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Top 20 Georgia USA Events and Festivals

Here is a selection of the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) taking place in Georgia.

Just two of the top Georgia events are the International Cherry Blossom Festival rated as one of the top 20 events in the whole of the USA, and the Georgia National Fair.

See below for a complete list of the main Georgia US events and festivals.






Martin Luther King March & Rally
mid January
Atlanta, Georgia

martin luther kingOne of the main Georgia events celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, the human rights icon and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Atlanta Martin Luther King March and Rally is the largest such holiday celebration in the country marking his birthdate on the Street where he was born.

For more information about the Martin Luther King March & Rally in Atlanta, Georgia visit:
http://www.mlkmarchaaar.org





Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show
mid January
downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Top Boat Shows in the USACelebrated for more than 50 years, the southeast’s premier boating event highlights everything from fishing boats, sport cruisers, bow riders, pontoon boats, house boats, and personal water craft and offers all sorts of attractions, including the country’s largest Indoor Wake Park, daily boating, fishing and sailing courses for both beginners and experienced captains, free fishing for kids, and more.

For more information about the Atlanta Boat Show visit:
http://www.atlantaboatshow.com





International Cherry Blossom Festival
mid March
Macon, Georgia

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAEach March, Macon becomes a pink cotton-spun paradise of delight as over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. And for 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the city referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

The International Cherry Blossom Festival has also been distinguished by the “IFEA World Festival & Event City” award, a popular and distinguished award, in existence for over 56 years, that has been awarded to cities and their events that have made a significant contribution to the Festivals and Events Industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve.

It is also one of Top Events USA top 20 events in the whole of the USA.

For more information about the International Cherry Blossom Festival visit: http://www.cherryblossom.com


Top Twenty Events USAThe International Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA





Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Savannah, Georgia

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAWith a supportive attendance of more than 500,000 people, the three-hour Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade taking place in the Historic Park District, where even the fountains have been dyed green with an environmentally-friendly dye for the occasion, constantly makes it into the lists of the top St Patrick’s Day Parades in the USA. Religious and cultural events celebrating the town’s cultural heritage last for about two weeks before the parade, and include everything from the actual Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park to the Investiture of the Grand Marshal to the Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony, and more.

For more information about the Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade event visit:
http://www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com





International Cherry Blossom Festival
mid March
Macon, Georgia

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAOne of the main Georgia event, sEach March, Macon becomes a pink cotton-spun paradise of delight as over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. And for 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the city referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

For more information about the International Cherry Blossom Festival visit: http://www.cherryblossom.com





Savannah Music Festival
late March - early April
Savannah, Georgia

The Peach State’s largest musical arts festival takes place over nearly three weeks in late March/early April. The festival produces over 100 programs for adults and children in theaters, schools and historic and intimate venues. The musical performances include dance, film and narrative programs, and more than 400 classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and international artists. It makes Savannah Music Festival a distinctive destination event and one of the highlights of springtime in Savannah.

For more information about the Savannah Music Festival check out: http://www.topeventsusa.com/georgia-savannah-music-festival.html or visit:
http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org





Atlanta Film Festival
late March
midtown Atlanta, Georgia

top film festivals in the USAOne of only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying film festivals in the USA, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, attracting more than 25,000 enthusiasts to enjoy over 150 new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from more than 1,800 submissions from around the world. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10Best and Atlanta Magazine.

For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival visit:
http://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/





Blessing of the Fleet
early April
Darien, Georgia

A tradition for over 40 years, the Blessing of the Fleet is a 3-day festival, regarded as one of the main Georgia US events and festival, sheld in the Peach State that attracts thousands of people to Darien. The tradition of blessing the fleet actually began hundreds of years ago in Mediterranean fishing ports to ensure a safe and bountiful year. Today, the event features attractions that include live entertainment, marine parades, a carnival, vendor booths, Darien 5k run, the Miss Blessing of the Fleet Scholarship Pageant and lots of other family fun.

For more information about the Blessing of the Fleet check out:
http://www.topeventsusa.com/georgia-blessing-of-the-fleet.html
or visit: http://www.blessingofthefleet.com





Rose Show & Festival
late April
Thomasville, Georgia

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAA Southwest Georgia Tradition since the 1920's, the Thomasville Rose Show & Festival held in beautiful historic downtown Thomasville attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year. Apart from the roses, highlights of the festival include parades, live music, fantastic food, exciting sporting events, arts & crafts .... and everything from an elegant plantation ball to a family-oriented street dance.

For more information about the Rose Show & Festival visit:
http://www.downtownthomasville.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/Rose-Festival-Art-in-Park-2012-Vendor-Application.pdf





Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival
late April and late October
Perry and Warner Robins, Georgia

Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, one of the Top 100 Events in North America, and voted Favorite Arts and Crafts Festival in Georgia, the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival in the Peach State is held twice a year and features nationally acclaimed artists and entertainment, arts and crafts including storytelling, as well as a variety of other fun events from hayrides to a petting zoo to exciting food offerings.

For more information about the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival visit: http://www.mossycreekfestival.com





Inman Park Festival
last weekend of April
Atlanta, Georgia

During the last full weekend in April each year, Inman Park presents a neighborhood festival widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic event. Highlights include Atlanta’s biggest Street Market, a juried Arts and Crafts Show, a quirky and colorful parade, live entertainment, Dance Festival, children’s entertainment, food and beverages. The festival centerpiece, the “Tour of Homes”, features turn-of-the-century Victorian Painted Ladies and Craftsman bungalows as well as original contemporary designs and loft conversions.

For more information about the Inman Park Festival visit:
http://www.inmanparkfestival.org





Sweet Auburn Springfest
early May
Atlanta, Georgia

top african american festivals in the USA USAHeralded as one of the main Georgia US events and festivals, and "The Grandest Festival of the Year on the Greatest Street on the Planet", the Sweet Auburn Springfest emphasizes and recognizes historical African-American culture and commerce. Festival attendees enjoy a number of festival venues that include the Atrium's Artist Market, the Business and Technology Expo, a Car and Bike Show, the South’s largest outdoor Health and Fitness Fair, a Senior's Pavilion, the NBA/WNBA Nation, a Literary Marketplace, the Kids Fantastic Fun Zone and the Just For Women’s EXPO. Artists from across the country and as far away as London and Jamaica join some of the nation’s hottest new talent performing on ten stages of continual entertainment.

For more information about the Sweet Auburn Springfest visit:
http://www.sweetauburn.com




Atlanta Jazz Festival
late May
Atlanta, Georgia

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA USAThe Atlanta Jazz Festival is recognized as one of the largest FREE jazz festivals in North America.  Featuring an annual musical showcase including show-stopping performances at Piedmont Park, the festival presents famous jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats. The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes place in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta during the entire month of May and culminates during Memorial Day weekend.

For more information about the Atlanta Jazz Festival visit:
html://www.atlantafestivals.com





Georgia Peach Festival

early June
Byron and Fort Valley – Peach County, Georgia

top fruit festivals in the USAAn appropriately popular event for the state known as the Peach State, the week-long Georgia Peach Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors to the two cities hosting the event – Byron and Fort Valley. The Georgia Peach Festival offers a wealth of events focussing on the peaches, including live music concerts, a parade, peach-focused arts and crafts, as well as a flea market, a Miss Georgia Peach contest and the highlight of the event - the fireworks display.

For more information about the Georgia Peach Festival visit:
http://www.gapeachfestival.com/





Yellow Daisy Festival
early September
Stone Mountain Park – Atlanta, Georgia

Voted one of the top three arts & crafts shows in the USA, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and winner of multiple awards by the Southeast Festival and Events Association, the 4-day Yellow Daisy Festival attracts more than 200,000 visitors and is one of the top traditional arts & crafts events in the USA featuring more than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries. Apart from displays of art, the festival also features daily live entertainment, Children's Corner activities, crafter demonstrations, and popular festival food offerings.

For more information about the Yellow Daisy Festival visit:
http://festivals.stonemountainpark.com/





Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival
early September
Gainesville, Georgia

Top Dragon Boat Festgivals in the USAA popular event for almost 2 decades, the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival showcases more than 50 teams deploying their skills and attracting over 5,000 spectators. A wide range of dragon boat races are interspaced with opening ceremonies, an asian talent presentation, a wide selection of Chinese arts and crafts and concluded with the awards presentations after the two 2000 meter dragon boat races, one of which is for selected teams only.

For more information about the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://www.dragonboatatlanta.com





Art in the Park
early September
Marietta, Georgia

A tradition for more than 25 years, the Art in the Park festival features a juried fine art show spotlighting 130 artists, representing 16 states, whose works include paintings, photography, pottery, graphics, sculptures, and jewelry. This fine arts extravaganza is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for September.

For more information about Art in the Park visit:
http://www.marietta.com/marietta-square-art-in-the-park





Oktoberfest
mid September to late October
Helen, Georgia

Top Oktoberevents  in the USAOne of Helen’s biggest events for more than 40 years, Georgia’s famous Oktoberfest transforms tranquil Helen into the ultimate north Georgia party town featuring all sorts of fun from authentic German bands and polka performances with dancers in native costume, to traditional Bavarian food and beer.

For more information about Helen’s Oktoberfest visit:
http://www.helenga.org/events/42nd-annual-oktoberfestHofbrauhaus





Georgia National Fair
early to mid October
Perry, Georgia

For 11 days in October, the award-winning Georgia National Fair, one of the top 20 events in the whole of the USA, has been a huge and popular event for over 20 years and now attracts half a million visitors every year and offers a huge selection of entertainment from family and youth oriented exhibits and entertainment to home and fine arts competitions, major live music concerts, agricultural, livestock and horse shows, and nightly fireworks.

For more information about the Georgia National Fair visit:
http://www.georgianationalfair.com





Atlanta Pride
mid October
Piedmont Park - Midtown Atlanta, Georgia

top gay pride events in the  USAe USAOne of the top Georgia events, the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival, and one of the city’s biggest annual events, Atlanta Pride attracts more than 300,000 participants from Atlanta, Georgia and the rest of the USA to see more than 170 contingents in the parade, and to take part in the Rally, the vendor areas in Piedmont Park, and various other events. The Atlanta Pride Festival is currently the largest event in the United State to coincide with National Coming Out Day.

For more information about Atlanta Pride in Georgia visit:
http://www.atlantapride.org





Fantasy In Lights - March of Dimes Night Walk
mid November
Callaway Gardens, Georgia

Recognized as the most spectacular holiday light and sound show in the Southeast, Fantasy in Lights – with more than eight million twinkling lights celebrating the holiday season – has attracted almost two million visitors a year since it began over twenty years ago. A popular part of this holiday event at the Callaway Gardens is the annual March of Dimes Night Walk during which some 7,000 visitors enjoy the lights on foot.

For more information about the Fantasy in Lights - March of Dimes Night Walk visit: http://www.callawaygardens.com





Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade
December 1
Centennial Olympic Park - downtown Atlanta Georgia.

A success for more than 30 years, and generally considered to be the Southeast's premier Christmas event, the Children’s Christmas Parade is one of Atlanta’s most popular holiday attraction. This fun event features award-winning marching bands, floats, giant balloons and a grand finale featuring Santa Claus. Taking place from 10.30 am to noon, the Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade takes place in downtown Atlanta, beginning at Peachtree Street and ending on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

For more information about the Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade visit: html://www.choa.org/festival





The newly updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.






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• Georgia
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