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September 2013 Festivals, Celebrations and Special Events

Things to Do in September in the Southeast US


September festivals and events are plentiful in the Southeast as communities and organizations celebrate the often idyllic fall weather, seasonal harvests, Southern heritage, visual and performing arts and more. This round-up highlights an array of festivals with something for just about everyone.

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Also see: More Fall Events and Holidays Throughout the Year.

September Holiday and Themed Events:

  • Labor Day Weekend
    When is Labor Day?
    How will you celebrate the last blast of the summer season? Our Labor Day weekend round up highlights several fun festivals, events and celebrations throughout the Southeast U.S.

  • Oktoberfest Celebrations
    Various Dates
    Many Oktoberfest events and festivals take place during the month of September. Find out where to raise your stein for a great time in the Southeast.

  • State and County Fairs
    Various Dates
    The Tennessee State Fair takes place mid September, the State Fair of Virginia kicks off at the end of September and bushels of county fairs and country fairs take place throughout the month.

  • September Apple Festivals
    Various Dates
    Welcome the fall season during September with a getaway or day-trip of apple picking and apple festivals.
More September Festivals and Events
  • Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park
    September 5 - 8, 2013 - Stone Mountain, Georgia
    One of Stone Mountain Park's most popular annual events and one of the top arts and crafts shows in the nation, the award-winning Yellow Daisy Festival features more than 400 artists and crafters, plus live entertainment, children's activities, food vendors, clogging and artisan demonstrations and more. Related Information: Visiting Stone Mountain Park | Stone Mountain Area Hotels - Compare Rates | Atlanta Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Hampton Bay Days
    September 6 - 8, 2013 - Hampton, Virginia
    Hampton, Virginia
    Attracting about 200,000 attendees each year and one of the best waterside events in Virginia, Hampton Bay Days is free and open to the public. This annual festival features family fun, free entertainment by national and regional artists, food vendors, arts and crafts, an impressive fireworks display and more. Related Information: Hampton Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Alexandria Festival of the Arts
    September 7 - 8, 2013 - Alexandria, Virginia
    Old Town Alexandria, along King Street from Washington Street to Union Street, will become an outdoor art gallery as the Alexandria Festival of the Arts features an array of award-winning artists, showing paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and more. Related Information: Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Oktoberfest
    September 12 - 15, 2013 (Thursday - Sunday) and September 19 - October 27, 2013 (Daily) - Helen, Georgia
    Attracting thousands of visitors to the area, Oktoberfest is Helen's number one tourist draw and one of the biggest parties in the Southeast. Lasting for almost two months every fall, this Oktoberfest celebration features authentic German bands, food, beer, dancing and lots of German-style fun at Helen's enormous Festhalle. Related Information: Helen Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Mediterranean Weekend
    September 13 - 15, 2013 - Virginia Beach, Virginia
    This fun-filled weekend celebrates Italian and Greek cuisine, music, and festivities. Festa Italiana, held at the 17th Street Park, salutes all things Italian and My Big Fat Greek Party, held at the 24th Street Park features Greek cuisine, dancing and fun for all ages. Related Information: Visiting Virginia Beach | Explore the Virginia Beach Boardwalk | More Fantastic Virginia Beach Cuisine | Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival
    September 17 - 22, 2013 - Bardstown, Kentucky
    Enjoy a weekend in celebration of smooth Bourbon complete with good Southern food and great entertainment with special events including galas, historical tours, and more for all ages. Related Information: Bardstown Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival
    September 20 – 22, 2013 - Jekyll Island, Georgia
    Celebrating shrimp and grits, two southern favorites, the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival takes place in the picturesque historic district of Jekyll Island and features crafts vendors, live music, celebrity chef cooking, family-friendly entertainment and a craft brew tasting. Related Information: Jekyll Island Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Brewgrass Festival
    September 21, 2013 - Asheville, North Carolina
    Over 40 American breweries showcase more than 120 different beers while entertainment is provided by a lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians. Tickets always sell out early. Related Information: Asheville Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Atlanta Arts Festival
    September 14 - 15, 2013 - Atlanta, Georgia
    This fall arts festival, held in Piedmont Park, features 200 of the country's finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers and other artists from across the country, as well as artist demonstrations, festival food and beverages live entertainment and more. Related Information: 100 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta | Top Luxury Atlanta Hotels | Atlanta Hotels for Every Travel Budget - Compare Rates

  • Virginia Wine Festival
    September 14 - 15, 2013 - The Plains, Virginia
    The longest-running wine festival on the East Coast, this popular fall festival offers wine tasting, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more in celebration of Virginia's award-winning wineries. Related Information: The Plains, Virginia Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Benson Mule Days
    September 26 - 29, 2013 - Benson, North Carolina
    Always held the fourth Saturday weekend in September, this four-day festival, which attracts close to 50,000 people, has offered traditional Southern fun for more than 50 years. Featured events this year include rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more. Related Information: Benson Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Euphoria
    September 26 - 29, 2013 - Greenville, South Carolina
    Described as a higher state of food, wine and music, this Upstate event includes exclusive tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, and multi-course dinners, as world-class chefs, vintners and entertainers converge in downtown Greenville for four days of deliciousness. Related Information: Greenville, South Carolina Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Festival in the Park
    September 20 - 22, 2013 - Charlotte, North Carolina
    For almost 50 years, this annual festival has been delighting local Charlotteans as well as visitors from around the globe with good music, good art and good times. Held in Freedom Park, near uptown Charlotte, festival fun includes over 180 artists and artisans demonstrating and displaying their arts and crafts, plus almost a thousand entertainers and performers providing ongoing entertainment. Attracting over an estimated 150,000 visitors in some years, this popular Charlotte event is known for its relaxed, yet stimulating, celebration of the arts. Related Information: Charlotte Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Museum Mile Weekend
    September 20 - 22, 2013 - Charleston, South Carolina
    Explore 13 sites along historic Meeting Street for reduced rates with a special weekend pass. Related Information: More About Museum Mile | Top Ten Things to See and Do in Charleston | Charleston Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon
    September 14 - 15, 2013 - Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia
    Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares at this annual event featuring an array of top American craftspeople. Other highlights include period entertainment and free Potomac River sightseeing cruises, first come - first served, while supplies last. Related Information: Getting to Mount Vernon | Photos of Mount Vernon | Alexandria Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Savannah Jazz Festival
    September 22 - 28, 2013 - Savannah, Georgia
    Attracting jazz fans from near and far, the week-long Savannah Jazz Festival, one of Savannah's the largest and most popular festivals, features the best in international, national, regional and local jazz artists, offering all types of jazz, from Dixieland, traditional swing, and bop to melodic standards, and funky down-home blues. Related Information: Visiting Savannah | Photos of Savannah | Savannah Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Mayberry Days
    September 26 - 29, 2013 - Mount Airy, North Carolina
    Fans of the Andy Griffith Show will enjoy this family-friendly festival, which takes place each year in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy. Relax to the music of local bands, playing songs from the time that Andy was growing up in Mount Airy, enjoy a cold bottle of pop while playing a game of checkers, and be sure to look for special guests from the show. Related Information: Mount Airy Hotels - Compare Rates

  • World Chicken Festival
    September 26 - 29, 2013 - London, Kentucky
    Attracting over 250,000 attendees each year, this popular four-day festival pays tribute to Colonel Sanders, featuring Colonel Sanders look-alike contests, crowing, strutting and clucking competitions, eating contests, a parade, entertainment, food and crafts booths and more. Related Information: London, Kentucky Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • The Okra Strut
    September 27 - 28, 2013 - Irmo, SC
    Okra, slimy and delicious, is celebrated each fall at this community festival. See Funny Southern Food Festivals for more information. Related Information: Irmo, South Carolina Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • International Folk Festival
    September 27 - 29, 2013 - Fayetteville, North Carolina
    This annual festival celebrates the area's rich multicultural population and diversity with international food, pageantry, unique arts and crafts, music, dance and more. Related Information: Fayetteville Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend
    September 27 - 29, 2013 - Virginia Beach, Virginia
    The grand finale of the Neptune Festival features non-stop fun for three days and nights, including outdoor concerts along the famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk, over 300 artisans in the Neptune Art and Craft Show, great food vendors, sports activities, fireworks and more. The internationally renowned North American Sandsculpting Competition (September 27 - October 6, 2013) kicks off during Boardwalk Weekend as well. Also, wine lovers may wish to check out the popular Neptune Fall Wine Festival on September 7 - 8, 2013 which showcases Virginia wines along with entertainment and gourmet foods. Related Information: Visiting Virginia Beach | More Fantastic Virginia Beach Cuisine | Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Taste of Charleston
    September 29, 2013 - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    Enjoy this celebration of Lowcountry cuisine, featuring a selection of Charleston's and the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants, held at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston. Related Information: More Charleston Food Festivals | Charleston Photos | Charleston Hotels - Compare Rates | Mount Pleasant Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Southern Heritage Harvest Festival
    September 28, 2013 - South Boston, Virginia
    This delightful downtown street festival features lots of family fun, including clowns and magicians, games and pony rides, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and more. Related Information: South Boston, Virginia Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • The West Virginia Road Kill Cook-off and Autumn Harvest Festival
    September 28, 2013 - Marlinton, West Virginia
    Poking good-natured fun at some of the region's stereotypes for over 15 years, this annual festival offers samplings of unique back-country culinary creations. See Funny Southern Food Festivals for more information. Related Information: Marlinton, West Virginia Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Annual Jubilee Festival
    September 28 - 29, 2013 - Olde Towne Daphne, Alabama
    Celebrating 25 years this year, this annual juried art show features regional artists and craftsmen, plus unique festival foods, local entertainment and hands on activities for kids. Related Information: Daphne, Alabama Hotels - Compare Rates

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