Downtown Events

The Downtown area is by-far the cultural center of Swainsboro. The Square, Boneyard, and Businesses play host to a variety of monthly and annual events ranging from the monthly Concerts and Yard Sales to annual events like The Pine Tree Festival and Christmas Parade. Here are a few highlights from the Downtown Event Calendar:

 Pine Tree Festival and  Southeast Timber Expo

The Pine Tree Festival and Southeast Timber Expo is Emanuel County’s oldepine_treest and most well known festival. Each May, thousands of people from across the southeast flock to Swainsboro to attend the four days of activities. Highlights of the event include beauty contests, auto races, a golf tournament, arts & crafts vendors, wildlife exhibits, forestry exhibits, musical entertainment, antique car displays, living history demonstrations, and a variety of headline entertainers. Also featured is the Grand Parade, a grill-off, children’s rides, and more. Visit the Pine Tree Festival’s official website at

Arts Emanuel Festival

Each autumn, the Arts Emanuel Festival celebrates the visual and performing arts in southeast Georgia through a weekend long celebration. Visitors view art exhibits, enjoy live performances, participate in hands-on concertsart, and experience a unique shopping opportunity. The Arts Emanuel Festival is an introduction to visitors from around the state of the emerging arts scene in Swainsboro and Emanuel County. The festival takes place in the heart of downtown at the “Boneyard Pavilion” and Patriots Square with theatrical performances taking place at the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Auditorium. Family fun is the highlight of the day in a comfortable hometown atmosphere.

Fall Festival

The Downtown Development Authority and the Emanuel Arts Council partner each year on the Thursday before Halloween to organize the Downtown Swainsboro Fall Festival. The event is completely free to attendees and celebrates old-fashioned community spirit through carnival games hosted by local businesses and organizations, free treats, a costume contest, and more. The event provides a family-friendly atmosphere during a season that is traditionally filled with Halloween “spooks.”

Christmas Parade

The Swainsboro Christmas Parade is an annual celebration that takes place each December. The Downtown Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Christmas season with a huge nighttime Parade down Main Street that traditionally features over 80 Floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The event christmas_paradeculminates with local entertainment, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, a Chili Cook-Off, the DDA’s “Santa Drop,” and photos with the man of the hour – Santa Claus. The event is held in Downtown Swainsboro around the Square.

The 2017 Swainsboro Christmas Parade will be held December 7th at 5:30 p.m. Click Here for a parade entry form and more information.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Christmas Parade, please contact the DDA at (478) 237-7025.


Ultimate Yard Sale

The Downtown Development Authority of Swainsboro, the City of Swainsboro, and the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce partner each Spring to host the Ultimate Yard Sale in downtown Swainsboro. The community-wide event boasts a wide variety of merchandise, as vendors fill the Boneyard, Roger Shaw Street, and Patriots Square.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parademlk_parade

The MLK Parade is an annual celebration of the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Civil Rights Activist and Georgia native Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1984, Swainsboro has hosted a parade that includes numerous marching bands, churches, and civic groups in attendance. Each January, the MLK Parade Committee chooses a Grand Marshall who has shown “great leadership and service to Emanuel County.” Former Grand Marshall’s include Donald Jenkins, Fannie Hughes, Grady Yancey, Wayne Rountree and Bill Kelly

GA Cities Week

The Downtown Development Authority and The City of Swainsboro host Swainsboro’s GA Cities Week Celebration each April. GA Cities Week is geared toward celebrating the unique role downtown plays in the history or culture of a town. Festivities traditionally include a Downtown tour by the Mayor, art exhibitions, a sidewalk sale, and an event titled “Best of Open Mic Night” featuring area performers singing and reading poetry. The event begins at 5pm in Downtown Swainsboro.