Apples and pumpkins will share the spotlight this weekend as the latest lineup of festivals serves up the favorite fruits of fall. Other events offer a choice between Appalachian traditions and borrowed Bavarian customs.
Here’s a look around the region.
Remember that the New Salem Mountain Festival, which would have been held this weekend, has been canceled.
NEW THIS WEEKEND
— Chattanooga Oktoberfest: First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. A two-day Chattanooga Market celebration, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. German food, oompah bands, chicken dances, craft beers; new this year: Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. chattanoogaoktoberfest.com
— Craft/Bake Sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Benefit for church’s Golden Agers group, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 706-866-0164
— Fall Arts in the Park: City Park, 350 Gray St., Blue Ridge, Ga. Displays and demonstrations by 150-plus artists and crafters, food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5, ages 12 and older. blueridgeartsinthepark.com
— Finster Fest: Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Sixty-plus folk and fine artists, live music, guest speakers, property tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5 admission; free parking for disabled visitors on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and ride free shuttle. paradisegardenfoundation.org
— Fun Family Farm Festival: Sweet Dreams Farm arena, 935 Lawson Federal Road, Ball Ground, Ga. Hands-on horse experiences, Revelation Riders demonstrations, pumpkin chunkin’, inflatables, petting zoo, hayrides and maze, festival games, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; charges for some activities. Eventbrite.com
— Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, traffic light No. 8 on Gatlinburg Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 24. Exhibit and demonstrations by 200-plus crafters, music at noon and 3 p.m. daily. $10, adults (unlimited returns). craftsmenfair.com/october-fair
— Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, parade, antique car show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (repeats Oct. 16-17). $5, ages 10 and older; civic and school groups handle parking with requested donation. georgiaapplefestival.org
— Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts vendors, holiday favorites cooking contest, country, classic rock and gospel artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Oct. 16. $12 day pass includes most concerts (2 and 7 p.m.); separate ticket required Oct. 9 ($40, Tracy Lawrence) and Oct. 16 ($35-$45, Ronnie Milsap and Mark Wills). georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
— Prater’s Mill Country Fair: 5845 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Fair centered on functioning 1855 mill at Coahulla Creek, with 160-plus artists and crafters, traditional craft demonstrations, homemade Southern foods, live entertainment, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $7 per day ages 13 and older (free with military ID); free parking and shuttle service. pratersmill.org/fair
— Pumpkin Palooza: Greenway Park and Pavilion, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Family festival with arts and crafts, product vendors, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. familycornerstones.wordpress.com
— Pumpkintown: 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. More than 200 vendors, powwow, entertainment, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. friendlycityfestivals.com
— Wooden Family Harvest Festival: Oren Wooden’s Apple House, 6351 New Harmony Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Crafts, food, pumpkin patch, family activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Friday and Saturday. Facebook.com/events
— Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 state Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. 31, plus daily Oct. 11-17; fireworks Fridays in October; Haunted Trail opens Saturday. $14.95 online, $16.95 at gate. mayfieldfarmpark.com
— Fun on the Farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hayrides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $15 ages 3 and up. guthriepumpkinfarm.com
— Grandaddy’s Farm: 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 30. Activity area $13 ages 3 and up. grandaddysfarm.com
— Harvest Celebration on the Mountain: Flat Top Mountain Farm, 13100 Jones Gap Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze and pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 31. $10 ages 4 and up. Family-friendly haunted maze Fridays and Saturdays in October, $15. Facebook.com/flattopfarmTN
— Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment, through Oct. 30. $79 ages 10-61. dollywood.com
— National Storytelling Festival: Storytelling sessions from the virtual festival, held Oct. 1-2, will be available online for up to 14 days. $75 per household. storytellingcenter.net
— Oktoberfest: Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. Traditional music, dancing, food and beer, daily through Nov. 7; doors open at 6 p.m. during the week, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 during the week, $10 Saturdays, free on Sundays. helenchamber.com
— The River Maze: 1371 Highway 64, Ocoee, Tenn. Corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patch, cow train, zip lines, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $8-$14 depending on activities. therivermaze.com
— Rocktoberfest: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. German music, food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. $26.95 adults, $14.95 children 3-12. Reserved timed-entry tickets required. seerockcity.com
— Rotary Club Craft Fair: Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Handmade arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Oct. 30. Free admission and parking; freewill donations distributed to local charities. mypigeonforge.com
— Scarecrows in the Garden: Atlanta Botanical Garden, 345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. See scarecrows created by artists, crafters, youth groups and businesses, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Oct. 31 (last entry at 8 p.m.; closed Mondays except for Columbus Day). $22.95 adults, $19.95 (ages 3-12) weekdays; $2 more on weekends; timed tickets required. atlantabg.org
— Scarecrows on the Farm: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Vote on a favorite scarecrow built by community supporters, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Oct. 30. Free admission. Pumpkin carving, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 9, 16, 23; $16 fee includes one pumpkin, carving knife to use and outdoor space you don’t have to clean up; additional pumpkins $10; may bring additional carving tools from home; registration required. crabtreefarms.org
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