With fall right around the corner, festivals are not far behind. There are several annual events in the North Georgia area that are quickly returning and bringing lots of arts and crafts, food and fun with them. Check out these 12 fall festivals close to home.
Helen’s main attraction of the fall will be back once again throughout September and October. The 48th annual Oktoberfest will highlight the city’s bavarian atmosphere, offering attendees traditional German music, dancing, beer and food.
When: Sept. 6-9, Sept. 13-16, Sept. 20-23 and Sept. 27 through Oct. 28
Where: Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen
How much: $8 Monday through Friday; $10 Saturdays; free Sundays
More info: www.helenchamber.com
Chattahoochee Mountain Fair
A tradition in the Clarkesville area since 1975, the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair will feature a carnival complete with rides, a petting zoo, cake walks and more. The event will include live music as well as livestock judging, a craft exhibit, tractor exhibit, homemaker demonstrations and a silent auction. There will also be a rodeo, talent contests and several more activities for the family to enjoy.
When: 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends, Sept. 7-15
Where: 4235 Toccoa Highway, Clarkesville
How much: $5 for adults; $3 for ages 5-12; free for children 4 and younger
More info: www.chattahoocheemountainfair.org
The eighth annual Dahlonega Trail Fest will be for lovers of the outdoors. The event will have food, drinks and local vendors. There will also be various speakers, a film festival and activities such as a mountain bike ride, kayak demonstrations and a climbing wall.
Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival
Experience the Hong Kong culture at the annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. The festival includes dragon boat racing, an opening ceremony with cultural presentations and dances and cuisine from around the world. There will also be a raffle drawing and an awards ceremony.
When: Venue opens at 6 a.m. Sept. 8
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $10 for parking
More info: www.dragonboatatlanta.com/
Clermont Days Festival
Clermont Days Festival will feature vendors and live music throughout the weekend. In addition, there will be a Cupcake Challenge 5K, parade and kids’ activities. Fireworks will close the event Saturday night.
When: 4-10 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: 639 Main St., Clermont
More info: www.clermontdays.net/
Big Red Apple Festival
Packed with fall festival staples, Cornelia’s 31st Big Red Apple Festival will include artisan arts and crafts as well as hayrides. There will also be live entertainment, food vendors, a kids' zone, corn hole tournament and a classic car show.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22
Where: Downtown Cornelia
More info: www.corneliageorgia.org
Flowery Branch Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, entertainment and bouncy houses will fill the streets in historic downtown Flowery Branch for the city’s fall festival. There will also be food, shopping, games and prizes and music.
When: 10 a.m. Oct. 6
Where: Historic downtown Flowery Branch
How much: Free
More info: www.flowerybranchga.org/community/page/fall-festival
Mule Camp Market
A Gainesville favorite, Mule Camp Market will take place the second weekend of October and offer fun for the whole family. Various vendors from arts and crafts to local stores will line the streets along with activities for children such as mule rides and a petting zoo. The event will also have live music and food for sale.
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: Gainesville square
Lula Fall Festival
Lula’s annual Fall Festival will feature a variety of folk art and pottery. Vendors with hand-crafted decor, honey products, jewelry, crafts, candy, canned goods and more will be at the event. There will also be live music and a talent show.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Lula Train Depot, 5959 Athens St., Lula
More info: www.facebook.com/events/168776620517135/
Gold Rush Days
Celebrate Dahlonega’s discovery of gold at the city’s annual Gold Rush Days. The fall festival will feature art and craft exhibitors, food vendors, live music, contests and activities for the whole family.
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21
Where: Historic Dahlonega Square
More info: goldrushdaysfestival.com/
Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival
Over 300 vendors will pile into Braselton to sell antiques, from farmhouse to rustic to vintage. There will also be home decor, jewelry, candles and soaps for salel. Food trucks will be on site as well as live music.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28
Where: 115 Harrison St., Braselton
How much: Free
More info: 706-824-7204, www.facebook.com/BraseltonAntiqueFestival/
Harvest Balloon Festival
The Harvest Balloon Festival in Flowery Branch is back with its tethered balloon rides. The festival will also have carnival rides and kids’ games, including bumper cars, a zip line, face painting, sand art, a rock wall and a petting zoo. There will be pet adoptions on site and food, too.
When: 3 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Sterling On the Lake, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch
How much: $10 for adults and children over 5; $5 for children 3-5; free for children 2 and younger
More info: www.harvestballoonfestival.com/