As a preteen in the late 1970s/early '80s, Kim Krause helped her grandparents run their crafts show booths each year in what was then Eastgate Mall.
"My grandmother would make handmade dolls, and my grandfather would hand-whittle log cabins out of hickory sticks. They were retired and sold those to supplement their income. I learned a lot about crafting from my grandparents. I would go sit in their booths and help them sell their crafts and run the booth," she says.
In her 20s, she began crafting for herself and, by her 30s, she was selling on the craft circuit.
"I was a craftswoman for 15 years doing wreaths and candles. Later on, I was making my own homemade salsas, jellies and jams," she recalls.
This summer, she took the next step up to become a show promoter and now organizes her own events under the name K&S Craft Shows. She has already held three since June and has three more coming this fall: Fall Into Winter, Halloween Bash and Crafts Time in the City. The latter show, in November at Eastgate Town Center, feels like she has come full circle back to her origins in crafting.
Krause's three shows are among eight new events readers will find in the Times Free Press Fall Festival Guide.
This annual listing includes 130 craft shows, fine art shows, county and state fairs, heritage and harvest festivals and community celebrations. This list does not include music festivals or athletic events. All events are day-trips within a two-hour drive (one way) of Chattanooga.
Keep this guide handy, and check each weekend for your favorites because 19 festivals have changed dates this season. We'll offer a closer look at what's happening each weekend on Thursdays in our Chattanooga Now section.
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LABOR DAY WEEKEND
* Art in the Park: Marietta Square and Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and Monday, free admission; 175 artists in Marietta Square. www.artparkmarietta.com
* Balloon Fiesta: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Highway 360, Vonore, Tenn., 4-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $10 ages 5 and older, $125 VIP, balloon glow set to music each night at dusk, free children's area, tethered rides; benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in Monroe County. www.monroelife balloonfiesta.com
* Labor Day Festival: Section Community Park, one block off Alabama Highway 35, Section, Ala., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. CDT Monday, free admission, music, contests, kids activities and barbecue. 256-228-3280
* Pioneer Days Festival: Sam Smith Park, 1155 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville, Ga., noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday, $5 ages 13 and older, $20 unlimited carnival rides; arts and crafts, midway, music. Fireworks Monday at dusk. https://www.pioneerdaysga.com/
Back-to-School Bash: Tyner United Methodist Church, 6805 Standifer Gap Road, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, free food, outdoor games, door prizes for all ages of the family. 423-400-7924.
SEPT. 5- OCT. 27
* Oktoberfest: Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, Ga., 6-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday; $8 Monday-Friday, $10 Saturday, free on Sunday; annual celebration of German food, music, dance. http://www.helenga.org/calendar/48th-annual-oktoberfest-1.
* Battle of Tunnel Hill: Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $10 ages 13 and up; Civil War battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. each day, sutlers, mock surgeries in medical tents, tours of historic Clisby-Austin house. https://www.crazycrow.com/site/event/battle-of-tunnel-hill-reenactment/
* Fall Arts and Crafts Festival: Ducktown Basin Museum at the Hoist House, 212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown, Tenn., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free, original art, jewelry, textiles and handmade gifts. 423-496-5778
* Mountaineer Folk Festival: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Village Green area, 10821 Park Road, Spencer, Tenn., 7-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; arts and crafts, two stages of music. 877-716-4493.
* PioneerFest: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, crafts and food vendors, cruise-in, games and the first East Ridge Has Talent show. 423-802-5777
* Yellow Daisy Festival: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, admission free with paid parking $20 per day; more than 500 vendors at event voted one of top three crafts shows in nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. https://www.stonemountainpark.com/Events/Yellow-Daisy-Festival
* Northwest Georgia Regional Fair: Cherokee Capital Fairgrounds, 1060 Liberty Road, Calhoun, Ga., gates open 5 p.m. weeknights, $5 ages 6 and older, $25 nightly for unlimited carnival rides, livestock contests, pageants, parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. http://www.northwestgeorgiaregionalfair.com/index.html
* Tennessee State Fair: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, gates open 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday (all times Central), $6 daily ticket for all ages, unlimited-ride wristbands $25. http://tnstatefair.org/
* Tennessee Valley Fair: Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, gates open 3 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, noon Sundays; $8 in advance ages 12 and up, $6 in advance children ages 6-11, $10 parking, $25 unlimited-rides wristband; concert tickets in addition to gate admission for performances by Morgan Wallen, Bret Michaels, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion, KC and the Sunshine Band. https://www.tnvalleyfair.org/
* Jackson County Fair: Veterans Park Fairgrounds, 220 Cecil St., Scottsboro, Ala., gates open 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday (all times Central); $5 ages 6 and older. 256-548-2212.
* Blue & Gray Barbecue and Festival: Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission, additional cost for barbecue, benefits Friends of the Mansion; barbecue, crafts and food vendors. Tours of mansion 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 adults, $1 children. 423-488-0861
* Craft Fair: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2645 LaFayette Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, Sew Much More Crafts and Vendors Sale with 20 vendors. 706-866-0232
* Fried Green Tomato Festival and 5K: Downtown Niota, Tenn., 7:30 a.m. Saturday 5K road race, $25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. festival, free, food and craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, beauty pageant, green tomato cook-off, music. https://www.funtober.com/fest/niota-fried-green-tomato-festival/
* International Cowpea Festival: Charleston City Park, 103 Worth St. NE, Charleston, Tenn., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, free; cookoff, crafts and food vendors, family fun field, music. https://www.cowpeafestival.com/
* White Oak Crafts Fair: Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Sunday, $3 includes parking; 75 artists exhibit along the banks of the East Fork Stones River, new young artists tent this year for children. http://www.artscenterofcc.com/whiteoakcraftsfair.html
* North Georgia State Fair: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga., gates open 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Sundays; $7 admission ages 11 and up, $5 parking, 21 ride tickets $20, daily admission specials; free nightly concerts with paid admission feature Tyler Farr, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jeremy Camp and Lee Brice. www.northgeorgiastatefair.com
* Arts Festival at Rose Lawn: Rose Lawn Mansion, 234 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission to festival, $7 to tour historic mansion. http://www.roselawnmuseum.com/arts_festival_and_rose_lawn/index.php
* Autumn Rocks: Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., and Joe Stock Park, LaFayette, Ga., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free; festival formerly known as Heritage Days emphasizes local history and original crafts. 706-764-2801
* Bats, Beer & Bluegrass: Fricks Cave Preserve, Fricks Gap Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 4-9 p.m. Saturday, $60, barbecue dinner and locally crafted brews with music by No Time Flatt and The Tin Cup Rattlers before watching flight of gray bats. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4311109
* Boom Days Heritage Celebration: City Park, Fort Payne, Ala., 6:30-10 p.m. CDT Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. CDT Saturday, free, two dozen acts on six stages over two days with headliner Diamond Rio at 8 p.m. Saturday. 256-845-1524
* Fall Heritage Festival: Railroad Park and downtown Cowan, Tenn., 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; arts and crafts, fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. https://www.fallheritagefestival.info/
* Fall Into Winter: Red Bank United Methodist Church, 3800 Dayton Blvd., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free. 423-598-2538
* Festival!: Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free; indoor and outdoor fine-art exhibits, live bands on the hour, children's activities. 706-217-6677
* GoFest: Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free, music, food and activities for children of all abilities. www.chattanooga.gov/gofest
* Homesteads Apple Festival: Cumberland Homestead Tower and Museum, junction of U.S. 127 and Tennessee 68, four miles south of Crossville, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $5 ages 11 and older; 100 crafts booths, music, antique tractors, quilt show. www.cumberlandhomesteads.org
* Jamboree: Center Post Community Center, 8125 Georgia Highway 337, Center Post community south of LaFayette, Ga., 1-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission; family fun with games, bluegrass music, door prizes and concessions. 706-638-1935
* Sunflower Stables Barn Sale: The Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $5 ages 13 and older; handmade, vintage and antique items, jewelry, art and food vendors. email@example.com
* Valley Fest: Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2853 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., walking track beside the church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free; Chattanooga Valley Lions Club fundraiser with crafts, inflatables and music by Barefoot Nellie. 706-841-2595
* Walker County Ag Festival: Walker County Ag Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, highlights county's agriculture, products and producers, 4-H and photography contest. 706-375-7917.
SEPT. 21-Nov. 4
* Sweet Corn Festival: Autumn Acres, 1096 Baier Road, Exit 311 off Interstate 40, Crossville, Tenn., open to public 10-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays by appointment (all times Central), $12 general admission, $5 VIP upgrade. www.autumnacres.net.
* DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair: VFW Hall, 151 18th St. NW, Fort Payne, Ala., gates open 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday (all times Central), $4 ages 6 and older, $3 parking, $25 for 22 tickets to Kissel Entertainment midway. www.dekalbcountyvfwfair.com
* Blue Ribbon Country Fair: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, $5; crafters, home and garden contests, hog-calling and rooster-crowing contests. http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/
* Craft/Bake Sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, free, benefits the Golden Agers church group. 706-866-0164
* Hamilton County Fair: Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free admission to fair with shuttle fare of $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, last ticket sold at 4 p.m. each day; crafters, cloggers, music, home and livestock competitions. www.hamiltontn.gov/fair
* Mistletoe Merchants: Wilson County Expo Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tenn., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $10 one-day ticket, $18 three-day pass, free for children 12 and younger; more than 100 merchants at holiday market. https://www.midsouthmediagroup.com/mistletoe-merchants-of-nashville-tn
* National Muscadine Festival: Tsali Notch Vineyard, 140 Harrison Road, Madisonville, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free admission, $5 parking, music, kids fair, muscadine picking, wine and juice tastings, music. http://www.nationalmuscadinefestival.com/
* Red Bank Community Chili Cook-Off: Red Bank City Park on Dayton Boulevard, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, free, bring your homemade chili to enter contest. firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Ride the Rails Festival: L&N Depot, 150 Railroad Ave., Mineral Bluff, Ga., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $11 ages 13 and older, $6 ages 2-12, $2 hand-car ride, 5-mile round-trip train ride, model-train railroad display, hand-car rides sponsored by Tri-State Model Railroaders. 706-455-8903
* River Clay Fine Arts Festival: Decatur City Hall, 402 Lee Street, Decatur, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $5 ages 13 and older, 75 artists from 12 states in juried show. https://www.riverclay.org/
* Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival: Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and older; 200 crafters, family entertainment. https://www.serviceleague.net/riverfest-1
* Sandy Springs Festival: Heritage Green, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, Ga., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission; several hundred arts, crafts and food vendors, chalk art competition, children's programs, music. https://heritagesandysprings.org
* Wags N Wheels: TVA Chickamauga Dam, 4601 N. Access Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, $25 car show entry, free for spectators, benefit for Pet Placement Center includes food and craft vendors, Hubcap Plinko, car smash. https://www.facebook.com/events/2492492827448800/
SEPT. 27-Nov. 2
* National Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, $74 ages 10-61, $61 ages 4-9, $69 ages 62 and older; 500 gospel performances, craftsmen and Great Pumpkin Luminights included in admission. Ticket special through Sept. 25: everyone pays $61 for one-day ticket. https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival
SEPT. 28-OCT. 22
* Old McDonald's Farm Fall Festival: Old McDonald's Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays, open Tuesdays-Fridays for large groups by appointment; $12.50 ages 3 and older, additional charge for pumpkins; family fun with cow coaster, pumpkin slingshot, hay maze, hayrides, pony rodeo, Critter Barn, pedal tractor races. https://www.oldmcdonaldsfarm.net/
SEPT. 28-OCT. 26
* Fall Fun: Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga., noon-5 p.m. each Saturday, $6 adults, $3 ages 2-12, $5 parking per vehicle; view fall color from tractor-pulled hayrides, includes family-friendly activities. https://friendsofcloudlandcanyon.org/
* Rotary Club Craft Fair: Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, admission by donation to benefit Pigeon Forge Rotary Club's philanthropic projects; 75 craftsmen. https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/pigeon-forge-rotary-club-craft-fair
* Autumn Children's Festival: Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission, tickets for activities 50 cents to $3; children's carnival to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. 423-778-4300
* Bluff Park Art Show: Bluff Park Community Center, 517 Cloudland Drive, Hoover, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday, free; 150 artists. www.bluffparkartassociation.org
* Boaz Harvest Festival: Downtown Boaz, Ala., Alabama Highway 168, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT Friday-Saturday, free; street fair with 200 crafts vendors, children's area, contests and classic car show. http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/boaz-harvest-festival
* Craft Fair: First United Methodist Church, 11625 Highway 28, Whitwell, Tenn., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT Saturday, free, crafts and bake sale, $5 lunches. 423-779-6677
* Culturefest: Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free; art, food, music and dance representing Chattanooga's cultural diversity. https://chattanoogamarket.com/events/
* Fall Fest: Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, gates open 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free; fine arts and crafts show with 5K race and Sunday tour of homes. https://fallfest.candlerpark.org/
* Fall Fest at the Hermitage: The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; art, music and history at the home of Andrew Jackson. https://www.fallfestatthehermitage.com/
* Fall Festival: Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre, 220 Catoosa Circle in Benton Place campus, Ringgold, Ga., 4-11 p.m. Saturday, free, music, sack races, doughnut-eating contests, pony rides, food and craft vendors, inflatables, screening of "Ghostbusters" at dusk. 706-891-4199.
* Fall Festival: Kristopher's Kingdom, 475 Black Track Road, Graysville, Tenn., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, free, sponsored by Graysville Parks and Recreation. 423-775-9242
* Folk School Festival: John C. Campbell Folk School, 4590 Brasstown Road, Brasstown, N.C., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, $3 ages 12-17; 200 crafts booths, 30 demonstrating craftsmen, music at 45th festival. http://www.folkschool.org/
* Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Downtown square, 116 Public Square, Adairsville, Ga., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 7 and older, admission good all three days; pageant, parade, craft and food vendors. https://festivalnet.com/8008/Adairsville-Georgia/Festivals/Great-Locomotive-Chase-Festival
* Hope Fest: Hope Fellowship, 2000 Twin Cedar Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, outdoor concerts, horse rides, games, silent auction, family photos at new event supporting nonprofit organizations. www.HopeFestGA.org
* Morris Hill Craft Market and Quilt Show: Morris Hill Baptist Church gym, 1804 Morris Hill Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, new young entrepreneurs section. 423-596-5134
* National Storytelling Festival: Downtown Jonesborough, Tenn., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, variety of single-event or package ticket prices. https://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/
* October Fest: Elm Avenue between American Legion Post 62 and City Hall in South Pittsburg, Tenn., 4-9 p.m. Saturday, $15, corn hole tournament, German food booths, beer garden in the Legion Hall, benefits South Pittsburg Historical Preservation Society, Child Advocacy Group and American Legion Post 62. 423-837-5012
* Oktoberfest in Ooltewah: Cambridge Square, 9453 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, free; German music and vendors selling German food, beer and other products. Additionally, Lamar Johnson BBQ Classic on the square with competitors vying for Golden Ticket to World Food Championship. https://www.cambridgesquaretn.com/news
* Tennessee Craft Festival: Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, free, ceramics, performing arts and live raku firing. 423-886-1959.
* Tennessee Craft Week: In-Town Gallery, 26-A Frazier Ave., 5-8 p.m. Friday, free, fine crafts celebration. 423-267-9214.
* Lake WinnepeSpookah: Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, Ga., 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; prices to be announced. Halloween fun in amusement park. https://lakewinnie.com/
* Rocktoberfest: Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, $26.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3-12; celebration of German music and food, with polka lessons, specialty beer and costumed characters. https://www.seerockcity.com/events/rocktoberfest/
* Witches & Wine: Camp House, 149 E. M.L. King Blvd., 6-10 p.m. Thursday, $35 ages 21-24, $45 ages 25 and older, Halloween party for adults to benefit Downside Up Inc. https://www.facebook.com/events/391552944750193/
* Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair: Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, traffic light No. 8 on Gatlinburg Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $7 ages 13 and older. https://craftsmenfair.com/october-fair/
* Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga., gates open 10 a.m. daily; arts and crafts area open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, $12 ages 13 and older, $33 three-day pass, tickets include music shows. http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/images/Brochures/2019_Fall_Brochure.pdf
* Fall Arts in the Park: Downtown City Park, 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $5 ages 13 and up, 100 fine art and craft artists, kids zone. 706-632-2144
* Fall Tennessee Craft Fair: Centennial Park, Parthenon grounds, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; work of 200 artists in juried state show sponsored by Tennessee Craft. www.tennesseecraft.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 older; 200 vendors, classic car show Saturday. https://www.georgiaapplefestival.org/
* New Salem Mountain Festival: New Salem Community Center, 12477 Georgia Highway 136, Rising Fawn, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 12 and older; 100 vendors in outdoor setting, held rain or shine. 706-398-1988
* Oktoberfest: Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free; brats and beers sold, Bavarian bands. Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest chosen Saturday night. https://chattanoogamarket.com/events/?loxi_pathname=%2Fchattanooga-oktoberfest-2-7330
* Prater's Mill Country Fair: Prater's Mill, 5845 Georgia Highway 2, Varnell, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $7 ages 13 and older; 200 artists and craftsmen, music, living-history exhibits to benefit upkeep of historic 1855 mill. http://pratersmill.org/
* Pumpkintown: Downtown Athens, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free; food and craft booths, powwow, music, canine and human contests. http://willsonthropic.org/pumpkintown/
* Sequoyah Quilt Show: Historic train depot, 119 E. Washington St., Summerville, Ga., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free, quilting exhibits and live demonstrations. 706-859-0900
* North Georgia Agricultural Fair: 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga., gates open weekdays at 5 p.m., 11 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, $2-$6; agricultural fair with carnival rides, crafts, music, exhibits. 706-278-1712
* Black Bear Festival: City Park, 1400 N. Third Ave., Chatsworth, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 7 and older. http://www.blackbearfest.net/
* Cleveland Apple Festival: Bradley County Courthouse Square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, $5 adults, $4 senior adults and children ages 4-12, $25 family pass for two adults and up to four children; craft and food vendors, music, free kids zone for ages 12 and under. http://clevelandapplefestival.org/
* Colorfest: Brow Park, Lake Street at East River Road, Mentone, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; music, children's area, craft and food vendors. MentoneColorfest@gmail.com
* Days of Yesteryear: 17900 Highway 127, Dunlap, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; food and craft vendors, kids contests, hay rides, antique tractor and engine show, classic car cruise-in noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 423-554-3276
* 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 older; 300 vendors, 10 a.m. parade Saturday in downtown Ellijay. https://www.georgiaapplefestival.org/information.aspx
* Gold Rush Days: Downtown Dahlonega, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday- Sunday, free; 300 vendors in festival sponsored by Dahlonega Jaycees. www.dahlonegajaycees.com
* Halloween Bash Craft Show: East Ridge Recreation Center, 1517 Tombras Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free admission, craft show with all-ages costume contest. 423-598-2538
* Harvest of Art: Rhea County Welcome Center, junction of U.S. 27 and Main Street, Dayton, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, free; art show and sale of new work by Dayton Arts League members, pastel portrait artist Jane Campbell on-site. 423-775-5122
* Ketner's Mill Country Fair: Ketner's Mill, between Tennessee Highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday (all times Eastern), $7 ages 13 and older; 100 craft and food vendors, music, hayrides, tours of operational 1882 mill. https://www.ketnersmill.org/
* Oktoberfest: Knights of Columbus Fairgrounds, 2892 U.S. 70, Crossville, Tenn., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. CDT Friday-Saturday, $7.50 ages 14 and older; German food, Bavarian bands, beer and dancing. http://crossvilleoktoberfest.com/
* Pumpkin Festival: Downtown Chickamauga, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free, food and craft vendors, music, games, pumpkin-carving contest, sponsored by Chickamauga Merchants Association. https://www.facebook.com/events/chickamauga-georgia/6th-annual-pumpkin-festival/338465577046141/
* Webb School Art and Craft Show: Webb School campus, 319 Webb Road, and downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free, several hundred crafts vendors with shuttle from campus to town. https://bellbucklechamber.com/webb-school-art-craft-fair-press-release-photos/
* Bird & Barn Sale: Black Fox Farms, 2724 Varnell Road, Cleveland, Tenn., 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, VIP night preview party, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday open to general public. $10-$40; benefits Project Free 2 Fly. https://projectfree2fly.com/
* Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, $35 if purchased online in advance, $40 at gate; beer festival with craft breweries, arts and crafts area, music. 706-896-4191
* Boogie & Brews: McCoy Farms & Gardens, 1604 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, kids and dogs encouraged to dress in costume for contests, games, food, hay rides, Cobweb Corner market. email@example.com
* Burning Leaf Festival: Cloudland Community Park, 284 Gadsden Ave., Menlo, Ga., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free, arts and crafts, music, children's activities. https://cloudlandcommunity.wixsite.com/park/burning-leaf-festival
* Chiaha Harvest Fair: Ridge Ferry Park, 363 Riverside Parkway NE, Rome, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, $4 senior adults and students, $1 children under 12; arts and crafts, music, kids activities. https://www.chiaha.org/plan-your-visit/
* Cherohala Skyway Festival: Charles Hall Museum, 229 Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free; food and craft vendors, music, Appalachian craft demonstrations, wagon-train rides. 423-253-2111
* Jack-0'-Lantern Jamboree: Town square in Jasper, Tenn., 4-7 p.m. CDT Saturday, free admission, concessions sold, hosted by Jasper Lions Club. firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mountain Makins Festival: Rose Center, 442 W. Second St., Morristown, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 pm. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 per day, festival of Appalachian craft. https://www.rosecenter.org/mountain-makins
* PumpkinFest: Courthouse Square, Dayton, Tenn., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free; food and craft vendors, movie in the park, entertainment. www.mainstreetdayton.org
* Red Bank Community Fall Festival: Red Bank City Park on Dayton Boulevard, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, free, games, candy, music. email@example.com
* Red Clay Pow Wow and Festival: Red Clay State Park, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-dusk Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, grand entry at 1 p.m. each day, $10 per carload per day. Intertribal powwow with American Indian dancers, storytellers, musicians and vendors. https://www.crazycrow.com/site/event/red-clay-pow-wow-2/
* Fall Festival: Soddy United Methodist Church, 255 Depot St., 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, free, games, prizes, free food, cake walk and face painting. 423-332-4043.
* Christmas on Cambridge Square: 9453 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free, crafts and food vendors, photos with Santa, inflatables and petting zoo. 423-531-7754
* Christmas Village Festival: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, 2100 Richard Arrington Blvd., Birmingham, Ala., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $12 adults, $5 ages 6-12, tickets go on sale Oct. 1; 700 booths of crafts, art and gifts. https://www.christmasvillagefestival.com/christmas-village
* Crafts on the Creek: Hickory Creek neighborhood clubhouse, 6760 Hickory Creek Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free. firstname.lastname@example.org
* Holiday Show: In-Town Gallery, 26-A Frazier Ave. 5-8 p.m. Friday, free, new art by gallery members. 423-267-9214.
* Christmas Market: Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, free, benefits children's ministry. http://jmumc.org/the-christmas-market
* Foothills Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival: Coffee County Middle School, 3063 Woodbury Highway, Manchester, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST Saturday, noon-5 p.m. CST Sunday, free; sponsored by Foothills Craft Guild. 931-728-9236
* Gingerbread Shoppe: Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. 423-892-9363
* Intertribal Native Festival: City Point Park, 399 First Ave., Dayton, Tenn., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, grand entry at 1 p.m. each day; $5 ages 11 and older, free to veterans, teachers and first responders; Native American crafts and food vendors, dancing. 704-692-0046
* WTCI Family Day: WTCI, 7540 Bonnyshire Drive, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, free. Kickoff celebration for 50th birthdays of WTCI and "Sesame Street" includes photos with PBS Kids characters, green-screen fun, STEM activities, face painting, games, inflatables, entertainment and birthday cake. https://www.wtcitv.org/blogs/news/family-day/
* Holiday Stroll: Downtown Dayton, Tenn., 5-8 p.m. Thursday, shopping, entertainment and visit from Santa. email@example.com
* Christmas Village: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $10 at the door, return tickets $5; more than 260 booths of crafts and gifts spread through three exhibit halls. https://www.christmasvillage.org/
* Craft Fair: Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, free. 423-443-5555
* Walker Farm Pioneer Days: Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, Chattanooga, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $5 per person ages 4 and older, free for Chattanooga Audubon Society members; heritage celebration with hands-on demonstrations of pioneer skills. 423-892-1499
* Crafts Time in the City: Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free, direct sales and handmade work. 423-598-2538
* HoHo Expo: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission and parking, holiday shopping at more than 100 booths, kids activities, photos with Santa. www.hohochatt.com
* Mistletoe Market: North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave., Blairsville, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free; presented by Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild. 706-896-0932
NOV. 26-DEC. 1
* Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free, show by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/great-smoky-thanksgiving-arts-crafts-show/
NOV. 30-DEC. 1, DEC. 7-8
* Christmas Market: Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, free admission. 423-648-2496
* Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show: Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; free; Thanksgiving and Christmas shows sponsored by Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. https://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/copy-of-hands-on
* Christmas at the Courthouse: Rhea County Courthouse and downtown Dayton, Tenn., Saturday hours to be announced, brunch with Santa, photos with Santa, Christmas critters pageant, horse and carriage parade, caroling at the courthouse. firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Christmas in North Georgia Craft Show: Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission. 423-309-1871
* Rising Fawn Studio Tour: Tour loop starts at Lookout Mountain Pottery, 3005 Plum Nelly Road, Rising Fawn, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free. 423-243-7699.
DEC. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
* Chattanooga Market's Holiday Market: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., Chattanooga, opens 10 a.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays, free; more than 100 market vendors. https://chattanoogamarket.com/events/?loxi_pathname=%2Flist%2F2019%2F12