2017 North Georgia Fall Festivals

By on August 10, 2017

It’s Festival Time, Round-up the Kids and Head for the Hills!

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 8 – 13, 2017
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. 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.

21st Annual Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo
August 18-29, 2017
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. Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge: Jones Street off of E. 2nd Street. 706-632-6644 or www.blueridgerodeo.com

1st Annual Tomato Daze Weekend Festival
August 18-21, 2017
Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris, GA. Come join us as we celebrate the fruit of the other vine…all things “tomato.” Bring the entire family out for 3 days of wine, food and live music. Local food vendors, free samples of tomato products. Hayrides, live music, winery tours. Solar Eclipse Party on Monday from 1- 5pm. Tasting room hours: 11ma- 6pm. Come try our wines and enjoy a tomato themed lunch! Contact Crane Creek for times and ticket prices! For more information please visit cranecreekvineyards.com. Contact Information: 706-896-4966.

Get Off the Grid Fest Solar Expo & Sustainability Fair
August 18-20, 2017
Blairsville, GA. Get Off The Grid Fest celebrates, educates & collaborates with folks, homesteaders, renewable energy enthusiasts, performers, local & national organizations and vendors by providing a forum where people share tools, ideas, songs & stories about getting off the grid. The festival covers four themes: Energy and the Environment, Food and Agriculture, Health and Wellness & Arts and Community. No pets or coolers. Tickets $30 includes Music CD from some of the performers at the Festival! Union County Saddle Club, 401 Nottely Dam Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512. For info visit: https://getoffthegridfest.wordpress.com

Solar Fest
August 20-21, 2017
Murphy, NC. Shop handmade local crafts — Cool off with fun water activities — Rent parking for the day or whole weekend — Dine on delicious, nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner options — Buy SolarFest gear including eclipse jewelry, pottery and special t-shirts — Learn about eclipses and astronomy the TLC! way in hands-on, Maker booths and more. The Learning Center Charter School — 945 Conaheeta Street, Murphy, NC 28906. For info call (828)835-7240 or visit www.naturallygrownkids.org

17th Annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
August 25-26, 2017
Kennesaw, GA. Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a GA State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt , Peach Dessert contests and a Kids’ Que cook-off. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. Shop, eat, drink. 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

2017 Young Harris Art Fest
August 26-August 27, 2017
Young Harris, GA. Presented by Robin Roberts Promotions presents a Great Art Festival in the northeast Georgia Mountains. 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. Great art festivals in the northeast Georgia mountains. For more information please visit: www.robinrobertspromotions.com. Contact Information: 706-897-6179.

Sherriff’s Jeep Fest
August 31- September 3, 2017
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

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

Bluegrass Festival at the Calaboose
September 2, 2017
Andrews, NC. Live music, craft beer and wine in the mountains. 1 – 8pm. Free! Andrews Brewing Company, 565 Aquone Road
Andrews, NC 28901. For more info call (828) 321-2006 or visit www.andrewsbrewing.com

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival
September 2 & 3, 2017
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. Live Music Saturday: Joseph Erwin 11:15 to 2:45 and The Gregg Erwin Band 3:15 to 6:45. Sunday: 12:30 – 6:00p.m. Live Music Sunday: Downtown Roy 1:00 to 5:00. Cost: $20.00 Pre-Sale, $25.00 Day of Event. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. For info visit www.cartecayvineyards.com or call 706-698-9463 (WINE)

Fall Plein Air International Paint Out
September 7 –10, 2017
Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin County is the perfect setting for the combination of nature and art to meet. With a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air art, we celebrate the natural beauty of our area with the Fall Plein Air Paint Out. We invite artists from all over the country to enjoy in the countywide paint out, take part in a workshop, sign up for the quick draw event and enjoy networking with fellow plein air artists. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded. Daily 9am-4pm. 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 Oktoberfest
September 7-10, 14-17 & September 28-October 29, 2017
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.

Mountain Music & Arts & Crafts Festival
September 9, 2017
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.

5th Annual Dailey & Vincent LandFest
in the Mountains
September 14 – 17, 2017
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 new 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/

7th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival
September 15 – 16, 2017
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. 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. Kick off the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival with a Pub Crawl & Jam Session on Friday night. Festival continues Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s band lineup includes, Frankie’s Blues Mission, from Atlanta, Barry Darnell & the Mobile Slim Band- Macon, The Crossroads Band – Macon (With special guest E.G. Kight- the Georgia Songbird), Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers – Ohio, Big Bill Morganfield (son of blues legend Muddy Waters), and an All Star Tribute Jam to Muddy Waters. 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 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 @ info@blueridgelodgingassociation.com. Or visit www.blueridgebluesandbbq.com

Cherokee Heritage Festival
September 16, 2017
Hayesville, NC; Cherokee Heritage Village on Main Street. Join us for a fall celebration of the Cherokee culture of this region! Events include native storytelling, dancing, demonstrations and other related activities. Visit the Cherokee Village with its winter house and summerhouse, the Old Jail Museum, native plant walks through Native Botanical Gardens, World Champion Hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer, scavenger hunt. Native foods and other snacks available. 10:00am – 3:00pm. FREE! Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, 805 Hwy 64 Business, Hayesville, NC 28904. For information, call 828-389-2121 or visit ccra-nc.org

Tri-State Model Railroaders Annual
Ride the Rails Festival
September 16 – 17, 2017
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 $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 2-12. Hand Pump Car Rides, $1.00 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.

42nd Annual Rose Lawn Arts Festival
September 16 & 17, 2017
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

6th Annual Pet Celebration
September 23, 20167
Town Square, Hayesville, NC. Proceeds go to participating rescue groups/humane societies who will be offering “Adopt-a-Pets”. Come enjoy a full day of events celebrating the human/pet bond and the pure joy pets bring to our lives Activities include pet demonstrations, “Ask the Vet” live radio show, reduced cost pet vaccinations, games, entertainment, music, pet parade/costume contest, pet product vendors, all-day raffle, great food and refreshments, wiener dog race and much, much more. New this year: rally obedience course, pet/owner look-alike contest, pet talent show, yard sale. Free! 8am- 3pm. For info visit: www.lakechatugeanimalhospital.com or call Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital 706-896-1244, Tri-County Animal Clinic 828-837-0050, or Clay County Chamber of Commerce 828-389-3704 or 877-389-3704.

1st Annual Tiny Home Festival
September 23 – 24, 2017
East Ellijay, GA. Welcome to North Georgia’s First Annual Tiny Home Mountain Festival. We are bringing the cultural of Tiny Home Living to the Beautiful North Georgia Mountains. We well be celebrating the lifestyle of the mountains by having wine, food, artist, music, tiny homes, solar, and guides to the great outdoors. Adults: $10, Kids: $8. 10am – 6pm. Highland Crossing East Ellijay, GA. For Tickets and info visit www.tinyhomemountainfestival.com

33rd Annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival
September 23-24, 2017
NEW location, 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 32nd 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. Contact Information: 770-704-5991 or www.serviceleague.net/riverfest-1

Arts Festival Monet Water Lily Festival
September 23-24 and
September 30 – October 1, 2017
Ball Ground, GA. Hundreds of water lilies in bloom! Sept. 23-24: A French market will feature chocolates, flowers, soaps, produce and more. French influenced cuisine from Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering. Artists will be selling original works of art in all mediums. Adults $10 Kids $5. Enjoy live music by Butch and the Buckheads and food by Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering. Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Kids: $10 per child. Both days: 9am to 5pm. Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. Info: 770-893-1881 or www.gibbsgardens.com

1st Annual Dancing Goat FolkFest
September 30, 2017
Ellijay, GA. harkening 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 dancinggoatsfolkfest@gmail.com or see facebook.com/dancinggoatsfolkfest.

Oktoberfest Andrews 2017
October 7, 2017
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 Second 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. Andrews, NC. Info: www.cherokeecountychamber.com

8th Annual Homebuilders Showcase
October 7, 2017
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

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
October 7, 2017
Clayton, GA. The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, featuring regional music from numerous performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the kind folks who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines. Admission $5. Raybun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton, GA. Contact Information: 706-746-5828 or www.foxfirefund.org/festival.html

Cherokee County Mountain Crafters Festival
October 7-8, 2017
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 727-415-8563 or visit www.cherokeecountyncmountaincraftersfestival.com.

37th Annual Georgia Marble Festival
October 7-8, 2017
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 12:00 a.m.-56:00 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.

43rd Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 7-8, 2017
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 7 – 8, 2017
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

Cumming Country Fair & Festival
October 5-15, 2017
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

Annual Hay Day Festival
October 7, 2017
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

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 13-21, 2017
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. 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

7th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival
October 14, 2017
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

2017 Annual Fall Arts in the Park
October 14 -15, 2017
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. 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

46th Annual Georgia Apple Festival
October 14-15 & 21-22, 2017
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 14-15 and October 21-22, 2017
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 14th at 11am featuring 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.

Blue Ridge Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Sale
October 15-16 & 22-23, 2017
Blue Ridge, GA. Annual Fall Fest Arts and Crafts show at the State Farmers Market. Arts and crafts vendors offering such items as pottery, woodcarvings, quilts, paintings as well as 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, Blue Ridge, GA. Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In. Contact Information: 423-761-9985.

Cherokee County Fair
October 20 – 22, 2017
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

Georgia Zombie Fest CarnEVIL & Food Truck Fair
October 21, 2017
Downtown Woodstock, GA. Welcome the CarnEVIL! A vintage themed carnival complete with creepy carnival things. Zombie magicians, fire breather, jugglers, and carnival booths. Come play our favorite carnival games like ring toss on the severed limb and brain toss. Visit the Killing Booth, oops we mean the Kissing Booth, get some Rotten Candy, oops again, we mean Cotton Candy. 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: Cherokee Youth Works, Drug Free Cherokee, Hotel to Home, Volunteer Cherokee and the Cherokee Youth Connection & Council. For details and Zombie Events & Vendor registration visit www.georgiazombiefest.com, email zombie@cherokeefocus.org or call (770) 345-5483.

11th Annual Paws in the Park
October 21, 2017
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 21, 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

23rd Annual Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival
October 21-22, 2017
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
October 21-22, 2017
Downtown Dahlonega, GA. Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. 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. For more information visit: https://dahlonegajaycees.com/gold-rush-days/

Owl O’Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
October 27 – 28, 2017
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-day family friendly event, featuring Amazing Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Live Music, Vendor Marketplace, Sports Bars, Artist Market, Amazing Food Trucks, Roving Entertainment, Interactive Kids Area, a Main Concert Stage, and more. 3200 George Busbee Parkway, NW, Kennesaw, GA 30188. Contact Information: http://owl-o-ween.com/ or 470-578-4849.

50th Annual Moonshine Festival
October 27-29, 2017
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 27th, 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 info@kareforkids.com

2nd Annual Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que Festival
October 28, 2017
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. Fall will be in the air and what a great time for the “2nd 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.

Vogel State Park Fall Festival
October 28, 2017
Blairsville, GA. Come out and celebrate fall in the North Georgia mountains. There will be hay rides, a 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.

Japanese Maples Colorfest
October 28-29, November 4-5 & 11-12, 2017
Ball Ground, GA. Experience the largest Japanese Gardens in America. View over 2,000 Japanese maples as they display brilliant fall color in shades of orange, red, yellow and gold. Sat 28th Japan’s oldest surviving martial arts system Katori Shinto Ryu Demonstration 11 am and 1 pm. Adults $10, Children $10. 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

Pumpkin Express- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 29, 2017
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.

Annual Hemlock Fest
November 1 – 3, 2017
Dahlonega, GA. All ages! Lots of musical entertainment, including fire dancing and after-hours acoustic jam. Knife throwing and archery. Canoeing, fishing, and pond discovery on Lake Merlin. Arts and crafts demonstrations. Interactive presentations and exhibits, including live birds of prey. Medicine wheel walks, morning bird walks, plant walks, and interpretive nature walks Birds of prey demo and live snake and furs & skulls demo. Silver smith demo. Camping, Canoeing, Story Telling. Benefitting research efforts to save our hemlocks. Starbridge Farm is located off Hwy 52E between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For more information call The Lumpkin Coalition 706-864-9003 or visit http://hemlockfest.org.

Mountain Country Christmas Festival of Lights
November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds- Hiawassee, GA. “Mountain Country Christmas in Lights”, a holiday treat for the entire family at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the Northeast Georgia mountains. The fairground will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with special Christmas music provided local churches, art & craft vendors, holiday food, a visit and pictures with Santa, and of course hot chocolate and s’mores. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 1311 Music Rd.- Hiawassee, GA. Website: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.

Light Up Ellijay- Return to Whoville
November 24, 2017
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 23, 2017
Blue Ridge, GA. Visit Historic Downtown Blue Ridge for the annual arrival of Santa and Lighting of the big tree. Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, The Parade line up begins in front of the Baptist Church at 11:00 am, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00! Through the afternoon and evening there will be new music on the Main Stage for your enjoyment until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the live reindeer pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus! For information email: cindy@trimblekellystudios.com or pam@lgwebconsulting.com.

Santa Express Train Ride- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 24 – December 23, 2017
Blue Ridge, GA. 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” Christmas story, sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and of course 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.

Blairsville Tour of Trees
December 1- 31, 2017
Stop by the Blairsville Chamber of Commerce and Community Center to view over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display! M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm. Free! Union County Community Center 129 Union County Rec Rd Blairsville, GA. For more info visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or call Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce- 706-745-5789.