The Blue Ridge Live Music Scene
Georgia's Blue Ridge is filled with live music in small pubs, outdoor festivals and intimate concert halls!
How do you beat the great September and October weather and gorgeous mountain scenery in Blue Ridge, Georgia? Combine it with a great live music scene happening at dozens of venues and outdoor festivals around the area! One of the best things is that you can combine the beautiful scenery with outdoor live music events, or stroll through quaint downtowns in Blue Ridge and McCaysville and grab a bite along with local musical performances. Outside or inside, a weekend or week long getaway to Blue Ridge wouldn’t be complete without checking out one of the performances, concerts and music festivals happening every weekend.
Live Music Outside in Fresh Mountain Air:
Bring a picnic and spread a blanket for Pickin’ in the Park in Horseshoe Bend, a beautiful riverside park near McCaysville, GA for live Bluegrass jam sessions through September. On August 31 get out in the country and check out Just Because, pickin' bluegrass live at Van Zandt's Riverwalk Grill & Grocery.
Over Labor Day Weekend lots of outdoor live music is happening at Bear Claw Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, and the Annual Labor Day BBQ & Gospel Music Show in downtown Blue Ridge City Park. If sipping a craft brew and tapping your feet to a rocking band is more your style, Blue Ridge is home to two great craft breweries, Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men Brewing, and both offer live music on weekends on their outdoor patios (along with craft brew tastings). Black Sheep Restaurant Bar & Patio has a tasty weekend music and happy hour scene. And it’s not unusual to see musicians performing during the weekend days along Main Street in Blue Ridge.
The biggest music festival weekend of the year happens over September 21 with the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival. It’s a whole weekend of musical fun beginning on Friday with the Blue Ridge Blues Crawl and Rotary Blues Train (unusual fun… you can ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and hear roving musicians on the ride). Then a whole day of great live blues in downtown Blue Ridge on Saturday at the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival. BBQ from the best Que cooks in the South pairs perfectly with down home live blues bands.
Live Music in Small Local Venues:
Local clubs and pubs in Blue Ridge have a variety of weekend musical entertainment that you can stop in on or make it into a night out for dinner and a show with friends. In downtown Blue Ridge check out Treo’s Patio, Blue Jeans Pizza, and Blue Coyote Bar & Grill. For music lovers, Misty Mountain Hops combines live music with vintage vinyl. And for a spot on the lake, The Boat Dock is great fun with live music and food right at the marina on Lake Blue Ridge. Flying Trout Restaurant at Copperhead Lodge, Buck Bald Brewing and Copperhill Brewery also have live music on weekends. For a funky, hippy atmosphere and fantastic pizza, you can find live music several nights a week at Mystic Mountain Pizza. For some great music in an If you’re ready for an evening of music in a concert setting, performances at the Blue Ridge Community Theater Live Music is Better series and Firefly Music Concerts bring national acts to intimate settings, be sure to check out their websites to get tickets… shows sell out in advance.
There’s a lot to do and see in Blue Ridge, Georgia this September and throughout the Fall… for planning just click the links in the article above for the latest details on the website of each musical venue listed. Click here to download a free copy of our 'Blue Ridge Brews, Wineries & Tastings' Map/Guide. Click here for the Blue Ridge, Georgia official Events Calendar and a full events listing.