Appalachian Country Living’s 2015 Fall Festival Preview

By on August 1, 2015

2015 Fall Festival Preview

Welcome to the most complete list of festivals and events in north Georgia!

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!

7th Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
August 1, 2015
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA 7:00 p.m. Hwy 76 in Hiawassee.7th 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 7:00 p.m. Check the website for full schedule of events. $10.00 admission fee, children 12 and under are free. Contact Information: 706-896-4191.

Gilmer County Fair
August 4 -9, 2015
The Gilmer County Fair offers entertainment for the whole family including Peachtree Rides, live entertainment, and an exhibition featuring: Quilts, Agriculture, Crafts, Food, Canning, Baking, Sewing, Needlework, Art, Flowers, Photography, and more. Gate Admission is $3 Adults, $2 Students, Free 6 and under bring a pair of eyeglasses, a hearing aid, or a cell phone for $1 off admission. (one per person). Ride admission is $20 Armband EVERY NIGHT! Contact Information: 706-635-5901

8th Annual Tomato Festival
August 15, 2015
Join us as we celebrate all things “tomato”. Try our wines and enjoy lunch prepared by Chef David and his Culinary Team! TICKETS: Tickets are $20 for 21 and over or $10 for under 21. Includes wine tasting, souvenir glass, lunch and admission to all of the festivities. Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris, GA.11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Visit cranecreekvineyards.com. Contact Information: 706-896-4966.

20th Anniversary Celebration with Hiawassee River Watershed Coalition Inc.
August 22, 2015
Historic L & N Depot, Murphy, NC. 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Inc. is celebrating 20 years of incorporation in 2015! We invite you to come celebrate with us! Contact Information: 828-837-5414.

Dawsonville Beer & Music Festival
August 22, 2015
Downtown Dawsonville, Dawsonville, GA. 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival. 415 Highway 53 East. Dawsonville, GA 30534 (behind City Hall). Contact Information: 404-851-7768.

2015 Young Harris Art Fest
August 29-August 30, 2015
Mayors Park, Young Harris, GA. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Great art festivals in the northeast Georgia mountains. For more information please visit: www.robinrobertspromotions.com. Contact Information: 706-897-6179.

Sherriff’s Jeep Fest
September 4-6, 2015
Enjoy 3 Days of Family Friendly Fun, jeep trails &obstacles, live music & bonfire. Helicopter Rides, and much more. Jasper, GA .60 Miles North of Atlanta in Jasper Georgia For more information please contact the Pickens County Sherriff’s Office. Contact Information: 706-253-8900.

Mountain Heritage Festival
September 5 & September 6, 2015
Collections of fine mountain-made products are available at this spectacular event during Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the manifestations of the handiwork of local craftsmen and craftswomen. Blairsville, GA .For more information please visit: unioncountyhistory.org. Contact Information: 706-745-5493.

Annual Grape Stomping Festival
September 6, 2015
Celebrating just over 2 years, we will be raising our glasses for this continuous milestone, the amazing support of our customers and fun times to come. Join in the old world grape stomping tradition along with other activities. Paradise Hills, Resort & Spa, Hiawassee, GA. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-745-7483.

Fall Plein Air Festival
September 9-13, 2015
Exhibit September 15-October 11, 2015
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! Our Fall Plein Air Event in September offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains is in conjunction with the 11th 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! The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA.
For more info visit: www.blueridgearts.net

Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards
Weekends starting September 12 – October 25 and October 31, 2015.
U-pick apple festival featuring pig races, cow milking, wagon rides, Bluegrass Bands, Clogging groups, mini golf, cow train rides, pedal cart rides, trike track, 3 Museums, playgrounds with giant slides, a petting farm and jumping pillow. The farm market is filled with fresh picked apples, fresh squeezed apple cider, local honey & sorghum and hundreds of canned goods. Family owned and operated since 1946. Fee: $10.00 per person. Hillcrest Orchards, Ellijay, GA .9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-273-3838 or 706-273-9494.

45th Annual Oktoberfest
September 10-13, 2015

September 17-November 1,2015
Beer, brats, bands and lederhosen—the Helen Oktoberfest is the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States. Helen Festhalle, Helen, GA. Admission $8.00 Monday-Friday. $10.00 on Saturdays and FREE on Sundays. Weekdays 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 6:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-878-1619.

5th Annual Friday Night Blues Crawl
September 11, 2015
Start the weekend off right Friday September 11th, at 7:00 pm with our Blue Ridge Blues Crawl in downtown Blue Ridge. Crawl through 8 different restaurants enjoying live music, food, and drinks as we celebrate the start of our Blues Weekend in the mountains. Pick up your Official Blues & BBQ Festival Rack Card from your Blue Ridge lodging provider, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce or participating Crawl restaurant. Carry it with you on Friday night as you Crawl. Get all 8 stars punched and you can get into the Blues & BBQ Festival free the next day! Visit www.blueridgelodgingassociation.com for more info.

5th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival
September 12, 2015
5th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival Featuring Wayne Dopsie, Crossroads Band, MudBone Turner, SugarLips Wilson, Tullie Brae Band and No Comment. Event is $5.00 with children 12 and under being free. Lots of great barbeque and craft beer available on site. Special section full of fun stuff for the kids to do. No coolers and no umbrellas are allowed. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out the website for a full listing of times and information. Blue Ridge Lodging Association: info@blueridgelodgingassociation.com.

Crush Festival at Cartecay Vineyards
September 19 & 20, 2015
Saturday: Includes Grape Stomping, Live music with Dr. Paul 11:30 to 2:45 and Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk 3:15 to 6:30. Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. From 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. $30.00.
Sunday: Includes Grape Stomping, Live music with Downtown Roy 1:30pm to 5:30pm, Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. From 12:30pm-600 pm $20.00. OR $40 for BOTH days! Cartecay Vineyards, Ellijay, GA . Visit cartecayvineyards.com for more information or call 706.698.9463

Folk Art Heritage Center & World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition
September 19-20, 2015
This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact Information: 828-298-7928.

40th Annual Rose Lawn Arts Festival
September 19 & 20, 2015
The annual arts festival, held on the grounds at Rose Lawn, features the works of artists from across the Southeast. The American Association of University Women will hold their annual Book Sale during the festival, and the house will be open for guided tours. Rose Lawn, Cartersville, GA. Contact Information: 770-387-5162.

31st Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
September 26-27, 2015
The Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is the historic cornerstone of the Service League’s fundraising efforts. Riverfest is a juried show, featuring original, creative, handmade work from artisans all over the region. Incredible entertainment – live music and dancing – a fun-filled children’s area. Boling Park, Canton, GA. Contact Information: 770-704-5991.

OCTOBER

8th Annual Scarecrow Invasion!
October 1-30, 2015
The Scarecrows go up Oct 1 and stay up through Oct 31. We have over 300 themed Scarecrows decorating the town for the month of October providing a festive and fun attraction to see. Come and build your own scarecrow at Penney’s Mountain Ridge Garden Shop from September 23rd thru the end of October. Historic Downtown Ellijay, GA .Contact Information: 706-635-7400 or 706-698-2815.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
October 3, 2015
A celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring regional music, demonstrations and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. Honoringh the people of Southern Appalachia, who have shared their tales with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines. Clayton, GA. Contact Information: 706-746-5828.

Annual Pumpkin Fest
October 3-31, 2015
Join us for the month of October for all kinds of fun filled activities. Wool jump, Pumpkin Patch, Scarecrow Trail and more! North GA Zoo, Cleveland, GA. Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-348-7279.

Indian Summer Festival
October 3 & 4, 2015
Activities include a Craft Show, 10K Run, Country Square Dance, Weaponry Demonstration, Auction, Play performed by Elementary Students, and Much More! Woody Gap School, Suches, GA. Contact Information: 706-745-5789.

35th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
October 3-4, 2015
Come out for the 35th Georgia Marble Festival. There will be arts, crafts, music and food. On Saturday there will be a 5k run/walk. This is the ONLY time of the year that you can tour the quarry, and tickets go fast! Enjoy music, craft & food vendors, the Miss Marble pageant, and a parade. Across from the Jasper Middle School, Pickens County, GA. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600.

WaterLily Festival
October 3 & 4, 10 &11, 2015
Celebrate the beauty of 140 varieties of Waterlilies blooming against the backdrop of our Monet Bridge. Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA .Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information visit: gibbsgardens.com or 770-893-1881.

John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 3&4, 2015
This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 42nd anniversary in October. John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Adults $5.00, Ages 12-17 $3.00, under 12 free. Contact Information: 1-800-365-5724.

Cumming Country Fair
October 8-18, 2015
The fair is an affordable family outing. Free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free living history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages. Cumming Fair Grounds, Cumming, GA. Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.; Friday 4:00 p.m.- Midnight; Saturday 10:00 a.m – Midnight; Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Contact Information: 770-781-3491.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 9-17, 2015
Join us at the 2015 Fall Festival. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-4191.

Big Red Apple Festival
October 10, 2015
Family-oriented fall festival complete with crafts, food and entertainment. You can see the big, red apple monument in the railway station area. 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. Cornelia, GA. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-778-8585.

44th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
October 10-11 & 17-18, 2015
The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. Over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, and 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 10th. The parade is on October 17th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. The Georgia Apple Festival Arts and Crafts show features live entertainment, great good, and over 250 vendors selling hand-crafted items of every description! Fee: $5.00 for adults, children under 10 are free. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ellijay, GA.9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact information: 706-636-4500. Or visit georgiaapplefestival.org

Fall Arts in the Park
October 10-11, 2015
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. It’s fun for the entire family. Come out and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers National Juried Show. 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. Blue Ridge, GA. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both Days. Contact Devon Faria, Festivals & Programming Coordinator at blueridgearts.programming@gmail.com. Or visit the website at www.blueridgearts.net. Or call: 706-632-2144.

Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park
October 17, 2015
Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a 2pm cakewalk, 4:30pm hayrides, 5pm chili & drinks for sale, 6:30pm campfire & dancing, at 8pm a professional storyteller around a bonfire. $3. per person for hayrides. Noon- 7pm. Parking $5. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Contact: www.visitblairsville.com or call 706-745-2628.

8th Annual Paws in the Park
October 17,2015
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! Downtown BThird Annual Japanese Arts and Cultural Festival
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 2015
Highlighting various arts and culture of Japan with thousands of Japanese Maples displaying their fall color. Tea ceremonies, drummers, dancers, archery, origami, martial arts, sumo wrestlers and more. Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA. Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Visit: gibbsgardens.com. Contact: 770-893-1881.

3rd Annual American Indian Festival
October 17&18, 2015
Native American Intertribal Dancers, Thunder Bird drum with singers, hand drumming, flute playing, storytelling, face painting, native style food vendors and crafts. 1512 Appalachian Hwy. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Next to the Blue Ridge Flea Market, 2 miles south of Blue Ridge GA, Contact Information: 706-455-0464.

2015 Art Ober-Fest
October 17, 2015
Helen Arts and Heritage Center, Helen, GA. 2015 Art-Oberfest Arts & Crafts Festival -10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-878-3933.

Sorghum Festival
2nd & 3rd Weekends in October 2015
Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. Visit: sorghumfestivalblairsville.org.

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days
October 17-18, 2015
Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Downtown Dahlonega, GA. For more information visit: daholonegajaycees.com.

21st Annual Heritage Days Festival
October 17-18, 2015
The Heritage Days Festival is held the third weekend in October and is the highlight of the year in Talking Rock. Vendors from around the state join with shop owners for a 2-day festival that includes food, fun and music. Talking Rock, GA. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information e-mail: info@TalkingRockGA.com.

Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and 
Fall Leaf Festival
October 23-24, 2015
It’s all about BBQ, babies and fun. Tons of fun for the whole family including tasting opportunities for award winning BBQ, sauce tasting tent, entertainment, local arts and craft vendors, games, Piglet PlayLand with bounce houses, corn box, games and more. Hours: Friday, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Babyland General Hospital, Cleveland, GA. Contact: 706-348-7067.

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
October 23-24, 2015
The Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Live Music, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more. Kennesaw State University Sports & Rec Park, Kennesaw, GA. Contact: 470-578-4849.

48th Annual Moonshine Festival 
& Car Show
October 24 & 25, 2015
All proceeds support KARE for Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization in Dawson County. This event includes arts, crafts, food, music and activities for the entire family. Parade of Authentic Moonshine & Revenue Cars, vendors, and a petting zoo. Downtown Dawsonville, Dawsonville, GA. Contact: 706-216-5273 or 706-265-6278.

Blue Ridge Art Center Fall Arts in the Park
October 10 & 11, 2015
For 40 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a non-profit arts council, has provided a unique art experience through our Arts in the Park festival series in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Arts in the Park features over 200 juried art, craft and food booths. The best in mountain crafts and fine art, artists demonstrations, music and dance. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. $5 admission. Down Town Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact Information: 706- 632-2144. Visit: www.blueridgearts.ne

Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Sale
October 17-18 & 24-25, 2015
Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts and crafts vendors offering such items as pottery, wood carvings, quilts, paintings as well as homemade snacks and canned goods. Music performances each day. The event is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 2 consecutive weekends. Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Blue Ridge, GA. Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

NOVEMBER

Japanese Maple Festival
November 7-8, 14-15, 2015
Saturday, November 7, The Michael Allen Radio Show band will perform and food will be available for purchase. Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more info visit: gibbsgardens.com. 770-893-1881.

12th Annual Cumming Christmas Arts 
& Crafts Festival
November 14-15, 2015
Community event featuring approximately 100 artisans and craftsman, all with handcrafted merchandise. Family oriented fun; Food Trucks and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lanier Technical College, Cumming, GA. For more information please visit: sawneeart.org.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express
November 15 thru December 31, 2015
Come ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols. Blue Ridge Depot, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact Information: 877-413-8724.

Light Up Ellijay
November 27, 2015
Return to Whoville and stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas! Live music, craft vendors, and food from local restaurants on the square beginning at 4 p.m. Lighted parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. The Square in Downtown Ellijay, Ellijay, GA. 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact Information: 706-635-4711.

The Santa Express Train Ride
November 27 thru December 24, 2015
Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. 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. Each passenger also receives the traditional Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Memento. Approximately 1 Hour Trip Time – Enclosed Climate Control ONLY Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, Blue Ridge, GA. Contact Information: 706-632-8724.

Light Up Blue Ridge
November 28, 2015
The GREAT TREE is back! It is 27 feet tall, a sight that will WOW children and adults alike and will be lit at 6:00. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 11:45. Parade through town, Tuba Christmas Performance, events throughout the day. Downtown Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge, GA. For information email: quinngudakunst@gmail.com

15th Annual Mistletoe Market & Sugar Plum Tearoom
November 28, 2015
Homemade soups, sandwiches, and goodies are available while you browse the arts and crafts items on display. North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-0932.

Tinsel & Trees Holiday Show
December 5, 2015
This show will take place at the Unicoi Lodge on December 5-6th 2015. The lodge is also hosting the festival of trees on the lower level of the lodge. Come out and enjoy the Holiday spirit and beautiful trees at the lodge. Hours: Sat 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Unicoi State Parke, Helen, GA. Contact Information: 706-897-6179.

Holiday on the Square and Christmas Parade
December 5, 2015
Downtown Blairsville, Blairsville, GA. The first Saturday in December signals the gathering of residents and visitors to Downtown Blairsville for our annual Christmas Parade and holiday activities. Christmas concerts are also preformed throughout the month at the Historic Courthouse. Contact Information: 877-745-5789.

Hometown Christmas
December 5, 2015
Downtown McCaysville, McCaysville, GA. Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Santa’s arrival, food, refreshments and entertainment. Lighting of the bridge. Contact Information: 706-632-5680.

Christmas in Cumming
December 11-12, 2015
Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Contact Information: 770-881-3486.

While every attempt has been made to impart accurate information, please confirm with the festival you wish to visit before making travel plans. With that said, we wish you the best fun in the mountains this fall!