Appalachian Country Living’s North Georgia Fall Festival Preview 2016

By on August 5, 2016

2016 North Georgia Fall Festivals

Welcome to the most complete list of 2016 North Georgia Fall Festivals!

There’s surely more to do this Fall than humanly possible and we’re certain there’s something here for everyone. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia has to offer at one of these 2016 North Georgia Fall Festivals!

20th Annual Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo
August 19-20, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Western rodeo event with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Food and fun for all, 8 p.m. Gates open early. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge: Jones Street off of E. 2nd Street. 706-632-6644 or www.blueridgerodeo.com

9th Annual Tomato Festival
August 20, 2016
Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris, GA. Come join us as we celebrate the fruit of the other vine…all things “tomato.” Bring the entire family out for a day of wine, food and live music. Local food vendors will be here giving out samples of food. There will be a kids art tent as well as a fishing rodeo and hayrides. Come try our wines and enjoy lunch prepared by Chef David and his Culinary Team! 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. TICKETS: Tickets are $20 for 21 and over or $10 for under 21. Your ticket price includes your entry, wine tasting, souvenir glass, lunch and admission to all of the festivities. For more information please visit cranecreekvineyards.com. Contact Information: 706-896-4966.

5th Annual Dahlonega Wine Trail
August 20-21, 2016
Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Visit all 5 Dahlonega & Lumpkin County Wineries, including Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy weekend-long festivities at Dahlonega’s award-winning wineries and beautiful vineyards, as well as the always-relaxing visit to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s destination amenities and attractions. Historic Downtown Dahlonega also offers wine tasting rooms featuring other regional Georgia wines. Hours: Sat 12 – 5pm, Sun 12:30- 5pm. $30 includes wine glass. Contact Information: 706-867-3767.

3rd Annual Dawsonville Beer & Music Festival
August 21 & 22, 2016 [Tentative]
Dawsonville, GA. Come for this two day festival and enjoy local musicians, food, crafts and beer! Fun for all ages! Come party with Rock 100.5 & KICKS 101.5 and enjoy giveaways! Benefitting Zac Brown’s Southern Camp Ground for kids with Add& ADHD and the Georgia Racing Hall of fame Downtown Dawsonville. For tickets and info: Visit www.dawsonvillemusicandbeerfestival.com or Contact the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival. 415 Highway 53 East. Dawsonville, GA 30534 (behind City Hall). Phone 404-851-7768.

Deep South Wine & Music Festival
August 26-28, 2016
Ellijay, GA. A celebration of wine, mountain cuisine and music set in the picture-perfect mountain town of Ellijay. Presented by the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the festival will feature wines, fine food and live music. Start on Friday with an elegant Dinner in the Vines at Engelheim Vineyards, Saturday a VIP wine tasting and a grand wine tasing at Deep South Farms and then Sunday Bluegrass brunch at Fainting Goat Vineyards. Music includes Gretchen Peters, Laughlin, Taylor Loren and the Accomplices. For tickets to one event or the entire weekend visit www.deepsouthfest.org. Contact Nancy Whaley at nwhaley@alz.org or 706-264-1599, or Chris Waters at cwaters@alz.org or 912-660-0102

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
August 26-27, 2016
Kennesaw, GA. The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions. Fireworks Sat. night. Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm. Kennesaw’s Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, GA. (770) 422-9714 or www.pigsandpeaches.com

2016 Young Harris Art Fest
August 27-August 28, 2016
Young Harris, GA. Presented by Robin Roberts Promotions presents a Great Art Festival in the northeast Georgia Mountains. Held at Mayors Park, Young Harris, GA. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Great art festivals in the northeast Georgia mountains. For more information please visit: www.robinrobertspromotions.com. Contact Information: 706-897-6179.

Sherriff’s Jeep Fest
September 1-4, 2016
Jasper, GA. Gathering together Jeep enthusiasts from all over this great nation to offer a chance to support some amazing causes while sharing a love for off-road. JeepFest is not only a place for them to gather, but it is an experience that we hope many will take home memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy 3 Days of Family Friendly Fun, jeep trails &obstacles, live music & bonfire. Helicopter Rides, and much more. 60 Miles North of Atlanta in Jasper, GA. Registration open now! For more information please contact the Pickens County Sherriff’s Office. Contact Information: 706-253-8900 or visit www.sherfiffsjeepfest.com

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival
September 3 &4, 2016
Ellijay, GA. Join the fun in our vineyard! Crush Festival Cartecay Vineyards $30.00 includes Grape Stomping, Live music with Dr. Paul 11:30 to 2:45 and Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk 3:15 to 6:30, Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. For info visit www.caretcayvineyards.com or call 706-698-9463 (WINE)

Smokin’ Up The Mountains BBQ and Craft Beer Festival
September 3, 2016
East Ellijay, GA. BBQ Competition sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association BBQ Food Vendors Huge Craft Beer Selection. Live Music. Incredible Vendors. Free Kid’s Area. 12-8pm $5 Admission for adults. Children under 10 are free. East Ellijay, GA.* Portion of proceeds benefit the Gilmer County Rotary Club! BBQ & Brews: www.bbqandbrews.com

Fall Plein Air International Paint Out
September 8 –11, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin County is the perfect setting for the combination of nature and art to meet. With a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air art, we celebrate the natural beauty of our area with the Fall Plein Air Paint Out. We invite artists from all over the country to enjoy in the countywide paint out, take part in a workshop, sign up for the quick draw event and enjoy networking with fellow plein air artists. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded. Daily 9am-4pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com
or www.blueridgearts.net


46th Annual Oktoberfest
September 8-11, 15-18 & September 22-November 30,2016
Helen Festhalle, Helen, GA . Admission $8.00 Monday-Friday. $10.00 on Saturdays and FREE on Sundays. Weekdays 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 6:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Beer, brats, bands and lederhosen—the Helen Oktoberfest is the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States. Every year the Helen Festhalle hosts the event. German-style bands from around the country and around the world play on the stage for your listening and viewing pleasure. Contact Information: 706-878-1908 or www.helenchamber.com.

5th Annual Pet Celebration
September 10, 2016
Town Square, Hayesville, NC. A full day of events celebrating the human/pet bond and the joy pets bring to our lives. Proceeds go to participating rescue groups / humane societies who will be offering “Adopt-a-Pet”. Demonstrations, live radio show, reduced-cost pet vaccinations, games, entertainment, music, pet parade & costume contest, pet products vendors, raffle, silent auction, BarBQ, wiener dog race and much more. FREE! 8am- 3pm. For info visit http://www.lakechatugeanimalhospital.com or call Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital 706-896-1244, Tri-County Animal Clinic 828-837-0050, or Clay County Chamber of Commerce 828-389-3704 or 877-389-3704.

Rotary Blues Train – Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
September 16, 2016
Downtown Blue Ridge GA. Held in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Pub Crawl on Friday night as a prelude to the festival on Saturday. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is proud to roll out the Rotary Blues Train. Come join us for an evening of entertainment with the Buckner Brothers Band, great food and adult beverages. 5:30pm. $60 per Person & $120 per Couple. Rolling Beer & Wine Party- complementary beer, wine & blues on the train (6pm – 7pm) – Dinner & Street Dance (7pm-11pm). Must be 21 to attend. Tickets online at www.brscenic.com

6th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival
September 17, 2016
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. 6th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & Bbq Festival, Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s headliner is the Markey Blue Band. They are bringing back some past favorites as well, Rollin’ Bones, Mudbone Turner Band with Sugarlips Shields, No Komment and Breaking Point. Event is $5.00 with children 12 and under being free. Lots of great barbeque and craft beer available on site. Special section full of fun stuff for the kids to do. No coolers are allowed, be sure to bring a blanket or chair, no umbrellas. Check out the website for a full listing of times and information. Blue Ridge Lodging Association @ info@blueridgelodgingassociation.com

Cherokee Heritage Festival
September 17, 2016
Hayesville, NC; Cherokee Heritage Village on Main Street. Join us for a fall celebration of the Cherokee culture of this region! Events include native storytelling, dancing, demonstrations and other related activities. Visit the Cherokee Village with its winter house and summerhouse, the Old Jail Museum, and the Cherokee History Trail including the Botanical Gardens and the Quanasee Path, a two-mile historical self-guided walk. Native foods and other snacks available. 9:00am – 4:00pm. For more information, call 828-389-2121.

4th Annual Celebrate Autumn Arts & Crafts Show
September 17-18, 2016
This is a juried arts and crafts show, with inside and outside booths. Sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages will be available. September 17th 9am – 4pm, September 18th 1pm – 4pm. Free! North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave, Blairsville, GA. Contact Information: Artworks @ 706-896-0932

Folk Art Heritage Center & World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition
September 17-18, 2016
Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC. The annual Heritage Weekend will be held at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact Information: 828-298-7928. www.southernhighlandguild.org

41st Annual Rose Lawn Arts Festival
September 17 & 18, 2016
Rose Lawn, Cartersville, GA. The annual arts festival, held on the grounds at Rose Lawn, features the works of artists from across the Southeast. Fine art and Heritage Craft exhibits include oils, watercolors, and pastels, sculptures in wood, brass, and glass, and many other unique handcrafted items. The American Association of University Women will hold their annual Book Sale during the festival, and the house will be open for guided tours. Contact Information: 770-387-5162. Visit www.roselawnmuseum.com

32nd Annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
September 24-25, 2016
Boling Park, Canton, GA. The Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival, along the banks of the Etowah River, is the historic cornerstone of the Service League’s fundraising efforts. Now in its 32nd year, the festival has earned a notable reputation for its family-oriented approach and warm relationship with its vendors. Riverfest is a juried show, featuring original, creative, handmade work from artisans all over the region. Additionally, the event showcases incredible entertainment throughout the weekend – live music and dancing – as well as a fun-filled children’s area where children of all ages can participate in a number of kid-friendly rides and activities. Contact Information: 770-704-5991 or www.serviceleague.net/riverfest-1

Monet Water Lily Festival
September 24-25 and October 1-2, 2016
Ball Ground, GA. Hundreds of water lilies in bloom ! Music, Food and Family Fun, including Mimes. Purchase French influenced cuisine from Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering or delicious sandwiches and salads from the Arbor Café. Artists will be selling original works of art in all mediums. Saturdays enjoy Accordion music and Sundays Strolling Musicians will serenade you. $10 for Adults and Seniors and $5 for Children. Saturdays: 10 am to 5pm and Sundays: 11 am to 5 pm. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881 or www.gibbsgardens.com

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
October 1, 2016
Clayton, GA. The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, featuring regional music from numerous performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the kind folks who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines. Raybun County Civic Center, Clayton, GA. Contact Information: 706-746-5828 or www.foxfirefund.org/festival.html

36th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
October 1-2, 2016
Jasper, GA. Come Celebrate: The Marble Valley of Pickens County celebrate the history of Georgia Marble. A full weekend of activities begins with the Marble Festival 5K Run/Walk Road Race Saturday morning. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 1 mile Run/Walk at 9 a.m. To register, visit jasperumc.org. Then, catch the festival parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Participate in the guided tours of the marble industry and structures. Enjoy arts, crafts, demonstrations, marble carving and children’s activities throughout the festival grounds. Enjoy lots of great food while appreciating a vast array of weekend-long entertainment. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Across from the Jasper Middle School, Pickens County, GA. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600.

42nd Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 1-2, 2016
Brasstown, NC. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus. Over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend. Pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society’s pet adoption booth. Local non-profit vendors will offer tasty foods. Please bring cash, no ATM on site. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Adults $5; Ages 12-17, $3; under 12, free. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724) or https://folkschool.org

Indian Summer Festival
October 1 & 2, 2016
On the grounds of Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school, on GA Hwy. 60, between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge. Car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and family activities. Saturday, the Run Above the Clouds 10K and a one-mile run will begin at 9 a.m. A Country Square Dance with a live band at 8 p.m. in the school gym. Advance dance tickets are $6; $8 at the door. Enjoy performances by elementary students of Woody Gap School, the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging, an auction, Mountain Rangers hand-to-hand combat demonstration, mountain music, and an archery demonstration. Food vendors will feature pork BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, fried apple pies, homemade preserves and more. Visit the crafts tents for a variety of handmade items. 9am-5pm. Contact Information: 706-745-5789 or www.suches.com/festivalinfo.htm

Cumming Country Fair & Festival
October 6-16, 2016
Cumming, GA. The fair is an affordable family outing providing entertainment around every corner. There are free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free-living history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages. Miss Cumming Fair Pageant. Bull Riding, American Bull Rider’s Tour, Chainsaw Carving Auction and much more! Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.; Friday 4:00 p.m.- Midnight; Saturday 10:00 am – Midnight; Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. No pets, alcohol or coolers. Parking $5. Admission $7- cash. Cumming Fair Grounds, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040. Contact Information: 770-781-3491 or www.cummingfair.net

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 7-15, 2016
Hiawassee, GA. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Daily 10am- 7pm, Sunday until 6pm. Admission is $12.Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

2nd Annual Free Time Hobbies Fall Festival

October 8, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Join Free Time Hobbies for their 2nd Annual Fall Festival. Model Show, Model Instruction, Classic Car Cruise-In and More! Fun for the kids and the whole family! 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Admission. Free Time Hobbies, Dunbarton Farm Road, Blue Ridge, GA. 706-946-1120

45th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
October 8-9 & 15-16, 2016
Ellijay, GA. Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 45th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 8th. The parade is on October 15th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org or Phone: 706-636-4500

7th Annual Fall Arts in the Park
October 8 & 9, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival in the Downtown City Park in Historic Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy nearly 100 fine art and fine craft artists, delicious food, and kid’s art zone. Take advantage of all the area has to offer– crisp mountain air, great arts & crafts and mother nature’s colorful array of fall splendor. 10am-5pm. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com
or www.blueridgearts.net

Blairsville Sorghum Festival
October 8-9 & 15-16, 2016
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Visitors enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Join us the 2nd & 3rd weekends in October. Parade Saturday Oct 8th at 11am. Admission 13 and up $4, Frees parking. For more information please visit: www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.org.

Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park

October 15, 2016
Blairsville, GA. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a 2pm cakewalk, 4:30 pm hay rides, 5pm chili & drinks for sale, 6:30 pm campfire & dancing, at 8pm a professional storyteller around a bonfire. 12noon- 7pm. Parking $5, hayrides $3. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call
Vogel State Park @ 706-745-2628.

Cherokee Zombie Fest
October 15, 2016
Downtown Canton, GA. Zombies will take over the town. Haunted Ghost Tour, the Brain Eating Contest, the Costume Contest, the Zombie Transformation Stations, Little Zombie Zone, Zombie Movies and all the other stuff that we know you are dying to come out to the Cherokee Zombie Fest and be a part of!!!!! Zombie Fest Motorcycle Ride, Zombie Fest 5K Walk, Run, Creep and Crawl, Zombie Response Unit Show and other exciting new events within the EVENT!!!! 4pm – 9pm. Proceeds to benefit: Cherokee Youth Works, Drug Free Cherokee, Volunteer Cherokee and the Cherokee Youth Connection & Council. For details and Zombie Events & Vendor registration visit www.cherokeezombiefest.com, email zombie@cherokeefocus.org or call (770) 345-5483.

10th Annual Paws in the Park
October 15, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Every year, the Humane Society of Blue Ridge hosts Paws in the Park, an event that invites our community’s rescue groups, pet owners and animal lovers to participate in a variety of events, including a pet parade, costume contest, pet photos, and our main attraction: the Paws in the Park 5K, a USATF-certified 5K race course that runs through the streets of downtown Blue Ridge. 10 AM to 2 PM. 5k Race and Mutt Mile start times 8:30AM. Downtown BLue Ridge City Park. For more information call 706. 633. 3103 or www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org

Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival
October 15, 2016
Young Harris, GA. The Annual Crane Creek Vineyards Harvest Festival is a time to celebrate the end of another great harvest! Come celebrate with CCV staff with wine tastings, grape stomping, tours of the winery and live music! 11am-6pm. Admission $20. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582. http://www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236

22nd Annual Talking Rock Heritage 
Days Festival
October 15-16, 2016
Talking Rock, GA. During the Annual Heritage Days Festival, our little town will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. There will be interesting demonstrations for the young and old, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music and good food. Visit the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum or join hobbyists from all over the country in “riding the rails” in restored railcars. A caravan of railroad motorcars is expected to roll into town and stop at noon on Saturday. Enjoy a ride in a donkey cart, meet the Town Crier, relax with the kids in the park and check out our new Mural. 9am -5pm. FREE! Visit www.talkingrock.com or call 706-253-5515.

Gold Rush Days
October 15-16, 2016
Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. It is a time for thousands to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement! The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information visit: daholonegajaycees.com.

Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival
October 15-16, 2016
Murphy, NC. The festival showcases Cherokee County’s talented artisans, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, storytellers, quilters, restaurants, food vendors, and small businesses. 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Murphy Middle and Murphy High School Gymnasiums. Call 727-415-8563 for more info.

Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Sale
October 15-16 & 22-23, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts and crafts vendors offering such items as pottery, woodcarvings, quilts, paintings as well as homemade snacks and canned goods. Music performances each day. FREE! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 2 consecutive weekends. Sponsored by Explorers Post 401. Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Blue Ridge, GA. Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

69th Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
October 20-23, 2016
Asheville, NC. Featuring Craftspeople who are masters in their media. The variety of craft ranges from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. After a curation process of two juries, over 150 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of these Fairs. General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free. Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm pm + Sunday, 10 am to 5pm. US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC. Contact Info: 828-298-7928. www.southernhighlandguild.org

49th Annual Moonshine Festival
October 21-23, 2016
Dawsonville, GA. See the parade of moonshine and revenue cars to kick off festivities at 9:00 Saturday morning. Many great vendors – something for everyone. Two stages with live entertainment around the square in downtown Dawsonville. Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Formerly known as “Thunder Road USA.” Moonshine Run on Friday, October 21st, leaving the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at approximately 10:00 AM, registration to begin at 9:00 AM. Meet many legendary racecar drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars than you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US! Sorry no pets allowed. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit http://www.kareforkids.org/mountain-moonshine-festival.html or (706) 216-KARE (5273) or email at kareforkidstiffany@gmail.com.

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
October 21-22, 2016
Kennesaw State University Sports & Rec Park, Kennesaw, GA. The Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Live Music, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more. 3200 George Busbee Parkway, NW
Kennesaw, GA United States 30188. 
Contact Information: www.hotairballoon.com or 
470-578-4849.

1st Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival
October 22, 2016
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “1st Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew and Que Festival” featuring 20 breweries from Georgia & North Carolina. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. Hiawassee is centrally located, just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Chattanooga. Saturday 11am- 8pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

Japanese Maples Colorfest
October 22-23, 29-30 & November 5-6, 12-13, 2016
Ball Ground, GA. Experience the largest Japanese Gardens in America. View over 2,000 Japanese maples as they display brilliant fall color in shades of orange, red, yellow and gold. The Michael Allen Radio Show band will entertain you on Saturday, October 22 and Williamson Bros. BBQ will provide food. Adults $10, Children $10. For a list of performances, cuisine, and activities that will take place during the Colorfest visit Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881 or www.gibbsgardens.com

Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 23, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. 1-Hour Trip Time. 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

2016 Fall Hammer-In & Metalwork Event
October 28-29, 2016
Don’t miss this great family event! Activities include bladesmithing, hawk forging, leather crafting and forge building. Watch, meet and talk with several talented bladesmiths. See what it takes to transform old discarded steel scrap metal into functional works of art. Fine craftsmen from several states attend, some collectors bring their collections to display, knife making supply vendors participate and others come just like to look and talk knives. Friday, 8am until 5pm Saturday, 8am until 6pm. FREE! Trackrock Campground & Cabins 141 Trackrock Camp Road Blairsville, GA. More info at www.georgiaknifemakersguild.com or 706-745-2420.

Taste of Pickens
November 12, 2016
Jasper, GA. Taste food from the best restaurants in Pickens County. Silent Auction and Cake Auction. Vote for the best savory or sweet food in Pickens County. Bragging rights will be up for grabs. 11:00am -1:30pm. Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, GA 30143. Call 770.528.4545

16th Annual Mistletoe Market Arts & Crafts Show
November 19-20, 2016
Blairsville, GA. Start your holiday shopping at the Mistletoe Market. Juried Arts and crafts will be available for sale to spark the holiday season. Homemade soups, sandwiches, goodies. November 19th 9am – 4pm November 20th 11am – 4pm. FREE! North Georgia Technical College 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. For more info visit http://www.artguildstore.com or call Artworks @ 706-896-0932.

Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights
November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy outdoor Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Website: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville
November 25, 2016
Historic Downtown Ellijay. Return to Whoville and stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas! Live music, craft vendors, and food from local restaurants on the square beginning at 4 p.m. Lighted parade ushers in Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Lighting of the tree immediately afterward. For more information visit www.gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400

Santa Pavilion Night Train
November 25 – December 17, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Late afternoon departure (4:00 PM) on various dates from the Blue Ridge Depot for the 4 hour train ride while Santa visits with the children in each car and gives each child a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas memento and candy cane. Santa will pose with the passengers for pictures on the train or in the Christmas Pavilion during the 2-hour layover. Take time to eat and shop the little stores and antique shops in McCaysville/Copperhill. Depart: 4:00 PM Returns: 8:00 PM. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

Light Up Blue Ridge
November 26, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, The Parade line up begins in front of the Baptist Church at 11:00 am, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00! Through the afternoon and evening there will be new music on the Main Stage for your enjoyment until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the live reindeer pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus! For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com or llbeanery@etcmail.com Entertainment: kcarey@tds.net or 706-889-7415

Santa Express Train Ride- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 27 – December 24, 2016
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. While on board your family will hear the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Christmas story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and of course visit with Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane. Approximately 1-Hour Trip Time – Enclosed Climate Control ONLY. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

Tour of Trees
December 1- 31, 2016
Stop by the Blairsville Chamber of Commerce and Community Center to view over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display! M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm. Free! Union County Community Center 129 Union County Rec Rd Blairsville, GA. For more info visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or call Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce- 706-745-5789.

Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration
December 2-3, 2016
The Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration begins at 6 pm Friday with a tree lighting ceremony, music and entertainment. Saturday enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, and parade, with events beginning at 2 pm with a parade and Santa strolling around town and merchants offering incentives to shoppers such as sales, snacks, etc. For more information call: Barbara Hughes: 828-837-6821

Blairsville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on the Square
December 3, 2016
Enjoy the parade then stay for the tree lighting ceremony afterward. Presented by the Union County Historical Society. Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Free! Visit www.unioncountyhistory.org or call 706-745-5493.

Night of Lights Celebration and Parade
December 3, 2016
Downtown Jasper, GA. Live music, tons of vendors, and pictures with Santa Claus all starting at 4pm. The Parade of Lights begins promptly at 6pm with lots of awesome floats celebrating the Christmas spirit and the flavor of living in Pickens County.

58th Annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas & Parade
December 3, 2016
McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. 58 years of floats and candy and bands and horses! Lighting of the Bridge. Come enjoy this spectacular small-town parade. Santa brings up the rear! Festivities begin at 2pm and continue though out the day. Sponsored by the Copperhill Kiwanis Club. For more info call 706-964-6531.

Holly Jolly Christmas and Tour of Trees
December 10, 2016
Beautiful decorated trees, face painting, storytelling, children’s crafts, musical performances, and refreshments. 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Free! Union County Community Center 129 Union County Rec Rd Blairsville, GA. For more info visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or call Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce

23rd Annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Clay’s Corner in Brasstown, NC. Ring in the New Year with a Miss Possum Contest, bluegrass music, Little Brasstown Church Choir, the Blessing, cider and good clean fun. For more information call: 828-837-3797.

While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia has to offer!