It’s that time of year! This is my favorite season: Crisp weather, falling leaves, splendid color, bonfires, ghouls and ghosts, football and sweaters and boots are upon us! Doesn’t it make you want to get outside, and do something fun? Let’s start with Fall Festivals. There are many out there during the Fall, and I’m going to let you in on a few:
October 1-2 Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School
For 45 years, the Folk School has celebrated the Appalachians’ rich cultural heritage. Their annual Fall Festival features the craft of over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance on two stages, and craft demonstrations. Visitors will enjoy tasty food, kids’ activities, and much more. Fall Festival is an outdoor event open to the general public. For participating vendors, masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required.
October 7-15 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Each October, the 9-day event features Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, and exciting music performances!
New for 2022 enjoy carnival rides from Midway Rides Unlimited! Enjoy over a dozen rides including a carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars & more! Rides for the adults & the kiddos! Plus fair food, games, and more! Phone: (706) 896-4191
October 14 Carolina Balloon Festival
The Carolina Balloon Fest is a family-friendly three-day event held on the third weekend of October at the Statesville Regional Airport in Statesville, North Carolina. Visitors can bring their own blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy a spectacular view of over 50 hot air balloons covering the sky. Don't hesitate to participate in ballooning activities and balloon flights. There is also live music, wine and craft beer tasting, an artisan village, crafts marketplace, and food vendors. The Carolina Balloon Fest is the second oldest balloon festival in the country and one of the most popular events in Iredell County and North Carolina.
October 14-15 Crossville Oktober Festival
Each year in mid-October, Cumberland County hosts its famed Crossville Oktoberfest, labeled the premier German-American celebration in the area. The fun-packed festivities have everything to make you feel like a German. The highlights feature traditional music, chicken dances, and the best Bavarian foods, including iconic Bratwurst, Schnitzel, and tons of excellent German beer! The merriments spread over two days, Friday and Saturday, with the gate hours from 11:30 am through 9:30 pm.
October 14 Chili Cook-Off and Anything Pumpkin Competition
October 8-9,14-15 Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making! Arts/Crafts, Greased Pole Climbin', Log Sawin', Live Music, Face Painting, and Vendors.
October 15-16 Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival
If you have never seen a pumpkin fly, Punkin Chunkin is your chance. Catapults, air cannons, trebuchets and other powerful machines toss pumpkins up to several thousand feet in a battle between world champion pumpkin chunkers and the home teams. Head on over to Punkin' Chunkin' field in Brasstown, NC!
In addition to the pumpkin throwing, there will be pumpkin pie-eating contests, live entertainment, food and craft vendors and a flight simulator. Tractors, airplane rides and a zipline, will join carnival rides and a climbing wall. Adults may enjoy a seat in the beer and wine tent while watching the Punkin Chunkin.
October 31 Halloween at the Fairgrounds
Join the City of Hiawassee for Trick or Treating fun at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Bring your little ghosts & goblins to show off their costumes and get lots of candy from local businesses. It's sure to be a spooktacular time!