FALL FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Ider Mule Day: Ider, Ala., Town Park, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT, free, crafts, mule pull, kids games, draft horse show. 1-888-805-4740.
Labor Day at the Post: Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., parade at 11 a.m. down Battlefield Parkway to polo field, free admission, $10 wristband for unlimited play in children's area. 424-6490.
Red Clay Arts and Crafts Festival: Red Clay State Park, 1140 Red Clay Park Road, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $2 per person or $5 per car. 472-9510.
SEPT. 8-OCT. 31
Oktoberfest: Helen, Ga., festhalle, Thursday-Sunday only Sept. 9-19, Sept. 23-Oct. 31 daily; 6-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Sundays; $7 Mondays-Fridays, $8 Saturdays, free Sundays; celebration of German food, music and culture.www.helenga.org/oktoberfest.
Yellow Daisy Festival: Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, free with $10 vehicle fee, more than 400 artists, The Band Perry performs Sunday. festivals.stonemountainpark.com
Apison Community Fall Festival: Acreage at intersection of East Brainerd and Bill Jones roads, Apison, Tenn., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, free, sponsored by Apison Baptist Church. 236-4291.
Mountaineer Days Festival: Downtown Tracy City, Tenn., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, free. 931-592-8558.
Mountaineer Folk Festival: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tenn., 7-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free. 423-881-5298.
Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair: Pine Log United Methodist Church, Highway 411 eight miles north of exit 293 off I-75, Rydal, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 12 and up. 770-605-5350.
Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention/Arts & Crafts Festival: Downtown Loudon, Tenn., musicians play under tent on Legion Field, craft show on courthouse lawn; 6 p.m. Friday craft show opens followed by bluegrass bands, $15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday craft show, music 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., $10. 865-986-6822.
Spring City Fall Craft Fair: Front Street in downtown Spring City, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. 423-365-5210.
White Oak Crafts Fair: Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, Tenn., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT Saturday and Sunday, free admission, $2 parking. 615-563-2787.
Tennessee State Fair: State fairgrounds in Nashville, gates open varying times, fair closes 10:30 p.m. nightly, $8 adults, $5 children, $25 ride wristband, additional charges for CMX Tour and Demolition Derby, free parking and concerts. www.tennesseestatefair.org.
Foothills Country Fair: Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, Tenn., 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, $5, midway and daily events and exhibits. www.foothillscountryfair.org.
Boom Days Heritage Celebration: Downtown Fort Payne, Ala., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT Saturday, free. 1-888-805-4740.
Festival 2010: Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free, juried art exhibit, children's activities, local author showcase. 706-278-0168.
Festival at Rose Lawn: Historic Rose Lawn mansion, 224 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, free crafts show admission, tours of mansion $4 adults, $2 children. 770-387-5162.
Nine Mile Volunteer Bluegrass Festival: Volunteer Fire Department in Nine Mile, Tenn., Bledsoe County, gates open 7 p.m. Friday, noon on Saturday (all times Central), two-day ticket $5 ages 13 and up. 553-2659.
Plant Sale and Festival: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, craft vendors and vegetable/flower/herb plant sale 493-9155, ext. 10.
Polly Crockett Festival: Tennessee Avenue, Cowan, Tenn., 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), more than 100 craftsmen, Civil War re-enactments. 931-967-6788.
War Between the States Day: Crystal Springs Bleachery, Chickamauga, Ga., Civil War re-enactors and suttlers all-day Saturday, 2 p.m. parade; 7 p.m. Battle of Chickamauga Barbecue Cook-off at Gordon Lee Mansion. 706-375-4728.
Wildlife & Nature Art Festival and Expo: The Art Center, 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 ages 13 and up, fine art show sponsored by Blue Ridge Arts Guild. 706-632-2144.
AEC Culture Fest: First Tennessee Pavilion, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free family festival celebrates area's cultural diversity. 267-1218.
Balloons & Tunes: 20 acres on Thacker Drive, Rock Spring, Ga., 4-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $7 adults, $4 ages 7-12, hot-air balloon rides, concert 6 p.m. Saturday with Cody McCarver opening for The Band Perry. www.balloonsandtunesfestival.com.
Hamilton County Fair: Chester Frost Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, fairgoers must catch shuttle at either Northgate Mall or Middle Valley Recreation Center, free admission to fair, $6 shuttle fee adults, $4 shuttle fee children 3-12. www.hamiltontn.gov/fair.
Rock Spring Show & Sell: Rock Spring United Methodist Church, Rock Spring, Ga., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 40th anniversary show has crafts and food vendors, antique tractor show. 802-2447.
TACA Fall Craft Fair: Nashville Centennial Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free annual fine art show sponsored by Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. 615-385-1904.
SEPT. 29-OCT. 30
National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., check website for hours, $55.90 adults, $44.70 ages 4-11, $52.50 adults over 60, free gospel concerts and working craftsmen. www.dollywood.com
OCT. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
Rocktoberfest: Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain, noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in the month, German music, food and souvenirs, free with regular ticket. www.seerockcity.com/rocktoberfest.
RiverRocks: Coolidge Park and eight natural areas around region, more than 90 events include daily outdoor events, bike rides, IMAX adventure films, hot air balloons and concerts. www.riverrockschattanooga.com.
Autumn Children's Festival: Tennessee Riverpark, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission, 50 cents to $3 for children's activities, children's carnival is fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga. 778-4200.
Bledsoe County Heritage Days: Downtown Pikeville,Tenn., Friday and Saturday, times TBA, free, parades both days, crafts and music. 423-447-2931.
Campbell Folk School Fall Festival: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown Road, off Highway 64, Brasstown, N.C., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, $3 ages 12-17, 200 craftsmen and 40 working artists.
Cherry Log Fall Festival: Cherry Log Street (old Georgia Highway 5), Cherrylog, Ga. 7:30 a.m. until dusk Saturday and Sunday, homecooked breakfasts and dinners, music and craft vendors. 706-698-3208.
GoFest: Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free. 697-1322.
Heritage Day: Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free. 706-638-5187.
Hodgepodge Craft Market: Signal Mountain Town Hall complex, 1111 Ridgeway Ave., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, $2 ages 13 and up, $1 ages 3-12, craft show, live music and food court added, benefits Mountain Arts Community Center.
Nillie Bipper Festival: Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 ages 13-59, $4 ages 60 and up, 80 exhibitors, benefits Creative Arts Guild of Cleveland. 284-0583.
Punkin' Festival: North Park, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 10 a.m. Saturday until fireworks at dark, free, crafts, cook-offs and car show. 332-2189.
Quilt Show: Mount Olive Church of God, 3533 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, Tenn., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $3, crafters and Common Threads Quilt Club show. 472-7902.
St. John Flea Market/Bake Sale: St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free, proceeds benefit church mission projects. 892-2257.
Kids Station Pumpkin Patch: 14237 Alabama Highway, Rock Spring, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, free admission, pumpkins for sale, storytelling, maze, children's activities. 706-937-8585.
Rotary Club Craft Fair: Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., free,, ends Oct. 30. 865-909-3446.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair: Gatlinburg,Tenn., Convention Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, $6 ages 13 and up, 35th anniversary show, 200 craftsmen. www.craftsmenfair.com
Boynton Craft Show: Boynton Church of God, Three Notch Road, Ringgold, Ga., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 706-935-6972.
Cherry Log Fall Festival: Cherry Log Street (old Georgia Highway 5), Cherrylog, Ga. 7:30 a.m. until dusk Saturday, and Sunday, homecooked breakfasts and dinners, music and craft vendors. 706-698-3208.
Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and up, $2 parking, more than 300 crafts, antique car show in Civic Center on Saturday. georgiaapplefestival.org.
New Haven Fall Festival: 1058 Graysville Road, Chattanooga, Tenn., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, children's activities, breakfast and lunch sold, yard sale, 10 a.m. auction. 718-4933.
New Salem Mountain Arts and Crafts Show: New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136, on Lookout Mountain between Trenton and LaFayette, Ga.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 12 and up, more than 100 exhibitors in outdoor setting. 706-398-1988.
Oktoberfest: Knights of Columbus grounds, 2892 Highway 70 East, Crossville, Tenn., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. -9:30 p.m. Saturday, $7.50 ages 15 and up, German music and food. 931-707-7291.
Prater's Mill Country Fair: Prater's Mill, 5845 Georgia Highway 2, 10 miles northeast of Dalton, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 13 and up, 200 exhibitors, tours of mill, music. 706-694-MILL.
Pumpkintown: Downtown Athens, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, free, crafts, mutt strut and pumpkin contests. 423-887-3544.
Alabama Gourd Festival: Cullman Civic Center, 504 Fifth St., Cullman, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $3 ages 13 and older, all crafts made of gourds. www.alabamagourdsociety.org.
Cleveland Apple Festival: Downtown Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, $4 adults, $3 senior adults and children 3-12; free Kids Zone for ages 12 and under, apple contests and crafters. clevelandapplefestival.org.
Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay,Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and up, $2 parking, more than 300 crafters. georgiaapplefestival.org.
Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair: Ketner's Mill, between state highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, $5 more than 100 crafters. 267-5702.
Webb School Arts and Crafts Show: Webb School campus, Bell Buckle,Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free admission, $5 parking, more than 500 craftsmen, held in conjunction with Downtown Arts and Craft Show in Bell Buckle. 931-389-9663.
Chattanooga Oktoberfest: First Tennessee Pavilion, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free. www.chattanoogamarket.com.
Craft and Bake Sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, benefits Golden Agers group. 706-866-0164.
Harvest of Art: Rhea County Welcome Center, Highway 27, Dayton, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, free, annual art show sponsored by Dayton Arts League. 423-775-5122.
Holiday Extravaganza: First-Centenary United Methodist Church gymnasium, 419 McCallie Ave., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, free, silent auction and vendors selling gift items. 265-9736, ext. 2.
Benton Arts & Heritage Days: Downtown Benton, Tenn., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, free old-fashioned festival. 423-338-5733.
Fall Color Cruise: Hale's Bar Marina, 1265 Hales Bar Road, Build, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday, hours TBA. 423-942-4040.
Fall Festival: New Salem Baptist Church, 9806 Dallas Hollow Road, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, free Halloween alternative. 842-3078.
Halloween Block Party: Downtown Cleveland, Tenn., 4-9 p.m. Saturday, annual party with candy, costumes and Tall Betsy. 479-1000.
NormalPalooza: Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School, 1009 Mississippi Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free. 209-5914.
Order of the Eastern Star Quilt Show: Hixson Masonic Lodge, 5307 Old Hixson Pike, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, $5, exhibit and vendors. 842-9325.
PumpkinFest: Downtown Dayton, Tenn., noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, free. 775-9847.
Belvoir Carnival: Belvoir Christian Academy, 800 Belvoir Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free admission, $5 plate lunch, nominal charge for tickets or unlimited-fun armbands. 622-3755.
Brainerd Holiday Craft Fair: Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, $3.
Christmas Village: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $10 ages 10 and up, more than 260 merchants. www.christmasvillage.org.
Gingerbread Craft Show: Christ United Methodist Church, corner of East Brainerd and Morris Hill roads, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free,. 894-1642.
YMCA Christmas Market: Chattanooga Convention Center, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, one-day ticket $5 ages 13 and up. 265-8834.
Holiday Trunk Show: The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, free. 423-745-8781.
Christmas on the Mountain: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tenn., Friday-Sunday, hours TBA, craft show and children's tea party. 423-881-5298.
Holiday Market: First Tennessee Pavilion, Saturday and Sunday, hours TBA, free. www.chattanoogamarket.com
-Compiled by Susan Pierce