Annual Events - River Fest

Annual Events

Cherokee County hosts an array of events throughout the year including the favorites listed below. Contact each city directly for more information.

Ball Ground

Ball Ground Annual Fireworks Display
Description

Fireworks and fun at City Park downtown held Saturday in June prio to the 4th of July.

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Ball Ground Garden Club Plant Festival
Description

Native and Heirloom plants for slae exclusively at the festival.  Local vendors, music, food/beverages, and more.  Enter raffle to win prizes and plants.  Free admission.  Tour the garden.

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Address
215 Valley Street (next to City Hall)
Ball Ground, GA
Ball Ground March of the Toys Parade
Description

Parade featuring special characters and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Benefitting Toys for Tots and held the 1st Friday in December. 7pm.

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Address
Gilmer Ferry Road
Ball Ground, GA 30107
Ball Ground Rock the Park Concerts
Description

Outdoor concerts at Downtown City Park with special themes on select Saturdays.

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Downtown Walking Tours
Description

Walking tours for the downtown areas and other self-guided tour information available onlilne.

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Gibbs Gardens Japanese Maples ColorFest
Description

View over 3000 Japanese maples and 200 maple varieties at Gibbs Gardens!  These ornamental trees display beautiful color throughout the Fall. Check website to see color updates and additional images.

Phone
770.893.1880
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Address
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107
Gibbs Gardens Twilight Concerts
Description

Live music returns to Gibbs Gardens in May, June, September, and the first two Saturdays in October. Featuring local and regional cover bands from the days of dance clubs, drive-ins, and prom nights.

Phone
770.893.1880
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Address
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107

Canton

Canton 4th of July Celebration
Description

Parade, entertainment and fireworks at RiverStone Shopping Plaza.

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Description

Two-day event with wine tasting and shopping stops throughout Historic Downtown Canton.

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Canton Christmas Parade
Description

The Canton Optimist Club and The City of Canton present a Christams Parade in Downtown Canton. The parade fun starts at 6 p.m. and will feature classic cars, carolers, and floats! Don't miss this holiday extravaganza!

 

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Canton First Friday
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Downtown Block Party - a family friendly fun night filled with live entertainment, extended shopping hours, restaurants, Kids Zone, food and beverage vendors along Main Street, and a CRUISE IN!  Don't forget your chair and dancin' shoes!  1st Friday, May - October

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Phone
770.704.1548
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Canton River Rock Concert & Festival
Description

Enjoy a 2-day festival with food trucks, beverage vendors, children's area, and concerts.  3rd weekend in July.

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Cherokee County Fair
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Carnival rides, livestock exhibitions, entertainment and more. Held in September at the Canton Fairgrounds.

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Christmas in Canton
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Celebration for the young, old and all ages inbetween.  Enjoy a visit with Santa, wagon rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, s'mores station, inflatables, and a decorated cookie station while you shop in Downtown Canton.

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Derby Day Fundraiser for Cherokee County History Center
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Annual Kentucky Derby Day to benefit Cherokee County History Center.  Food and fun watching the Kentucky Debry at The Mill on Etowah in May.

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Downtown Chocolate Walk
Description

Afternoon of shopping and chocolate in Downtown Canton!  Visit your favorite shops and sample chocolate provided by our downtown businesses.

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Downtown Walking Tours
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Walking tours for the downtown areas and other self-guided tour information available onlilne.

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Events at The Mill on Etowah
Description

Live music on the Event Green rain or shine every Friday from April to November.  Monthly and weekly events such as:

WildLife Expo
UpRiver Fest
Denim Fest
Christmas at the Mill
The Rink on the River

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Address
225 Reformation Parkway

Canton, Ga
Description

Featuring handmade art, flowers, and plants in downtown Canton's Cannon Park.

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Holiday Lights at Veterans Park
Description

Two-mile drive thru light show featuring light tunnels, amazing animated Christmas displays and over 1 million lights that benefits local charities during December/January.

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Mother’s Day Pow-Wow & Indian  Festival
Description

Experience Native American entertainment, arts and crafts, music and food. Mother’s Day weekend at Boling Park in Canton.

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Phone
770.735.6275
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Address
Boling Park
1200 Marietta Hwy
Canton, GA 30114
Multicultural Festival
Description

Sample food and learn about the cultures of more than nine different countries.  FREE!

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Canton, GA
Paranoia Haunted House
Description

Rated #1 Haunted House in Georgia.  May your screams be loud and your frights many.

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Address
2075 Marietta Highway
Peaberry Film Festival
Description

International film festival at the Canton Theatre in the spring.

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Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
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Annual arts & crafts 2-day festival with over 130 exhibitors, entertainment and more. Held the last weekend in September at Etowah River Park in Canton.

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Summer Family Movies
Description

Enjoy a $1 movie every Thursday in June and July at the Historic Canton Theatre.

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Address
171 East Main Street
Canton, GA
Taste & Brews Festival
Description

2-day one-of-a-kind event with live Southern music, food, and fun at the Etowah River Park in November.

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Taste of Canton
Description

24+ restaurateurs promote their unique cuisine to the greater community, and attendees get a delicious "Taste of Canton".

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Canton, GA
The Mill on Etowah
Description

An adaptive re-use development in a century-old textile mill on the Etowah River with brewery, speciality shops, restaurants, outfitter, special events and more.

Phone
678.762.9950
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Address
225 Reformation Pkwy
Canton, GA 30114
The Rink on the River
Description

Ice skating rink at The Mill on Etowah, November to January.

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Address
225 Reformation Parkway
West Milford Farm
Description

Unique setting with large open-air spaces where groups can gather and enjoy live entertainment!  Bring your own food, beer, and wine.  Enjoy the sunset one Friday each month from March-November for an incredible lineup of talent.

Phone
404.427.1136
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Address
7938 Ball Ground Road
Cumming, GA 30028
Wing and Rock Fest
Description

Great tasting chicken wings and rockin' music at the beautiful Etowah River Park venue for a 2-day festival.  Voted one of the Top 10 Food Festivals in the Southeast.  Free family friendly event offers food and beverage vendors, wing eating contests, kid zone, and live music.

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Canton, GA

Holly Springs

Description

Parade and holiday festivities in downtown Holly Springs the 1st Saturday in December.

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Waleska

Reinhardt Bluegrass Festival
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Bluegrass and Newgrass 2-day festival held at Reinhardt University includes a jam session, kids corner, food and craft vendors, plus meet the artists.

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Official kick-off to the holiday season with a tree lighting and holiday festival in Downtown Waleska held the 2nd Friday in December.

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Woodstock

Art on the Green
Description

Loal artists around North GA gather in downtown to display art which includes paintings, mixed media, photography, and hand-crafted jewelry.

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Address
111 Elm Street
Woodstockt, GA
Christmas Jubilee and City Birthday Celebration
Description

Parade, carolers, Santa, tree lighting and presentation of the Woodstock Citizen of the Year Award held the 1st Saturday in December.

The City of Woodstock’s Annual Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights is in Downtown Woodstock. A festival in the Park at City Center will follow the parade. Visit with Santa in the gazebo, See the Mayor light the official city Christmas tree and present the awards for the best parade floats, and enjoy holiday music by a DJ and festive foods by local vendors. There will be a free Sugar Plum cupcake decorating station with cookies, cider, and hot cocoa to enjoy plus a free Kris Kringle kids craft area. Families will enjoy games, inflatables, and a reading of the Polar Express with artwork displayed on a 16’ screen at 8 pm presented by the Sequoyah Regional Library System. Bring a monetary or nonperishable food donation to the collection bins in the park for Never Alone. Drop your letter to Santa in the mailbox at the gazebo – include your address and receive a personalized letter back!

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Downtown Walking Tours
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Walking tours for the downtown areas and other self-guided tour information available onlilne.

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Holiday Lights of Hope
Description

Walk-through LED lights display, pictures with Santa, food, shopping and more! Held throughout December at Hobgood Park in Woodstock.

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Address
6688 Bells Ferry Road
Woodstock, GA 30189
Taste of Woodstock
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20+ restaurants and eateries sampling their favorite dishes hoping for your vote.

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Woodstock, GA
Woodstock 4th of July Spectacular
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Festival with 5k road race, parade, food and game booths, and fireworks.

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Woodstock Brown Bag Concert Series
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Free concerts from noon - 1pm on Thursdays in September.

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Woodstock Concert Series
Description

Free concert series held May through September at the Northside Hospital - Cherokee Amphitheater.

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Woodstock Halloween Kidsfest
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Halloween festival with moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting, candy give-away and more at Woodstock City Park on October 31st.

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Woodstock Scarecrow Invasion
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Hundreds of decorated scarecrows lining Main Street during October.

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Cherokee County, GA

Cherokee County
Chamber of Commerce

3605 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114

770.345.0400

tourism@cherokeechamber.com

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