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October Festivals and Special Events

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina


October is a beautiful month to embrace the fall season in the Southeast U.S. Find out about many fun festivals and special events taking place throughout the region during the month of October.

Selected festivals and events in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina are highlighted on this page. Go to page 2 for festivals and events in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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For additional fall options, visit: Fall Festivals and Events and Holidays Throughout the Year.

October Themed Events:

  • Oktoberfest Celebrations
    Find out where to raise your stein for a great time during October in the Southeast U.S.

  • State and County Fairs
    The State Fair of Virginia extends from the end of September into early October, followed by the Georgia National Fair, the South Carolina State Fair and the North Carolina State Fair. Also, there are hundreds of county fairs and country fairs taking place throughout the region.

  • October Apple Festivals
    Enjoy the peak of the fall season during October with a getaway or day-trip of apple picking and apple festivals.

  • Halloween Events and Haunted Houses
    Enjoy spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween fun at a Halloween themed festival or a scary haunted house.

More October Festivals and Events

Alabama Festivals and Events

  • BayFest
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Mobile, Alabama

    Alabama's largest music festival features over 125 live musical acts for three days and nights on the streets of downtown Mobile. Related Information: Mobile Hotels - Compare Rates

  • National Shrimp Festival
    October 10 - 13, 2013 - Gulf Shores, Alabama

    One of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals, held each year during the second full weekend in October, featuring more than 250 fine art, arts and crafts and retail marketplace vendors plus lots and lots of shrimp. Related Information: Visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama | Gulf Shores Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Kentuck Festival of the Arts
    October 19 - 20, 2013 - Northport, Alabama

    A two-day outdoor juried arts festival featuring more than 270 folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople from throughout the United States, plus performances by legendary musicians, children’s arts activities, and unique Southern and ethnic food specialties. Related Information: Northport Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Greater Gulf State Fair
    October 25 - November 3, 2013 - Mobile, Alabama

    Features traditional fair midway fun and livestock exhibits, plus multicultural entertainment and activities. Related Information: Mobile Hotels - Compare Rates

Georgia Festivals and Events

  • Stone Mountain Park - Annual Pumpkin Festival
    September 27 - October 27, 2013 (on Scheduled Days) - Stone Mountain, Georgia

    This favorite fall festival, now in its 11th year, takes place during scheduled fall weekends, offering seasonal attractions, entertainment, activities and fall decorations that are fun for all ages. Related Information: Visiting Stone Mountain Park | Stone Mountain Area Hotels - Compare Rates | Atlanta Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Georgia National Fair
    October 3 - 13, 2013 - Perry, Georgia

    Family-oriented entertainment and educational fun, showcasing Georgia's agriculture, plus exciting rides and other midway fun, fireworks, shows and more. Related Information: Perry Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off
    October 5, 2013 - Conyers, Georgia
    Moving to a new venue this year, the Georgia International Horse Park, this annual event offers day of chili, barbecue chicken, ribs and pork cook-offs and great music provided by tribute bands. Close to 300 chili booths plus barbecue teams will offer (on a first come-first served basis) free chili samples to attendees. Related Information: Conyers Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
    October 11 - 19, 2013 - Hiawassee, Georgia

    A 9-day event featuring musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers' Convention. Related Information: Hiawassee Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Taste of Atlanta
    October 25 - 27, 2013 - Atlanta, Georgia

    Open-air global epicurean adventure, featuring food, wine, beer and cocktails, plus 80 of Atlanta's best restaurants, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, entertainment and more. Related Information: 100 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta | Top Luxury Atlanta Hotels | Atlanta Hotels for Every Travel Budget - Compare Rates

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Kentucky Festivals and Events

  • The St. James Court Art Show
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Louisville, Kentucky

    Home to the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States, Historic Old Louisville provides a lovely setting for this expansive, juried fine arts and fine crafts show each fall. Related Information: Top Downtown Louisville Hotels | More Louisville Hotels - Compare Rates

  • October Court Day
    October 18 - 21, 2013 - Mount Sterling, Kentucky

    Eastern Kentucky's annual trading days, initiated in the 18th Century and known as the granddaddy of all flea markets attracts over 100,000 people to buy and sell arts and crafts plus more. Related Information: Mount Sterling Area Hotels - Compare Rates

North Carolina Festivals and Events

  • North Carolina Seafood Festival
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Morehead City, North Carolina

    North Carolina's second largest festival features, seafood, entertainment, arts and crafts, rides and more along the Morehead City waterfront. Related Information: Morehead City Hotels - Compare Rates | Atlantic Beach Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Riverfest
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Wilmington, North Carolina

    Wilmington, North Carolina celebrates life and culture on the Cape Fear River during Riverfest featuring fun for all ages, including live entertainment, a street fair, exhibits, food vendors, Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla and Treasure Hunt and more. Related Information: Wilmington Hotels - Compare Rates | Wrightsville Beach Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Festifall
    October 6, 2013 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Downtown Chapel Hill celebrates fall with a fun street fair on West Franklin Street, featuring arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment for all ages, hands-on activities, and local food. Related Information: Chapel Hill Hotels - Compare Rates

  • MUMFest
    October 12 - 13, 2013 - New Bern, North Carolina

    An award-winning family festival featuring an array of attractions, including live entertainment, outdoor concert performances, amusement rides, activities for kids, roving dance troupes and street performers, local arts and crafts, food vendors and more. Related Information: New Bern Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Swansboro Mullet Festival
    October 12 - 13, 2013 - Swansboro, North Carolina

    Charming Swansboro's annual festival featuring great food, arts and crafts, beach music and lots of family fun. Related Information: Swansboro Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Carolina BalloonFest
    October 18 - 20, 2013 - Statesville, North Carolina

    Family fun featuring 50 hot air balloons, competitions and rides, a balloon glow, aviation displays, activities for kids, arts and crafts, entertainment and a wine tasting festival. Related Information: Statesville Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • The Barbecue Festival
    October 26, 2013 - Lexington, North Carolina

    Attracting more than 100,000 barbecue lovers, this festival features legendary Lexington barbecue, entertainment, exhibits and more, always on a Saturday in late October. Related Information: Lexington Area Hotels - Compare Rates

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