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.

 

Fall Corn Mazes Around Forsyth County, GA for 2016

fall corn mazes in and around forsyth county gaFall is finally here and corn mazes in the area 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 2016 from September 17 – November 12 – Corn Maze, Fun Park & Pumpkin Patch
Fridays and Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 pm.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.

Sundays – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • $10 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! Pumpkin Palooza 10/15, Trunk or Treat 10/29, Night in the Hotel Spooky Maze 10/29.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – Uncle Shuck’s opens Saturday, September 10! 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 September 10 – November 20, 2016.

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.

Bucks Corn Maze – Buck’s Corn Maze in Dawsonville, GA is more than just a maze!!! It’s GREAT family fun for all ages. The 12 acre maze is planted in a 20 acre field next to Cochran Creek with a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains. 1923 New Hope Rd, Dawsonville, GA, 30534. Open now through Sunday, November 6, 2016. Take a hayride, get lost in the corn maze and check out their haunted maze every Saturday night in October! Hours and admission.

October Hours:

  • Sunday thru Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

November Hours: 

  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Buford Corn Maze in Buford, GA is open now through November 13, 2016! They are officially open for the 2016 season! Visit on Fridays from 5-10 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
Wednesdays: 
10am – 7pm
Thursdays:
 CLOSED
Fridays:
 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!

Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2016

pumpkin patches in forsyth county gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2016 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.

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!

September 17, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2016 (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 a brand new 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 from 10 – 12 as well. Check their fall activity list for more information. Fish feeding now occurs Monday – Fridays only as the fish fill up quickly.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
Facebook page
Twitter

Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening in late September (TBA), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 12, 2015. pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park 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 events.

Warbington Farms 2016 Pumpkin Season:  September 17 – November 5, 2016

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 17th-November 5th.
  • Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm
  • Sunday 10am-6pm
  • $10 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.

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 $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

August 27 – October 31
9:00 am to 6:00 pmNovember 1 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pmHay RideSeptember
Daily
10:00 am to 5:30 pmOctober
Daily
10:00 am to 5:30 pmNovember (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pmPlease 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. Open weekends September 10 – November 20, 2016.

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 Oct. 2nd

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

Yes, that’s October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, & 30th!

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

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2015

christmas in castleIt’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 2015 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas!

Blink Midwinter is a residential synchronized Christmas lights display in Cumming, GA. It is located at: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming, Georgia 30028. Blinkmidwinter.com is a Christmas light display that supports local charities. They blink Christmas lights to music every night from dark til 10. Once here dial 92.7 on your radio. It’s a great way to enjoy a little Christmas spirit with the family and support a wonderful charity. General Information: The show runs from Thanksgiving night through January 1st. Times TBA.

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 3rd through Dec 26th. 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.

Red Hawk Christmas is another Christmas light show in Dawsonville, GA. This show has not yet announced its schedule. TBD. If possible, they’ll post an update on our Facebook page if the show is not running for any reason. A Residential Animated Christmas Light Show Located in Dawsonville GA. Link to their house –http://goo.gl/E8Qp5N. They have an Animated Christmas Light Show at their home in North Georgia. This year they have 10,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non profit that gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Located at 173 Aplomado Lane West, Dawsonville, GA 30534. The show will run, but may be turned off in heavy rain.

The Soroka Family Lights has over 16,000 lights with 176 Channels synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs.  Tune to Channel 103.1 FM.  Light show starts at dusk and goes until 10pm.  Always adding more lights and songs up till Christmas.  Need to add another 4,000 lights so we can get over 20,000 this year.  The show may be off during heavy rains.  Located in Forest Brooke subdivision just a mile west of Ga 400 exit 13 located at 5460 Sandstone Ct. Cumming, GA.

Lanier Islands Christmas – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA. November 27 – January 3 nightly from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Magical Nights of Lights and Winter Adventure!

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! Magical Nights of Lights, our Christmas classic, continues when the sun sets on Lanier Islands this holiday season. Twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape with pictures of Christmas wishes, millions of twinkling lights color the Islands throughout the holidays at our Magical Nights of Lights. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village, where kids can share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself, and grab a photo memory of their special meeting. While you’re here, shop for that special Christmas gift for someone in your circle of friends and family.

In December, a live nativity, presented by area churches, adds a special touch to your Christmas celebration. Tune in with your smart phone or radio to hear songs of the season and enhance the experience with our brand new companion app! The magic is back at Lanier Islands.

Daily admission to Lanier Islands Christmas includes the drive through our twinkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour. Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (select dates). Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

Enjoy a brand new adventure this year with Winter Adventure:  a snow-packed winter playland perfect for building a snowman, delightful tubing and thrilling sledding! Winter Adventure is the perfect adventure for the family that will keep them thrilled throughout the day. We’ve transformed the summer landscape of LanierWorld and made it ready for winter! Where else can you zoom down slides on sleds and snow tube in a wave pool? We’ve also created large snow play areas where you can build a snow fort and defend it with an army of snowmen and snowballs.

Let your imagination run wild here at Winter Adventure! We’ve actually let our own imagination run wild this year as we’ve created 2 exciting new attractions you won’t find anywhere else around: Bubble Skating and Knockerball. Glide across our synthetic rink while having a bubble party or hit the Knockerball court at Sunset Cove for a crazy game where players each wear a giant inflatable ball.

Save BIG with our COMBO PACK ticket options that include not only Winter Adventure, but also Magical Nights of Lights and unlimited carnival rides! Opens November 27, 2015.

Veterans Day Events, Freebies and Deals for 2015

vetdayVeterans Day is this Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Let’s take a moment this week to thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forsyth County, GA has over 11,000 veterans.

Here are a few local events and celebrations as well as Veterans Day freebies and deals.

Local Veterans Day Events & Celebrations

The Veterans Day and Marine Corps birthday celebration from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the football stadium at North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain Road. It is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial in Cumming, GA on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the music of the Flash of Crimson Band. The City of Cumming Mayor Gravitt will speak.

2015 Veterans’ Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Downtown Dawsonville, Presented by: Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

Veterans Affairs of Dawson County will celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 with lunch for Veterans at 1:00 p.m., Dawson County Middle School Cafeteria, Program at 2:00 in the school auditorium and parade through Downtown Dawsonville at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the program and parade. For information, call Don Brown at 706-265-7613.
Veterans Eat Free at Local Restaurants!
Note: Be sure to have your military ID with you and call ahead to be sure that the location you are visiting is participating in the promotion.

Applebee’s – Free meal for Veterans and Active military personnel on Wednesday, November 11, 2014. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service or ID.

Carrabba’s – If you are a veteran or active military member, you can stop by a Carrabba’s near you and get a free appetizer of your choice on Wednesday, November 11. There’s no purchase necessary or coupon required, and you’ll need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Chick-fil-a at The Collection Forsyth – We’re breaking out the red, white and blue for our Military Appreciation Night! If you’re active or retired military, bring your proof of service to any participating Atlanta area Chick-fil-A restaurant on November 11, 2015 from 5 pm – 8 pm to receive your choice of a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal (Original or Grilled), a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Meal (8-count) or a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (4-count) for you and each immediate family member. It’s our way of saying thank you. One meal per person, while supplies last. Offer Valid only at Atlanta Area Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Visit Chili’s on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals. This offer is available from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Bring military ID and call to make sure the location is participating.

Golden Corral is offering a free meal on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. See their website for details. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Little Caesars® Pizza – On Wednesday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. You’ll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.

Red Robin on Wednesday, November 11, 2014 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie. Not all locations are participating, so it’s best to call ahead to make sure your local Red Robin will be offering this free meal.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free bloomin onion and beverage on November 11, 2015. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty and retired military as long as proof of service is shown, like wearing a uniform or showing military ID. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2015.
Starbucks is offering a free tall coffee to veterans, active duty military and their spouses on Veterans Day. Please call ahead to make sure the location is participating.

There are also deals at other restaurants and retailers. For more details, check out Military Benefits Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals.

  • Free Haircuts at Great Clips – Veterans and active/inactive/retired military members can stop into Great Clips on Wednesday, November 11 and get a free haircut or pickup a free haircut card to use before the end of the year. Anyone can stop in to get their haircut and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran.
  • Free Admission to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta – Members of the Armed Forces (active duty and veterans) get free admission to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta when they show their valid Armed Forces ID card. Through November 15, half-price tickets can also be purchased for friends and family.
  • Lowe’s, Publix and Home Depot are offering 10% discounts on Veterans Day for military.
  • Dollar General is offering a 11% discount on November 11, 2015.
  • National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission – Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks on Veterans Day. Date this year: November 11, 2015.

Local Suit Drive for Veterans

Posted from a reader Scarlett – “We support our troops! We will be having a suit drive for our Veterans. If you have a new or gently used suit you can donate to a Veteran please stop by our office now through December 11, 2015.

Over one million soldiers will transition out of the military in the next five years, and Farmers invites you to join us in supporting them. Justin Adams, Farmers Insurance 559 Lakeland Plaza Cumming, GA 30040. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 770.549.9762. Please share!! Thank you!! God bless!!”

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 24 and October 25, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaFall is in full swing with lots of fun festivals, pumpkins and corn mazes to visit. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in and around Forsyth County, GA this weekend!

Check out our lists of Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in and around Forsyth County, GA! Find out where to Pick Your Own Apples in North Georgia.

Planning Halloween? See our trunk or treat and Halloween events list for 2015.

Friday, October 16

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills! Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library – Wild Things Story Time – Let the wild rumpus start! Join us for a special Where the Wild Things Are storytime and party! Come dressed as your favorite wild thing! Be prepared to gnash your terrible teeth and roar your terrible roars during our wild rumpus parade!

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cumming Library – Fall Drop-in Crafts – School is out so drop by and join us for some creative crafts of all kinds just for Fall!  This is a family program and all ages are welcome to attend.  No registration is required.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Sharon Forks Library – Autumn Drop-in Crafts – School is out so drop by and join us for some creative crafts of all kinds just for Fall!  This is a family program and all ages are welcome to attend.  No registration is required.

Saturday, October 17

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Car Show Castleberry Road Baptist Church – Join us for our 5th annual classic car show. The cost to enter you car is $25 but admission is free to all who would like to come and see the cars. We will have trophies for various categories and prizes to give away. There will be food, music and raffles! 7225 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Kids Club® pet spider! 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 – 4:00 pm – The Annual Mutts & More Festival is this weekend on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA 30041. There will be fun for everyone, pets too! Lots of kid’s activities, petting zoo, hay rides, adoption pavilion, music, vendors and food. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older; $10 for ages 2-12. The festival benefits the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Celebrate Halloween with Storytime and activities featuring Click, Clack, Boo!

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have books, dancing and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Halloween Trick or Treating at The Collection Forsyth. Bring the whole family for a safe & fun night of Trick or Treating from store to store within the center and enjoy kids activities and special treats!

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cumming First United Methodist Church Night in the Patch – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Hot dog dinner, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown outdoor movie shown on the lawn at dusk, hayride, chili cookoff, roasting s’mores and popcorn, punkin chunking and more!

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Fall festival at First Baptist Cumming. 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA. Inflatables, cake walk, petting zoo, hayrides, giveaways, food, Trunk or Treat, and more!

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat Safety Event at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Admission is one bag of candy per family.  Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to Trunk or Treat, which will feature bean bag toss, face painting and other fun activities and games. There will also be information on costume safety, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, stop-drop-roll demonstrations, and more!

Sunday, October 25

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Annual Mutts & More Festival is this weekend on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA 30041. There will be fun for everyone, pets too! Lots of kid’s activities, petting zoo, hay rides, adoption pavilion, music, vendors and food. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older; $10 for ages 2-12. The festival benefits the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

FESTIVALS NEARBY

Octoberfest! The Alpine Village of Helen is celebrating its European roots this month with nightly Oktoberfest activities. Activities will be from 6-10:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 1 p.m. to midnight. Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. Celebrations will end Nov. 1. Tickets are $8 Monday through Friday, $10 Saturday and free on Sunday. For more information, visit www.helenchamber.com.

Mountain Moonshine Festival – The 48th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show is in Dawsonville, GA this weekend. All proceeds support KARE for Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization in Dawson County. This event includes arts, crafts, food, music and activities for the entire family. The festival will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Dawsonville.

Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2015

pumpkin patches in forsyth county, gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2015 pumpkin season is here! 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.

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!

September 19, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2015

Monday – Friday 8:00 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 a brand new 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 from 10 – 12 as well. Check their fall activity list for more information. Fish feeding now occurs Monday – Fridays only as the fish fill up quickly.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening in late September (TBA), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 12, 2015. pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park 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 events.

Warbington Farms 2015 Pumpkin Season:  September 12-November 14, 2015
Closed to Public Mondays – Wednesdays. To schedule a group trip or field trip, please contact the farm.

Thursday- 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.
Friday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.

Fall 2015 Prices
No cost for pumpkin patch entrance, pumpkin price varies.
*Fun Park:  $8 kids (4-12) and $5 adults (12 and older), ages 3 and under free.
Corn Maze: $10
Combos – Kids $15, Adults $12 – corn maze and fun park.
*Includes: “hey”rides, petting zoo, playground, inflatables, roller slides, pedal carts, tire yard, and MORE!

Warbington Farms Events

Pumpkin Palooza is October 17 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Warbington Farms is excited to announce the Humane Society “Mutts & More” festival will be held at the farm this year on Saturday & Sunday – October 24th & 25th (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) . Vendors can sign up here: http://mmf.hsfcga.net/vendors-3/.

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

Bethelview United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – We have family friendly activities each Saturday beginning October 17! Jumpy house, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, yard sale, storytime and more!! Come support your community while having FUN at the same time!! Hope to see you there! Address: 4525 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Available for purchase: Pumpkins & hay bales (credit accepted) Schedule of Events*: October 17 – Jumpy house, Pumpkin decorating, Hay ride, Harvest time photo booth October 24 – Girl Scout/Community Yard Sale October 31 – Roast s’mores, Pumpkin carving, Hay ride, Story time (12:00 & 1:00 p.m.)

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Enjoy their annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening in October for older folks. Open weekends from September 4 through November 15th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races – Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more!
Hours are as follows:
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
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 $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

September 1 – October 30
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 31 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hay Ride

September
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

October
Daily
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

November (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

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. Open weekends September 12 – November 22.

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 Oct. 2nd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
October 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, Sunday the 11th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th, 30th & 31st!Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 11th for more haunting fun!

Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for September 11 – September 13, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaFall is coming and with it comes lots of fun festivities for the family.

Here’s a roundup of things to do in and around Forsyth County, GA this weekend!

Uncle Shucks corn maze and Warbington Farms new corn maze opens for the season this weekend!

Friday, September 11

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders – Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 PM – Post Road Library Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K  – Every child is a budding scientist! Let your child experiment, explore and wonder with hands-on, age appropriate science fun! No registration required.

Saturday, September 12

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a bird feeder! 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 – The Collection Forsyth. In celebration of Grandparents Day, we will be reading Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa. Activities to follow!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Day and Fundraiser this Saturday from 11AM – 2PM at Tacos & Tequilas on Marketplace Blvd. Bring the kids to check out the SWAT truck, K-9 Units, Motor Unit, Negotiations truck, and more! There will also be balloon animals and face painting! Also, stick around until 2PM, at that time there will be a balloon release! This fundraiser is to raise money for the Teen Interception Program and the Explorer Program. Both programs directly benefit Forsyth County teens.

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

EVENTS NEAR FORSYTH COUNTY

Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival – Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA. Activities commence with races beginning at 7 am and the colorful Opening Ceremonies at noon. The race has grown from a handful of teams and a few spectators to an event which is one of the hallmark diversity events in the metro Atlanta area. The event now boasts a field of more than 50 teams with over 5,000 spectators and a wide variety of Chinese artisans either performing or displaying their wares.

12th Annual Flowery Branch Car Show & Chili Cookoff PLUS 8th Annual Bugs at the Branch – from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Activities will include, music, crafts, vendor area, local merchants, food court, swap meet, parts vendors, chili tasting and cool car viewing. Fun for the whole family! Featuring a Classic Car Show. Free admission and parking for festival attendees. Phone: 770-967-2934 – Location: City of Flowery Branch, Flowery Branch Depot on Main St, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.
2nd Annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival – 9/12/15 at 12noon-7pm
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. $5 parking fee. Phone: 678-450-7726 – Address: Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506

PLACES TO VISIT AROUND FORSYTH COUNTY

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Fall fun at the farm starts this weekend. Enjoy their annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening in October for older folks. Open weekends from September 4 through November 15th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more!
Hours are as follows:
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
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 $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.
Hillcrest Orchards – 9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay, Georgia 30536. 706-273-3838. On Saturday, September 5, the petting farm, playgrounds and wagon rides will be open. Apple Picking Jubilee begins weekends starting September 12! Visit the ice cream parlor for hot treats from the bakery such as their famous apple fritters , apple pies and cider doughnuts. Apple Picking Jubilee is a fun filled on the farm festival featuring U-Pick apples, cow milking, pig races, mule and tractor draw wagon rides, playgrounds with giant slides, pedal cart and trike rides, and a Farmhouse and Moonshine Museum. Visitors love the most unique petting farm in North Ga. where children can hug ad feed lots of baby farm animals including goats, lambs, a calf, kittens and even just hatched baby chicks. You can jump for joy on the giant jumping pillow.  www.hillcrestorchards.net  

Corn Mazes in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2015

fall corn mazes in and around forsyth county gaFall is in the air and corn mazes in the area are ready to provide your family with an adventure!

Here is a roundup of a few fun places that we like to visit in the area. Please comment and share if you know of other fun destinations.

Forsyth County has its first corn maze this year at Warbington Farms!

Opening September 12, check out their new corn maze in addition to their fun park, petting zoo, hayrides, bonfires and pumpkin patch!

Birthday parties, group events and school field trips are also welcome.

Warbington Farms Fall Season 2015 from September 12-November 14
Thursday- 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.
Friday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.warbington farms corn maze cumming ga * Fun park closes at 5:00 p.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold
at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Fall fun at the farm starts this weekend on September 4, 2015. Enjoy their annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. Open weekends from September 4 through November 15th.
There is also a haunted barn opening in October for older folks.
cagle corn maze
Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races -Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more!

Cagle’s Family Farm, 355 Stringer Rd., Canton, GA 30115; 770.345.5591.
Hours are as follows:
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
 – Uncle Shuck’s opens Saturday, September 12! 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 September 12 – November 22.
uncle shucks corn maze
Visit Uncle Shuck’s and start a new family tradition!
  • Explore the Corn Maze
  • Find Your Perfect Pumpkins
  • Shoot the Corn Cannon
  • Great Food and Fun
  • Fall Decorations
  • Goat Walk

 

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 Oct. 2nd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
October 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, Sunday the 11th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th, 30th & 31st!

Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 11th for more haunting fun!

Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

 

Dawson County Fourth of July Celebrations 2015

Dawson County Independence Day Weekend Events 
Looking for nearby July 4th events? Love racing or learning about how life was 100 years ago? Then head to Dawson County for some sparks in the park and heritage days festival!

July 4th Sparks in the Motorsports Park
For those feeling  adventurous, we invite you to come out and spend the 4th celebrating with us at Atlanta Motorsports Park activities include:
10 am Karting is open 8:00 – 8:20 pm Third Super Cross Show
3:30 pm General Parking 9:00 Paratroopers fly in/ Fireworks to follow
4 pm Festivities begin 9:10 – 9:45 AMP triathion  (register here)
4:30 – 4:45 pm First Super Cross Show 10:00 Exit and closure of AMP
7:00 – 7:15 pm Second Super Cross Show
Festivities will include food vendors, crafts, music, activities for the family, dunk tank by Dawson County Republican Party, bouncy houses, snow cones by Rotary Club of Dawson County and more.
Atlanta Motorsports Park | 20 Duck Thurmond Road | Dawsonville, GA 30534

Dawsonville Heritage Days July 3rd and 4th
Looking for something to do in Dawson County? Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is hosting Heritage Days in Dawsonville.

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville’s Heritage Days this weekend.

Presented by the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and held Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, the event will include demonstrations by local blacksmiths, quilters and grain millers, storytelling by volunteers with the Dawson County Library and even a cow or two for the kids to milk.

Free Concert Friday Night 8 pm – 11 pm Farmers Market
Blacksmith Handmade Quilts
Fried Apple Pies Face Painting
Handcrafted Ice Cream Vintage Gunsmith
Distillery Tours Cornhole Tournament
 Car Show Watermelon Slices (Fresh from Crisp County, Cordele, Georgia – Watermelon Capital of the World)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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