This fall, get ready to experience fall foliage, seasonal festivals, and plenty of local traditions as you travel through Columbia County, Georgia. Autumn is the perfect time to explore the best of what the region has to offer, whether you’re an avid leaf watcher, a parent looking for a fun trip that the kids can enjoy, or just a curious traveler in search of culture, natural beauty, and delicious food.
This is the 31st annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, Georgia, celebrating the beloved comedian and native son. There’s a parade, crafts, food, and plenty of entertainment for a fun fall outing that the whole family can enjoy.
September 28 through November 10, The Maze at Steed’s Dairy in Grovetown offers up outdoor fall fun that includes hayrides, cow milking demos, a pumpkin patch, zip lining for kids, and much more. The main attraction, though, is the twisting, turning 5-acre corn maze. Add this to your list, as this is one of the best corn mazes in Georgia.
The 27th Annual Hispanic Festival will take place October 18-20 at Evans Towne Center Park. Attendees are always delighted by folkloric groups, musical groups, authentic food stands from several countries, arts and crafts, activities for children, and other attractions for the family. Admission fee is $5.00 per day. Children 12 and under are free.
At the top of your list of things to do near Augusta, Georgia, this fall should be the Columbia County Fair in Grovetown. From October 31-November 10, you can experience local culture, food, entertainment and plenty of wild rides.
From October 23-November 3 you can catch this family-friendly circus, started by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos. It’s an animal-free circus that has aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils, plus Broadway-esque song-and-dance numbers.
Looking for a meaningful (and fun!) Halloween event in Columbia County? You’ll find it on October 31 at Evans Towne Center Park in Evans, Georgia. Admission is free and you just need to bring one canned food item to donate to Columbia Cares Food Pantry. You’ll find safe trick or treating, a petting zoo, rides, and costume contests for the kids.
For an immersive experience that gives your kids the chance to learn how to become a circus performer, head to Evans Towne Center Park on November 2 and take part in KidsFest. Last year’s event sold out, so get your tickets and get ready to see magicians, fire breathers, jugglers and more.
Columbia County Farmers Market
On Thursday evenings this fall, wander through this seasonal farmer’s market, which features produce, food trucks, live music, a beverage tent, and plenty of shopping.
Fall foliage peaks during October and November in and around Augusta, Georgia, so leaf peepers will love biking along the path by the historic Augusta Canal to take in the gorgeous colors and seasonal sights. You can rent bikes at Savannah Rapids Park and start at the historic headgates for a sensory experience you won’t forget.
For more natural fall beauty, head to Clark’s Hill to rent a boat and cruise around in the largest lake in the state – which also offers some of the best fishing in the U.S. There’s over 71,000 acres of pristine freshwater shoreline, and plenty of space to take in the fall foliage lining the lake.
As you plan your fall trip, take a look at places to stay along the way by visiting our site to find the accommodations that fit your needs. There are also amazing restaurants that offer regional and seasonal food options, so get ready to make Columbia County your fall vacation destination this year and beyond.