Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech on November 11 and 12

The Sawnee Association of the Arts Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech will be held on November 11th – 9 AM to 6:00 PM and November 12th – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at The Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College which is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd; Cumming, GA 30040; just off GA 400 exit 13 (RT 141) FREE ADMISSION!!!

This will be the 14th year that SAA is hosting this family-oriented community event. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 100+ vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents.

Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the SAFFT organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop where only kids can shop! Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family; gift wrapping included. Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus using their own cameras for a small donation. Food trucks, food vendors and kettle corn will be available outside, along with twelve non-profit organizations that SAA is hosting as part of our community outreach program.

This juried Festival will feature original, handcrafted works by professional artisans & craftsmen in the following mediums: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood working, glass, fiber and food.



Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 13 – October 15, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaIt’s fall, football, fair and festival season in Cumming, GA! Here’s a roundup of fun family fall things to do this weekend in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Check out our Apple Picking in North Georgia post, Corn Mazes in North Georgia and Halloween and Trunk or Treat Events for more ideas. As always, comment and share if you know of any other activities.

Friday, October 13

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Fall Market at The Exchange at The Collection Forsyth.

Saturday, October 14

9:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – BOTE Demo Day – Vann’s Tavern Park – Wanting to try a BOTE Stand Up Paddle Board? Join us for BOTE Demo Day at Vann’s Tavern Park on Saturday, October 14th, 10AM till 2PM. We will provide a variety of BOTE Boards for you to experience what makes us Stand Apart. All ages and skill levels welcome.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a web of friendship! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Storytime – Humpty Dumpty is an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall — that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can no longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – CFUMC Food Truck & Fall Festival – Play in the patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church!

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Saturday Family Storytime at Post

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm –Fall Market at The Exchange at The Collection Forsyth.


Cumming Country Fair & Festival at The Cumming Fairgrounds from October 5 – October 15, 2017!

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze sponsored by the Georgia Foresty Association. This years’ design features some of Georgia’s happy wildlife neslted into their forest home! Uncle Shuck’s Maze is a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails, twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a deadend! Opening weekend is Sept. 9-10, 2017, come and kick off this year’s fall season. The corn maze and fall fun will be OPEN:
Saturday, 9/9 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Find more information on hours and pricing at:









Fall Corn Mazes Around Forsyth County, GA for 2017

fall corn mazes in and around forsyth county gaFall has arrived and corn mazes in North Georgia are ready to provide your family with an adventure!

Here is a roundup of a few fun fall corn mazes in and around Cumming, GA that we like to visit in the area. See also our pumpkin patch roundup.

Please comment and share if you know of other fun destinations.

Warbington Farms Fall Season 2017 – November 4 – Corn Maze, Fun Park & Pumpkin Patch
Fridays and Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 pm.

Sundays – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • $12 Per person (includes Fun Park Admission AND Corn Maze)
    • price does not include tax
    • Under three free
    • Senior Citizen discount available.
  • Be sure to check out their Special Events! 

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – Check out this fun family corn maze, haunted corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354. For more information, call (770) 772-6223. Open weekends – November 19, 2017.

Visit Uncle Shuck’s and start a new family tradition!

  • Explore the Corn Maze, Haunted Maze
  • Find Your Perfect Pumpkins
  • Shoot the Corn Cannon
  • Great Food and Fun
  • Fall Decorations
  • Goat Walk

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning September 30

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.


Buford Corn Maze in Buford, GA is open now through November 12, 2017! Visit on Fridays from 6-10 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 10 pm. Activities include a corn maze, jump on the pumpkin jumping pillow, take a hayride, play in the corn box, jump in a bounce house and more! Please visit their Facebook page!

Located at: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519. We’re located at the intersection of Friendship Rd. and Ridge Rd/Hog Mountain Rd!

October Hours:
Mondays: 10am – 7pm
Tuesdays: CLOSED
10am – 7pm
 10am – Midnight
Saturdays: 10am – Midnight
Sundays: 10am – 10pm

Ticket Prices*
$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 3 and under are free!
  • Costume Day #1 — Monday, Oct 30 — Wear your Halloween Costume to the Maze and get $2 off your ticket!
  • Costume Day #2 — Tuesday, Oct 31 — Celebrate Halloween at the Buford Corn Maze! Wear your Halloween Costume and get $2 off your admission ticket!

Lee Anderson Farm and Corn Maze – 51 Lee Anderson Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-864-6560

The fall festival at Lee Anderson Farm and Corn Maze offers a History Tour featuring the 7 Clans of the Cherokee Indians. The story is narrated by Candice Felice, a member of the Cherokee Nation and an expert in communications, especially as related to the history and culture of the Cherokee. Open Weekends From Sept 22 – Nov 4, 2017, Hay rides, petting zoo, corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Fridays: 4 pm – 10 pm

Saturdays: 10 am – 10 pm

Sundays: 1 pm – 6 pm





Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 6 – October 8, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaIt’s fair and festival season in Cumming, GA and the whole state! Here’s a roundup of  fun fall things to do this weekend in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Check out our Apple Picking in North Georgia post for more ideas. As always, comment and share if you know of any other activities.

Friday, October 6

10:00 AM – Cumming Library – American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K!

4:00 PM – Post Road Library – Masterminds LEGO® Lounge

Saturday, October 7

iRun BYOT – Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth BYOT Benefit are partnering to hold the second annual iRun, a 5K race and Fun Run.  The run will take place on October 7 at Shiloh Point Elementary with the 5K starting at 8:00 am and the Fun Run at 9:00 am.  The funds raised from this event will help to provide home internet access and computing devices for students throughout our district.  There is a competition among schools to see which has the most participation.  Register or donate to help our school win!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a Sprout character canvas! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Pumpkin Palooza at Warbington Farms – Come celebrate the arrival of fall with Warbington Farms at our annual Pumpkin Palooza festival on Saturday, October 7.

Activities include:
-Face painting
-Bounce House
-Live Music
-Cake Walk
-Hula-hoop Contest
-Pumpkin Painting Contests
-Fun Park
-Petting Zoo
-Corn Maze

$12 per person Includes Palooza, Fun Park, Hayride, Corn Maze & petting Zoo. Food, Vendor Items & Face Painting extra.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Hay Day at Save the Horses – Our annual Hay Day takes place on the farm @ Save the Horses every October, and proceeds are used to purchase hay for the animals to eat during the coming winter. There will be great activities for kids of all ages (including the adult variety) such as hay rides, horse rides, a cake walk, petting zoo, and stables where you could visit and get to know some of the beautiful horses who live on the farm.   All proceeds go to Free parking and admission.​

  • Pony Rides
  • Hay Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • Crafts Games for Kids
  • Cake Walk
  • Chili Cook-Off
  • Plate Lunches
  • Homemade Baked Goods
  • Vendors (click link for application)
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Chili Cook Off (see flyer below)

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Storytime – One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy is the story of a curious puppy who digs holes under fences and has to go to bed without any dessert. This iconic book has delighted families for generations. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Saturday Family Storytime at Post

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make Break – Pumpkin slime. Supplies are provided so you can play with slime!

Movie night on the Green – Mountain Crest, 2929 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA. Join us on The Village Green for hot dogs, popcorn, pumpkins and GOOSEBUMPS (7:30pm). Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the evening.
This is a FREE event, courtesy of Mountain Crest, Forsyth’s newest master planned, resort lifestyle community.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Fall music series at Atlanta Bread Company at The Collection

Sunday, October 8

Lily’s Run & Fall Festival – Lily’s Run 2017 will be held Sunday, October 8th from 12pm – 4pm in Vickery Village.  This year’s event will be granting wishes for two very special children! We hope you will join us for a fun family event including bounce houses, cornhole tournament, cupcake decorating station, youth sports activities, shopping from vendors, arts & crafts, face paint, and more!!


Cumming Country Fair & Festival at The Cumming Fairgrounds from October 5 – October 15, 2017!

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze sponsored by the Georgia Foresty Association. This years’ design features some of Georgia’s happy wildlife neslted into their forest home! Uncle Shuck’s Maze is a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails, twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a deadend! Opening weekend is Sept. 9-10, 2017, come and kick off this year’s fall season. The corn maze and fall fun will be OPEN:
Saturday, 9/9 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Find more information on hours and pricing at:

Bark in the Waterpark – Lake Lanier Islands



















Trunk or Treat and Halloween Events in Cumming, GA for October 2017

halloween trunk or treat events in forsyth county, gaCan you believe Halloween is almost here? Here’s a list of trunk or treat, fall festivals & trick or treat Halloween events for the public during October 2017 in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Please comment and share any church/school/neighborhood events that are open the to public and I will add it to this list!

Please also check directly with each organization as events and times can be subject to change.

Have a safe and fun Halloween. And for those food allergy families, be vigilant – I always have a safe snack swap bag for my child!

October 21 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Forsyth County Trunk or Treat Safety Event at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Bring the whole family and have fun while learning how to stay safe this Halloween during the seventh annual Trunk or Treat Safety Event. The family-friendly event will be held at the Cumming Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is one family-sized bag of candy per family. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to Trunk or Treat, which will feature a variety of fun activities and games. There will also be information on costume safety, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, stop-drop-roll demonstrations and more.

October 28 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Halloween Trick or Treat & Monster Mash Dance Off at The Collection Forsyth. Join the Monster Mash Dance-off, hang out at the Creation Station for fall crafting, costume parade, games, pizza from Mellow Mushroom, and Treats from our wonderful restaurants and retailers.

October 28 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Fall festival at First Baptist Cumming. 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA. Inflatables, cake walk, petting zoo, hay rides, giveaways, food, trunk or treat and more!

October 28 – 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Halloween Egg Haunt at Warbington Farms. Join “Count Cottontail” and the rest of the farm for a “Halloween Egg HAUNT” on Saturday, October 28, at Warbington Farms. The event is FREE WITH Fun Park admission ($12 per person)

There will be four egg haunts:
7:30 (bring a flashlight and geared for older kids)

Dress up in your cutest or scariest costume and win a prize! We will have a costume contest for under three and over three at EACH Egg Haunt. Winners will win Fun Park tickets, CASH, and other prizes. The contest will take place 10 minutes before each Egg Haunt starts. Please be at pavilion gate 10 minutes before the Haunt if you want to participate in the contest. Admission ($12 per person) includes the Egg Haunt, CORN MAZE, hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, slides, swings, playground and MORE! The farm will be open 10am-10pm. Malvi will be at the farm from dusk till closing with their dessert truck selling Hot Chocolate and S’mores! Please visit our Fun Park page for more info. Costumes are encouraged! Purchase tickets at ticket booth the day of.

October 28 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is hosting their inaugural Family Fun Fest and Haunted Trail on Saturday, October 28 at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center. The free event will feature family crafts, games and nature-themed activities. Also included in the festivities will be a Halloween costume contest for all ages and a haunted trail for ages eight and up. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., with the costume contest at 6:30 p.m. and the haunted trail beginning at 7 p.m. The Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center is located at 4075 Spot Road.

October 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Trunk or Treat at Midway United Methodist Church. Trick-or-treaters make the rounds in a parking lot full of cars with decorated trunks giving candy and other treats. Come earlier in the afternoon and visit our pumpkin patch at our historic chapel, where you can play games, listen to a professional storyteller share fall and kid-friendly Halloween tales, find a tasty treat at the bake sale, take your fall pics in a beautifully decorated spot, and buy pumpkins to take home for carving. Children must be accompanied by parents at all times. Cost: Activities are FREE! Open to the community. 5025 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004.

October 29 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Trunk or Treat at Christ Community Church – Fall is here and we are so excited for Fall Festival. Join us for a “SUPER” themed Trunk or Treat, Chili cook-off, inflatables for kids, and a Box-MAZE. Come out Sunday, October 29th from 4:00-6:30pm. Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. This will be a great time for the whole family!

October 29 from 6:00 pm – Fall Family Festival and Trunk or Treat at Concord Baptist Church. Come Join the FUN!! Concord Baptist Fall Festival!! There will be Truck-Or-Treating, Games, Cake Walk, PopCorn, Snow Cones, Moon Walk, Big Slide, Obstacle Course, Candy, Candy and More Candy. Oh, did I mention hot dogs, chip and drinks? And all of this is FREE!! Located at 6906 Concord Road, Cumming, GA 30028.

October 29 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm – Trunk or Treat at Vickery Village. ReThink Group will host their annual Trunk or Treat event for children in our community. Kids in costume and their parents are invited to join us starting at 5 pm on October 30th for Trunk or Treating at Vickery Village and other Halloween festivities.

October 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Trunk R Treat Forsyth at Highlands Church. Food, safe family friendly fun, games and giveaways! 433 Canton Road, Building 400, Cumming, GA. Free admission!

October 31 from – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – New Hope United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Trunk n’ Treat on Tuesday, October 31st, from 6-8pm.  Admission is free & all are welcome to attend! The first 100 trunk n’ treaters will receive a free Kona Ice & trick or treat bag! There will be games, a bounce house, food, & baked goods- all free! Do Halloween in a safe & fun environment this year. We look forward to seeing you! 4815 Dawsonville Hwy. Gainesville, GA 30506. (770) 889-7440.


The Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road branches will host Trick-or-Treat Storytime events October 26 through 31 featuring family-friendly Halloween stories, music, and activities. Children are invited to dress up and participate in a costume parade around the library as they trick-or-treat with library staff. Visit the library’s online event calendar for a listing of Trick-or-Treat Storytime programs.

After Halloween, come celebrate Latin American culture and El Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, with storyteller Barry Stewart Mann at the Cumming Library on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. This special One World Forsyth program will be hosted during the library’s regularly scheduled Twilight Tales storytime and is sponsored by FCPL Friends & Advocates, an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for library programs and materials through sales at the Friends Bookstores. Barry Stewart Mann’s captivating program includes a selection of stories and poetry from Mexico and across Latin America told in both English and Spanish.


Trunk or Treat Dawsonville October 31 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Rock Creek Park, Dawsonville, GA – Come out to Rock Creek on Halloween 4:00-7:00PM to trunk-or-treat with your family! The purpose of this event is to provide the children in the community with a safe place to trick-or-treat. Rock Creek is a well-lit area that provides plenty of parking, restrooms, and easy access! We will designate a specific area in the park for the trunk-or-treat and have it sectioned off so that vehicle traffic will not be permitted, providing a traffic-free area for the children. Admission is free and so are most of the activities; concessions/dinner will be available for purchase. CANDY, treats/toys, promotional items/freebies, carnival games, bounce house, hay rides, face painting, MORE CANDY! Sorry, no pets (service animals only, please).

Trick or Treat Dahlonega – Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and more will be wandering the streets of Downtown Dahlonega on October 31st, 2017 at Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega. This event, brought to the community by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants, provides a safe environment for parents to bring children trick or treating during daylight hours. The event will take place on October 31st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, rain or shine. Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega is intended for children ages 12 and under and appropriate costumes are appreciated! For safety reasons, the roads will be closed and re-routed during the event.

Free Candy & Activities!
In Parking Lot 16 off of Chestatee Street
Presented by UNG Office of Residence Life

Costume Contest
October 31, 2017
6:00 pm

Registration: 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm
At the Dahlonega Gold Museum
Age Groups for Costumes
1st, 2nd, 3rd Places & Most Original

For more information, please contact the Visitors Center at 706-864-3711.

Historic Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Friday and Saturday Nights, September through October
Historic Hauntings Tour – 2 hour guided tour. A strolling journey through one of Georgia’s most intriguing and nationally registered historic districts, Dahlonega, Georgia.  Local tales and countywide legends make this Lumpkin- County attraction worth the storytelling chills as you weave through the streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings and historically significant local cemetery. $15 Adults, $5 Children We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Cash. Every Friday and Saturday, 8 pm – 10 pm, in September and October. Check our website for additional dates and events. For more information: 706-482-8795. Location: 19 East Main Street, Upstairs on the Porch, Dahlonega, GA  30533.
Boo at the ZooNorth Georgia Zoo – October 27 – 29, 2017 – Friday 11 am – 4 pm, Sat/Sun 10 – 5. The perfect Halloween Alternative Event for those wanting to bring their kids to a fun and safe place to trick or treat  and just have loads of fun!
No witches, ghost or goblins here!  But you may find a pig with wings, a goat dressed like a cowboy and a unicorn! *Come dressed up and receive a FREE FEED CUP!  *Scavenger Hunt! Lots of Goodies & Prizes given away! *Hold a Tarantula!   *Dig for Treasures  *Check out our adorable “Dressed” up animals!   *Learn about the creepy and crawlies! North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528Phone:  706 348 7279, Email: info @
















Cumming Country Fair and Festival from October 5 – October 15, 2017

cumming country fair 2016A benefit of living in Cumming, GA is experiencing the wonders of a small town while still being able to visit the big city of Atlanta.

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds is one of those wonders and it runs from October 5 – October 15, 2017.

October is a fun time of year in Forsyth County as it becomes a destination for many people in the metro Atlanta area that seek out country fair and festival fun in North Georgia.

There are lots of special promotions and coupons running for the fair and lots of entertainment schedule for the event.

See the daily attractions, rides, and concert schedule for 2016! Here is the entire calendar of events for this year.

What are your tips for people new to the Cumming Country Fair? Since it has gotten more crowded over the years, my tip is to go during the weekday afternoon if you can. We have gone during lesser crowds and with younger kids, it has been a less stressful way to go!

Check out their Facebook page too!

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Thursday – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday 4:00 p.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday 12:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Fair Admission: No Re-Entry

  • Cash Only (ATM Onsite!!)
  • Adults (11 and up) – $7.00
  • Ages 10 and Under FREE
  • No pets, coolers or alcohol allowed.


  • General Parking – $5.00
  • Handicap Parking Available  – $5.00

Schedule – please check the Cumming Fair website as well as the schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, October 5
Opening Day! Northside Hospital-Forsyth Day!
FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
$20.00 Pay One-Price Rides (unlimited rides – $20 per person)
Forsyth County Extension Cannin, Baking, School Scarecrow, Giant Pumpkin & Hay Competition, Awards at 7:00 pm

Friday, October 6
Kellie Pickler in Concert @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 7
FREE Admission and Rides (10 am – 11 am)
$30 unlimited rides (Must be purchased between 11 am – 3 pm) – valid until close.
2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant starting at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday, October 8
SENIOR CITIZENS DAY! FREE Admission 55 & up.
FREE Student Admission & Rides with Coupon (18 & under) 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE adult admission benefiting Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.

Monday, October 9
STUDENT NIGHT! FREE Admission 18 & under.
$15 Unlimited Rides per person (all ages)

Tuesday, October 10
Unlimited rides $20 per person
Concert: Gene Watson in concert at 8:00 pm (free with admission)

Wednesday, October 11
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth Day!
FREE Admission compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
$20.00 Unlimited Rides (all ages)
Marvel Superheroes Shows at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CHOA Parade at 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 12
Thompson Square in Concert @ 8:00 pm (free with admission)

Friday, October 13
FREE Admission After 9:00 pm with a High School Football Ticket Stub (Note: the ticket stub must be dated 10/13/17.)

Saturday, October 14
FREE Admission and Rides 10 am – 11 am
$30 unlimited rides (must purchase between 11 am – 3 pm, good through midnight)
Chainsaw carving auction 7:00 pm
American Bull Riding Tour 8:00 pm show

Sunday, October 17 – LAST DAY
12:30 – 2:00 pm Students 18 & under admitted FREE & RIDE FREE w/ school coupon
American Bullriders Tour 6:00 pm
Heroes Day – All law enforcement, firefighters, first responders and all active, reserved, or retired military are admitted free with valid ID.
Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE adult admission benefiting Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.

Daily attractions include Heritage Village, Lady Houdini, Atlanta Puppet Show, Firemen Highdive Show, Horses Horses Horses show, Cherokee Indian Village, Brian Ruth, Master of the Chainsaw, Michelle’s Magical Poodles, North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Cowboy Woody/Treeman, Oscar the Robot.

Cumming Fairgrounds,, 770-781-3491













Pumpkin Patches In and Around Forsyth County, GA in 2017

pumpkin patches in forsyth county gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2017 pumpkin season is here in North Georgia! Here are a few neat places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years, we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin. Unfortunately, the Kinsey Farm was hit pretty hard by Irma, so please check their website and FB page for their open times.

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts (available after 10/1.) They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more. Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, breads, preserves and much more!

Late September, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2017 (at 3:00 pm)

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also an animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning as well. Check their fall activity list for more information.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
Facebook page

Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on weekends from September 16, 2017 – November 4, 2017. Pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park, take a hayride and get lost in the corn maze! Enjoy fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and fun fall events like Rockin’ on the Farm and Pumpkin Palooza.

Warbington Farms 2017 Pumpkin Season:  September 16 – November 4, 2017

Have fun getting lost in our Corn Maze and playing in our fun park then pick out the perfect pumpkin from our “Pumpkin Pile“.

  • Open September 16th-November 4th.
  • Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm
  • Sunday 10am-5pm
  • $12 Per person (includes Fun Park Admission AND Corn Maze)
    • price does not include tax
    • Under three free
    • Senior Citizen discount available.
  • Be sure to check out our Special Events!

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening late afternoon on September 30, the pumpkin patch will be open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturdays and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Sundays – Fridays throughout the month of October. They are also hosting a Food Truck Fall Festival on October 8th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm which includes food trucks, live music, inflatables for kids, and hay rides. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $6.00, Kids 2 & under, free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

August 27 – October 31
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
November 1 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hay Ride
September – Daily
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
October – Daily
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
November (through Nov. 10) – Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
*Please note pets & firearms are NOT ALLOWED at Burt’s Farm.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223. For more information, call (770) 772-6223. See here for rates and event dates.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Sept. 30th

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.

Yes, that’s October 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st!

Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 30th & 31st for more haunting fun!
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

Pick Your Own Apples in North Georgia in 2017

pick your own apples orchards north georgiaFall is here which means football, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and apple picking! We love to visit an apple orchard in North Georgia and pick apples for the day. It’s a wonderful way to visit North Georgia and see our beautiful state.

Please call ahead as details can change before you plan your trip. Also, most apple orchards have a Facebook page as well as a website so you can get last minute event details.

Here is a list of a few North Georgia apple orchards. I have also written in more detail about Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Season.

What is your favorite orchard?

Ellijay, GA

B.J. Reece Apple House & Orchards – This apple house has a wonderful bakery as well as pick your own apples. They have wagon rides, petting farm, , scavenger hunt, apple cannons, inflatable pillow, hayrides on weekends. Prices and packages are on their website. Scavenger hunt, apple cannon (extra), BBQ. Hours 9 am – 6 pm daily until 10/29/17. 9131 GA 52 E, Ellijay, GA. 706-276-3048.
Hillcrest Orchards – This orchard is chock full of family activities including Apple Picking Jubilee fun through Oct. music, pig races, BBQ, over 20 activities. Hours 9 am – 6 pm Sat and Sun through October. 9696 Ga. 52 E, Ellijay, GA. 706-273-3838.
Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard – You pick apples and pumpkins. Pick your own Wildflowers too! Hay rides, get a cup of cold cider, apple cider doughnut and opportunity to pick an apple. Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mondays – Saturdays, 12:30 – 5:30 pm Sundays. You pick apples 10:30 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 1 – 4 pm through October or until all have been picked. 3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay, GA. 706-635-5898.
R&A Orchards – Free admission and wagon ride. Roadside market. Pick your own apples. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm daily. Orchards open 10 am – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays in September. 5505 Ga 52 East, Ellijay, GA. 706-273-3821.
Georgia Apple Festival – Oct 14 & 15 and Oct. 21 & Oct. 22, 2017. Location is at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on 1729 South Main the 2nd & 3rd weekends of October. There are around 300 vendors that participate each weekend with music, car shows, entertainment and of course about any kind of specialty products from the vendors. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-636-4500. Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Adults $5, children under 10 are free. Parking is limited, shuttle buses are recommended to take. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 14th. The parade is on October 21st and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay.
Location is at 1 Broad Street on the downtown Ellijay square the 2nd & 3rd weekends of October. Stroll around downtown Ellijay and enjoy the sites. There are typically 50-60 vendors up the street by the Courthouse. There is of course plenty of apples, local food vendors and a wide variety of other unique arts and crafts. The second weekend is the downtown parade which is one of the biggest in the area. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday during the Apple Festival dates.
Blue Ridge, GA
Mercier Orchards – Blue Ridge, GA – Apple U-PICK – Weekends through October – Prices: Tractor tours, apple u-pick, tractor tours, hard cider tours. Try out their new apple cannon! Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event is weather permitting. If you are making a long trip to see us, call ahead to confirm.  Varieties: The types of apples ready to be picked varies throughout the season. If you are looking for a specific variety of apple, feel free to call us for an estimate on when it will be available. We are currently picking Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome, Cameo, Topaz, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Braeburn, Jonaprince, September Wonder, Ambrosia, and McIntosh apples. These apples are first come first served, so get here early if you’re looking for a specific type! You can also pick a pumpkin! They also have a bakery, deli, market store, and farm winery. Visit us at Mercier Orchards while you are in Blue Ridge, Georgia. We’re one of the top tourism attractions in the whole state, and just one stop will show you why! For directions, please click here. 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA. 30513.

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2016

Christmas Light Shows in Cumming, GAIt’s holiday festivity time, and with it comes light shows! Pack the kids in the car, brew some hot chocolate and enjoy an evening drive of viewing Christmas lights.

There are local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA, Alpharetta and Dawsonville for the 2016 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas!

The Christmas in Castille light show is located at 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. The show starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays beginning on Dec 1st through Dec 24th. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM. Check out their FB page for updates and weather alerts.

Lanier Islands Christmas – nightly – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Get ready to be amazed by one of the best holiday light displays in the southeast. Drive through miles of dazzling lights and experience the joy of the season here at Lanier Islands! Magical Lights FROM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 TO TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017. The arrival of Magical Lights, is a Georgia holiday tradition. For a quarter century Lanier Islands has been the ultimate place to visit near Atlanta for holiday light displays.

For those unfamiliar with Magical Lights, it is 7 miles of lighting extravaganza that winds along the Lanier Islands’ roadways. Starting at the animated Carousel, down through the Toy Soldiers, up past the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the snowflake bridge, then all the way to Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Carnival and more!

Your journey does not stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfires for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, amusement rides, holiday shopping and much more. Buy that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit. And, what holiday spectacle would be complete without a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick? Kids of all ages can take a break from roasting marshmallows to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at Santa’s Workshop. $45.00 carload, $36.00 advance online purchase.

Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 pm – Ashebrooke Night of Lights: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20.) Visit Ashebrooke Subdivision for the 11th annual “Night of Lights” –  the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.  5005 Luke Dr, Cumming GA 30040

Please note: For traffic flow, Ashebrooke is requesting visitors enter through the Luke Dr. entrance (Address listed above) and exit via Northridge Dr. Exit 13 – West from GA 400.


Happy Thanksgiving 2016

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including you all – my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped you to create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family so there won’t be a weekend update.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area in the meantime. See you next week!


Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some Thanksgiving placemats, mad libs and other printable fun stuff for the kids as you celebrate.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 27, 2016 at The Collection Forsyth

Community Thanksgiving Dinners in Forsyth County, GA

Holiday Events in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2016

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County, GA for 2016


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