Annual Festivals

Surround yourself with fun in Georgia's Blue Ridge.

Fire and Ice Chili Cookoff - President's Day Weekend
Downtown Blue Ridge 
Combine a chili cookoff with ice sculptures and you have an unlikely combination for the 7th Annual Fire and Ice Cookoff in Downtown Blue Ridge. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association

Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference - 2017: Early April
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Art Center 
A literary tradition and unique cultural asset enjoyed by our many writers and aspiring writers each Spring as they gather in Blue Ridge to learn more about their special craft. 
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Easter Express
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 
Bring your Easter Basket for a special train ride and egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! 
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website

Troutfest and Outdoor Adventures - Last Weekend in April
Great exhibits by outdoor organizations and businesses, education on trout fishing, entertainment, food trucks and more in downtown Blue Ridge City Park.

Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival - May
Live jazz music is paired with great regional wines at this one day festival in May. 

Spring Arts in the Park - Memorial Day Weekend
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park 
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

Independence Day Parade - Saturday Closest to July 4th
Downtown Blue Ridge 
Funny and fun Fourth of July celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Assn. 
Blue Ridge Business Association

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks - On or near July 4th
Lake Blue Ridge Marina Live music and barbeque beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Fabulous fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge at dark. Call (706) 632-2618 for more information. 

Old Fashioned Fourth in McCaysville - July 4th Weekend
Downtown McCaysville-Copperhill 
Old fashioned small town Independence Day celebration featuring an impressive fireworks display from Tater Hill in downtown McCaysville-Copperhill. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Business Assn.,
Ride the train to the fireworks! 
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website. 

Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo - August
Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Blue Ridge 
Western rodeo with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Great food and fun for all ages. 

Labor Day Barbeque
Downtown Blue Ridge 
Annual Barbeque starts at 11 a.m. until the food runs out. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Good food and entertainment. For more information click here

Ride the Rails Festival - September
Mineral Bluff Depot 
A two and one half mile round trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Model railroad display, food vendors and more. 
TriState Model Railroaders 

Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival - September
Downtown Blue Ridge 
Blues Crawl Friday night, followed by great blues and barbeque Saturday. More information here. 

Fall Foliage Train Rides
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 
Enjoy the brilliant colors of fall on a special train ride during October and early November. 
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website. 

Blue Ridge Fall Fest - 3rd and 4th weekend in October
Blue Ridge State Farmer's Market 
Fall Fest features local arts, crafts, food and fun on two separate October weekends. 

Paws in the Park - 2nd weekend of October
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park 
Have a fun day with your favorite pet; parade, pet education and demonstrations, costume contest, prizes, photos and more. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. 
Paws in the Park 

Halloween Safe Zones
Downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville 
Treats and fun for all. Good, safe Halloween fun in downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Kids of all ages trick or treat from shop to shop. Pumpkin carving and costume contests, food and entertainment. For information, call (706)632-5680. 
Blue Ridge Business Association and

Holiday Art Show & Sale - Each November-December
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn. 
Shop for regional art and crafts at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Thanksgiving through Christmas. For more information, call (706) 632-2144. 
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Pumpkin Express Train Ride
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 
Take a train ride to Farmer John's field and pick out your own pumpkin! See the website for dates. 
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website. 

Light up Blue Ridge - Saturday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Blue Ridge 
Christmas festival in Downtown Blue Ridge. Music, refreshments, caroling and all-day activities. Official lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa arrives!! 
Blue Ridge Business Association

Hometown Christmas - First Saturday of December
Downtown McCaysville 
Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Santa's arrival, food, refreshments and entertainment. Lighting of the bridge. 

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express - Weekends in December
Blue Ridge Depot 
Come ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols.
For information, see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website. 

New Year's Wine Train - New Year's Eve
Blue Ridge Depot 
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a festive ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. 
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website. 

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