Mark your 2016 calendars and start making plans to attend these Georgia festivals.
International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon) – Party with the blossoms during the annual two-week event in downtown Macon. This festival has something for everyone, including (but definitely not limited to) tours, food, a huge parade, concerts, vendors, sports events, a battle of the bands. The 2016 festival will be held March 17- April 3.
Savannah Irish Festival (Savannah) – Do you love St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah but you’re not up for joining the thousands of roaming street revelers? Head to the city a month in advance for the annual Savannah Irish Festival, a three-day cultural celebration that kicks off the town’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The 2016 festival will be held February 19-21.
Rose Show & Festival (Thomasville) – Celebrating its 95th year in 2016, the Rose Show & Festival features thousands of roses, two parades, live music, a street dance, arts and crafts, festival food and more. The 2016 festival will be held April 21-23.
Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival (Jekyll Island) – Each September Jekyll Island cooks up something good (real, real good if you ask me) for locals and visitors. The annual Shrimp and Grits Festival features a celebration of the favorite dish in all things, including cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, a cook-off, kid-friendly entertainment options and shrimp boat tours. The 2016 festival will be held September 16-18.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta (Augusta) – Visual, musical and cultural arts combine for this annual event in downtown Augusta. In addition to arts and crafts vendors selling their goods, the festival features family-friendly fun for youngsters and live music, festival food, street performances, open galleries ready for browsing and plenty of local flavor. A 2016 festival date has not yet been confirmed for this autumn festival.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair (Gay) – Step back in time to the days when cotton reigned supreme throughout Georgia. This festival focuses on art, antiques, crafts and classic Southern-style live entertainment. A 2016 festival date has not yet been confirmed for this autumn festival.