2014 North Georgia Fall Festival Preview

By on August 1, 2014

North Georgia Fall Festival

Welcome to the most complete list of North Georgia fall festivals and events! There’s surely more to do this fall than humanly possible and we’re certain there’s something here for everyone. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia has to offer this fall season!

Friday Night Live! Themed Street Festival
August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, 2014
The Park at City Center in Woodstock.
Spend the first Friday evening of the month in Olde Towne Woodstock at “Friday Night Live,” and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer. The downtown merchants stay open late, and participating merchants have activities at their stores and throughout the downtown area related to each night’s theme. This event also features great music, with bands performing throughout downtown Woodstock in front of the stores to add to the street festival feel. Admission FREE. No tickets needed. For theme details call 770.924.0406 or check our website: www.mainstreetwoodstock.org

Big Canoe Village Festival
August 2 – October 31, 2014
Enjoy the festival atmosphere where vendors will be selling fresh vegetables, plants, fruits, homemade cheeses, coffee, breads, fresh seafood, sausages, lamb, beef, fried pies, pottery, can goods, baskets, jewelry, mushrooms, honey, soaps, pastries, glass painted vases and hats. Market is open from 9 am – noon every Saturday through October at their new location, Potts Mountain, off Steve Tate Highway. For more information and directions call 770. 893. 2733, 866. 244. 2266 or visit www.bigcanoe.com

Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-in
Car Show
August 7-9, 2014
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. 6th Annual Show! Live mountain music shows, hundreds of hot rods, swap meet, a “Moonshine Run for Cash” Folk show exhibits, Pioneer Village , automotive vendors, mountain crafts, lots of fun. See a real moonshine still in the works! Live concert on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00p.m. Check website for full schedule of events. $10.00 admission fee, children 12 and under are FREE. 706-896-4191 or 800-984-1543

Annual American Indian Festival
August 9 – August 10, 2014
Located 2 miles south of Blue Ridge on Hwy. 515. The festival will include Native American Intertribal Dancers, Thunder Bird drum with singers, hand drumming, flute playing, storytelling, face painting, native style food vendors and crafts. Contact Edna Goodhart @ 705-455-0464 or Ken Iron Horse @ 706-897-5799 for additional information.

Copper Basin River Fest
August 23, 2014
Downtown McCaysville. Bring the whole family for a water friendly event. Enjoy a Boat Regatta, Canoes, Kayaks, Tubes, Rafts. Rubber Duck Race at 12:30pm. Tube race at 4:00pm. Prizes awarded for the Best Decorated watercraft. Races begin at Horseshoe Park and ends in McCaysville and Copperhill. For more information check http://www.ocoee-info.com/

LoganBerry Heritage Farm Garlic Fest
August 23, 2014
Cleveland, GA. Celebrate the harvest of that earthy, pungent bulb “Garlic.” 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Many varieties of garlic from around the world showcased by talented chefs in creative dishes, cooking demos, tastings and recipes. FREE admission. Because this is a working farm with many farm animals, we request that no pets be brought to the Festival. 706-348-6068, www.loganberryheritagefarm.com GPS Address: 2660 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland, GA 30528

Mountain Heritage Festival
August 30-31, 2014
Downtown Blairsville. Labor Day Weekend. The Heritage Festival celebrates the history and mountain culture of Union County. Collections of fine mountain-made products are available at this spectacular event. Enjoy the handiwork of our local craftsmen and craftswomen. 9:00AM – 5:00AM. You may contact the Society Office 706-745-5493 or the Union County Historical Society website: history1@windstream.net for additional information.

2014 ICF Canoe Freestyle Pan-American Championships
September 4-6
Bryson City, NC. After hosting the best ever Freestyle World Championships in 2013, NOC welcomes international freestyle back to Bryson City and the Nantahala River for the 2014 ICF Canoe Freestyle Pan-American Championships. The event will bring together the best paddlers from the Western Hemisphere to face-off once again on the Nantahala. There is no athlete limit imposed on the “Pan-Am” Championships as there is on the Worlds, so this event is open to anyone who wants to participate and get out there with the big dogs. Check the event website for registration information in the next few months!
Check out all the event info at: http://www.noc.com/noccom/festivals-a-events/2014-pan-am/

Pickens Sheriff’s Jeep Fest
September 5-8, 2014
Pickens County. The Jeep Fest is an annual event that is sponsored and operated by the Pickens Sheriff’s Office. And is one of the major annual fund-raisers for the Youth Homes. The event is staffed by volunteers from law enforcement agencies and local Jeep Clubs from all over North Georgia ensuring a high-quality, safe and well-organized event in a family-friendly environment. Participate in the many driving events and have access to the some of the major names and manufactures in the off-road industry. In the evenings you can hang out at the bonfire, socialize with other Jeepers, kick tires and listen to some great music! $60 registration fee. For more information call 706. 253. 8900 or visit www.sheriffsjeepfest.com

Red Apple Barn U-Pick Apples & Pumpkin Patch
September 7, 2014
Ellijay, GA. Enjoy a visit with your family to the Red Apple Barn near Ellijay in the North Georgia mountains. Pick apples, pumpkins, flowers, play games or have a picnic. In our farm store, U-Pick apples, pumpkins, wild flowers on weekends in September and October. Take a tractor ride and farm tour to the apple orchard. U-pick times are Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 – 4 p.m. Fridays are scheduled for group tours by calling ahead. For event information: 706-635-5898 or check website www.apples@redapplebarn.com

Fall Plein Air Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center celebrates Art & Adventure in the Fall with opportunities for our artists to come together and capture our area’s incredible outdoor beauty in Plein Air! Beginning Fall 2014, our Fall Plein Air Event in September offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains is in conjunction with the 10th Annual International Worldwide Artist Paint Out. Opportunities to surround yourself with the natural beauty of our area, but workshops and ‘quickdraw’ events help encourage the unique and incredible culture that is Plein Air Art! Prizes totaling over $450 will also be awarded to those who participate. http://www.blueridgearts.net

44nd Annual Oktoberfest
September 11 – 14, 2014
September 18 – November 2 Everyday
Helen Festhalle. Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen– the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States. German-style bands from around the country and around the world play on stage for your listening and viewing pleasure. See the Alphorns blown, the Cowbells rung and the Accordian squeezed. Grab your partner and take a spin on the dance floor to the timeless tunes of the Polka. The Festhalle is set up with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Enjoy a good German beer with a Brat on a roll. So bring your friends and make some new ones. Partake in the Gemütlichkeit (and learn what it is). Admission: $8.00 Monday – Friday, $9.00 on Saturday, free on Sunday! For more information contact the Helen Chamber of Commerce at 706. 878. 1619 or visit www.helenchamber.com And also check it out on “You Tube”!

Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival
September 13, 2014
Blairsville, Vogel State Park. This popular event includes Appalachian, Bluegrass and Gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 10am – 5pmFor additional information call 706-745-2628.

4th Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival
September 19-20, 2014

Start the weekend off right with the Friday night Blues Crawl. Eight participating restaurants will feature live blues music and special menus from 7pm-11pm. Take our official rack card with you as you crawl, get each location to punch their star, then bring that fully-punched card on Saturday to get FREE Admission to the Festival. Saturday, the Blues & BBQ Festival is from 12p-9p. Great food and exceptional music are scheduled rain or shine for a $5.00 admission, children 12 and under are admitted free. New for 2014 is the Home Depot Kids Korner – a Kids Wonderland of huge, inflatable, fun activities for all ages, arts & crafts and balloon creations. $5 wristband gets the kids unlimited fun all day long – free adult entry with each paid kid.  Due to the nature of the event, no pets, coolers or smoking will be permitted inside the festival area. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Lodging Association. info@blueridgelodgingassociation.com or call CJ Stam at 678-313-9219 for further information.
Crush Festival at Cartecay Vinyards
September 20, 2014
Enjoy grape stomping, live music with Man Bites Dog. Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. $20.00 includes 7 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

4th Annual Ride the Rails Festival
September 20-21, 2014
Mineral Bluff, GA. A 5-mile round trip by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge back to the beautiful historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Motor Car Rides: Suggested Donation $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $1.00 per person per round trip. Food, Popcorn, Hot Fresh Coffee, Cold Soft Drinks and Local Vendors, Saturday 10am to 3pm; Sunday, 11am to 2pm. A fun day for all! For more information call: 423-496-5006

Cartecay Vineyard Crush Festival
September 20, 2014
Ellijay, GA. 10:30AM to 7:00PM, $20.00 includes Grape Stomping and Live Music with Man Bites Dog, 7 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Food and Arts/Crafts vendors on site. www.cartecayvineyard.com

Scarecrow Trail
September 20, October 31, 2014
North Georgia Petting Zoo, Cleveland, GA
Join us for lots of fall festivities, including themed scarecrows, hayrides, wool jump, pumpkin patch and sunset tours (TBA). Meet and greet with a variety of animals, and make crafts. Boo at the Zoo: Halloween weekend. Contact the North Georgia Zoo at 706. 348. 7279 or visit www.myfavoritezoo.com for updated information.

39th Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn
September 20 – 21, 2014
Cartersville, GA. Saturday, 10:00AM-6:00PM and Sunday, 12:00PM-5:00PM. Held on the grounds at Rose Lawn, featuring the works of artists from across the Southeast. Fine art and Heritage Craft exhibits include oils, watercolors, and pastels, sculptures in wood, brass, and glass, and many other unique hand-crafted items. Returning this year is the Healthy Bartow Historic 5K at Rose Lawn on Saturday prior to the festival opening. The Bartow History Museum is organizing this race which takes participants through Cartersville’s historic districts to foster an appreciation for the community’s history. The American Association of University Women will hold their annual Book Sale during the festival, and the house will be open for guided tours. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 770. 387. 5162, or visit www.roselawnmuseum.com

Annual Heritage Weekend
September 20-21, 2014
Folk Art Center Asheville, NC. Saturday, 10AM-4PM & Sunday, 12PM – 5PM. This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations.
A highlight of the weekend is the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2-3 PM.
GPS Directions: Folk Art Center Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC PH# 828.298.7928

Pickens Fur Ball
September 20, 2014
Jasper, GA. Saturday, 6:30PM. A night to remember that is full of entertainment and fun, the annual Fur Ball is an event to benefit the Pickens Animal Rescue. This year’s event will again be held at “Venue 2 Remember” off Hill City Road in Jasper, GA. The evening contains entertainment by DJ and music, dinner outside on the deck over looking the mountains, roulette table and raffles. Enjoy a great evening out for an even greater cause. 6 pm with a ticket cost $35.00 per person. Tickets available at PAWS on Main vet clinic or the Rescued Furniture Thrift Store both located at 371 N. Main St. in Jasper, or you may visit us online at www.pickensanimalrescue.org. For more information please call 770. 365. 2237. http://www.pickensanimalrescue.org/

30th Annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
September 27 – 28, 2014
Canton, GA. The Service League of Cherokee County will present the 30th annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 27, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 28 at Boling Park located at 1200 Marietta Highway in Canton, Ga. The juried show features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s activities and concessions. Admission for adults and children 11 and older is a $5 donation. The Service League is a volunteer organization more than 75 years old that uses the proceeds from this fund raiser to serve the needy children of Cherokee County. The event will take place rain or shine. All areas are handicap accessible. Free parking and shuttle services are available. Dogs are prohibited in the park by city ordinance. Call (770) 704-5991 or visit www.serviceleague.net.

Pumpkin Fest
October 1 – October 31, 2014
North Georgia Zoo, Cleveland, GA. Join us for the month of October for all kinds of fun filled activities. This is a great time to bring your group out and experience a variety of activities. Groups will enjoy guided wildlife walks, feeding and petting over 100 rare and unique farm animals, farm demonstrations, hay rides, sunset tours, hay maze, pumpkin patch and more.
Contact the North Georgia Zoo at 706. 348. 7279 or visit www.myfavoritezoo.com

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Fall Foliage Excursions
October 1 thru November 2014
A great FALL family adventure on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway starts at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. The train winds alongside the beautiful Toccoa River with one stop in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. October 1st – November 1st. Reservations recommended at least 3 weeks in advance. Adults (13-64): $48; Senior Citizens (65+): $41; Children (2-12): $27For more information and to purchase tickets call toll free at 1-877-413-TRAIN [8724], or online at www.brscenic.com

Cumming Country Fair & Festival
October 2-12, 2014
Cumming, GA. Midway carnival rides, petting zoo, Heritage Village with working exhibits, grand concert lineup, Indian Village and much more. Free daily attractions, discount days, and free concerts. Living history exhibits demonstrate authentic farm machinery, such as a cotton gin, corn mill, syrup mill, chicken house, grist mill, blacksmith shop, sawmill, moonshine still and a cider press. . No Alcohol, Pets or Coolers Allowed. For more information call 770. 781. 3491 or visit www.cummingfair.net

Talmadge Brothers Funeral Home and Casket Company Haunted House
October 3 thru Nov 1, 2014
Jasper, GA. Fifteen nights of TERROR! Talmadge Brothers haunt is a state-of-the-art haunted attraction featuring horrifying live actors, incredible special effects, and digital technology that has to be seen to be believed! We invite you to tour the former funeral home facility, but be warned. Constance still roams the halls of Talmadge Brothers, and will not rest until all those daring enough to enter share her own fate. General admission is $13. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Visit www.talmadgebroshaunt.com or find then on FB!

Indian Summer Festival
October 4-5, 2014
Suches, GA. 9:00AM-5:00PM Saturday & Sunday. The Festival in Suches is held on the grounds of Woody Gap School. The weekend-long event includes a car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and family activities. On Saturday, the Run Above the Clouds 10K and a one-mile run at 9 a.m. A Country Square Dance with a live band at 8 pm in the school gym. Advance dance tickets are $6; $8 at the door. www.exploregeorgia.org

The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
October 4, 2014
Rabun County Civic Center, Clayton, GA
A single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring traditional music, showcases and demonstrations of handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines.For more info call 706. 746. 5828 or visit www.foxfiremountaineer.org.

Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival
October 4, 2014
Alpharetta, GA. 10:00am-5:00pm. A tradition since 1969, this is a one day only outdoor festival in the historic community of Crabapple. 50 American Country Antique Dealers from six states and 50 local juried artists. Thousands of antiques, accessories, and unique pieces of art in all mediums will sell quickly. Rounding out the show are roaming musicians, delicious food trucks, a young artist’s expo and children’s activities. – 10:00am-5:00pm, Admission is FREE. For more information visit: www.crabapplecommunityassociation.org

41st Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 4-5, 2014
Brasstown, NC. 10:00AM – 5:00PM. Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 41st Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food, and much more! Admission: Adults $5; Ages 12–17, $3; under 12, FREE! For additional Information call 828. 837. 2775

34th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
October 4-5, 2014
Jasper, GA. Saturday 10:00AM – 10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM. There are many arts and crafts booths on hand to display the works of local artisans. All Arts & Crafts are handmade, and there are a large variety of artists available, from wood workers, marble sculptors, handmade clothing, to homemade jams, jellies and nuts. Also on hand will be food vendors serving up a delicious mixture of foods and sweet treats. Our exhibitors must exhibit handmade, homemade or natural products. Here, you are able to find marble vases and tiles, handmade clothing and accessories, paintings, fine-honed crafts and jewelry and a variety of household and novelty items. Our children’s area expands each year with additional activities. Many local businesses sponsor activities for the children to participate in for a nominal fee. Rock climbing, euro bungy, train rides and participant arts & crafts are but a few of the fun things to do. Adults: $5.00; Children 12 & under: $3.00; Children under 5: FREE; Family Weekend Pass: $20.00 (up to 6); Veterans/Seniors: $3.00.
For more information call 706-692-5600 or visit www.georgiamarblefestival.com

Fall Arts in the Park
October 11-12, 2014
Blue Ridge, GA. 10am to 5pm Both Days
Fine art, great food, fall colors on the trees and on the canvases. Peak leaf season in the mountains of North Georgia is mid-October. Enjoy the splendor of nature with a fine arts and crafts festival with 100’s of artists from across the nation. Check out the children’s section, stay tuned for live musical performances and enjoy the National Photography Exhibit in The Art Center Gallery. Downtown Blue Ridge has much to offer. Make a weekend of it and get a breath of mountain air while titillating the senses through this festival of fine art. Admission is $5 for adults/children free. Please contact the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. 706-632-2144 or through e-mail at brmaa@etcmail.com. Visit the website at www.blueridgearts.net.

Annual Sorghum Festival
October 11-12, October 18-20, 2014
Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Visitors enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as “Biskit” eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Join us the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October. For more information visit

Big Red Apple Festival
October 11, 2014
Cornelia, GA. Family-oriented fall festival complete with crafts, food and entertainment. You can see the big, red apple monument in the railway station area during your stroll. Children can play in the designated children’s area full of games and fun. With six parks and three museums, there’s no shortage of education. 10am to 4pm. For more information, call 706. 778. 8585 or visit www.corneliageorgia.org

43rd Annual Georgia Apple Festival
October 11-12 & October 18-19, 2014
Ellijay, Lions Club Fairgrounds. Come and enjoy the 43rd year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 11th. The parade is on October 18th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. For details: www.georgiaapplefestival.org or call 706-636-4500

Fall Hoedown
October 19, 2014
Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with chili, hotdogs and drinks, followed by a 3 pm cakewalk, 4 pm hayrides, 5 pm bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 pm trunk or treats, and 7 pm professional storytelling. 12 pm to 8 pm. A $3 fee will be charged per person, per hayride for 13 years and up. $5 parking. Vogel State Park 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. Hwy. 19/129. For more information call 706. 745. 2628. Or visit www.gastateparks.org/info/vogel

7th Annual Paws In The Park
October 19, 2014
Blue Ridge City Park. OK animal lovers– mark your calendars and plan to enjoy a day with your favorite pet! The Parade of Animals will start at 10:30 am followed by the Blessing of the Pets, a Costume Contest, Fabulous Food and Craft Vendors. Plus Alpaca and dog herding demonstrations, a rabies clinic, micro-chipping and much, more! Join the Annual Paws in the Park 5K Race! Registration starts at 8 am, with the race starting at 9am. There will be great prizes, a great t-shirt, great vendors, great food and great fun…all for a GREAT CAUSE! For more information call 706. 632. 5224 or visit www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org

Gold Rush Days
October 18 & 19 2014
Dahlonega, GA. Gold Rush Days are held the third weekend in October when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.A parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food! Call 706. 864. 7247 or visit www.dahlonegajaycees.com

19th Annual Heritage Days Festival
October 18 & 19, 2014
Talking Rock, GA. The business section of Talking Rock is ordinarily a rather quiet place to browse the shops and relax. However, during the 19th Annual Heritage Days Festival, the little town will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. There will be interesting demonstrations for the young and old, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music and good food. Go back in time by visiting the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum. Or, join hobbyists from all over the country in “riding the rails” in restored railcars. A caravan of railroad motorcars is expected to roll into town and stop at noon on Saturday. You can also enjoy a ride in a donkey cart and meet the Town Crier.9am – 5pm. Admission is free. For more information, call
706. 253. 5515 or visit www.talkingrockga.com

Annual Wine Harvest Festival
October 25, 2014
Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris, GA. Join us for our annual Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards as we celebrate the completion of the year’s harvest. There will be hayrides, grape stomping, tours of the winery, a kiddie tent and fun for the whole family! Tickets will be sold at the door, adults $20, ages 13-20 $10, children under 12 free. Ticket price includes wine tasting, souvenir wine glass, lunch and admission to all of the Crane Creek Vineyards. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris.
For more information call 706. 379. 1236 or visit www.cranecreekvineyards.com

47th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival
October 25 & 26, 2014
Dawsonville, GA. You can’t get more down-home charm than the Moonshine Festival in Downtown Dawsonville, GA. Celebrating the South’s history when liquor was illegal during Prohibition and running moonshine through the foothills of the mountains was a way of life. A parade of moonshine and revenue cars will kick off festivities at 9:00 am Saturday. Two stages with live entertainment. A Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Moonshine Run on Saturday, October 25th 10:00 am, registration to begin at 9:00 am. Meet many legendary racecar drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars than you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US! Admission is FREE. All proceeds benefit Kare for Kids. For more information call 877. 302. 9271 or visit www.kareforkids.us

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Pumpkin’ PIckin’
October 26, 2014
Join us for a one-hour trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. Seats are limited and advance reservations are recommended. Departure: 12:30 and 3:00 PM. Adults 13-64: $27; Seniors 65+: $27; Children 2-12: $23; Children under the age of 2 and not occupying a seat are issued a free ticket. Various dates, see web site for schedules: www.brscenic.com

Halloween KidsFest
October 31, 2014
Woodstock, GA. The Park at City Center, Starts Friday 3:00pm. Bring the kids for an afternoon of Halloween trick-or-treating, interactive activities, music, magic shows, games, costume contests and more! The costume contest begins at 6 p.m. in front of the gazebo with prizes for the funniest, scariest, cutest and best costumes. The evening concludes with an outdoor screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at 7 p.m.

Woodstock Art & Wine Festival
November 8 – 9, 2014
Woodstock, GA. This family friendly 2‑day outdoor festival features a juried fine art and craft show, wine tastings, live entertainment, a hands‑on interactive kid’s activity area and plenty of great food. Stroll the artist market featuring more than 50 artists, sample more than 30 wines and enjoy live entertainment. Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Entry is FREE for all ages; patrons can purchase a wine tasting wristband to learn about and enjoy unlimited samples of more than 30 types of wines ($30 per day for a wine tasting wristband). Enjoy some of the region’s best bands and community groups performing throughout the weekend. The Park at City Center downtown.

Christmas Village and Light Up The Basin
November 22nd-December 31st, 2014
Photos with Santa along with music, entertainment and other special events at locations around Copperhill and McCaysville, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, weekend evenings from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Visit: www.ocoeeinfo.com/

Live Nativity and Holiday Celebration at the North Georgia Zoo
November 28-30, 2014
Cleveland, GA. Visit the Live Nativity with live animals. Spend time with family and friends and enjoy a marshmallow roast, hayrides, caroling and other holiday activities. Friday through Sunday 10am – 8pm. Free with admission to the ZOO. Also enjoy Starry Night Guided Zoo tours. Bring your flashlight and join our guides as they take you on a walk through the zoo under the stars! Tours start at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm & 7:00pm. Reservations required. Reserved: Adult $25 / Children $23. At the Gate: Adult $30/ Children $28. Infants: Free. Save $3 if you reserve before November! Group rates w/ reservations for 20 or more, $20 per person. Contact the North Georgia Zoo at 706. 348. 7279 or visit www.myfavoritezoo.com

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Santa Express
November 28– December 24, 2014
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway celebrates the holidays on the 1 hour Santa Express with daytime, fun-filled train rides. On board, your family will hear a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, and visit with the North Pole’s jolliest elf himself, Santa, as he walks through each train car visiting and posing with the kids for photos. Advance reservations are required. Adults 13-64: $40; Seniors 65+: $40; Children 2-12: $24; Children under the age of 2 and not occupying a seat are issued a free ticket. www.brscenic.com

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Night Trains to Santa’s Pavilion
November 28 – December 20, 2014
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway celebrates the holidays! Santa and his Christmas characters will make their way through the train, visiting and posing for pictures. Each child gets a BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas activity book, and a candy cane. This trip has a 2 hour layover providing you time to shop, dine, and visit Santa at his pavilion. Advance reservations are required. Departure: 4:00 pm
Returns: 8:00 pm. Adults 13-64: $48; Seniors 65+: $48; Children 2-12: $27; Children under the age of 2 and not occupying a seat are issued a free ticket. www.brscenic.com

Light up Blue Ridge
November 29, 2014
Downtown Blue Ridge. Christmas festival in Downtown Blue Ridge. Music, refreshments, caroling and all-day activities. Official lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa arrives!! For more info visit www.blueridgemountains.com/festivals

Hometown Christmas
December 6, 2014
Downtown McCaysville. Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Santa’s arrival, food, refreshments and entertainment. Lighting of the bridge and more!

Have a wonderful time this fall. Be sure to double check the info provided here and look for our October/November issue for loads of holiday activities!