12 North Georgia Annual Events Worth Planning For!

Events in North GA | Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Mountain festivals, dazzling parades, bluegrass beats by the Toccoa River, Appalachian arts and crafts, riveting competitions, poppin’ fireworks, festive train rides, and mouthwatering food make North Georgia events pretty irresistible. There’s something for everyone year-round, and if you miss an event, you can count on most to repeat the following year. Our top Blue Ridge, GA, events are all family friendly and certainly worth planning a trip to the North Georgia Mountains. Get ready to make forever memories with friends and family on your next Blue Ridge vacation at these annual festivals and upcoming events! 

1. Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival — February 19, 2022
Ice sculptures and demos are the highlights of this unique Blue Ridge, GA, event! Of course, you’ll be able to try loads of yummy chili recipes and locally crafted beers. Live music also amps up this annual winter event in North Georgia. 

2. St. Patty’s Day Parade — March 17, 2022
Everything is green in Blue Ridge for St. Patrick’s Day. This neat parade is a fun North Georgia event that features festive costumes and neat floats. Plus, it’s right by a local park, so the kids can stay entertained. Downtown restaurants will also be festive, so be sure to make your way to Main Street to see what’s going on! 

3. Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival — April 30, 2022
Also known as the Annual Troutfest in Blue Ridge, this outdoorsman festival boasts live demonstrations, fun activities for all ages, a sound stage, a food court, a beer garden, and fine art depicting the great outdoors! 

4. Spring Arts in the Park — May 28-29, 2022
Participate in art demos, enjoy local food, and add a few fine art pieces to your collection at this annual Blue Ridge, GA, event this spring in downtown Blue Ridge. Yes, pets are welcome! There’s also a Falls Arts in the Park event in October put on by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association at Blue Ridge City Park.

5. Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival — June 25-26, 2022
Sip local wines, dance along to jazzy beats, and enjoy fine art exhibits at this annual wine and jazz festival in nearby Ellijay, GA. You can also eat tasty food from local restaurants and purchase a wine bottle to bring back to the cabin!

6. Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks — July 4, 2022
Pop, sizzle…BAM! Fireworks are always a blast on the Fourth of July. Lake Blue Ridge hosts a fantastic fireworks display every year for Independence Day. Splash at the lake, eat smoky barbecue and hot dogs, and tap to country music while you wait for the show.

7. Kiwanis Rodeo — August 19-20, 2022
Yee-haw! Held since 1995, the annual Blue Ridge rodeo is a rootin’ tootin’ good ole time in the Appalachian Mountains. Events include calf roping, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer dressing, bronc riding, team roping, and more!

8. Blues & BBQ Festival — September
A great lineup playing Appalachian music plus Southern-style barbecue is a match made in heaven around these parts. Make your way to the Blues & BBQ Festival this fall and enjoy dancing, singing, eating, and drinking together. 

9. Georgia Apple Festival — October 8-16, 2022
Nearby Ellijay hosts the great Georgia Apple Festival every year, a classic event in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along with apples, ciders, pies, and other local apple nom noms, there will be 250+ vendors selling handcrafted items at this fun fest.

10. Annual Sorghum Festival — October 8-16, 2022
Held minutes from Blue Ridge in Blairsville, GA, is the Annual Sorghum Festival that celebrates the art of making, you guessed it, sorghum syrup. Sample fresh syrups on biscuits, play games, watch live performances, and check out local arts and crafts.

11. Light Up Blue Ridge & Christmas Parade — November 26, 2022
Always held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Light Up Blue Ridge is a fun Christmas festival that kicks off the Christmas season with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, a festive parade, plus the ceremonial lighting of the great Christmas tree!

12. Mountain Country Christmas in Lights — November 25 – December 23, 2021
Holiday arts and crafts, live music, activities just for kids, and twinkling light displays make the Mountain Country Christmas in Lights a merry North Georgia event in neighboring Hiawassee at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Plan YOUR North Georgia vacation today with Blue Ridge events in mind this year!