One of the best parts about living in Georgia is welcoming all the diversity and cultural pride. Every year, Georgia is home to a ton of festivals and parades, which really make this state shine. However, perhaps there are a few ethnic festivals or cultural parties which you haven’t checked out yet. If so, then these 10 ethnic festivals in Georgia will fill your bellies, have you dancing, and make you feel like you’re on the other side of the world.
1. Oktoberfest - Helen, Georgia
September 2017 - October 2017
For over 40 years, people have been flocking to Alpine Helen, Georgia to celebrate with one of the biggest German celebrations around. Besides the fact that Helen is filled with cultural spirit all year long, you can only imagine how crazy they go during Oktoberfest! It’s a true spectacle worth checking out.
2. St. Patrick’s Day - Savannah
Nobody celebrates St. Patrick’s Day quite like Savannah. In fact, Savannah has the second largest St. Patty’s Day parade in the country!! Prepare yourself for endless amounts of fun, not to mention all of the fountains around town filled with green, festive flow!
3. Caribbean Cultural Festival - McDonough
June 17, 2017
For the past 6 years, the city of McDonough has been putting on one of the best Caribbean Cultural Festivals in the state. Free admission for those who with to attend, this festival is an event for the entire family. Filled with delicious food, incredible costumes, and live music and dancing, this is an event you won't want to miss.
4. Festival Peachtree Latino - Atlanta
August 28, 2017
For over 15 years, Atlanta’s biggest Latin Festival comes to Peachtree with a free admission event for the whole family. Come celebrate a weekend filled with Latin music, hispanic food, and vendors galore!
5. Central Georgia Greek Festival - Macon
October 13-15, 2017
Hosted by the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, a Greek festival of epic proportions comes to central Georgia. Get ready for authentic Greek food, live music and a bevy of dancing. This is one festival that will put a smile on your face and warm your soul.
6. Savannah Asian Cultural Festival
Every year, Savannah throws a wonderfully organized and beautiful cultural festival at Armstrong State University. Free to the public, you will be immersed into Asian culture with live performances, Taiko drummers of Japan, and delicious cuisine.
7. Polish Pierogi Festival - Lawrenceville
August 26, 2017
This year is the 9th annual Polish Pierogi Festival in Lawrenceville, and it is sure to wow like never before. This cultural festival will allow you to admire and appreciate the 1,000-year-old heritage of the Polish Catholics in Georgia, and witness firsthand the traditions, beliefs, and culture that this entails.
8. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
As Atlanta’s single largest film festival, the AJFF showcases international cinema that explores the identity, culture and history of Jewish cinema. For over 15 years, the film festival has brought together some of the greatest cinematic minds to enjoy almost a full month of cultural pride and crucial filmmaking prowess.
9. JapanFest - Duluth
Enter the country of Japan without ever having to leave the state of Georgia. JapanFest is a one-of-a-kind gathering of cultural pride, where guests can appreciate and participate in all the fun and festivities. A full weekend of non-stop entertainment, you and your family will feel like you’ve traveled the world to witness the celebration in person.
10. Holi Festival of Colors - Georgia Southern University
This past March, one of the most colorful festivals hit the campus of Georgia Southern University. Holi, translate to "Festival of Colors" and is a Hindu and Sikh tradition every year. Holi Festival has ancient original a celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This socio-cultural festival features colored powders to be thrown in the air and on one another to signify a mark of love and belonging, while also welcoming in spring!