What’s Happening in the Mountains for October – November 2019

By on October 13, 2019

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


First Fridays

Murphy Art Walk

Murphy, NC. Local chefs and individuals make their special dishes.  Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild 5-8 pm.  Visit http://visitcherokeecountync.com/  or call 828-557-0602

Thursday Mornings

Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee

If interested in joining the group, contact Joyce Clair  (clairjoy@hotmail.com ) to get on the email notification list. Joyce sends out an email every Wednesday with info on where to meet and whether or not plein air is cancelled due to weather. There is no fee as this is not a class. Bring your own art supplies, chair, water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. All media and skill levels. www.artworksgalleryga.com 

9/10 thru 10/13

Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit

Blue Ridge, GA. A spectacular exhibit filled with images from local scenery and landscapes painted during our 2019 Plein Air International Paint Out.  Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration & Info: 706-632-2144 or blueridgearts.net

10/5 thru 1/4

AIR 4th Qtr – Jerry Mucklow

Blue Ridge, GA. Jerry Mucklow is a multi-talented digital photographer whose subject matter is as vast as his talent. With an extensive background in landscape and commercial photography, his catalog of work is filled with striking images that tell a story and immediately captures your attention. His work is sure to impress during his artist-in-residency at the Art Center. Opening reception will be held October 5, 5-7pm. For info visit  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

10/5 thru 11/9

SAAG National Juried Show

Join us for 12th Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show. This show presents a variety of artists from across the nation in a wide variety of mediums.  View high caliber national and regional artists on display as they all vie for the $5,000 in cash prizes and awards. Opening reception will be October 5, 5-7pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

10/12 & 10/13

Fall Arts in the Park 

Join us for the Fall Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Festival is held rain or shine. Shop from a variety of artworks from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, and engage in multiple artist demos and a free children’s activity booth.  Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit community arts association. 10am-5pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

10/19 & 10/20

Folk Artist Marian Baker

Mark your calendar to come: Meet & Greet contemporary folk artist Marian Baker see her works at Around Back at Rocky’s Place 3631 Hwy. 53 E Dawsonville, GA on Saturday, October 19th 11-5 & Sunday, October 20th 1-5!!! gallery@aroundbackatrockysplace.com, 706-265-6030 or visit www.aroundbackatrockysplace.com


Photographic Art by Matthew Ward Opening Reception

Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts B.E.S.T. Visual Arts Series (Bringing Ellijay Sensational Talent) announces its 10th exhibition in the series with the opening of Photographic Art by photographer Matthew Ward. Matthew’s thought-provoking images from around the world will be displayed during the solo exhibition. Meet Matthew at the opening reception on Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. His photographs will be on display at Gilmer Arts until December 12, 2019. Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www.gilmertarts.com or 706-635-5605.


WhoDunIt? Fundraiser

Blue Ridge, GA. This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art, the mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun.  Limited tickets are available for this event. 6pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

11/16 thru 1/4

Holiday Show & Sale

Blue Ridge, GA. Come shop for that creative and unique holiday gift. Hundreds of hand-made items ranging from ornaments to pottery to one of kind paintings, all beautifully displayed within our Richard Low Evans Gallery, just in time for the holidays.  Gift Certificates are also available. Opening reception will be November 16, 6-9pm. For info visit www.blueridgearts.nethttp://www.blueridgearts.net/, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144


First Thursdays

Shop Late Blairsville! 

Participating Downtown Blairsville businesses will be open additional hours from 5pm – 8pm and will feature deals, discounts and other exciting offers! So avoid the crowds on the weekends and come spend some time in Downtown Blairsville. Just look for a red balloon and you’ll find a business that’s happy to serve you! 5 – 8pm.

First Fridays

Block Party

Downtown Canton, GA. First Friday, May through October, Historic Downtown Canton. Live music, car shows, food trucks and local shopping. 6-9pm. https://www.cantonga.gov/visit/mainstreet/first_fridays.htm


Trivia with Danny Rhea

Copperhill Brewery, TN. Join the fun and test your knowledge while drinking craft beer you’ll dig. Free! 6-8pm. Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37313. Info: www.copperhillbrewery.com or 423.548.3030


CASA Volunteer Training

Ellijay, GA. Join us for our online flex training. Orientation begins on Friday, September 27th at 9:00 am in our CASA office located on the 2nd floor (Suite 201) of the Gilmer County Courthouse. This is a web based training where you will only report to the office on Friday’s. The session ends on Friday, November 8th with a swearing in ceremony at 2:00 pm. Info: Brian Copeland Recruitment & Engagement Specialist 706-276-2272.

4th Fridays March through September

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins

Blue Ridge, GA. Great fun for the whole family. Free event but you’ll want to at least buy one of their great desserts!  Free registration if you want to bring your classic car and you get a $4.00 off DQ Certificate when you register. 6pm – 8pm. Dairy Queen 380 Progress Circle Blue Ridge, GA. georgiamountainclassics@hotmail.com

9/20 thru 11/11

Fall Foliage Train Rides

Blue Ridge, GA. The most popular ride of the year starts at our historic Blue Ridge depot and travels for a roundtrip journey of four hours through the lush Chattahoochee National Forrest. Our Fall Foliage rides depart at 10 AM, 11 AM, or 3 PM on select days. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets and info: https://brscenic.com, info@brscenic.com or (877) 413-8724.

10/3 thru 10/7

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Blue Ridge, GA. Welcome to The Traveling Wall

Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. Behind the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For Info: 706-632-5680 or http://www.travelingwall.us


Gilmer County Food Bank Brunswick Stew Lunch

Ellijay, GA. Mountain Aire Realty will be sponsoring there annual Brunswick Stew lunch benefiting the Gilmer County Food Pantry. For only $5 you will receive a Cup of Stew (John Wade’s secret recipe), bag of chips and bottle water.  All proceeds go to the Gilmer County Food Pantry. To go orders available. 11am – 1pm at Mountain Aire Realty, 97 Mulberry St., East Ellijay, GA 30540. For info: Hope Cantrell 706-276-1122


Georgia State Clogging Convention

Hiawassee, GA. This NCHC Sanctioned competition will offer all Sanctioned Categories, Solos, and Duets.  The event will be held in the 2,900 seat climate controlled Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191. 


Pours for Pups Football Party

Blue Ridge, GA. Come join the biggest football party Blue Ridge has ever seen. Watch the GA vs. TN game on the big screen for a great cause! Local breweries and wineries. Live music by Gopher Broke. Raffles, food and more! All proceeds to benefit Tri State Pet Rescue. $35.00 per person.  3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Willowcreek Falls and Vineyard, 35 Trackside Lane, Blue Ridge, GA. Info and tickets: Tri-State Pet Rescue Thrift Store: 164 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. (706) 946-1012, www.tristatepetrescue.com, 706-633-7282, or info@tristatepetrescue.com.



Blue Ridge, GA. Join Grumpy Old Men Brewing for Barktoberfest. Enjoy Live music by Daisy Chain, 50/50 Raffle and a Silent Auction. Mystic Mountain Pizza Food Truck on site. Benefitting the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $25 entrance fee gets you 1 commemorative Barktoberfest Glass, 1 HSRR Glass Koozie, 2 Craft Beer Tokens. Grumpy Old Men Brewing, 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info:

www.humanesocietyofblueridge.org or 706-632-4357.


‘70s Dance Party w/ Danny Rhea

Copperhill, TN. Let’s bring back the 70s for one night! Danny Rhea will be spinning top hits from the decade, so be sure to wear your “Boogie Shoes.” Pull out your best 70s attire and join us for night of fun, craft beer, and disco! We will be giving a prize to the best dressed! FREE! 7pm – 10pm. Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: www.copperhillbrewery.com, info@copperhillbrewery.com or  423-548-3030.


Mountain City Mayhem Fall Festival

Jasper, GA. Car, Truck, Jeep & Motorcycle Show and Airport Appreciation Day! Music, Kids Area, Food, Fun for the Whole Family!! Free admission for spectators. 10 am – 6pm. $20 to enter autos at gate to be eligible for Trophies. Vendors and Autos Pre-register at https://www.jasperjma.com/events-calendar/. Location: Picken’s County Airport, 193 Pickens Airport Rd., Jasper, GA 30143. 


Farm to Table Dinner

Andrews, NC. Annual fundraiser showcasing local farmers and businesses. Plus entertainment and an art show. All proceeds go towards upgrades and upkeep of this historic building. $50.00 a plate. 5:30pm. Valleytown Cultural Arts Center 125 Chestnut St Andrews, NC. Tickets and info: http://www.vcahs.com or Lori Coffey 828-361-278.


Master Gardener Hosts Joe Lamp Book Signing!

Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry. Join us as the Master Gardener Hosts Joe Lamp for a book signing at the vineyard!! Local vendors will be here with there items on display for sale, along with the Domin8 Food Truck on site!! 1pm – 5pm. Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Win, 1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175. www.chateaumeichtry.co or 706-502-1608.


1st Annual Toys for Tots Chili Cook Off

Jasper, GA. Toys for Tots Chili Cook Off benefiting the children of Pickens County. All proceeds raised go directly to Pickens Toys for Tots. $20 entry fee. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Fan Fav! Entries and volunteers wanted! 10 am. Pickens County Community Center, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA. Info or to enter the cook off, contact Amy Hamby 706-502-1028.


7th Annual PetoberFest

Japser, GA. Games & Raffles, Pet Adoptions & Vaccinations. Costume Contests: Noon – Small Pet under 25 lbs. 12:30 pm – Large pet over 45 lbs. 1 pm – Scariest pet. 1:30 pm – Look alike pet. Benefitting Partners of Pickens Pets. 10am – 2pm. Sacketts Country, 100 Shelby Lane, Jasper, GA. Info: www.partnersofpickenspets.org, partnersofpickenspets@gmail.com or 678-656-7611.


Harrison Park Chili Challenge and Fall Celebration

Ellijay, GA. Join Friends of Harrison Park for their first Chili Challenge sponsored by local restaurants and other businesses.   There will be live music and prizes for the chili contestants. Everyone is invited to come, sample chilis and vote for his or her favorite. $5.00. 11am – 3pm. Info: Kim Adamson 404-723-6891 or https://www.facebook.com/harrisonparkellijay

10/26 & 11/30

Cars and Coffee – Cruise-in – Automotive Social Event

Ellijay, GA. North Georgia’s monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Held on the last Saturday of each month. Bring your everything on wheels and enjoy free coffee and donuts. 50/50 raffle and great conversation. 8am – 11pm. Riverside Pavillion On Main Street, Ellijay, GA  30540. Info: Www.EllijayMountainCruisers.com, Michael Johnson 843-814-3774 or mhjfedex@aol.com


Annual Copper Basin Veterans Parade

McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Parade begins on West Tennessee Ave, turns North onto Hwy 5, crossing over the concrete bridge at the Toccoa River, left on Ocoee Street into Copperhill then left onto Grande Avenue to cross the Steel Bridge. Both Fannin County High School Band and the Copper Basin High School bands will be performing along with several other clubs and organizations. 3pm. Info: Donna Tresslar: (706) 492-4333.

11/15 & 11/16

Holiday Market in Jasper

Japser, GA. Friday Night Extravaganza – 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 – Dinner, Entertaimnet, Preview Shopping and FREE $5 Diva and Dude Dollars shopping coupon. Saturday Spectacular Shopping – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Door Donation – Breakfast and Lunch options, Entertainment, Shopping and FANTASTIC Door Prize opportunities. All Holiday Market in Jasper event profits are awarded to non-profit and charity organizations. For more information visit our Facebook page, website – holidaymarketinjasper.com, or call 678-986-0621. 

11/16 & 11/17

19th Annual Mistletoe Market

Blairsville, GA. Indoor Arts & Crafts Show. Local and regional vendors showcasing their handmade creations which include wood crafts, jewelry,  pottery, and soap to name a few items. Admission is free and there will be a light lunch available for purchase. 11/16 from 9-4, 11/17 from 11-4 at the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville, 121 Meeks Ave., Blairsville, GA. Info: www.artguildstore.com or 706-896-0932.

11/28 thru 12/28

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Hiawassee, GA.  Enjoy Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. – Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $5. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com 


Light Up the Basin

McCaysville, GA. Copperhill, TN. Join us for Holiday Fun and the lighting of the Big Tree. Info: www.GoCopperBasin.com, https://www.facebook.com/GoCopperBasin/ or 770-597-0252.


Blue Friday

Blue Ridge, GA. Blue Friday is when merchants offer discounts and the downtown area will be filled with live entertainment throughout the day. Strolling Christmas characters, food vendors and entertainment in the park. Info: https://lightupblueridge.info/ or 706-258-2432.


Light Up Ellijay- A Small Town Holiday Celebration

Ellijay, GA. Activities include arts and craft vendors set up on board street during the day and through the evening events. There is a lighted Christmas parade at 6:00pm, following the lighting of the Christmas tree. The tree is lit to the sounds of carolers are 5:30pm. Info: www.gilmerchamber.com or 706-635-7400.


Light Up Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, GA. A full day of fun begins on Saturday when Santa arrives on the train approximately 11:15  a.m. Santa will be in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for visits with the kids. Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and then the weekend concludes with lighting of the GREAT TREE at 7 pm.  This 27 foot tall tree is a sight that will WOW children and adults alike. Info: https://lightupblueridge.info/ or 706-258-2432.


Towns County Sheriff Empty Stocking Fund Parade

Hiawasee, GA. Enjoy bringing in the Christmas Season6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Info: (706) 896-4966


Christmas Tour of Homes

Fannin County, GA. Back by Popular Demand the Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Fannin County Family Connection. Save the Date! Participants will receive a map to tour fabulous homes throughout Fannin County. For more info contact: Family Connection, 101 Fannin Industrial Park, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Phone: 706-632-6063.


10/1 thru 10/31

Scarecrow Invasion on the Square

Hiawassee, GA. The Hiawassee Square has been invaded by scarecrows! As you come into town during the month of October you will be welcomed by dozens of scarecrows. The Square will be filled with selfie spots – remember to strike a pose, snap a pic, and tag us in your selfie, #SquareCrows. Winner of the Scarecrow Invasion will receive bragging rights and a trophy. Businesses, non-profits, and individuals are welcome to join us in the fun of decorating your scarecrow. Register your scarecrow to participate! $25 to register your scarecrow. A portion of the proceeds will go to Towns County Food Pantry. Info: 706-896-4966.

10/18 & 10/19

Ooky Spooky Light Show

Young Harris, GA. Classic Halloween tunes such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” amazing full-dome graphics and light show. Great for families, visuals are fun, a little spooky, and will leave you smiling $5. 7pm & 8pm. Young Harris College, Rollins Planetarium. (800) 241-3754 www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows

10/25 -10/27

Chimp or Treat at Project Chimps

Morganton, GA. Reserve Your Spot Now, Trick or Treat with the Chimps!

Learn about the lives of former research chimps while trick or treating around the Peachtree Habitat! Costumes are encouraged because the chimps enjoy the human parade! $10 per child and one adult chaperone. Additional adult, $25. 11am – 3pm. Tickets and Info: projectchimps.org/events/chimp-or-treat-2, info@projectchimps.org or 706-374-3675.


Haunts and Harvest: An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories

Blue Ridge, GA. An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories. Proceeds go to UNG’s Blue Ridge Georgia Mountains Scholarship, UNG Appalachian Studies Center and the Sunny D Children’s Theater Scholarship programs. $10.00 Adults – $5.00 Students. 7pm – 8pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. blueridgearts.net


Hometown Halloween on the Square

Downtown Blairsville, GA. Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Games, costume contests and lots of trick or treats provided by local businesse. FREE! 6pm – 8pm. Info: http://www.downtownblairsville.com or 06-347-3503.


Halloween Safe Zone

Blue Ridge, GA. Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy. Fun begins at 5:30 pm.


Halloween Safe Zone

McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. Local businesses will be hosting this awesome Trick-or-Treat event. 5-7pm. Info: www.GoCopperBasin.com, https://www.facebook.com/GoCopperBasin/ or 770-597-0252.


Halloween on the Square

Ellijay, GA. Trick or Treating Safety Zone will start at 5pm and end at 7pm. Trick or Treating zones will be North Main Street, River Street Parking Lot, Church Street and Downtown businesses. 



Mountain Regional Library System Events

Visit your local library for weekly events such as Story Time, Board Games, Crafting Club, Book Club & more! Visit mountainregionallibrary.org


Sequoyah Regional Library System Events

Visit your local library for weekly events for kids of all ages such as Story Time, Kendama Club, Teen Japanese Culture, Youth Crochet Club, Dungeons & Dragons, Lego Club, Coloring Group, Book Club and more! Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org


Family Story Time

Ellijay, GA. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Mornings: 10:30am – 11:30am. Afternoons: 4:00pm – 4:45pm. Free! Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540. Registration is required: 706-635-4528. http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/


Raptor Rendezvous

Brasstown Bald Visitor’s Center. Georgia Mountain Falconry  will bring a variety of native and non-native raptors for you to meet and greet. Two special presentations on raptors and the art of falconry will take place at noon and three o’clock in the mountain top theater. Program seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. Guests will be allowed to take photos. Free program with park entry of $5 per adult, kids 15 & under are free. America the Beautiful passes are accepted. Info: (706) 896-4966 or https://cfaia.org/visitor-centers-gift-shops/georgia-visitor-centers-gift-shops/brasstown-bald-recreation-area-visitor-centers-in-georgia/brasstown-bald-programs-events-calendar/


Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth millions of years ago and wipe out a majority of all living things at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this impact and other cosmic collisions, which are abundant across our solar system. See the numerous craters on worlds like the moon, Mars and even distant Pluto. This show is appropriate for children and families. 7pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130.


Skies Over Georgia

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium.  Featuring a live presenter and using the planetarium’s digital and optical star projectors to their fullest, this traditional star show allows audiences to explore the heavens as they appear above the mountains of North Georgia. Learn how to identify the planets and stars currently visible in the night sky, take a guided tour of the constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories. This show is appropriate for general audiences. 8pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130


Observatory Open House

Young Harris, GA. On these special evenings, the Young Harris College Observatory is open to the public for telescopic viewing, if the skies are clear. The observatory features a 14-inch telescope and is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps will be available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour. Please note: there is limited parking, no shuttle service and no restroom facilities. Additionally, it’s an uphill walk from the parking area. 9pm. Info: Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130.

11/22, 12/6 & 12/13

Let It Snow*A Holiday Music Journey

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. This family-friendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics—from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee—and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. *Cosmic Concerts are non-astronomy programs containing loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars and other effects that some may find disruptive. They are not recommended for those who may have conditions that could be aggravated by this experience. 7pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130

11/22, 12/6 & 12/13

Season of Light Special Holiday Presentation

Young Harris, GA. Rollins Planetarium. This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Come and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky. 8pm. $5. Tickets and info: https://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium/public-shows or contact director Steve Morgan: smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130.

11/29 thru 12/23

Santa Express Train

Blue Ridge, GA. This 1-hour Santa Express train is your chance to ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus on this festive train ride. Your family will hear a Christmas story, hear Christmas songs, meet Christmas characters, and of course, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their way through the train. The Santa Express departs at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, or 4 PM. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets and info: https://brscenic.com, info@brscenic.com or (877) 413-8724.



Garden Tours

Blairsville, GA. Come learn about how our ancestors and native Americans used plants for food, fiber and medicine. Find out how “weeds” may provide homes to valuable pollinators.Tours tailored to fit your interests are provided by our fabulous garden guides in a beautiful setting. Free! No pets. The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center is located 3 miles south of the Blairsville Square, on the east side of Hwy 19/129. For info: Clare Johnston at 706-745-2655 or http://gmrec.uga.edu/commcouncil/preserve.html#mondaygardentours

Second Saturday Every Month

BMT Trail Work

Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) needs volunteers to work on the trail. Something for everyone from cutting back weeds and painting blazes on trees and more.  For more information, contact Phil Guhl at pguhl AT guhlspace.com or 770-548-5590. http://www.bmta.org/

2X Weekly

Mountain High Hikers

Before hiking with the Mountain High Hikers, please carefully read the Hiking Guidelines on the website and come prepared with water, food, first aid items, rain gear, proper clothing and shoes, hiking sticks, and a small pack to carry your supplies. Visit website for calendar and availability: www.mountainhighhikers.org

10/12 & 11/12

Fireside Storytellin’ & Full Moon Hike

Anna Ruby Falls, GA. In the magical holler of Anna Ruby Falls, we gather around the campfire with renowned North Georgia storytellers, Emory Jones, Garrison Baker, and the Hardman Farms Living History Group. Hear stories of our wise ole’ mountains and intriguing characters. As the full moon rises, you’ll be guided up the creek trail to the serene sounds and moonlight glow. Pre-registration required. $20 per adult $10 per/ 15 & under. Anna Ruby Falls, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd., Helen, GA 30545. Tickets & Info: (706) 878-1448


AR Georgia Blue Ridge Ultra Marathon

Blue Ridge, GA. A 50K loop trail race deep in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest. 16 miles of the Benton MacKaye trail, 6 miles of Hidden trails and 9 miles of Forest Service roads. Using the same trails, there is a 30K and 15K option. Tough, technical spots, single track trails, jumping over logs, creek crossings, steep ascents and steeper descents. Start and Finish at the historic Shallowford iron bridge spanning the Toccoa River. This race will challenge the most experienced. Info: www.argeorgia.com/blue-ridge-ultra, info@argeorgia.com, 706-286-4008.



Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC.

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water. Pumpkin Decorating – NOC supplies pumpkins, decorating and carving materials. Every child wins a prize after presenting their pumpkins to the Judging Panel.

Great Pumpkin Pursuit – A free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls. Participants collect as many numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish. Check back for details on 2018 prizes!

Costume Contests – Dress to impress the judges! Costume categories are Kids, Couples, Best in Character and Scariest. 

Live Music – Enjoy a bonfire and live music at Big Wesser Riverside Restaurant. S’mores included! Noon – 5pm. FREE! Info:  https://noc.com/events/noctoberfest

11/1 & 11/2

Rock Armoring Clinic

Blue Ridge, GA. Learn one of the latest trail building techniques to create a more sustainable and enhanced trail or trail segment. North Georgia Mountain Bike Association, USFS and IMBA Trail Solutions are offering a two day rock armoring clinic to: 1)Empower & educate volunteers and land managers on how to stabilize steep trails with rock to reduce erosion. 2) Give local trail users the skills to install rock armor to enhance the challenge level of trails. Covering rock transport and all types of armoring: including pitching, flagstones, anchors, booters, rip-rap, and preventing erosion. Risk managment, safety, best practices for long lasting rock features. Spomsored by the North Georgia Mountain Bike Association. Classroom and Trail Work. 8:30am at the Fannin County Chamber, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA, 30513. Info: https://northgeorgiamountainbikeassociation.org or ngmba.org.


Big Peach Running Co. Farm to Trail 30K & 11K

Blue Ridge, GA. Both events wstart on the paved asphalt road (required for spacing) and soon lead onto a gravel road then beautiful scenic dirt trails! We will have a cap on this race of 250 participants. Packet pick-up will be the morning of the race, starting at 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Race starts at 8:30 am SHARP! Charlie Creek Farms, 543 Snake Nation Rd., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Registration: Big Peach Running Co., https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=67227. Info: sburkett@tds.net or 706-455-6021.


6th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup

Hiawassee, GA. In conjunction with GA Rivers Alive! Kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at 9:00AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-8 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at noon for prizes and refreshments. The first 100 volunteers to sign-in will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who collect the most trash, find the most unique items, and uncover the hidden golden trash treasure. Prizes include a four-hour ski boat rental and equipment from Young Harris Water Sports, a two-hour pontoon boat rental from The Ridges Resort & Marina, and horseback riding passes for the Stables at Brasstown Valley. Info: Raleigh Keagan 828-837-5414. Visit: https://www.golakechatuge.com/


Reelin’ It In For Vets Fishing Tournament

Hiawassee, GA. Show your support for our Veteran’s by joining in our 1st Annual Reelin’ It In For Veteran’s Fishing Tournament. Starts at first light and ends at 2 p.m.  Take an angler fishing that day and receive a discount on your registration fee! There will be a Friday night pre-tournament dinner (optional) and food, giveaways, and drawings at the weigh-in on Saturday. Top prize is $4,000, 2nd place – $1,500, 3rd place – $750, 4th place – $500, 5th place – 250, Big Fish – $500.  Registration is $150/team (one angler must be a Veteran) or $200/team (no Veteran’s on board). Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Boat Ramp located at 1311 Music Hall Road in Hiawassee, GA. Info: Towns County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 896-4966. Visit: https://www.golakechatuge.com/


Blue Ridge Turkey Trot

Join us downtown for the Blue Ridge, Georgia Turkey Trot Race/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! The race is for the whole family and all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor.  Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting! Online Registration is $30 – online registration closes on Tuesday, November 26

Onsite Registration – $35. Registration Opens 7am

Race Begins Promptly at 8am (Packet pick up on Wednesday 27 and race day Thursday 28)

Info: http://blueridgeturkeytrot.com or 828-557-5405


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


Treo Wine Bar & Restaurant Live Music on the Patio

Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy wine, full bar, tapas and patio dining. Treo, 588 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: treobliueridge.com or 706. 946. 5200. https://treoblueridge.com/


Andrews Brewing Company

Great music & craft beer. 6pm – 8pm. Andrews Brewing Company, 14 Miles for Harrah’s Casino, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901. For info: 828-321-2006 or www.andrewsbrewing.com


Live Music at Rocco’s

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


Concert Series at the Old Courthouse

Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org/

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.org


Copperhill Brewery

Live Music. Definitely casual.  Easy to relax. Roomy. Sometimes there’s music. Monday – Saturday :  Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery – 105 Ocoee Street – Copperhill, TN  37317. Info: info@copperhillbrewery.com, 423-548-3030 or copperhillbrewery.com


Live Music at Engelheim Vineyards

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


Fannin Brewing Company Live Music in the Bier Garden

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


Cartecay Vineyards

Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com


Chateau Meichtry Vineyards

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


Live Music at Mystic Mountain Pizza

Blue Ridge, GA. We’re excited to showcase some of the grooviest local live talent 

and participate in our community. Mystic Mountain Pizza, 4118 E First Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.facebook.com/topstreet1, mysticmountainpizzaco.com or 706-946-0378.


Live Music

Hiawassee, GA. Country, bluegrass, oldies and gospel music. Complete family entertainment. Shows every Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.  Come see us for great family entertainment. $8.00. 7pm – 10pm. Mountain Home Music Theatre, 2532 Hwy. 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: https://mthomemusictheatre.weebly.com or 706-896-3624.



Blue Ridge, GA. Cradle is a rock band that was founded in the early 1970s. The core members of the group have been together since that time. The band specializes in classic English rock and will feature a tribute to Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and their related groups (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Dave Mason, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes). $22. 7:30 pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets: https://blueridgecommunitytheater.com/ or 706-632-9191.


Jamey Johnson

Hiawasee, GA. Level 1: $47.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $37.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.


Atlanta Rhythm Section & Pure Prairie League

Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.


B.E.S.T. Series – John Jorgenson Quintet – Gypsy Jazz

Ellijay, GA. The Gilmer Arts BEST series welcomes one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Grammy winner, John Jorgenson and his band. Come hear why legends like Elton John, Earl Scruggs, Duane Eddy, Peter Frampton and Brad Paisley have sung Jorgenson’s praises.7:30pm. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706.635.5605. Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium, 32 McCutchen St Ellijay, GA.


Tommy James & The Shondells

Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.


Community Chorus Fall Concert

Ellijay, GA. Come hear glorious voices perform in the Gilmer Arts Community Chorus Concert. Admission is $10.00. 7pm – 9pm. Ellijay Elementary School, 32 McCutchen St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706 635 5626.


Diamond Rio & T. Graham Brown Country Hits & Christmas Songs

Hiawassee, GA. Level 1: $45.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. Level 2: $35.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees. 7 PM. Anderson Music Hall featuring a wooden stage. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road , Hiawassee, GA 30546. Info: http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or 706-896-4191.


Surrender Hill – CD Release Party & Concert

Ellijay, GA. If you’ve enjoyed Surrender Hill at local wineries and pubs, you’re going to LOVE hearing them at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse in Ellijay, GA. In the theatre concert venue, Surrender Hill’s music will come to life with bigger sound, more production, more depth, and more roots-in-rock vibe to the soulful duo’s creative chemistry than can be heard anywhere else! 7pm. Tickets and info: www.gilmerarts.com or 706-635-5605.  George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540 


10/4 – 10/20

Ghost of a Chance

Ellijay, GA. A Romantic Tale with a Haunting Twist! Bethany has moved on since her husband died. She has brought her finance and his mother up to hunting cabin where he died. While she has moved on he has not, and oh yeah only she can see him! See the mad capped hilarity this creates. Directed by Elizabeth Vititoe and featuring the local talents of Julie Burton, Nancy Sauls, Steve Franzen, Steve Burton, Charlie Poss, and Katie Daniels. Fridays & Saturdays 7pm. Sundays 2pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA. Tickets and info: 706-635-5605 or www.gilmerarts.com


Improv Returns!

Jasper, GA. Come out and see and be seen. Improv is the most fun you can have at the theater:  you can watch or you can participate. It’s like “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and YOU can be the onstage talent, if  you’d like. Come give it a try an enjoy the fun of playing goofy games on stage. If you’d really rather not get on stage, you can just come and laugh. It’s the most fun you can have for $5! and our concession stand will be open for the whole time to allow you to replenish your snacks and beverages. Suggested for adults only. 7:30pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-253-2800,  taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or http://www.taterpatchplayers.org/

11/21 – 12/15

It’s a Wonderful Life

Blue Ridge, GA. George Bailey’s dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 E 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets: https://blueridgecommunitytheater.com/ or 706-632-9191.

11/22 – 11/24

Elf, Jr.

Andrews, NC. See this holiday movie favorite come to life on stage! This hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Adults $10.00 Students $5.00. Nov 22, 23 @ 7 PM Nov 24 @ 3 PM. Valleytown Cultural Arts Center 125 Chestnut St Andrews, NC 2890. Tickets and Info: www.vcahs.com or Lori Coffey 828-361-2781.

11/29 – 12/15

Dearly Beloved

Jasper, GA. Hilarity, Texas style! An over-the-top wedding, three feuding sisters and a church full of small town eccentrics. What could possibly go wrong? Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tater Patch Players, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Tickets and info: 706-253-2800,  taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or http://www.taterpatchplayers.org/


Open Every Day

Engelheim Vineyards 

Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit http://www.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 visit www.cartecayvineyards.com


Cartecay Wine & Craft

Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Wine & Craft is a tasting room of Cartecay Vineyards’ located in Historic Downtown Ellijay, serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers.19 South Main Street Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Phone: 706-697-9463 or www.facebook.com/cartecaywineandcraft/


Chateau Meichtry

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


Crane Creek Vineyards 

Young Harriss, GA. Tapas Fridays with live acoustic music. Saturday Vinters Tours. Open Tuesday – Sunday. 16 Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.com


Bistro 29’s Wine Wednesdays

Murphy, NC. Wine Special: $5 off any bottle purchase or a discount of $1 off any glass of wine. Also join Wayne to sample his feature wine of the day. 4pm- 10pm. Bistro 29, 29 Tennessee St, Murphy NC 28906. For info: 828-837-9022 or visit  www.mybistro29.com


Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting

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


Copperhill Brewery

Copperhill, TN. We have created our tap room to be a local hangout and loved establishment. If you appreciate high quality craft brews, stop in and experience ours! Monday – Saturday: Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery – 105 Ocoee Street – Copperhill, TN  37317. Info: 423-548-3030 or copperhillbrewery.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Buck Bald Brewing

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Noon to 8pm

Sunday – Noon to 6pm. Buck Bald Brewing, 160 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: 706.431.7141 or https://buckbaldbrewing.com

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Fannin Brewing Company

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

Ongoing Thurs – Sat

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, grumpyoldmenbrewing.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


Comedy Uncorked

Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Vineyards. 6:30pm. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com


Harvest Fest

Young Harris, GA. Crane Creek Vineyards. One of our biggest festivals of the year to celebrate the end of harvest! Grape stomping, live music, and wine. 11am – 6pm. Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.com

We recommend checking events before making travel plans as dates and times are subject to change.