Blue Ridge and Surrounding Festivals
Fire and Ice, February
Annual event in downtown Blue Ridge with ice carvings and demonstrations, fire dancers, a crowned Ice King and Queen, live music, and a chili cookoff.
Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race, April
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 (706) 632-5680 or visit Adventure Race Blue Ridge, GA
Thirty Fifth Annual Arts in the Park Festival, Downtown Blue Ridge, May
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. For more information call 706-632-2144 or visit
Pickin’ in the Park Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park, May thru September
Casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians are held under the trees and pavillions 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. For more information call 706-632-7696
Old Timers Day, Downtown Blue Ridge, Saturday Closest to July 4th
The Blue Ridge Business Association is sponsoring 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.
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks, Marina, On or near July 4th
Live music and food beginning at 4 pm. Food provided by the Masonic Lodge. Incredible fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge at dark so bring the entire family and friends to celebrate the Independence Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Call (706) 632-2618 for more information.
Miners Homecoming, Downtown McCaysville, July 4th Weekend
Every Fourth of July weekend the Miners homecoming takes place in Ducktown, TN. At dark thirty on July 2nd an old fashioned Independence Day fireworks display will be shot from Tater Hill in downtown McCaysville-Copperhill.
Smokey Bear’s Birthday, Ocoee Whitewater Center, August
Good ole storytelling, face painting, puppet show and game for the children. Plus the children will be to see Smokey the Bear (you know..only you can prevent forrest fires). Call for more information (423) 496-0100.
Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo, August
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 bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Great food and good times for all ages. Call (706) 632-3400 for more information.
Labor Day BBQ, Labor Day in Downtown Blue Ridge
The annual dowtown Blue Ridge Barbeque starts at 11 am and keep on going until the food runs out, so make sure that you stop by early! Great BBQ food and local entertainment. Call (706) 455-3818 for more information.
Family Fishing Festival, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, September
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 Mountian streams, creeks and rivers. Call (706) 838-4723 for more information.
Mountain Harvest Sale, Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market, 3rd and 4th weekend in October
The Fannin County Homemaker’s Council is sponsoring the annual Mountain Harvest Sale the last 2 weekends of October. Travel up to Blue Ridge to find some great local art, mountain crafts, and food. If you like to shop for unique mountian gifts, then come on up the last 2 weekends of October. Call for more info (706) 632-2858.
Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
Main Street in historic downtown Blue Ridge will be closed this Halloween, so the children of all ages can trick or treat from shop to shop. There will be food and entertainment as well. Call for more info (706) 632-5680.
Holiday Art Show & Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn., Each November-December
Come visit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association to buy some great local art and crafts from Thanksgiving to Christmas. This will make great holiday gifts as you share some Blue Ridge mountain culture with your friends and family. Call (706) 632-2144 for details.
Light up Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge, Saturday after Thanksgiving
Come enjoy the Christmas festival in downtown Blue Ridge. There will be music, refreshments, holiday caroling and all-day activities. Then Santa will arrive after the lighting of the Christmas tree. This great traditional event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association.
Hometown Christmas, Downtown McCaysville, First Saturday of December
Just 10 miles north of Blue Ridge is the town of McCaysville on the TN/GA border. The McCaysville hometown Christmas celebration will start with a parade, then Santa’s arrival, along with the traditional lighting of the bridge. There will be food, refreshments and entertainment. Call (706) 632-4236 for more details.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express, Blue Ridge, Weekends in December
Bring the kids to ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. The children will enjoy listening to the Christmas stories and sing carols as they the scenic mountain train ride in the North Georgia Mountains Call (706) 632-9833 for more information or click here
Festival of Trees, Ocoee Whitewater Center, Ducktown, December
Every year the local businesses, schools and organizations decorate the trees over the holidays. Make sure that you come up to the Ocoee Whitewater Center just 30 minutes north of Blue Ridge, GA to enjoy one of the many beauties of the season.