Located about thirty minutes north of Atlanta, the city of Woodstock, Georgia is an up-and-coming superb that has been voted one the best places to live. It’s downtown area has been revitalized with trendy boutique, chef-owned restaurants, outdoor areas and plenty of art. The city has a distinct vibe that guests love. Every October, one of our favorite Woodstock GA events happens: the Scarecrow Invasion! It’s completely worth a day drive to the area – just be warned that you might fall in love.
The Best of Woodstock GA Events: Scarecrow Invasion
October is such a great month to visit the city of Woodstock, Georgia. It’s bustling with plenty of opportunities for family fun. The Scarecrow Invasion is an annual event that has grown in size and popularity since it first begun. Local businesses come together to each create individuals scarecrows that represent their business.
For instance, a local dentist has a scarecrows that looks like a dentist. The local dance school put their scarecrows in tutus. Kids love walking through the downtown Woodstock area to see them all. Some local businesses even put coupons near their scarecrow for visitors to find.
They arrive at the end of September and stay up throughout the month of October. Visitors can stop by the Visit Woodstock office and pick up a scavenger hunt game to play. Guests can also vote for their favorite scarecrow by 10/31 and each vote earns $1 towards the beautification of downtown Woodstock funds.
Family-Friendly Downtown Woodstock Restaurants
When you’re planning your day trip to downtown Woodstock, there are plenty of great family-friendly Woodstock restaurants. You can park in the downtown area for free and walk around to explore the local shops and businesses. These are some of my favorite kid-friendly picks:
- J. Christopher’s (Breakfast & Brunch only)
- Freight Kitchen & Tap
- Canyons Burgers
- Salt Factory Pub
The area is very stroller-friendly and there’s even complimentary Woodstock trolley that makes several stops (weekends only) in the downtown area to connect to the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta. On Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings, there’s also a great Woodstock Farmer’s Market (seasonal activity) that you can visit during the month of October.
Other Woodstock GA Things To Do With Kids
If you’re in the mood to connect to nature, the Greenprints Trail System has a trailhead that’s right behind the downtown Woodstock businesses. It’s exactly three miles from the downtown trailhead and it winds through a heavily shaded wood area to Highway 92 (bikes are allowed).
Check out FoxTale Book Shoppe for their weekly kid story time events. They’re an adorable independent shop that brings in local authors and fun events for families.
The Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater hosts free family-friendly concerts and events throughout the year. During the fall, you can find free movie events. Just bring the kids, pack a picnic and arrive early for some fun. They also host a yearly Halloween KidsFest that’s a free and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
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