We don’t have to tell you twice why Richmond Hill is such a great place to be.
We have a rich history that includes being the Southern home of Henry Ford, the home
of the Civil War-era Fort McAllister, and the place where natural history is always
on full display.
Nature is part of the fabric of Richmond Hill. The Ogeechee River is at the heart of
our beautiful coastal town and the Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail shows off all the
beauty that has attracted people here for generations.
Then there are the people, folks who we know you will want to meet when you visit.
There is no better way to do that than attending one of our fantastic fall events.
There are so many fall festivities around the bend in Richmond Hill, you need to
start making your plans to Head for the Hill now, so you won’t miss a second of the
Labor Day Fireworks Show at Fish Tales – Sept. 5
Celebrate the unofficial end of summer with fireworks. The 13th Annual Labor Day
Fireworks Show at Fish Tales is set for just after dark on Sunday, Sept. 5, and
there are several suggestions of good places from which to watch. To remain
distant, park on the causeway and watch from the car. The Ft. McAllister Marina
also a great place to catch the show. Bryan County deputies will be on site to
assist with parking and traffic safety. For a $5 parking fee per car, Fort
McAllister State Historic Park offers another option for watching the fireworks.
if you have a boat, find a great place to anchor down and watch from the water.
However you watch, enjoy the show and say goodbye to summer. Learn more here.
Cars and Coffee – Oct. 2
A little caffeine and plenty of high-octane showpieces make the October Cars and
Coffee event a gearhead’s dream. Each first Saturday of the month from 9-11
car enthusiasts gather at the historic Henry Ford Kindergarten, now the Richmond
Hill Historical Society and Museum, and show off their classic, one-of-a-kind,
sometimes just plain weird cars. Everything from Model As and Ts, to 1960s
cars, to the most modern electric sports cars roll into Richmond Hill for the
Expect plenty of sweet rides and a lot of camaraderie. Visit the event’s Facebook page
here for more information.
2021 Kids Fishing Rodeo – Oct. 2
The 2021 Kids Fishing Rodeo is the perfect way to spend a Saturday with the
family. The Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club and the City of Richmond Hill are
hosting the annual event starting at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 2 at J.F. Gregory Park.
All children ages 16 and younger can participate. Hot dogs will be provided by
the owners of Fort McAllister Marina.
BEERFEST! – Oct. 9
It’s that time of year again when Oktoberfest celebrations abound. Debellation
Brewing Co. is getting into the spirit this year at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 with
BEERFEST! The beer competition has slots for 20 teams of five that will compete
in challenges like beer pong, tricycle races, paddle pong, turbo quarters,
thumper, das boot relay, team quarters and cornhole. Go to www.debellationbrewing.com for more information or to
register a team.
42nd Annual Candle Lantern Tour – Oct. 15-16
This is the premier event at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Come by for
lantern-light tours of the fort and experience Fort McAllister the way it was,
complete with living-history actors portraying civilians and patients, a
mysterious black cat, and much more. Nighttime cannon firing is also sure to be
a treat. This event has been so popular, a second night was added on Saturday,
Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 and space is limited, so act quickly. Cost is $25 per
person. Call the park office at 912-727-2339 for tickets or for more information. Or
just drop in at 3894 Fort McAllister Road in Richmond Hill
This is the big one, folks. The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is the signature
event in Richmond Hill and one of the largest seafood festivals in the Southeast.
Nowhere else will you find the flavors of the South and everything that is great
about Coastal Georgia wrapped up into one tasty package. Every year in October, more
than 25,000 people flock to J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill over a three-day
weekend for amusement rides, arts and crafts, the best of Southern music, and the
headliner, enough seafood to inspire a mighty fish tale.
Food vendors flock to the festival every year to show off the depth and character of
seafood as only we can do it in the South. Accompanying the succulent food is a
festival of music. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, with Thomas
Claxton and The Myth. Lance Stinson Band then takes the stage from 7:30-9 p.m.
Tobacco Road Band closes the night from 9:30-11:30 p.m.
The music is back on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with Grandville. Kinchafoonee Cowboys, who
own the record for the most shows played at the Georgia Theater in Athens, Ga., take
the stage next from 7:30-9 p.m. Headliners Blackberry Smoke close Saturday’s
festivities from 9:30-11 p.m. with their Atlanta-based Southern rock.
Blackberry Smoke has become known for its classic-rock, blues, country, and folk
inspired original music. Since debuting in 2004, Blackberry Smoke has independently
released six full-length albums. Their relentless touring has attracted hordes of
fans and boosted them to recent success. The band’s 2015 album Holding All the Roses
was the first independently released record in modern history to hit No. 1 on the
Billboard country album charts. The follow up, Like An Arrow also went to No. 1.
Find a Light and The Southern Ground Sessions, released in 2018, out sold previous
albums and You Hear Georgia, the band’s newest release, is already tearing up the
charts. Blackberry Smoke has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with
Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Live with Jools Holland and Last Call with Carson
Friday, Oct. 15, festival hours are from 5-11 p.m. Pre-sale tickets for Friday are
$10 plus a small fee for for ages 6 and older. Ages 6 and younger get in free.
Saturday, Oct. 16, festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Presale tickets, Oct.
16, are $13 plus a fee for ages 6-15, and $18 for ages 16 and older. The $18 tickets
include the live music in the evening.
Sunday, Oct. 17, hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for Sunday are $5 during
The festival is hosted by the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. For
more information, go to www.goseafoodfestival.com.
Fall Pop-Up Art Show – Nov. 13
Arts on the Coast will host its fall 2021 Pop-Up Art Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Nov. 13 on the grounds of the Richmond Hill Welcome Center at 10750 Ford Ave., in
Richmond Hill. A wide assortment of artists will be on hand to show and sell their
2021 Bikes for Tykes Trout Tournament – Nov. 27
Catch some fish and help a good cause at the Bikes for Tykes Trout Tournament. The
tournament is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. There is a $100 entry fee and cash
prizes for the winners. There is also a junior-angler prize and prizes given for the
largest trout, largest redfish, and largest flounder. Boats will leave from Fort
McAllister Marina. The tournament raises money for bicycles and helmets for local
area children during the Christmas Season. For more information or to inquire about
sponsorships, call Alan Daniels at 912-667-8669, Frank Rushing at 912-312-3593, or
Gabe Flaherty at 912-572-3338, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Winter Muster – Dec. 11
Relive the last battle of Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea at Fort McAllister State
Historic Park beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11. The annual tactical demonstration
commemorates the historic occasion with cannon and musket firings, re-enacted
skirmishes, and drills that will take place throughout the day. Visitors wanting to
see final assault should arrive no later than 4 p.m. For more information, Click Here