The annual week-long Georgia Peach Festival celebrates Byron’s and Peach County’s reputation as Georgia’s premier peach-growing region, and it is the only state-sanctioned food festival. Each June, activities are split between Byron and Fort Valley, attracting around 10,000 visitors to enjoy parades, concerts, arts and crafts, the Miss Georgia Peach pageant, and the World’s Largest Peach Cobbler. (478) 825-4002
Byron Beach at North Peach Park – July
As summer wanes, you can look forward to Middle Georgia’s favorite inflatable water park at North Peach Park. Byron Beach gives the kids a great time before school starts back, with concessions available.
The annual Festival of Camellias is a tradition of the American Camellia Society, and special events are held each day in February at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley to celebrate these beautiful blooms at their peak. Festival events include Senior Citizen Days with box lunches, camellia plant sales, a spring fashion show and luncheon, and camellia workshops. Massee Lane Gardens have more than 1,000 varieties of camellias, which may bloom from September through April. (478) 967-2358
Celebrate Georgia's sweetest season in March and the arrival of the first peach blossoms on more than 2,500 acres of orchards at Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley. Enjoy peach blossom tours, gift and food vendors, live entertainment, kid’s play zone, and more. It’s a bushel of fun! (800) 277-3224
The Jailhouse Alley Art Center of Fort Valley holds its annual Art Show and Sale each fall. The show features original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, stationery packs, and calendars by local artists. Most of the paintings, which include hundreds of landscapes, streetscapes, flowers and fruit, are matted and framed. Profits from the sale pay for art supplies and art classes, as well as a scholarship to a local high school student interested in art. (478) 929-2891
The Georgia National Fair appeals to everyone with its livestock and horse shows, competitive exhibits, food, midway rides and games, commercial vendors, major concerts, street entertainers, family entertainment, circus, and nightly fireworks. It has been designated a “Top 50 Fair” by Amusement Business magazine and Matt’s Carnival Warehouse.