2017 Spring & Summer Festivals for North Georgia

By on March 31, 2017

Welcome to the most complete list of 2017 Spring & Summer Festivals for North Georgia!

There’s surely more to do this Spring 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, check out the 2017 Spring & Summer Festivals for North Georgia guide and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm Springtime Festival
March 31- April 12, 2017
Join us in celebrating spring with baby animals, planting, fun kids activates and more! Open additional days for all those on spring break! General Admission $8 adult $6 child. Tuesday- Friday 10-4p. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm ( Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. For info 706.348.7279 or visit www.northgeorgiazoo.com

Rhododendron Festival Hamilton Gardens
April – May 2017
Rhododendron Festival is Back After a long cold winter, nothing says ‘spring is here’ quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Gardens. The yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400 rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even more wondrous — the Rhododendron Festival is coming back to the Hamilton Gardens! They don’t always bloom on schedule so be sure to check the website before going. Arts and craft vendors each weekend. Plants for sale. Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191.

20th Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference
April 7-8, 2017
Writers will learn to hone their skills, network with fellow writers, and expand their markets. Begin your conference with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday at the Art Center from 10:30am-2:30pm then join us for a Writers’ Meet and Greet that evening from 5-6pm. Writers’ Conference sessions take place on Saturday from 9am-5pm. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For more info contact (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or visit www.blueridgearts.net.

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm Easter Festival
April 14- 16, 2017
Enjoy the Rabbitpalooza where you can touch, hold, and learn about over 10 different types of rabbits. Lots of baby bunnies! Eggstravaganza! Enjoy egg hunting in a whole new fashionGeneral Admission $8 adult $6 child. Tuesday- Friday 10-4p. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm ( Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. For info 706.348.7279 or visit www.northgeorgiazoo.com

2nd Annual Spring Bierfest
April 22, 2017
Craft Beer Tasting & Bierfest After Party! Help us welcome Spring to Helen at our Spring Bier Fest! This will be a celebration of new life returning to the mountains of Northeast Georgia. Enjoy music, dancing, food, and beverages in the Festhalle on the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. Featuring local craft brews and great German beers. Tasting $25, 12pm-4pm. Party $7, 6pm – 11pm. Alpine Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, GA 30545. Info: www.helenchamber.com or 706.-878-1908.

21st Annual Bear on the Square
Mountain Festival
April 22 – 23, 2017
Historic Downtown Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is a yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including an auction, music, art and folkways. Dahlonega is a picturesque town in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and this year’s event will be held in and around the town’s Historic Square during the third weekend in April. Auction & Dinner Friday night. For more info visit www.bearonthesquare.org. Contact: (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.

40th Annual Big Shanty Festival
April 22-13, 2017
The Big Shanty Festival has grown to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in north Georgia. More than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. Outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite festival foods. Parade kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. FREE. For more information call Peter Jezerinac or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit www.kennesawbusiness.org

Ramp Tramp Festival
April 19-22, 2017
The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart, a version of the wild garlic. The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The traditional meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance TN. 7 miles north of Turtletown, TN. Email the Polk County Extension Director and 4-H Agent: Greg Paxton rgpaxton@utk.edu, call 423-338-4503. Visit www.ramptrampfestival.com

Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Sale
April 22 – 23 & April 29 -30, 2017
Over 100 arts and crafts vendors are expected again this year with items such as pottery, wood carvings and quilts, as well as homemade snacks, canned goods and one-of-a-kind items. Live music and plenty of food. Free event sponsored by Fannin County Fire Explorer Post 401. State Farmers Market in Blue Ridge located at corner of Summit and East 1st Street directly beside the Swan Drive-In. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to register as a festival vendor call 423-761-9985

2nd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures
April 28 – 29, 2017
Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. Featuring a Friday night High Country Boil at Mercier Orchards. Saturday includes fly fishing lessons, trout fishing gear, clothing and accessories. This event gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts, and allied outdoor recreation fans and their families to Blue Ridge for fun, education, food, entertainment and services while increasing the public’s knowledge of trout and the conservation ethos associated with Trout Unlimited. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Admission $5, kids under 12, free. Call 706. 374. 2390 or email info@blueridgetroutfest.com. Visit www.blueridgetroutfest.com

2nd Annual Cherry Log Ramp Festival
April 29, 2017
Craft Vendors on site, Music and Fun. Come rain or shine, sit back enjoy a nice lunch with great people. $8.50 donation per plate. Ramp Lunch – Chicken or Ham, Mashed Potatoes or Fried Potatoes with Ramps,Greens or Green Beans, Soup Beans, Corn Bread with Dessert & Sweet Tea. Good times + good friends = amazing memories! 10am – 5pm. Cherry Log Community Club House, 341 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA. Contact 706.276.3217.

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival
April 29 – 30, 2017
The Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna and will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. The event also offers fun for the entire family to enjoy with continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk, held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green- registration is required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www.smyrnacity.com. The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., on Saturday, and noon5:00 p.m., on Sunday. FREE. For more information call Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit www.smyrnacity.com

Fiber, Farm & Art Festival
April 29 – 30, 2017
It’s sheep shearing time! Come join us and learn all about sheep shearing, spinning, and get free samples of wool! Check out Interactive Farm Demonstrations. Learn how to spin, trim hooves, train, and more! Fiber, Farm & Arts Festival! Come out to see all of the vendors and their creations! From Fiber Arts, Homesteading, Knitting, Painting, Crafts and more! General Admission $8 adult $6 child. Tuesday- Friday 10-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm (Closed Mondays). North Georgia Zoo & Farm 2912 Paradise Valley RD, Cleveland, GA 30528. Call 706.348.7279 or visit www.northgeorgiazoo.com

27th Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia
May 5 – 7, 2017
The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA celebrates its 26th Georgia Mountain Rally with a Silver Celebration events program at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The area offers rewarding twisties, inspiring vistas and renowned mountain hospitality. Plus, this is dual-sport heaven for all skill levels. The rally setting has lakeside tent and RV camping. All brands welcome. Visit www.bmwmcoga.org or rally@bmwmcoga.org.

Annual Georgia ForestWatch Wild & Woolly Forest Festival
April 29, 2017
Please join ForestWatch at the Sautee Nacoochee Center for an afternoon of fellowship, music, food, drink and fun. It’s a day to celebrate our forests! Dr. Joan Maloof, founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will be speaking and signing her new book, Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests. Joanne Steele and Walter Daves and his band. We will have wine & beer tastings, light appetizers and snacks, educational tables, a silent auction, door prizes, a native plant sale, and a 2 pre-event curated hikes. Tickets $25. The Sautee Nacoochee Center is located at 283 HWY 255 North in Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571. For info contact Lyn Hopper, info@gafw.org, (706) 867-0051.

4th Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 6 – 7, 2017
Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival brings one exciting weekend to East Ellijay, Georgia with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival focus is everything LOCAL. Hosting the best arts, craft and food vendors in the region. There will be plenty of parking and restaurants in close proximity to the festival grounds. Only an hour north of Atlanta you can come enjoy the festival, and all the sights and scenery Gilmer County has to offer. FREE! And Pet-Friendly! From 9am-5pm in East Ellijay on Craig Street parallel to Highway 515. Visit www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com or contact: Gilmer County Chamber 706-635-7400.

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival
May 6, 2017
Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to relax in while listening to hot jazz, and sampling great wines and food in a beautiful outdoor setting on the first Saturday in May. Gates open at 2pm. Music 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online $30 each. The focus of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival is for the North Georgia Mountains to be recognized as “A Cultural Tourism Destination” and to provide opportunities for students of jazz music. Location: 52 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge GA (next to Mountain Top Cabin Rentals). For info call Hope @ 561-889-7499 or Terry Ellis of Kharisma @ 678-570-5342. Visit www.blueridgewineandjazz.com

7th Annual Greenprints Alliance Trail Fest
May 6, 2017
TF17 starts with The Plae Hard 5K and a 1-mile Fun Run for kids. A mountain bike inspired event will take place at Rope Mill Park with SORBA Woodstock. Also introducing our new bike share program through Zagster. Headliners Dexateens round out an exciting line-up of original musical artists. Food vendors and beer will be available. Trailfest is the single largest fundraiser for Greenprints Alliance, which has an annual goal of $100,000 to advocate/fund green infrastructure projects as part of the award-winning Greenprints Master Plan of trails, pathways and inter-connectivity around Woodstock, GA and Cherokee County. While Trailfest is free to enter thanks to the support of our partners, opportunities will be available for visitors to donate or get involved with the organization. Festivities run from 8 AM – till, rain or shine. Market Street and the Elm Street Arts Village Event Green in Downtown Woodstock. Free. Donations accepted on-site. For more information: Brian Stockton, brian@greenprintsalliance.org, 678-758-4124, www.trailfest.org, www.greenprintsalliance.org

25th Annual Winefest
May 6, 2017
WineFest is an annual celebration of Georgia wine with over a dozen wineries from around the state and region bringing some of their favorites to celebrate. There will be live music from Time White, food, and of course . . . wine tastings!!!! Tickets are $30 a person and include 15 Tasting Tickets and a Souvenir Wine Glass. There will also be a Kentucky Derby Hat Competition as the race will be going on that day. There is a $10 non-drinker entrance fee and under the age of 16 years are free. Wine pours will be 1, 2, or 3 tickets each depending on what each individual winery sets. Additional tasting tickets will be available on site for $5 for 5 more tickets. Activities include food, live music, wine arts, and crafts. Noon – 5pm. Contact Habersham Vineyards & Winery, 7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545, 706-878-9463 or visit www.habershamvineyards.com

8th Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival
May 12 -13, 2017
North Cobb Rotary is presenting this 100% Charity event that kicks off with a free concert and fireworks on Friday night. This Georgia Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue cooking competition will continue all night along the banks of beautiful Lake Acworth and the event will open back up to the public on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. For information, visit northcobbrotary.org, smokeonthelake.org

28th Annual Cherokee Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow
May 13 – 14, 2017
Celebrating Cherokee County’s rich history through entertainment, education and cultural fellowship! Native American dance exhibitions and competitions. Warriors on horseback. Native American cuisine. Native arts and crafts. Hoop dancers and Aztec dancers. Tipis, wigwam and living Indian village and displays. Northern Plains encampment and a Muscogee Creek settlement. Environmental and wildlife displays & Birds of Prey show. Saturday, May 9:10am-6pm and Sunday, May 10: 11am-6pm. Tickets on sale at the gate: Adults (13 years and up): $15. Children (6-12 years old): $5. 5 years and under: FREE. Everyone is welcome! Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton, GA 30114. For info: www.rthunder.com, 770-735-6275 or rollingthunder34@ymail.com.

7th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest
May 19 – 20, 2017
An Egg Fest is a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks/chefs from all across the country. The cooks will be preparing recipes all day long. The non-cooks (tasters) are free to stroll through the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA and sample and experience wonderful egged food. Friday: Meet & Greet 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: 7am -7pm. For important details visit: www.mountainegg.com. Chef tickets sold out. Taster tickets are $25.00, kids under 12 free. For info call 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

Canton Festival of the Arts
May 20-21, 2017
A juried show for Fine Arts & Crafts, the festival is located in Canton’s Historic Downtown District. Artist’s Market has a wide variety of exhibitors from the state & surrounding areas. Serenity Gardens celebrates the art of living well; gardening, sustainability, and all things green. Tempting food concessions and a wine and beer garden. A Literary Celebration where readers & writers gather to share their love of the written word, participate in panel discussions and sign books. The Interactive Children’s Experience offers hands on art activities for children, including mural painting, photography, drawing, dance, drama and so much more. Live entertainment on the Main Stage. Historic Downtown Canton on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Visit www.cherokeearts.org/festival or Email: info@chero-keearts.org.

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival
May 20-21, 2017
Art, Wine & Jazz! Bringing high quality arts and crafts to downtown Dahlonega, as well as having a Wine Garden for sampling fine local and regional wines. Hancock Park will also feature music groups to entertain our visitors and add to this cultural event. Juried Art Show. Location: Downtown Dahlonega and Hancock Park Pavilion, Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. No admission fee for arts & crafts or music venue; Wine Garden, $25 per adult. For more information contact Oscar Rayneri, 706-867-8059; orayneri@windstream.net or visit www.chestateeartists.org

2nd Annual Clusterfest at Crane Creek
May 27, 2016
Celebrate SPRING and join us for our, a celebration of regional musical talent, artisans, wine, and food at Crane Creek Vineyards. Local and Regional singer\songwriters will be performing all day at the vineyard. Come for your favorite, or listen to them all. $20.00 per guest includes daily admission, food, wine tasting, shopping local artisans, a souvenir Crane Creek Vineyards wine glass, in addition to a front row seat to some of our areas best talent! 11am -6:00pm. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. For more info: www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236.

Helen Bavarian Fest
May 27, 2017
Experience a bit of Bavaria while you and your family enjoy this Memorial Day celebration at the Festhalle! A live Oompa band, dancing, and a festive Bavarian atmosphere help us honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Beer and wines; wursts on a bun, sauerkraut, hot dogs, pretzels and desserts available for sale. 6pm to 11pm. Admission: $8. Active military & vets receive free admission. 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen GA. Contact www.helenchamber.com or call 706-878-1908.

41st Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival
May 27-28, 2017
Memorial Day Weekend in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge. Over 185 fine arts, crafts and food booths, Arts in the Park has something for everyone. Enjoy a wide variety of arts, crafts, food and more. There are always activities for the children, along with special events for the big kids. Blue Ridge, GA, one of the top art destinations in the country, features a unique shopping experience in its downtown shops and galleries. Arts in the Park is one of the town’s signature events. Admission $5, kids free. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or call Lisa Tyler at 706-632-2144.

10th Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 27-28, 2017
One the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 vendors offering a unique blend of hand produced merchandise. Ongoing Bluegrass and County Music throughout the day. Also, lets not forget the food – hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, cold drinks and more for your enjoyment, and local restaurants and retail shops to peruse and pick up that special find. All activities will take place on the Square around the Old Courthouse. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Visit the Union County Historical
Society at www.unioncountyhistory.org
or call 706-745-5493.

44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival
June 1 – 3, 2017
The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. www.helenballoon.com.

Annual North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival
June 2- 4, 2017
Come on out to experience a variety of seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some serious seafood, tap your toes to live music, stroll through more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors. Featuring tons of delicious food, outstanding music and affordable homespun arts & crafts. Beer & wine garden. Families will enjoy the playground and the crazy antics of the 12’ Pirate. Bring a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the live music. Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Free parking. Admission is $5, kids under 12, free. Pet friendly! Benefitting Popies Feed The Hungry. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. For info and tickets call 706-897-6179 or visit their web site at: www.northgeorgiahighlandsseafoodfestival.com

Family Fishing Festival at the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
June 3, 2017
Family Fishing Festival is a free event to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. Free lunch, prizes, exhibit booths, and scavenger hunt. Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations will apply. 9am – 4pm At the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery, Located on Rock Creek Road off GA Hwy 60 near Suches, GA. Contact 706-838-4723 or www.fws.gov/chattahoocheeforest/

12th Annual Wing & Rock Fest
June 3- 4, 2017
Wing and Rock Festival has relocated to the Etowah River Park in Canton, GA. The new 80-acre park features a playground, walking track, bridge over the Etowah River that leads to trails and an open-air amphitheater. This FREE event is the third largest wing fest in the country. Munch on tasty chicken wings from local wing experts while washing them down with a cold beverage. Wing vendors will be vying for plaques and medals for the best wings judged by local celebrities and the festival attendees. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and make a day of it. Saturday, June 4, Noon – 10:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, Noon – 6:00 p.m. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. Visit www.wingandrockfest.com

44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival
June 1 – 3, 2017
The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. www.helenballoon.com.

7th Annual Art, River and Music Festival
June 3, 2017
Downtown Murphy, NC on the beautiful River Walk trail located at the Historic L&N Depot. The Farmers Market will take place at the Depot, and the Art, River and Music Festival will stretch back in the cool shade along the River Walk trail. Arts activities for kids are available, as well as other fun diversions!
Art: Over 50 local and regional artists will have booths both in the Farmers Market and in the juried section along the River Walk. Live demonstrations of artists work will be featured throughout the day.
River: Appalachian Outfitters and the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition (HRWC) will lead free to the public canoe trips on the river, visiting various points of interest.
Music: The stage will feature local and regional musicians and dancers and will include music and dance traditional to our unique mountain region! FREE! 9am – 4pm. For more info visit www.cherokeeartscouncil.org

3rd Annual Lavender Festival
June 10, 2017
At Red Oak Lavender Farm- Enjoy cutting Fresh Lavender Bundles, Live music & Food, Hand Spinners, Beekeeping, Live Artist Painting in the Fields, Live Lavender Plants For Sale, Homemade Soaps, Craft Lavender Halos & Wands, Lavender Ice Cream, Honey and Lemonade available, Various Vendors, Come Out To Paint, Draw or Relax and Much More! Tours: Lavender 101: free – 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Beekeeping: free – 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm. Admission is free, but there is a $5 fee for: Cut Your Own Bundle, Craft a Lavender Halo, or Craft a Lavender Wand. Pets NOT allowed on the farm at any time. Red Oak Lavender Farm, 2882 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contact (678) 577 – 9041 or visit redoaklavender.com

14th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 10 – 11, 2017
Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held the second weekend in June at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. This three day event offers a the Kilted Golf Classic; Ceilidh (dinner party); Pipe and Drum Bands; Athletic Competitions; Vendors; Children’s Games; a Concert; and Scottish Food, Music, Scottish Dancing, Reenactments, Geneology, Ancient Scottish Weaponry and the popular Highland Games. Live animals and demonstrations, Highland Cattle, Scottish Setters, Falconry and sheep herding. Saturday night concert featuring Seven Nations. No pets in Meeks Park, please. For Additional Information Visit: www.BlairsvilleScottishFestival.com. Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@yahoo.com.

32nd Annual British in the Blue Ridge
June 23 – 24, 2017
Make your camping reservations with Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the event. We look forward to seeing everyone for another fun weekend of British Bikes in the north Georgia mountains! Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www.gabma.us or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11th Annual Mountain Fling
June 24- 25, 2017
Enjoy arts & crafts galore the last weekend in June. A two – day juried show featuring original fine art and fine crafts, ceramics, fiber art, linens, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, outdoor art. Exhibits set both in-doors and out. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. See more at: www.blairsvillechamber.com. Contact Information: 706-896-0932. Or visit www.artworksgalleryga.com

67th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair
July 21 – 29
Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that this event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Top-notch musical performances, “Old Ways Demonstrations and a Pioneer Village! Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191.

19th Annual Butternut Creek Festival
July 15-16, 2017
Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks Park. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. Showcasing the work of 65 artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. on the South side of Hwy 76/515, just 0.7 miles west of the Hwy 19/129 traffic light. For more info contact High Country Artisans: 706-781-1221 or visit www.butternutcreekfestival.com

9th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
July 13- 15, 2017
Come join us for the Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Camping is available. Stay right at the show site. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. See a Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods, swat meet and more! Contact us: 662- 587- 9572 or www.gammoonshinecruizin.com

Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival
July 29, 2017
Celebrate the green bean and “green” living with pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmers’ market, and “Green Ribbon” recipe contest. Look for different varieties of green beans (from heirloom pole beans to mountain white half-runners) and lots of other fresh, juicy produce freshly harvested by
Union County farmers. The whole county turns out for this “Country Fair” type event. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville,
GA 30512. Visit www.blairsvillechamber.com
or www.ucfarmersmarket.com

Total Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017
A once in a lifetime experience will occur in the US. For the first time in 99 years a Total Solar Eclipse will be crossing a specific path from the Pacific to the Atlantic and it will feel like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. You’ll want to head north to be in the path of totality! Visit www.eclipse2017.org to find the best place to experience this unique event.

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival
September 2 – 3, 2017
Enjoy Grape Stomping, Wine Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Live music 11:15 to 2:45 and 3:15 to 6:30 Vendors: Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. 10:30am – 7pm. $20.00 Cartecay Vineyards: 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. For info visit www.caretcayvineyards.com or call 706-698-9463 (WINE)