Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ

The South is known for many things. Sweet iced tea. That classic Southern hospitality. A slower pace that makes you long to sit back in a rocking chair on the front porch and chat with family and friends. Cool fall days. Hot summer nights. Hearty comfort foods. The music of the mountains. And at one festival in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, two of these favorite Southern staples come together for the quintessential North Georgia experience. It’s the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ festival

When the leaves begin to change and the temperature drops, downtown Blue Ridge becomes host to the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ fall event. This fall North Georgia event perfectly pairs the crisp air and vivid colors of autumn with the incredible smells – and tastes – of Southern BBQ AND the mountain music we know as bluegrass!

Local and regional BBQ masters will come together to offer an impressive lineup of BBQ dishes for visitors in the area, and talented musicians will set the perfect musical backdrop for the event! 

10th Annual Blues & BBQ | 2021 MUSIC 
Bluegrass will fill the air at the 10th Annual Blues & BBQ event in Blue Ridge. You’ll be tapping your toes to the sounds of the mountains all day, with a great lineup of bluegrass bands. Bands at the 2021 event include:

  • Breaking Point Band | 12 PM
  • The Shufflejunkies Band Page | 2 PM
  • The Crossroads Band | 4 PM
  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers | 6 PM
  • The Georgia Blues Brothers | 8 PM

BBQ at the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ festival 
The 2021 festival is bringing 10 BBQ vendors – both local and regional – to downtown Blue Ridge. Along with the tasty BBQ, enjoy ice-cold beer, wine, water, and sodas. The BBQ (and more!) vendors for 2021 include:

  • Angelfire 7 BBQ
  • Grillin’ Gangsters
  • Wood’s Chapel
  • Explosion Catering
  • South40 Smokehouse
  • Island Chef Cafe 
  • Mystic Mountain Pizza
  • Chatter Box Cafe 
  • Smokin’ Tony’s BBQ
  • Choate BBQ
  • A Little Nauti
  • Mercier Orchards 
  • Smack Yo Mama
  • Snowie (shaved ice)
  • Poppin’ John’s Homemade Ice Cream 

Get in FREE with the Blue Ridge Blues Crawl! 
On September 17, 2021, begin a fun weekend with the Blue Ridge Blues Crawl at 7 PM. Get an official Blues & BBQ Festival Rack Card from the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce or a participating Crawl restaurant, get all the stars punched at the restaurants, and then get into the festival for FREE on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Area restaurants during the crawl will boast good food, cold drinks, and live music to start this fun weekend. 

What YOU Need to Know
Ready for bluegrass, BBQ, and beer? Here’s what you need to know for this fun North Georgia event! 

Admission is just $10 per person, and kids 12 and under get in FREE. Better yet, part of the proceeds will be donated to Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia – so it’s good food for a great cause. 

MORE Great BBQ in Blue Ridge, Georgia 
Can’t get enough BBQ when you’re in the Blue Ridge Mountains? No worries! North Georgia boasts plenty of great places to grab your smoky favorites. Here are a few local options when you’re in the mood for pulled pork, ribs, and more. 

Blue Ridge Mountain Barb-B-Q
3870 E 1st St
Blue Ridge, GA 

Carroll’s Barbeque
39 Lance St
Blue Ridge, GA 

Mike’s Trackside BBQ
3950 E 1st St
Blue Ridge, GA 

Pink Pig
824 Cherry Log St
Cherry Log, GA 

Stateline BBQ
47 Toccoa Ave Suite A
McCaysville, GA 

Live Music in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Want some live music to go with that delicious BBQ in Blue Ridge? Check out these area live music spots!

The Blue Coyote
Along with hot wings and cold beer, enjoy trivia nights, TVs playing top sports, and live local bands throughout the week. 

Fightingtown Tavern
This local spot mixes farm-to-table dishes with small-batch whiskey, 70s rock – all the time, and a family-friendly atmosphere. They boast no freezer and no microwave – meaning fresh food always

Vine 
Enjoy a glass of wine paired with a cheese plate, appetizers, and live music at this favorite local spot on E Main Street in Blue Ridge, Georgia. 

The Dogwood Hangout
Another laid-back spot with live music, The Dogwood Hangout sets a unique atmosphere. It features 100+ year-old trees, no TVs, outdoor seating, a beer garage with 70+ options, sharing-style dishes, and the feeling of community.  

Misty Mountain Hops 
This Vinyl Pub is focused on small events wth live music. Menu items include fried pickled okra, fried deviled eggs, a nice lineup of sandwiches and burgers, craft beers, and more. Upcoming music for the 2021 summer includes Andrew Chastain, Hush Money Band, The Stephen Busie Band, Canon Tyler, Highbeams Band, and more! 

Where to Stay in North Georgia
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