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Head for the Hill for the Best Fall Festivities

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 fun.

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 socially distant, park on the causeway and watch from the car. The Ft. McAllister Marina is 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. Or, 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 a.m., 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, and sometimes just plain weird cars. Everything from Model As and Ts, to 1960s muscle cars, to the most modern electric sports cars roll into Richmond Hill for the event. 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, Oct. 16.

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

To learn more, visit the Facebook page for the event.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Oct. 15-17

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 Daily.

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 presale.

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 work.

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 fortmcallisterfishingclub@gmail.com

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