Fall Festivals in the Mountains
We're ready for cooler days, blue skies, brightly colored red and gold leaves, apple pickin', cider drinking and fall festivals in the mountains. Here's a list of some of the best!
Sept 13 – Oct 31 - Apple U-Pick at Mountainview Orchards, 2984 Mobile Road, McCaysville. U-pick apples, wagon rides and orchard tours daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sept 13 – 30 – Apple U-Pick at Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Apple U-Pick and tractor rides Saturdays and Sundays; call to confirm 706-632-3411.
Oct 6 – Blue Ridge Home Builders Showcase 2018, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitors from the building industry, food vendors & prize drawings.
Oct 6 – 21 – Cherry Log Fall Festival, First three weekends of October, Downtown Cherry Log, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homemade breakfast and lunch, arts and crafts, homemade cakes, bluegrass, gospel and country music
Oct 6 - 7 – Georgia Marble Festival, Lee Newton Memorial Park, Jasper, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This two-day celebration includes a road race, parade, expo, fine arts exhibit, arts & crafts booths, entertainment, children's area, business expo and tours of the marble quarry.
Oct 6 – 7 – John C. Campbell Fall Festival, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school's winding wooded paths. Watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Local non-profit vendors offer tasty foods both days.
Oct 13 – Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival, Fannin County High football field, 1 to 9:30 p.m. More than 2,000 marching band members from nearly two dozen high school bands are expected to participate. Bands will range in size from approximately 40 members to more than 150 members.
Oct 13 – 14 – Fall Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fine art, great food, fall colors on the trees and on the canvases. Enjoy the small town charm of Blue Ridge at one of our signature events, Fall Arts in the Park. This fall arts and crafts festival features hundreds of regional artists and craftsmen. Special events for the kids and live musical performances.
Oct 13 – 21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Featuring exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia™s Official State Fiddlers' Convention.
Oct 13 – 21 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, the second two weekends in October. Over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations. There is also a parade and antique car show each year.
Oct 13 – 21 – Sorghum Festival, Meeks Park, Blairsville, the second two weekends in October. Georgia's official Sorghum Festival, one of the longest running festivals in north Georgia. A parade kicks off the event. Bluegrass music, cloggers plus a variety of artists and craftsmen.
Oct 18 – 27 – Kiwanis Haunted House, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds, 124 Jones Street, 7 to 10 p.m.
Oct 20 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy a day with your favorite pet. Event includes parade, pet education and demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and much more.
Oct 20 – 21 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Downtown Dahlonega, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thousands come to see fall colors and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event.
Oct 20 – 21 – Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The little town of Talking Rock will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. Ride the rail with hobbyists. There will be interesting demonstrations for the young and old, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel Music and good food.
Oct 20 – 28 – Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show, two weekends, Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historically called the Homemaker’s Fall Festival, this market features heritage crafts and food vendors.
Oct 26 – 28 – Mountain Moonshine Festival, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The Moonshine Festival has as part of its festivities one of the largest auto shows in the Eastern US. The car show is located at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, and the festival spreads throughout historic downtown Dawsonville’s welcoming hometown streets.
Oct 28 – Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Harvest Festival, Blue Ridge Depot, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly event featuring various games for all ages, live music by The Whistle Stop Band, interactive displays, delicious carnival snacks, face painting, prizes, costumed characters, and plenty of photo opportunities.