HarvestFest and Scarecrows In The Square

 *The City of Marietta reserves the ability to cancel any events at any time due to an Executive Order issued by Governor Brian Kemp due to COVID-19 or any other outside factors


Marietta's HarvestFest is an annual festival held each October. The festival includes the HarvestFest Arts & Crafts Show, Pie Eating Contest, Touch-A-Truck, Scarecrows In The Square, Costume Contest and Halloween Happenings kid’s festival. The festival is sure to please the whole family!


Saturday, October 21st, 2023 9:00AM to 5:00PM 


Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square NE Marietta, GA 30060


Event Schedule

HarvestFest Market: Handmade Arts & Crafts 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Touch-A-Truck 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest 11:30AM to 12:30PM

Halloween Happenings Kid’s Festival 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Costume Contest 2:00PM to 3:00PM

"Square"crows on the Square

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The annual Scarecrows In The Square competition will be on display throughout the park during the festival. Take part in bringing your school, club, business or non-profit's scarecrow to Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square! Awards will be given to Best In Show and 1st Place in each category: School/Club, Business and Non-Profit Organization. Scarecrow participants are welcome to participate during HarvestFest Halloween Happenings by hosting kids activities or offer treats at their scarecrow display. Email ezillweger@mariettaga.gov for more information.  Download the information and application.

 Scarecrow Winners 2022:

Best Overall: Marietta Daisies Garden Club
Business: id8 Agency
School/Club: Marietta High School National Art Honor Society
Non-Profit: Good Mews Animal Foundation
Government: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

HarvestFest Market: Handmade Arts & Crafts(SOLD OUT!)

Spaces for this year's event are sold out at this time. Please email a completed application to  ezillweger@mariettaga.gov to be placed on the waiting list!

HF23_VendorAD_SquareSizeThe HarvestFest Market draws exhibitors from the southern states, including many local vendors, showcasing and selling their handmade arts & crafts. Online applications can be completed here. Or applications can be downloaded and completed by hand. Exhibitor information and application can be downloaded here.

Completed application are to be emailed to ezillweger@mariettaga.gov or mailed to:

City of Marietta
Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department
PO Box 609 
Marietta, GA 30061-0609

3rd Annual Pie Eating Contest (REGISTRATION OPEN!)

In the grand tradition of Fall Festivals, this year's event will feature a Pie Eating Contest for ages 6 and up!! Are you the fastest eater in Marietta? The City of Marietta will be partnering with Pie Bar on the Marietta Square to bring you the most fun you will ever have eating dessert!  

Check out our Event Partner! Pie Bar Logo

The event will be held Saturday, October 21st prior to the Halloween Happenings. Registration is FREE, but participants must be aged 6 or older to participate. Link for Registration. 

 *Please consider allergens and dietary restrictions prior to registration.* 

Age Category:
 Mini Munchers (ages 6 to12) at 11:30AM
 Competitive Chompers (13 and up) at 12:00PM


HF23_Touch a TruckFestival-goers of all ages will enjoy this portion of the event. Many City of Marietta vehicles will be on display for an up-close experience, such as firetrucks, police cars, tractors, tow trucks, and many more!

This year's participants:

  • City of Marietta Parks, Recreation, and Facilities
  • City of Marietta Fire Department
  • City of Marietta Police Department 
  • City of Marietta Public Works 
  • more, 

Halloween Happenings Kid’s Festival

Calling all kids to come dressed in their favorite costume with a trick-or-treat bag! Halloween Happenings is a kid’s festival for children ages 12 and younger. Carnival games, inflatable houses, candy and other special activities make this a safe and fun fall event.

 Inflatables Sponsored by FunFare!

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Costume Contest

*Contestants should arrive to the stage at 1:30PM to receive a contestant number. 

Come dressed in your best handmade costume! Contest starts at 2:00PM at the Glover Park Stage with our littlest contestants.

Categories for the contest are:
1st-3rd Place Age Group Winners 1 year old and younger, 2 to 3 years old, 4 to 6 years old, 7 to 8 years old, 9 to 10 years old, and 11 to 12 years old.
1st-3rd Group category (groups are minimum of 2 contestants and any age).

The pet costume contest at 3:00PM will close out the show with an Overall Grand Prize and 1st thru 3rd place winners.


- Downtown Marietta Parking Map


Additional Information/Sponsorships

 For more information, call the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601. We are looking for sponsors to add more decoration, candy, and Halloween magic to this year's event! Please email specialevents@mariettaga.gov if you are interested in partnering with us for our HarvestFest!

The City of Marietta is grateful to any group, club, organization, business or individual that wishes to volunteer their time to help the Special Events division put on the best events possible. If you are interested in volunteering for our events, please fill out our volunteer form. A representative of the team will contact you with more information! 

*All individuals who directly interact with minors (under age 18) are required to consent to a criminal bakcground check prior to working their first event*