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Welcome to the most complete list of festivals and events in north Georgia! 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 this fall season!
Gilmer County Fair
August 7 – 11, 2018
Ellijay, GA. Old Time County Fair – Stop by & enjoy seeing old-time household items & farm implements exhibit. The Gilmer County Fair offers entertainment for the whole family including Peachtree Rides, live entertainment, and an exhibition featuring: Quilts, Agriculture, Crafts, Food, Canning, Baking, Sewing, Needlework, Art, Flowers, Photography, and more. 6pm – 11pm. Gate Admission is $3 Adults, $2 Students, Free 6 and under. Bring a pair of eyeglasses, a hearing aid, or a cell phone for $1 off admission. (one per person) NO PETS PLEASE! Ride admission is $20 Armband EVERY NIGHT! At the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. For info visit http://www.ellijaylionsclub.com/ or call 706 635 5900.
22nd Annual Blue Ridge Kiwanis Championship Rodeo
August 17-18, 2018
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. Advance tickets on sale July 30th. FREE parking shuttle is from Fannin County Middle School. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge: Jones Street off of E. 2nd Street. 706-632-6644, email@example.com or www.blueridgerodeo.com
Mountain Sunshine Festival
August 18-19, 2018
Blairsville, GA. Indoor Arts&Crafts Show held on August 18 from 9-4 and August 19 from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville. Local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade creations which include candles, pillows, and pottery to name a few items. For more information please visit Pumpkin Hollow Handmade Crafts on Facebook. Saturday 8/18 from 9-4 Sunday 8/19 from 11-4. North Georgia Technical College Blairsville, GA.
18th Annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
August 24-25, 2018
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, Peach Dessert contests and a Kids’ Que cook-off. Over $10,000 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. Free concerts every night. 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
1st Annual Mercier’s Hard Cider & Beer Festival
August 25, 2018
Blue Ridge, GA. Tastings, Live Music and Food Vendors. Beer: Burnt Hickory Brewery, Creature Comforts Brewing Company out of Athens, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing, Three Taverns Craft Beers. Hard Cider: Ace Premium Craft Ciders, Mercier’s Hard Cider, Urbantree Cidery, Treehorn Cider, Jack’s Hard Cider, Noble Hard Cider. 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Tickets available at EventBrite. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For info visit www.mercier-orchards.com/events-on-the-farm or call 706-632-3411.
2018 Young Harris Art Fest
August 25-August 26, 2018
Young Harris, GA. Presented by Robin Roberts Promotions presents a Great Art Festival in the northeast Georgia Mountains. An intimate juried festival 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. Pet friendly! For more information please visit: www.robinrobertspromotions.com. Contact Information: 706-897-6179.
Sherriff’s Jeep Fest
August 30- September 2, 2018
Jasper, GA. Gathering together Jeep enthusiasts from all over this great nation to help provide a place to live, food, clothing, supplies, love and anything else a child might need to prosper, while sharing a love for off-road. Enjoy 3 Days of Family Friendly Fun, jeep trails & obstacles, Pig Pen Family Mud Park, live music & much more. 60 Miles North of Atlanta: 8795 Hwy 53 East Jasper, GA 30143. Registration open now! For more information please contact the Pickens County Sherriff’s Office. Contact Information: 706-253-8900 or visit www.sheriffsjeepfest.com
Ellijay Music Fest
August 30 – September 1, 2018
Historic Downtown Ellijay, GA. Live music all day Saturday on outdoor stage downtown. Nashville Songwriters to perform evenings at select eateries. For more info contact the Downtown Ellijay Business & Community Association: 96 N Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 386-852-0830, Email: Downtownellijay@gmail.com or visit https://www.comeplayinellijay.com/
Smokin’ Up The Mountains BBQ and Craft Beer Festival
September 2, 2017
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
Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival
September 1 & 2, 2018Ellijay, GA. Join the fun in our vineyard! Grape Stomping, Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. Food and Arts/Crafts Vendors on Site. Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 – 6:00p.m. Live Music both days! Cost: $20.00 Pre-Sale, $25.00 Day of Event. Free parking! Pet friendly! Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. For info visit www.cartecayvineyards.com or call 706-698-9463 (WINE)
48th Annual Oktoberfest
September 6-30 & October 1 – 28, 2018
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. Dogs welcome in the Beir Garden! Contact Information: 706-878-1908 or www.helenchamber.com.
6th Annual Dailey & Vincent LandFest in the Mountains
September 6 – 8, 2018
GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawasse, GA. Dailey & Vincent LandFest in the Mountains will offer festival goers live music, camping, comedy, and down-home fun for all ages, making for an experience that’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend. The music portion of the festival will be held inside the air-conditioned 2,900 seat Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, and the venue boasts sprawling grounds with two playgrounds, a boat ramp, two tennis courts, playing courts, paved and shaded picnic areas, and splendid nature walking trails, all along beautiful Lake Chatuge. For tickets contact Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/(706) 896-4191. For more info visit http://www.daileyvincentfest.com/
Mountain Music & Arts & Crafts Festival
September 8, 2018
Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. This popular event includes Appalachian, Bluegrass and Gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512 Located 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. Hwy. 19/129. For info call 706-745-2628 or visit http://georgiastateparks.org/vogel.
8th Annual Cherokee Heritage Festival
September 15, 2018
Hayesville, NC. Enjoy traditional dancing, cultural arts demonstrations, storytelling, frybread, singing, and flute music during this free festival at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, one of five attractions along a 2-mile Cherokee History Trail in Hayesville. Featured Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians include World Champion Hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer, award-winning 96 year-old potter Amanda Swimmer, nationally recognized artisan and storyteller Davy Arch and the Oconaluftee Village dancers and artisans from Cherokee, North Carolina. Children of all ages will enjoy craft activities, practicing blowgun techniques and a scavenger hunt with their families. Adults will enjoy plant walks through Native Botanical Gardens, led by Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition staff. The adjacent Clay County “Old Jail” Museum will be open throughout the event. Free admission, parking and shuttle bus. 10:00am – 3:00pm. Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, 805 Hwy 64 Business, Hayesville, NC 28904. For information, call 828-389-3045 or visit www.ccra-nc.org. Sponsored by: Clay County Communities Revitalization Association.
8th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival
September 14 – 15, 2018
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional pitmasters will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting. The 2018 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever before! Kick off the 8th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival with a Pub Crawl & Jam Session on Friday night. Festival continues Saturday from 11am to 10pm. Enjoy tasty BBQ, and a selection of Blues veterans from around the country with this year’s headliner and award-winning Blues phenom VICTOR WAINWRIGHT! 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 or firearms are allowed, be sure to bring a blanket or chair, no umbrellas. Check out the website for a full listing of times and information. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Lodging Association. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.blueridgebluesandbbq.com
43rd Annual Rose Lawn Arts Festival
September 15 – 16, 2018
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
7th Annual Pet Celebration at Historic Hayesville Square
September 22, 2018
Hayesville, NC. Do you love pets? Do you and your pet look alike? Show us this year at Pet Celebration 2018 and join the festivities at our fun-filled day in celebration of pets and the joy they bring to our lives. join us for demonstrations, live radio show, reduced cost pet vaccinations, Adopt-A-Pets, games, entertainment, music, pet parade/costume contest, vendors, silent auctions, great food/refreshments, wiener dog race and much more. We’d love to see you there! REMEMBER – All proceeds go to participating Humane Societies and Rescue Groups who really need your help! 8am – 2pm. Contact: Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital (706-896-1244) Tri- County Animal Clinic (828-837-0050) Clay County Chamber of Commerce (828-389-3704 or 877-389-3704)
Tri-State Model Railroaders Annual Ride the Rails Festival
September 22 – 23, 2018
Mineral Bluff, GA. A 5 mile round trip by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge back to the beautiful and historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Motor Car Rides: Suggested Donation $11.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $2.00 per person per round trip. A fun day for all! Visit the depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO” gauge model railroad based on the “Old Line” from Atlanta to Etowah, TN and through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, NC! Both days: 10am – 4pm. Mineral Bluff Historic Depot, 150 Railroad Avenue (Hwy 60 northbound, Railroad avenue is next street on your left after the 4 way stop sign at Spur 60), Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For more information call 706-455-8903 or visit http://www.tsmri.org.
Fall Arts on the Great Lawn
September 22 & 23, 2018
Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA. The Arts Festival Coordinator, Carol Gadek Skapinetz, a professional watercolorist, has over 30 years of experience with Fine Arts Festivals. She was the founder and director of the Bloomsbury (NJ) Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival and participated as a jurist for the Mt. Gretna Festival in Pennsylvania. As an artist, she has participated in Fine Arts Festivals throughout the Northeast and Southeast, including Longs Park (PA), The Wickford Arts Festival (RI), Marietta Art in the Park and the Decatur Arts Festival. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881, email@example.com or visit www.gibbsgardens.com
NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)
September 28 – 30, 2018
NOC’s Guest Appreciation Festival is our way of saying “Thank You” to you! We have something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters, take advantage of our free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Discover a new craft from one of our vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant jenga, face painting, and more! Or, dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. It’s a weekend of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun and gratitude! See you there. For info visit: www.noc.com
2nd Annual Dancing Goat FolkFest
September 29 – 30, 2018
Ellijay, GA. Harkening back to the old mountain shindigs and a sharing of endangered art, music and oral traditions. The juried folk art show will present the work of untrained artists, known and new. The music will be local and the storytelling will recall the old mountain tales. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission to the event on Ellijay’s unique downtown boardwalk. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see facebook.com/dancinggoatsfolkfest.
34th Annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
September 29 – 30, 2018
Etowah River 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 34th 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. Sat. 10am -6pm, Sun. 10am – 5pm. $5 admission. Proceeds benefit the needy children of Cherokee County. Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, GA. Contact Information: 770-704-5991 or www.serviceleague.net/riverfest-1
Cumming Country Fair & Festival
October 4 – 14, 2018
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. Cash only, ATM on site. Parking $5. Admission $7- cash. Cumming Fair Grounds, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040. Contact Information: 770-781-3491 or www.cummingfair.net
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
October 6, 2018
Clayton, GA. The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a one-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, featuring traditional music from regional performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored heritage skills and trades, and all manner of traditional games and puzzles for young and old alike. The outdoor field events will give adventurous visitors a chance to see how you would fare in the mountains of old, with physical and mental challenges from the past: brute-strength and endurance contests like wood-chopping and log-sawing, skill and speed trials like archery and greased-pig chases, and simple schoolyard fun like three-legged relays and sack races. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the some of the kind folks who have shared their lives and experiences with Foxfire students since 1966, allowing their stories to be shared with the world through the pages of The Foxfire Magazine and The Foxfire Book series. Regular admission is $5 per person with children 5 and under free. All proceeds go to The Foxfire Fund, Inc. and support our many educational programs at our museum and in our schools. Admission $5. Raybun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton, GA. Contact Information: 706-746-5828 or www.foxfirefund.org/festival.html
Annual Hay Day Festival
October 6, 2018
Cumming, GA. Our annual Hay Day takes place on the farm @ SavetheHorses every October, and proceeds are used to purchase hay for the more than 130 horses and other animals to eat during the coming winter. There will be great activities for kids of all ages (including the adult variety) such as hay rides, horse rides, a cake walk, petting zoo, chili cook-off contest, arts & crafts vendors and stables where you could visit and get to know some of the beautiful horses who live on the farm. All proceeds go to savethehorses.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 11am – 4pm. Save the Horses Rescue Farm, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028. For more info call 770.886.5419
Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018
Murphy, NC. The festival showcases Cherokee County’s talented artisans, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, storytellers, quilters, restaurants, food vendors, and small businesses. Sat. 10:00am – 4:00pm. Sun. 10:00am – 3:00pm. Free! Held at The Murphy Middle and Murphy High School Gymnasiums, Murphy, NC. Call (828)837-3589 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Cherokeecountymountaincraftersfestival/
38th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018
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.-6:00 p.m. Located at Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600.
44th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018
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
“The Valley Above the Clouds” Indian Summer Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018
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
Cherry Log Fall Festival
October 6 – 7 & 13 – 14, 2018
Cherry Log, GA. First 2 weekends each October, the community of Cherry Log celebrates the harvest with the Cherry Log Festival. Serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch, offering arts and crafts, homemade cakes, pies and canned goods, bluegrass, gospel and country music. Great food and entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Plenty of free parking. 9am – 5pm. Cherry Log Community Clubhouse, 341 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, Georgia 30522.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 12 – 20, 2018
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. Wolves of the World- The only traveling wolf pack in the world. This show demonstrates natural behaviors of wolves, their alertness, pack structure, ability in climbing, jumping and a whole lot more. Fall Festival: Daily 10am- 7pm, Sunday until 6pm. Admission is $12, 3-Day Pass $33, 9-Day Pass $90. Kids under 12- free. Free parking. Sorry no pets. Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, Hiawassee, GA. Contact Information: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
8th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival
October 13, 2018
Blue Ridge, GA. More than 2,000 marching band members from nearly 24 area high school bands are expected to participate. Bands will range in size from 40 members to more than 150 members. Come for the day spend some time downtown at one of our art festivals. Beginning at 1 pm and continuing until 9:30 pm. Fannin County High School, 2346 East First St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For information call Band Director, Scott Barnstead 706-633-8595 or visit www.fannincountyband.org
2018 Annual Fall Arts in the Park
October 13 -14, 2018
Downtown City Park, 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. Listed in 2015 as one of the top five Art Towns in Georgia by the Georgia Council of the Arts and recognized in 2016 & 2017 as one of the top ten fine craft towns in America by American Craft Week, Blue Ridge is a top art destination and features a unique artistic experience for visitors and residents alike. 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
47th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
October 13-14 & 20-21, 2018
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 46th 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. The Apple Festival 5K & 1K is on Saturday October 14th at 8am and starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School. Apple Cake Contest & Apple Pie Contest on Saturday October 14th at 10am.The annual Apple Classic Auto Show (706-635-7400) is held at the Civic Center on Saturday October 14th. The annual Apple Festival Parade (706-635-7400) is Saturday October 21st and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Festival entrance fee is $5. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org or Phone: 706-636-4500
Blairsville Sorghum Festival
October 13-14 and October 20-21, 2018
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. In the Blairsville – Union County area of North Georgia, the Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years. 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 reflects the Sorghum/Farming Theme and is on Saturday Oct 13th at 11am featuring cash prizes for floats! Proceeds go scholarships for local students. Both weekends: Sat. 9am -5pm. With Square Dance at the Old Middle School Gym at 8pm. Sun. 9am – 5pm. Admission 13 and up $4. Free parking. For more information please visit: www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.org or call 706-745-4745.
Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
October 19 – 20, 2018
Kennesaw State University Sports & Rec Park, Kennesaw, GA. Atlanta’s ONLY Hot Air Balloon Festival and LARGEST Costume Party! The Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-evening family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Seven Live Music Stages, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more. Friday 6pm – 11pm. Saturday: 4pm – 11pm. KSU: 3200 George Busbee Parkway, NW, Kennesaw, GA 30188. Contact Information: http://owl-o-ween.com/ or 470-578-4849.
12th Annual Paws in the Park
October 20, 2018
Blue Ridge, GA. Mark your calendar and plan to come and enjoy a day with your favorite pet. Event includes parade, pet education and demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and much more!!! 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and Love Dogs and Cats Too. Parade starts at 10:00 am – From Kitties to Llamas this parade is not to miss! Join the Annual 5K Race! Registration starts at 7:30 am – race begins at 8:30 am. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. For more information call 706. 633. 3103 or www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org
Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival
October 20, 2017
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
Gibbs Gardens Brew Fest
October 20, 2018
Ball Ground, GA. Music provided by Atlanta Dance Party. More details coming soon. 11am – 4pm. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881, or visit www.gibbsgardens.com
24th Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival
October 20-21, 2018
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.talkingrockga.com or call 706-253-5515.
Gold Rush Days Festival
October 20- 21, 2018
Dahlonega, GA. 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. Join us in downtown Dahlonega and you will see why! Contact: The Dahlonega Jaycees Email: email@example.com Phone: 706-864-3513 or visit: https://dahlonegajaycees.com/gold-rush-days/
51st Annual Moonshine Festival
October 26-28, 2018
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 26th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival
October 27, 2018
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “3rd 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. 5:00 – 6:30: 2nd Annual Americana Jam Hosted by Wyatt Espalin! Hiawassee is centrally located, just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Chattanooga. Saturday 11am- 7pm. $40.00 at the Gate, $35.00 Online. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.
Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park
October 27, 2018
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, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call Vogel State Park @ 706-745-2628.
Fall Harvest Festival
October 28, 2018
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge, GA. The whole family will love the trip to the farmer’s field. Enjoy cotton candy while sipping on hot apple cider as the children enjoy the many activities throughout the afternoon. Don’t forget your camera because there are lots of photo opportunities: fall foliage, as well as numerous fun activities. Seats are in high demand so advance booking is highly recommended. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.
3rd Annual Oktoberfest
October 29, 2018
Andrews, NC. Once again! Join the millions of other beer and food lovers (just like you) who will be at Hall Park in Andrews at our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest jubilee! Beer, beer, and even wine! And it’s all legal. Andrews Brewing Company, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, and even Calaboose Cellars And the food will be the best you have ever tasted in your life! Music? Of course! Be warned that you will be snapping photos and maniacally sending them to your unfortunate friends who could not attend. And you will gloat, satisfied with the knowledge that you chose wisely. 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Hall Park on First Street, Andrews, NC 28901. For info visit www.andrewsnc.com or call Eric Carlson 828-321-2006. Also: www.cherokeecountychamber.com
14th Annual HemlockFest
November 2 – 4, 2018
Dahlonega, GA. HemlockFest is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes are available, admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticketholder). Proceeds go to saving our GA Hemlocks! Starbridge Farm is located off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For more info: cCall The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003, email email@example.com or visit http://hemlockfest.org.
Japanese Maples Colorfest
November 3 -30, 2018
Ball Ground, GA. Mother Natures canvas is the entertainment, view this wonderful work of art before it disappears until next year. 100’s of mid to late Japanese Maples (150 varieties) and Burning Bushes will come alive in brilliant shades of red, gold and yellow. The colors will change from week to week and you will want to plan to visit often to see the ever-changing autumn landscape. Enjoy lunch from the Arbor Cafe under the tree canopy in the Arbor Grove. 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
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
November 22, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. A holiday treat for the entire family along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. The fairground will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with caroling, art & craft vendors, holiday food, a visit and pictures with Santa, and of course hot chocolate and s’mores. New this year- the Eudora Animal Farms petting zoo and animal rides. 6pm -9pm: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Website: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.
Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville
November 23, 2018
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
Light Up Blue Ridge
November 24, 2018
Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Light Up Blue Ridge is an all day fun event for the whole family. Holiday music will be played throughout the town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to bring the kids and watch Santa Clause arrive on the train at 11:15 a.m. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy Tuba Christmas on the deck beside the red caboose. Get your picture made with Santa in the gazebo located in the downtown city park from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be multiple performances throughout the town visit the website link below for complete details. The Christmas Parade with Santa starts at 5:30 p.m followed by the Lighting of the Great Tree at 7:00 p.m. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://lightupblueridge.info/
Light Up the Basin
December 1, 2018
McCaysville, GA – Copperhill, TN. Bring the family out this Friday night December 1st at 6 pm for the city of McCaysville Christmas Tree lighting. Sponsored by Tri-State Electric and The City of McCaysville. Live Holiday Music and Hot cocoa and cookies for donations to Christmas for Kids. Located between the McCaysville Post office and City Hall, music starts at 5:45 with tree lighting at 6 pm. Contact: Tri Cities Business Association, Phone: 423-443-1636, Email: TriCitiesBA@gmail.com or visit: http://www.greatercopperbasin.com/
Santa Pavilion Night Train
November 23 – December 23, 2018
Blue Ridge, GA. The Santa Express: 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”, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and 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.
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 this fall season!