13 Can’t Miss Festivals in Georgia

13 Can’t Miss Festivals in Georgia

School’s out and summer is in! Searching for the perfect summer or fall festivals to enjoy with friends and family? Plan a trip to one of the seven eclectic cities located along Georgia’s 400 Highway. No matter the city, you are sure to find an assortment of unique festivals that will suit all your needs. If convenience is your concern, you’re in for a treat. The below festivals are evenly sprinkled along the highway for a truly customizable festival experience.



Whiskies of the World – Photo Credit: GA Followers

NovemBEER Fest

Looking for a new spot to mix and mingle with fellow beer coinsurers? For the first time, Buckhead presents the NovemBEER Fest at the iconic Buckhead Theatre. This 21 and up festival will feature over 100 beers, live music from High Fidelity, Mario and Matt Duo and live streams of College Football for those worried about missing the big game. Tickets are $35 and include a souvenir cup and beer samples.

Quick facts: Saturday, November 10, 6pm-11pm at the Buckhead Theatre. Tickets are $35 until November 1. Address: 3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Whiskies of the World

Calling all Whiskey fanatics. On Friday, November 2, head to Whiskies of the World Atlanta to learn about the art of whiskey from distillers from all over the world. At this premier event, you will get the chance to enjoy samples from hundreds of different styles and various origins including scotch, bourbon, American craft, malts, ryes and grains – all of which originate from places such as Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada, India and Australia. Other unique activities include chances to meet with distillers and brand ambassadors to dive deeper into the world of whiskey via whiskey mixology classes and cigar and whiskey pairings. General Admission tickets are $120 and include hundreds of different whiskeys, food for pairing, a tasting class and a cigar Cut and Smoke.

Quick facts: Friday, November 2, 6pm-10pm at The Intercontinental, Buckhead. Early Bird general admission tickets are $120 until July 31, VIP tickets are $140. You must be 21 or older to enter the event. Address: 3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Sandy Springs

Stand Up For The Hooch – Photo Credit: Sandy Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sandy Springs Festival

In need of some good quality and free family fun? Check out the two-day Sandy Springs Festival. Can’t get your family to agree on what kind of activity you want to enjoy? No worries, there is something for everyone at this popular family-friendly event. This festival offers a full assortment of fun, including art, live music, cultural performances, a can’t miss pet parade, 10k and 5k races, children’s programming, festival food and so much more.

Quick facts: Saturday, September 22, 9am-6pm- Sunday, September 23, 10am-5pm. Free admission. Address: 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

Stand Up For The Hooch Paddle Board Race

For the 7th consecutive year, High Country Outfitters brings you Stand Up For The Hooch. Head for the Chattahoochee River for one of the biggest races in the Southeast and enjoy an exhilarating stand-up paddle board race you won’t soon forget. The race begins at Morgan Falls Overlook Park and includes two courses: a 2-mile race and a 6-mile race. Open to guests of all ages and skill levels, participants of this family-friendly event will receive a race gift from High Country and Patagonia along with lunch tickets and access to Sweetwater beverages at the after party. As an added bonus, the kids’ race is free and those who do not wish to participate are encouraged to watch as experts and first-time paddlers race to the finish.

Quick facts: June 24 at 7am-12:30pmpm at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Beginner Race & Advanced Race Registration: $45. Tickets are $15 and includes a full day of fun. Address: 200 Morgan Falls, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.



Roswell Wine Festival – Photo Credit: Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau

52nd Annual Roswell Arts Festival

Grab your paintbrush and smock and head over to the Roswell Arts Festival located at the Historic Town Square. This two-day event includes live entertainment from local performers, food trucks, art displays and more. Children’s events include painting, sand art, balloon animals and other interactive activities that are sure to keep the fun going all day.

Quick facts: Held on the third weekend in September, 10am-5pm at the Historic Town Square. Admission is free. Address: 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075.

Roswell Wine Festival

Cheers! Journey to Historic Roswell for the 6th annual Roswell Wine Festival to sample wines from local participating restaurants and businesses. This lively event is perfect for wine enthusiasts and foodies interested in trying some of the city’s best food and supporting local businesses and charities such as Keep Roswell Beautiful and the Roswell Arts Fund. Sip and stroll down picturesque Canton Street and soak up all that the bustling city of Roswell has to offer.

Quick Facts: Sunday, October 7, 2018 2pm-5pm at Historic Roswell.


Wire & Wood Festival – Photo Credit: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

Venture to the streets of Downtown Alpharetta to enjoy music from some of the most talented artists in the nation at one Alpharetta’s top events. During this exciting two-day event, artists will perform their music, giving music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and inspiration behind the songs. Grab your friends and family members and revel in the many different styles of country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass.

Quick Facts: Friday & Saturday, October 12-13, 2018 in Downtown Alpharetta. The year’s event is FREE!

European Market

At the European Market, you can find some of the best local artisan merchants in the area, showcasing an assortment of vintage style home décor, furniture, works of art, handcrafted jewelry, one-of-a-kind finds, fashion clothing and accessories for both children and adults. Vendors stretch along Milton Avenue under one large tent, ensuring that you will have the opportunity to peruse unique gems at your own pace. No need to travel the seas to experience an old-world market like this one, Alpharetta will provide shoppers with a touch of Europe in this vibrant and intimate setting.

Quick Facts: September 15-16. Saturday 10am- 6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Address: Milton Avenue between Main St & Roswell/Canton Rd in Downtown Alpharetta, GA. This event is rain or shine!



Play at the Park Family Fun Fest – Photo Credit: Forsyth County 

The City of Cumming Music Festival presented by 37 Main

In partnership with the City of Cumming, 37 Main presents the first-ever City of Cumming Music Fest at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Come indulge in fun for all ages, with live music, food trucks, beer, wine, dancing and more. For additional information about the event and to see the full entertainment lineup, visit the event website. Tickets are available now and offer both general admission and VIP options.

Quick Facts: Saturday, July 21, 2018 12pm- 10pm at the Cumming Fairgrounds. GA tickets are $19.99; VIP Tickets are $60. Address: 235 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040

Play at the Park Family Fun Festival

Grab the whole family and come out to the Play at the Park Family Fun Festival for a full day of free entertainment! At this enthralling family-friendly festival, there will be activities for people of all ages, including kid’s activities, family entertainment, food trucks, vendors and so much more. Sponsored by the Forsyth County Parks & Recreation and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, this event is the largest festival in Cumming and one you won’t want to miss!

Quick Facts: Friday, June 29 at 5:30pm at Newpoint Church. Event admission is free. Address: Newpoint Church, 2150 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040.


Dawsonville Moonshine Festival – Photo Credit: Performance.Ford.Com

Mountain Moonshine Festival

At Dawsonville’s Mountain Moonshine Festival, you will be transported back in time to when running moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia mountains was a way of life. At this one-of-a-kind festival, you will hear various stories about moonshine legends like Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall, Raymond Parks, and Gober Sosebee and their thrills of being chased through the hills. Stroll through downtown and visit an old moonshine still and enjoy live entertainment from numerous artists. Explore the birthplace of NASCAR and visit the Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. You’ll even get the chance to meet some of the most legendary race car drivers and browse the largest collection of vintage race cars.

Quick Facts: October 26-28 2018. Downtown Dawsonville, Dawsonville, GA 30534


Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival – Photo Credit: Dahlonega Lumpkin-County Chamber & Visitors Bureau 

Gold Rush Days Festival

Join the town of Dahlonega for the Annual Gold Rush Days Festival, hosted by the Dahlonega Jaycees. Revel in the fall beauty in this historic city and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1928 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors will gather in the historic public square located downtown for all visitors to enjoy the festivities. See for yourself why this event has been voted one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast and enjoy a day full of golden fun and excitement.

Quick Facts: October 20-21, 2018 at the Public Square and Historic District.

Dahlonega Trail Fest

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, come celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community and the city’s connection with the Appalachian Trail. The Dahlonega Trail Fest revolves around numerous outdoor recreation activities including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. This energizing festival is suitable for all ages, pet-friendly and features authors, speakers, workshops, music, food and vendors.

Quick Facts: September 7-9, 2018. Admission is free. Address Dahlonega Historic Public Square, Hancock Park, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

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