Join AlpharettaMoms.Org in enjoying all the fall family activities that Alpharetta and the surrounding communities have to offer. On these pages you’ll find activities that are appropriate for all ages. Fall in GA brings apple picking, pumpkin hunting, corn mazes, halloween activities, beautiful fall leaves, fall festivals, and more!! Please check our Halloween articles for fun and/or spooky events around and about Alpharetta!
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Alpharetta Fall Events
Most of these signature events will take place in The Plaza, Avalon’s central gathering space located adjacent to Concierge. All events are free and open to the public. More details about each event are below:
Wednesday’s at 6pm on the Green – Free workout!! Typically yoga!
· Little Acorns: Every Tuesday morning; April through October; 10 a.m. to noon, parents and caregivers are invited to bring their pre-school aged tots for free playtime in The Plaza. Weekly surprises will include face painters, storytellers, visits from favorite characters and more.
· AvalOM: Breathe in. Breathe out. Every Wednesday evening; April through October; 6 to 7 p.m., fitness fanatics can enjoy a free wellness class in The Plaza. Classes will be a variety of yoga and barre, and will be led by expert instructors from Flywheel Sports, lululemon, Athleta and more.
· Avalon Nights Live: Unwind from a long week with live music every Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Plaza. Families and friends are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy music performed by local artists. Guests are welcome to grab to-go food and drinks from Avalon’s famed eateries like Oak Steakhouse and Branch & Barrel, and bring their meals for an evening out on the Plaza.
Ellijay is in its 47th year hosting the Georgia Apple Festival in Downtown Ellijay. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.
Hillcrest Orchards (Hwy 52) Visit the market Labor Day weekend for Honeycrisp Apples! Other family fun will be available this weekend! Hillcrest Orchards features entertainment for the whole family: pig races and swimming pig races, pony rides, petting farm, milk Buttercup the cow, music, apple picking, tractor rides, Moonshine Museum, Giant Jumping Pillow
U-pick apples on weekends or visit their store to purchase a bag of apples/other goodies. The 18th annual Apple pickin’ jubilee begins September 8th and held each weekend through October 28!! The Hillcrest Cowfe and Hillcrest grill are open on festival weekends and server burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, fries, grilled corn on the cob, chicken on a stick, fried oreos, funnel cakes, ice cream and lots more.
Weekdays: Admission is $8.00 per person (walking age & up). Includes the petting farm, wagon rides and all our playgrounds- including the giant slides. Weekends: $12 per person. Pick your fun at the annual “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch our swimming pig races, and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage. For a list of all our attractions see the visitor’s guide. Admission is $12.00 per person. (walking age & up) Festival is held: Sept. 8th – Oct. 28th, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday only). 9696 Hwy 52
Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge: Apples in the U-pick orchard are: Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Jonaprince, Beni Shogun (September Wonder) and maybe some Golden Delicious. Tractor rides available. Mercier ia a popular destination in Blue Ridge. Family owned and operated, open year-round, they offer multiple U-Picks throughout the year, Tractor rides, cafe for breakfast/lunch and store to purchase fruit and house accessories. Mercier Orchards is @ 1/2 hour from Apple Orchard Alley near downtown Blue Ridge.
Helpful tip – go in September if you want the best opportunities to pick apples yourselves!!!
B.J. Reece Apple House (Hwy 52) Check their calendar for U-pick dates. Farm fun is open during September and October weekends and includes apple cannon, petting farm, cow milking, and more. Market, farm fun, bakery and orchards. BJ Reece is a family owned and operated farm in Ellijay, GA. Their website has the dates when different varieties of apples will be available. 9131 Hwy 52
R&A Orchards (5505 Hwy 52 East) Open year round with a neat country store. Click on the link for their U-pick dates. Ellijay, GA
Mack Aaron Apple House (Hwy 52) This apple house does not have a website but as you travel along Hwy 52 its one worth stopping at. Not a U-pick apple house but they sell multiple varieties of apples. They are known for their fried pies ( the bbq restaurant at the corner near 515 intersection also sells them – yummy and fresh!)
Panorama Orchards – Fresh picked apples and homemade goods available at this Orchard located on 515 just South of Ellijay. Panorama is known for their apple pies! New this year is homemade fudge. (Panorama is not on Apple Orchard Alley but its close.)
Corn mazes are a great fall activity for the family or with friends. Corn mazes usually have a unique design or theme so have fun and explore the many trails! Some even have haunted mazes for the teens! Here is the list we have compiled for some not too far away mazes to visit this fall:
4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
Check schedule as they are open Fridays and weekends through November 11. This year marks their 10 year Anniversary! The haunted forest opens September 21.
$15 Corn Maze $15 Haunted Forest $25 Combo Ticket
*All tickets include access to Kid’s CORNer play area and activities, unlimited hayrides & more! Kids age 3 and under are free. No pets allowed. Service dogs permitted. Facebook HERE.
Copper Creek Farm Calhoun
Visit Copper Creek Farm for corn mazes (haunted and regular), hayride, bonfire and marshmallows. Friday and Saturday nights in October – fireworks! Halloween Haunts is a spooky, haunted experience through the Copper Creek Farm corn maze after dark.You will only be guided by the moon!
1514 Reeves Station Rd SW Calhoun, GA 30701
SOUTHERN BELLE FARM MCDONOUGH
330-acre working farm. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, cow train, giant tube slide, wheel see-saw, photo props, pig races, rubber duck races, campfires, flower picking and more! Farm Admission includes: Cornfield maze(s), Hayride, Cow Train ride, Corn Cannon – 3 shots, Jumping Pillow, Racing Pedal Carts, Giant Tunnel Slide, Kiddie Korral, Corn Box, Rubber Duck Races, meeting our Barnyard Animals, Seesaws and Pig Races.
UNCLE SHUCKS DAWSONVILLE
Open through November 19! Visit Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch and start a new family tradition: Explore the Corn Maze (4 miles of trails) where you will twist and turn and may come to a dead end – there are many places to exit if need be. Find Your Perfect Pumpkins, Shoot the Corn Cannon, Fall Decorations, Towering goat walk, Hayrides, Bonfire with s’mores and more. Take a map and get lost in their annual corn maze not far from 400 and the North GA Premium Outlets. Haunted Maze at dusk. Click HERE for Hours.
No admission to visit the grounds, pay only for the activities you select and items for purchase. Get lost in the corn maze – one for the little doodles too. Head to Hillcrest Apple Orchards after Uncle Shucks!
Washington Farms Watkinsville
Grab your family and friends! Leave the house, television, and video games behind, and come GET LOST in their 8.5-acre corn maze! While you’re making your way through the maze, you can try to solve clues that help you find your way out! To start the maze, you can slide down a 30-foot slide or simply walk in! Entrance to corn maze closes at 10:15 pm. 706.769.0627
Some of the below farms may be listed in our Corn Maze article as well! For more information on surrounding area pumpkin patches please check these links: Link 1 for Atlanta area, Link 2 for North Georgia. Halloween here we come….
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church
Pumpkin Patch opens early October. The pumpkin patch raises funds for children’s ministries. AMO loves the variety of pumpkins this patch has to offer and the location is right in downtown Alpharetta! Weeknights 5-8 pm, Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 pm and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 pm Facebook
Berry Patch Farms Open October 6 – 28
Bring the family for a fun day at the farm with a Tractor ride out to their pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin. We have been here plenty ‘a times and it is a wonderful experience. Weekends are crowded the closer to Halloween! Pick out your pumpkins and take the hayride back to get some apple cider, a homemade fried pie and some boiled peanuts and popcorn. The kids will enjoy the playground and baby farm animals.The farm sells gourds, mini pumpkins and Indian corn which are great decorating ideas for the Fall season. Berry Patch Farms has many different jams, jellies and dressings that make great Christmas gifts too.
Weekdays: October 15-30; 3:30- 7pm. Weekday mornings: Oct 1-26 9:30-3:30 pm. Groups with reservations only. Credit cards, CASH or CHECK!! Parking $3 on weekends. 770-926-0561.
Opened on September 1. The famous farm near Amicalola Falls in the North Georgia Mtns. that draws crowds every year. Hayrides and some of the biggest pumpkins you have ever seen (1lb – 150 lbs!). Take a hay ride and shop their country store to buy your Indian corn, corn stalks, bays of hay, gourds and visit their store for fresh baked items. Free admission and parking. Fee for hayride.
Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church Webb Bridge Rd.
Pumpkin patch next to post office.
1340 Woodstock Rd, Roswell
Pumpkins have arrived!! Accept cash or credit cards. Bouncy house and vendors on weekends.
Sunday – After worship – 8:00 pm
Mon- Fri 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Kinsey Family Farm Near 400 Outlets Gainesville
You can come relax outside in the fresh air, take a scenic hayride around the farm, and bring a picnic lunch and relax at their picnic tables. In the barn you will likely find all of the seasonal crops you are looking for including thousands of pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, and colors. There is no charge for admission and large groups, gardening clubs, church groups, or just big families are welcomed.
There is a small concession stand for drinks and snacks (you shouldn’t miss out on the sliced caramel apples!), but please feel free to bring a picnic lunch and stay awhile. Kinsey Family Farm provides picnic tables for your family to enjoy. There is also a kids area with barn animals children can feed.
The fall season is not complete without a country hayride! Hayrides offered throughout the week and again on the weekends for a fun hayride around our scenic farm. $3 per person (2 and under is FREE!).
The Rock Ranch is a 1,500 acre working farm. Visit the farm for Fall Family Fun Days and Sunday Fun Days – each weekend in October and the first Saturday in November. Themed fun includes hot air balloons, smashing pumpkins, superheroes, and monster truck shows! Tractor rides, paddle boats, cow train, miniature train, cow-a-bunga zip lines, tiny town, pedal carts and more!
Pumpkin patch is typically open from the end of September through the end of October. On weekends they offer family fun; hayrides, a petting zoo and other child friendly educational events.
15639 Birmingham Highway Alpharetta 30004 (770) 777-5875
Fall at Southern Belle Farm is full of fun. Farm Admission includes: Cornfield maze(s), Hayride, Cow Train ride, Corn Cannon – 3 shots, Jumping Pillow, Racing Pedal Carts, Giant Tunnel Slide, Kiddie korral, Corn Box, Rubber Duck Races, meeting our Barnyard Animals, Seesaws and Pig Races.
Fridays (in Oct) 4-9pm
Saturdays 9/22 – 11/4 10am-9pm
Sundays 1-6pm 9/22 – 11/4 1pm-6pm
Uncle Shucks Dawsonville
Visit Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch and start a new family tradition: Explore the Corn Maze, Find Your Perfect Pumpkins, Shoot the Corn Cannon, Great Food and Fun, Fall Decorations. Hayrides. Bonfire for s’mores. Pick up a map and get lost in their annual corn maze not far from 400 and the North GA Premium Outlets. Haunted Maze begins at dusk. Click HERE for Hours and Rates. No admission to visit the grounds, pay only for activities you select and items for purchase. Get lost in the corn maze – one for the little doodles too. Head to Hillcrest Apple Orchards after Uncle Shucks!
Warbington Farm Cumming
Visit their Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides and fun fall activities! Slime day 9/28, Pumpkin Palooza 10/6, Farmer for the Day 10/20.
Fall Festivals/Craft Fairs/Holiday Markets
We have compiled a list which includes many of the local festivals around and about Alpharetta. Please also check Awesome Alpharetta’s website as well as the FunTober website for additional festival information locally. Upcoming festivals: Dates to be updated.
Gibbs Gardens Fall Festival Ballground October
Festival is FREE with the price of admission.
- As Mother Nature begins her change of the look of the Gardens, join us for an afternoon of music, food and fun.
- The 10-piece Atlanta Dance Party Band will perform from the Gibbs’ stage in the Grove with dance hits from the 70s, 80’s and 90’s. Their four lead singers, horn trio and all-star rhythm section will bring back great memories.
- Chef John will create a wonderful “Box Lunch” available for pre-order as well as food offerings for younger members of your family.
- For mom, our market vendors will return with a plethora of offerings, and it’s never too early to shop for the holidays as we offer special discounts in our Seasons gift store.
- You’ll likely run into one of our magicians strolling the Gardens, who will boggle your mind with their sleight of hand.
Elegant Elf Marketplace November 9 & 10 10 a.m. – 5pm
The Elegant Elf Marketplace is a stylish two-day gift market full of fabulous, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. Carefully selected vendors are featured to present a marketplace that is unique, and that will provide two fun-filled memorable days to kick off the holiday season in style! Sandy Springs
Dunwoody UMC Festival Artist Market Sat Nov. 10 8 a.m. – 3 pm
The Dunwoody United Methodist Church proudly presents its 27th Annual Holiday festival. The festival is a one-day indoor event that will not only feature a juried show of beautiful handmade arts and crafts items by more than 125 talented artisans, but also a wide variety of other venues. We offer a huge Silent Auction online, Attic Treasures, Book Nook, Casseroles to Go, Breakfast, Luncheon, Children’s Activities, Gourmet Shop, Photos with Santa, and more.
All proceeds from this event will benefit our Habitat for Humanity Project. Our 2017 festival raised enough funds for members of our church to build our 28th Habitat home this year. As a result of the successful 2017 festival, we will make dreams come true for another family. 11405 Parson Road Johns Creek
Titan Tidings Holiday Gift Show Blessed Trinity Nov 10 & 11
We will have over 110 vendors in many categories such as jewelry, holiday and home decor, clothing and accessories, pottery, glassware, knits, monogramming, gourmet food items, children’s items, fine art and much more. Also, our Campus Ministry Mission Trip will be hosting a huge bake sale in the cafeteria with all proceeds of the bake sale going to the mission trip.All booths are indoors and there is plenty of parking. Our cafeteria will be open for breakfast and lunch. Enter our raffle to win one of the prizes donated by all of our vendors.
* In BT’s Main & Aux Gym * $2 Admission * Hourly Raffle Drawings *
* Concessions * Huge Bake Sale *
November 16 Sugarloaf Country Club Women’s Club Holiday Bazaar 11 a.m. – 4 pm
Paine-Corley House 2987 Main Street NW Duluth
St Pius X Catholic High School Holiday Marketplace November 17th 9:00 a.m. – 4pm
The Mothers’ Club of St. Pius X Catholic High School is pleased to present 25th annual Holiday Marketplace. Proceeds from this show benefit the St. Pius X need-based scholarship program. Artisan Offerings(@ 160 vendors) include Accessories, apparel, children, non-profit fair trade, fine art, gourmet, holiday, home, jewelry, office, pottery, religious, spa.
Back to Nature Holiday Market December 1 10 a.m. – 5pm
Shop Local this Holiday Season at Chattahoochee Nature Center!
Explore over 40 vendors who have unique hand-made and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season. Art, Jewelry, Candles, Children’s Gifts, Bath Products, Food, Nature Gifts, and more! The Holiday Market Cafe will be returning this year! Chef Cary’s Cuisine will be providing food and beverages in the Plaza Conference Room. Look for signs pointing you to the cafe and enjoy a shopping break.
- Admission is FREE – our Gift to the Community!
- There is not an ATM on site. Many vendors can take only cash or check.
- Pets are NOT allowed on the CNC grounds.
- PLEASE CARPOOL! Space is limited in our lot, so please help us (and the earth) by carpooling!
Johns Creek Founders Day Parade Dec 1
Sign up your neighborhood group, civic organization, or business in the 12th annual Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 along State Bridge Road.
Apply online and join others like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, scout troops, Yaarab Shriners, school groups, the National Corvette Restoration Society, and many more set to be in the parade lineup!
The Founders Day Parade is a celebration of the City’s incorporation in 2006. The 1.4-mile long parade has grown in popularity with thousands of spectators lining the parade route on State Bridge Road.
Past parades have included floats built by civic groups, scouts, businesses, and homeowners associations. Other participants have included marching bands, entertaining walkers, horse riders, the World Financial Group’s NASCAR racecar, the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Feed and Seed Marching Abominables, the Wells Fargo stagecoach, Medieval Times, Shriners units, and the Patriot Brass Band.
The Circle of Sisters Ministry presents the Holly Days Market featuring over 55 unique vendors. Home and holiday decor, glass and wood designs, ornaments, accessories, embroidered items, religious items, jewelry, pottery, collegiate, handmade items from Mustard Seed.Facebook for more information
Fall Outdoor Concerts
Dec 13 Infinite Energy Center Danny Mitchell, Emily Shackelton, Jason Hoard
Home by Dark features the best performing songwriters and musicians in the country.
Local libraries are some of the best places to take your children for FREE events throughout the fall as well as to check out reading books! We have compiled a list of activities by library, then date. Check to see if there is an RSVP or first come first serve on certain popular events. Click HERE for the Free library events article!