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Fall season is festival season. Whether you are looking for a hay ride, a thrill ride or just a frightful good time, the following festivals and fall events around the area have got a season’s worth of fun in store. So pack your sunscreen and wear comfy shoes so you can hop from one fair to another.

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Children take a spin on one of the many midway rides at the 2011 Georgia-Carolina State Fair.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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Children take a spin on one of the many midway rides at the 2011 Georgia-Carolina State Fair.
  • FESTIVALS
    IN OCTOBER

 

OKTOBERFEST
When:
1-10 p.m. Oct. 11, 4-10:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Oct. 13
Where:
Barton Field, Fort Gordon
What:
The traditional German festival features German music and food, dancing, a flea market, vendors, a carnival and a car, truck and bike show. The U.S. Signal Corps Band will also perform.
Cost:
Armbands for carnival rides are $10 for 48” and under and $20 for 48” and over
More:
fortgordon.com, (706) 791-6779

GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When:
Oct. 12-21; gates open 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday
Where:
Georgia-Carolina State Fairgrounds, 308 Hale St.
What:
In addition to the yummy fair food, more than 40 rides, and arts and livestock exhibits most attendees expect from the fair; James E. Strates Shows also brings a variety of entertainment. This year, look for boxing in the Best Buy tent, along with an interactive video equipment display. Local live talent including Celtic Rhythm Irish Dancers and Rhythm and Class Cloggers will perform. Check the Web site for the schedule.
Cost:
Gate admission only, $6; unlimited ride tickets $19; individual ride tickets $1 (most rides take more than one ticket); see Web site for admission specials
More:
georgiacarolinastatefair.org

GREEK FEST
When:
Oct. 12-14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Where:
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St.
What:
The 23rd annual celebration of Greek culture includes music, dance presentations and food and drink.
Cost:
Free; food prices range from $1 for cookies to $14 for a roasted lamb platter with two sides (complete menu is available online)
More:
holytrinityaugusta.org

HISPANIC FESTIVAL
When:
4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 12 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 13
Where:
Augusta Common
What:
Several Hispanic countries, including many in South America, Central America and Europe, will be represented with folk groups, live music, authentic food and arts and crafts and a street dance. Miss Latina 2012 will be crowned Saturday.
Cost:
$3; children 10 and younger free; active-duty military free with ID
More:
elcervantino.org

ATOMIC CITY FESTIVAL
When:
10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 13
Where:
Downtown, New Ellenton
What:
Commemorates the city of Ellenton, whose residents were displaced in the 1950s to make room for Savannah River Site; features crafts, vendors and rides
Cost:
Free
More:
Call Annie Mae Ford at (803) 652-2213 or Eartha Rogers at (803) 270-3550

BEECH ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL FESTIVAL
When:
Begins 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13
Where:
Beech Island His­tor­i­cal Society, 144 Old Jack­son Hwy., Beech Island
What:
Festival and yard sale benefits the historical society. Live plants are available for purchase. The event also features music and craft demonstrations
More:
(803) 827-0184

MULE DAYS
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Callaway Plantation in Washington, Ga.
What: Car and tractor show, games, crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, and a mule show. Syrup making, soap making, homemade ice cream, and tour the plantation house.
Cost: $5 per car

COCO WINE & CULINARY FESTIVAL
When: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road
What: Sampling of foods, more than 200 wines, imported beers, live jazz, door prizes
Cost: Ages 21 and older; $35 before Oct. 13, $40 at gate
More: csrawinefestival.com

WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When:
Oct. 18-27, gates open 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday
Where:
Aiken Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive
What:
Fair favorites are back in Aiken, and with the Mega Pass you can ride all of your favorites to your heart’s content – ferris wheels, roller coasters, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Himalayas, carousel and a mechanical bull. For those who go for the food, the $5 admission price gives you all the access you need. The fair also features the Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby on Oct. 25 and 27 at 7 p.m.; a pro rodeo, petting zoo, chainsaw art, trapeze act, a dog show. On Oct. 20, participate in one of several fall contests, including apple bobbing, pumpkin decorating and pie-eating. Entry fee is one canned good.
Cost:
$5 admission, $25 for a Mega Pass, which includes admission and unlimited rides
More:
westerncarolinastatefair.com

COLONIAL TIMES
When:
11 a m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21
Where:
Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave. North Augusta
What:
Demonstrations of life in America during colonial times. Faire Wynds presents a circus and other entertainment, and other demonstrations include lace tatting and tombstone carving. An actor portraying Benjamin Franklin will present a history of his life, and colonial dance and games will be performed.
Cost:
Free
More:
colonialtimes.us

FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
When:
4 p.m. Oct. 20
Where:
Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling
What:
Scavenger hunt, games, crafts, music, storytelling, hiking, apple bobbing; hayrides
Cost:
$10 vehicle include parking; hayrides $2
More:
(706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org/info/mistletoe

BOSHEARS SKYFEST
When:
Oct. 20-21, gates open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where:
Daniel Field
What:
20th annual air show and festival returns with performances both days by Gary Ward Aerobatics, Trenton Flyers, Team RV, and Greg Connell; and a car show Saturday by the Gascar Antique Automobile Club. See The Flagship Detroit (N17334), which began service with American Airlines in March 1937, and is believed to be the oldest DC-3 in the world that is still flying.
Cost:
$15 advance, $18 at the gate; Greg Hodges Pavilion VIP tent adult $50/day, children $20/day with paid admission
More:
boshears.com

FALL FESTIVAL
When:
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27
Where:
Westminster Schools of Augusta
What:
Celebrate Westminster Schools’ 40th anniversary with a fall festival during Homecoming weekend. The festival will feature inflatables, a bake hut, live entertainment and contests like hula-hooping, doughnut-eating and bubble-blowing.
Cost:
$15; parents and children 4 and younger free
More:
(706) 731-5260 or wsa.net/homecoming

  • FESTIVALS
    IN NOVEMBER

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR
When:
Nov. 1-10
Where:
Columbia County fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road
More:
columbiacountyfair.net

COLUMBIA COUNTY FALL FESTIVAL BAZAAR
When:
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3
Where:
Baker Place Elementary School, 2011 Hero Way
What:
34 vendors will be set up for easy Christmas shopping. Shepeard Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive with a goal to collect 200 units. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will conduct ID-A-Child sessions, which provides parents with identification information for their children. There will also be activities for children.
Cost:
Free

OKA CHAFFA INDIAN FESTIVAL
When:
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11
Where:
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock & Dam Road
What:
Tells story of the vital role Native Americans had in the history of Augusta. See Native American dancing, drumming and view arts, crafts and clothing. Walk through a Native American village and watch demonstrations of skills including flint napping, hide tanning, archery and music.
Cost:
$12 for adults and children ages 13 and younger, $6 for ages 6-12; discount coupons are available from Phinizy Swamp
More:
(706) 828-2109, naturalsciencesacademy.org

CHITLIN STRUT
When:
Begins 8 a.m. Nov. 24
Where:
161 Railroad Ave., Salley, S.C.
What:
All-day festival celebrating the chitlin. Plates available at 8 a.m. for $10. A parade is at 10 a.m. The day includes helicopter rides, a carnival, entertainment, a hog-calling contest and a Chitlin Strut Dance at 3 p.m. More than 25 food vendors will sell items ranging from peanuts to popcorn and barbecue to, of course, chitlins.
Cost:
Free
More:
(803) 258-3485

  • HALLOWEEN
    EVENTS

 

THE DISORIENTED EXPRESS HAUNTED HOUSE
When:
7-11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 30-31; family-friendly Saturday matinee 3 p.m. 
Where: 1510 Richland Ave., Aiken (in the old CVS location at Kalmia Plaza)
What: Presented by the Aiken Jaycees
Cost: $10 advance tickets available at HIC Warehouse Idoor Skateboard Park and Skate Shop (803-507-1291) and Vista Bank (803-644-9550); $12 at the door; Saturday matinee admission is $5 or donation of five canned goods

WILLISTON BAMBOO TRAIL OF HORRORS
When: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and Oct. 31
Where: 612 Church Street, Williston, SC 29853
What: Sponsored by and money raised goes to Williston Fire Department; not a kid-friendly attraction
Cost: $8
More: http://bamboohorrors.wix.com/bamboohorrors#!home/mainPage or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BambooHorrors

PLANTATION BLOOD
When:
7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday through Nov. 3, and Oct. 30-31
Where:
4127 Wallie Dr.
What:
A haunted house with a little extra – pyrotechnics, fortune tellers, carnies, games and a souvenir store. Halloween is Lights Out Friday Night.
Cost:
$20
More:
plantationblood.com

NIGHTMARE PLANTATION
When:
7 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 3 and Oct. 31
Where:
1110 Dodge Lane
What:
A haunted house on a plantation that is reputed to be truly haunted. Proceeds benefit the CSRA Wounded Warrior Project and Channeled Paths youth counseling.
Cost:
$20 Thursday-Saturday and Halloween, $15 Sunday
More:
nightmareplantation.net

BOO AT THE ZOO
When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19-30
Where:
Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia
What
: Trick-or-treat trail, costume parade, dance party, carousel, climbing wall, more; ages 12 and younger wear costumes
Cost:
$8; $6 Riverbanks members; some attractions have extra charge
More:
riverbanks.org

JACK-O-LANTERN JUBILEE
When:
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27
Where:
Downtown North Augusta
What:
Street festival features a hay ride, arts and crafts, entertainment and a barbecue cookoff. A costume contest offers prizes in several age groups and a cornhole tournament has a $500 first prize.
Cost:
Free
More:
northaugusta.net

TRICK OR TREAT ON NEWBERRY STREET
When:
4-7 p.m. Oct. 27
Where:
Newberry Street Festival Center, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken
What:
Aiken festival includes carnival games, a costume contest for all ages and trunk-or-treating for ages 12 and younger.
Cost:
Free
More:
cityofaiken.gov, (803) 642-7631

7TH ANNUAL USC AIKEN SAFE TRICK OR TRICK
When:
5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Where:
Pacer Commons, Pacer Crossings, Pacer Downs Community Center at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; parking in Lot D What: Games and activities, hayride; sponsored by USC Aiken Resident Student Association, University Housings and campus organizations
Cost:
Free
More: E-mail Deri Wills at deriw@usca.edu

 

  • FALL
    EVENTS

 

GRAYSTONE RANCH FALL FEST AND HAUNTED FOREST
When:
7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, noon-midnight Sundays through Nov. 30
Where:
Graystone Ranch, 1017 McManus Road
What:
Fall Fest features a variety of fall-related activities, including a pumpkin patch, hay rides, hay maze, pony rides and photos with a scarecrow. The Haunted Forest opens at dark through Nov. 6. A treat bag for each child.
Cost:
$10
More:
graystoneranch.com

KACKLEBERRY FARM
When:
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 11
Where:
1025 Verdree Road, Louisville, Ga.
What:
A variety of fall fun with an eight-acre corn maze as the biggest attraction, a hay ride, a pumpkin patch, peddle carts and zip lines.
Cost:
$12, children 2 and younger free; ages 65 and older $8; military, law enforcement and medical personnel $9 with ID
More:
kackleberryfarm.com, (706) 830-4968

STEED’S DAIRY
When:
5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 18
Where:
4634 Wrightsboro Road
What:
A five-acre corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, a corn kernel pit, cow-milking demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony cart rides and a jumping pillow. Not only can you get lost in the corn field, you can learn about farming, cows and conservation. Concessions available.
Cost:
$12, children 2 and younger free
More:
steedsdairy.com, (706) 855-2948

  • PUMPKIN
    PATCHES

 

CORNER PUMPKIN PATCH
When:
Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31
Where:
Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road
More:
marvinchurch.com, (706) 863-0510

ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S PUMPKIN PATCH & FUN FEST
When:
10-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 30; a Family FunFest will be 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24
Where:
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Road
More:
saintbart.org, (803) 279-4622

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More events added

We've added some new events to our list!
Thanks for letting us know about them:
- Mule Days festival in Washington, Ga., on Oct. 13
- Williston Bamboo Trail of Horrors in Williston, S.C., weekends in October.
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