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People participate in the 10th annual Wild Rumpus Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2018, in downtown Athens, Georgia. The Wild Rumpus Parade is open to all who want to participate, including animals, so long as they come in costume. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, mirandadanielphoto@gmail.com)

While the weather hasn’t quite shown it, even with temperatures still in 90 degree range, the seasons have officially changed from summer to fall. From foodies and beer lovers to dog owners and children, Athens has no shortage of fall events this October. Keep reading to learn about six occasions for enjoying the fall weather and embracing the season’s spooky spirit.

North Georgia Folk Festival


The Moonshine performs at the North Georgia Folk Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The 34th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival at Sandy Creek Park offers music, food, vendors and activities for music fans of all ages. (Photo/Jason Born)

Fans of folk music, food and family fun can enjoy the outdoor acoustics of the 35th annual North Georgia Folk Festival. In addition to music, the festival will feature artists, craft demonstrators, food vendors and kids’ activities. In the lineup of performances there will be 12 performances from singer-songwriter duo Oh Jeremiah, to blues and country act the Caroline Aiken Band. 

2019 Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard


A dog and a girl dress up as the characters from the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood during the Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard parade on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Athens, Georgia. The parade is an annual event that benefits Athenspets, the local animal shelter. (Photo/Gabriella Audi, www.gabbyaudi10.wixsite.com/mysite-1)

Even furry, four-legged friends can join in the fun for Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard 2019. The annual canine costume contest, parade and carnival benefits Athenspets, a local volunteer organization dedicated to helping the city’s homeless pets. Participants are encouraged to outfit their pups in musically-inspired costumes in accordance with this year’s theme: Boo-le-Bark Rocks & Rolls.

Hop Harvest 2019: 10 Years of So Fresh & So Green, Green


Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Maya Giro)

Beer enthusiasts beware — Terrapin Beer Co. is celebrating the 10th year of its annual fall release, “So Fresh & So Green, Green.” Ticket holders can enjoy an evening of various beer samples and live music performed by the Baulkin Brothers at the brewery. The evening will also host many local food vendor choices like Wingman's Grill, Biggum’s BBQ, Rashe’s Cusine, Key Lime and Pouch.

Jack-O’-Lantern Jog 5K Race

Jack-O-Latern Jog

The annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog benefits Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc.

Lovers of holiday-themed races — this one’s for you. Throw on your spookiest costume and join in the annual October tradition of the Jack-O’-Lantern 5K. Those with extra energy can also participate in the Goblin 1-mile Fun Run directly before the 5K. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Boo at the Zoo and Memorial Park Carnival


Sage DeGeorgia, 2, places a coin on the peg at Memorial Park in Athens, Georgia on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Zoo hosted “Boo at the Zoo,” an annual Halloween event for families, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Rebecca Wright)

Trick-or-treating, carnival games and more will be provided by Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Zoo for the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration. Grab some candy from your favorite zoo residents or relax on a hayride around the lake during this evening of family-friendly fun. 

The Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle


People came dressed in their halloween costumes to march in the 2017 Wild Rumpus Halloween parade in downtown Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. (Photo/Justin Fountain, justingf@uga.edu)

The annual Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle combines Athens’ creative community with Halloween spirit to produce a night of excitement unlike any other. Shouting, pounding on drums and romping through the streets of downtown Athens in costume are all a part of “Athens’ Halloween Mardi Gras.”

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