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

By on April 2, 2021

Due to COVID-19 many events have been cancelled. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer! 


A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens

April 17 – May 23 2021

Spring will be upon us before we know it, and with Spring we’ll see our fabulous Rhododendrons and Azaleas show their vibrant colors once again.  While there is color somewhere in the Gardens almost all year, spring is the peak time to plan your visit. While nature and the weather will dictate the specific dates, typically the wildflowers start in mid-to-late March; the native Azaleas start blooming shortly after the wildflowers; then the Rhododendrons start to pop in mid-April to mid-May; and the Mountain Laurels follow the Rhododendrons. We’re often asked when the “peak”  of the season is, and a ROUGH estimate is Mother’s Day, plus or minus a week or two. 8am to Dusk. No pets. Hamilton Gardens at the Georgia Mountain Fairground 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-970-0011 or hamiltongardens.org


24th Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference 

April 9 – 10, 2021

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 conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers’ 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 http://www.blueridgearts.net/.


Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival – Online

April 16 -17, 2021

To maintain the safety of our storytellers and audience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival will be held ONLINE. Join us for a celebration of the art of storytelling shared by a breadth of voices. Enjoy traditional and contemporary stories, children’s events, and workshops by our featured artists: Elizabeth Ellis, Diane Ferlatte, Megan Hicks, Tim Lowry, and Antonio Rocha. Some of the festival’s storytelling sessions will be recordings made by our tellers especially for GMSF 2021. Other storytelling sessions, all of the workshops, and the Q&A session will be presented live via Zoom. We hope you will find joy, hope, and laughter as you participate in this year’s virtual events. You’re in for a treat! $20. Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday, 9am to 9pm. Register online, for tickets and info: email: info@gamountainstoryfest.org or visit www.gamountainstoryfest.org


Andrews Annual Spring Fling

April 24, 2021

Andrews NC celebrates Earth Day and our beautiful little town by sweeping out the Winter cobwebs, and opening up our downtown area to vendors and nature lovers from all over the area. Learn about gardening, butterflies, water conservation, local history, and much more – all while you shop for great stuff from numerous local vendors. 11ma – 6pm. FREE! Downtown Andrews, NC. For info visit https://www.visitandrewsnc.com


Nantahala Outdoor Center Spring Fling

April 24- 25, 2021

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

Postponed to April 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. For more info visit www.bearonthesquare.org. Contact: (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.


Annual Big Shanty Festival 

April 16-17, 2021

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


Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival 

Postponed Until 2022

An absolute treat for knit, crochet, weaving, rug hooking enthusiasts and more. For more information regarding the 2022 Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival, please visit www.facebook.com/georgiamountainneedleartsfestivalandretreat


63rd Annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival 

April 24, 2021

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 the Polk County Extension Director and 4-H Agent: Greg Paxton rgpaxton@utk.edu, call 423-338-4503. Visit www.ramptrampfestival.com


Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival

April 24, 2021

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 $35 advance, $40 after April 19, and $50 day of event.  The 1808, downtown Kennesaw, 2871 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Visit www.kennesawbeerwinefest.com


Annual Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival

Postponed until 2022

Celebrating the Trout Capital of Georgia from the epicenter of Fannin County. For information;call 706. 374. 2390 or email info@blueridgetroutfest.com. Visit www.blueridgetroutfest.com 


Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival 

Postponed until 2022

Showcases arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. FREE. For more information 770-423-1330 or visit www.smyrnacity.com


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

Postponed until 2022

The BMW Motorcycle Club of GA. The rally setting has lakeside tent and RV camping. All brands welcome. Visit www.bmwmcoga.org or rally@bmwmcoga.org.


Annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival 

Postponed until 2022

One exciting weekend with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. Visit www.georgiaappleblossomfestival.com or 706-635-7400.


Annual Murphy Spring & Brew Festival

Postponed until 2022

Celebrate what makes Murphy our favorite town! For information visit: www.murphyspringfestival.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whereNCbegins/


Annual North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival

May 7 -8, 2021 

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 opens 5pm Friday night with Dinner (reservations), Lord of the Wings Contest, and Free Concert from 8 – 10pm. Saturday 10am – 4pm. People’s Choice, Kids Zone, music, vendors, dance club competitions&  FUN! Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee St, Acworth, GA 30101. For information, visit northcobbrotary.org, smokeonthelake.org


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

May 7 – 8, 2021

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 on sale at the gate: Adults (13 years and up): $15. Children (6-12 years old): $5. 5 years and under: FREE. Everyone is welcome! Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton, GA  30114. For info: www.rthunder.com, 770-735-6275 or rollingthunder34@ymail.com.


10th Annual Georgia Mountain Egg Fest

May 14 – 15, 2021`

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. starting out with a Meet & Greet party at an Antique Farm Museum Friday evening, followed up the next day with the eggfest, all on the grounds of the GA Mt. Fair. Get registered soon and come see why people are saying “this is the best eggfest out there.” New- the demo eggs will be for sale at the end of the weekend and are going right at the cost level. Get yours reserved soon. For details visit: www.mountainegg.com. Taster tickets are $30.00, kids under 12 free. For info call 706-896-4191 or  www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com


Annual Canton Festival of the Arts

TBD or Postponed until 2022

Held in Brown Park in historic downtown Canton GA is 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.. Visit www.cantonartfestival.com/


5th Annual Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

May 15-16, 2021

Chestatee Artists presents this festival featuring quality arts & crafts, a Wine Garden for fine local and regional wines, and live jazz performances. This cultural event takes place in Dahlonega’s historic downtown square and Hancock Park, just one block from the square. 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.


45th Annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival

May 29 – 30, 2021

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. 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. 


Annual Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival  

Postponed until 2022

On the Square in Blairsville, Memorial Day weekend. 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.


47th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival 

June 3 – June 5, 2021 

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. http://www.helenballoon.com/.


Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games 

Postponed Until 2022

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held the second weekend in June at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. For Additional Information Visit: www.BlairsvilleScottishFestival.com. Contact Information: 706-745-2161 or email: BSFHG1@yahoo.com.


Old Timey Country Fair

June 12 – 13, 2021

Our Old Timey County Fair is scheduled for June 12th and 13th with a kickoff concert on the evening of June 11. Old fashioned booths, games, races, food, pie eating contests, and we will be giving out ribbons for best canned goods and baked goods. Vendors will be here to sell their local wares, and music and fun will flow. Deep Roots Orchard, 2984 Mobile Road, McCaysville, GA 30555. For more info contact 706-492-7753, info@rootsorchard.com or visit www.rootsorchard.com.


34th Annual British in the Blue Ridge 

June 25 – 26, 2021

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 26 -27, 2021

Come out to the  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.


70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair 

August 13 – 21, 2021

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 Hot-Glass Academy with hands-on demos, The Grizzly Experience, 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 17 – 18, 2021

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 70-75 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! Sorry no pets at Meeks Park. 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 29 – 30, 2021

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 

TBD or Postponed until 2022

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. Visit www.blairsvillechamber.com or www.ucfarmersmarket.com


Wine Highway Month

August 1 – August 31, 2020

That’s right, the entire month of August! Important Change – Passports will be accepted during each property’s regular business hours. Properties reserve the right to change those hours. You are encouraged to check the business hours of the property you plan to visit. Passports are $50.00 – that gives you 4 tastings at each participating winery/tasting room & complimentary wine glass. Passports will be available to purchase at the participating vineyards and wineries beginning on July 1.Purchase Passports online: www.georgiawineproducers.org/shop


Georgia Mountain Fair

August 13 – August 21, 2021

The GA Mountain Fair has first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture. Attractions include The Hot Glass Academy, The Grizzly Experience, Pioneer’s Village and “Old Ways” demonstrations. Musical performances by Wyatt Espalin, The Gatlin Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and more! 2pm – 10pm. One Day Pass- $12, Three Day Pass- $33, All Days Pass- $90. More packages and discounts on the website. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee, GA 30546. Phone: (706) 896-4191 Web: georgiamountainfairgrounds.com


Mountain Heritage Festival

September 3 – September 5, 2021

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. Free! Visit the Union County Historical Society at www.unioncountyhistory.org or call 706-745-5493. Email: History1@windstream.net


Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

September 18, 2021

Always a fantastic event. 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. $5 Admission, 12 & under Free. For info visit blueridgebluesandbbq.com or on FB: www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeBluesandBBQ


Due to COVID-19 many events have been cancelled. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!