Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals in Georgia

  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

    Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

ATLANTA, June 18, 2018 – Georgia's warm sunshine, beautiful blooms and lots of festivals are what make the summertime a great time to explore the state. From flowers and food, to drinks and dancing, here’s a list of fun festivals to visit that everyone in the family will enjoy!

National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta – July 7-8
Established in 1988, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) celebrates its 30th anniversary by bringing back the tradition of an outdoor festival and artist market featuring African American artists. The National Black Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top festivals in the country. 

Light up the Sky in July, ValdostaJuly 4-28
Light Up The Sky in July at Wild Adventures Theme Park begins with fireworks on Independence Day, and continues July 14, 21 and 28! Whether you find the perfect seat for optimal viewing or look to the sky while floating along the cool tide of the Paradise River, there's nothing like an exciting fireworks display in South Georgia.

Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee – July 20-28
A trip to the 68th annual Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee is the perfect July getaway from summer in the city. Cool breezes whisper through the pines while the strains of country music and scent of funnel cakes fill the air. See performances by top recording artists over the two-week period.

22nd Annual Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival, DillardAugust 3-4
Nestled in Dillard, Ga., at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival is the ideal event for bluegrass enthusiasts and barbecue lovers. The festival brings an all-star lineup of bluegrass bands, featuring top names like Dave Adkins Band and Shannon Slaughter. 

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Pine Mountain – August 31-September 2
Go up, up, and away on Labor Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. In addition to the regular Callaway Gardens lineup of fun, the festival offers days filled with entertainment, family activities, exhibits, demonstrations, music and more between balloon launches.

Music Midtown, Atlanta – September 15-16
Taking place in Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Music Midtown music festival is one of the state’s largest music fests, drawing fans every September. The long list of acts in the weekend lineup covers many musical genres and features some of the industry’s biggest names. The fest has seen acts by the likes of Ludacris, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Artic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and T.I. 

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