2022 Spring and Summer Festivals

By on April 7, 2022

Welcome to the most complete list of Spring & Summer Festivals & Fairs in north Georgia! 

While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. Some events may require Covid Vaccine cards. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer! 

 

Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival – Online

April 1 – 2, 2022

To maintain the safety of our storytellers and audience, the Festival will be held ONLINE. Featuring Sheila Arnold, Bil Lepp, Sam Payne, Gayle Ross, Kim Weitkamp, and many other fantastic tellers. The festival will offer a mix of pre-recorded stories and live (Zoom) workshops and storytelling performances. Everything will be available for 30 days, so you can enjoy the festival online throughout the month of April. General admission tickets are just $10 per household, teachers and students can sign up for free tickets. Register online, for tickets and info: email: info@gamountainstoryfest.org or visit www.gamountainstoryfest.org

24th Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference 

April 8 – 9, 2022

The Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference mission is to educate, inform and inspire writers. Featuring award-winning author Melissa Fay Greene as our keynote speaker. Writers network with fellow writers, expand their markets and learn to hone skills in breakout sessions. The conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Meet and Greet on Friday at 5pm. Writers’ Conference sessions begin on Saturday from 9am-5pm. Books sales from our conference speakers and member writers will be available. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street,  Blue Ridge GA  30513. For more info contact (706) 632- 2144,  BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com  or visit www.blueridgearts.net.

April Fest- The Ridges Resort

April 9, 2022

Young Harris, GA. Who is ready for SPRING? We can’t wait to get outside and enjoy some warm weather! So we are kicking it off with AprilFEST! We will have live music, food, and amazing local vendors! 10am-6pm. Vendors can sign up now by emailing Paula:  p.esposito@theridgesresort.com. The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, 3499 US Highway 76, Young Harris, GA, 30582.

Annual Big Shanty Festival 

April 9-10, 2022

The Big Shanty Festival has grown to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in north Georgia. More than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. Outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite festival foods. Parade kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Sat 10am – 6pm, Sunday Noon – 5pm. FREE. For more information call: 770-423-1330 or visit www.kennesawbusiness.org

64th Annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival 

April 22-23, 2022

The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart, a version of the wild garlic. This event features the traditional Ramp Meal which includes, Ramps in eggs, white beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, and streaked meat bacon for take-out only. The take-out meal will be served from 10:00am until 2:00 pm. Along with the meal, bagged ramps will be available for sale until they are sold out. Additional festivities are postponed until 2022. Admission is FREE. Proceeds for this event benefit the Polk County 4-H Clubs and Camp McCroy. Camp McCroy: 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance TN. 7 miles north of Turtletown, TN. Email: Greg Paxton rgpaxton@utk.edu, call 423-338-4503. Visit ramptrampfestival.com

The Rhododendron Festival – Opening Weekend

April 22 – May 14 2022

Spend a day in the most beautiful part of North Georgia – Hiawassee and the stunning Hamilton Gardens. This magical botanical garden is filled with native wildflowers like trilliums, shooting stars, and trout lilies, and more than 1,500 rhododendrons and native azaleas making it the largest collection in the Southeast! During peak bloom time we will be celebrating our beautiful native flowers with a Rhododendron Festival. Each weekend (April 22-24, April 29-May1, May 6-8, May 13-15, & May 20-22) enjoy crafters, live music, food, drinks, a plant sale, daily seminars and more! Admission is $5 per person. 8am to Dusk. No pets. Hamilton Gardens at the Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-970-0011 or hamiltongardens.org

Andrews’ Annual Spring Fling Street Fair & Nature Expo

April 23, 2022

Andrews NC celebrates Earth Day and our beautiful little town by opening up our downtown area to vendors and nature lovers from all over the area. Learn about raising awareness of our forests; protecting our rivers, lakes, & streams; identifying local wildlife; the importance of local culture; and so much more. A large Children’s Activities area and our Food Court, with live music all day, will make you want to stay and play for hours! New in 2022 the First Annual Doxie Derby, sponsored by Old Town Brokers, will take place on the corner of Main and Walnut (across from the Library) starting at 12 pm. Come down and cheer on your favorite Dachshund and buy some swag! 11am – 6pm. FREE! Downtown Andrews, NC. For info visit https://www.visitandrewsnc.com

Fannin County High School Presents the 2nd Annual S.T.E.A.M Festival

April 23, 2022

Music, Drama, and Live Performances. Student Arts & Crafts, Woodwork, and Metalwork for Sale. Community Partners Tables. Food and Treats. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free! Blue Ridge Farmers Market, 787 Summit Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-632-2081

Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival

April 23, 2022

100+ beers, 25+ wines, live music, food and fun.

Tickets include entry, entertainment, souvenir cup and all beer, wine and cider samples. A full list of beers, wines and ciders will be posted the week of the festival. Live music on the main stage. This is a 21 and up event, no exceptions, no kids, no babies, no pets.  Rain or Shine, no refunds.  1pm – 5pm. Tickets are $40 advance, $45 after April 14, and $55 day of event.  Depot Park in Downtown Kennesaw. For tickets and info visit www.kennesawbeerwinefest.com

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival 

April 23- 24, 2022

Over 150 Arts & Crafts booths, 12 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. Jonquils will be in bloom in the midst of spring time in Smyrna. Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink and just have a great day together. 

Artisans from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. There are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy. FREE. For more information 770-423-1330 or visit www.smyrnacity.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Spring Fling

April 23- 24, 2022

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Join us for a weekend of fun at NOC during the Upper Cascades release! Shop at the Outfitters Store for great sales on paddling gear, apparel and more, or grab a meal with a view from River’s End Restaurant and watch the paddlers navigate down the river. For info visit the Nantahla Outdoor Center website: https://noc.com/ or call 828.785.4847. 

Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

April 23- 24, 2022

Historic Downtown Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is a yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including an auction, music, art and folkways. Dahlonega is a picturesque town in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and this year’s event will be held in and around the town’s Historic Square during the third weekend in April. Pre-festival events, including the beginning of jamming on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction will occur on Frida, with two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday. For more info visit www.bearonthesquare.org. Contact: (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.

Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival 

April 22-24, 2022

An absolute treat for knit, crochet, weaving, rug hooking enthusiasts and more, attendees of this event will gain access to a variety of vendors and educational resources. The Gilmer County Civic Center, 1561 South Main St. Ellijay, GA 30540. Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There is a cash only admission fee of $5. Vendors will accept payments of checks, cash and credit. Parking is free. For more information regarding the Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival, including lists of sponsors, vendors, educational courses and local hotel and cabin rental options, please visit www.facebook.com/georgiamountainneedleartsfestivalandretreat

5th Annual Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival

April 30, 2022

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter. More than a dozen local outfitters and guides can help you learn why fly-fishing is a growing sport. Trout Fest Program Tents , Trout Fest Activity Zone, outdoor art produced by local and traveling artists. Trout Fest Food Court and Beer/Wine Garden feature new and returning food vendors. Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. For more information: Email: bborgwat@gmail.com Website: blueridgetroutfest.com 

Annual Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia 

May 6 -8, 2022

In its 29th year the GMR returns to the ever-popular picturesque fairgrounds in Hiawassee between Friday May 6th and Sunday May 8th, 2022. This area of the Appalachians offers rewarding twisties – including Deal’s Gap, the Cherohala Skyway and the Blue Ridge Parkway – inspiring vistas and renowned mountain hospitality.  Plus, it’s dual-sport heaven for all skill levels.  Truly the perfect start to anyone’s riding season! All brands welcome. Visit www.bmwmcoga.org or rally@bmwmcoga.org.

Annual Murphy Spring & Brew Festival

May 7, 2022

Celebrate what makes Murphy our favorite town! The Murphy Business Association organizes this annual event on Tennessee Street. Welcoming vendors, kids activities, food trucks, live entertainment, McNabb Properties Beer Garden, and especially You! 11am – 8pm. Murphy, NC 37353. For information visit: www.murphyspringfestival.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whereNCbegins

31st Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow

May 7 – 8, 2022

Celebrating Cherokee County’s rich history through entertainment, education and cultural fellowship! Native American dance exhibitions and competitions. Warriors on horseback. Native American cuisine. Native arts and crafts. Hoop dancers and Aztec dancers. Tipis, wigwam and living Indian village and displays. Northern Plains encampment and a Muscogee Creek settlement. Environmental and wildlife displays & Birds of Prey show. Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Tickets at the gate: Adults (13 years and up): $15. Children (6-12 years old): $5. 5 years and under: FREE. Everyone is welcome! No pets. Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton, GA  30114. For info: www.rthunder.com, 770-735-6275 or rollingthunder34@ymail.com.

Ducktown Spring Festival

May 7, 2022

Arts – Crafts – Bluegrass. $5 for 12 and older. Proceeds benefit restoration of the school building and campus. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Ducktown School, 2018 Hwy 68, Ducktown, TN. Info: ducktownschool2021@hotmail.com

Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival

May 7, 2022

Enjoy music by Wyatt Espalin & friends on two stages, arts and crafts, food trucks, 30+ wineries, and tours of the blooming Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens. 11am – 5pm. Advance Tickets: $35.00, At the Gate: $40.00. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee , GA 30546. For info and tickets: Phone: (706) 896-4191  Website: georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival 

May 7-8, 2022

One exciting weekend with over sixty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, bounce houses, rock climbing, face painting, and more. Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM. Craig Street in East Ellijay, GA at the Gilmer Chamber & Welcome Center.Visit www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com or 706-635-7400.

7th Annual Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

May 21-22, 2022

Chestatee Artists presents this festival featuring High Quality Arts & Crafts, Live Jazz Performances. This cultural event takes place in Dahlonega’s historic downtown square and Hancock Park. Visitors can select from paintings in oil, acrylics, watercolors and mixed media, as well as creative photography. Quality crafts accepted by the jury committee will include ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood items, leather crafts, fused and stained glass, fiber arts, custom knives, and other handcrafted creations. Gourmet specialty foods will also

be featured. Saturday hours are 10 to 6 pm and Sunday 10 to 5 pm. No admission is charged except for those wine lovers who wish to taste the fine wines. For more information go to www.chestateeartists.org or check out Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival’s Facebook page, or email chestatee.artists@gmail.com or call 229-291-3623.

46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival

May 28 – 29, 2022

Enjoy the Annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day weekend. Admire the variety of artwork, enjoy tasty food, watch multiple artist demos and see art from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors throughout the weekend festival. Adults $5; children under 12 free. Arts in the Park is one of the town’s signature events.  Admission $5, kids free. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net or call 706-632-2144. 

Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival  

May 28 – 29, 2022

On the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. this two day event features a parade at 10am on the 28th, crafts unique to the region and of course, music.  All activities will take place on the Square around the Old Courthouse. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm, rain or shine. Visit the Union County Historical Society at www.unioncountyhistory.org or call 706-745-5493

49th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival 

June 2 – June 4, 2022 

The South’s oldest balloon event will begin with a mass ascension of 30 colorful hot air balloons. Balloonists compete in local events Thursday evening beginning around 6pm thru Saturday. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30am and 6:00pm each day (weather permitting). Many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information: Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. www.helenballoon.com.

Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games 

June 2 – June 4, 2022 

Highland dancers, Scottish athletes, family clans, bagpipes and drums and traditional musicians come to celebrate their heritage. Even if you don’t know your family’s heritage or have little or no Scottish ties come experience Scotland without the need of a passport. Starts9 am each day. The opening ceremony with the massed bands and parade of tartans at 12 noon on Saturday. $20, kids under 10, free. Meeks Park on Highway 515. Visit: www.BlairsvilleScottishFestival.com. Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@yahoo.com.

37th Annual British in the Blue Ridge 

June 24 – 25, 2022

This is the premier British motorcycle rally in the southeastern United States, held every year since 1985. Lots of fun and activities for all, including a poker run and other mountain rides on the best motorcycle roads in Georgia, a British motorcycle show featuring vintage and new British motorcycles, field events, vendors, comradery and camping. All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome! RV hookups and campsites are available. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www.gabma.us or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

Annual Made in Georgia Festival

June 25 -26, 2022

Shop over 75 vendors offering a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. Sample gourmet food and treats from some of Georgia’s top chefs. Shop for fashion accessories, custom home decor, health and beauty products – all while learning about Georgia’s history. Bring your family and friends and spend the day or weekend! Vendors include: Pottery, Paintings, Olive Oil, Pecans, Chocolate, Dog Products, Wreaths, Cloth, Log furniture, Teddy Bears, Mushrooms, Plants, Jewelry, Sugared Peppers, Cheese Straws, Cocktail Shrubs, Woodwork, Soap, Dips/Mixes, Teas, BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Jellies, Beef Jerky, Candles, Honey, Pickles, Jelly, Syrup, Home Décor and more! Come hungry and buy local! Admission $5, or both days for $7, children 14 and under free. Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Towns County Rec Center, 150 Foster Park Rd. Young Harris, GA 30546. For info visit www.golakechatuge.com or call Crystal 706-896-4966.

23rd Annual Butternut
Creek Festival 

July 16 -17, 2022

Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! A family event nestled along the shady banks of Butternut Creek at the beautiful Meeks Park. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. Showcasing the work of 65 hand selected artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and great food. Free! Np pets please. Meeks Park: 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA. on the South side of Hwy 76/515, just 0.7 miles west of the Hwy 19/129 traffic light. For more info contact High Country Artisans: 706-781-1221 or visit www.butternutcreekfestival.com

Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In 

July 27 – 30, 2022

Come join us for the Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain fun. Fantastic venue, swap meet, cruises ,live music, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and more! Event site is at the Dalton Trade Center in beautiful Dalton GA. Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Georgia 30720. Contact us: 662- 587- 9572 or www.gammoonshinecruizin.com

71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair 

August 19 – 27, 2022

Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that this event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, and Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. Featuring the Banana Derby with Monkey jockeys racing on their trusty canines. The Dominguez family Globe of Death is an extremely fast, death-defying act to excite the whole crowd! Top-notch musical performances, “Old Ways Demonstrations and a Pioneer Village! Free parking. Children under 12, free. Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. View entire Fair schedule at www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com For more info Phone: (706) 896-4191.    ACLM

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