Escape to Ellijay for 2024 Festivals & Events 🎉

family of 3 enjoying georgia apple festival
Georgia Apple Festival

Known for its breathtaking scenery, downtown area, and warm hospitality, Ellijay, Georgia has become a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike. However, what truly sets Ellijay apart is its vibrant festival scene, which brings the community together in joyous celebration throughout the year. As we dive into 2024, here is a glimpse into the exciting festivals that await visitors in Ellijay this year.

Woofstock Ellijay

Get ready for a doggone good time in downtown Ellijay on April 13, 2024 as a plethora of partying pets promenade in apparel for a paws cause! Bring your four legged party animals and let the good times roll and do a good deed for the dogs and cats in need in the process. Proceeds from the event will benefit FOGAS programs for spay/neuter clinics, vaccination clinics, TNR program, educational programs and vetting of shelter animals going to rescue. Come enjoy the vendors, food trucks, entertainment and contests throughout the day!

Georgia Mountain Trail Fest

This festival is a brings together the vibrant Georgia trails community, welcoming hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, trail runners, equestrians, campers, jeep and RV enthusiasts alike! There will be numerous trail-related vendors, enlightening educational trail discussions, delicious offerings from food trucks, and refreshing hard cider provided by Reece’s Cider Co. All are invited to join in the festivities.

Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival

Join us for Ellijay’s Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival! Delight in a weekend filled with vendors, enriching classes, and endless crafting inspiration. Admission is just $5 per person for the entire weekend. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of needle arts in the heart of Georgia’s stunning mountain scenery.

Ellijay Farmers & Artisans Market

Are you a fan of fresh produce, unique crafts, and a vibrant community atmosphere? The Ellijay Farmers and Artisans Market is your go-to destination for a delightful experience. Whether you’re a seasoned local or just passing through, this market promises to enchant you with its offerings. Running every Saturday from May through September, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, at the Gilmer County Courthouse parking lot, it’s conveniently nestled in downtown Ellijay, right behind the Downtown Ellijay Welcome Center. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to soak up the local charm and take home some treasures. Make a note on your calendar and be sure to drop by.

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 50 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.

Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

Mark your calendars because the awaited Apple Blossom Festival is back and better than ever! Set to take place from May 25th to 27th, from 9-6 pm, this vibrant celebration promises a weekend of fun, laughter, and endless enjoyment for the whole family. This festival showcases the very best in arts, crafts, and delectable food offerings. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-time visitor, there’s something here to enchant everyone.

Gilmer County Fair

With something for everyone, the Gilmer County Fair promises to be the ultimate summer experience. From thrilling rides to classic merry-go-rounds, there will be a wide variety of fun rides that will keep you and your family entertained. No fair experience is complete without indulging in your favorite concession foods. From mouthwatering cotton candy to sizzling corn dogs, the Gilmer County Fair will have a wide array of delicious treats to satisfy your cravings. Mark your calendars from August 15th to August 20th, and gather your friends and family for fun rides, delicious food, and endless entertainment for all ages.

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival is bringing great music, great wines, fine art, and delicious cuisine, to beautiful Ellijay, GA. We will be offering a diversity of wines from around the world, including those made locally in North Georgia and the North Carolina region. Enjoy delicious food prepared locally and listen to top jazz performers also from the region. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle and bring your blanket and lawn chairs to relax in while listening to great music.

Cartecay Vineyards Crush Fest

September comes alive at Cartecay Vineyards with Crush Fest where visitors can enjoy stomping grapes, vineyard tours, great music, food trucks, and of course, wine! Since 2012, Crush Fest has become Cartecay Vineyards’ biggest and best attended festival of the year. Stay tuned for details about Crush Fest 2024!

Ellijay Bacon Fest

Get ready for sizzling excitement at the 3rd Annual Ellijay Bacon Fest! Indulge in mouthwatering bacon-themed dishes, groove to live music, join in the bacon eating contest, and enjoy a variety of games and activities. Best of all, your participation supports a great cause, benefiting the Gilmer Community Food Pantry. It’s a day packed with delicious flavors and family-friendly fun.

Georgia Apple Festival

Join us on October 12-13, and 19-20 for the Georgia Apple Festival! In its 53rd year, this Arts & Crafts festival features over 300 vendors bringing you the South’s finest handmade goods, festival food, and apple goodies. While we are unable to allow pets onto the fairgrounds, Apple Arts on the Square is a pet-friendly event. Service dogs are welcome. Admission is $10, children under 12 are FREE!

Apple Arts Festival

This sister festival is located behind the Downtown Ellijay Welcome Center and adds fun arts & crafts and food to the downtown scene on the same times and dates as the Georgia Apple Festival. Apple Arts is pet-friendly, accessible, and admission is free.

Holiday Lights of Ellijay

Get ready to be dazzled by the magic of the season as Holiday Lights of Ellijay returns. Watch as the town comes alive with an enchanting display of shimmering lights, festive decorations, and heartwarming festivities for all. Join us in celebrating the spirit of the holidays and creating cherished memories at Holiday Lights of Ellijay!

Light Up Ellijay

As the holiday season approaches, the charming town of Ellijay transforms into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, festive decorations, and heartwarming community spirit. Light Up Ellijay 2024 promises to be a magical experience for locals and visitors alike. From enchanting displays to joyful events, here’s a guide to what you absolutely can’t miss at this year’s celebration.

Downtown Night Lights

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season with the inaugural Downtown Night Lights! As you stroll through the festive streets of Downtown Ellijay, adorned with a dazzling array of festive lights, you’ll be immersed in the spirit of Christmas. From residential neighborhoods to commercial spaces, every corner sparkles with holiday cheer. Twinkling lights adorn storefronts, and trees, creating a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for a leisurely evening walk. Whether you’re seeking a romantic outing or a family-friendly activity, the walking tour promises an unforgettable holiday experience for all.

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