2019 Fall Festivals and Fairs

By on September 14, 2019

While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans.

Gilmer County Fair

August 6 – 11, 2019

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 Aug 6, 7, and $23 Aug 9, 10,11. Individual ride tickets available. 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.

Mountain Wine Country Festival

August 10, 2019

Young Harris, GA. Hidden away in the Southern Appalachians, straddling the border between Georgia and North Carolina, lies one of the nation’s newest American Viticultural Areas, Upper Hiwassee Highlands encompasses 690 square miles of pristine mountain scenery. Nestled among the rivers and mountain coves are small family vineyards, each producing distinctive wines that reflect the unique mountain terroir. $25 includes up to 4 different tastings at each participating winery’s booth, a stemless festival tasting glass, and access to festival vendors & music from 11am-6pm. Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582.
http://www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236

19th Annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

August 23-24, 2019

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

2nd Annual Mercier’s Hard Cider & Beer Festival

August 24, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. Beautiful outdoor setting! Tastings, Live Music and Food Vendors. Free tasting samples from all vendors. Enjoy: 16 oz souvenir cup, Three live bands, Two (16 oz) drink tickets (additional tickets available for purchase), Free games like corn hole, extreme beer pong, and more! 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Tickets available at EventBrite. Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. For info visit http://www.mercier-orchards.com or call 706-632-3411.

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival

August 24 & 25 2019

Ellijay, 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: 1:00– 5:30 p.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.

Sherriff’s Jeep Fest

August 29- September 1, 2019

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

48th Annual Oktoberfest

September 5 – 26 & October 1 – 27, 2019

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.

Dahlonega Trail Fest

September 6 – 8, 2019

Dahlonega, GA. Celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community and our connection with the southern
terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Trail Fest, a project of Yahoola Outdoors (Yahoola Trails Conservancy), is a festival
of outdoor enthusiasts revolving around all aspects of non-motorized recreation: hiking, backpacking, canoeing,
kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteeering, and more! The festival features authors, speakers,
workshops, music, food, vendors, and non-profit groups. Visit http://www.dahlonegatrailfest.org/

7th Annual Dailey & Vincent LandFest in the Mountains

September 12 – 14, 2019

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 or call (706) 896-4191. For more info visit http://www.daileyvincentfest.com/

Mountain Music Day Festival

September 14, 2019

Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. Join us for an amazing day of Bluegrass & Gospel music here at the park. Along with a full lineup of incredible music, there will also be local crafters that will be selling their handmade items. Feeling hungry? The Vogel Volunteers will be selling mouthwatering food that you will surely cure your hunger. We look forward to seeing you here. $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

NGMA Giro d’ Georgia Italian Road Bike Festival

September 15, 2019

Talking Rock, GA. Starting at Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery located in Gilmer county – we look forward to riding with you in the beautiful scenic rolling hills and mountains of North Georgia. Ride a choice of a challenging metric century with 6,889ft of climbing or a recreational 25mile route. Fully supported with well marked roads, Sag Stops and Sag Wagon. Kick back and enjoy the spectacular ambience at Chateau Meichtry after the ride with a glass of wine, live music and a “Farm to Table” lunch, prepared by a special food truck brought in for this event. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. For info: https://northgeorgiamountainbikeassociation.org/

9th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival

September 20 – 21, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event. Featuring Garrett Collins with Harp legend Bennie Mobley who recently won the Big Bend Blues Society’s Southeastern Harmonica Championship. Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event is $5.00 with children 12 and under free. Lots of great BBQ and craft beer available on site. Special section full of fun stuff for the kids to do. No coolers are allowed, be sure to bring a blanket or chair, no umbrellas. No pets are allowed. See website for information regarding service animals. Be sure to check out the Blues Crawl the night before, Friday, September 20th as well as the Blues Train. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Lodging Association. Contact: info@blueridgelodgingassociation.com. Or visit www.blueridgebluesandbbq.com

9th Annual Cherokee Heritage Festival

September 21, 2019

Hayesville, NC. 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, NC. Children will enjoy craft activities, practicing blowgun techniques and a scavenger hunt. Adults will enjoy plant walks through Native Botanical Gardens, led by Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition staff. The “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. Inf:, call 828-389-3045 or visit www.ccra-nc.org. Sponsored by: Clay County Communities
Revitalization Association.

Art Festival at Rose Lawn

September 21- 22, 2019

Rose Lawn, Cartersville, GA. The annual art 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 hand-crafted items. The house will be open for guided tours. Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 770-387-5162. Visit www.roselawnmuseum.com

Tri-State Model Railroaders Annual Ride the Rails Festival

September 28 – 29, 2019

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. Then take a ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car! Motor Car Rides: 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! Both days: 10am – 3pm. 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 21 & 22, 2019

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, GA. For two days visitors will have a unique opportunity to stroll through 220 acres of spectacular gardens and attend this Art Festival in North Georgia. At the 2019 Art & Craft Festival artists and artisans will be presenting their original arts and crafts for sale. Categories include: 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Metal, Painting-Oil/Acrylic, Painting-Watercolor/Pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry. The Market includes vendors selling organic soaps, artisanal jams, fresh produce, honey and essential oils. RAIN OR SHINE. Specialty foods will be available to purchase & enjoy. $10. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881, info@gibbsgardens.com or visit www.gibbsgardens.com

3rd Annual Dancing Goat FolkFest

September 28 – 29, 2019

Ellijay, GA. Harkening back to the old mountain shindigs and a sharing of traditional 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. FREE! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. River Street Market, 515 River St. Downtown Ellijay, GA. For information email: dancinggoatsfolkfest@gmail.com or see facebook.com/dancinggoatsfolkfest.

35th Annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival

September 28 – 39, 2019

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 35th 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. The event showcases incredible entertainment – live music and dancing – as well as a fun-filled children’s area where children of all ages can participate in 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 3 – 13, 2019

Cumming, GA. An affordable family outing providing entertainment around every corner. Free daily attractions, free concerts, discount days and free-living history exhibits in the Heritage and Indian Villages. K-9s in Flight, Lady Houdini, Human Cannonball, Atlanta Puppet Show, Petting Zoo, Chainsaw Carving & Auction, Carnival Midway, 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. Info: 770-781-3491, http://www.cummingfair.net/

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival

October 5, 2019

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. Outdoor field events will give visitors to see how you would fare in the mountains of old, with physical and mental challenges from the past: with contests like wood-chopping and log-sawing, archery and greased-pig chases, and 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.Admission is $5 per person with children 5 and under free. All proceeds go to The Foxfire Fund, Inc. Raybun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton, GA. Contact Information: 706-746-5828 or www.foxfirefund.org/festival.html

Georgia Marble Festival Egg Fest

October 5, 2019

Jasper, GA. First, second and third place prizes. Corporate Teams- $500; Individual Teams- $250. Tasting tickets $20. Located at Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. For more information please visit: georgiamarblefestival.com. Contact Information: 706-692-5600.

39th Annual Georgia Marble Festival

October 5 – 6, 2019

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 RFun Run 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.- 4:00 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.

45th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

October 5 – 6, 2019

Brasstown, NC. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus. Over 200 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 5 – 6, 2019

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 5- 6; 12- 13 – 14; 19- 20, 2019

Cherry Log, GA. First 3 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.

Barktoberfest

October 6, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. Come out to enjoy friendship, music, food, and beer at Grumpy Old Men Brewery in Blue Ridge. A 50/50 cash raffle and silent auction will be held to benefit Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Food truck on site. $25 includes commemorative glass & koozie, and 2 beer tokens. Music by Daisy Chain. Dogs welcome! For info visit: www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

October 11 – 19, 2019

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 carnival rides, exciting musical performances, Arts and Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, Pioneer Village, Old Ways demonstrations, a flower show, Daily pig races, and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. 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

9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival

October 12, 2019

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

2019 Annual Fall Arts in the Park

October 12 -13, 2019

Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Festival is held rain or shine. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos and a free children’s activity booth. Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association. 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

48th Annual Georgia Apple Festival

October 12-13 & 19-20, 2019

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 48th 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 12th at 8am and starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School. The Apple Classic Auto Show (706-635-7400) is held at the Civic Center on Saturday October 12th. The Apple Festival Parade (706-635-7400) is Saturday October 19th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Festival entrance fee is $5. Saturdays: 9am-6pm, Sundays: 9am- 5pm.Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org or: 706-636-4500

Blairsville Sorghum Festival

October 12-13 and October 19-20, 2019

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 12th 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 $5. Free parking. For more information: www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.org or call 706-745-4745.

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

October 18 – 19, 2019

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.

Annual Paws in the Park

October 19, 2019

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 & The Mutt Mile! 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 19, 2019

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. www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236

Gibbs Gardens Brew Fest

October 19, 2019

Ball Ground, GA. Gibbs Gardens will host 20 local and regional craft brewers who will offer samples of their brew. Wine service for purchase by the glass. Different food offerings, including snacks that “hit the spot” with beer, available for purchase. The Loose Shoes Band play throughout the afternoon. Vendors, who focus on celebrating north Georgia’s many backwoods and water activities, will share their products and offer advice. 11am – 4pm. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881, or visit www.gibbsgardens.com

25th Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival

October 19-20, 2019

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, meet the Town Crier, relax with the kids in the park and have a great family day. 9am -5pm. FREE! Visit www.talkingrockga.com or call 706-253-5515.

Gold Rush Days Festival

October 19- 20, 2019

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: info@dahlonega.org Phone: 706-864-3513 or visit: https://goldrushdaysfestival.com

52nd Annual Moonshine Festival

October 25-27, 2019

Dawsonville, GA. Parade of moonshine and revenue cars to kick off festivities at 9:00 Saturday morning. 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. Moonshine Run on Friday, October 25th, 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. Parking $10. Benefitting KARE for Kids, Inc. Visit www.kareforkids.org or (706) 216-KARE (5273) or email at info@kareforkids.com

Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival

October 26, 2019

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “4th 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: 3rd 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.

Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival

October 26, 2019

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “4th 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: 3rd 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 Festival at Vogel State Park

October 26, 2019

Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale. We will also have hayrides, a cake walk, and a campsite decorating contest. 8am – 4pm. Parking $5. 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.

Annual HemlockFest

November 1 – 3, 2019

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, and 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 information call The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003, email lumpkincoalitioninfo@gmail.com or visit http://hemlockfest.org.

Japanese Maples Colorfest

October 26 – November 22, 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. 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 28 – December 29, 2019

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

Date TBD 2019

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

Blue Friday & Light Up Blue Ridge

November 29 & 30, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. On Blue Friday merchants offer special deals. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors, and entertainment. City-wide caroling starts at 6pm. Light Up Blue Ridge is all day Saturday. Holiday music will be played throughout the town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Clause arrives on the train around 11a.m. and will be in the downtown city park from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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: cesarmart2@icloud.com or visit http://lightupblueridge.info/

Blue Friday & Light Up Blue Ridge

November 29 & 30, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. On Blue Friday merchants offer special deals. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors, and entertainment. City-wide caroling starts at 6pm. Light Up Blue Ridge is all day Saturday. Holiday music will be played throughout the town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Clause arrives on the train around 11a.m. and will be in the downtown city park from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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: cesarmart2@icloud.com or visit http://lightupblueridge.info/

Light Up the Basin

Date TBD 2019

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 6pm. Contact: Tri Cities Business Association, Phone: 423-443-1636, Email: TriCitiesBA@gmail.com or visit: http://www.greatercopperbasin.com/

Santa Pavilion Night Train

November 28 – December 29, 2019

Blue Ridge, GA. This 1-hour Santa Express is your chance to ride with the jolly old elf himself. Your family will hear a Christmas story, hear Christmas songs, meet Christmas characters, and of course, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their way through the train. There will be plenty of chances to snap the perfect picture, so don’t forget your camera. Every child will receive our traditional Christmas bell, a candy cane from Mrs. Claus, and a memory they won’t soon forget!Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets and info: Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, www.brscenic.com or call 706-632-8724.

Towns County Sheriff Empty Stocking Fund Parade

November 30, 2019

Hiawasee, GA. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Holiday on the Square & Christmas Parade

December 7, 2019

Blairsville, GA. The first Saturday in December signals the gathering of residents and visitors to Downtown Blairsville for our annual Christmas Parade and holiday activities. Christmas concerts are also performed throughout the month at the Historic Courthouse. Parade at 4pm. Visit www.unioncountyhistory.org for more info or call 877. 745.5789

While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans.