4 Awesome Summer Festivals For Families In The Southeast

4 Awesome Summer Festivals For Families In The Southeast

From North Carolina to Georgia, there is a lot of fun to be had in the east coast states. Are you planning a trip to the Carolinas or Georgia this summer? If so, be sure to up your summer road trip game by checking out one or even all of these 4 awesome summer festivals for families.

4 Awesome Summer Festivals For Families Along The East Coast


Harbourfest is going on through September 3rd on Hilton Head Island, SC. In its 29th season, HarbourFest on Hilton Head Island is a beloved family tradition featuring Shannon Tanner, a family-friendly entertainer known for his beanie hat and songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.” The popular summer event held nightly at 6:30 and 8 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s entertainment district, also features face-painting, bounce houses, balloon animals and Cappy the Clown. Every Tuesday, attendees to the free festival can enjoy fireworks over the harbor at dark.

Shindig On The Green

Shindig On The Green takes place July 1-September 2 in Asheville, NC. Get a taste of Appalachian mountain culture in Asheville, N.C., at the weekly Shindig on the Green concerts running July 1 through September 2, every Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. The free event, held at downtown’s Pack Square Park, features musicians and dancers from clogging to Bluegrass from across Western North Carolina. In addition to scheduled performances, there are informal “jam sessions” held throughout the night.

Georgia Mountain Fair

The Georgia Mountain Fair will be taking place July 21-29 in Hiawassee, GA. This North Georgia fair is in its 67th year and is held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The Georgia Mountain Fair features musical performances, arts & crafts, food, carnival rides and information about North Georgia’s rich history and culture.

39th Annual Wright Kite Festival

The Wright Kite Festival is held annually in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. This year, the fair takes place from July 15-16. Kids will love watching the skies fill with kites in this town where the Wright Brothers invented human-powered flight. The free event also features stunt kite flying lessons, as well as kite-making stations.

Which Of These Summer Festivals For Families Interest You?

Are you planning any road trips this summer? If so, which of these festivals would you most like to visit? Have you already checked one out in the past? Is there another great festival that we need to add to the list? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. We love Georgia Mountain Fair. We’ve been there a couple of times, and it’s such a good time. I’m glad it made the list!

  2. I would love to go and explore down there during these festivals. I have not been back to the south east in years and I really do miss it.

  3. Oh the Harbour fest and the kite fest sound the most fun to me! They ALL sound fun but if I had to pick only a couple I would go to those first.

  4. The Kitefest sounds like fn for a family. I agree that these all sound like they would be worth checking out if in the area at the right time. Thanks for a great list. Harbourfest would be my kind of thing too.

  5. Jennifer Van Huss says

    What a great list of festivals! My family loves attending our local towns festivals but I have never thought searching out ones further away! What a great weekend getaway idea!!

  6. What a great list of festivals, they sound like a blast. There is nothing like a summer festival or fair. If you attend them for no other reason than the food, they are worth the trip, laugh.

  7. Claudia Krusch says

    I love going on road trips and hitting up all the fun festivals. A food festival is always my favorite to go to. I have a few planned for this summer.

  8. These all sound like really fun festivals!! I love find fun things to go to!

  9. I would love to visit the Southeast someday. These sound like some great festivals to check out!

  10. Jennifer G says

    My family loves visiting different summer festivals and activities and attractions. These all look as though they would be insanely wonderful! Can’t wait to check them out for myself. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. This is a great list of fun activities. We love going to festivals. My kids look forward to the food and attractions.

  12. I haven’t been to a festival in years!! I think any of these would be a great lineup of shows to go to!!

  13. I’ve never heard of any of these festivals. None are located in NY which sucks 🙁 but I’m sure the southerners will have a blast attending.

  14. I haven’t ever been to any of these festivals. They sound like a ton of fun and something that my family could do this summer.

  15. Rebecca Swenor says

    We love going to fairs and festivals. The Harbourfest sounds like a lot of fun in South Carolina along with the Georgia Mountain Fair in Georgia. Thanks for sharing these awesome summer festivals for the family.

  16. How great that there are so many festival options 🙂 My city of Montreal is known as THE place for festivals come summer!

  17. Honestly, all of these events sound like a good time. My first choice would be Georgia Mountain Fair, because food. Any event with food is on my list of places to go for sure.

  18. I never attended the festivals mentioned, but they sound amazing! I live in MN so my kids and I try to hit them all if we can. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the times we travel, thanks!

  19. All of the festivals here interest me. But I have to admit that the one that interests me the most is the kite festival. I wish we had something like that here. Although not sure it would work here in the summer. Who knows?

  20. What a great list! We don’t live in this area, but we have a few of similar events in the NW as well, hopefully we’ll be able to visit them. Love a few days at fairs here, we go to a state fair, and also to a Medieval fair usually, that’s a lot of fun.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am in Georgia and believe it or not but I do not get out much. So seeing this gives me energy LOL I can definitely check out Georgia Mountain Fair with my husband and two bear cubs.

  22. I’ve heard and have attended the Wright Kite festival but none of the others! I’ll have to check them out.

  23. They ALL sound like great family fun! But it’s August and a couple of the Fests are over with.
    I really would love to attend Harbourfest!! It sounds like it has something to offer everyone!
    Plus let’s line dance to some great country music.