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March 2024 in Rural Georgia


If the warmer weather and longer days have inspired you to get out and make memories, we recommend keeping it rural at these popular March events throughout the Peach State.



With a population of just over 16,000, wee Dublin, Georgia, celebrates St. Patrick just as wholeheartedly—though on a slightly smaller scale—as the original Fair City of the Emerald Isles. Events throughout the month of March include a hot air balloon festival, arts and crafts festivals, concerts, parades, and even leprechaun-themed wrestling event. Print the complete event guide here or follow the Dublin Laurens St. Patrick’s Festival on Facebook to plan your own celebration.


Head south to Bainbridge for River Town Days March 9 and enjoy live music, local eats, arts and more. All the fun takes place at Earle May Boat Basin on the famous Flint River.



Find out just how McIntosh County got its name during Scottish Heritage Days at Fort King George in Darien, March 15-16. Family-friendly activities include living history demonstrations of 18th century life at the oldest fort in Georgia.


Spring is the best time to be outside in south Georgia, making the Kingsland Spring Carnival March 21-24 a great way to make the most of the milder temps and later sunsets.


One of the states most distinctive annual events, Ashburn’s Fire Ant Festival, will take place this year March 22-23. Featuring a fire ant calling contest, Manty Hose challenge, 5K run, fireworks and more, this is one south Georgia original you must add to your rural bucket list.



April will bring even more fun to small towns and rural communities throughout Georgia, so be sure to check back on our blog and social media as you plan how to spend those sunny weekends as well. Does your hometown host an event or program you’d like to see us share? Send us a Facebook message or email mcgaston@ruralga.org with details.


Photo credits from top:

Callie Landeros at Fire Ant Festival by Summer Landeros

River Town Days courtesy of Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce

Flame the Fire Ant by Sami Mastrario

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