Come for the natural beauty; stay for the arts, music and theater!
Arts & Entertainment
Blue Ridge is recognized as one of the top arts towns in Georgia, and the creative community is "nothing short of remarkable," according to a recent Georgia Council for the Arts case study.
Blue Ridge is also one of the Top Ten Craft Towns in the country. The natural beauty of the area draws artists, potters, musicians, creative enterprises and the people who appreciate them.
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association & The Art Center
With over 1,000 members, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA) has provided the foundation for the development and growth of the arts in Blue Ridge for 35 years. The Art Center, located in the historic Fannin County Courthouse, houses studios, a pottery and kiln studio, five artistic guilds, five galleries and an artist in residence program. BRMAA produces two Arts in the Park festivals each year, Memorial Day and the second weekend in October. The Art Center also has changing exhibits throughout the year. For a complete schedule of events, see the website: www.blueridgearts.net.
Our beautiful new playhouse is located at 2591 East First St., across from The Swan Drive-in. Last year the theater has 23 stage productions, 114 performances and 33 weekends of entertainment, including the popular acoustic music series: Live Music is better. For ticket information call 706-632-9223 or visit www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com.
Live Music Venues
Live Music is Better is a series of concerts by acoustic musicians at the Blue Ridge Community Theater throughout the year. You can find our more and book tickets at the website link above.
Pickin in the Park is a weekly series of free casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians held under the trees along the Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville every Thursday evening from 6:00 til dusk, beginning the week of Memorial Day through the end of September. Bring a picnic supper, a lawn chair and your own instrument and join the fun.
Firefly Music presents live music and cabin concerts on a regular basis, featuring nationally known musicians and entertainers in an intimate setting. Find out more about upcoming events on their Facebook Page.
Live Music Downtown
Enjoy live music most weekends at Blue Jeans Pizza, Blue Ridge Brewery, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Copperhead Lodge, Fannin Brewing Co., Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Mystic Mountain Pizza, Ott Farms and Vineyard, Paradise Hills Resort, Riverview Beanery, The Blue Coyote Bar and Grill, and Treo Blue Ridge,
Gilmer Arts Association
Gilmer Arts Association (GAHA) presents quality exhibits, music and theater events. To check out their schedule, www.gaha.org.
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Appalachian Wine & Jazz Festival, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention. Also featuring regular big name country music and bluegrass bands.
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C.
Concerts most Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. featuring folk, bluegrass and old time Mountain music with the Appalachian fiddle, banjo, hammered dulcimer. Community Country and Square dances feature live music and are held most Saturday nights throughout summer and fall from 8 - 11 p.m. Call 800-FOLK-SCH for more information.
Young Harris College, Young Harris
The college offers concerts, art exhibits and theatre throughout the year. In addition, the Rollins Planetarium has a calendar of special seasonal events. Call (706) 379-3111 for more information.