Whether you love golf, boat races, planes, or good beer, the ten best annual events in Georgia are sure to have something to entertain everyone. Georgia boasts some of the largest, loudest, and most memorable events in the Southeast.
- January: Ring in the New Year southern-style! First Night Atlanta is an annual event in Georgia featuring concerts at midtown, street festivals on Peachtree Street, a fireworks display, and the “peach drop” at midnight (Atlanta’s version of New York’s ball drop.)
- March: Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah is the second largest such event in the country. It’s also Savannah’s largest event of the year. Think Mardi Gras with green beer and Spanish moss and you’ll have a good idea of the party atmosphere in Savannah on this Irish holiday.
- April: The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. If golf is your thing, then you can’t beat Master’s Week in Augusta. While tickets into Augusta National to see golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are hard to obtain, there are celebrations all over Augusta to enjoy. Tickets to the practice rounds are generally easier to get than tournament tickets.
- May: Memorial Day salute to the troops at Stone Mountain, Georgia. This weekend-long salute to American troops is the area’s largest Memorial Day celebration event. Laser light shows, live performances, plus the usual park attractions are sure to make it an enjoyable, memorable weekend event.
- April – June: Georgia Renaissance Festival in Peachtree City (Atlanta, Georgia.) If you love jousting, ladies-in-waiting, and great food, then step back in time to a sixteenth century European kingdom. Set across multiple acres and featuring hundreds of period costumed participants, you can watch jousting contests, enjoy concerts and comedy shows on one of ten stages, or just enjoy period food at any number of vendor tents.
- Fourth of July at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. By far the most extravagant fireworks display in Georgia. Family-friendly activities start early in the day. Live bands, arts & craft displays, and plenty of good food abound. Live performances often accompany the fireworks displays.
- Also in July: The Augusta Southern National in Augusta. Known by locals as "Thunder on the River," it’s a weekend of high-speed fun on the Savannah River. The Augusta Southern National is billed as the world’s richest drag boat race. The party kicks off with the Night of Fire celebration on Friday night, where boaters rev and rock their boats in explosive demonstrations for spectators.
- October: Oktoberfest in Alpine Helen, Georgia. Beer, good German and Bavarian food, and more beer. Alpine Helen boasts the longest Oktoberfest celebration in Georgia, spanning the entire month of October. It's a a huge event in Georgia, bringing tourists from all over the world to enjoy this Bavarian-style village.
- Also in October: Boshears Skyfest and Memorial Fly-in, Daniel Field, Augusta, Georgia. A two-day annual event celebrating all things airplane. Perfect fun for the entire family.
- November – December: Magical Night of Lights, Lake Lanier Island Resorts (near Atlanta, Georgia.) This is the world’s largest animated Christmas light extravaganza. Drive through seven miles of light displays, and then take the kids or your sweetheart to Holiday Village for rides, ponies, and a marshmallow roast. Visit Santa’s Shop & pick up a few things for your Christmas list, or stay over and let the kids have breakfast with Santa in the morning.
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