2024 Ellijay Songwriters Festival

Experience the ultimate musical extravaganza this summer in Ellijay, Georgia, as Nashville and Georgia’s finest songwriters and bands visit the stages of our finest wineries throughout 14 exciting days. With over 70 festival performances being completely free, the Ellijay Songwriters Festival promises an eclectic mix of genres, from country and honky-tonk to pop and rock n’ roll. Take in the breathtaking views, groove to the soulful tunes, and indulge in the vibrant local cuisine as you explore the charming shops and attractions that Ellijay has to offer. Plus, don’t leave your furry friends behind – with plenty of pet-friendly attractions and vineyards, they can join in on the fun too!

Free Performances

With over 70 FREE performances, there is something for everyone to love at the Ellijay Songwriters Festival! Enjoy original songs written and performed by Nashville and Georgia songwriters in 11 of Gilmer County’s finest wineries and venues. These include many #1s and many other smash hits written for by Drew Ashworth, Surrender Hill, Adrian Stover & more!

Culinary Experience

Seeking the ultimate Songwriters Festival experience? The Ellijay Songwriters Festival offers ticketed wine dinners where each event brings you fine wines and delicious cuisine that are unique to each venue. Experience the perfect blend of food and melody set against the backdrop of the region’s stunning landscapes. Purchase ticketed dinner ->

Plan Your Trip

Whether you’re planning a week-long retreat or a weekend getaway, relax after the festival at one of our numerous luxury cabins, farm stays, or unique geodesic domes, as well as cozy bed and breakfasts in the area. While you’re here, make the most of our vibrant downtown scene with its charming shops and diverse dining options, or venture out to explore local orchards and outdoor activities. Take in the beauty of our hiking and biking trails, enjoy the serenity of our rivers and lake, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience. Visit pickellijay.com to discover a wealth of dining, lodging, shopping, and attractions to craft your ideal itinerary!

Visit the Official Ellijay Songwriters Festival Website

Check out the complete lineup, explore the venues, and sign up for the latest updates.

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Member Friends drinking wine at Buckley Vineyards

Buckley Vineyards

708 Henry Evans Road Ellijay, GA 30536

Opened in 2021, Buckley Vineyards has a modern farmhouse feel with a vineyard, tasting room, and plenty of outdoor seating.

Member group of friends toasting at Emily's Bar and Restaurant

Butcher & Bottle

24 River Street Ellijay, GA 30540

Butcher & Bottle is a family owned restaurant that serves seasonal shareable plates, fresh seafood and steaks and other menu items that highlight what the individual seasons have to offer!

Member Canoe Vineyard at night

Canoe Vineyard & Winery, LLC

119 Inland Drive Talking Rock, GA 30175

Canoe Vineyard and Winery offers fine wine and fun times. Bring your own food or snacks and picnic in the vines!

Member exterior of Cantaberry Restaurant

Cantaberry Restaurant

5 Southside Square Ellijay, GA 30540

Specializing in homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh salads, the Cantaberry Restaurant offers many crowd pleasures such as the Tomato Basil soup and Chicken Salad as well as many delicious desserts.

Member Man and woman enjoying pints of beer

Cartecay River Brewing Co.

24 River Terrace Ellijay, GA 30540

With a 4 barrel craft brewery, Cartecay River Brewing Company offers a brewery and gathering place for friends.

Member a couple enjoying glasses of wine

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Road Ellijay, GA 30536

Spend a day with Cartecay Vineyards taking in the picturesque views offered by our vineyards, tasting barn, and outdoor venues while enjoying live musical entertainment and our wines produced with our very own grapes.

Member Chateau Meichtry wines

Chateau Meichtry Family Winery and Vineyard

1862 Orchard Lane Talking Rock, GA 30175

Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard offering beautiful scenery and a tasting room with live music entertainment on weekends.

Member bottles of wine from Engelheim Vineyards

Engelheim Vineyards

120 Lakeview Road Ellijay, GA 30540

Engelheim Vineyards offers a brand new event center, Venue in the Vines, has elegant indoor or delightful outdoor settings with picturesque views of the vineyard.

Member a band playing on stage at the Gilmer Arts Playhouse

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

135 Dalton Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 635-5626

The George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse in downtown Ellijay Georgia is a venue bringing you the finest in musical and theatrical entertainment. Available for rent.

Member a couple enjoying wine outdoors in large Adirondack chairs

Grapes and Ladders Vineyard

2317 Highway 382 W. Ellijay, GA 30540

Family owned and operated vineyard, winery, and tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating and a quaint and comfortable atmosphere that is pet and kid friendly.


Roo Mountain Vineyards

1493 Old Flat Branch Road Ellijay, GA 30540
706-502-3925 Pet Friendly

Nestled just four miles from historic Downtown Ellijay with breathtaking, pristine views of the Blue Ridge foothills, Roo Mountain Vineyards is your destination for comfortable luxury. Taste and savor a curated selection of wines and hard ciders, fresh from the vineyard and made by a team of experienced winemakers, as you explore our winery, tasting room, rooftop garden bar, and more.