Travel calendar


GEORGIA

Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, through July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com.

Valdosta — La Fiesta, July 14-15, is an event featuring authentic food, music and dancing in Wild Adventures amusement park. It celebrates Hispanic and Latin culture. www.wildadventures.com.

Hiawassee — Georgia Mountain Fair, July 20-28, offers music performances, arts & crafts, carnival rides and more. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/events/georgia-mountain-fair.

Madison — The Firefly Festival, July 27-28, features a hands-on drum line, cool dance party, music. www.madisonga.com.

Clayton — The 15th Big E Festival & Elvis Tribute Artists Competition, Aug. 3-4, will feature World Champion David Lee and Big E Champion Damon Hendrix. www.bigefest.com.

Blue Ridge — The Mercier Orchards Hard Cider & Beer Festival, Aug. 25, features tastings, live music and food vendors. www.mercier-orchards.com.

Blairsville — The Grape Stomp Fest, Sept. 1, features live music, local vendors, food and wine and a Lucille Ball lookalike contest. www.exploregeorgia.org.

Douglas — The South Georgia BBQ & Outdoor Festival, Sept. 7-8, has a barbecue competition, car and motorcycle show, aviation display and fly-in and shows. www.cityofdouglas.com.

Dahlonega — Trailfest, Sept. 7-9, is a festival for outdoor enthusiasts revolving around all aspects of non-motorized recreation that will feature speakers, workshops, music, food and vendors. dahlonegatrailfest.org.

Blue Ridge — The Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival, Sept. 15, starts with a Blues Crawl with bands set up in restaurants downtown and the actual festival is Saturday. www.stayinblueridge.com

Macon — The Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, Sept. 15-16, celebrates the culture of the Southeastern Native Americans with dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, games, food and demonstrations. www.ocmulgeemounds.org.

ALABAMA

Wetumpka — Coosa River Whitewater Festival, July 1-31, will have events for competitors and non-competitors for kayaking, canoeing and recreational paddlers. www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com.

Birmingham — Sloss Music & Arts Festival, July 14-15, features Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and more. slossfest.com.

Hartselle — Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-Off, July 27-28, has professional and backyard teams compete for prizes, as well as vendors and other activities. www.hartsellechamber.com.

Albertville — The Main Street Music Festival, Aug. 10-11, features regional and national acts on two stages, as well as arts and crafts, children’s activities and carnival rides. www.mainstreetmusicfestival.com.

FLORIDA

Coral Gables — The Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival, July 14-15, offers lectures, cooking demonstrations and tips on keeping a mango tree thriving. Also shop vendors and sample brews. www.fairchildgarden.org.

Tampa — SharkCon, July 14-15, will feature touch tanks, STEM projects, a shark tooth sand dig, dive now pool, Busch Gardens exhibit, marine rescue exhibit, bounce hour and more. shark-con.com.

Miami — The Miami Salsa Congress, July 25-29, is a five-day Latin music and dance festival with live music and workshops. miamisalsacongress.com.

Key West — Key West Lobsterfest, Aug. 9-12, features a lobster boil, champagne sunset sail, street fair, concert and lobster brunch. www.keywestlobsterfest.com.

LOUISIANA

Shreveport — The Red River Balloon Rally, July 13-14, features about 25 ballons with nightly concerts and glow balloons. www.shreveportbossiersports.com/redriverballoonrally.

New Iberia — The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Sept. 23-30, offers a street fair, coronation of Queen Sugar, photo and art exhibits, a boat parade and more. www.iberiatravel.com.

MISSISSIPPI

Mize — The Mississippi Watermelon Festival, July 20-21, features contests, entertainment and food including all the free watermelon you can eat. mswatermelonfestival.com.

Clarksdale — The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, Aug. 10-12, celebrates its 30th year. www.sunflowerfest.org.

Jackson — The Mississippi Book Festival, Aug. 18, features hundreds of authors in panel discussions and book signings. msbookfestival.com.

N ORTH CAROLINA

West Jefferson — The annual Christmas in July Festival, July 7, has live music, arts and crafts, Civil War reenactments, a farmer’s market, street performers, a Christmas tree decorating competition and more. christmasinjulyinfo.ipage.com.

Henderson — The annual Street Dances, July 9-Aug. 13, take place Monday nights in downtown. A 100th anniversary commemoration will take place during the first dance July 9. www.visithendersonvillenc.org.

Linville — The 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans, July 12-15, features a parade with bagpipes, Highland games, a chance to research your family tree or find your family tartan. www.gmhg.org.

Franklin — The Appalachian Heritage Festival, July 14, showcases nearly 50 live demonstrations that describe life in Appalachia like quilting, wood carving and canoe building. www.visitnc.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Beaufort — The Beaufort Water Festival, July 13-22, features water-oriented activities and kids day, Lowcountry suppers, night concerts and an air show. www.bftwaterfestival.com.

Myrtle Beach — The Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival, Sept. 1-2, is an official BBQ Championship of SC competition and also features a beer garden, wing tasting and competition, live entertainment and arts and crafts. www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.

TENNESSEE

Gatlinburg — Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, through Aug. 11, is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. www.gatlinburg.com.

Memphis — Elvis Week 2018, Aug. 9-18, will bring fans from around the world to celebrate with concerts and guest appearances including Lisa Marie Presley. www.graceland.com/elvisweek.

Livingston — The Muddy Roots Music Festival, Aug. 30, is three days of camping for hillybilly, bluegrass and punk music like X, Fu Manchu, the Meat Puppets, Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners and Rock Bottom String Band. www.muddyrootsrecords.com.



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