There’s starting to be a slight chill in the air here in Liberty County! Have you felt it? Fall is almost here and with it are some of the best festivals and events in Liberty County! Let’s get to this list so you can save the dates and make plans!
12th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ: Hosted by the Hinesville Area Arts Council, this festival is the kickoff of fall and boasts some of the best entertainment in the area plus plenty of family-friendly activities and of course, mouth-watering BBQ. This year’s event features Janiva Magness, the second-only female blues artist to win the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, along with Justin Dukes, who recently won the Georgia Country Entertainer of the Year. The full line up of entertainment is posted on the Hinesville Area Arts Council 12th Annual Blues & BBQ Event page on Facebook. Did we mention admission is FREE? Join in the fun on Saturday, September 19th from 1pm-11:30pm in downtown Hinesville in the parking lot behind the Coastal Courier. Visit www.hinesvillearts.com for more details.
Fall Pumpkin Patch: If you haven’t experienced Bryant Commons yet, this is an excellent way to do it. Join the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority as they host this event on Governor Glynn Bryant’s estate. Go for a hayride, pick out your pumpkin, play games on the lawn and eat lunch with one of the local food vendors. Come for the fun on Saturday, October 17th from 10am-2pm.
Scarecrow Stroll & Beggars Night: A great way to let your kids cruise downtown Hinesville for treats, games and fun! Local businesses set up tables and give away candy or provide a fun, kid-friendly activity. Hay rides, food vendors, games, a “Thriller” performance, costume contest and even a movie in the park afterward is the best way to do Halloween. Friday, October 30th from 5pm-7pm in downtown Hinesville. Hosted by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. Mark your calendar and join the event on Facebook.
10th Annual Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA Fall Festival: The YMCA is certainly a staple of a family-friendly community like ours and this fall festival is no exception. The YMCA partners with Fort Stewart MWR to bring plenty of kid-friendly games, activities and entertainment. Saturday, October 24th from 11am-3pm at the YMCA soccer fields.
Cemetery Tours at the Midway Museum: So this isn’t a festival but history buffs and those who love a good ghost tale will enjoy this tour through the historic Midway Cemetery. Costumed interpreters tell historic tales of days past and reenact some of the scandalous & spooky events. Tours start promptly at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm at the Cemetery on Saturday, October 24th. You’ll need to make reservations for this one by calling 912.884.5837 or emailing [email protected] Tours are $15 for adults and $5 for children and proceeds benefit the Midway Museum.
Ricefest: An event that’s grown so much it now takes two weekends to get in all the activities, the Riceboro Ricefest is a celebration of Gullah-Geechee culture, bringing that heritage to life with live music, traditional foods, a parade, pageant and more! The Miss Liberty County Rice Festival Pageant takes place on November 8th followed by a Gospel Fest that night. A homecoming dance and social happens on November 13th and then the main event on November 14th. On the 14th, expect great musical performances, a rice-cook-off, activity booths, food vendors and Gullah-Geechee exhibits.
Sugarcane Harvest & Crafts Show: Typically the Saturday right after Thanksgiving, this event is steeped in Gullah-Geechee culture and tradition. Performances and crafting skills like quilting and sweet grass basket making are demonstrated, along with sugar cane grinding and syrup making. Call 912.884.4440 or visit www.geecheekunda.com for more info.
Have a fabulous fall and check our calendar for more events!
-Amanda Scott, CVB Program Manager