8 Southern Fests You Won't Want to Miss

We know our readers love a good time, so we searched far and wide to find the best fests for you. It's time to party in the sultry South!


The Savannah Voice Festival

(Savannah; August 7 – 21)

Now in its fourth season, this summertime celebration of opera, musical theater and song offers audience members the opportunity to experience more than 45 live performances during the month of August. This year’s festival theme, “Summer of Romance,” will be staged at various locations in and around Savannah and features the 2016 Festival Opera, Charles Gounod’s "Roméo et Juliette." For more information, visit  savannahvoicefestival.org.


AquaCurean Seafood Festival

(Savannah; August 26-28)

Returning to the Westin Savannah Harbor for its third year, this three day seafood and spirits celebration offers gourmet tastings and cocktail samplings in addition to a seafood recipe competition, hand-crafted cocktail competition and Chef’s Showcase that highlights the talents of top chefs from around the country. For more information, visit aquacurean.com.


Bacon Fest

(Savannah; September 2-3)

Attendees to this popular River Street Festival will enjoy mouthwatering bacon creations prepared by select local restaurants. Guests will also enjoy regional artisan booths and live music at Rousakis Plaza. Friday night concludes with a spectacular firework display at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com.


18th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

(Atlanta; September 2-4)

Soar into September at this exciting Labor Day festival where guests can enjoy watching beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for a private tethered balloon ride. Friday kicks off with the Balloon Ball and Saturday is filled with family-friendly events including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration and a 5K Race and Triathlon event. For more information, visit callawaygardens.com


Savannah Craft Brew Festival

(Savannah; September 3rd)

Returning to the International Trade and Convention Center for its ninth year, this popular Labor Day Weekend Festival features multiple indoor and outdoor beer, cider, mead and mixology gardens, the Sam Adams Brew University, a cornhole tournament, the Silent Disco Photobooth and more! For more information, visit savannahcraftbrewfest.com


Charleston Water Sports Fest

(Charleston; September 12-18)

Enjoy seven days of continuous water activities including the 4th Annual Chucktown Showdown Stand-Up Paddleboarding Competition and the 6th Annual Dragon Boat Cancer Survivors Celebration Day. For more information, visit charlestonwatersportsfest.com


Hardeeville Catfish Festival

(Hardeeville; September 16-17)

This fun-filled community festival includes an educational day, parades, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, rides, games and an exciting fireworks display. For more information, visit hardeevillecatfishfestival.com


The 35th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival

(Savannah; September 18-24)

Celebrate Jazz as a living art form at this week-long festival that boasts the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. This festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit coastaljazz.org