Funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, family entertainment, and farm animals—is it really even the fall if you haven’t visited a fair or festival in Georgia? From the mountains to the coast, we’ve put together our favorite fall fairs and festivals for Georgia families, below. Keep reading to find out where to find folk art, camel rides, and the best tilt-a-whirl this side of the Mississippi.

August

Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, Aug. 13-21, 2021
The 70th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, will attract thousands of visitors from across the region to experience excitement and nostalgia that only the fair can offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia's rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.
 
Lemonade Days in Dunwoody, Aug. 18-22, 2021
Lemonade Days is a five day festival traditionally held annually in April, at Brook Run Park. This year's Lemonade Days will feature more than 30 exciting full-scale carnival rides, fabulous food-and-beverage vendors, a SK run, a Country Store of multiple craft vendors, ponies, a petting zoo and its now-famous Dunwoody Idol contest. Wristbands for unlimited rides are available for $20 on Family Night (Wednesday and Thursday) and $25 (Friday-Sunday).

September

Pioneer Days in Cartersville, Sept. 3-6, 2021
The Pioneer Days Festival is a clean, well lit, family oriented arts & crafts festival, and carnival - with the finest selection of modern rides, food and game concessions, all staffed by courteous, uniformed individuals.

Gwinnett County Fair in Lawrenceville, Sept. 16-26, 2021
Come for the rides and food then stay for the shows. The annual Gwinnett County Fair will feature the Ninja Experience Show, Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean Show, and concerts by Malpass Brothers, The Swingin' Medallions, Wilson-Fairchild and Kasual.

Kiwanis Coweta County Fair in Newnan, Sept. 16-26, 2021
At the Kiwanis Coweta County Fair, see livestock shows, comedians, a moto-freestyle show, a reptile rescue exhibit, and live entertainment—in addition to the traditional fair experience.

North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Sept. 23-Oct. 3, 2021
The second-largest fair in Georgia sets up at Jim Miller Park this autumn. Nearly 300,000 people are expected to attend the North Georgia State Fair and enjoy a variety of typical fair festivities. The fair also hosts a number of free concerts each year. 2021's lineup includes We Are Messengers, Jon Langston, Chris Lane, Chase Rice, Gabby Barrett and Mark Wills.

Spalding County Fair in Griffin, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2021
In addition to the traditional fair activities, don't miss the special events at the Spalding County Fair this fall, including performances by chain saw artist “Artistry in Wood” and Rust and Flame Blacksmith, lawnmower races, and a demolition derby. $25 Mega Tickets include entrance into the fair and unlimited rides!

 

October

Georgia State Fair in Hampton, Oct. 1-10, 2021
The grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway fill with the sights and sounds of one of the state's largest fairs each year. Animals play a big role in the fun with the 2021 Georgia State Fair, including a petting zoo, circus, racing pigs and pony rides.

Atlanta Pizza Festival in Atlantic Station, Oct. 2
Pizza vendors from all over the world attending the first Atlanta Pizza Festival, where visitors can taste lots, and lots, and lots of pizza, enjoy live music, entertainment, and activities for everyone.

The Georgia National Fair in Perry, Oct. 7-17, 2021
For 11 days each autumn, The Georgia National Fair brings rides, concerts, agricultural exhibits and competitions, food stands, arts and crafts, and horse shows to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. The best part? Fireworks each night!

Cumming Country Fair & Festival in Cumming, Oct. 7-17, 2021
Just 40 minutes north of Atlanta, the Cumming Country Fair & Festival combines rides with the American Bullriders Tour, the Miss Cumming Pageant, concerts, and festival fare for 10 days of fun.

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Oct. 9 &10, 16 & 17
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. 2021 marks the 50th year of the Georgia Apple Festival, and there will be loads of handmade, hand-crafted items, many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made, and a parade and antique car show.

Elberton 12-County Fair in Elberton, Oct. 14-24, 2021
Voted "One of the 10 Great Places for Blue Ribbon County Fairs" by USA Today, the Elberton 12-County Fair features a carnival midway, nightly prize drawings, handmade goods competitions, and enough rides to fill your day and night with fun.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair in Augusta, Oct. 15-24, 2021
For the 2021 Georgia-Carolina State Fair, expect more rides than before in addition to livestock competitions, arts and crafts, the Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair competition, and fun fair food.

North Georgia Agricultural Fair in Dalton, Oct. 17-22, 2021
The North Georgia Fair has been a Northwest Georgia cultural tradition since 1949. Today, the fair offers a valuable community service for Northwest Georgia through its recognition of those seeking to improve agricultural standards, its promotion of education, and its stimulation of youthful participation. But it's not just about the farm. The fair has partnered with Drew Expositions to bring you the rides, thrills, and fanfare of what you expect.

Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in Statesboro, Oct. 18-23, 2021
The 59th annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair will feature education, heritage, business exhibits, food, entertainment and rides throughout its run.

Featured photo via iStock.

—Shelley Massey

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