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Family events
For the week of Oct. 22-28
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This week

Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain. Kids can participate in a stage play, pie-eating contest, obstacle course and Pumpkin Parade. Through Oct. 31. Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690.

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

Bark Park Games & Howl-o-ween Costume Contest, Gainesville. Games, contest with prizes. Dogs in heat may not participate. 11 a.m. Saturday. Laurel Bark Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville. $5 per dog. 770-535-8280.

Dawson County Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Crafts, food, live music, children's activities, parade and car show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 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. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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. Saturday and Oct. 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. Sunday. The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-335-9073.


Lakeview Academy Fall Festival, Gainesville. Games, Eurojump, food. Kids wearing costumes will get a prize. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Academy, Gainesville. $10 for 20 tickets, $20 for 40 tickets; $25 wristband will include games, activities and food. 770-531-2609.

HallowSCREAM Vampire Ball, Gainesville. For middle school ages. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 770-535-8280.

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.

"Going Batty," Athens. 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 30, Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. $6 for Athens-Clarke County residents, $9 for others. Preregister by Wednesday; space limited. 706-613-3580.

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.

Trunk-Or-Treat, Sautee. Hot dog and chili dinner, "trunk-or-treat" at decorated cars, carnival games and haunted house, contra dance. 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Carnival tickets cost 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Contra dance costs $7 for SNCA members, $8 for nonmembers, $4 students, children age 7 and younger free with supervising adult. 706-878-3300.

Trek or Treat, Suwanee. Games, activities, face painting, pumpkin hunting, costume parade, free hot dogs and trek or treating along the Suwanee Creek Greenway. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31. Suwanee Creek Park. 1170 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Free.

Chili Festival, Dahlonega. Benefits the NOA domestic violence center. Compete with other cooks for award for the best chili recipe. Trick or treating and movie night in the park will follow the festival. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Hancock Park, just off the square in downtown Dahlonega. $10 to attend, free for kids age 9 and younger; $25 to compete. 706-864-1306, ext. 6.

The Wiggles Go Bananas Live!, Atlanta. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Atlanta. $10-$40. Ticketmaster.  


Maize Quest, Alto. "Georgia grown"-themed cornfield maze. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 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. to 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.