What’s Happening in the Mountains December 2022 & January 2023

By on November 30, 2022

Welcome to our Calendar!

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 the southern Appalachians has to offer!




1st & 3rd Tuesdays Every Month

Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee

Hiawasee, GA. Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to paint with other artists. All media welcome. During winter, we paint as long as afternoon temperature is at least 50 degrees. 2pm-5pm.  ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. www.artworksgalleryga.com or 706-896-0932.

3rd Wednesdays Every Month

Quilt Guild

Jasper, GA. Out on a Limb Quilt Guild meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month 1pm – 3pm. Pickens County Community Center, Camp Road, Jasper, GA. 30143. Info: Cathy Vickers (678) 452-2155.

4th Thursdays

Ellijay Storytellers

Ellijay, GA. Everyone has a story. All storytellers, poets, songwriters and listeners are WELCOME. Limit 5-7  minutes, first to sign-up. Be respectful. 6:30pm- 8:30 pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 3054. Phone: 706-635-5605 Website: www.gilmerarts.com

Thru 12/17

4th Quarter Artist-in-Residence – Scott Davis

Blue Ridge, GA. Encaustic Photography. Artist Reception is October 15th, 5pm to 7pm. 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center, www.blueridgearts.net, BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, 706-632-2144.


Downtown Murphy
Art Walk

Murphy, NC. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Free and open to the public. Info:  David Vanderlaan 828-644-0043 or www.valleyriverarts.com


Small Works Opening Reception

Ellijay, GA. Smaller artworks by several artists. Just the right size for Christmas presents. 3pm- 5pm. FREE! Gilmer Arts Gallery, 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Info:  gilmerarts.org or call 706.635.5605.


Fiber Arts Opening Reception

Ellijay, GA. Featuring Local Quilters, knitters, and other fiber artforms. Included in this exhibit will be the touring two ‘Stitch Their Name’ Memorial Quilts project. 3pm- 5pm. FREE! Gilmer Arts Gallery, 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Info:  gilmerarts.org or call 706.635.5605.




Ongoing Mondays

Bingo at Buck Bald Brewing

Copperhill, TN. Win cool prizes and have some fun. Starts at 6m. Free! Buck Bald Brewing, 160 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: buckbaldbrewing.com


Trivia at Lucky’s

Blairsville, GA. Prizes and great food! 7-9pm. Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina, 17 Merchants Walk, Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: www.luckystacoshop.com or 706-487-4231.

First Tuesdays

VRHS Bingo Night

Murphy, NC.  Win Cash! Benefitting the Valley River Humane Society. Bingo supplies for sale at the door. Snacks for sale or bring your own. Limited to 100 first come first seated. Doors- 5:45, Bingo- 6:30. The Ballroom, 51 Hiawassee St., Murphy, NC. Info: www.valleyriverhumanesociety.org, vrhsmanager@gmail.com, or (828) 837-2304

Ongoing Wednesdays

Cast-Off Pet Rescue Bingo

Blairsville, GA. Would you like to save dogs and cats and win money? Join us for Bingo! The Jackpot depends on YOU! If we at have least 60 players, jackpot will be $600.00. At least 80 players, jackpot will be $800.00. At least 100 players, jackpot will be $1,000.00!!! Doors 6 pm, games 7pm. Blairsville Civic Center, 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, GA. 30512. For info: www.castoffpetrescue.org or call (706) 487-4539.

Ongoing Wednesdays

Team Trivia at Hoppy Trout

Andrews, NC. Prizes are a $5 gift card for each of the first three rounds and a $20 gift card for the overall winning team at the end. 6:30pm. Free! Hoppy Trout Brewing Company 911 Main St. Andrews, NC 28901. Info: www.hoppytroutbrewing.com or 828-835-2111

Ongoing Thursdays

Trivia or Singo at Copperhill Brewery

Copperhill, TN. Gift certificates for first thru 3rd place winners. Starts 6pm SHARP. Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee St, Copper-hill, TN 37317. Info: (423) 548-3030 or copperhillbrewery.com

First Thursdays

Shop Late Thursdays

Blairsville, GA. Downtown Blairsville businesses will be open additional hours from 5pm – 8pm and featuring deals, discounts and other offers! Look for businesses with a red balloon! Info: www.visitblairsvillega.com or 877. 745.5789.

3rd Fridays

Stories On The Square – Open Mic Night

Hayesville, NC. Attend this free in-person event sponsored by Mountain Area Storytellers or watch it as it’s live streamed via Zoom and reconnect with friends, family & fellow storytellers. This “old time” open mic event will feature storytellers, writers, poets, actors and musicians. Free! 6pm- 7:30pm. Corner Coffee and Wine Shop, at Main and Church Streets, On the Square in historic Hayesville, 66 Church St., Hayesville, NC  28904. Info: Phone:(502)525-7272 (Kanute Rarey, Storyteller and Host).

Ongoing Fridays

Hiawassee Night Market

Hiawassee, GA.  Open-air night artist & artisan market: fresh produce, food trucks, games, and live music. 5pm- 10pm. Town Square at 19 S. Main Street, Hiawassee GA. http://hiawasseega.gov  

2nd Friday Each Month

Fantastic Finds Friday

Blairsville, GA. Come to Merchants Walk for great deals all day. Save, stay and enjoy! 7:30am- 8pm. Hours vary between merchants. Info: www.visitblairsvillega.com or 877. 745.5789.

Last Saturdays

Tractor Supply Farm And Craft Sale

Blairsville, GA. Lots of great local artists and farms. We always have a wide variety of jams, jellies, candles, children’s books, dog collars and more. FREE! Blairsville Tractor Supply. Info: 706-897-7096


VRHS Dog Show

Murphy, NC. Bring your furry, friendly doggie out for some fun! Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Fun starts at 10am. $10 entry fee to benefit the Valley River Humane Society, hosted by Rose Marie Apothecary.  Dog Show, 13 Tennessee St., Murphy, NC. Info: www.valleyriverhumanesociety.org, vrhsmanager@gmail.com, or (828) 837-2304


Color My Nest Ribbon Cutting

Ellijay, GA. Celebrate the opening of north Georgia’s first birdhouse painting PLAYshop! Free! 4:30- 5pm. Color My Nest, 14244 Highway 515 North, Ellijay, GA  30536. Info: http://www.colormynest.com

12/31 & 1/27

Cars and Coffee

Ellijay, GA. North Georgia’s monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. FREE Coffee for ALL EMC members and participants! Great Breakfasts available too! 9am-noon. Free! SmokeHouse Country Grill, 941 Maddox Drive. Suite 206, East Ellijay, GA  30540. Info: Greg Guelcher 770-823-6469. 


Cheers for Chimps

Blue Ridge, Ga. Help us welcome one of the newest breweries to Blue Ridge by joining us for Cheers for Chimps at Tipping Point Brewing Co! Each ticket holder will receive a limited-edition Project Chimps pint glass, one pint of beer, and a vegan snack. 2pm- 6pm. Tickets and Info: events@projectchimps.org or  https://projectchimps.org/events/cheers-for-chimps. Tipping Point Brewing Co. 322 W Main St., Suite 2D Blue Ridge, GA 30513


12th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival

Blue Ridge, GA. Downtown City Park. Live music, ice sculptures, amazing chili and craft beer! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the Peoples Choice Award. An amazing display of unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice including several ice carving demonstrations. Tasting cards are limited and will be sold from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Tasting at noon. Cook-Off happens come rain, snow or shine! Hosted by the Blue Ridge Business Association Info: bestofblueridge.biz/ or (678) 793-6645.




Thru 12/17

Holiday Show and Sale and SAAG Marvelous Miniatures Exhibit

Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of hand-made items ranging from ornaments to pottery and paintings. Gift Certificates. Unique exhibit focused on miniature artworks created by artists of our Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG). Free. Opening reception 11/20, 6-9pm. The Art Center, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Info: 706-632-2144 or blueridgearts.net

Thru 12/23

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Hiawassee, GA. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds transforms into a spectacular, magical holiday light show immersed in Christmas music, arts and crafts, food, fun, entertainment, photo opportunities, and a visit with Santa Claus! Come early on Saturdays for the Craft Show and stay for the lights 4pm-9pm! Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from November 24-December 17th. Open EVERY night from December 18th-23rd! Admission: $6.00 Kids under 12 Free. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, PO Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: (706) 896-4191 or georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

11/24 – 12/23

Holiday Express Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge, GA.  A 1-hour train ride with holiday music, “The Night Before Christmas,” hot chocolate or other snacks available for sale. Kids get a jingle bell, candy cane, and activity packet. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.
Info: (877) 413-8724, www.brscenic.com


Christmas on the River

McCaysville, GA. Light up the season on the river with family & friends! Visit Santa at the Riverwalk.  Light-up festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and the lighting of the tree is at 7:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Drive (Hwy 5), McCaysville, GA 30555. 

11/25 – 11/26

Light Up Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, GA. Store discounts, holiday cheer, food vendors, strolling entertainment. Santa in the Gazebo. Gingerbread Village open to the public at noon from Nov. 25th to Dec. 11th at the Arts Center. The Christmas Parade is on Saturday the day of Light Up Blue Ridge, it starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends with the lighting of the tree. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-258-8289, pam@lgwebconsulting.com or www.lightupblueridge.info

12/1 thru 12/31

Tour of Trees

Blairsville, GA. Come see the magical display of Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses designed by our local businesses! Free. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Rec Rd., Blairsville, GA. Info: VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

Tuesdays thru 12/20

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) 

Blue Ridge, GA. Dinner Theater comes to Blue Ridge! at The General Ledger Starring Gary Collier, Joey Roderick, & Bill Szarowicz. $65 per guest. Dinner 6:30 – Show 7:30. Reservations Required: 706-946-0476. The General Ledger,260 W Main St Blue Ridge, GA 30513 

12/2 -12/3

Dailey & Vincent ChristmasFest

Hiawassee, GA. Two days of Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and all the Christmas music you can handle! Tickets: 1-Day: $75.00, 2-Day: $135.00. 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  Info: (706) 896-4191, georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

12/2- 12/3 & 12/9- 12/10

Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane 

Dahlonega, GA. Hosted by Dahlonega Woman’s Club. Unique gifts by artists and crafters, gift baskets, homemade sweets. Benefits children of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. Free! 10am-5pm, Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, Community House, 111 N. Park St., downtown Dahlonega. DahlonegaWomansClub.org.


Holly, Jolly Christmas

Blairsville, GA. Breakfast and photos with Santa, games, a small train for kids to ride. Free! Info: www.visitblairsvillega.com


Kris Kringle Market

Blairsville, GA. A wide variety of crafts, activities for kids and of course Santa. Union County Farmers Market. Free. Info: http://www.visitblairsvillega.com/


Christmas on the Square

Blairsville, GA. A Family-Friendly Event for Elves of All Ages! Santa at the Historic Courthouse, activities for kids like ornament painting and games, caroling and the tree-lighting, and of course our night-time parade starting at 6pm. Free! 3pm- 8pm. Info: http://www.visitblairsvillega.com


Copper Basin Christmas Parade

Copperhill, TN. Copperhill Kiwanis Club, 63nd Annual Christmas Parade. Come out to take part of a fun and exciting day! 2pm-4pm. Info: Howard Jabaley-706-455-0082


Rock the Block

Blairsville, GA. Grits & Greens is gonna Rock The Block with our Ultimate Block Party. Ax throwing, live music from Rusted Melody, cornhole, hamburgers & hotdogs, smores, face painting, and so much more! Kids will love jumping in the bouncy house and sipping on hot chocolate. 7-9pm. Grits & Greens, 40 Earnest Street, Blairsville, GA. Info: www.blairsvillerestaurant.com or (706) 705-5329. 


‘Tis The Season Festival

Jasper, GA. Pickens Community Thrift Store host of ‘Tis The Season Fest will feature a chili cook-off, car show (starting at noon), live music, food, door prizes, great bargains for Christmas buys & Santa with gifts for the kids. Tickets required for car show & Chili Cook-off. 10am -3pm. Community Thrift Store, 110 Samaritan Drive Jasper, GA. 30143. Info: www.pickenscommunitythriftstore.org or 706-253-7770 


Christmas in Ducktown

Ducktown, TN. Cornhole Tournament, registration 3:30pm, games at 4pm, $20 per team to benefit the Midge Stone Scholarship. Tree lighting at 6pm, parade at 6:30pm. Copper Basin booster club will be selling BBQ, burgers and the band will be selling hotdogs and baked goods. Info: 706-851-4329


Light Up Ellijay

Ellijay, GA. Christmas starts with Santa at 4pm on the courthouse steps, Gilmer Schools Choruses singing Christmas Carols on the square, the lighting of the tree in the square at 6pm and the Light Up Ellijay parade through the square followed by Santa at the courthouse. Vendors will be set up near the square and merchants will stay open until after the parade. FREE! For info call Pam: 706.635.5605

12/3 – 12/4

Christmas at Young Harris College

Young Harris, GA. Celebrate the season with the Mountain Community Chorus at this beloved annual concert that showcases the collaborative spirit of musicians from the College and local community. 7pm. Tickets & Info: 706-379-4307. Glenn – McGinnis Hall


Holiday Tour of Homes

Jasper, GA. Visit Historic Homes in Downtown Jasper. Benefiting ACES Youth Home. 1pm- 5pm. $25 Advance, $30 Day of Tour. Call 706-253-2375 or visit www.acesyouthhome.org for more information and to purchase tickets. 


Night of Lights Christmas Celebration and Parade 

Jasper, GA. Parade Theme is “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Event Begins at 2pm, Parade Starts: 6pm. Hosted by the Jasper Merchants Association. Main Street Downtown Jasper.


Christmas Tour of Homes

Blue Ridge, GA. Join Fannin County Family Connection on our Christmas Tour of Homes! Meet at the Fannin County Family Connection Community Room for holiday refreshments between 11 am and 2 pm. You will receive your maps and directions, along with credentials for entry into each of the homes. You may visit homes between 1 PM until 6 PM. Tickets available at Fannin County Family Connection, United Community Bank and online at www.fannin.gafcp.org. All proceeds are used to fund Drug & Alcohol outreach programs and the food pantry at Family Connection. Tickets $30 per individual ticket or $50 per couple. Info: https://fcfc1.org/christmas-tour-of-homes.

Fannin County Family Connection, 501 Fannin Industrial Park Blue Ridge, GA 30513(706) 632-6063


Holiday Tour of Homes Built by Club Kids 

Ellijay, GA. Visit the Boys & Girls Club. The kids show off custom-built Holiday Houses. Bake Sale, Hot Cocoa and Coffee. Santa, caroling elves, Workshop for holiday crafts. To benefit science, engineering, technology, and math program. Come experience what our Clubs and our kids are all about this holiday season. FREE! 5:30-7:30pm. Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia (Gilmer Club),
Info:  706-253-2582 x 2


Selfies with Santa

Blue Ridge, GA. Santa is coming to the Habitat ReStore of Blue Ridge, GA! Come take a selfie pic with Santa and enjoy some treats and refreshments. While you’re there be sure to visit our Christmas Store for all your shopping needs. Free! 11am – 2pm. Habitat ReStore, 4187 E. First St., Blue Ridge, GA. 30513. Info: (706) 632-6337 or www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeReStore/

12/10 & 12/11

Copper Country Christmas

Copperhill, TN. Saturday: 1pm-3pm, Kids’ Craft Station at Advance America; 3pm-5pm Live Reindeer in the parking lot beside Copper Mine Candle with digital photos by Digital Ocoee for $10 or take your own photo for a $5 sitting fee; 3:00-5:00 Kids’ Craft Station at Copperhill Brewery. Sunday: 1pm- 3pm, Kids’ Craft station at Buck Bald Brewing; 3pm- 5pm Kids’ Craft Station at Copper Mine Candle Co. Crafts include cookie decorating, ornaments, cards and more for a 5$ suggested donation. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! All to benefit Discover Copper Basin, the non-profit established to make improvements to Copperhill and the Copper Basin.


Atlanta Pops Orchestra Christmas Concert 

Ellijay, GA. Featuring Cloe Agnew with combined Gilmer School Choruses. 7:30 pm. Victory Christian Center on Maddox Drive. Tickets and Info: www.gilmerarts.org or call 706.635.5605.


Holiday Tour of Homes Built by Club Kids 

Jasper, GA. Visit the Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia (Pickens Club) for a holiday celebration. The club kids will show off custom-built Holiday Houses. Bake Sale with Hot Cocoa and Coffee. Santa and caroling elves will be making spirits bright. Workshop for holiday crafts. Proceeds to benefit science, engineering, technology, and math program. Come experience what our Clubs and our kids are all about this holiday season. FREE! 5:30-7:30pm. Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia (Pickens Club), Roper Park, 2094 Refuge Rd, Jasper, GA 30143. Info: (706) 253-2582




Ongoing Wednesdays

Themed Storytime & Crafts

Jasper, GA. Join Miss Crystal at Pickens County Recreation Department in classroom one for Storytime! We’ll have themed stories and a themed craft! Children must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up for this event, call 706-692-5411 or visit: calendarwiz.com/sequoyahreglib. Pickens County Recreation Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA

Second Saturdays

Children’s Story Time

Blairsville, GA. Bring your little ones, ages 3-10, to our monthly Storytime at Book Bound Bookstore to enjoy a different story, a craft, and a drawing to win a free book! Story starts @ 1PM with craft to follow! Free! Book Bound Bookstore, 35 Blue Ridge St., Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: 706-897-4198 or http://Bookboundbooks.com


Ride The Rails ~ Tri State Model Railroaders

Mineral Bluff, GA. A 5-mile round-trip ride by Railroad Motor Car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to Murphy Junction and returning over the bridge back to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Then take a short ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car. Real fun for all ages. Special for children: Ride the miniature 7½ gauge hand car for free! Suggested Donations: MOTOR CAR $15.00 – Adults 18+, FREE  – Youths 0 -17 with paid adult, HAND CAR $ 2.00 Per person/per trip, MINI HAND CAR, Free to all ages. Noon- 4pm. Info: (423) 299-3914 or visit https://tsmri.org. Historic L&N Depot, 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559.  

12/8 & 12/15

Knit a Scarf by Christmas for Teens

Blairsville, GA. Fun after school activity for teens 12-18 years old. Bring a favorite size 5 or 6 yarn and a size 10 or larger needle. Some supplies are available for those that don’t have them. 3:30pm. FREE! Union County Public Library, 303 Hunt Martin St. Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: www.mountainlibrary.com/locations/ucpl/ or 706-745-7491.


Merry Grinchmas ~ Fannin County Public Library

Blue Ridge, GA. Join the Fannin County Public Library for a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, a visit by the Grinch (in person), games, and crafts. Our Fannin Friends of the Library will provide cookies and drinks for attendees. The event is free and for all ages. Attendees can dress in Whoville costumes if they wish. 11am. Fannin County Library, 400 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.mountainlibrary.com/locations/fcpl/ or 706-632-5263.


Keepsake Ornaments

Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate the holidays by decorating a gingerbread keepsake ornament! All Ages All supplies provided. 10am- 11am. FREE! Fannin County Library, 400 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.mountainlibrary.com/locations/fcpl/ or 706-632-5263.

1/20 thru 2/5

The Addams Family Musical Comedy

Blue ridge, GA. Grown up Wednesday Addams brings her ‘normal’ boyfriend (a secret kept from Morticia) & his parents to dinner and everything changes for the whole family! Thursdays – Saturdays 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets and Info: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com Phone: (706) 632-9191. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.




Every Evening

Bell Music from the Tower

7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org

Fridays & Saturdays

Live Music at Misty
Mountain Hops

Blue Ridge, GA. 6- 9pm. Misty Mountain Hops, 3300 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: 706-946-8620

Fridays & Saturdays

Live Music at the Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Blairsville, GA. Small venue concerts. Free, donations accepted. 1pm- 3pm. Reece Farm and Heritage Center, 8552 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512. Info: Web: http://www.unioncountyga.gov/reecefarm/ Email: bhrfarm@uniongov.com Phone: (706) 745-2034

3rd Friday Every Month

Live Music Acoustic Blends

Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www.gilmerarts.com


Live Music at Rocco’s

Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com


Surrender Hill Band

Ellijay, GA. Americana Music, Robin and Afton Salmon, 7pm George Link, Jr Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA  Tickets and info: 706.635.5605 or http://www.gilmerarts.org/musical-arts/


Corey Smith and Travis Denning

Hiawassee, GA. Corey Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning has received over 398M million streams worldwide. 7pm- 11pm. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, PO Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: (706) 896-4191 or https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com





Ring in the New Year!

Hiawassee, GA. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Fun starts at 5pm, fireworks begin at 8:45pm. Blairsville Cruisers will be on the Fairgrounds from 5pm-7pm for a car show. Hot Chocolate, BBQ, and Hotdogs will be available for sale beginning at 5:30pm. No charge. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, PO Box 444, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: (706) 896-4191 or https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com


New Year’s Eve (Afternoon) in Paris

Murphy, NC. Themed formal event benefitting the Valley River Humane Society. Wine tasting, appetizers, noise makers, Paris Live Feed, Champagne Toast, Silent Auction. Live Jazz by Denise Moore. 3pm – 6pm. Ticket prices start at $35/person. The Mason Bar, 46 Valley River Ave, Murphy, NC 28906. 


New Year’s Eve with Topper and Vybbe

Ellijay, GA. Join us for the best party in the mountains of north Georgia. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. Tickets and info:  Gilmerarts.org or call 706.635.5605.





Dual Sport Vento Adventure Touring

McCaysville, GA. The thrill of the outdoors, the beauty of nature, the serenity of being unplugged. Our moto tour through Georgia offers you all of these experiences, with more than 1000 miles of natural beauty. Info: www.ventooffroadadventure.com.


Benton McKaye Trail Association Hikes 

BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.


Fun Runs at The Riverwalk

McCaysville, GA.Walk, jog, or run with us every Thursday at 5:30pm .. then stick around to unwind with a craft beer or fine wine. Meet by the steel bridge. Location: Riverwalk Shops ~ Burra Burra, 100 Blue Ridge Drive, McCaysville, GA 30555. Info: www.riverwalkshops.com


Blue Ridge Turkey Trot 5k Marathon

Blue Ridge, GA. The race is for all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor. We are one of the biggest races in our surrounding area with over 700 runners, walkers and fans joining in the Thanksgiving fun! Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting! $30. Registration 7am, Race 8am. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: cherie@blueridgeturkeytrot.com Phone: (828) 557-5405

Thru 1/9

Blue Ridge on Ice

Blue Ridge, GA. Ice Skating opens at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, located next door to The Swan Drive-In. Will be open beginning Friday, November 18th and continuing through Jan. 9th. Opening daily and will have special hours on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost is $10.00 and includes skate rental. Concession stand available. Info: www.blueridgemountains.com/events/blue-ridge-on-ice/, 787 Summit Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513




11/17 – 12/11

Elf: The Musical

Blue Ridge, GA. Rated PG-13. Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets and Info: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com Phone: (706) 632-9191. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 

12/2 thru 12/11

A Candle in the Window

Ellijay, GA. When passengers are stranded at a train station on Christmas Eve their lives are changed for the better by children who visit to perform the nativity. The tapestry that their stories weave during this short stop on their journeys is an inspiring Christmas story of hope. George Link, Jr Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA. Tickets, times and info: gilmerarts.org or call 706.635.5605.


Dad’s Garage Improv

Blue Ridge, GA. A wonderful night of entertainment as Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage Improv teams up with Project Chimps to give back and give laughs! Bring your friends, but leave the kids at home! 7:30pm. Tickets and Info: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com Phone: (706) 632-9191. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 




Open Every Day

Engelheim Vineyards 

Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit engelheim.com.


Cartecay Vineyards 

Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visitcartecayvineyards.com


Cartecay Wine & Craft

Ellijay, GA. Serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers. 19 South Main Street Ellijay, Georgia 30540. 706-697-9463 or FB@cartecaywineandcraft


Cartecay Wine & Craft

Blue Ridge, GA. Serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers. 598 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 946-3050 or FB@cartecaywineandcraft


Chateau Meichtry

Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or chateaumeichtry.com.

Tuesdays – Sundays

Crane Creek VIneyards 

Young Harris, GA. Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236 or cranecreekvineyards.com


Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting

Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer and specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. www.outofzbleu.com


Copperhill Brewery

Copperhill, TN. High quality craft brews, stop in and experience ours! 105 Ocoee Street – Copperhill, TN  37317. Info: 423-548-3030 or copperhillbrewery.com


Buck Bald Brewing- Copperhill, TN

Buck Bald Brewing, 160 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Noon-8pm. Info: buckbaldbrewing.com or


Buck Bald Brewing- Murphy, NC

Buck Bald Brewing, Noon- 8pm. Now serving wine! 104 Tennesse Street Suite D Murphy, NC. buckbaldbrewing.com or @buckbaldbrewingmurphy


Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870, grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Fannin Brewing Company

3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

Ongoing Mon- Sun

Valley River Brewery & Eatery

Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbrewery.com

Fridays – Sundays

Pendley Creek Brewing Company

Jasper, GA. Flights, pints, and growlers to-go, we are proud to be Jasper’s first small-hold brewery. Pendley Creek Brewing Company,  57 N. Main Street Jasper, GA 30143. Info: @PendleyCreek  Brewery,(706) 253-2739 or pendleycreekbrewingco.com

Currahhee Brewing Co.

Franklin, NC. Mon-Thur 12-9 PM // Fri & Sat 12-10 PM Sunday 12-8 PM. 100 Lakeside Dr, Franklin, NC 28734. Info: 828.634.0078 or www.curraheebrew.com


Angry Hops Brewing

Blue Ridge, GA. 341 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. Hours vary, check on https://www.facebook.com/AngryHopsBrewing or visit: angryhopsbrewing.com


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