2018 Fall Festival Schedule

    Fall in Tennessee and Georgia are magical times. The weather usually cooperates with cooler mornings and warm afternoons. These fall days are perfect for being outdoors. This great weather allows for excellent fall festivals. Whether you like the old-timey celebrations of  Prater’s Mill Country Fair or the more controlled and German themed Rocktoberfest of Rock City, there is something for everyone the entire month of October. From hayrides and candied apples to bluegrass and artisan crafts, you will find a little bit of everything then entire month of October.

     

     

     

    Now-OCT.28

     Old McDonald’s Farm Fall Festival: Old McDonald’s Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays, open Tuesdays-Fridays for large groups by appointment; $12.50 ages 3 and older, additional charge for pumpkins; family fun with cow coaster, pumpkin slingshot, hay maze, hayrides, pony rodeo, Critter Barn, pedal tractor races. www.oldmcdonaldsfarm.net

    Now-Nov. 3

    » Fall Fun: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga., noon-6 p.m. each Saturday, $6 adults, $3 ages 2-12, $5 parking per vehicle; view fall color from tractor-pulled hayrides, also hiking, biking, pond fishing, children’s activities. www.friendsofcloudlandcanyon.org

    OCT. 5-27

    » Lake WinnepeSpookah: Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, Ga., 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 5-10 p.m. Oct. 25 only; $27 plus tax ages 3-59, $19 plus tax ages 1-2 or 60 and up. Halloween fun in amusement park. lakewinnie.com

    OCT. 6-28

    » Rocktoberfest: Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, $22.95 adults, $12.95 ages 3-12; celebration of German music and food, with polka lessons, specialty beer and costumed characters. www.seerockcitycom/rocktoberfest

    OCT. 12-20

    » Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga., gates open 10 a.m. daily; arts and crafts area open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, two music shows daily, $12 ages 11 and older, $33 three-day pass. 706-896-4191

    OCT. 12-14

    » Autumn Rocks: Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., and Joe Stock Park, LaFayette, Ga., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, free; festival formerly known as Heritage Days includes parade, barbecue plates, arts and crafts, free tours of mansion, music, vendors, kids activities. 706-996-7970

    » Craft Show and Vendor Market: Chester Frost Park pavilion, 7898 Causeway Road, Hixson, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, free, two dozen vendors. aprilnsaucier12@gmail.com

    » Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and older; 47th annual fair with 300 vendors. www.georgiaapplefestival.org2

    » Oktoberfest: Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free; brats and beers sold, Bavarian bands. New this year: VIP Festhalle Pass for $69.99 that includes unlimited buffet of German foods, private bar and restrooms, commemorative mug. www.chattanooga.events/calendar

    » Prater’s Mill Country Fair: Prater’s Mill, 5845 Georgia Highway 2, Varnell, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $7 ages 13 and older; 47th annual fair with 200 artists and craftsmen, music, living-history exhibits to benefit upkeep of historic 1855 mill. www.PratersMill.org

    » Pumpkintown: Downtown Athens, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free; food and craft booths, powwow, music, canine and human contests. www.pumpkintownfestival.com

     

    OCT. 18-26

    » North Georgia Agricultural Fair: 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga., gates open weekdays at 5 p.m., 11 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, $2-$6; 70th annual agricultural fair with carnival rides, crafts, music, exhibits. 706-278-1712

    OCT. 19-21

    » Black Bear Festival: City Park, 1400 N. Third Ave., Chatsworth, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $2 ages 11 and older. www.exploregeorgia.org

    » Cleveland Apple Festival: Bradley County Courthouse Square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, $5 adults, $4 senior adults and children ages 4-12, $25 family pass for two adults and up to four children; craft and food vendors, music, free kids zone. www.clevelandapplefestival.org

    » Colorfest: Brow Park, Lake Street at East River Road, Mentone, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; 5K, boat tours, children’s area, craft and food vendors. MentoneColorfest@gmail.com

    » Days of Yesteryear: 17900 Highway 127, Dunlap, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; food and craft vendors, kids contests, hay rides, tractor Olympics, tractor pulls. 423-554-3276

    » Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and older; 47th annual fair with 300 vendors, car show in Civic Center on Saturday www.georgiaapplefestival.org.

    » Gold Rush Days: Downtown Dahlonega, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday- Sunday, free; 300 vendors in festival sponsored by Dahlonega Jaycees. www.dahlonegajaycees.com

    » Ketner’s Mill Country Fair: Ketner’s Mill, between Tennessee Highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday (all times Eastern), $7 ages 13 and older; 100 craft and food vendors, music, hayrides, tours of operational 1882 mill. www.ketnersmill.org

    OCT. 24

    » Main Street Farmers Market Falltoberfest: 522 W. Main St., 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, free, sustainable produced vegetables, music, apple cider and hand pies, pumpkin carving and special-event vendors. Free event parking in Finley Stadium lot. mainstfarmersmarket.com

    OCT. 25

    » Bird & Barn Sale: Black Fox Farms, 2724 Varnell Road, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, $10 early-bird ticket, $25 value pack ticket, barn sale to benefit Project Free 2 Fly. www.projectfree2fly.com

    OCT. 26-28

     Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, $35 if purchased online in advance, $40 at gate; beer festival with 25 craft breweries, arts and crafts area, music. 706-896-4191

    Burning Leaf Festival: Cloudland Community Park, 284 Gadsden Ave., Menlo, Ga., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free, arts and crafts, music, children’s activities, costume contests. www.facebook.com/CloudlandCommunityPark

    Chiaha Harvest Fair: Ridge Ferry Park, 363 Riverside Parkway NE, Rome, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, $4 senior adults and students, $1 children under 12; arts and crafts, music, kids activities. www.chiaha.org

    Fall Fest: Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1005 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, free, children’s activities hayrides, music, chili cook-off. signalcrestumc.org

     Fall Festival: Graceworks Church, 6445 Lee Highway, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, free, games, petting zoo, hayride and hot dogs. www.graceworkschatt.com

     NormalPalooza: Normal Park Museum Magnet School, 1219 W. Mississippi Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission, tickets for Kids Zone; street party with music, food trucks, arts, vendors. www.normalpark.com

     PumpkinFest: Courthouse Square, Dayton, Tenn., gates open 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, free; food and craft vendors, pumpkin and costume contests. www.mainstreetdayton.org

    » Red Bank Artisan Festival: Unaka Street between Dayton Boulevard and Redding Road, Red Bank, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free; street party sponsored with entertainment and 50 artists. RedBankArtisanFestival@gmail.com

     

     

    *Curated list courtesy of Susan Pierce, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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