A Blooming Affair- Rhododendron Festival at Hamilton Gardens
April – May 2019
Rhododendron Festival is Back After a long cold winter, nothing says ‘spring is here’ quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Gardens. The yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400 rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even more wondrous — the Rhododendron Festival is coming back to the Hamilton Gardens! They don’t always bloom on schedule so be sure to check the website before going. Arts and craft vendors each weekend. Plants for sale. Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191.
22nd Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference
April 5-6, 2019
The Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference mission is to educate, inform and inspire writers. During this conference writers will network with fellow writers, expand their markets and learn to hone their skills in various breakout sessions. The 21st annual conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday, April 6 from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers’ Meet and Greet will take place Friday evening at 5pm. Writers’ Conference sessions begin on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-5pm. Books sales from our conference speakers and member writers will also be made available both. Hosted by the 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.
Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
April 12 -13, 2019
Showcasing the art of storytelling with a particular focus on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. The GMSF offers storytelling and musical performances, children’s events, and workshops. Featured storytellers; Adam Booth, Bobby Norfolk, Caludia Schmidt, Ed Stivender & Dovie Thomason. There are free pre- and post-festival workshops. $20. Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday, 9am to 9pm. Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA 30512. For tickets and info: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gamountainstoryfest.org
NOC Spring Fling
April 20- 21, 2019
Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Enjoy paddling events, live music, delicious food and the 2nd Annual Live Like Maria Freestyle Shootout on this weekend of celebration. For info visit the Nantahla Outdoor Center website: https://noc.com/ or call 828.785.4847.
21st Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
April 27 – 28, 2019
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 Friday, April 26, 2019, 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.
42nd Annual Big Shanty Festival
April 13-14, 2019
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. FREE. For information call: 770-423-1330 or visit www.kennesawbusiness.org
2nd Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival
April 26- 28, 2019
Berroco, Noro, Silver Threads & Golden Needles, Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe and the North Georgia Knitting Guild are proud to sponsor the Second Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival. This event will take place in Ellijay at the Gilmer County Civic Center, April 26 -28. 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. Needle artists will enjoy shopping for yarn, beads, hand dyed materials, artisan fiber, felted rug supplies, wood turning products and more. 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.
61st Annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival
April 26-27, 2019
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. The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance TN. 7 miles north of Turtletown, TN. Email the Polk County Extension Director and 4-H Agent: Greg Paxton email@example.com, 423-338-4503. Visit www.ramptrampfestival.com
Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival
April 27, 2019
Over 100 beers, featuring the local Georgia Breweries, and a select number of breweries from all over the country. This event will also feature over 25 wines, and a bunch of ciders as well. Lazy Guy Distillery will join us to taste small 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 $35 advance, $40 after April 19, and $50 day of event. NO parking available. Depot Park, downtown Kennesaw. Visit www.kennesawbeerwinefest.com
3rd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventure
April 27, 2019
Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. Fly fishing lessons, trout fishing gear, clothing and accessories. Enjoy adventure outfitters, local fishing guides, conservation information, lodging services, home decor and gifts, fly making, art, outdoor clothing and fishing gear, fishing seminars … not to mention our amazing Food Truck Alley and Beer Garden! Learn all about trout and the conservation ethos associated with Trout Unlimited. Historic Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. 10am- 5pm. Admission $5, kids under 12, free. Call 706. 374. 2390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.blueridgetroutfest.com
Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival
April 27 – 28, 2019
The Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna and will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. The event also offers fun for the entire family to enjoy with continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk, held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green- registration is required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www.smyrnacity.com. The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., on Saturday, and noon-5:00 p.m., on Sunday. FREE. For more information call Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or visit www.smyrnacity.com
28th Georgia Mountain Rally Hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Georgia
May 3 – 5, 2019
The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA celebrates its 28th GA Mtn. Rally at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The area offers twisties, inspiring vistas and renowned mountain hospitality. Plus, this is dual-sport heaven for all skill levels. The rally has lakeside tent and RV camping. All brands welcome. Registration includes tent camping sites on grass for Fri and Sat nights, Fri chili and Sat steak dinners, Sat and Sun breakfasts, regular rally attractions and major prize draws. Visit www.bmwmcoga.org or email@example.com.
2nd Annual Murphy Spring Festival
May 4, 2019
Come on out and enjoy the warm spring air while you listen to live on-stage performances by our amazing local talent. While you tap your feet to the beat, come browse our beer garden – you’ll find many unique craft brews in our roped-off area close to the stage. Peruse beautiful handcrafted artwork and browse our car show while enjoying our local cuisine, restaurants throughout downtown Murphy will be joining in the celebration. Headlining will be Andrew Chastain, Bird in Hand, Lindsey Beth Harper and more! Rain date May 5th. For more info visit: murphyspringfestival.com
6th Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 4 & 5, 2019
Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival brings one exciting weekend to East Ellijay, Georgia with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival focus is everything LOCAL. Hosting the best arts, craft and food vendors in the region. There will be plenty of parking and restaurants in close proximity to the festival grounds. Only an hour north of Atlanta you can come enjoy the festival, and all the sights and scenery Gilmer County has to offer. FREE! And Pet-Friendly! 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday in East Ellijay on Craig Street parallel to Highway 515. Visit www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com or contact: Gilmer County Chamber 706-635-7400.
2nd Annual Murphy Spring & Brew Festival
May 4, 2019
Join us for the second annual Murphy Spring Festival. Stroll the street in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC and meet vendors, enjoy local produce and foods. Vote for your favorite classic car as you listen to local bands on the Tennessee Street Stage. Free! Noon- 8pm. Celebrate what makes Murphy our favorite town! Rivers, trails, mountains, locally-owned business, superb people, and a beautiful downtown! Live music all day! Vendor booths! Local artists! Car show! Biergarten with local breweries! Restaurant specials! For more information visit: www.murphyspringfestival.com or follow us on Facebook: @whereNCbegins and Find us on Instagram and @wherencbegins and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whereNCbegins/”
10th Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival
May 10 -11, 2019
North Cobb Rotary is presenting this 100% Charity event that kicks off with a free concert on Friday night. This Georgia Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue cooking competition will continue all night along the banks of beautiful Lake Acworth and the event will open back up to the public on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101. Activities for the kids will be in the Kids Zone. For information, visit northcobbrotary.org, smokeonthelake.org
30th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival & Mother’s Day Powwow
May 11 – 12, 2019
Native American dance competition, honor dance for Chipa Wolfe, and Mother’s Day honor dance; Native American cuisine; Native arts and crafts, jewelry, and clothing; living Indian village and displays; environmental and wildlife displays; kids’ activities; and more! The Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powwow will take place rain or shine. Tickets will be on sale at the gate throughout the event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Children under age 5: free; children ages 6 to 12: $5; adults (13 and up): $15. Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114. Event website: rhunder.com, Contact: Ruby Wolfe, 770 735 6275
9th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest
May 17 – 18, 2019
An Egg Fest is a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks/chefs from all across the country. The cooks will be preparing recipes all day long. The non-cooks (tasters) are free to stroll through the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA and sample and experience wonderful “egged” food. Friday: Meet & Greet 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: 9am -5pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase this year at the Eggfest, however please feel free to bring your own drink of choice to the Meet & Greet and/or to the Eggfest. For important details visit: www.mountainegg.com. Taster tickets are $25.00, kids under 12 free. For info call 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
16th Annual Canton Festival of the Arts
May 4-5, 2019
Held in Brown Park in historic downtown Canton GA is the 16th annual Canton Festival of the Arts Festival, May 4 & 5, 2019. The festival is produced by the Cherokee County Arts Center-a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to enriching community life through the arts-as its primary fundraiser. The festival features the Artist Market, Serenity Garden, Jack Fincher Jr. Rising Artist Area, Kids Zone and Food Court. Historic Downtown Canton on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Visit www.cantonartfestival.com
4th Annual Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival
May 18-19, 2019
Chestatee Artists presents this festival that features high quality arts & crafts, a Wine Garden for tasting fine local and regional wines, and jazz performances, in our historic downtown square and Hancock Park. 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 from six different wineries. For more information go to www.chestateeartists.org or check out the facebook page, Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-867-8059.
3rd Annual Clusterfest at Crane Creek
May 18, 2019
Celebrate SPRING and join us for our, a celebration of regional musical talent, artisans, wine, and food at Crane Creek Vineyards. Local and Regional singer\songwriters will be performing all day at the vineyard. Come for your favorite, or listen to them all. $20.00 per guest includes daily admission, food, wine tasting, shopping local artisans, a souvenir Crane Creek Vineyards wine glass, in addition to a front row seat to some of our areas best talent! 11am -6:00pm. Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA. For more info: www.cranecreekvineyards.com or 706-379-1236.
43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival
May 25-26, 2019
Enjoy the 43rd 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. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds go to benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association. 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.
12th Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 27-28, 2019
On the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 vendors offering a unique blend of hand produced merchandise. Ongoing Bluegrass and County Music throughout the day. Also, let’s not forget the food – hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, cold drinks and more for your enjoyment, and local restaurants and retail shops to peruse and pick up that special find. 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.
46th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival
May 30- June 1, 2019
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 contact Race Headquarters at 706-878-2271 to schedule a balloon flight. www.helenballoon.com.
4th Annual North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival
May 31- June 2, 2019
Come on out to experience a variety of seafood vendors from Blairsville to Savannah! Eat some serious seafood, tap your toes to live music, stroll through more than 50 arts and crafts exhibitors. Featuring tons of delicious food, outstanding music and affordable homespun arts & crafts. Beer & wine garden. Bring a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the live music. Friday 3pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Free parking. Admission is $5 cash, kids under 12, free. Pet friendly! Saturday 1pm auction to benefit the Towns County Food Pantry. Mayors Park, Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA. For info and tickets call 706-897-6179 or visit their web site at: www.northgeorgiahighlandsseafoodfestival.com
5th Annual Lavender Festival
June 15, 2019
This will be a closed event to make it enjoyable and pleasant for everyone. Who would know we would be so popular last year! Time of attendance will be morning bookings of 9 am – 12 am or afternoon bookings of1 pm – 4 pm. Tickets will be available beginning April 1st. Purchase your tickets from April 1st till sold out. Once sold out they are gone. No no one will be allowed to just walk in the day of festival, since this is a closed event. Pets NOT allowed on the farm at any time. Red Oak Lavender Farm, 2882 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contact (678) 577 – 9041 or visit redoaklavender.com
16th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 8– 9, 2019
Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held the second weekend in June at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. This three day event offers a the Kilted Golf Classic; Ceilidh (dinner party); Pipe and Drum Bands; Athletic Competitions; Vendors; Children’s Games; a Concert; and Scottish Food, Music, Scottish Dancing, Reenactments, Geneology, Ancient Scottish Weaponry and the popular Highland Games. Live animals and demonstrations, Highland Cattle, Scottish Setters, Falconry and sheep herding. Saturday night concert. No pets in Meeks Park, please. Visit: www.BlairsvilleScottishFestival.com. Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@yahoo.com.
Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival
June 22, 2019
Enjoy some great jazz, sip some great wines and taste some delicious food. There will be a selection of wines from around the world as well as wines from the North Georgia Mountains. Buy it by the glass or the bottle. Gates open at 2 pm, Music 3 to 9 pm. No pets, no coolers, no outside food or drinks. The focus of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival is for the North Georgia Mountains to be recognized as “A Cultural Tourism Destination” and to provide opportunities for students of jazz music. Location: Mercier Orchards. For info call 706-698-1275 or 561-889-7499. Visit www.blueridgewineandjazz.com
34th Annual British in the Blue Ridge
June 28 – 29, 2019
Make your camping reservations with Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the event. We look forward to seeing everyone for another fun weekend of British Bikes in the north Georgia mountains! Rally, rides and bike show. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, GA. Visit www.gabma.us or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
13th Annual Mountain Fling
June 22- 23, 2019
Enjoy arts & crafts galore the last weekend in June. A two – day juried show featuring original fine art and fine crafts, ceramics, fiber art, linens, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, outdoor art. Exhibits set both in-doors and out. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave Blairsville, GA. See more at: www.blairsvillechamber.com. Contact Information: 706-896-0932. Or visit www.artworksgalleryga.com
Ride the Rails Festival
June 22- 23, 2019
Mineral Bluff. 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! Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 150 Railroad Avenue (Hwy 60 northbound, Railroad avenue is next street on your left after the 4 way stop sign at Spur 60). For more information 706-455-8903
2nd Annual Made in Georgia Festival
June 29 -30, 2019
Come out to the 2nd Annual Made in Georgia Festival featuring 100 vendors offering a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. This festival will provide attendees the opportunity to sample our cuisine, have a unique shopping opportunity, and it will educate them about Georgia’s history. Come hungry and buy local! Admission $5, children ages 14 and under free. 10:00am – 5:00pm. Towns County Rec Center, 150 Foster Park Rd. Young Harris, GA 30546. For info visit www.golakechatuge.com or call Crystal 706-896-4966.
69th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair
July 19 – 27, 2019
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, Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family. 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.
20th Annual Butternut Creek Festival
July 20-21, 2019
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! 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
11th Annual Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
July 11- 13, 2019
Come join us for the Annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Camping is available. Stay right at the show site. Enjoy three fun filled days of good ole mountain hillbilly fun. See a Pioneer village, real moonshine still in the works, mountain crafts, and plenty of hot classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods, swat meet and more! Contact us: 662- 587- 9572 or www.gammoonshinecruizin.com
Annual Blairsville Green Bean Festival
July 27-28, 2019
Celebrate the green bean and “green” living with pageants, a square dance, tractor show, quilting exhibit, storytellers, crafts, “living green” demonstrations, farmers’ market, and “Green Ribbon” recipe contest. Look for different varieties of green beans (from heirloom pole beans to mountain white half-runners) and lots of other fresh, juicy produce freshly harvested by Union County farmers. The whole county turns out for this “Country Fair” type event. 7am – 1pm. Blairsville Farmer’s Market, 148 Old Smokey Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Visit www.blairsvillechamber.com or www.ucfarmersmarket.com
Mountain Heritage Festival
August 31 – September 1, 2019
The Heritage Festival celebrates the history and mountain culture of Union County, GA on the grounds of the Historic Mountain Life Museum around the 1906 Butt-Mock home. There will be music on the porch, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers. Visit the Union County Historical Society at www.unioncountyhistory.org or call 706-745-5493.
While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans.