Georgia National Fair, Perry

For 11 days in October, the award-winning Georgia National Fair, held the fifth Thursday after Labor Day, features livestock and horse shows, youth exhibits, home and fine arts competitions, family entertainment, midway rides and games, fair food, and major concerts. www.georgianationalfair.com

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Savannah

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Savannah is the city’s largest annual celebration and the second largest St. Patrick’s Day event in the United States. The spirited St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah go on for several days, attracting roughly 400,000 Irish and honorary Irish visitors each year in addition to local celebrators.www.savannahvisit.com

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival, Perry/Warner Robbins

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival was named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, and also one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Voted “Favourite Arts and Crafts Festival in Georgia.” See Nationally acclaimed artists, craftsmen & entertainers. This is where you will see “the way things used to be”. www.mossycreekfestival.com

Oktoberfest, Helen

Every year since 1970 Georgia’s most famous Oktoberfest transforms tranquil Helen into the ultimate north Georgia party town. Polka with dancers in native costume, eat Bavarian food and enjoy the festival into the wee hours of the morning. www.helenchamber.com/Oktoberfest.html

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

An Atlanta staple for more than 70 years, there is something for everyone at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented at the festival, with a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more.

In addition to the fine art for adults and art collectors, there is a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall. www.dogwood.org

Festival of Lights, Callaway Gardens

Fantasy In Lights is the Southeast’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show with more than eight million twinkling lights celebrating the holiday season. This spectacular show has attracted almost two million visitors since it opened in 1992. www.callawaygardens.com

Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain

The Yellow Daisy Festival is consistently one of the nation’s top traditional arts and crafts events. With as many as 200,000 visitors over the four day event, the festival is popular among many different artists and crafters. http://festivals.stonemountainpark.com/mini-section/?id=14&pid=83

Cotton Pickin’ Fair, Gay

Return to 1910 where the Farmhouse, the Cotton Gin, and the Cotton Warehouse form a unique backdrop for a great day of 21st century fun. Amidst skilled artisans and antique specialists, the Fair shares remnants of farm life in days gone by. New talent keeps the festival fresh and interesting while returning artists welcome loyal customers seeking to add to individual collections. www.cpfair.org