When touring Georgia, don’t miss these twelve great festivals and events throughout the year Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade (Dublin, January) In 1944, a high school student delivered a speech at the First African Baptist Church in Dublin. Seventy-three years later, the second largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in the state commemorates the first public speech by the legendary civil rights activist. Roswell Roots (Roswell, February) At the largest black history celebration in Georgia, you’ll view art exhibits and experience cultural events such as a poetry slam, storytelling, musical performances, and a unity concert. International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, March) More than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory each spring, and for ten days, guests enjoy musical performances, artist and food markets, a golf tournament, and group-friendly guided tours around the city. Thomasville Rose Show & Festival (Thomasville, April) A southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920s, this famed festival held in historic downtown Thomasville features a rose show, two parades, a street dance, live music, arts and crafts, and a car show. Shaky Knees Music Festival (Atlanta, May) One of the most popular indie music festivals in the country, Shaky Knees features top artists from around the world playing against the backdrop of Centennial Olympic Park and downtown Atlanta. Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival (Blue Ridge, June) This annual concert of jazz music showcases the incredible beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains while celebrating local artists, great music, and Georgia’s growing wine industry. Georgia Mountain Fair (Hiawassee, July) Experience the nostalgia of Appalachian history and culture through the eyes of North Georgia natives. Featuring musical performances, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and pioneer demonstrations, the fair will enlighten and excite. Georgia Belle Peach Festival (Alto, August) Each August, Jaemor Farms features everything peachy: u-pick groves, a cook-off, hayrides, farm games, local arts and crafts, and plenty of delicious dishes made with juicy Georgia peaches, of course. Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival (Jekyll Island, September) A coastal favorite, the Shrimp and Grits Festival combines a classic Southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music, a craft brew fest, and wildlife demonstrations. Georgia National Fair (Perry, October) Hosted at the headquarters of the Georgia Grown program, this eleven-day fair features concerts, livestock competitions, youth educational exhibits, fine arts and creative writing competitions, fair food, a circus, and plenty of carnival games and rides. Sugar Cane Festival (Twin City, November) Every November, stop by beautiful George L. Smith State Park for fresh cane syrup or fresh-ground cornmeal and grits. Try your hand at cooking like a pioneer, and then try something modern from a local food truck. Fantasy in Lights (Pine Mountain, December) Callaway Gardens glows with eight million dazzling lights in scenes like “Twin Trees” and “Snowflake Valley.” Family activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, shopping in Christmas Village, and riding on the Chickadee Choo Choo.
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