Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Festivals and Events

"The essence of pleasure is spontaneity." ~Germaine Greer


       With Fall officially starting on September 22nd, what better way to kick it off than with checking out some Fall Festivals! Here in Georgia, festivals are the norm. The kids will get to run out their energy and you mommies may be able to have a little fun yourself! Especially if you have a husband or significant other to help take on your brood. They will look for any reason to have a festival. Oh my goodness, and if you are a horror fan, it's Haunted House season! Below, you'll find a list of all the cool things happening right here in the great state of Georgia, as well as popular festivals and events across the country: 


1. Helen's Oktoberfest
Location: Helen, GA
When: Sept., 13 -Oct., 28 2012
Admission:   $8.00  Mon - Fri, $9.00 on Saturdays and free on Sundays! 


Come hangout at the German-style, longest running Oktoberfest in the country! The 42nd Oktoberfest is sure to be exciting and would be great for a weekend away with the hubby! Come enjoy some beer, brats, and a glimpse into a little bit of German culture.

2.  North Georgia State Fair

Location: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008
When: Sept., 20 - Sept., 30, 2012

Admission: Adults: $7.00, Kids 10 and under: FREE, Parking: $3.00
Ride tix prices (All rides require AT LEAST 2 tickets): Individual tix: $1.00, 22 tix: $20.00, 55 tix: $50.00

Visit the North GA State Fair website for more info...


Come out and enjoy this beloved annual State Fair in Marietta, GA! There are over 40 rides, games for kids and adults alike, shows (i.e. alligator show, bike stunts, horse show), and concerts from local performers. I went to this about 11 years ago, and I have to say, it was a really fun time. The fair is huge and there's tons to do. Your kids will love it! Click on the link above for concert times and other attraction info.

3.  Pumpkin Festival @ Stone Mountain Park

Location: Stone Mountain Park
When: Sept., 28- Oct., 28,2012

Admission: Entry into the park is $10 but click on the link below for the different family pass packages for the Pumpkin Festival.

Click here for more info on the Pumpkin Festival @ Stone Mountain Park!


"October activities include a Pumpkin Palooza game show, pumpkin pie eating contests, a family scavenger hunt, costume contests, and trick or treating at the shops. On Saturday nights you can also enjoy the famous Stone Mountain Park laser show! Hours are Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. Laser Show, Fridays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m." Source:

 If you have never been to Stone Mountain, you are in for quite a treat. My family and I frequent this park quite a bit, even when there's not any events going on. Check out their website for year long fun!

4.  Field of Greens Festival

Location: Whippoorwill Hollow Farm
When: Sept. 30, 2012

Admission: Adults: $20.00, Children 12 and Under: FREE

Click here for more info on The Field of Greens Festival 


"Expect the same legendary Chef's Tent --this year featuring 30 of Atlanta and Athens' best farm to table chefs--interactive Kid's Village, local music, festival market and craft demonstrations that have made this event a fall classic, and "Meals from the Market" where you can chat up local farmers for growing tips while learning and tasting simple recipes made from the seasonal vegetables they are selling.
Tickets are $20 in advance (see "Buy Tickets" to the left) or $25 at the gate.  Admission includes unlimited tastings from the Chef's Tent. Children 12 and under enter for free.  No pets will be permitted into the festival." -Source:;

I have never attended this festival, but it sounds like a unique experience! Just may have to go and see what this is all about!
5. Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival
Location: 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080
When: October 27 - 28, 2012

Admission: FREE

This festival will be chock full of arts and crafts from over 150 artists and crafters. There will also be a children's section, family entertainment, and a plethora of festival foods! This festival tends to draw about 15,000 so it MUST be good!
       And for those of you who don't live in Georgia, or are too far away from these festival locations, go to to find out what  festivals and events are going on near you!

       As you all know, I love fall. And the festivals that pop up everywhere to celebrate the cooler weather and maybe even the happier people (I have a theory that extreme heat causes extreme anger and temper flares) is one of the many reasons why I love it so.  I really hope y'all have a chance to take your families to at least one festival this year. And if you do I would love to see the pictures! You better believe I'll be posting tons of my own!

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~XoXo Jess


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