From musical celebrations to cultural events, these autumn festivals make ideal weekend road trips.
Mountaineer Folk Festival (Spencer, Tennessee)
Sept. 6-8, 2019 —- Held each year in Fall Creek Falls State Park, this festival showcases the cultural history of the Cumberland Plateau. You’ll find handmade crafts, traditional mountain music and demonstrations of pioneer skills (chair caning, log hewing, sorghum syrup making, blacksmithing and others).
423-881-5708 | MountainGlenOnline.com
49th Annual Oktoberfest (Helen, Georgia)
Sept. 5-Oct. 27, 2019 (events on select dates) —- German music, dancing, food, beer and lots of lederhosen and dirndls await visitors to this charming Bavarian village in northeast Georgia. Festivities include live traditional German music. Events take place in the town’s riverside Festhalle and begin with a parade through town. Admission is free on Sundays ($8 on weekdays, $10 on Saturday).
706-878-1908 | HelenChamber.com
Mountain State Forest Festival (Elkins, West Virginia)
Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2019 —- In its 83rd year, this is one of West Virginia’s largest and oldest festivals, with more than 75,000 people attending each year. The nine-day event includes forestry and wood exhibits, a juried art show, lumberjack competition, rides, arts and crafts, a quilt show and other amusements. Grammy Award winning Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will headline this year’s festival. Most festival events are free. Ticket purchase required for Marty Stuart’s show.
304-636-1824 | ForestFestival.com
Sweet Potato Festival (Darlington, South Carolina)
Oct. 12, 2019 —- This longest-running festival in Darlington County attracts over 27,000 people annually. Events take place in downtown’s public square and include live entertainment, an antique/classic car show, crafts, music and an abundance of food made from — you guessed it — sweet potatoes. Admission is free.
843-398-4000 | DarlingtonPilotClub.org
Duck Jazz Festival (Duck, North Carolina)
Oct. 12-13, 2019 —- Every Columbus Day weekend, the town of Duck (Outer Banks) features live jazz music from varied performers on two stages. Local businesses offer jazz-themed events and promotions. Also, food and beverages are available for purchase from area restaurants. Guests can even bring their own chairs, blankets, coolers, food and well-behaved dogs to the events. Admission is free.
252-255-1234 | TownOfDuck.com
American Indian Intertribal Powwow (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Oct. 12-13, 2019 —- Members of American Indian tribes share their songs, dances and stories during this two-day celebration held at Jamestown Settlement. This year, programs will feature special performances and speakers highlighting American Indian women. This event is included with your paid admission to Jamestown Settlement.
755-229-6511 | HistoryIsFun.org
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(Go Magazine Sept/Oct 2019)