the train stops in the unique twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. You will have time to shop, tour, and dine during the layover (varying from 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on specific trip). Then it’s back to Blue Ridge. No trip is complete without making a stop at the Gift Shop. The ticket office is in the 100-year-old depot tucked in the charming mountain village of Blue Ridge, Georgia within the lush Chattahoochee National Forest, only 95 miles north of Atlanta. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For schedules, ticket prices, and more information, visit or call 877-413-8724 or 706-632- 8724.


★ Confederate & Union Encampments ★ Civil War Reenactments ★ Old Time Craftsmen at Work ★ Arts, Crafts, Antiques, & Collectibles ★ Children’s Activities ★ Live Entertainment

No Aggressive Dogs. Dogs must be leashed & under 25 lbs.

Located 50 miles south of Macon on Ga. Hwy. 49, 21 miles NE of Plains

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Monthly Events in Georgia Sept. 1-Oct. 31 – BLUE RIDGE – Scenic Railway. Call for dates. 877-413-8724. Sept. 2-Oct. 30 – BLAIRSVILLE – Misty Mt. RR Tours, Mon.,Wed.,Fri.,Sat., 2pm. 706-745-9819. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – BRUNSWICK – First Friday, Downtown, 5-8pm. 912-265-4032. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – CLAYTON – First Friday Fests, Rock House Park, 6-8pm. 706-782-1520. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – DAHLONEGA – 1st Friday Night Concerts, Downtown. 706-864-3513. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – SAUTEE – Pickin’ on the Porch, Fri., 6-9pm. 706-878-0144.

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with Georgia The Road Less Traveled – the Peach Blossom Trail Georgia’s Peach Blossom Trail was named to promote locations along U.S. Highways 341 and 41… away from the hustle and bustle of interstates. In Clayton County, visit museums, plantations, greenhouses, mansions, art galleries, Confederate cemeteries, and farmers markets. In Henry County tour speedways, animal habitats, antique malls, and outlet centers. In Spalding County, enjoy self-guided tours, downtown antique shopping, unique restaurants, and specialty shops. Lamar County offers beautiful mansions, a Confederate cemetery, jail museum, farm tours, and antiques. Monroe County serves up the oldest brick church in Georgia, walking tours, and the film location of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Crawford County is home to one of the state’s oldest courthouses, an old jail museum, and two peach farms with markets. Peach County offers camellia tours, an antique mall, peach farms with markets, and an outlet mall. Houston County is the fastest growing county in Georgia and home to the Museum of Aviation, unique antique shops, and the Georgia National Fair. Experience the “Real” Georgia, True Southern Hospitality at its finest. For information, visit or phone 888-288-9742.

Perspectives 2013: 11th Annual Georgia Pottery Invitational The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will host Perspectives 2013: 11th Annual Georgia Pottery Invitational from August 31-September 18 at OCAF at 34 School St., Watkinsville. Over 5,000 pieces of functional handmade pottery will be offered for sale from 50 of Georgia’s finest potters. It will be open daily, including Labor Day, from 10am-5pm. Admission and parking will be free except for the opening Gala on August 30. Admission to the Gala will be $10 and will be held from 6-9pm. Food and drinks will be provided along with music from Squat, a well-known jazz band. Various pottery demonstrations, gallery talks, and open studios will be offered on different weekends. A special exhibit, Made in Japan, will feature approximately 35 pots including pots from Living National Treasures Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzio Shimaoka. Full details are available on the OCAF website at under events, or call 706-769-4565. Perspectives 2013: Georgia Pottery Invitational is an annual event established by volunteers to promote and recognize quality functional pottery by established Georgia potters and to promote pottery as a craft and art form consistent with the OCAF mission. It is Georgia’s largest functional pottery sale and exhibition and highlights a wide collection of styles, forms, colors and prices.

Monthly Events in Georgia Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – SAVANNAH – Oyster Roast/Fireworks, Westin. 912-201-2000. Sept. 6, Oct. 4 – VALDOSTA – First Fridays, Downtown, 6:30-9:30pm. 229-259-3577. Sept. 6-Oct 5 – THOMASVILLE – Taste of Thomasville, Fri. & Sat., 10:30am-1:30pm. 800979-3370. Sept. 6-Oct. 25 – BLAIRSVILLE – Friday Concerts, Courthouse, 7pm. 706-745-5493. Sept. 6-Oct. 26 – WOODBINE – Opry, Fri. & Sat., 7-10pm. 912-576-3027. Sept. 7, 13, 14, 19, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 – CORDELE – SAM Shortline Excursion Train. 877-427-2457.

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Apple Pickin’ Jubilee in Ellijay The 18th annual Apple Pickin’ Jubilee will be held on weekends from Sept. 7-Oct. 27 from 9am-6pm at Hillcrest Orchards, nine miles east of Ellijay on Hwy. 52. Pick your own apples. Milk Buttercup the cow. Jump for joy on the Giant Jumping Pillow. Get lost in the “Corny Kid’s Maze.” Enjoy the giant slides. Ride the pedal cart track. There will be pig races, pony rides, tricycle rides, honey bee demonstrations, clogging, country bands, and wagon rides. Visit the Moonshine and Farm House Museums, the petting farm, the Children’s Play Area with a giant slide, and the Enchanted Forest and Nature Trail with scenes from nursery rhymes and fairy tales. New playgrounds and the Hillbilly Mini Golf will be added this fall. An operating gristmill will be grinding cornmeal and grits. Grandma’s Bakery will serve fried apple pies, apple cider, apple fritters, apple cider donuts, fudge, and homemade ice cream. There will also be mountain barbecue and other vittles. All activities will be included for a $7 admission fee except for separate fees for the petting farm, bungee jump, and pony rides. For more information, visit or phone 706-273-3838 or e-mail

Social Circle’s Friendship Festival Social Circle will be holding its 19th annual Friendship Festival on Saturday, October 5. These family oriented festivities will begin at 9am. There will be a parade at 10am with family floats, bands, cars, and antique cars. It will wind through the downtown historic district which will be filled with craft vendors, a Kid’s Zone, food, and live entertainment. Enjoy a day full of fun activities. There will be live music featuring the Social Circle Theater, helicopter rides, and a special area for children including games, amusements, and moonwalks. Social Circle is 45 minutes east of Atlanta. The Friendship Festival is sponsored by The Clearview Regional Medical Center and The Church at the Grove. For information on the festival, call 770-464-1866, e-mail, or visit

Monthly Events in Georgia


Sept. 7, Oct. 5 – SAVANNAH – First Saturday on the River. 912-234-0295. Sept. 7-Oct. 26 – HELEN – Saturday Music Concerts, Unicoi St. Pk., 8pm. 800-573-9659. Sept. 12-15, 19-22, 26-Oct. 27 – HELEN – Oktoberfest, Festhalle. 706-878-1908. Sept. 19, Oct. 17 – BLAIRSVILLE – Shape Note Singing, Cthse., 6:30pm. 877-745-5789. Sept. 21, Oct. 19 – BLUE RIDGE – Art Walk, Downtown, 5-8pm. 706-632-1718. Sept. 21, Oct. 19 – FORT OGLETHORPE – Cruise-In, Gateway Mall. 706-866-4753. Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20 – BRUNSWICK – Rhythm on River Concerts. 912-265-4032. Sept. 27, Oct. 25 – BLUE RIDGE – Classic Car Cruise-In, D.Q., 6pm. 706-838-4901. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 – HELEN – Art in the Park, Unicoi State Park. 800-573-9659. Sept. 29, Oct. 27 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Dinner Dance, J. I. Club Hotel. 912-635-5155. Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 – CHERRY LOG – Fall Festival. 706-635-1933. Oct. 19-20,26-27 – BLUE RIDGE – Fall Festival/Arts/Crafts Sale, Farmers Mkt. 706-964-6002. Oct. 19-20, 25-27 – CORDELE – Thomas the Tank Engine Live, SAM Shortline Train. 877427-2457. GUIDE TO GEORGIA / / September/October 2013

Merritt Pecan Company in Weston Merritt Pecan Company, located on Hwy. 520 in Weston, specializes in farm-fresh pecans and offers a large selection of items including pecans, pecan candies, brittle, divinity, jams, jellies, sauces, souvenirs, homemade pies and cakes, t-shirts, and cookbooks. Gift baskets are available and can be customized. The pecans are grown and harvested on their farms and processed at their plant. The company, in business since 1980, is halfway between Albany and Columbus. It has a Chevron Foodmart and offers convenience store items, BBQ sandwiches, hot wings, hot dogs, cheeseburger dogs, sausage biscuits, and other food items. The store also offers a picnic area with tables for customers, an inside ATM, clean restrooms, walking area for dogs, and bus and camper parking. Local produce items, ranging from peas to peaches, are available when in season. Football fans will find souvenir items for Georgia, Auburn, and other local teams ranging from books to back scratchers! Merritt Pecan Company, offering a “step back in time” to the days of the general store, is decorated with interesting memorabilia, has a display of John Deere toys inside, and an antique tractor barn featuring John Deere tractors and other antique tools. The store is open from 7am7pm daily except for Christmas Day. Phone 800-762-9152 or visit

1-2 – KINGSLAND – Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival, Downtown. 912-729-5999. 1-2 – NEWNAN – Powers Festival. 770-2542627. 1-2 – WARM SPRINGS – Roosevelt Days. Swim Historic Pools, FD Roosevelt’s Little White House. 706-655-5870. 1-18 – WATKINSVILLE – Perspectives 2013: 11th Annual Georgia Pottery Invitational, OCAF. 706-769-4565. 2 – BLUE RIDGE – Labor Day BBQ, Downtown City Park. 706-455-3818. 2 – TYBEE ISLAND – Beach Bash. 912-786-5444. 5-7 – HOBOKEN – Bluegrass Music Convention, Twin Oaks Park. 912-458-2365. 5-7 – ROME – Int’l. Film Festival, DeSoto Theatre. 706-383-7111. 6 – LUMPKIN – Homeschool Day, Westville Village. 888-733-1850. 6 – ROME – First Friday Concert, 7-10pm. 800-444-1834. 6-7 – FORT VALLEY – ComSouth Hambone Jam, Downtown Festival Park. 478-825-5986. 6-14 – CLARKESVILLE – Chattahoochee Mountain Fair. 800-835-2559. 7 – FORSYTH – Concert, Square. 478-994-0443. 7 – HIAWASSEE – Fire in the Mountains Chili Cook-Off, Square. 800-899-6867. 7-8 – INDIAN SPRINGS – Native American Festival, Museum/Hotel. 770-655-5905. 7-8 – RYDAL – Pine Log Arts & Crafts Fair, UMC. 770-607-5350. 7-15 – CALHOUN – Northwest Georgia Regional Fair. 800-887-3811. 7-Oct. 27 – ELLIJAY – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards, weekends. 706-273-3838. 12 – SAVANNAH – Fiesta Latino, River Street. 877-savannah. 12-13 – ROME – Wings Over North Georgia Airshow, Russell Airport. 800-444-1834.

13-14 – BLUE RIDGE – Blues & BBQ Music Festival, Downtown City Park, 12-9pm. Blues Crawl, Downtown, 6-10pm. 877-277-5409. 14 – BLAIRSVILLE – Mountain Music/Arts & Crafts Festival, Vogel State Park. 706-745-2628. 14 – BLUE RIDGE – Denim & Diamonds/ Stone Cold Country, Willow Ck Falls. 800-692-7199. 14 – BRUNSWICK – WAY Radio Fall Concert, Fairgrounds. 800-933-2627. 14 – CLEVELAND – Fall Fest/Birthday Party/35th Anniv. of Babyland General Hospital/30th Anniv. of licensed Cabbage Patch Kids. 706-865-2171.

Sun.-Mon.: 12:30-4:30pm Tues.-Sat.: 10:00am-4:30pm Closed: New Year’s, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

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The Real Squeal: Lyons Barbeque & Music Festival Lyons, Georgia will host its fourth annual barbeque festival on October 11-12. The Real Squeal is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event with both professional and amateur barbeque competitions. The amateur contest will kick off the festival on Friday, October 11, in downtown Lyons with a street dance, great barbeque, traditional festival food, a classic car cruise-in and cruise-out, and fireworks. On Saturday, October 12, head to Partin Park for the professional barbeque competition. Many of the professional barbeque teams will compete in the People’s Choice event where patrons can purchase tickets to taste and judge pork shoulder entries. Activities in the park will include arts and crafts, live music, a kid’s creative play area, a professional chainsaw show, a classic car show, and primitive skills demonstrations. Take your artifacts to the Indian Artifacts Show to have them dated and documented by an archeologist, and try your hand at discovering more treasures at a fossil mining station. Explore the adventure race thru the swamp and mud at the RazorBack Mud Run. Visit for more details on all the activities as well as two new contests for best bbq sauce and a theme dessert contest. For information, call 912-526-6445 or email

September 14 – EATONTON – Naturally Acoustic Guitar Show, Crooked Pines Farm. 706-424-2700. 14 – HELEN – Oktoberfest Parade, 12 Noon. 706-878-1908. 14 – JASPER – Good Samaritan Hoedown/ BBQ/Banks & Shane, 5-7pm. 706-253-4673. 14 – LOVEJOY – Fall Festival. 770-471-2304. 14 – SAVANNAH – Revival Fest (Country Hoe-Down), Ga. St. RR Museum. 912-525-5050. 14 – ST. MARYS – Starry Nights Concert, Waterfront Park, 7-9pm. 912-882-4000. 14 – TOCCOA – Pioneer Days at Traveler’s Rest Historic Site. 706-244-8951. Roots, Rhythm & Rails Concert, Main St., 7pm. 706-282-3309. 14-15 – CARTERSVILLE – Arts Festival at Rose Lawn. 770-387-5162. 14-21 – CONYERS – Tykes, Tots, Teens Consignment Sale, Ga. Int’l. Horse Pk. 888-860-4224.

15 – EVANS – Laurence Juber Concert, Hardin Arts Center. 706-726-0366. 15 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Jazz/Elisha “Atlas” Parris, Neptune Pk., 7-9pm. 912-262-6934. 17 – ATHENS – Arvin Scott Quartet, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-1244. 18 – CLARKESVILLE – Taste of Clarkesville, Square. 706-754-2220. 18-21 – WARNER ROBINS – Georgia Golden Olympics. 888-288-wrga. 19-20 – CLAYTON – Rabun County Fair. 706-212-0241. 19-28 – NEWNAN – Coweta County Fair. 770-254-2627. 20 – RICHMOND HILL – Friday on Train/ Sound of Music Revue, 5:30pm. 912-756-2676. 20-21 – DEARING – McCorkle’s Giant Plant Sale. 706-595-6052.



•One Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race •Arts & Crafts Vendors •Peanut Pavilion Exhibits •Road Race and Post Card Awards •Main Street Parade •President & Mrs. Carter’s Book Signing •SAM Shortline Train Rides •Entertainment Acts •Street Dance: Live Performances by “Swingin’ Medallions”

SUNDAY 29th •Sunday School with President Carter

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Haunted Museum at Port Columbus – The National Civil War Naval Museum This October Port Columbus will present its Haunted Museum Tours. Your “Ghost Host” will guide you through the museum as you encounter spirits of the Civil War Navies. Enjoy family friendly entertainment aboard the Water Witch including music, games and tales as well as famous Chester’s Barbeque. During your tour you might recognize their more famous ghosts as well as hear the little known stories of nurses, citizens and sailors. The Haunted Museum Tours will be October 24-26 from 6:30pm-9pm. Port Columbus is home to two Civil War ships, the Jackson, and the Chattahoochee, as well as a full scale replica of the USS Water Witch, a recreation of the USS Hartford, CSS Albemarle and the USS Monitor’s famous turret. With a Living History and Museum Theatre programming year round, any time is a good time to visit. The museum is open Sun.-Mon. from 12:30-4:30pm and Tues.-Sat. 10am-4:30pm and is located at 1002 Victory Drive in Columbus. See ad for coupon on page 19. For info, phone 706-327-9798 or visit

September 20-21 – ELLIJAY – Good Samaritan Catholic Church Flea Market. 770-380-6137. 20-22 – AUGUSTA – Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. 706-826-4702. 20-22 – BARNESVILLE – Buggy Days. 770358-5884. 20-22 – JEKYLL ISLAND – Shrimp & Grits Festival. 20-22 – LINCOLNTON – Elijah Clark Bluegrass Festival. 706-359-3458. 21 – GRANTVILLE – Grantville Day Crosstie Festival. 770-583-9013. 21 – McCAYSVILLE – Quilts & Crafts Festival. 800-899-6867. 21 – MINERAL BLUFF – Ride the Rails Festival. 423-496-5006. 21-22 – BLAIRSVILLE – Autumn Arts & Crafts Show, N. Ga. Tech. College. 706-896-0932. 21-22 – MAYSVILLE – Tumbling Waters Art in the Park Festival, Hurricane Shoals Park. 706335-6723. 22 – CONYERS – Fiesta Georgia, Ga. Int’l. Horse Park, 11am-7pm. 888-860-4224. 22-28 – SAVANNAH – Savannah Jazz Festival, various venues. 404-997-3281.

27-29 – BLAIRSVILLE – St. Francis of Assisi Fall Festival. 706-745-6400. 28 – CAVE SPRING – Pig Out BBQ Cook-Off, Rolater Park. 706-777-3382. 28 – CLARKESVILLE – Taste of Clarkesville, Downtown, 11am-3pm. 800-835-2559. 28 – CLEVELAND – Agri Fest/Country Market /Pottery. 706-865-5356. 28 – NEWNAN – Art Festival, Fairgrounds. 678-570-5600. 28 – PLAINS – Peanut Festival, Downtown. 229-824-5373. 28-29 – BLAIRSVILLE – National Alpaca Farm Day Open House. 706-835-1837. 28-29 – HELEN – Alpine Village Arts & Crafts Festival. 706-897-6179. 28-29 – MADISON – Cotton South Fine Arts Festival, Town Park. 800-709-7406.


1-5 – ROME – Coosa Valley Fair. 800-444-1834. 1-6 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Food & Spirits Festival, Gastoigne Bluff. 912-571-1255. 1-27 – ELLIJAY – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards, weekends. 706-273-3838. 2-6 – AUGUSTA – Westobou Festival. 706755-2878.

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Cumming Country Fair & Festival The Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be held October 3-13 with more than 40 amusement rides and games by the Drew Exposition. The covered concert arena will feature free evening concerts with the price of admission: Greg Bates and Casey James on Oct. 4, Don Williams on Oct. 8, Kidz Bop on Oct. 9, Kellie Pickler on Oct. 10, and The American Bull Riding Tour on Oct. 12-13. Free shows will include Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw,” North Georgia Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, Horses Horses Horses, the Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, and the Frisco Brothers Tiger Show. Heritage Village will offer a working cotton gin, saw/corn/syrup/ grist mills, blacksmith shop, cider press, and chicken house; displays of a moonshine still and steam engines; and reproductions of a school, churches, doctor/dentist/post offices, barbershop, and general store. The Cherokee Indian Village with a living history encampment will explain Native American culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Admission will be $7/adults; $3/students 5-18; and free/4 and younger. Parking will be $3. Unlimited ride specials will be on Oct. 3, 7, 8 ,9. For advance discount tickets or information, phone 770-7813491, or visit Take GA 400N to Exit 15 and follow the signs.

Andersonville Historic Fair History will come alive in Andersonville on October 5-6 when hundreds of Civil War reenactors will set up camps and stage two realistic mock battles, the first on Saturday, October 5, at 3pm and the second on Sunday, October 6, at 2pm. Sutlers selling Civil War uniforms and accouterments, guns, swords, flags, and Civil War era civilian clothing will add interest along with craftsmen such as fiddle makers, blacksmiths, basket makers, quilters, weavers, and artists. The fair will open both days from 10am to 5pm with the 80-unit parade on Main Street Saturday at 11am. Entertainment will feature The Southern Gunslingers, Stilt Walkers, line dancing, clogging, military band performances, and gospel singing. The festival will include antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and food vendors. Visit the actual site of the Confederate prison and also the town’s Drummer Boy Museum with original uniforms, weaponry, Mary Surratt’s bonnet, and a diorama of the prison and the town as they were in 1864. Admission will be $4/adult and $1.50/children 12 and under. No aggressive dogs allowed. Dogs must be leashed and less than 25 lbs. October For information, call 229-924-2558 or visit 3 – NEWNAN – Taste of Newnan, 5-8:30pm. 770-254-2627. 3, 5 – NEWNAN – Korea-Forgotten War/ Salute to Vets, Fairgrounds. 770-254-2627. 3-5 – THOMASVILLE – Great Southern Music Festival, Pickers Paradise Pk. 229-221-5467. 3-13 – CUMMING – Cumming Country Fair & Festival. 770-781-3491. 3-13 – PERRY – Georgia National Fair. 478988-8000. 4-6 – ADAIRSVILLE – Great Locomotive Chase Festival, Square. 770-773-3451. 4-6 – SAVANNAH – Oktoberfest on the River. 912-234-0295. 4-6 – TOCCOA – Currahee Military Weekend. 706-886-2132. 5 – ATHENS – North Georgia Folk Fest, Sandy Creek Park. 800-653-0603. 5 – ATHENS – Native Plant Sale & Farm Day, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-1244. 5 – BLUE RIDGE – Evening of Bluegrass, Fannin High School, 7pm. 706-632-9262. 5 – BRUNSWICK – CoastFest, Ga. DNR Coastal Reg. Headquarters. 912-264-7218.


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Sorghum Festival in Blairsville The 44th annual Sorghum Festival will be held in Blairsville at Meeks Park on October 12-13 and October 19-20 from 9am-5pm. Celebrating the lost art of sorghum syrup-making, live demonstrations will show how the cane is crushed and cooked, and jars of the syrup will be sold. There will be arts and crafts, food, a kids’ area, and live music. On Sundays there will be contests such as Biskit Eatin’ (Biskit Eatin’ on Saturdays as well), Pole Climbin’, Rock Throwin’, Horseshoe Throwin’, and Log Sawin’. Observe how an Old Still makes White Lightning. A Sorghum parade will begin Saturday, October 12, at 11am. Square dances, an Appalachian tradition, will be held both Saturdays, October 12 and 19, at 8pm at the Old Middle School Gym. There will also be a buck dancing contest. Festival admission will be $2, and parking will be free. Trams will run daily. No pets are allowed in Meeks Park. The Sorghum Festival is hosted by the Blairsville Jaycees with the co-operation of the Union County Recreation Dept. For information, phone 706-745-4745, e-mail, or visit For area information, visit the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at or phone 877-745-5789.

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The Plains Peanut Festival on September 28 will honor the peanut industry, the peanut farmer, and Plains’ native son, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Admission and parking will be free. For information, call 229-824-5373 or visit There will be a one mile Fun Run at 8am and a 5K Road Race at 8:30am with President Carter presenting awards for these events at 10am from the platform of the depot which was headquarters for his campaign in the 1970’s. Arts, crafts, and food vendors will open at 9am with continuous entertainment in Maxine Reese Park and on Main Street. A parade will begin at 11am. A Peanut Pavilion will offer exhibits on the peanut industry and samples. The Carters will have a book signing starting at 1:30pm. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train will October run shuttles Saturday afternoon. A Street Dance on Saturday night from 8:30-11:30pm 5 – CARTERSVILLE – Evening at Oak Hill will feature the Swingin’ Medallions; there will Cemetery, 770-382-3818. Skills of Past, Etowah be an admission charge for the dance. Indian Mounds, 770-387-3747. President Carter will be teaching Sunday 5 – CONYERS – Chili & BBQ Cook-Off, Ga. School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains Int’l. Horse Park. 888-860-4224. Monastery Fall on Sunday morning at 10am. Festival, Monastery of Holy Spirit. 770-483-4411. 5 – HARLEM – Oliver Hardy Festival. 706556-0401 or 888-288-9108 or 706-556-0043. 5 – MADISON – Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival. 706-342-1251. Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site 5 – PLAINS – La Fiesta En El Parque, Jimmy & Carter National Historic Site. 229-824-5373. Resaca Battlefield Park 5 – SOCIAL CIRCLE – Friendship Festival. 770-464-1866. 5 – ST. MARYS – Rock Shrimp Festival, Downtown. 912-322-8668. 5-6 – ANDERSONVILLE – Historic Fair. 229924-2558. 5-6 – DACULA – Elisha Winn Fair. 770-822Now open daily dawn - dusk • Free admission 5174. I-75 Exit 320 5-6 – GAY – Cotton Pickin’ Fair. 706-5386814. Shady Days in Gay Festival. 706-977-8548. 5-6 – JASPER – Georgia Marble Festival. 706692-5600. 5-6 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Antique Show, Postell Park. 800-933-2627. 5-6 – SUCHES – Indian Summer Festival, 706-625-3200 • Woody Gap School. 706-747-2401.

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival Near Warner Robins The Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival between Warner Robins and Perry on October 19-20 will welcome visitors with whiffs of barbecue and other delicious foods, sounds of fiddles, and original and creative arts and crafts in and amongst the old homestead buildings and throughout the terraced woods. The amphitheater in Dogwood Hollow will feature bluegrass bands, Appalachian mountain music, gospel quartets, and dance teams. Over 40 old-timers will resurrect pioneer ways: dipping candles, weaving hammocks, building fishing rods, weaving chairseats with cornshucks, making baskets, building dulcimers and brooms, tatting, wood carving, cutting silhouettes, tinsmithing, and more. Children’s activities will include a magician-ventriloquist, the storyteller Larry the Leprechaun, farm animals, hayrides, and horseback rides. Festival hours will be 10am-5pm. Admission will be $5/adults and $1/children with parking free. No pets. The festival is located six miles from I-75 off Exit 142 to Lake Joy Road. For information, phone 478-922-8265 or 888-288WRGA or visit or

Barnesville Buggy Days The 40th annual Barnesville Buggy Days on September 2022 will celebrate Barnesville’s heritage as the Buggy Capital of the South during the late 1800’s. A street dance will be held Friday at 7pm at the Ritz Park Amphitheater with performances by The Tyler Hammond Band and Lady Creech. A parade on Saturday at 2pm will feature buggies, floats, antique cars, and horses. Buggies will also be on display outdoors and in the Old Jail Museum. A juried arts and crafts show will welcome more than 150 vendors, and craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills in Craftsmen’s Village. Entertainment will include old fashioned games, a car show, and the Miss Buggy Days Pageant for all ages of beautiful Southern belles from birth up. There will be fireworks, tasty foods, music, square dancers, and the Buggy Blast Fun Park. Festival hours will be Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 12-5. For information, phone 770-358-5884, visit, or e-mail 11-12 – AUGUSTA – Hispanic Festival, October Commons. 800-726-0243. 10-13 – TYBEE ISLAND – Pirate Festival. 11-12 – LYONS – Real Squeal 2013: Lyons 800-868-2322. Barbeque & Music Festival, Dntn. 912-526-6445. 11 – HAZLEHURST – Jeff Davis Cotton 11-13 – AUGUSTA – Greek Festival, Holy Festival. 912-539-7547. Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. 706-724-1087. 11-13 – SAVANNAH – Folk Music Festival, various venues. 912-786-6953. 23rd 11-13 – THOMASVILLE – 46th Annual FlyIn, Regional Airport. 229-403-1071. 11-19 – HIAWASSEE – Georgia Mountain BLUEGRASS & BBQ Fall Festival, Ga. Mt. Fairgrounds. 706-896-4191. 12 – BLAKELEY – Kolomoki Mounds Festival. 229-724-2150. 12 – CLAYTON – Georgia Mountain Jubilee. 706-212-0241. 12 – CORNELIA – Big Red Apple Festival. 706-778-8585. 12 – FOLKSTON – Okefenokee Festival, Depot. 912-496-2536. Hurricane Shoals Park – Maysville 12 – LAWRENCEVILLE – Old Fashion Picnic/ Sept. 21, 10-6 pm & Sept. 22, 12:30-5:30 pm Bluegrass Festival, Courthouse. 770-822-5450. FREE Admission & Parking 12 – LUMPKIN – 19th Century Crafts & Activities, Westville Village. 912-882-4000. Arts & Crafts • BBQ • Festival Foods • Kids Zone • Min Golf 12 – SANDERSVILLE – Kaolin Festival, Ianuario MEMORIAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Sat/Sun 1-5pm Square. 478-552-3288. GOSPEL • Heritage Village TOURS • Cherokee Indian Dance/ART 12 – SAVANNAH – Fiesta Latina, Rousakis Operating GRIST MILL • 5K MILL RACE • DUCK DASH Plaza. 877-savannah. Savannah Philharmonic, Armstrong House. 912-232-6002.



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Million Pines Arts & Crafts Festival in Soperton The 41st annual Million Pines Arts and Crafts Festival will be held November 2-3 in Soperton’s Iva Park. Under shady pines you will find arts and crafts and food booths and demonstrations on pottery, basket weaving, chair caning, and blacksmithing. Hours will be Saturday 9am-5:30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. No pets are allowed at the festival. The food, reminiscent of fall cookouts and fairs, will include hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, turkey legs, chicken and dumplings, boiled peanuts, pork rinds, funnel cakes, blooming Vidalia onions, fried fruit tarts, and more. Children’s activities will include a giant slide, moonwalk, pony rides, spider mountain, and face painting. Continuous entertainment on Saturday will feature cloggers, singers, and bands. Gospel music on Sunday will feature local talent. The slash pines, planted in Treutlen County in 1926, launched an era of reforestation in the South. Soperton is located between Macon and Savannah off I-16, Exit 67 (Hwy. 29). For information, phone 912-529-6611.

October 12 – THOMASVILLE – Spinney Brothers Concert, Munc. Aud., 7:30pm. 229-228-7977. 12 – WARNER ROBINS – Wings & Wheels Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, Museum of Aviation. 478-926-6870. 12-13 – BLUE RIDGE – Fall Arts in the Park, City Park. 706-632-5680 or 706-632-2144. 12-13 – CARROLLTON – Fine Arts & Crafts MeccaFest, Cultural Arts Center. 770-838-1083. 12-13 – PERRY – Middle Ga. Camellia Society Show, Ga. Nat’l. Fairgrounds. 478-825-2559. 12-13 – ROME – Wings Over North Georgia, Regional Airport. 800-444-1834. 12-13 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Glynn Art in

the Park Fall Festival. 800-933-2627. 12-13 – WARM SPRINGS – Harvest Hoe Down. 706-655-3322. 12-13, 19-20 – BLAIRSVILLE – Sorghum Festival, Meeks Park. 877-745-5789. 12-13, 19-20 – ELLIJAY – Georgia Apple Festival. 706-635-7400. 14 – CALHOUN – Classical Kaleidoscope Concert, Harris Arts Ctr., 3-5pm. 706-629-2599. 15 – BRUNSWICK – Umi Garrett Concert, Glynn Academy Aud., 7:30m. 800-933-2627. 17 – ST. MARYS – Taste of Camden Expo, Recreation Center. 912-729-5840. 18 – MONTEZUMA – Beaver Creek Festival & Duck Race. 800-653-0603.

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Chiaha Harvest Fair in Rome The 49th annual Chiaha Harvest Fair will be held on the banks of the Oostanaula River in Rome’s Ridge Ferry Park on Riverside Parkway on October 26-27 from 10am-5pm each day. This family-friendly festival will offer a variety of handmade arts and crafts by more than 120 artists from around the region. Several artists will demonstrate their work. Continuous live entertainment will be a highlight of the Chiaha Festival and will include Americana, bluegrass, country, and Southern rock musicians. Take the kids for a wide variety of children’s art projects designed to help kids get in on the fun of self-expression. Area students are invited to display their artwork, creating a showcase of future artists in our region. Visitors can sip complimentary hot apple cider served from a giant cauldron, enjoy Southern home cooking and sweet treats from over a dozen food booths, walk the “country mile,” and delight in a variety of family-friendly activities. Admission will be $5/adults, $4/students & seniors, and $1/kids under 12. Parking will be free. Take I-75N to Exit 290; left on GA 20W to Loop 1 and Riverside Pkwy. For information, visit or www.face, or email

Kaolin Festival in Sandersville The Kaolin Festival, which started in 1957, will host a parade including local pageant queens, marching bands, civic organizations, and industry floats. The downtown square will be filled with vendors selling arts & crafts, food, a Kaolin education area, mine tours, and live music performances by Faren Rachel and Rusty Williams starting mid-day. The weeklong festivities will kick off on Saturday, October 5, at 8am with the Kaolin Festival Century Bike Ride and its 18M, 32M, 62M, and 108M routes. The scenic routes are within the rolling hills of Washington County and will pass through beautiful Kaolin mining area and scenic farmland. There are routes for riders at all levels. The festival events, which will include a golf tournament, beauty pageant, lantern tour of the Old City Cemetery, senior walk, health fair, ag fair, and mine tours, will begin on Saturday, October 5, and wrap up on Saturday, October 12, with the Kaolin Festival on the Square. For information on the week’s events and the Tennille BBQ Blast on Oct. 18 & 19, phone 478-5523288, visit, or email

October 18 – SAVANNAH – Vienna Boys Choir, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. 912-525-5050. 18 – SUMMERVILLE – Taste of Summerville

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Trolley Tour. 800-726-0243. 18-19 – MANCHESTER – Railroad Days, Old Mill. 706-846-3167. 18-20 – EUHARLEE – Covered Bridge Fall Festival. 404-277-9268. 18-20 – RICHMOND HILL – Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival. 912-756-3444. 18-20 – WHIGHAM – TAMA Intertribal Pow Wow, Tama Village. 229-762-3165. 19 – BLAIRSVILLE – Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park. 706-745-2628. 19 – CALHOUN – New Echota Days. 880887-3811. 19 – CARTERSVILLE – Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Friendship Plaza. 770-607-3480. 19 – CONYERS – Great Bull Run & Tomato Royale, Ga. Int’l. Horse Park. 770-483-4411. 19 – DONALSONVILLE – Seminole County Harvest Festival. 229-524-2588. 19 – HELEN – Art-Oberfest, Riverside Park. 706-878-3933. 19 – RICHMOND HILL – Candle Light Tour of Ft. McAllister. 912-727-2339. 19 – SAVANNAH – St. Vincent’s Tour of Homes & Tea, Historic District. 912-236-5505. 19 – SUMMERVILLE – Tour of Homes. 800726-0243.

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MeccaFest in Carrollton The Carrollton Artist Guild will present the 10th annual Carrollton Fine Arts and Crafts MeccaFest on October 12-13 from 10am-5pm at the Carrollton Cultural Art Center, 251 Alabama Street. The festival will feature fine artists from across the country selected by a jury process. Eat on site at a 1950’s diner or at one of Carrollton’s restaurants. Free children’s activities and entertainment will be provided. Admission to the festival will be free. Entertainment will feature artist Mark Abbati with his Living Sculptures, Sesame Street style puppeteers from the UWG Theatre Dept., and a New York 3-D Chalk artist creating a masterpiece on the plaza. Demonstrations will include wood lathe artist Bob Horn, Dijiridoo musican/artists Deborah Martin and Preston Scott, pottery wheel turning by Robert Roller, and glass blowing by the Ga. S.W. State Univ. Art Dept. There will be booths where children can create with local artists, a stage showcasing local and regional artists, and staged readings of poetry and short stories by local authors. Over $5,000 in cash will be awarded to the Mecca artists. Patrons may also present awards to Mecca artists through the Patron Purchase Program. MeccaFest highlights a community of artists and the historic city of Carrollton. For information, visit, or visit the Carrollton Visitors Bureau at, or call 770-838-1083.

Seminole County Harvest Festival in Donalsonville The 34th Annual Seminole County Harvest Festival will be held in Donalsonville on Saturday, October 19. Activities for the festival will be ushered in by the 2nd Annual “Scarecrow Invasion” which will run from October 1-31. Other activities will begin on Friday with a Peanut Recipe Contest, Judging of the Scarecrows, and an Art Show. Saturday’s festivities will begin with a 5K Run and a 1 Mile Fun-Run at 8am and a parade at 10am. There will be arts and crafts, food, children’s activities, commercial exhibits, and a car and motorcycle show. Continuous entertainment, beginning at 11:30am will feature everything from gospel to rock’n roll. The headliner this year will be the band Traveler. Festival hours will be from 9am until 4pm. Donalsonville is in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia. Admission to the festival and parking will be free. For more information, visit, call 229524-2588, or e-mail

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19 – TALLULAH FALLS – Bluegrass on the Square, 7pm. 706-212-0241. 19-20 – AUGUSTA – Boshears Skyfest, Daniel Field. 706-733-8970. 19-20 – CALHOUN – Antique Engine & Tractor & Show, N.W. Reg. Fairgrounds. 706-629-7227. 19-20 – DAHLONEGA – Gold Rush Days, Square. 706-864-3513. Experience the Museum of Aviation 19-20 – HOGANSVILLE – Hummingbird 4th Largest Aviation Museum Festival. 706-333-2520. in the U.S., Free Admission 19-20 – TALKING ROCK – Heritage Days. 706-692-5600. 19-20 – WARNER ROBINS – Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. 888-288-WRGA. 20 – CALHOUN – Frontier Day, New Echota 1900+ Hotel Rooms Historic Site. 706-624-1321. 105 Restaurants 24 – MACON – Edwin McCain, Cox Capitol 1200 Seat Civic Center Theatre. 478-257-6391. Conference & Meeting Spaces 24-26 – COLUMBUS – Haunted Museum 888-288-WRGA • I-75 Exits 144 & 146 Tours, 6:30-9pm, Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum. 706-327-9798. September/October 2013 / / GUIDE TO GEORGIA 27

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New Civil War Parks & Annual Events in Gordon County Step back 150 years to the Battle of Resaca and discover where much of the heaviest fighting occurred at the start of Sherman’s “Atlanta Campaign.” Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site and Resaca Battlefield Park are now open and feature well-preserved original parade grounds, entrenchments, and Van Den Corput’s battery. Both parks are open daily dawn until dusk, and admission is free. The Northwest Georgia Regional Fair will be held in Calhoun September 7-15. This old-fashioned fair includes agricultural and livestock exhibits, 4-H and FFA exhibits, food, clowns, puppets, rides, and nightly entertainment. A spectacular fireworks show will kick-off the celebration. The annual New Echota Days will be October 19. Experience the early 19th century as the Cherokee Capital comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of frontier life. Enjoy Cherokee living history, authentic Cherokee foods, and Native American music. For info on these and other events, visit or call 800-887-3811.

Georgia Marble Festival in Jasper The Georgia Marble Festival will be held in Jasper on October 5-6. Festivities will kick off Saturday morning with a road race followed by a parade down Main Street. The festival will offer local artists’ wares, delicious foods, entertainment, and a children’s area including Peachtree Rides. Festival hours will be Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. The Georgia State Bluegrass Championship will be held both days on the competition stage in the food court area. The award-winning Lonesome River Band will perform on Saturday at 7pm. A second entertainment stage, located in the children’s area, will host local talent including dance, karate, clogging, and singing on Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be adults/$5; children 12 & under/$3; children 5 & under/free; veterans/seniors/ $3; and family weekend pass (up to 6)/$20. Parking will be free with shuttles available. October Quarry tours to Marble Valley and the 24-27 – CARTERSVILLE – S.E. Cowboy Festival/ mines will be offered both Saturday and Symposium, Booth Museum. 770-387-1300. Sunday. The cost, including entrance into the 25 – SAVANNAH – Savannah Philharmonic, festival, will be adults/$12; children/10; and Telfair Academy, 5pm. 912-232-6002. children under 5/free. To pre-purchase tickets, 25-26 – BLAIRSVILLE – Quilt Fest, Union visit or call High School Gym. 877-745-5789. 706-692-5600. 25-26 – HAWKINSVILLE – Harvest Fest, Downtown. 478-783-9294. 25-26 – SAUTEE – Hillbilly Hog BBQ ThrowMERRITT PECAN CO. ✩ HWY. 520 ✩ WESTON, GA down/Fall Leaf Festival. 706-878-3300. 25-27 – DAWSONVILLE – Mountain Moonshine Festival, Downtown. 706-216-5273. 25-27 – ROME – Outskirts 53 Music Festival & Motorcycle Rally. 800-444-1834. 25-Nov. 3 – HAMPTON – Georgia State Fair, Atlanta Motor Speedway. 901-867-7007. 26 – BOSTON – Mini-Marathon & Festival, Downtown. 229-498-4065. 26 – BRUNSWICK – Rockin’ Stewbilee, Ross PECANS ✩ PECAN CANDIES PECAN PIES ✩ ROASTED PECANS Waterfront Park. 800-933-2627. HOMEMADE CAKES ✩ GIFTS 26 – DALTON – Liberty Tree BBQ & Music SOUVENIRS ✩ JELLIES AND SAUCES GIFT BOXES AND BASKETS Festival, Green Park. 800-331-3258. COOKBOOKS 26 – LUMPKIN – Spirits at Westville Village. OPEN EVERY DAY 912-882-4000. (except Christmas Day) HOURS: 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M. 26 – MARTIN – Fall Festival, Downtown. 706-779-0314. 26 – NEWNAN – Live Oak Music Festival, Powers Pavilion. 770-254-2627. 26-27 – CLAYTON – Rabun Leaf Arts Show, 1-800-762-9152 • Civic Center. 706-897-6179.


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Toccoa Harvest Festival Celebrate fall in beautiful historic downtown Toccoa at this free outdoor festival. The 37th Annual Toccoa Harvest Festival will be held November 2-3. Enjoy music and dancing while taking in the aromatic bouquet of fall mingling with roasting peanuts, mulling spices, and regional and international foods. There will be more than 150 craft and food vendors. All crafts will be “homemade, home baked, or home grown.” There will be free buggy rides as well as a variety of activities for children. The Currahee Artist Guild will have a sale and demonstration at the festival, and there will be a classic car show sponsored by the Stephens County Recreation Department on Saturday from 10:00am-3pm. While at the festival, visit the downtown stores which include antique markets, specialty shops, and a book store. The Historical Society Museum and the Currahee Military Museum with WWII items from Band of Brothers is within walking distance from the festival. Festival hours for this family-friendly event will be Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. For info, visit or phone 877-6TOCCOA.

Art in the Park Festival at Hurricane Shoals Park The Tumbling Waters Society of Jackson County will host the 23rd Art in the Park Festival – Bluegrass & BBQ – at the Hurricane Shoals Park between Jefferson & Maysville on September 21-22. Hours will be Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 12:30-5:30pm. Admission and parking will be free. Sorry, no pets. For information, call 706-335-6723 or visit BlueBilly Grit Bluegrass Band will host the Third Tony and Ann lanuario Memorial Bluegrass Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm with a free concert by Pool Mountain, Grassville, Brush Fire, East Dixie Boys, The Shoal Creek Stranglers, 3 Bucks Shy and Jason Kenney, & Leah Calvert. Gospel all weekend will be hosted by Crystal River Bluegrass Gospel Band. There will be arts & craft, festival foods, children’s art on display, Kids Zone, a fun run/walk Saturday at 8am, the 5K Mill Race at 8:30am, and a Duck Dash down the Shoals on Sunday at 5pm. Learn the history of the Shoals by playing the Spirit of the River miniature golf course. Tour the 1800’s Heritage Village. See demonstrations of quilting, spinning, chair caning, basket weaving, and blacksmithing. Buy freshly-ground cornmeal at the grist mill. Watch the Civil War soldiers camped in the Village do drills each day. On Saturday enjoy the Cherokee Historical Assn.’s presentations of storytelling, dance, and Indian art. On Sunday join the Shape Note Singing Convention in the Chapel.

October 26-27 – ROME – Chiaha Harvest Fair, Ridge Ferry Park. 706-235-4542. 26-Nov. 2 – SAVANNAH – Film Festival, Trustees Theater. 912-525-5050. 27 – SAVANNAH – Jewish Food Festival, Forsyth Park, 11am-4pm. 912-233-1547. 28 – CALHOUN – Swingtime Orchestra/Indie Galyean, Gem Theater, 2pm. 706-625-3132. 29-Nov. 2 – BRUNSWICK – Coastal Georgia Regional Fair. 800-933-2627. 30-Nov. 4 – ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Southern Living Showcase Home. 912-638-1980. 31-Nov. 2 – LUMPKIN – Westville Village Fall Festival. 912-882-4000.

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Pony Rides - Playgrounds - Cow Milking - Pig Races Wagon Rides - Music - Petting Farm - Pedal Carts Giant Jumping Pillow - Kids Maze - Tricycle Rides Giant Slides - Fair Food - Grist Mill - Museums 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • $7 per person (Petting Farm admission add $3 per person)

November 2-3 – SOPERTON – Million Pines Arts & Crafts Festival. 912-529-6611. 2-3 – TOCCOA – Toccoa Harvest Festival. 877-6toccoa.

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A Tour of Southern Ghosts The 28th annual A Tour of Southern Ghosts will be presented by ART Station at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park Thursdays through Sundays, October 11-27. Meet professional storytellers weaving their tales of famous Southern Ghosts along the lantern-lit paths of the Antebellum Plantation grounds at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park. A Tour of Southern Ghosts is held during the Halloween season so the stories are a little scary, many times humorous, but never too frightening, and always appropriate for young children. Each night will offer a different cast of six storytellers, which means audience members may return to A Tour of Southern Ghosts on additional nights to hear a new collection of stories. The first 45-minute tour will begin at 7pm with a new tour beginning every 10 minutes. Tickets may be purchased on tour nights at the box office of the Antebellum Plantation beginning at 6:45pm. Ticket prices will be $16 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. For more information call 770-469-1105 or visit

Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville The 46th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival will be held in downtown Dawsonville October 25-27. Admission will be free and parking will be $5. For information, phone 706-216-5273 or visit On Friday there will be a “Moonshine Run” through the mountains during the day and a Cruise-In with live music that evening from 5-9pm at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF). On Saturday, opening ceremonies at 9am will kick off the festivities, and Grand Marshals Mark & Jeff from the hit TV show Moonshiners will lead a large collection of authentic moonshine and race cars through historic downtown Dawsonville, the birthplace of NASCAR. This reflects the era when liquor was illegal and running moonshine through the foothills was a way of life. There will be a car show with awards and a swap meet at the GRHOF and hundreds of vendors, food, children’s activities, and live entertainment downtown. A concert at 4pm will feature Confederate Railroad, Feedback, Kevin Woody, Across the Wide, and Peytan Porter. On Sunday, activities will continue with the car show and swap meet at GRHOF and live entertainment, kid’s activities, exhibits, arts & crafts, and food downtown. Festival souvenir t-shirts and hats will be available for purchase. Festival proceeds benefit KARE for Kids, a non-profit organization that helps local children in need.

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Join us for a weekend of continuous entertainment, children’s activities, home-made crafts, home-grown products, home-baked food & more!

9-4 in Downtown Donalsonville SATURDAY

OCTOBER 19 Free Admission & Parking 1 Mile Fun Run • 5K Run • Art Show • Food Car & Motorcycle Show • Parade • Arts & Crafts Children’s Activities • Continuous Entertainment

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November 2 & 3 Saturday 10 am-5 pm & Sunday 10 am-4 pm Toccoa, Georgia • 1-877-6TOCCOA

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