The Blue Ridge area of north Georgia is home to a variety of festivals that offer plenty of interesting opportunities for locals and visitors. It seems like everything we love the most about Fannin County is honored with a festival – and we are good with that! Whether we are celebrating a holiday or paying homage to our local artists, foodies, wineries, or musicians, there is so much fun to be had at our Fannin County festivals. Hope to see you there!
Annual Events, Gatherings & Festivals around Blue Ridge and Fannin County
Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off – Held each President’s Day weekend in downtown Blue Ridge, this fun festival is centered around a unique combination of a chili cook-off and ice sculptures! Enjoy the chili cook off, live entertainment, and one of the largest ice sculpture displays in the country! Visitors can buy a $10 tasting card to sample the competition and then vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Blue Ridge Trout Festival – Celebrate trout fishing in the trout capital of Georgia at the Annual Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventures! Held the last weekend in April, this local favorite combines trout fishing and outdoor recreation in the historic downtown district of Blue Ridge. Enjoy great exhibits by outdoor and adventure businesses, as well as the popular Food Truck Alley and Beer Garden!
Spring Arts in the Park – Happening on Memorial Day Weekend at the downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Spring Arts in the Park features the best in Blue Ridge area mountain crafts and fine art, artists demonstrations, food, music and dance. Voted as one of the “Top 20 Events” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, you won’t want to miss the fun!
Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival – An amazing day of live jazz music, fine art, delicious cuisine, and great regional wines in downtown Blue Ridge is what you will get at the Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and relax at this popular spring festival held each June
Independence Day Parade – Takes place in downtown Blue Ridge on the Saturday closest to July 4th each year. This fun Fourth of July celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge is always a popular summer event.
Old Fashioned Fourth in McCaysville – Join in the fun of an old fashioned small-town Independence Day celebration in downtown McCaysville-Copperhill complete with fireworks.
Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo – This family friendly event includes a western rodeo with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and other special events. This annual event is always held the third full weekend of August and is open on both Friday and Saturday nights (rain or shine). Get your tickets for the Blue Ridge Kiwanis rodeo soon, this event gets crowded!
Hard Cider and Beer Festival – Come out and enjoy the scenery at the Hard Cider & Beer Festival. This is a FIRST ANNUAL festival held at beautiful Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge. The adults-only festival features wine and cider tastings, live music and food vendors.
Labor Day Barbecue – This annual Labor Day Weekend event in Blue Ridge at the Downtown Blue Ridge City Park starts at 11 a.m. and offers delicious food and entertainment for the whole family. This will be the 38th Annual Labor Day Barbecue in Blue Ridge. Get your BBQ on!
Ride the Rails Festival – Fun for all ages! Enjoy a ride by railroad motor car through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning to the historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Also, take a ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car and visit the Depot to see the large model railroad.
Blue Ridge Blues Crawl & Barbeque Festival – The Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival offers plenty of great barbecue and craft beer. A fun-filled kids section with plenty of activities to keep them entertained. The event is kick started by the Blue Ridge Blues Crawl, held the Friday before the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, at several restaurants in Blue Ridge.
Fall Plein Air Festival – Each fall artists from across the region come to Blue Ridge to capture and recreate the scenic beauty of our beautiful mountain community with their paintings and drawings. Artist events include a master workshop, a quick draw event and county-wide paint outs, where work will be displayed, and awards given at the exhibit on Sunday.
Fall Arts in the Park – Held each October at the downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Fall Arts in the Park features the best in mountain crafts and fine art, artists demonstrations, food, music and dance. Voted as one of the “Top 20 Events” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, you won’t want to miss the fun!
Light up Blue Ridge – The official kick off to the holiday season, this fun festival in downtown Blue Ridge is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Offers music, refreshments, caroling, lighting of the Christmas tree and a visit from Santa! Don’t miss Light Up Blue Ridge to get you in the holiday spirit!
Hometown Christmas – Held in downtown McCaysville the first Saturday of December, the Hometown Christmas has family friendly activities including a Christmas Parade, Santa, refreshments, entertainment and the annual lighting of the bridge!