Appalachian Country Living’s 2016 North Georgia Spring & Summer Festivals

By on April 1, 2016

2016 North Georgia Spring & Summer Festivals

Welcome to the most complete list of 2016 North Georgia Spring & Summer Festivals! 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, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm Springtime Festival
March 29th- April 10th
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 call 706.348.7279 or visit www.northgeorgiazoo.com

19th Annual Italian Road Bike Festival
April 2 – 3, 2016
For 19 years, the Italian Festival Road Bike Festival has brought cyclists from all over the country to tour the challenging countryside of Gilmer, Fannin and Murray Counties in North Georgia. Start your riding season with some of the best scenic road riding that the Southeast has to offer! Gianni Bugno 43 miler: rolling hills, about 3000ft of climb, this is an Intermediate Ride. Marco Pantani 70 miler: rolling hills to a 7 mile mountain climb, about 6,500ft of climb, this is an Avanced/Difficult Ride. Giro de Ellijay 104 miler: about 10,853ft of climb, two mountain climbs, this is an Extremely Difficult Ride (no joke, do not attempt unless you are an advanced rider). All rides will have a Que Sheet/Map, Well Marked Roads, Supported Sag Stops (water, sport drinks, fruit), and Broom Wagon. Ride Starts at 9:00am in beautiful downtown Ellijay, Georgia at the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop, 123 North Main St, Ellijay GA 30540. For info: 706-635-2453 or www.cartecaybikes.com

Kiwanis Spring Fair
April 5 – 9, 2016
Rides, Fairway, Carnival goodies. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. From Depot street downtown (between city park and the train depot) head up the hill to E. 1st Street, turn right, then turn left on Church Street and an immediate left again on E. 2nd, go one block turn right on Jones. For info, call 706-258-3247 or 706-455-0998

19th Annual Blue Ridge 
Writers’ Conference
April 8-9, 2016
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, April 8 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, April 9 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.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival- “Claim Your Voice”
April 10-11, 2106
Learn about the rich cultural history of Appalachia through storytelling and have the opportunity to become part of its preservation. Performances will enrich and educate listen-ers, and workshops will enable festival goers to claim their own voices and become storytellers themselves. We’ll also have a special storytelling session just for children, traditional Appalachian music and crafts. Seating is limited. Purchasing tickets in advance via www.gmsf2016.eventbrite.com is strongly recommended. Follow us on Facebook for the latest festival news: Rollins Campus Center, Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582, 706-379-5115.

Blairsville Kiwanis Mountain Fair
April 12- 17, 2016
Carnival rides, games, cattle show, bluegrass music, food and petting zoo for kids. Union County Saddle Club Arena, 73 Saddle Club Drive, Blairsville GA. 4.6 miles from Blairsville turn Right on Hwy. 325. The Arena is on the left. Tuesday thru Friday 5:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm. Sunday starts at 1:00 pm. Contact: 706-781-6552 or visit www.visitblairsvillega.com or www.blairsvillekiwanis.org

Rhododendron Festival Hamilton Gardens
April 15, 2016 – May 14, 2016
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.

1st Annual Spring Bierfest
April 16, 2016
Craft Beer Tasting & Bierfest After Party! Help us welcome Spring to Helen at our first annual 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. Tasting $25, 12pm-4pm. Party $7, 6pm – 11pm.Alpine Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, GA 30545. Sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce. www.helenchamber.com or 706.-878-1908.

20th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
April 16- 17. 2016
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. For more info visit www.bearonthesquare.org. Contact: (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.

40th Annual Big Shanty Festival
April 16-17, 2016
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. FREE Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers Show. 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 20-23, 2016
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

Airstream & Tin Can Tourist Festival
April 22 – 24, 2016
Another great rally coming up next APRIL .All .lakefront and lake view sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains…TCT, WBCCI, Georgia Airstream Campers, together welcoming all friendly folks to enjoy a relaxed weekend. Reservations for sites will open up Jan 2. http://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/ Mention the Rally when you call them. No fees, except site fee. Saturday Pot Luck brunch 9:30 AM Tour of Homes- Noon until.? Pot luck dinner 5:30 followed by “gift exchange” bring one get one, followed by live and DJ/Karaoke music until campfire time. Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191.

Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Sale
April 23 – 24, 2016
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

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival
April 23 – 24, 2016
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. The jog will be 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, April 25, and noon 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 26. Admission is FREE. For more information call Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit www.smyrnacity.com

1st Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures
April 29 – 30, 2016
Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. Featuring a Friday night Trout Train on the BRSR, 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

Fiber, Farm & Art Festival
April 29 – May 1, 2016
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

26th Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia
April 29 – May 1, 2016
The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA celebrates its 26th Georgia Mountain Rally with a Silver Celebration events program at the fairgrounds in. 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.

12th Annual Georgia ForestWatch Wild & Woolly Forest Festival
April 30, 2016
Janisse Ray, noted writer, naturalist, and environmental activist, will be headlining the Wild & Woolly Forest Festival. Live music will be provided by local musician Bill Pound.We will have wine tastings, light appetizers and snacks, educational tables, a silent auction, door prizes, a native plant sale, and a pre-event wildflower hike. We hope you will enjoy these festivities with us. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery located approximately eight miles outside of Ellijay, in Talking Rock, GA. For info contact Lyn Hopper, info@gafw.org, (706) 867-0051. Visit www.gafw.org or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

7th Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival
May 6 -7, 2016
Superior Plumbing & North Cobb Rotray is presenting the event which 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. Vote with your stomach early and often to crown the winner of a Primo Grill and the title of the 2016 People’s Choice Champion. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. For information, call (770) 423-1330, or visit www.smokeonthelake.org and follow us on facebook.

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival
May 7, 2016
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. Tickets can be purchased online for a discount- Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event are $25 each. 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 Trail Fest
May 7, 2016
Greenprints Alliance Trailfest starts with a 5K race, 1 mile Fun Run, followed by live music with the Delta Saints, food, beer and community. Food vendors and beer will be available while you enjoy the mu-sic. Try your skills on the mountain bike trail! We have built a 1/8 mile test track in the event area. If biking isn’t your thing, there will be other activities as well including a rock climbing wall. 8am – 8pm; Market Street and the Elm Street Arts Village Event Green in Downtown Woodstock. The space is located one block west of Main Street and one block south of Towne Lake Parkway. Visit www.woodstocktrails.com or call 770- 517-6788.

24th Annual Winefest
May 7, 2016
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Winefest at Habersham Winery! We expect 20 wineries to participate in the event. This is your chance to taste Georgia wines made locally all over the state in one location. 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

3rd Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 7-8, 2016
Mother’s Day Weekend! 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. The festival will be pet-friendly and offer no cost for admission. 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. 9am-5pm in East Ellijay on Craig Street parallel to Highway 515. Visit www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com or contact: Gilmer County Chamber 706-635-7400.

27th Annual Cherokee Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow
May 7 -8, 2016
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 9:10am6pm and Sunday, May 10: 11am6pm. 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.

6th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest
May 13 – 14, 2016
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. Tickets are $46.00 including handling fee, call 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

Canton Festival of the Arts
May 21-22, 2016
Just 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Canton offers the charm of a historic river town with a view of the North Georgia mountains. The festival is located in Canton’s newly revitalized historic downtown district. The annual Canton Festival of the Arts features: Artist’s Market with over 75 exhibitors from nine states. Serenity Gardens celebrates the art of living well. If you are interested in gardening, sustainability, incorporating nature into your life and all things green, this is the place for you. Tempting food concessions and a wine and beer garden. 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. For more info visit www.cherokeearts.org/festival or Email: info@chero-keearts.org.

1st Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival
May 21-22, 2016
Formerly known as the Mountain Flower Art Festival, now is the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival. 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. Location: Downtown Dahlonega and Hancock Park Pavilion, 10am to 6pm and May 22, 2016, 10am to 5pm. No admission fee for arts & crafts venue or music venue in Hancock Park; Wine Garden, $25 per adult. For more information contact Letty Rayneri, 706-867-8059; lrayneri@windstream.net or visit www.chestateeartists.org

Bavarian Fest
May 28, 2016
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: $7. Active military & vets receive free admission. 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen GA. Contact www.helenchamber.com or call 706-878-1908.

39th Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival
May 23-24, 2016
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.

9th Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 28-29, 2016
One the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. There will be vendors around the Courthouse and Music jamming will be going on throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. All activities will take place on the Square around the Old Courthouse. Friday night. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Visit the Union County Historical Society at www.unioncountyhistory.org or call 706-745-5493.

2nd Annual Clusterfest at Crane Creek
May 28, 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.

North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival
June 3- 5, 2016
Come on out to experience a variety of seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some great seafood, tap your toes to live music, stroll through more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors, craft demonstrations and visit the Shelf Fish ART WALK to vote for your favorite public school. 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. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. For info and tickets call 706-897-6179 
or visit their web site at: www.northgeorgiahighlandsseafoodfestival.com

11th Annual Wing & Rock Fest
June 4- 5, 2016
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

31st Annual British in the Blue Ridge
June 4 – 5, 2016
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

Family Fishing Festival
June 4, 2016
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 chattahoocheeforest@fws.gov.

16th Annual Waterfest
June 4-5, 2016
Coosawattee River Basin Initiative’s Annual Paddle Sports and Environmental Education Extravaganza will take place at Rome, Georgia’s Heritage Park on the Etowah River. New this year the 6-Mile “Ramblin’ Raft Race” on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park, welcoming tubes, rubber rafts, homemade rafts, pirate ships, float houses, floating logs, and anything else that will carry fun-loving souls looking for a wet adventure…oh, and canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are welcomed too! Other events may include Canoe & Kayak Tug-O-Wars, Environmental Fair and Exhibits, Environmental Scavenger Hunt for kids, live animal demonstrations from Coosa River Science School, great food and the Environmental Quiz Bowl competition for area elementary schools. For more info visit www.coosa.org or call 706-232-CRBI (2724).

43nd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival
June 2 – 4, 2016
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.

6th Annual Art, River and Music Festival
June 4, 2016
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! 9am4pm. For more info visit www.cherokeeartscouncil.org

13th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 11 – 12, 2016
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.

10th Annual Mountain Fling
June 25- 26, 2016
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. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. 6/25: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 6/26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. See more at: www.blairsvillechamber.com. Contact Information: 706-896-0932.

66th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair
July 15 – 23
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 pro-vides something for every member of the family. 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 or

18th Annual Butternut Creek Festival
July 16-17, 2016
Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! 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. Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. FREE! Contact: 706-781-1221 or visit www.butternutcreekfestival.com

Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival
July 23, 2016
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 family “Country Fair” type event. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit www.blairsvillechamber.com.

8th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
July 28- 30, 2016
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