Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked, “the earth laughs in flowers” and in spring, Georgia appears to be following suit with an array of floral festivals scattered around the state. In addition to the early spring festivals like the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival, take a moment to stop and smell the roses (pun intended) at these 5 lesser known spring festivals.
Where? Roswell, Georgia
This month-long festival offers something new and exciting for families to see and do daily. Visitors can enjoy the Roswell serenity garden, a variety of uniquely themed art exhibits, a ghost tour, trail walk, and film showing. Events are spread out throughout the city, giving you the chance to explore the area’s historic monuments, art galleries, and breweries throughout the day as well. Afterwards, feed you post-festival hunger in downtown’s famous Canton St., Historic Roswell and discover for yourself why Roswell is growing into a new hot spot for metro Atlanta cuisine. Attendance to the festival is free, but special events may incur a small fee.
For more information: http://www.roswellazaleafestival.com/
Where? Thomasville, Georgia
When a festival is celebrating its 96th year, you know it’s going to be good. Popular since the 1920s, Thomasville’s Annual Rose Show and Festival is a day full of colorful festivities! This event boasts flower shows, parades, arts and crafts, a car and truck show, and a street dance performance. Come enjoy impressive and artistic horticulture displays, arrangements, and photography showcasing the festival’s biggest star: the rose. The best news? It’s free!
For more information: http://www.thomasvillega.com/…/thomasville-rose-show-and-fe…
Where? Ellijay, Georgia
This festival is a 2-for-1 with a weekend filled with local crafts, food, and arts in addition to the perfect proximity to the north Georgia mountains. Start your morning with a hike before you explore the works of over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors. Georgia’s Apple Blossom Festival is dedicated to preserving and supporting local, Georgia made products so visit Ellijay and show your support for your fellow Georgia peaches. No entry fee. Product prices will vary.
Visit here for a list of nearby trails: http://www.gilmerchamber.com/…/ex…/get-outside/hiking-guide/
For more information: http://www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com/
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Where? Douglasville, Georgia
Recognized as the ‘hydrangea capital of the south’ by Garden & Gun Magazine, Douglasville has a lot to celebrate. The festival, formally named the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, commemorates the woman who founded The American Hydrangea Society after she developed a strong passion for the plant when given a hydrangea as a gift after the passing of her daughter. For the 10th year, Douglasville’s Hydrangea Festival celebrates this pastel colored flower, focusing this season’s projects around the theme of ‘making waves.’ The festival offers several free events, including entry into the marketplace, with the option for ticket purchases to attend nationally recognized garden tours and a wine tasting. Bring your families out to see the way these artists are ‘making waves’ with a free flower show, hat parade, scarecrow exhibit, and self-guided trail tour of local Douglasville sites featured in major films.
For more information: http://hydrangeafest.org/
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Copper Creek Sunflower Festival
Where? Calhoun, Georgia
Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower so naturally I am over the farm excited to celebrate the blooming of these tall, golden beauties. The Copper Creek Sunflower Festival, located at Copper Creek Farm Ga, take a more rural approach to flower appreciation, offering a farm day filled with ponies, cow-car rides, gem mining, duck races, and (the best event of them all)….sunflower picking! The Copper Creek Sunflower Festival’s kid-friendly activities are fun for adults too, with an exclusive racing event on site (….pig racing that is).Unfortunately, there is a small fee for this festival, but for the live animals and rows upon rows of giant, multi-colored sunflowers…it is definitely worth it. General admission is $12 or you could pay $15.50 to include a bucket of sunflowers to take home and brighten up your kitchen.
For more information: http://coppercreekfarm.com/