Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

Things To Do in Ellijay Memorial Day Weekend

Every Memorial Day weekend the fine folks of Ellijay get excited to host you, our guests. We kick off summer with plenty of activities and outdoor adventures for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Here are the top things to do in Ellijay this Memorial Day Weekend.

Tubing the Coosawattee River Photo Credit: The Overton Family courtesy of Dragonfly Dreams Luxury Cabin Rentals

Cool Off and Enjoy the Water!

Tubing the Rivers (That’s right! You can tube more than one!)

Ellijay’s name is derived from Indian word(s) meaning “many waters” and you can experience our many rivers! Tube or kayak the Ellijay River, Cartecay River or the Coosawattee River. All three offer a combination of relaxation and fun!

Cartecay River Experience, Kayak & Tube Rentals 706-531-4746
Coosawattee River Tubing Company 706-635-1609

Pickin’ on the Porch

Coosawattee River Tubing Company will have their Pickin’ on the Porch concert on May 27 from 7-9pm featuring The Band Raven. Bring your lawn chair and after a day on the river enjoy some free live music. There will be food available by SmokeHouse Country Grill.



Beaches, we got those too.

Fort Mountain State Park & Harris Branch at Carter’s Lake both have lakeside beaches for families to enjoy.

Spend the Day on Carters Lake

Don’t have your own boat, rent a pontoon boat from Carter’s Lake Marina. You can also grab a bite to eat at the Marina.

Need a thrill on the river?

Not too far from Ellijay, we have unforgettable rafting experiences.

Ocoee Adventure Center
4651 Highway 64, Copperhill, TN 37317 (888) 723-8622

Ocoee Rafting
1548 Hwy 68, Ducktown, TN 37326 (800) 251-4800

Rolling Thunder River Co.
10160 Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 (800) 408-7238

4596 US 64, Ducktown, TN 37326 (828) 508-8285

Live Music, New Wine Releases and Special Events at the Vineyards

Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
Saturday May 26 from 1:30-5:30pm Live Music with Surrender Hill in the Old Greenhouse. They will have Big C’s Chicago Food Truck on site.
Sunday May 27 from 1:30-5:30pm Live Music with Brooke Serrano in the Old Green House. They will have Tony P.’s food truck on site.
Monday, May 29 from 1:30pm-5:30pm Memorial Day Celebration with Mountain Treasures.Enjoy a special Memorial Day concert featuring Matty Croxton. Benny & Sherryl Adams from Mountain Treasures, will be officially releasing their Ellijay White wine and also pouring their Ellijay Red. They will have Angelfire Food Truck on site.

There is no cover/no RSVP required for these events. There will be complimentary handmade cheeses & homemade bread.


Cartecay Vineyards

Saturday May 26 from 1:30-5:30pm Live Music with Gregg Erwin Band.
Sunday May 27 from 1:00-5:00pm Live Music with Joseph Erwin.
Monday, May 28 from 1:30-5:30pm Live Music with Rick Byers.

Julian’s Kitchen will be on site all 3 days serving delicious food.


Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery

Fainting Goat is kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with their Friday Night Concert on May 25 from 6-9pm with Cody Marlowe. On May 26 from 1:30-5:30pm there will be live music with Downtown Roy. On May 27 from 1:30-5:30pm there will be live music with Dr. Paul. On May 28 from 1:30-5:30pm there will be live music with Surrender Hill.

Other Great Events

Ellijay Farmer’s Market

On Saturday May 26 from 8am-noon, the Ellijay Farmer’s Market will be set up on Broad Street next to the courthouse in Downtown Ellijay selling handmade items, fresh produce and other locally grown products.



Spring Arts in the Park

On May 26 & 27, not too far from Ellijay, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association provides a unique art experience through their Arts in the Park festival series in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. This art festival is fun for the whole family. With over 170+ artists, exhibitors, and vendors booths, our visitors enjoy a variety of fine arts and fine crafts, demonstrations, food, and much more during the Arts in the Park festival.


Memorial Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and Gardens

On May 28 beginning at 11:00am, in honor of all our veterans there will be a patriotic service of prayer, song and dedication at the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge & Garden Adjacent to River Park across from Legion Road. The schedule of events includes national anthem, opening prayer, flag presentation, guest speakers, guest singers, special recognitions and a closing ceremony.



Cartecay Bike Shop Hot Dog Hangout

On Monday May 28 the Cartecay Bike Shop is hosting their third annual Memorial Day Hot Dog Hangout. They are doing a group mountain bike ride from the P2 parking lot. Meet at the trail head by 10am and ride down Pinhoti 2 and either turn left and ride the road back to eat a hot dog and hang out or turn right and shoot up Pinhoti 3. This is the perfect opportunity to try P3 if you haven’t already. The ride is an easy pace fun fest.




Concert featuring Dave Bickler

Gilmer Arts, in an exciting collaboration with Firefly Music Blue Ridge and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia, is beyond proud to present an extraordinary night of live music with the former lead singer of the iconic rock band Survivor, and the voice of one of the greatest rock and roll anthems of all time (“Eye Of The Tiger”), the one and only David Bickler, LIVE in concert on Saturday, May 26th at the Ellijay Elementary School auditorium! In the entire history of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, “Eye Of The Tiger” ranks 24th of ALL TIME, right ahead of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, “Flashdance, What A Feeling”, and Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”!! “Eye Of The Tiger” spend an epic SEVEN straight weeks as the Number One song in the country, and was the most-played song of the year in the US and worldwide! So get your tickets NOW, because this show will sell out, and you’ll miss the event of the year in North GA! Click Here for more information or to purchase tickets. 

We hope that you will enjoy your Memorial Day weekend in Ellijay, or stay the whole summer!

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