Blue Ridge Events & Festivals

Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Foliage


There are so many fun and exciting events and festivals happening in Blue Ridge Georgia all year-round. From art festivals to adventure races and community holiday BBQ's you won't want to miss out!

In the mood for taste tasting Blue Ridge's best chili, swing by in February to enjoy cooler weather and chili samples from all over North Georgia. Instead of satisfying your hunger perhaps you need to quench your thirst. Join us in March for Wine Highway Week for a delicious journey through Georgia's wine country.

For the adventurer check out the woods mountain adventure race!  For a more relaxed vacation, join us for the Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival in June to kick off summertime in the mountains. 

Summer is host to a number of fun outdoor events including Independence Day celebrations, Smokey the Bear's birthday and much more! As summer winds down festivals are aplenty, so be sure to join us for a Labor Day BBQ, the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, and more!  

No matter when you are planning your trip there is always something exciting going on for your entire family or group to enjoy. Plan your next trip to Blue Ridge around one of these local favorites today! After an exciting day, relax in a nearby cabin rental, where you can rest up and relax for another day out and about in Blue Ridge.

For an extensive list of the latest events of music, festivals and more listed by date visit the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce website

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Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off

See the largest Ice Sculpture display in the Southeast at the Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off! Get your $10 Tasting Card and enjoy tasting and voting on the People's Choice, with Live Music, amazing chili, and entertainment for all. More Information Here

Lucky Four Leaf CloverSt. Patty's Day Parade

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Blue Ridge. Dress festive and walk the parade with our float, and crazy costume attire, the greener the better! The parade will go on rain or shine and right near the playground for added entertainment for the kids. Starts at 11:00 am on East and West Main street downtown.

Wine Highway Week

Travelers will receive a collectors’ glass and Passport, giving admission to ALL participating wineries at no additional charge. This is a great way to enjoy award-wining wines while exploring the gorgeous views and rolling hills of the Georgia Mountains wine country.

Bigfoot Expedition Lecture Series

Bigfoot and UFO enthusiasts from all over the globe converge at The Sasquatch Museum in Blue Ridge for 2 hours of lectures, sketches, and investigative information and updates. 


Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race

Eighty coed teams of three will hike, mountain bike, run and kayak in the Chattahoochee National Forest this April. The adventure race begins at a secret location in the Chattahoochee National Forest and ends in Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, with live music, food .and the finish line. Call for more info or visit Adventure Race Blue Ridge, GA

Blue Ridge Mountains: Parade of Homes

The inaugural celebration of beautifully crafted homes by highly talented builders. This is an event you don't want to miss! Find out More >>


Annual Arts in the Park Festival

This is at Memorial Day Weekend every year. This event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm come rain or shine, admission just $5 and children are admitted free. This is the perfect way to start off the summer. Fine arts, crafts, artist demonstrations, crafts for the kids, mountain music and great food.
Phone: (706) 632-2144
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Pickin' in the Park

May thru September Casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians are held under the trees and pavilions along the Toccoa River at Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park every Thursday evening from 6 pm to dusk beginning May 26 through the end of September. Free admission to musicians of all levels and listeners who appreciate good mountain music. Bring your picnic supper and enjoy the music down by the river.
Phone: (706) 632-7696
Location: Henry Horseshoe Bend Park


Jazz Musician in the Mountains at Sunrise

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

Join us for a celebration of local wine, hot jazz, and inspiring art! Relax as the smooth sounds of jazz float along in the crisp mountain air, while you enjoy tasty local fare and a diverse selection of wines to sample. 


Old Timers Day

On the Saturday closest to July 4th, The Blue Ridge Business Association sponsors the Older Timers Day celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA. There will be local crafts, good eats, ice cream and entertainment to enjoy this July 4th.
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks

Blue Ridge GA Fireworks

On or near July 4th, the cool waters of Lake Blue Ridge come alive for Independence Day, with a fireworks show you won't soon forget. Bring the entire family and your friends to celebrate the 4th like you never have before - in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
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Location: Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Miners Homecoming

Every Fourth of July weekend the Miners homecoming takes place in Ducktown, TN. At dark thirty on a chosen night around July 4th, an old-fashioned Independence Day fireworks display will be shot from Tater Hill in downtown McCaysville-Copperhill.
Location: Downtown McCaysville


Smokey Bear's Birthday

Good ole storytelling, face painting, puppet show and game for the children. Plus the children will get to see Smokey the Bear (you know..only you can prevent forest fires).
Location: Ocoee Whitewater Center

Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Rodeo

A real western rodeo is coming to the North Georgia Mountains. The Blue Ridge Kiwanis are bringing the rodeo to town with traditional bull riding, saddle bronco riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Great food and good times for all ages.
Phone: (706) 632-3400


Labor Day BBQ

Flag Flying in Blue Ridge GA

The annual downtown Blue Ridge Barbeque starts at 11 am and keeps on going until the food runs out, so make sure that you stop by early! Great BBQ food and local entertainment.
Phone: (706) 455-3818
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Blues & BBQ Festival

Join local and regional cookers for the sound of blues, BBQ and brews at this year's  Blues & Brews Festival! Event is $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE! Hosted by the Blue Ridge Lodging Association, you can check out more information here.

Family Fishing Festival

Learn how to tie flies, improve your cast by taking in some casting demonstrations, enjoy some educational exhibits and then catch plenty of trout at Rock Creek near the hatchery. The fish hatchery raises over 1 million rainbow trout to stock the local North Georgia Mountain streams, creeks, and rivers.
Phone: (706) 838-4723
Location: Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery

Oktoberfest at Fannin Brewing Company

Come on down to the Fannin Brewing Company's Oktoberfest celebration. Tickets are $25 and includes a free first beer with keepsake mug, and choice of grilled brat or dog on a pretzel bun!
Phone: (706) 838-4723
Location: Fannin Bewing Company


Annual Georgia Apple Festival

When fall rolls around, visitors and locals flock to local apple orchards for fun fall festivals for the whole family. Ellijay's annual apple festival is perhaps the most well-known of the bunch, and is the perfect event to ring in fall in the Blue Ridge mountains. 
Location: Downtown Ellijay

Fall Arts in the Park

Experience the small-town charm of Blue Ridge and its art culture at the Fall Arts in the Park. Mingle with artists and enjoy great food amidst colorful fall foliage and canvases!
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show

2 weekends this Fall. Find your holiday gifts early at this annual event! 


Turkey Trot

Get the family motivated and work off calories before the big turkey dinner with a 5K family run/walk on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Blue Ridge.

Light Up Blue Ridge

Saturday After Thanksgiving - Start the holidays in the picture-perfect town of Blue Ridge at this traditional Christmas festival on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and take time to hear what kids want for Christmas. Enjoy Christmas lights thoughout downtown, and be sure to stick around for the lighting of the great tree, complete with Chrismas caroling! Find out more >>

Christmas Tree Cutting

Nov 29-30, 2019 - What's more fun than cutting your own Christmas tree? Select your own fresh Christmas tree at Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville. There are fun activities for kids, hayrides, a petting farm, train and pony rides. 


Christmas Train Rides

 Treat your family to a festive Christmas train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, November 23 through December 24. Sing Christmas carols and visit with Santa and his elves on this shorter version of the railway’s excursion from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. 

Christmas Parade

Get in the spirit of Christmas at our traditional small-town Kiwanis Christmas parade, featuring floats, marching bands and Santa Claus himself in downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Find out more >>