It’s festival season! Whether you are looking for a hay ride, a thrill ride or just a good time, the following festivals and fall events around the area have a season’s worth of fun in store.
24TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL
When: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St.
Details: Live and recorded music, dancing; food for sale; www.holytrinityaugusta.
HISPANIC FESTIVAL OF AUGUSTA
When: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 11; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: Augusta Common, 800 block, between Reynolds and Broad streets
Details: Folkloric groups, musical groups, authentic food stands, arts and crafts, games for children, more; no pets; $3, ages 10 and younger and active duty military free
BEECH ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY YARD SALE AND FALL FESTIVAL
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: Beech Island Historical Society, 144 Old Jackson Highway
Details: Food, plants, crafts; (803) 827-0184, beechislandhistory.org
DOWNTOWN EDGEFIELD FALL FESTIVAL
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: Edgefield, S.C.
Details: Vendors, petting zoo, bounce houses, evening Movie on the Square; pet adoptions; (843) 408-5907, facebook.com/VisitEdgefield
BLYTHE FEVER 2013 ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL AND PARADE
When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: Downtown Blythe,
Details: Performers throughout the day, games, rides, food court; parade 11 a.m.; festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m., street dance 7-11 p.m.; (706) 592-6255
FAMILY FALL FEST
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling
Details: Pumpkin scavenger hunt 3-4:30 p.m.; fall crafts, apple bobbing, more; snake program 6:15 p.m.; $10 per vehicle; extra fees: hay rides $2, cake walk $1, bingo $1
AIKEN OKTOBERFEST 2013
When: 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
Where: The Alley, Aiken
Details: The Luke Cunningham Band, The Tarlatans, Eli Montgomery, college football screening, beer stein races, pretzels, beer, brats; free admission; bit.ly/15pUBTl
WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When: Oct. 17-26; 5 p.m. until Monday-Friday, noon until Saturday and Sunday
Where: Western Carolina Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive, Aiken
Details: Rides, shows, food, games; westerncarolinastatefair.com
GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When: Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27; gates open 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday
Where: Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale St.
FALL HARVEST CARNIVAL
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 811 Telfair St.
Details: Pumpkin-carving contest, chili cook off, costume contest, food, games, face painting, inflatables, more; vendors needed; chili cook off $5; (706) 722-9964, icaugusta.org
COLUMBIA COUNTY SIXTH ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY FESTIVAL & ART SHOW
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Evans Towne Center Park, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.
Details: Demonstrations, vendors, children’s crafts; live entertainment; food by Italian American Club available to purchase; free; bit.ly/1a8nGUJ
2013 COCO WINE & CULINARY FESTIVAL
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road
Details: More than 200 wines, international beer, culinary items; jazz by Garden City Jazz 3 p.m.; $35 advance, $40 at door; csrawinefestival.com
BOSHEARS SKYFEST 2013
When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20
Where: Daniel Field, 1775 Highland Ave.
Details: The Flagship Detroit (oldest DC-3 still flying), vintage aircraft, warbirds, more; ground loop 10K and 5K road race, more; $20 per day; boshears.com
SPEIR’S TURNOUT FESTIVAL
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Downtown Bartow, Ga.
Details: Home cooking, arts and crafts, raffles, parade, entertainment, kid’s activities; free; (478) 232-2982
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Downtown North Augusta, Georgia Avenue
Details: Live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, children’s games and rides, car show, children’s costume contest; vendor deadline Oct. 18; (803) 441-4310
LAKE FOREST HILLS FALL FESTIVAL
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Lake Forest Hills Elementary School, 3140 Lake Forest Drive
Details: Inflatables, dunking booth, games, chicken run, fire engine, police patrol car, food, drink, prizes; $12 at the gate, ages 2 and younger free; lforest-hills.rcboe.org
COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 9
Where: Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown
SIXTH ANNUAL ERYN EUBANKS & THE FAMILY FOLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: The Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.
Details: Bluegrass, country, Appalachian, gospel, celtic, rock, folk music; dancers, visual arts, crafters, vendors, $10; 12 and under free; benefits Lynndale Inc.; (706) 738-3395
OKA’CHAFFA INDIAN FESTIVAL
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10
Where: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road
Details: Okefenokee Joe, arts and crafts, cuisine; living tipi village, birds of prey show, more; adults $12, ages 6-12 $6, ages 5 and under free
SALLEY CHITLIN STRUT 2013
When: Nov. 30
Where: 230 Pine St. NW, Salley, S.C.
Details: Vendor and beauty pageant information online; chitlinstrut.com
When: Through Nov. 2; 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 2
Where: Plantation Blood, 4127 Wallie Drive
Details: $22; (706) 793-3100, plantationblood.com
When: 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 2
Where: 1110 Dodge Lane, Grovetown
Details: All proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Channeled Paths; $15, military discount; nightmareplantation.net
HOUSE OF TERROR
When: Through Nov. 3; 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays
Where: House of Terror, 308 Holly Lane (off Martintown Road), North Augusta
Details: (803) 599-7038, schouseofterror.com
THE MAIZE AT STEED'S DAIRY
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 16
Where: Steed’s Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown
Details: Last ticket sold one hour before closing; jumping pillow, hay rides, petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, more; $10; (706) 855-2948, steedsdairy.com
GRAYSTONE RANCH FALL FEST
When: Through Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday
Where: Graystone Ranch Nature Park, 1017 McManus Road
Details: Pumpkin patch, haunted forest, haunted hay rides, hay maze, more; $10; graystoneranch.com