2021 Fall Fairs, Festivals, & Special Events

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A Complete Guide to the Area’s Autumn Festivities

(Dates and Times Accurate as of September 3)


Hamilton and Bradley Counties

Crabtree Farms Fall Plant Sale & Festival

When / September 18

Where / Crabtree Farms

What / This festival, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower starts for a fall garden, as well as seeds for fall vegetables best sown directly. Music, arts and crafts vendors, food, and children’s activities round out the event. A plant sale guide is listed on the Crabtree Farms website.

Cost / FREE

Info / crabtreefarms.org, 423.493.9155


Chattanooga Market Apple Festival

When / September 26

Where / First Horizon Pavilion

What / Enjoy fall activities and family fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market Apple Festival! Come down to the First Horizon Pavilion to enjoy all things apple – apple cake, apple jelly, apple pie, apple candles, and the list goes on. Once you’ve had your fill of apples, take some time to check out some other local vendors and family-friendly activities around the market. 

Cost / FREE

Info / chattanoogamarket.com, 423.648.2496 


scary wolf man at Dread Hollow

Dread Hollow

When / October 1-31, Thursday – Sunday Nights 

Where / Dread Hollow, 321 Browns Ferry Road, Chattanooga

What / Featuring three all-new terrifying haunted houses and three mind-bending escape rooms, a night at award-winning Dread Hollow is a Chattanooga tradition. Dread Hollow is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Buy timed-entry tickets in advance; walkup tickets are not available at the door.  

Cost / $25 haunt admission includes all three haunted houses; Escape Rooms $10-$20. 

Info / dreadhollow.com, 423.800.0566


Southern Belle Fall Foliage Cruise

Southern Belle Fall Foliage Cruise

When / October 1-Mid November

Where / Southern Belle Riverboat, Riverfront Parkway

What / Take in the beauty of the Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle, one of Chattanooga’s top attractions. Each Fall Foliage cruise lasts three hours and travels to the famous Tennessee River Gorge, known as the “Grand Canyon of the South.” In addition to the vivid fall colors, guests will enjoy a live narration. Lunch cruises include a delicious buffet meal as well as live entertainment.  

Cost / Without meal: $29.95/adults; $18.95 children 3-12; With meal: $40.95/adults; $20.95/children 3-12

Info / chattanoogariverboat.com, 423.266.4488


3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

When / October 1-2

Where / Ross’s Landing

What / Started in 2007, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival brings the biggest names in contemporary and traditional bluegrass to Ross’s Landing. In 2021, this one-of-a-kind event will feature Ricky Skaggs, the Brothers Comatose, Twisted Pine, The Del McCoury Band, Chatham County Line, Missy Raines, Fireside Collective, and more! Beer, food, and non-alcoholic drink concessions will also be available.

Cost / FREE

Info / 3sistersbluegrass.com


Rock City's Rocktoberfest

Rock City’s Rocktoberfest

When / October 2-31, Saturdays and Sundays

Where / Rock City, Lookout Mountain

What / Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the 15th annual Rocktoberfest. Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. Enjoy live performances by the Wurstbrats and Musik Miesters, as well as Rock City Raptors birds of prey shows. Step into German culture as Rock City celebrates and honors founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter’s heritage with German food and fun for the whole family. 

Cost / $26.95/adults; $14.95/children 3-12

Info / seerockcity.com/rocktoberfest, 706.820.2531


Blessing of the Animals

When / October 3

Where / St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Ooltewah

What / Join in on the annual Blessing of the Animals in the parking lot of St. Francis Church from 1 to 3 p.m. This year includes Little Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo in addition to drive-thru blessings for your animals, in-person or virtually. Prayers and goodie bags will be offered to all who attend.

Cost / FREE

Info / sfaec.org, 423.238.7708

Chattanooga Oktoberfest

When / October 9-10

Where / First Horizon Pavilion

What / This two-day festival is Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the German traditions as you sample brats, beer, and other culinary delights! Visitors can also look forward to oompah bands, shopping, and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest®.

Cost / FREE

Info / chattanoogamarket.com, 423.648.2496


Drink & Discover: Booze Bash

When / October 15

Where / Creative Discovery Museum

What / From 7 to 10 p.m., Creative Discovery Museum is closing the museum to kids and letting adults 21 and up explore with a drink in hand and alongside friends. Admission includes access to the museum’s exhibits, most activities, a costume contest, light snacks, and a great time. It’ll be so much fun, it’s scary.

Cost / $20 admission in advance; $5 drink tickets 

Info / cdmfun.org/events, 423.756.2738


Chattanooga Motorcar Festival; Herbie the Love Bug

Chattanooga Motorcar Festival 

When / October 15-17

Where / West Village

What / The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival is a car enthusiast’s heaven. On the docket are plenty of events and activities, such as the Pace Grand Prix race, the West Village Road Rallye, Mecum auto auctions, and family-friendly street festivals. Don’t miss the Legendary Charity Cruise-In on Saturday – all proceeds will go to the Fifty Plus Foundation, benefiting CHI Memorial Foundation and the Neuroscience Innovation Foundation.

Cost / $39 and up

Info / chattanoogamotorcar.com, 423.424.1847


Boo in the Zoo

When / October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

Where / Chattanooga Zoo

What / The Chattanooga Zoo’s annual Boo in the Zoo is a family-friendly celebration filled with merry-not-scary decorations, trick-or-treat stations, scavenger hunts, costume contests, and more! Hours for this weekend event are 4 to 8 p.m., with timed entry tickets available online only.

Cost / $10/members; $15/nonmembers; FREE/children 2 and under

Info / chattzoo.org, 423.697.1322


The Cleveland Apple Festival 

When / October 16-17

Where / Historic Downtown Cleveland

What / Held each year on the Bradley County Courthouse Square, The Cleveland Apple Festival promises family fun and fall favorites. This event offers an arts and crafts show, live music, food booths, pony rides, and entertainment for all ages. Community members are encouraged to sign up for the Apple Blossom pageant and the apple dessert contest. Net proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations in the Cleveland area. 

Cost / $7/adults; $5/seniors; $5/children 4-12; FREE/children 3 and under

Info / clevelandapplefestival.org


Steam engine, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 60th Anniversary Celebration

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 60th Anniversary Celebration

When / October 16-17, 23-24

Where / Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

What / The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s 60th anniversary offers special equipment displays, history interpretations, demonstrations, tours of the restoration shop, and more. Both steam engine stars #4501 and #630 will be featured on the Missionary Ridge Local both weekends.

Cost / $40/adults; $30/children

Info / tvrail.com, 423.894.8028

Tennessee Whiskey Festival

When / October 23

Where / The Chattanooga Choo Choo

What / The 7th annual Tennessee Whiskey Festival celebrates the state’s craft spirits as well as the people who make them. Come sample some of the best distilled spirits around while enjoying live music, tasting local cuisine, and shopping from area vendors. For an additional fee, take part in the Whiskey Supper Experience on October 22, the night before the festival.

Cost / $20 and up

Info / tnwhiskeyfestival.com



When / October 29

Where / Tennessee Aquarium 

What / Come in costume and join in on a family-friendly celebration of all things scaly, spooky, and fun on Friday, October 29th at the Tennessee Aquarium. Everyone will be doing their best to ensure a safe and fun experience for all guests this year. Visitors can enjoy lights, themed decorations, and costumed divers, as in years past, along with some fun new twists for 2021.

Cost / visit website for admission pricing 

Info / tnaqua.org/events, 423.267.3474


All Hallows’ Farm Fest

When / October 30

Where / Crabtree Farms

What / Come celebrate fall on the farm! This family-friendly event includes kids’ activities such as a scavenger hunt, hayrides, and a costume contest, and everyone is invited to enjoy on-site local vendors and scarecrow displays. Come hungry for a bowl of piping hot chili! Pre-registration for this event is required.

Cost / $20 per vehicle

Info / crabtreefarms.org, 423.493.9155


Downtown Cleveland Halloween Block Party

When / October 31

Where / Courthouse Square, Cleveland

What / Experience Halloween in Cleveland at this annual block party. Lasting from 3 to 9 p.m., the family-friendly event hosts a costume contest and offers musical entertainment, games, and giveaways. Children can gather candy at Treat Street, sponsored by Mars Wrigley. 

Cost / FREE

Info / mainstreetcleveland.com, 423.479.1000


Thanksgiving on the River

When / November 25

Where / Southern Belle Riverboat, Riverfront Parkway

What / Close down the kitchen this Thanksgiving in favor of this riverfront tradition. This year, guests will hop onto dockside boat Pier 2 to feast on roast turkey breast, carved pit ham, traditional side dishes, and cheesecake, then board the Southern Belle for a one-hour tour while enjoying the gorgeous autumn views. 

Cost / $59.99/adults; $29.99/children 3-12

Info / chattanoogariverboat.com, 423.266.4488


Surrounding Areas – Tennessee


Tennessee Valley Fair

When / September 10-19

Where / Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN 

What / The Tennessee Valley Fair is back! Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park will play host to unique exhibits, livestock shows, action sports, rides, and nightly fireworks. Headliners for the concert series include Jon Langston, John Anderson, The Commodores, and Rick Springfield. Don’t miss the Cotton Candy Classic 5K – all of the proceeds benefit the Tennessee Valley Fair Foundation, whose mission is to preserve Tennessee’s heritage by promoting agricultural awareness.

Cost / $12/adults; $9/senior citizens; $9/children 6-11; FREE/children 5 and under

Info / tnvalleyfair.org, 865.215.1471


International Cowpea Festival

International Cowpea Festival & Cook-Off

When / September 11

Where / Charleston City Park, Charleston, TN

What / A day full of music, handmade crafts, food, and fun awaits visitors of the International Cowpea Festival. Returning this year are children’s activities, the heritage photo contest, and a marketplace for handmade arts and crafts vendors. The Cowpea Cook-off, which focuses on cowpea-based recipes from local chefs, is a festival favorite; purchase a $5 souvenir spatula to cast a vote for the best dish.

Cost / $5/adults; FREE/children 18 and under

Info / cowpeafestival.com, 423.665.3373


The White Oak Craft Fair

When / September 11-12

Where / The Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN  

What / The White Oak Craft Fair takes place along the banks of the East Fork Stones River and features the work of dozens of craft artisans from throughout the region. Browse original textiles, jewelry, woodcarving, metalwork, pottery, photography, ironwork, stained glass, and more, all available for purchase. Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations, food trucks, and the kids’ tent. 

Cost / FREE with a $3 supervised parking donation to the Cannon Co. High School Cross Country Team and The Arts Center of Cannon County

Info / artscenterofcc.com, 615.563.2787


Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Harvest

When / September 18-October 31

Where / Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, TN

What / This signature six-week-long festival celebrates all things fall, from pumpkins galore to El Día de los Muertos. See thousands of chrysanthemums in bloom, locally crafted scarecrows, and the beloved 11-foot-tall Pumpkin Houses. On Thursday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays, visitors can find their favorite beer on tap at the Cheekwood Beer Garden. Be sure to bring your four-legged friend to the Halloween Pooch Parade, a costumed event that’s fun for all!  

Cost / $20-$25/adults; $18-$23/seniors; $13-$18/children; FREE/children 2 and under

Info / cheekwood.org, 615.356.8000


Dollywood Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival & Great Pumpkin LumiNights 

When / September 24-October 30

Where / Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN

What / Make your way to the Smokies for Dollywood’s annual Harvest Festival! During the day, enjoy live entertainment from a variety of musical genres and artists, see the colossal pumpkins, and take in the vibrant fall landscape. Artisans also will be stationed around the park to share their crafts with guests. Great Pumpkin LumiNights is back in 2021, featuring thousands of carved illuminated pumpkins and whimsical pumpkin displays as well as fall-themed treats and not-too-spooky entertainment.  

Cost / Regular Dollywood admission prices

Info / dollywood.com, 800.365.5996


Fall Car Show & Craft Fair 

When / September 25

Where / Historic Downtown Lenoir City, TN

What / Lenoir City Parks and Recreation partners with the Lenoir City Civitan Club and the Downtown Merchants Association for this annual street festival. The festivities include live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors. The classic car show, exhibiting unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles, is a highlight.

Cost / FREE

Info / lenoircitytn.gov, 865.986.2715


Wartrace Old Time Harvest Days

When / September 25

Where / Historic Wartrace, TN

What / Step back in time during the Old Time Harvest Days in Historic Wartrace! Attendees can enjoy classic fall activities; tasty offerings from local food trucks; a kids’ zone; and browse a wide selection of handmade arts, crafts, pumpkins, mums, and more from area vendors. Be sure not to miss the pumpkin carving contest and the annual chili cook-off.

Cost / FREE

Info / wartracechamber.org, 931.240.0300


Homesteads Apple Festival

When / September 25-26

Where / Historic Cumberland Homesteads Tower, Crossville, TN

What / For a day of family fun, visit the Homesteads Apple Festival. Rain or shine, guests will find over 200 craft booths, fried apple pies, a petting zoo, live music, and plenty of exciting children’s activities. Admission to the festival also includes a free visit to Homesteads Tower Museum! Funds raised during the festival help keep the Homesteads Museums open to the public.

Cost / $5/adults; FREE/children 10 and under 

Info / cumberlandhomesteads.org, 931.456.9663


Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

When / September 25-26

Where / The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin, TN 

What / Six stages and a historic horse farm provide the backdrop for this popular music festival. This year’s lineup includes the Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris, Cage The Elephant, Amos Lee, and Tanya Tucker, among others. Other festival highlights are the “Farm to Turn-Table” food truck park, the Americana Music Triangle Experience tent, and plenty of family-friendly activities for children to enjoy as well.   

Cost / $189 and up for 2-day general admission

Info / pilgrimagefestival.com


Hola Festival

HoLa Festival

When / September 25-26

Where / Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN

What / HoLa Hora Latina’s signature event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park this year. The Kick-Off Fiesta Latina on Saturday includes live music, craft beer, artisan vendors, and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. The festival continues on Sunday with food, music, dancing, cultural events, educational children’s activities, and a Parade of Nations. 

Cost / $1 donation upon entry for non-HoLa Hora Latina members

Info / holahoralatina.org, 865.335.3358


Etowah Arts & Crafts Fall Festival 

When / October 2-3

Where / L&N Depot Park, Etowah, TN 

What / The Etowah Chamber of Commerce invites you to this annual festival, held since 1972 at the historic depot for the Louisville & Nashville railroad. The event features local food booths and numerous craft vendors that showcase local cuisine and artisans. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment all day long.

Cost / FREE

Info / 423.263.2228


National Banana Pudding Festival

When / October 2-3

Where / Riverpark, Centerville, TN 

What / There’s fun for everyone at the National Banana Pudding Festival! With craft and food vendors, entertainment on two stages, a live banana pudding cook-off, and plenty of activities for the little ones, this two-day festival keeps visitors busy. Don’t miss the ever-popular Puddin’ Path for a chance to sample 10 different banana pudding recipes made for the festival by locals. Festival proceeds go to local nonprofits, so you can feel good while you’re having a good time.

Cost / $5/general admission 

Info / bananapuddingfest.org, 931.994.6273


Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

When / October 7-24

Where / Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

What / Assembling exceptional craftsmen from across the country under one roof, this fair is a one-stop-shop for everything arts and crafts. Many items are holiday-themed, such as wreaths, ceramic trees, and Christmas ornaments, making this event a great resource in preparation for the upcoming season. Live music will be featured daily, and vendors will not only be showcasing their wares, but demonstrating their skills and craftsmanship for visitors as well. 

Cost / $10/adults; FREE/children 17 and under

Info / craftsmenfair.com, 865.436.7479


Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

When / October 8-10

Where / Centennial Park, Nashville, TN

What / Take part in Nashville tradition when you shop this annual event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Juried, award-winning artists will be on-site to feature their one-of-a-kind artwork and discuss their craft. In addition to the array of handmade items, visitors can also enjoy outdoor activities in the Kids’ Tent, food from local vendors, and educational demonstrations from artisanal experts. Masks are encouraged in artists’ booths and in the Demo and Kids’ tents.

Cost / FREE

Info / tennesseecraft.org, 615.736.7600



When / October 9

Where / Historic Downtown Athens, TN 

What / Head to historic downtown Athens for the 18th annual Pumpkintown, a festive Athens tradition that brings in thousands of attendees each year. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can explore over 200 booths featuring food and arts and crafts, as well as enjoy the Scott Crisp Memorial PowWow. Other notable happenings include the famous Mutt Strutt Pet Costume Contest, live entertainment on three stages, petting zoos, and the Habitat for Humanity Pancake Breakfast.  

Cost / FREE

Info / 423.887.3544


Crossville Oktoberfest 

When / October 15-16

Where / Knights of Columbus Grounds, Crossville, TN 

What / Partake in beer and traditional German fare such as schnitzel, bratwurst, and sauerkraut at the annual Crossville Oktoberfest. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Frank Moravcik Band and the Rheingold Band – come prepared to dance! The festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost / $6/advance tickets; $8/at the door; FREE/children 12 and under, military veterans and active duty personnel (with proper identification), and designated drivers

Info / crossvilleoktoberfest.com, 423.799.0229


Mid-South Barbecue Festival

When / October 15-16

Where / Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant, TN

What / Serving up some of the best barbecue in the South, the annual Mid-South Barbecue Festival is the perfect event for meat-lovers. The two-day event will be filled with local vendors as well as live entertainment. On Saturday, professional teams will be competing to serve up the tastiest chicken, pork ribs, pork, and brisket.

Cost / FREE

Info / midsouthbbqtn.com, 931.379.9837


Ketner’s Mill Fair

When / October 16-17

Where / Ketner’s Mill, Whitwell, TN

What / The Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair, established to help preserve the mill and celebrate local heritage, is entering its 44th year. More than 100 artisans will share their sculpture, paintings, pottery, and jewelry, and food vendors will be on-site to provide tasty Southern-style fare. Activities include milling and blacksmith demonstrations, wagon rides, canoeing, and live entertainment. Dogs on a leash are welcome, too!

Cost / $7/adults; FREE/children 12 and under

Info / ketnersmill.org, 423.267.5702



When / October 29-30

Where / Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, TN

What / A fall festival for families, PumpkinFest provides an exciting alternative to regular Halloween activities. Join in on this Dayton tradition that offers food and craft vendors on the lawn, music, a costume contest, a new event called Meet the Heroes, and of course, trick-or-treating! The fun takes place from 4 until 9 p.m. each day. 

Cost / FREE

Info / mainstreetdayton.org, 423.775.9847


Joshua K. Jennings Jack-o-lantern Jamboree

When / October 30

Where / Courthouse Square, Jasper, TN

What / Enjoy a night of family-friendly fun at the annual Joshua K. Jennings Jack-o-lantern Jamboree. This event is sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club as well as the Town of Jasper. Kids can fill their buckets with candy on the trunk-or-treat trail, and live entertainment, food vendors, and games and activities will also be on-site. The festivities take place from 4 to 8 p.m. central time. 

Cost / FREE

Info / 423.942.3180


Gatlinburg Chili Cook Off

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff & Winterfest Kickoff

When / November 11

Where / Anakeesta Plaza, Gatlinburg, TN

What / Presented by Bush’s Chili Beans, this annual event begins at 5 p.m. and features live entertainment as well as the opportunity to sample some of the area’s best homemade chili recipes. City leaders will also participate in the official lighting ceremony for Smoky Mountain Winterfest, which features millions of lights that make up twinkling displays across the city. 

Cost / visit website for admission pricing

Info / gatlinburg.com/events, 865.436.4178


Surrounding Areas – Georgia


Helen Oktoberfest

When / September 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-November 7

Where / Helen Festhalle, Helen, GA

What / Find food and drinks, live bands, and more at one of the longest-running Oktoberfests in the United States. Celebrating its 50th year, Helen Festhalle will house German-themed activities – take a spin on the dance floor to timeless polka music, then join your family and friends at the venue’s banquet tables for authentic beer and brats. 

Cost / $8/weekday; $10/Saturday; FREE/Sunday and for children 6 and under

Info / helenchamber.com, 706.878.1908


Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts

When / September 17-19

Where / Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA

What / An indoor juried art exhibit, as well as an outdoor regional artist market, make this festival a treat for art enthusiasts. In 2021, the festival will boast live music, kids’ activities, and a self-guided tour of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden. The annual Taste of Dalton + Festival Preview Party, featuring samples from favorite area restaurants and an exclusive first look at festival art, takes place September 17 and is a separate ticketed event.

Cost / FREE

Info / creativeartsguild.org, 706.278.0168


Rose Lawn Arts Festival

When / September 18-19

Where / Rose Lawn Museum, Cartersville, GA 

What / This annual arts festival held on the grounds at the Rose Lawn Museum features the works of artists from across the region. Exhibits include oils, watercolors, and pastels; sculptures in wood, brass, and glass; and many other hand-crafted items. Rose Lawn, the historic 19th-century home of evangelist Sam Jones, will be open for guided tours during festival hours. 

Cost / FREE

Info / roselawnmuseum.com, 770.387.5162


fair with booths and attractions

North Georgia State Fair

When / September 23-October 3

Where / Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta, GA 

What / Attractions at the North Georgia State Fair abound, from carnival rides and petting zoos to beauty pageants and flower shows. The price of admission includes concerts featuring We Are Messengers, Chris Lane, Gabby Barrett, and Jon Langston. New for 2021 are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Jurassic Kingdom, and more.

Cost / $10/adults; FREE/children 10 and under

Info / northgeorgiastatefair.com, 770.528.8989


Great Locomotive Chase Festival 

When / October 1-3

Where / Historic Downtown Adairsville, GA

What / The annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival has been an October tradition since 1968. Family and friends come together for live music, craft vendors, carnival rides, and good food, along with fireworks and a parade. This festival commemorates the Andrews’ Raiders Civil War escapade that passed through Adairsville in April 1862.

Cost / $3 for all-weekend admission

Info / adairsvillega.net/events, 770.773.3451


Fall Arts in the Park Festival

When / October 9-10

Where / Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA 

What / Visit beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia, for this 11th annual event. Explore and enjoy offerings from over 150 artists, exhibitors, and vendor booths. Find arts and crafts, demonstrations, food, and much more. Blue Ridge is also home to many art galleries, restaurants, and craft breweries – visit their scenic railway to round out the trip.

Cost / $5/adults; FREE/children 12 and under

Info / blueridgeartsinthepark.com, 706.632.2144


Prater’s Mill Country Fair

When / October 9-10

Where / Historic Prater’s Mill, Dalton, GA

What / Prater’s Mill Country Fair transports visitors to a different era. Visitors can enjoy continuous live entertainment, partake in authentic Southern-style cooking, see live craftsman demonstrations, and browse regional arts and crafts. Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the operating grist mill, and short nature trails are also on-site and ready to be explored. 

Cost / $7/adults; FREE/Military ID & children 12 and under

Info / pratersmill.org/fair, 706.694.6455


Georgia Apple Festival

When / October 9-10, 16-17

Where / Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ellijay, GA 

What / Celebrate the Georgia Apple Festival’s 50th year by wandering through more than 300 vendors selling food, arts and crafts, and more! While you’re enjoying tasty fall treats, check out one of the festival’s many events: the Apple Classic Auto Show, Apple Festival 5K Road Race, and the Apple Festival Parade.

Cost / $5/adults; FREE/children 10 and under

Info / georgiaapplefestival.org, 706.636.4500



When / October 9-10

Where / The Marietta Square, Marietta, GA

What / See the work of 86 professional chalk artists at Chalktoberfest – the signature event of the Marietta Museum of Art – which is entering its seventh year in 2021. Guests can also enjoy a public chalk competition, live music, activities for the whole family, and the Craft Beer Festival on Saturday.

Cost / FREE; $35/person for Craft Beer Festival on Saturday

Info / chalktoberfest.com


Q 'N Brew barbeque

‘Que & Brew 2021

When / October 23

Where / Taylor-Brawner Park, Smyrna, GA

What / ‘Que and Brew is back for round two in 2021. The ultimate tailgate party, this event will host up to 10 competition barbecue teams, as well as feature over a dozen local beer brands on tap for sampling. Attendees can also enjoy non-barbecue food vendors, watch the top sporting matchups of the day on jumbo TV screens, and join in on a cornhole tournament.

Cost / FREE/general admission; $15 and up for tasting tickets

Info / travelcobb.org/events, 678.303.4700

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