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Favorite fall festival

Stone Mountain Park's Yellow Daisy Festival was your pick for best fall festival. Photo: Curtis Compton,

Stone Mountain Park's Yellow Daisy Festival was your pick for favorite fall festival. Photo: Curtis Compton,

1. Yellow Daisy Festival (Sept. 8-11, 2011)
You say, “Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park was something I did every year with my mom and now that she’s gone, I still go back for great unique gifts and just to remember those fun times.”

2. Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade (Oct. 22, 2011)
3. Georgia Apple Festival (Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2011)
4. Atlanta Greek Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2011)
5. Chastain Park Arts Festival (Nov. 5-6, 2011)

Apples ready to plucked from the tree in Ellijay. There are plenty of these tasty treats, and much more, on hand for the Georgia Apple Festival, our pick for best fall festival. Photo: Nick Arroyo / Special

Apples ready to plucked from the tree in Ellijay. There are plenty of these tasty treats, and much more, on hand for the Georgia Apple Festival, our pick for favorite fall festival. Photo: Nick Arroyo / Special

1. Georgia Apple Festival (Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2011)

We say, “It draws thousands to the charming North Georgia mountain town of Ellijay for two weekends of old-fashioned fun, a festive parade, a cornucopia of apples (including many varieties that are difficult to find  just two hours away in Atlanta) and a chance to see the beautiful fall foliage that surrounds the area. This year marks the festival’s 40th anniversary. ”

2. Atlanta Greek Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2011)
3. Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium (Oct. 20-23, 2011)
4. Sandy Springs Festival (Sept. 17-18, 2011)
5. Taste of Atlanta (Oct. 22-23, 2011)

41 comments Add your comment


August 8th, 2011
11:04 am

L5P Halloween Parade & Festival. Its the best! Costume Contest, Live Bands, Food(Pallookaville corndogs!) & Beer stands. Its great for the whole family!

Jennifer Harris

August 8th, 2011
11:23 am

I love attending the Norcross Arts Festival. Great food, kids activities and art of all kinds. Great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. We always find the most unique gifts.


August 8th, 2011
11:40 am

I’ve never stopped missing the Fall Renaissance Festival- SO much cooler and more fun!


August 8th, 2011
5:33 pm

First, I’m loving loving loving the fact that the Piedmont Park Arts Festival is coming back and its focusing on local local local. I can’t wait: August 20-21 .. YEAH!

And then I like the Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park in the fall, under the trees in the wonderful area of the park, it makes me feel like I’m up north a little.

As a local artist….I just love what this group is doing!!


August 8th, 2011
8:07 pm

Octoberfest in Helen GA. Did I mention they have beer……and brats too! :)


August 8th, 2011
8:09 pm

You gotta love the Apple Festival….something for everyone! Good food, country art, music, Festival Queen. Did I mention the cold cider?


August 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

Stone Mountain Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park in October. Music, athletics, history and more in the beautiful meadow.

Matt the Brave

August 8th, 2011
8:21 pm

Not sure how good it is now, but the Oconee County Fall Festival on the first weekend in October used to be extraordinarily good.


August 8th, 2011
8:28 pm

Atlanta Greek Festival , wonderful food, music, coffee, and pastries,


August 8th, 2011
8:33 pm

Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Brasstown, NC. About two hours from Atlanta just over the state line north of Hiawassee. True artisans, folk music, demonstrations of traditional skills-not the typical junque you find at Atlanta area “festivals”. October 1-2.


August 8th, 2011
8:50 pm

The Duluth Fall Festival, cause my favorite grandaughter says so!


August 8th, 2011
8:58 pm

Parktoberfest in Whittier Mill Village in NW Atlanta! Great locally sourced food, great bands, great locally crafted beer, bocce, kid’s activities…a fundraiser for Atlanta’s most awesome intown Park!


August 8th, 2011
9:01 pm

Goldrush Festival in Dahlonega

Randall Fox

August 8th, 2011
9:56 pm

Hey Shane….

Does Chastain park count as north georgia. LOL..
@Jeff.. thanks for the comments on the Piedmont Park Arts Festival also, we are excited about bringing it back, we’ve heard from a lot of people and they are really excited to see it come back as well.

As, yes, we are focusing a lot on LOCAL. because the artist here, want a big show just for them.

And, YES I TOO.. do love the leaves changing at Chastain Park, I think its a perfect setting for an Arts Festival, but, then again, that’s why I picked that spot.

Thanks again… SEE you all soon.

Come enjoy the festivals!!


August 9th, 2011
6:24 am

The Apple festival is great, but then so is the Yellow Daisy festival.


August 9th, 2011
7:33 am

The Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville, TN. They have bands playing for 3 days and they have food booths set up as well. They have Arts & Crafts in downtown Maryville and you can see the town of Maryville @ its best.


August 9th, 2011
8:26 am

Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park. Was something I did every year with my mom and now that she’s gone, I still go back for great unique gifts and just to remember those fun times.


August 9th, 2011
9:01 am

Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp. What could be better than sampling chili from individuals as well as many popular restaurants, washing it all down with a cold beer and listening to blue grass?

T Galvin

August 9th, 2011
9:15 am

Oconee Fall Festival is awesome. Watkinsville is ready with arts, crafts, terrific food and Athens close-by …Bulldogs everywhere !

Velvet Elvis

August 9th, 2011
9:38 am

The Moonshine Fall Festival in Dawsonville. Lots of old cars, hot bands and dancing. And the Dawsonville PoolRoom really ROCKS out the Woolly Burgers. October


August 9th, 2011
9:52 am

Not fall festival in the true sense of the term…..but chili cook off at Stone Mtn Park is always fun and entertaining….


August 9th, 2011
9:59 am

The annual butt kicking in Jacksonville is my favorite event!!! GO GATORS!

Hi Mom!!!!

August 9th, 2011
10:08 am

I agree with the first poster, L5P Halloween extravenganza is by far the best anywhere in Georgia!!!! Little 5 Points, where everyday is Halloween!!!!


August 9th, 2011
10:27 am

The Jasper-area Marble Festival – team it with your perfect-pumpkin search.


August 9th, 2011
10:45 am

The Marble Festival in Jasper (1st weekend in October) and the Apple Festival in Ellijay (2nd and 3rd weekends in October) rock! I go every year!

Carole Lee

August 9th, 2011
10:50 am

The Yellow Daisy Festival in Sept. kicks off the Fall festival season. Also, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega (3rd weekend of Oct.) is always a good girlfriends getaway for the whole day. The Smith House is a must to eat at! Duluth Festival is good, also.

BBQ queen

August 9th, 2011
12:38 pm

The Cumming Fair and Festival. The people watching is great.


August 9th, 2011
4:21 pm

I always enjoy the Yellow Daisy Festival when I go. But every couple of years I like to head down to Perry to the Georgia National Fair. I like to see the animals and the kids love the rides.


August 10th, 2011
7:56 am

The Field of Greens festival close to Conyers in October. They usually have about 25 great chefs serving food out of a large tent on a farm. There is music, a farmers market and a large kids village. The cost is great for all of the food that you get.


August 10th, 2011
8:36 am

Chitlin’ Hoedown in Yatesville, GA – 4th weekend in October.
The festival isn’t just about chitterlings, it also features arts and crafts, booths, a parade, and many different kinds of food.


August 10th, 2011
8:49 am

Tim and J-Man if you would have read the article it clearly states GEORGIA FESTIVALS. If any of you can’t think of one in Georgia, don’t say anything.


August 10th, 2011
9:58 am

DragonCon, though not fall themed, always signifies the start of fall for me. It’s Labor Day weekend, and I know football, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are right around the corner. Not to mention DragonCon has something for everyone. Whether you are in to TV, Movies, Comic Books, Science, Literature, or whatever, there will always be something there for you to do.


August 10th, 2011
3:55 pm

Whittier Mill Village’s Parktoberfest! Every year this charming NW Atlanta historic neighborhood knocks itself out throwing a great, family-friendly party to raise money for its namesake park. Great food, music and all-you-can-drink beer makes for a perfect fall festival. This year’s headliner band is Nashville’s The Apache Relay, which Paste Magazine called out in its “The Best of What’s Next.”


August 10th, 2011
11:41 pm

I have to agree with the reader above.

Piedmont Arts Festival that is coming up in just a few weeks : August 20-21, at Piedmont Park with out a question. That group is really focused on local and local artists, thrilled to see a long standing tradition return to Piedmont Park.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival:
August 20-21, 2011
Saturday 10-7
Sunday 11-6

And, my second favorite is the Chastain Park Arts Festival coming up in November at Chastain Park, I love walking under the trees as they change colors and the coolness in the air.

Chastain Park Arts Festival
November 5-6
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 11-5


mary b

August 11th, 2011
12:42 pm

Atlanta Greek Festival – such good food and great family fun


August 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

East Atlanta Strut – fun 5K race, hilarious parade, good bands, good people watching and excellent bar hopping options.


August 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Taste of Atlanta!


August 14th, 2011
10:24 pm



August 14th, 2011
10:31 pm

Parktoberfest (on 10/8 this year) is by far my favorite fall festival in Atlanta. It is located in the only historic neighborhood on the city’s west side (at James Jackson and Bolton Rd.) and offers some of the southeast’s best music and beer in exchange for a small donation to the neighborhood’s park.


August 14th, 2011
10:50 pm

Suwanee Day is a good one! Saturday, September 17. All day fun and the event is only one day. Lots of food, vendors and things for the family. Starts with a parade and ends with fireworks! This year, the concert at the end is Lovin’ Spoonful. Always a good time in Suwanee. Suwanee Rocks!


August 15th, 2011
12:31 am