Georgia’s Lake Country may conjure ideas of long summer days spent fishing, golfing and splashing in the water, yet the communities surrounding Lakes Oconee and Sinclair are, in fact, year-round destinations. Eatonton, Greensboro, Madison and Milledgeville offer several fall festivals worth the trip. Put these events on your calendar immediately!
Join Crooked Pines Farm for their annual Pumpkin Festival! Traditional fall fun activities such as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, petting farm, pony rides and a corn-cob derby will be in full swing. Bobbing for apples, face painting, crafts, a bounce house and more will be at the event! Vendor booths will be offering homemade and original crafts, produce and festival treats.
Bring your appetite for the Taste of Eatonton. Enjoy samples from local favorite lake country restaurants at the area’s largest foodie event.
Eatonton hosts the spectacular Briar Patch Arts Festival. This unique arts festival hosts specialty arts and crafts vendors showcasing handmade soaps, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, handmade glassware, clothing, potted plants, children’s items and much more. Live entertainment on the music stage will keep you tapping your toes.
Garden & Gun is hosting a weekend of Music, Bourbon & BBQ at Lake Oconee. Accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds will accompany an evening of bluegrass and barbecue with pit master John Lewis, culinary thrills from The Southerners Cookbook, and a bourbon master class with Seth & Justin Thompson of The Bourbon Review.
The annual chili-themed showdown held in Madison’s Town Park, Madison’s Annual Chili Cook-off & Fall Festival, is sure to be another spicy success. From chili sampling to bounce-houses, there’s something for everyone! If chili isn’t your cup of (sweet) tea, you can also check out the homemade cornbread contest.
Another most anticipated tradition is the Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival. If you’ve never seen 100+ tractors motoring through town, then it’s time to head to Bostwick. The festival began in the late 1980s and is held in honor of Bostwick’s agricultural heritage. The festival features specialty craft vendors, cotton ginning demonstrations and the largest tractor parade in the Southeast.
Deep Roots is a lively cultural arts and music festival that brings historic downtown Milledgeville to life like nothing else on in late October. It beckons travelers with an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from bluegrass to rock-and-roll, artist market and a “LittleRoots KidZone.” Downtown streets are closed, allowing festival-goers to dine in their favorite establishments or try a pop-up vendor, shop the festival arts or merchants, and dance in the street with your partner or kiddo. The festival also plays host to a GBA-sanctioned BBQ cook-off contest featuring the ever-popular People’s Choice award that will draw BBQ connoisseurs from around the Southeast.
The majestic oak and pecan trees are a wonderful canopy for hundreds of guests lounging in lawn chairs, on blankets, and enjoying picnics for several hours of the best Bluegrass music to be heard anywhere. Andalusia’s Bluegrass Festival, is an event for the whole family! Bring your instruments for porch pickin’, or enjoy the tunes of live bands.
Once the leaves start to change colors and temperatures begin to drop, Georgia’s Lake Country invites you to spend this off-peak season of swimming as a festival-goer.
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