Fairburn's slogan is "History Lives Here." The first thing a visitor will notice about Fairburn is its historic downtown area. The central business district includes many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Meanwhile, the Old Campbell County Courthouse and rail depots provide a focal point for an active commercial district.
Among Fairburn's most notable annual events is the Georgia Renaissance Festival, which welcomes a quarter million people each year to celebrate days of chivalry.