There’s no denying that summers in Georgia are stiflingly hot. While it’s tempting to stay inside and enjoy the cooler indoor air, it’s important to get out and enjoy some Columbus, Georgia summer activities like craft fairs, festivals, and art shows. The following list offers information about popular area events as well as a few that are off the beaten path .
Arts in the Park
The Arts in the Park festival is a popular annual event held in the historic Weracoba/St. Elmo neighborhood. Attendees can enjoy a family picnic at nearby Lake Bottom Park, peruse and purchase the artwork of local artists, and listen to live concerts by local musical acts. Children’s activities and a variety of food vendors will also be available. The event is scheduled for May 15th from noon to 6 pm and is free to the public. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for May 22nd.
July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party
Pack a picnic basket and your favorite swimsuit and head to the Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. This event promises an exciting, fun-filled day at the beach followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Scheduled events also include performances by the FSU Flying High Circus. This year’s Fourth of July festivities begin at 6:30 am and the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Callaway Gardens’ special event admission fees of $25 per adult and $12.50 per child apply. Special event admission fees are cut in half for annual pass holders.
In addition to several local farmers’ markets, there are currently two Saturday markets in Columbus, Georgia. Market Days on Broadway offers a wide selection of fresh, in-season, locally grown produce along with freshly baked bread, fresh-cut flowers, and an assortment of handcrafted items. The market opens in mid-May and runs through early November. Located on the 1000 block of Broadway in downtown Columbus, the market is open each Saturday morning from 9 am to 12 pm.
Another Columbus Saturday market is the Market at the Landings. This event puts a different spin on the farmers’ market idea by offering a variety of family-friendly activities including face painting and educational seminars. Breakfast is available for purchase with proceeds donated to a local charity. Vendors are also on-hand and sell everything from produce to homemade jams and jellies . The market, held in the Landings Shopping Center off Airport Thruway, is open from April 23rd through December and is held each Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. Both of these markets are free to the public.
Pick Your Own Produce Farms
There’s nothing like enjoying freshly picked strawberries or blueberries in the summertime. Here’s a list of several local farms that allow you to pick your own produce.
A&J Farms in Pine Mountain typically has blueberries available for picking in mid-June. Scuppernogs and muscadines are available from late August through September.
Hart’s Farm in Waverly Hall offers strawberries for picking.
Frank Heath Farm in Cataula has muscadines and scuppernongs available for picking from August through September.
Click on the link above for the contact information for each farm to verify times and availability.