October and November 2017 Happenings in the Mountains

By on September 29, 2017

August and September 2017 Happenings in the Mountains

Welcome to our Calendar of October and November 2017 Happenings in the Mountains! 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!

ARTS

First Fridays
Murphy Art Walk
Murphy, NC. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Visit http://www.valleyriverarts.com or call Tim Ford (828) 360-3038

1st & 3rd Thursdays
Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee
Hiawassee, GA. Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Free! ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. Info 706-896-0932 or http://www.artworksgalleryga.com

9/12 – 10/15
Fall Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit
A spectacular exhibit filled in our Studio Gallery. All artwork on display will be exhibited during our Fall Arts in the Park festival. 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

10/6
Georgia Marble Festival
Art Exhibit
Jasper, GA. Please join us for a reception Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., for a preview of the Art Exhibit and to kick off the 37th Annual Georgia Marble Festival!
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center
500 Stegall Dr., Jasper, GA 30143. For info: Rachel Whitman 706.692.5600

10/6 thru 10/26
GA Clay Council Show: “Centering on Clay”
Canton, GA. Come see the wide variety of beautiful clay artwork that the GA Clay Council have created! Functional pieces and display pieces for sale. Upening reception 10/6, 6 – 8pm. Cherokee Arts Center,
94 North St., Canton, GA 30114
770.704.6244 or www.cherokeearts.org

10/7 – 11/11
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show
Blue Ridge, GA. (SAAG) National Juried Show brings a variety of artists from across the nation in wide variety of mediums. View high caliber national and regional artists on display as they all vie for the $5,000 in cash prizes. Opening reception Oct. 7th, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

10/7 – 01/06
4th Quarter Artist in Residence- Rae Breed
Blue Ridge, GA. Opening reception 10/7, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

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

11/7 thru 12/16
Cherokee Arts Center Holidays Members Show and Sale
Canton, GA. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton, GA 30114. 770.704.6244 or
www.cherokeearts.org

11/10 – 11/12
Northeast Georgia Arts Tour Holiday Road Open House
Meet painters, potters, jewelry makers, wood turners, fiber artists, photographers and more in a holiday themed shop-purtunity! Miles of handmade, one-of-a-kind, gotta have it gift items will fill galleries, shops, studios, and museums throughout this self guided driving tour of four dazzling Northeast Georgia counties. For info: www.ArtsTour.org. Tour updates on Facebook at NGAARTSTOUR.

11/10 thru 12/14
B.E.S.T. Visual Art Series – The Photography of Lance Lewin
Ellijay, GA. Visualization: The Art of Seeing. Lance A. Lewin skills and visual perspectives come from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century and masters of the 20th century. Opening reception Nov. 10th, 5 – 7pm. Meet the artist Nov. 18th, 4 – 6pm. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

11/10 – 12/31
Gilmer Arts- The Christmas Shop
Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA. For info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com

11/18
WhoDunIt? Fundraiser
Blue Ridge, GA. Get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! Each ticket guarantees you an original piece of art, the mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. Fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun! Limited tickets available. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

11/18 – 01/06
Holiday Show & Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists. Jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available. Opening reception Nov. 19, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

11/25
Holiday Open House at the Art Center
Blue Ridge, GA. Bring your list and check it twice! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list in one of our many galleries. Refreshments, artwork and good cheer. Gift Certificates are available. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144.

ADVENTURE

Saturdays
Blue Ridge Motorsport Races
Blue ridge, GA. Enjoy the races at the Blue Ridge Motorsports Park! Pit Gates Open: 4:30 pm Gates Open: 5:00 pm Drivers Meeting: 6:50 pm Hot Laps: 7:00 pm Racing Starts: 8:00 pm Adults: $12, Kids $8. Track: 2252 Sugar Creek Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit www.blueridgemotorsportspark.com

10/14
Georgia Zombie Fest 5K Run, Walk, Creep or Crawl & 1 Mile Fun for All
Canton, GA. Race through the woods and don’t let the zombies catch you! Registration opens at 5:30PM. 1 Mile Fun starts at 7 PM. 5K starts at 7:30PM. Etowah River Park, Canton, GA. For registration and info: Call 770-345-5483 or visit www.georgiazombiefest.com

10/28
2nd Annual Running With The Law
Murphy, NC. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Women’s Association presents “Running with the Law” 5k run/walk. Evening race starts 6:30pm sharp at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Flashing blue lights will mark the race course! $25 registration fee. Contact Stephanie Swanson for more information. 828-837-589 Stephanie.swanson@cherokeecounty-nc.gov

11/4
7th Annual Kickin’ Asphalt 5K and 10K Run
Murphy, NC. The race begins at 8AM in downtown Murphy at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center. The course is well marked and is equipped with hydration stations. 10K $30, 5K $20. Registration and info: http://www.kickinasphaltmurphy.com/

Please check our Events & Festivals listings as many also include 10K, 5K and 1K races!

EVENTS

First Fridays
Canton First Fridays
Downtown Canton, GA. Food, music and fun for all. 6-9 pm. For info visit www.canton-georgia.com or call 770.704.1552

2nd Saturdays
Second Saturday Block Party, Merchant Walk
Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy a stroll through town exploring the beautiful shops. Stop in the courtyard at Sycamore Crossing and listen to live music. Many shops will be running specials. Free. 6pm-9pm. Call 706-258-2432 or visit www.bestofblueridge.biz.

3rd Saturdays
Cruise In on the Square
Blairsville, GA. Blairsville Cruisers car club presents their Cruise In on the historic downtown Blairsville square. Anything on wheels welcome!Local restaurants will be open for dinner. 4-7pm. Free! Info: Pete Barley 678-773-5934 or http://blairsvillecruisers.com

Mondays
Garden Tours
Blairsville, GA. Guided Tours of the Cannery Interpretive Center, Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medicine Trail. Native flora are highlighted in these Gardens. Tours at 12:30pm. University of Georgia’s Mountain Research & Education Center is located 3 miles south of Blairsville, on Hwy 19/129. Follow the signs to the gardens. Info: 706-745-2655 or www.gmrec.uga.edu

2nd Thursdays
Gilmer County Genealogical Society Meeting
Ellijay, GA – Learn about our local history. Free! Everyone is welcome. Meetings at the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, Georgia, 30540. For info contact gcgs@etcmail.com or visit www.gcgsi.org or find us on FB: www.facebook.com/Gilmer-County-Genealogy-Society-Georgia

2nd Sunday Monthly
Save the Horses Open House
A great opportunity to bring your family out to the barn for an extended tour of our facility and a personal introduction to our residents at the Rescue. 1pm to 4pm. Park in the driveway and walk in through the gate. Email Melissa: openhouse@savethehorses.org. Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming GA 30028. Info: www.savethehorses.org or 770.886.5419

9/29 thru 11/12
Fall Foliage Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Fall Foliage Rides run throughout October, check the train schedule for exact dates and times. These trips sell out fast.The regular 4 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage climate controlled or open air railcars. Reservations are strongly suggested. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Call 800-934-1898 or 706-632-9833, or visit www.brscenic.com

10/13
9th Annual Spirits, Legends and Lore
Cleveland, TN. A storytelling event of Cleveland history and mystery by the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Not a haunted house. 7:00 pm. Adults $10.00. Students $5.00. Purchase at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce or at Bank of Cleveland, Downtown. Held at Lee University Buzz Oaks Theater, 345 Church Street, NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. For info contact 423.715.0030 or Face Book: Spirits, Legends and Lore.

10/19-10/21 & 10/26-10/28
Fright Nights at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds
Blue Ridge, GA. Old Man Jones’s deeds were graphic in nature. We strongly suggest that no one under 12 years enter, along with those who have heart conditions, high blood pressure, pregnant, etc. PG-13: Parental Guidance suggested. The haunted house will run from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info: 706-632-6644 or http://hauntedfairgrounds.com

10/20
Backyard Beekeeping Seminar
Blairsville, GA. Jennifer Berry, UGA Entomology Research Professional, will be our speaker. The basics of raising honeybees, as well as supplies needed, diseases and even the pests that threaten honeybees. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Free! Limited seating. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655

10/20 – 10/22
Cherokee County Fair
Murphy, NC. Mountain Folk Center of Cherokee County 9275 US 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906. Daily at 10am. http://www.cherokeecountychamber.com

10/21
11th Annual Paws in
the Park
Blue Ridge, GA. 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. Parade starts at 10:00 am – From Kitties to Llamas this parade is not to miss! Annual 5K Race! Registration starts at 7:30 am – race begins at 8:30 am. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association & Love Dogs and Cats Too. For more info: call 706. 633. 3103 or www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org

10/21 & 11/18
Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House
Mineral Bluff, GA. Learn how railroads played an important role in the development of the Tri-State area and learn the unique history of the restored brick depot. View the model railroad layout depicting Copper Basin Railroading in the early 1950’s. 10am -2pm. Mineral Bluff Historic Depot 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. For info: 828-361-2210 or http://www.tsmri.org.

10/28
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Ellijay, GA. Don’t miss this favorite classic cult movie. Costumes and audience participation encouraged. 7:30 pm. Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA, 30143. For info and tickets visit www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

11/10
Veterans Walk & BBQ
McCaysville & Copperhill. Meet at Church of Christ 10:00 a.m. 3rd Annual McCaysville Police Shop with a hero BBQ at 11:00 a.m. sponsored by TriCities Business Association and McCaysville Police Department.Tri-Cities Business Association 706-964-6531.

11/11
Veterans Day Parade / Program
Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. 11am Parade route from the Gazebo in downtown Blue Ridge through town to Veterans Memorial Park near Fannin County Middle School. The parade includes the North Georgia Honor Guard, a military color guard and the Fannin County High School Band. Anyone may join in the parade along the way. The Veteran’s Program will begin immediately following the parade at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11:59 a.m. Fannin County veterans organizations, 706-632-5002 or 770-656-9342

11/17
Seedsaving for Newbies
Blairsville, GA. Speaker will be Mike Watkins, proprietor of Heavenly Seed, LLC., formerly of the Foundation Seed Program at Clemson University. Come to this seminar to learn the proper methods of seed-saving, as well as the materials you might need to save your own heirloom seeds. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Free! Limited seating. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655

11/18 & 11/19
17th Annual Mistletoe Market
Blairsville, GA. November 18 from 9-4 and November 19 from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. Admission is free and if you need more information contact Artworks at 706-896-0932 or visit www.artworksgalleryga.com

11/23
Community Thanksgiving Open Table
Blue Ridge, GA. Everyone is welcome to share the Community Thanksgiving Open Table on Thanksgiving Day. There is no charge for Open Table meals. Activities include Children’s Craft activity tables, an Open Mic for folks to enjoy and a Silent Auction. Noon-4pm. Fannin Country High School. Info: Good Samaritans of Fannin County 706-455-3818 or 706-374-2319

11/23 – 12/30
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Hiawassee, GA. Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. – Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/24 – 11/26
Merry Mountain Market
Blue Ridge, GA. The show will be held on Nov. 24, 25, and 26. Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 pm. There will be over 30 hand selected regional/local vendors offering food, arts and crafts. Free admission. Located inside 3 Monkeys Auction House at 2380 East First St., Blue Ridge, GA. Vendor information: 904-403-1298 and 239-293-0772. Email: asthecrowflies.ga@gmail.com

11/25
Light Up Blue Ridge
Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at approximately 9:30 amand will be in the holiday parade immediately following their arrival. Have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food vendors, Gingerbread House Contest, Window Decorating and Contest Lighting of the “Great Tree” takes place at 7:00 p.m. For info: robin.lubr@gmail.com or jen@lightupblueridge.info. http://lightupblueridge.info/ or Follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/blueridgechristmas

FESTIVALS

9/30
1st Annual Dancing Goat FolkFest
Ellijay, GA. Harkening to the old mountain shindigs and a sharing of endangered art, music and oral traditions. Juried folk art show. 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 dancinggoatsfolkfest@gmail.com or see facebook.com/dancinggoatsfolkfest.

10/7
2nd Annual Oktoberfest Jubilee
Andrews, NC. Once again! Join other beer and food lovers at Hall Park in Andrews. Beer, beer, and even wine! Andrews Brewing Company, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, and even Calaboose Cellars. Andrews, NC. Info: www.cherokeecountychamber.com

10/7
8th Annual Homebuilders Showcase
Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Exhibitors from the building industry; Architects, Builders, Cabinet Makers, Developers, Flooring, Glassworks, Heating/Cooling, Home Furnishings, Insurers, Mortgage Lenders, Realtors, Security Systems, Stonework, Surveyors and more. Food vendors & prize drawings. Fun for the whole family. Free! 9am – 5pm, rain or shine. Info: Randy Marchman @ 706-455-7528

10/7
Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival
Murphy, NC. 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! Murphy Middle and Murphy High School Gymnasiums, Murphy, NC. Call 727-415-8563 or visit www.cherokeecountyncmountaincraftersfestival.com.

10/7 & 10/8
37th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
Jasper, GA. Marble Festival 5K Run/Walk Road Race Saturday. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. 1 mile Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Guided tours of the marble industry and structures. Arts, crafts, demonstrations, marble carving and kid’s activities. Great food and entertainment. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 a.m.-56:00 p.m. Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, GA 30143. For more info: georgiamarblefestival.com or 706-692-5600.

10/7 & 10/8
43rd Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
Brasstown, NC. Over 240 fine craft exhibitors. Traditional & contemporary craft demos. Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music. 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

10/7 & 10/8
“The Valley Above the Clouds” Indian Summer Festival
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 10K and a one-mile run at 9 a.m. Country Square Dance with band at 8 p.m. Advance dance tickets are $6; $8 at the door. Mountain Rangers hand-to-hand combat and archery demonstrations. 9am-5pm. Contact Information: 706-745-5789 or www.suches.com/festivalinfo.htm

10/5 – 10/15
Cumming Country Fair & Festival
Cumming, GA. Free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free 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: Mon – Thurs 4pm- 10pm; Fri 4pm- Midnight; Sat 10am – Midnight; Sun 12:30pm – 9pm. 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

10/7
Annual Hay Day Festival
Cumming, GA. Our annual Hay Day takes place on the farm @ SavetheHorses every October, and proceeds are used to purchase hay for 130 horses and other animals. Hay rides, horse rides, cake walk, petting zoo, chili cook-off contest, arts & crafts vendors and stables open to meet the horses. 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

10/13 – 10/21
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Hiawassee, GA. October, the 9-day event with exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. New! Nerger’s Tigers-12 Bengal Tigers Including 2 White Tigers, 3 shows daily. 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

10/14
7th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival
Blue Ridge, GA. More than 2,000 marching band members from area high school bands. 1 pm 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

10/14 & 10/15
2017 Annual Fall Arts in the Park
Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Nearly 100 fine art and fine craft artists, delicious food, and kid’s art zone. Enjoy crisp mountain air, great arts & crafts and mother nature’s colorful array of fall splendor. 10am-5pm. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge GA 30513. For info: (706) 632- 2144, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or www.blueridgearts.net

10/14-15 & 10/21-22
46th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay, GA. Over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, on-site craft demonstrations. Apple Festival 5K & 1K is on Saturday October 14th at 8am at Ellijay Elementary School. Apple Cake Contest & Apple Pie Contest on Sat. 10/14, 10am. Apple Classic Auto Show (706-635-7400) at the Civic Center on Saturday 10/14. Annual Apple Festival Parade (706-635-7400) is Saturday 10/21 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

10/14-15 & 10/21-22
Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA. The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville’s heritage for more than 40 years & celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Enjoy sorghum syrup demonstrations and contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’. Parade Sat. 10/14 at 11amreflects the Sorghum/Farming Theme, cash prizes for floats! 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.

10/15-16 & 10/22-23
Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts
& Crafts Sale
Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts & crafts vendors, homemade snacks and canned goods. Music performances each day. FREE! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 2 consecutive weekends. Sponsored by Explorers Post 401. Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

10/20 – 10/22
Cherokee County Fair
Murphy, NC. Opening daily at 10:00am. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Mountain Folk Center of Cherokee County, 9275 US 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906. Info: www.cherokeecountychamber.com

10/21
Georgia Zombie Fest CarnEVIL & Food Truck Fair
Downtown Woodstock, GA. A vintage themed carnival with creepy carnival things. Zombie magicians, fire breather, jugglers, and carnival booths. Zombie carnival games. Zombie Transformation Center, Little Zombie Zone & Costume Contest, Zombie Response Unit Show, Brain Eating Contest, Food Trucks, Craft Beer. Noon – 9pm. Adults: $5, Kids Under 11: Free, Family of 6: $20. Proceeds to benefit Cherokee FOCUS. For info: www.georgiazombiefest.com, email zombie@cherokeefocus.org or call (770) 345-5483.

10/21
Crane Creek Annual Harvest Festival
Young Harris, GA. Celebrate the end of another great harvest! 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. www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236

10/21
23rd Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival
Talking Rock, GA. Our little town will be filled with arts, crafts and antiques. Demonstrations, Blue Grass and Southern Gospel Music & good food. Visit the restored 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum or “ride the rails” in restored railcars. 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.

10/21 – 10/22
Gold Rush Days
Downtown Dahlonega, GA. 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. Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information visit: https://dahlonegajaycees.com/gold-rush-days/

10/27 – 10/29
50th Annual Moonshine Festival
Dawsonville, GA. Moonshine Run on Friday, 10/27, leaving the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at approximately 10:00 am. Parade of moonshine and revenue cars at 9:00 am Sat. 10/28. Great vendors, live entertainment around the square in downtown Dawsonville. Car Show, Cruise-In and Swap Meet held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. No pets. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit http://www.kareforkids.org/mountain-moonshine-festival.html or (706) 216-KARE (5273) or email at info@kareforkids.com

10/28
2nd Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Featuring 20 breweries from GA & NC. Live Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Food vendors from local area restaurants. Regional arts & crafts vendors. 5:00 – 6:30. Americana Jam Hosted by Wyatt Espalin! Sat. 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.

10/28
Community Harvest Festival
Ballground, GA. Family fun for all ages! Music, entertainment, food vendors, artisans, crafts, kids activities, puppet show, games, prizes, cake walk, Cherokee County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and SWAT Team, and more. 10 AM – 6 PM. “Trunk or Treat” for the kids at 6PM. On the campus of GO Church, 835 Mineral Springs Rd., Ballground, GA 30107. Free admission and parking.

10/28
Vogel State Park Fall Festival
Blairsville, GA. Celebrate fall in the North Georgia mountains. Hay rides, cake walk, Trunk or treating and storytelling. $5 parking. Vogel State Park US Hwy 19/129S (11 miles south of Blairsville) Blairsville, GA. Visit www.gastateparks.org or call Vogel State Park @ 706-745-2628.

11/1 – 11/3
Annual Hemlock Fest
Dahlonega, GA. Lots of musical entertainment, fire dancing, after-hours acoustic jam. Knife throwing,archery. Canoeing, fishing, and pond discovery on Lake Merlin. Arts & crafts demonstrations. Interactive exhibits, live birds of prey. Camping, Canoeing, Story Telling. Benefitting research to save our hemlocks. Starbridge Farm, off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For info: The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003 or visit http://hemlockfest.org.

11/4
Tate Day Festival
Historic Downtown Tate. Old time parade at 10am. Tours of the marble Quarry and the Old School Building. Arts & crafts. Cake bake-off. BBQ lunch and much more! For info call: 770-735-3151

11/23 thru 01/01
Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights
Hiawassee, GA. “Mountain Country Christmas in Lights”, a holiday treat for the entire family along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. Light show, Christmas music, art & craft vendors, holiday food, pictures with Santa, and of course hot cocoa & s’mores. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

11/23
Light Up Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30. Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00! Music all day on the Main Stage until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com or pam@lgwebconsulting.com.

11/24
Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville
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.

KIDS STUFF

10/27 thru 11/5
The Wizard of OZ
Blue Ridge, GA. Take the yellow brick road and come on down to Blue Ridge Community Theater for The Wizard of Oz. Sunny D Theater performance. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

10/28
Trick-Or-Treat Safe Zone
McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. Merchants in downtown McCaysville and Copperhill will distribute free candy to children in costume. The safe zone, 5:00 to 7:00 PM will run in conjunction with the Halloween Costume contest. Sponsored by the TriCities Business Association.

10/29
Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a souvenir pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown, and then return to Blue Ridge. 1-Hour Trip Time. 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

10/31
Ducktown, TN Halloween
Safe Zone
Trick or Treating in Ducktown beginning at 5:30

10/31
Blue Ridge, GA Halloween Safe Zone
Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Fabulous costume contest, too! Fun begins at 5:30. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy.

10/31
Halloween On The Square
Blairsville, GA. Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treating. Treat or Treat event 6:00pm – 8:00pm

11/16-17 & 11/18-19
Cocoa With Santa
Murphy, NC. Experience amazing vendors, snacks, crafts, and of course pictures with Santa himself! We ask that each family bring in either 5 canned goods per child or one toy per child so we can give back to the community this Christmas season. 11/16-17 from 4-8pm, 11/18 from 10-5pm, 11/19 from 1-4pm. The Hackney Warehouse 11 Railroad Street Murphy, NC 28906. For info: thehackneywarehouse@gmail.com or 828-837-8376

11/24 – 12/23
Santa Express Train Ride- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA. Featuring “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. Sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and 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 dates and times. Reservations strongly encouraged.
For tickets and info:
Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad,
www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

MUSIC

Every Evening
Bell Music from the Tower
7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org

Fridays & Saturdays
Andrews Brewing Company
Great music, craft beer and a good time. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901.
For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com

Sundays
WYYZ’s Live Music at Rocco’s
Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com

Thursdays – Saturdays
Live Music at Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com

Fridays
Concert Series at the Old Courthouse
Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or http://www.unioncountyhistory.org/

3rd Friday Every Month
Live Music Acoustic Blends
Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www.gilmerarts.org

Weekends
LIve Music at Engelheim Vineyards
Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Weekends
Fannin Brewing Company
Live Music in the Bier Garden
Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

Weekends
Cartecay Vineyards
Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Weekends
Chateau Meichtry Vineyards
Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

10/21
Michelle Malone
Blue Ridge, GA. Guitar slinger and songstress, Malone balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. 7:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Purchase tickets online www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com or call the box office: 706-632-9223

10/26
Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing Tour
Hiawassee, GA. With Zack Williams. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $30 – $75. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

10/28
Thomas Fountain Band
Ellijay, GA. Thomas has quickly developed a reputation for writing and singing timeless truths –building believers one show at a time. With his rugged-raspy, passionate delivery, Fountain brings a live show to audiences that gets fans on their feet. Two shows: 6:30 & 9:00pm. $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

11/4
Jamey Johnson
Hiawassee, GA. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $47. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/4
Butch & the Buckheads w/ Elvis
Ellijay, GA. 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock ‘n Roll has a place in everyone’s heart. Butch and the Buckheads, Damon Hendrix and the fabulous Sock Hops bring their experience, enthusiasm and showmanship to the stage. Two shows: 6:30 & 9:00pm. $20. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

11/11
Community Chorus – Home of the Brave Concert
Ellijay, GA. This patriotic celebration will honor both our country and our veterans. 7pm. $10. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium located at 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

11/14
A Salute to America’s Veterans
Blairsville, GA. The Tunnel Rats Band, Accompanied by the UCHS Chorus, present songs for the 60’s and 70’s. 6:20 pm to 8:30 pm. Donations accepted. Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1101 Blairsville. The Union County Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. Vets: (706) 781-6025

11/18
Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk
Blue Ridge, GA. Kharisma is an energetic 10 piece band with full horn section, who will keep you up and dancing to R&B, Jazz & Soul. 7:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Theater. 2591 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Purchase tickets online www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com or call the box office : 706-632-9223

11/18
The Women of Country Music: Unplugged with
Katie Deal
Ellijay, GA. This show features the music and stories of country music’s pioneering women, in an intimate setting with a dynamic duo. 6:30 & 9:00pm. $25. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse , 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

11/25
Annual Tuba Christmas
Downtown Blue Ridge. Concert is free, and is part of the Light Up Blue Ridge festivities. See 30 to 40 Tuba players all decked out for Christmas play your favorite Christmas songs. Concert begins at 11:15 a.m. Contact Keith Jones – kjonz@etcmail.com, 706-258-8329 or

12/1
Beach Boys
Hiawassee, GA. Doors: 6:00 PM, Show: 7:00 PM. $55. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Anderson Music Hall, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA. Tickets & info: (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

THEATER

9/28 – 10/15
Calendar Girls
Blue Ridge, GA. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar.

Thursdays- Saturdays
7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

9/29 – 10/15
The Savannah Sipping Society
Jasper, GA. four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Thurs-Sat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students. Buy Flex Passes and save even more. Tater Patch Players 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

10/6 – 10/22
Smoke on the Mountain
Ellijay, GA. The story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Evening Productions at 7:00 p.m. Sunday Production at 6:00 p.m. Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. For tickets & info visit www.gilmerarts.org or call 706-635-5605.

11/24 – 12/10
White Christmas
Blue Ridge, GA. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.
Thursdays- Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. For Tickets: Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 632-9223 or www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

11/24 – 12/10
You Can’t Take It With You
Jasper, GA. The daughter of a very eccentric family, the son of a straight laced executive — love? marriage? An incomparable comedy evening. Thurs-Sat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students. Buy Flex Passes and save even more. Tater Patch Players 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: www.taterpatchplayers.org or call 706-253-2800.

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

Open Every Day
Engelheim Vineyards
Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

Ongoing Fridays
Chocolatasm!
Wine and chocolate pairing Friday evenings at 6pm (reservations only). Reservations required. Call Leann Martin at 706-946-8463 or email your RSVP to Leannhmartin@gmail.com www.thevineofblueridge.com

Ongoing
Cartecay Vineyards
Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

Ongoing Wed – Sat
Blue Ridge Brewery
Dog friendly outdoor patio. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706. 632. 6611 or www.blueridgebrewery.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun
Fannin Brewing Company
3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sat
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, www.grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun
Valley River Brewery & Eatery
Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Ongoing Tues – Sun
Crane Creek Vineyards
Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. 706.379.1236
www.cranecreekvineyards.com

Daily
Chateau Meichtry
Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

Saturdays
Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting
Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. It’s about a sense of place; it fires up our memories and makes an ordinary day special. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. Visit www.outofzbleu.com