Blue Ridge (Fannin County) and Ellijay (Gilmer County) are full of festivals throughout the year. Here are a sampling of just a few. Go to the Fannin County Annual Events and Festivals page for more information and exact dates.
Fire and Ice Chili Cookoff
Downtown Blue Ridge, February, President’s Day Weekend
Combine a chili cookoff with ice sculptures and you have an unlikely combination for a great event. $5 to taste the chili. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association.
Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference
Last weekend of March at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Art Center
A literary tradition and unique cultural asset enjoyed by our many writers and aspiring writers each March as they gather in Blue Ridge to learn more about their special craft. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
Spring and Fall Arts in the Park
Spring Arts, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Memorial Day Weekend; Fall Arts, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Second Weekend October
Features over 200 juried art, craft and food booths. The best in mountain crafts and fine art, artists demonstrations, music and dance. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Call (706) 632-2144 for more information. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
Spring and Fall Plein Aire Festivals
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn.
Each spring and fall, artists from across the region converge on Blue Ridge to capture the scenic beauty of this mountain community. Each event showcases the change of seasons. Artists from across the southeast get outside and recreate nature’s beauty. For more information, call 706-632-2144. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park
Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, 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 p.m. til dusk beginning Memorial Day through the end of September. Free admission to musicians of all levels and listeners who appreciate good music. Bring your picnic supper and enjoy the music!
Old Timers Day Parade
Downtown Blue Ridge, Saturday Closest to July 4th
Funny and fun Fourth of July celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge, featuring the world famous Feed & Seed Abominable Marching Band. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Assn.
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks
Blue Ridge Marina, On or near July 4th
Live music and barbeque beginning at 4 p.m. Fabulous fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge at dark. Call (706) 632-2618 for more information.
Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, mid October
At the Georgia Apple Festival there are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year.