Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate Independence Day in Ellijay

Ellijay will be full of American pride and excitement for Independence Day! Here is a list of the events happening this weekend!

Saturday June 30

The 8th Regiment Band performs at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse

Days before the Fourth of July, George Link Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse will present The 8th Regiment Band of Rome, GA. for a Historical Patriotic Concert. This is not just a ‘Civil War Band’ or a ‘Confederate Band’. They realized early on that they could not portray the true history of those times nor achieve public trust in their historical accuracy if they did not speak for both sides. ‘The 8th’ regularly dons Union Blue and Confederate Grey. For thirty years this group has sought to present carefully selected music and stories from the 19th century. Not only do they preserve the music and stories from that era but they do so with over 30 original horns and bass drum from that era. They have evolved into a re-creation of a regimental brass band from that period and they are bringing this bit of historical, patriotic music to Ellijay to start our summer off with shades of Red, White, and Blue. For the convenience of our patrons we have added a ‘ticket with food’ option. We are setting a picnic (with AC) theme and the food will be prepared by Lucy’s Fried Chicken. The meal of two pieces of chicken, corn fritters and choice of macaroni salad or slaw will be available at 6:30 for those who want to eat prior to the show. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Yoga in the Vines at Cartecay Vineyards

Mountains and yoga go together like vines and wine, so why not have all four? Join us for Yoga in the Vines. All of us at Facing East Yoga are thrilled to team up with Cartecay Vinyards for Yoga in the Vines! Enjoy a 45 minute yoga class in the absolutely stunning vineyard followed by a wine tasting! You will have a chance to taste a variety of wines and keep your wine tasting glass! They will have extra mats, just show up enjoy some yoga and then sit back and sip on some local wine! The cost is $30.00 and at 12:00 yoga will start, class is 45 minutes followed with our own wine tasting! You then can stay as long as you’d like enjoying the gorgeous views and wine.

This is an RSVP event, please email us at today to reserve your spot.

Sunday July 1

Winestock Festival at Fainting Goat Vineyards

Let your inner Hippie out! This tie dye wearing, music jamming, wine drinking event brings all of your favorite past times together.

Welcome to the stage, The Flying Oatsmen!

Admission includes a commemorative wine glass and entrance to the festival. Seating and tables will be available, but personal lawn chairs are encouraged. Children under 21 are free. Sorry. No wine tastings during the festival. Bottles and glasses of wine available for purchase.  Great people, great wine, great music: a true must-do for summer 2018.  Wear your hippie gear, bring a blanket and lounge on the lawn for this summertime festival. Help us bring the 70’s back to life in this modern day wine festival. Click Here to Purchase Tickets


Wednesday July 4

Cartecay Bike Shop 4th of July Ride and Cookout
July 4th Mountain Bike Group Ride & Cookout
Meet at Mulberry Gap at 10am
Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced rides
with ride leaders. These are NO-DROP rides!
There will be lots of Food & Fun. Plus afterwards,
ride with Cartecay in the Ellijay Parade.




Photo Credit: Rick Lucas

4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Come join Ellijay’s community for our Independence Day Parade and Fireworks in historic downtown Ellijay! There will be live music in the River Street parking lot starting with Dwight Sanford from noon until 2:30. Then Mountain Assembly plays from 3 pm until 5:30 pm.
The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band plays from 7pm until the fireworks start.There will also be a sand pile and gyro ride and over 20 vendors. At 6:00p, watch decorated floats and Ellijay’s “stars” travel down River Street. Then, to conclude the festive night, fireworks at dusk.


July 4th Star Wars Movie at Top of Falls

Amicalola Falls Lodge & State Park will be hosting an outdoor movie at the Top of the Falls on Wednesday, July 4th. The movie starts at 8:30pm. Their concession stand will be open and selling snacks and beverages – come early to get $3 hot dogs, $4 brats and $5 burgers.

The only cost to you is a $5 parking pass if you’re not a guest of the lodge. And since they’ll be showing Star Wars (The Original Movie), feel free to come dressed for the occasion in your favorite fan garb – from Princess Leia Braids to Stars Wars T-shirts.

Spend the Fourth of July at Fort Mountain

At Fort Mountain State Park from 1pm-4pm visit the Civilian Conservation Corps fire tower and learn about the history of the tower, the mysterious ancient stone wall, and stop by the West Overlook to see out over Chatsworth.
From 2pm-3pm enjoy a 4th Celebration with face painting, relay races, and a dunk bucket (Toss water balloons at the target to soak the person below.) At 4pm decorate your bike and meet at the playground and enjoy a bike parade, riding around the campground and showing your spirit! At 6pm meet under the Group Shelter and play a fun game of cornhole.

Enjoy Live Music at the Vineyards

Live Music with Robert Hall at Cartecay Vineyards from 1:30-5:30pm.

Live Music with Barefoot Boone at Chateau Meichtry from 1:30-5:30pm. They will also have red, white and blue wine.