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Family events
For the week of Oct. 15-21
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This week

Cumming Country Fair and Festival, Cumming. Rides, Heritage Village and concerts. 4-10 p.m. today, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 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. 

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, Georgia State Fiddlers' Convention and other live music. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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. 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Ga. 60 near Chestatee Regional Hospital, 277 Mountain Drive, 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. Saturday. Reunion Country Club, 5555 Grand Reunion Drive, Hoschton. $1 tickets can be redeemed for activities, 770-967-8300.

Folk Life Festival, Sautee. Folk craft demonstrations, 19th century music, food made with local crops and a restored 1850s slave cabin. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee. Free. 706-878-3300.

Fall Hoedown, Blairsville. Dancing, bonfire, storytelling and hayrides. 2-9 p.m. Saturday. Vogel State Park, 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.  

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. Saturday-Sunday. 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. 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free.


Mother Son Spooktacular, Gainesville. Mother-son dance. Gainesville Parks and Recreation. Preregister by Monday. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 22. Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $20 per person includes dinner, dancing and souvenir. 770-531-2680.

Life is good Pumpkin Festival, Flowery Branch. Food, music, games, costume parade, pumpkin carving activities and hay rides. 1-6 p.m. Oct. 24. Sterling on the Lake, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Free. Donations benefit Project Joy and Challenged Child and Friends. 706-967-9777.  

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.

The Chicopee Woods Indian Festival, Gainesville. Native American arts and crafts, dances, stories and music. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. $7 adults, $4 age 5-12, free for age 4 and younger. 770-791-0066 or

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.

The Springs Church Fall Festival, Flowery Branch. "Trunk or treat," games for kids, chili cook-off. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 25. The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-335-9073.

Fountain of Faith fall festival, Flowery Branch. Benefits Fountain of Faith building fund. Booth spaces available. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Fountain of Faith Worship Center, 6028 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. $25 to rent a booth. 770-572-6152.

Trick or Treat on the Square, Gainesville. Train rides, face painting, Moonwalk and candy at downtown stores. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Downtown Gainesville square.


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, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4-11:30 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, 6:30-11:30 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.