We’re SO excited for fall and the many fun events that are coming up. As we transition from summer, the variety of fun Southern events picks up — and we’re excited to hit the road to partake in the fun. Here are some of the top options we’re looking at for September. Take a look!
September 1-4, 2017: WorldFest – Louisville, Kentucky
WorldFest is four days of great international food, entertainment, music, dancing and culture taking place in downtown Louisville. Admission is free and the entire family is welcome. WorldFest takes place on the Belvedere from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday. louisvilleky.gov
September 1-10, 2017: Delta Fair and Music Festival at Agricenter Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee
Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the community together with safe, wholesome family entertainment while celebrating and promoting the rich art, music and history of the Delta. Enjoy rides, livestock shows, a crafts expo, a 5k run and live entertainment. Starting on September 1 and running through September 10, there is plenty of time to check out all the fun at Agricenter. deltafest.com
September 7, 2017 through March 4, 2018: SCAD FASH Museum presents Guo Pei: Couture Beyond – Atlanta, Georgia
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by China’s most illustrious couturière, Guo Pei, the first Chinese national fashion designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Presented in Atlanta and Savannah, this landmark exhibition features more than 40 of Guo Pei’s most exquisite designs, from accessories and prêt-à-porter to signature masterpieces, including the now-iconic imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015 — a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to America’s fashion cognoscenti. The exhibit will run from September 7, 2017 to March 4, 2018 at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film on 1600 Peachtree St. NW. scad.edu
September 8, 2017: Waterfalls ‘n Wine — Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Savor flavors and Mother Nature in this special experience hosted by the Pisgah Field School. Participants will be led by staff guides and have the opportunity to explore five area waterfalls while learning about the flora and fauna unique to the Appalachian Mountains. The outing concludes in downtown Brevard, where you will meet the gals at Broad Street Wines for an enjoyable glass before your day comes to a close. Learn more about the experience as well as ticket info, times, etc. at pisgahfieldschool.org.
September 8-10, 2017: Southern Ideal Home Show — Charlotte, North Carolina
Need ideas for a new home or remodeling project? Find all things home improvement at the Southern Ideal Home Show. From landscaping to interior design, you’ll leave feeling inspired by the show’s experts and on-stage presentations. The show will be held at the Park Expo and Conference Center located at 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $9 or at the door for $10. For hours and a list of show exhibits visit southernshows.com.
September 9, 2017: Zoo Rendezvous: A Night at the R.I.T.Z. — Memphis, Tennessee
On Saturday, September 9, the Memphis Zoo will be hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year – Zoo Rendezvous! This year’s theme is A Night at the R.I.T.Z. (Rendezvous in the Zoo). There will be local food and drink, four stages of entertainment and plenty of fun. Enjoy the thrill of being inside the Zoo after hours while snacking and sipping and mingling with friends! The event begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $200. memphiszoo.org
September 14-16, 2017: The Wharf Uncorked — Orange Beach, Alabama
Spend a weekend in Orange Beach for a great cause. The Wharf Uncorked, a fundraising weekend for Make-A-Wish Alabama, features food and wine tastings, live entertainment, cooking demos, cookbook signings and much more. The fun takes place at The Wharf at Orange Beach. Click here for details.
September 16, 2017: FAM JAM, a Free Family Festival — Charleston, SC
Round up the troops and head to Charleston for this annual event hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Attendees flock to Marion Square in the heart of downtown Charleston for a day of play, filled with hands-on activities, live music and more — all taking place on the Worldwide Day of Play. Learn more here.
September 21-23, 2017: 45th Annual Greek Festival — Birmingham, Alabama
If you love food, music and the Greek zest for life, this is the event for you! The Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral will host the 45th annual Greek Festival, which draws crowds from across the Southeast to revel in the gorgeous art, delicious flavors and vivacious music and dance of Greek culture. There is even a drive-thru for those that need to get their annual authentic Greek food fix but don’t have time to park and explore the festival’s many offerings. Come savor Birmingham’s rich Greek culture September 21 through September 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Visit birminghamgreekfestival.net.
September 23 & 24, 2017: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival — Franklin, Tennessee
The 230-acre Park at Harlinsdale former horse farm in Franklin acts as the perfect music festival venue, and fall is a great time to be outside enjoying music. Sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass, jazz, indie and gospel will be heard during this two-day festival. Kids can play in the designated play area, festival goers can enjoy the region’s best food and drink — and everyone can enjoy music from standout acts including Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers and more. Day passes are $135. Visit pilgrimagefestival.com.
September 23 & 24, 2017: Fried Chicken Festival — New Orleans, Louisiana
Indulge your Southern taste buds in a day devoted entirely to fried chicken. The Fried Chicken Festival takes place in Woldenberg Park. Partake in a fried chicken tender-eating contest, enter your secret recipe in the fried chicken contest, sample foods from more than 20 restaurants, mingle with food writers, critics and bloggers from across the nation and more. Click here to learn more.
September 24, 2017: Breakin’ Bread at Sloss Furnaces — Birmingham, Alabama
The 15th annual Breakin’ Bread Festival is a local flavor explosion! Come out to Sloss Furnaces with an empty stomach to explore unlimited food samplings by Birmingham’s highly acclaimed chefs, craft beer and wine, a kids’ zone, live cooking competition, live music, tasting seminars and a showcase of local Alabama brews — as well as access to explore the sprawling and impressive Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Do we need to say more? Presented by Birmingham Originals, this food lovers’ celebration begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. General admission tickets, which include unlimited food samples and two drink tickets, are $35. VIP tickets, which include unlimited food samplings and drinks, access to the exclusive lounge area and gift bags, are $99. Children under 12 get in free. Visit birminghamoriginals.org.
September 26-28, 2017: Discover ADAC — Atlanta, GA
ADAC is opening its doors and inviting the public to explore innovative new products, engage with a diverse group of the industry’s most celebrated creatives and celebrate design as only the South can. There will be panel discussions, tours, parties, product launches and more. Event seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. adacatlanta.com
September 26-28, 2017: IdeaFestival — Louisville, Kentucky
Are you curious, an entrepreneur, interested in the future or a lover of TED talks? By all means, get thee to the Kentucky Center September 26 through 28 for the IdeaFestival. There is something for everyone here — and be prepared for a lot of intellectual stimulation, all weekend! Check out the schedule by visiting ideafestival.com.
September 26-30, 2017: Charlotte Fashion Week — Charlotte, North Carolina
See this season’s latest looks on the runway during Charlotte Fashion Week. The popular five-day event features new collections designed by established designers, as well as up-and-comers. Runway shows range from kid fashion and high fashion to the very special Survivor Show, featuring women who have survived breast cancer. Tickets and locations for each event vary; visit charlotteseen.com for more information.
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