BIG HAYNES CREEK WILDLIFE FESTIVAL
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29
WHERE: Conyers, about 125 miles from Augusta
COST: $5, ages 4 and under free
WHAT: A festival to promote the understanding and enjoyment of the outdoors. Events include animal exhibits, speakers, arts and crafts, and hands-on activities such as mining for gems and building sandcastles.
MORE INFO: visitconyersga.com
FESTIVAL PEACHTREE LATINO
WHEN: Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 29
WHERE: Underground Atlanta, about 150 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This multicultural event features live entertainment from Latin artists PeeWee, Luz Rios and Aleks Syntek, parades, ethnic foods, and arts and crafts.
MORE INFO: festivalpeachtreelatino.com
WHEN: Sept. 3-6
WHERE: Cartersville, about 190 miles from Augusta
COST: $5, children 12 and under free
WHAT: An event to support the Acworth Allatoona Charities Inc., the festival features a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live entertainment.
MORE INFO: pioneerdaysga.com
WHEN: Sept. 4-5
WHERE: Ringgold, about 247 miles from Augusta
COST: $5 per day for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12
WHAT: This festival celebrating Celtic heritage features live music, Irish dance and Highland Games demonstrations.
MORE INFO: appalachiancelticconnec-tion.org
LABOR DAY CATFISH FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 4-6
WHERE: Kingsland, about 220 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Now in its 28th year, the Catfish Festival features a fish fry, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a parade and live music.
MORE INFO: kingslandcatfishfestival.com
JUG TAVERN FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 10-11
WHERE: Winder, about 125 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Along with a barbecue cookoff, this festival has crafts, food vendors, a car show, live music and fireworks both days.
MORE INFO: windergaevents.org
LUMBER CITY FARM DAY FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 10-12
WHERE: Lumber City, about 135 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This community festival features arts and crafts, a kids' amusement park, breakfast on Saturday, fun run, dog show, youth talent show, live entertainment and a street dance on Saturday night. On Sunday there will be a community church service.
MORE INFORMATION: telfairco.org
CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11
WHERE: Marshallville, about 170 miles from Augusta
WHAT: The festival celebrates the 1932 planting of crape myrtle trees along one of the town's major thoroughfares with games, arts and crafts, food, a lawn mower race, and a street festival.
MORE INFO: crapemyrtlefestival.org
NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL AND POWWOW
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11-12
WHERE: Indian Springs, about 130 miles from Augusta
COST: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12
WHAT: This heritage festival celebrates the Native American culture with traditional music, arts and crafts, and traditional storytelling by Cherokee educator and culturalist Diamond Brown.
MORE INFO: buttscountyhistoricalsociety.org
HAPPY DAYS FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 17-18
WHERE: Hapeville, about 150 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This community festival will take place downtown and will feature local bands, an artist market, arts and crafts vendors, games and rides for the children.
MORE INFO: hapeville.org
WHEN: Sept. 17-18
WHERE: Jeffersonville, about 120 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Pioneer Days celebrates Twiggs County's 200-year history with period re-enactments, handmade arts and crafts, vintage car and motorcycle shows, live entertainment, children's fishing contest and agricultural exhibits.
MORE INFO: twiggspioneerdays.com
SHRIMP & GRITS: THE WILD GEORGIA SHRIMP FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 17-19
WHERE: Jekyll Island, about 210 miles from Augusta
COST: Festival is free; Friday night sample shrimp and grits from each participating vendor for $3 each; VIP tickets are $40 and include four tickets for $3 samples on Friday night, close parking, a 1-pound bag of stone ground grits, a gift certificate for 1/2 pound Georgia shrimp, and a festival poster signed by the artist. Some activities include an additional fee.
WHAT: The coastal festival features a shrimp-cooking contest, live music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, shrimp boat excursions and a kids activity zone,
MORE INFO: jekyllisland.com
PLAINS PEANUT FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 25
WHERE: Plains, about 200 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This festival celebrates Sumter County's No. 1 crop. The festival features a parade, scholarship pageants, arts and crafts, a 1-mile fun run and a 5K road race.
MORE INFO: plainsgeorgia.com
CLARKSTON CITY BLUES AND CONCERT FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 25-26
WHERE: Clarkston, about 145 miles from Augusta
WHAT: A blues concert featuring Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Neal, Janiva Magness and Theodis Ealey will provide the musical backdrop for the festival on Sept. 25. But the annual festival continues for a second day with local music, vendors, artist booths, an international pavilion with multicultural presentations and a children's area.
MORE INFO: Clarkstonfestival.com
Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival
When: Oct. 1-3
WHERE: Maysville, about 125 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This annual arts and crafts festival in the north Georgia mountains features a parade, street dance, cakewalk, and gospel singing.
MORE INFO: victorianmaysville.com
BIG RED APPLE FESTIVAL
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2
WHERE: Cornelia, about 145 miles from Augusta
WHAT: A landmark in Cornelia is a big red apple monument, and each year the town commemorates it with a festival.
MORE INFO: corneliageorgia.org
COTTON PICKIN' FAIR
WHEN: Oct. 2-3
WHERE: Gay, about 180 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This fair commemorates a time when cotton was king. In addition to art, crafts and antiques vendors, a full entertainment schedule includes cloggers, line dancing, bluegrass, country and Christian music.
MORE INFO: cpfair.org
HAHIRA HONEY BEE FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 4-9
WHERE: Hahira, about 215 miles from Augusta
WHAT: The 29th annual festival in downtown Hahira features arts and crafts, a dog show, a Honey Bee pageant, gospel sing, bike ride, parade and 5K run.
MORE INFO: hahirahoneybeefestivalinc.com
GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FALL FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 8-16
WHERE: Hiawassee, about 185 miles from Augusta
COST: $9, $2 for parking
WHAT: A variety of music legends are scheduled to perform at this music festival in the Georgia mountains. They include T.G. Sheppard , John Conlee, Crystal Gayle, Percy Sledge, Marty Stuart and The Tams. The festival also features a fiddling competition, animal exhibits, and arts and crafts.
MORE INFO: georgiamountain fairgrounds.com
CHIAHA HARVEST FAIR
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24
WHERE: Chiaha, about 220 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Sip free hot apple cider while you browse more than 120 arts and crafts vendors, watch artisans demonstrate their crafts and listen to live music.
MORE INFO: chiaha.org
SOUTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 7-11
WHERE: Westminster, about 135 miles from Augusta
COST: Festival is free; admission to the Apple Festival Rodeo is $12 for adults and $5 for children
WHAT: This festival celebrates the beginning of apple season in Oconee County. Events include the rodeo, an apple baking contest, live music, an arts and crafts show, a parade, car show and children's activities.
MORE INFO: westminstersc.com
WHEN: Sept. 25
WHERE: Inman, about 125 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This community event features sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children's activities.
MORE INFO: inmanscchamber.org
MOONSHINER'S REUNION & MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 1-2
WHERE: Campobello, about 130 miles from Augusta
WHAT: This festival celebrates the moonshining heritage of the Appalachians. It features two days of mountain music, a moonshine still demonstration, period arts and crafts and storytelling.
MORE INFO: moonshiners.com
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2
WHERE: Newberry, about 65 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Events at this German festival include a petting zoo, inflatable rides, train rides and a craft area for the kids; traditional live music, food, and arts and crafts vendors for the adults.
MORE INFO: visitnewberrysc.com
FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND PIG PICKIN' PARTY
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9
WHERE: Columbia, about 70 miles from Augusta
WHAT: Traditional pig-pickin' on the front lawn of the South Carolina State Museum will include live music and arts and crafts.
MORE INFO: museum.state.sc.us
When: Nov. 1
WHERE: Daufuskie Island, about 110 miles from Augusta
COST: $5, some events might require an additional fee
WHAT: This celebration of the Gullah culture features island tours, demonstrations, live music, marshmallow roasting, an oyster roast and traditional music.
MORE INFO: daufuskie360.net