Monday, July 18, 2011

Lineup for First Harvest Moon Festival Announced

After much speculation, Callaway Gardens is announcing the lineup for the inaugural Harvest Moon Festival October 6-9, 2011, in Pine Mountain, Ga. The impressive musical lineup features over a dozen musical acts The B-52s, The Gin Blossoms and John Hiatt. Early Bird Passes and weekend overnight packages are now on sale for this family-friendly food and music festival that also features celebrity chefs like Food Network host Claire Robinson.

The four-day festival is a celebration of the harvest and of man and nature’s fruitful coexistence, combining farm-to-table foods, eco-centric vendors, cooking and gardening demonstrations, fun and educational activities for children, and of course, an unprecedented lineup of big-name bands.

Taking to the two festival stages will be the likes of singer-songwriters Shawn Mullins and Mat Kearney, the bluesy jam band Big Head Todd and the Monsters, indie-rockers The Company of Thieves and Infantree, and the hot young pop outfit Parachute, plus a host of others. For tickets, information and the current list of confirmed acts, visit

The festival begins Thursday, October 6 with a Harvest Feast, a delectable, locally sourced meal featuring a cooking demonstration by Claire Robinson and followed by two great bands in the 22,000-square foot festival tent. Friday will have an expanded version of the hugely popular Callaway Gardens Farmers Market, an eco-centric Vendor Village, and two stages worth of great music. On Saturday morning, the golfers in the family can enter a shotgun start golf tournament to win great prizes and enjoy a Fall morning on the beautiful Mountain View Course. And football fans will be glad to hear that the festival tent will convert into a giant sports tent that will show all the day’s college football action, as well as serve as the festival’s second stage. Sunday morning, festival-goers will be bid farewell with a farm-to-table brunch, even more great music, and the wonder and beauty of Callaway Gardens.

Throughout the weekend, the Harvest Moon Festival will offer the freshest of foods from the region’s premier chefs, farm-to-table restaurants and street-food vendors. The Demonstration Tent will host entertaining sessions on gardening and cooking with fresh vegetables, as well as great shows for children like puppet making, pumpkin carving and more. For those wishing to burn some calories, a host of yoga and fitness activities will be interspersed throughout the weekend.

And, as if more is needed, ticket-holders also will have complete access to Callaway Gardens’ many attractions, including the 7.5-acre Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, the adrenaline-pumping TreeTop Adventure obstacle course in the forest canopy, the exciting Birds of Prey shows, the fascinating Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, and the thousands of acres of breathtakingly beautiful landscaping featuring the amazing Autumn color of chrysanthemums.

The inaugural Callaway Gardens Harvest Moon Festival will offer a variety of overnight ticket packages. The early bird price of $69 for a weekend pass is only available for a limited time. For more information, visit For overnight reservations, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit Keep up with updates for the Harvest Moon Festival at and at

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Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

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