Oct 3 - Oct 5
Festival of the Horse
Celebrating 34 years, this annual event brings the community together to celebrate the county’s horse heritage. Parades, carnival, live entertainment, petting zoo and more! Friday night boasts the largest crowd and Sunday activities include blessing of the animals, horse show, music on the main stage and a pet parade!
Oct 3 - Oct 5
Currahee Military Weekend
Meet the actual soldiers featured in the HBO mini-series “A Band of Brothers” and honor the heroes of WWII and Camp Toccoa. The event also includes a reenactment of a WWII camp.
Oct 4 - Oct 5
Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Look for fried green tomatoes, art, antiques and crafts along with a slice of history at The Cotton Pickin’ Fair on the grounds of the Gay Family’s 185 year old farmstead. In its 81st year, this event features works by 325 amazing artisans and antique specialists from across the United States, along with musicians, puppeteers, magicians and folk dancers to entertain you!
Oct 9 - Oct 12
43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival
Set amidst the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama this event includes delicious foods, works by fine artists, entertainment, an outdoor village, arts and crafts, as well as a children’s area. This event, which places an emphasis on its seafood, attracts over 250,000 visitors annually to its shores.
Oct 10 - Oct 11
Mansion By Candlelight
Ride the sternwheeler out to the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and step onto a path lit by hundreds of candles as it leads you to the mansion. On this autumn evening, electricity is banished from the island in the spirit of the 18th-century. Your ticket includes the round-trip sternwheeler transport, mansion visit, horse-drawn wagon ride and the servants’ party.
Oct 10 - Oct 12
Autumn Leaves Festival
Celebrating 47 years, this event incorporates it music and craft heritage with an entertaining bandstand and more than 200 artists, many of which demonstrate their work. There is something for every generation to enjoy while supporting the communities’ annual projects.
Oct 10 - Oct 12
Fall for Greenville
Known as the largest free admission food street festival in South Carolina, and in its 33rd year, this three-day event showcases more than 40 of Greenville’s finest restaurants and almost 200 menu items! Five stages entertain with live music while attendees enjoy delectable eats, culinary demonstrations, wine tasting, a beer garden with 14 craft brews, as well as activities for children.
Taste of our Towns (T.O.O.T)
Your taste buds will be delighted as they sample pecan pie and crab cakes, among other tasty treats from local restaurants and food vendors. While you partake in another bite, you will find comfort in knowing you are supporting this annual fundraiser for Carnegie Hall which also highlights the eclectic arts and culture scene of Greenbrier County.
Oct 11 - Oct 12
Stone Mountain Village
Polka bands, lederhosen challenges, pretzel-eating contests, carriage rides and artisans, all make for a lively Oktoberfest in this quaint town. New this year, guests can sit back and relax in the beer garden while enjoying live music.
Oct 12 - Oct 19
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
In its tenth year, this festival embraces its quirky art community and natural river beauty. Set within the eclectic historic district of Bluffton, South Carolina, this week-long event includes a juried fine art show, with over 100 artists and delicious eats, that incorporate locally harvested seafood.
Oct 16 - Oct 19
Hogansville Hummingbird Festival
An Arts & Crafts Festival that includes the “Miss Hummingbird” pageant, a golf tournament, 5K run, and dinner/silent auction at the “Victoria Belle” mansion, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s event as it celebrates its “Sweet Sixteen”.
Oct 16 - Oct 19
2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival
This year’s headliners include trumpeter Randy Brecker and the Brecker Brothers Tribute Band, organist Tony Monaco, the dynamic Les DeMerle Band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guest saxophonist, Hunter Diamond. Performances take place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and other charming venues on the island.
Oct 17 - Oct 19
Carolina Balloon Fest
In its 41st year, this is the second-oldest balloon festival in the United States! Situated at the Statesville Regional Airport, guests can enjoy tethered balloon rides, as well as a mass ascension (by the pilots) creating bright, bursts of color into the air. On Saturday evening, just after sunset, watch the balloons return to the field and illuminate their balloons for the Balloon Glow. Music, food, arts, crafts and a children’s area round-out this 3-day event.
25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
140 classic wooden boats will be displayed on water and land in celebration of the show’s 25th year. Teams will also race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying and maritime arts and crafts also honor this annual tradition.
New River Gorge Bridge Day
On the third Saturday of October each year, Bridge Day comes to West Virginia. This is also the only day it is legal to WALK on the bridge and witness skydivers launching themselves from the bridge into the New River Gorge. More than 100,000 guests enjoy the food and fun while witnessing the daredevil sport known as BASE jumping.
Deep Roots Festival
This festival holds a sanctioned Memphis BBQ Network cook-off contest and a Music MainStage that has hosted numerous up and comers in the music scene. An antique car show, artist market, community stage and KidZone make your day complete!
27th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival
Old and new traditions coincide at this children’s festival. Festival games, pony rides, inflatable slides, wall climbing, face painting are all FREE with food concession sales going to support local schools.
Oct 23 - Oct 25
Where else can you find a horror-themed art exhibit housed in a century-old warehouse, as well as the chance to walk (or run) alongside a zombie (400 zombies to be exact), and the opportunity to solve a complex, yet funny, murder mystery. This unique and memorable event is quickly becoming a must-visit for folks in the southeast.
The Barbeque Festival
Seven stages cover a 14 square block radius, ensuring plenty of entertainment in addition to the 50-ton pig themed sand sculpture, 350+ exhibitors, antique car show and most importantly, North Carolina’s best pork barbeque!
Oct 30 - Nov 1
Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum & Antiques Show and Sale
A 3-day event comprised of leading historians, educators and antique dealers, creating programs to celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of the South. In its 45th year, and falling on Halloween, this year’s theme “Comin’ Forth to Carry Me Home: 19th Century Mourning Customs”, will explore how death was handled and ways in which the departed were memorialized. Additional events include a floral design presentation, antiques show, complimentary opening gala and more!
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