Southern Affairs | Festivals + Events + Things To Do
THE FALL SEASON is every southerners favorite season and is by far the best time to visit the south. From picking pumpkins, touring haunted attractions. and hearing live music there’s no wrong way to spend your time. Every little community adds their own taste of the season with local events and family fun around every corner. Bring the whole gang for a whimsical adventure of color and southern charm.
Sept 13 & 14, 2019
Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
Have the time of your life and relive the moments of your all-time favorite movie! Experience movie-inspired dance, music, arts and entertainment and celebrate 10 years of festival tributes to the iconic film Dirty Dancing. Get nostalgic with a lakeside screening of the film, carry a watermelon, learn dance steps and attempt the famous lake lift. Relish in the timeless songs, love, passion, inspiration and courage that Johnny & Baby gave us during that unforgettable summer in the Catskills.
Sept 14 & 15, 2019
Music Midtown will return to Piedmont Park with more than 30 bands on four stages over two days. Situated in Atlanta's beautiful Piedmont Park, Music Midtown offers more than just music. Aside from performances guests can enjoy interactive sponsorship experiences, a Ferris Wheel overlooking the festival, and amazing views of the Midtown skyline for all to enjoy. Grab a bite to eat with everything from gluten-free to vegan to good old-fashioned corn dogs.
Sept 21-22, 2019
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
The Pilgrimage Festival is a two-day multi-genre music festival featuring some of today's hottest local and national touring artists, many performing acoustically. They offer a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more.
The event is held in the rustic setting of Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN. The region’s best food and drink will be on display as well as numerous local artists and artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience.
Sept 23-29, 2019
Mount Airy, NC
Mayberry Days® is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple, and the sheriff didn't carry a gun. There is so much to do during the festival with all types of shows, a parade, first-time and familiar Special Guests to meet, a silent auction, contests and games. Something for the entire family! So much to do but remember to take time to slow down and enjoy what Mayberry means to you.
Oct 10-13, 2019
48th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores, AL
Savor fresh from the gulf seafood at the 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. There will be musical acts to please all palates, including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m.
Oct 4-6 & Oct 11-13, 2019
Austin City Limits
Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, the Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. This year’s lineup includes Cardi B, Guns N Roses, Mumford and Sons, Billie Elish, The Cure, Kacey Musgraves, and more. Jamming to all those tunes will work up an appetite, enjoy tacos, brews, vegan options and more at the ACL Eats Food Court. You’ll find the most delicious festival food, drinks and sweets from Austin and the surrounding area’s favorite restaurants.
Oct 17-20, 2019
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
Experience the 40th Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, October 17-20 in Martinsburg and Berkeley County, WV. Enjoy an old town parade through the downtown streets of Martinsburg, tasty baking contests, live music, pop-up shops, and artisan craft festival and more! There’s something for every member of the family to enjoy and happenings are planned for no overlap so you can enjoy every moment! The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is devoted to the community, apple industry, local history, and heritage.
Oct 26 & 27, 2019
Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest
White Pine, TN
Come experience the fall colors of East TN and Douglas Lake at the First Annual Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival! The festival will take place on the gorgeous Chilton Farm in White Pine, TN, and will take place during the peak autumn leaf season that will provide the perfect backdrop for over 15 hot air balloons. The festival provides family fun for all ages including live bands, antique tractors and engines, local farm fare, climbing walls, kids’ activities and much more!
Oct 25 – 27,2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, commonly referred to as Voodoo or Voodoo Fest, is an annual music and arts festival held at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. This Halloween-themed event hosts national artists and local Louisiana musicians of all genres. Patrons are also able to taste the best food New Orleans. In its 16-year history, Voodoo has hosted over 2,000 artists & attracted over 300,000 music fans. voodoofestival.com