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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

COST: Free

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

PIONEER DAYS

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

APPALACHIAN/CELTIC FESTIVAL

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

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

PIONEER DAYS

WHEN: Sept. 17-18

WHERE: Jeffersonville, about 120 miles from Augusta

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

COST: $30

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

COST: Free

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

COST: Free

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

COST: $5

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

COST: Free

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

COST: $5

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

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

HARVEST DAY

WHEN: Sept. 25

WHERE: Inman, about 125 miles from Augusta

COST: Free

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

COST: $25

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

NEWBERRY OKTOBERFEST

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2

WHERE: Newberry, about 65 miles from Augusta

COST: Free

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

COST: $7

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

Autumn Fest

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


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