Georgia's Lake Country - Lake Oconee & Lake Sinclair

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Events This Year

October

October 3:

  • First Fridays in Downtown Madison – Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district, and stay over to discover a different pace in one of Downtown Madison's beautifully appointed bed & breakfasts!
  • Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert in the Madison's Town Park

October 4:

  • 10th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off – Madison’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-off & Fall Festival offers something for everyone, fun things for kids to do, great entertainment and a new bigger and better harvest marketplace with a variety of handmade goods and locally grown produce. Everyone is invited to spend the day shopping and browsing the unique vendor tents, eating delicious food, and sampling our excellent chili while enjoying live music in Madison’s downtown Town Park. Teams will prepare their own special-recipe chili for a panel of hungry judges and festival visitors alike. Cooking gets underway early (everything is prepared on site) with the chili judging and public sampling starting at 12:30 PM and ending at 3 PM (or earlier if the chili runs dry). After 3 PM, votes will be tallied and Chili Cook-Off winners announced. For the general public, a $3 wristband lets you sample all of the delicious chili, plus you’re encouraged to cast your vote in the People’s Choice Chili Competition. The three top winners in the OPEN chili competition will take home cash and prizes. A Showmanship Prize will also be given to the best decorated chili booth. www.madisonga.com

October 5:

  • Oconee Idol – Do you have what it takes to become the next Oconee Idol? Apply to audition at www.oconeeidol.org by August 18th! Don’t miss the Oconee Idol finalist show where YOU will play a part in choosing the winner of the 2nd annual Oconee Idol by LIVE text voting for your favorite contestant! Oconee Idol Finals: Sunday, October 5th at 7 p.m. Festival Hall, Greensboro, Ga www.opas.org 706.999.1518

October 6:

  • Taste of Eatonton – 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your appetite and join your favorite local restaurants for the area's largest foodie event! At The Plaza Arts Center indulge in bites of fine dining and celebrate with friends the culinary expertise of the area. Enjoy old favorite restaurants and discover new dining joys. For more information, call (706) 485-7701 or visit www.TasteofEatonton.com

October 11:

  • Firefighters' Fall 5K & 10K – An annual fall run through one of Georgia's premier historic districts, benefiting Madison’s volunteer fire department. The course is an out and back - very fast, and run entirely on paved roads - through beautifully landscaped neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.madisonga.com
  • Rock Legends Concert, Featuring Billy McGuigan. 7:30 p.m. Part rock concert, part rock tribute, all rock n' roll. Rock Legends combines all of these elements to create a show that is the only one of its kind. In this unique rock and roll revue created by audience favorite Billy McGuigan, audiences are given the opportunity to vote, through the power of their applause, for the songs and music they want to hear. Rock Legends musical choices take audiences on a journey from the 50's rock and roll of Elvis, Buddy, and Jerry Lee, to the 60s British Invasion bands The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. They'll hit the groove of the 70's with the Bee Gees, and the piano men - Billy and Elton and even dabble in the music of the 80s with the likes of Tom Petty, U2 and more! Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.ThePlazaArtsCenter.com to purchase tickets.
  • Annual Rutledge Fall Yard Sale- 8am to 4pm. For more information, call 706.557.9021​

October 17:

  • Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert in the Madison's Town Park

October 18:

  • Madison-Morgan Conservancy Greenprint Ramble – Tour at 2pm; Supper at 5:30pm. For more information, visit www.mmcgeorgia.org
  • Deep Roots Festival. Named one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events, Deep Roots is a cultural arts and music festival that is located in historic downtown Milledgeville and composed of regional and national talents, artists, and vendors. It beckons travelers from all over with an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from bluegrass to rock-and-roll, artist market, and LittleRoots KidZone. The festival will also once again hold a MBN sanctioned BBQ cook-off contest featuring the ever-popular People's Choice award that will draw BBQ connoisseurs from around the Southeast! 10 a.m. – Midnight in Historic Downtown Milledgeville. Admission: $6 prior to festival; $8 at the door or $6 for 4 or more tickets. For more information, 478-414-4014 or visit http://www.deeprootsfestival.com/

October 19:

  • ​9​th Annual Spin for Kids Bike Ride. On Sunday, October 19​ , 201​4​, rides will begin and end at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. The routes will take riders through rural Northeast Georgia and the historic towns of Madison and Rutledge. Five courses will allow riders of various skill levels, from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist, to participate in this exciting event. This year, we will feature 5, 27, 47, 62, and 100-mile rides. All routes are fully supported with premium rest stops, SAG wagons, and motorcycle escorts. To form a team or to volunteer, visit www.spinforkids.org

October 23:

  • Cemetery Tour. The 5th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour. Tours will begin at 5:00 p.m. and start at 30 minute intervals until 8:00 p.m. On an hour and a half walking tour of the Pine Grove Cemetery, guests will visit the gravesites of many of Eatonton's luminaries, where live actors will portray the inhabitants and will bring history to life. A light supper is included with each ticket purchase.

October 24:

  • Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert in the Madison's Town Park

October 25:

  • Briar Patch Arts Festival. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in downtown Eatonton. Come stroll the streets of historic downtown Eatonton and enjoy talking with and purchasing from some of middle Georgia's most talented artists. All our artists are from Georgia and sell one-of-a-kind handmade items. Also, you don't want to miss the mini farmers market! Late October is the beginning of 'winter' crop and is the best time to get peppers, cabbage and lettuce. Our farmers will have these and many more goodies to fill your fridge and pantry! NEW FOR 2014 - ANTIQUES! For more information, contact Eatonton Mainstreet, www.eatontonmainstreet.com
  • Farm Day at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center- 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit
    www.mmcc-arts.org
  • Annual Rutledge Spooky Fall Festival in downtown Rutledge- 5pm to 9pm. For more information, call 706.557.9021

October 31:

  • Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert in the Madison's Town Park