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Family events
For the week of Oct. 8-14
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This week

Cumming Country Fair and Festival, Cumming. Rides, Heritage Village and concerts. 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday today-Oct. 18. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $7 adults, $3 ages 5-18, free for age 4 and younger; advance tickets, $5 adults, $2 ages 5-18; $3 parking. 770-781-3491. 

Mule Camp Market, Gainesville. Vendors, artists, food and live music. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Gainesville square. Concerts 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Southern Tree Plantation, Blairsville. Pumpkins, hayrides, petting farm, crafts, maze, pony rides and marshmallow roast. Noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays this Friday-Nov. 1, Southern Tree Plantation, 2581 Owltown Road, Blairsville. 706-754-0601.

Fall Celebration at Smithgall, Helen. Pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides, craft vendors, mountain music and kids activities. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5. 706-878-3087.

New Salem Mountain Festival, Rising Fawn. Paintings, pottery, wood carvings, iron works, furniture and other art. Chicken stew, country pinto beans, cornbread, barbecue sandwiches, homemade cakes and more for sale. Live gospel, bluegrass and country music. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, behind the New Salem Community Center, 12477 Ga. 136, Rising Fawn. $5 adults, free for children age 11 and younger. Free parking. No alcohol or pets. 706-398-1988.

Cherokee in Northeast Georgia, Gainesville. Learn what life was like for the Cherokee through hands-on activities and interactive displays. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. $5 per family for nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900 or

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, Georgia State Fiddlers' Convention and other live music. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays this Friday-Oct. 17; Fiddlers' Convention, Oct. 17. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 adults, age 9 and younger free; $2 parking. No pets allowed. 706-896-4191 or


Fall Family Festival, Dahlonega. Games and rides, bake sale, face painting and food. Organized by Enotah Circuit Family Drug Court. Agencies that provide services for women and children will have booths. Oct. 16-18, Intersection of Ga. 400 and Burnt Stand Road, Dahlonega. 706-348-8674.

Reunion Fall Festival, Hoschton. Chili cook-off, face painting, pony carousel, bungee trampoline, crafts and bake sale. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17, Reunion Country Club, 5555 Grand Reunion Drive, Hoschton. $1 tickets can be redeemed for activities, 770-967-8300.

Gold Rush Festival, Dahlonega. Arts and crafts, parade, hog calling and buck dancing contests, live music and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18, downtown Dahlonega square. Free. 706-864-7247 or 800-231-5543.

First Fest, Gainesville. Live music, hotdogs, pumpkin sale, health fair and Good Neighbor Race & Walk. 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free.

Dawson County Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Crafts, food, live music, children's activities, parade and car show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-25, downtown Dawsonville square. Free. 877-302-9271.

Nightfall Halloween Festival, Gainesville. Kids can learn about nocturnal creatures, see live animals, do crafts and listen to stories. Oct. 24 and 30, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 Elachee members, $5 nonmembers. 770-535-1976.


Maize Quest, Alto. "Georgia grown"-themed cornfield maze. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 14. Flashlight nights, dusk to 10 p.m., Jaemor Farm, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 adults, $7 ages 4-7, free for children age 3 and younger. $5 hayride. 770-869-3999.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movie screenings and the Dungeon of Fear. Maze, 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22; Dungeon of Fear, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. various days Saturday-Nov. 7; movies throughout season each Friday and Saturday at dark. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. Maze, $9-$10; Dungeon of Fear, $14-$15; hayride, $4-$5. 800-959-1874 or

"Tools for Living," Sautee. Exhibit of tools used to sustain early valley inhabitants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association History Museum, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-878-3300. 

Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturdays, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.