October Events You Can’t Miss in Ellijay

Get ready for a fantastic October in Ellijay. As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold, Ellijay is gearing up to celebrate the season with a series of exciting events that you can’t miss. From live music, apples, and fall festivals, including the 52nd Annual Georgia Apple Festival, there’s something for everyone!

🍎 = Event happening on Georgia Apple Festival Weekend(s)


Cherry Log Fall Festival 🍎

October 7-8, 14-15: The community of Cherry Log celebrates the harvest with the Cherry Log Festival. Serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch, offering arts and crafts, homemade cakes, pies and canned goods, bluegrass, gospel, and country music at the Cherry Log Community Clubhouse, 341 Cherry Log Street. Great food and entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Plenty of free parking is available.

Pickin’ Concert Series 🍎

October 7, 21: This annual summer concert series is coming to an end, so be sure to grab a chair and your dancing shoes for a fun evening of live music and dancing. This is a free event- however, donations are always appreciated. Food trucks are available during the show, and show times are from 7-9 pm, so make sure to get there early to get the best spot! Visit mycrra.com/announcements for the full lineup.

Fall Festival at Cartecay Vineyards 🍎

Every Weekend in October: Can’t get enough of Ellijay? Visit Cartecay Vineyards every weekend in October for Fall Festival Fun! From wine tastings, vineyard tours, and food trucks to arts & crafts vendors, and live music, there is something for everyone! Visit cartecayvineyards.com/events for the full lineup.

Gilmer Arts Playhouse 🍎

October 8, 14, 20, 21, 26: Gilmer Arts proudly offers a wide variety of musical, art, and theatre experiences for all. From live music, including local musicians and popular bands, to theatre, yoga, storytellers, paint classes and more, Gilmer Arts has something for everyone. Visit gilmerarts.com for more events, tickets, and more information.

Apple Classic Auto Show 🍎

October 14: Add the Apple Country Classic Auto Car Show to your Apple Festival itinerary. With over 300 show car spaces, 100 awards, door prizes, raffles, and more, this show is another can’t miss event. All proceeds benefit our local community through scholarships, children’s Christmas programs, the food pantry, and more.

Apple Arts Festival 🍎

October 14-15, 21-22: Join us in beautiful Downtown Ellijay for Apple Arts in the Square! After your visit to the fairgrounds, head over to Downtown Ellijay for even more vendors that bring you the South’s finest handmade goods, festival food, and apple goodies. Read “What You Can’t Miss at the 2023 Georgia Apple Festival” for more Apple Festival events.

Georgia Apple Festival 🍎

October 14-15, 21-22: In its 52nd year, this Arts & Crafts festival features over 300 vendors bringing you the South’s finest handmade goods, festival food, and apple goodies. Read “What You Can’t Miss at the 2023 Georgia Apple Festival” for details, FAQs, highlights, and more!

Georgia Apple Festival Parade 🍎

October 14: This special event will take place in Downtown Ellijay starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 14th. This year’s theme is “Fall Harvest”. The annual Georgia Apple Festival parade is a great opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate with the Apple Capital! This event is family-friendly and free.

Meet the Moonshiners 🍎

October 14-15, 21-22: Enjoy a FREE live music event at White Path Creek Distillery. Add this event to your Georgia Apple Festival getaway in Ellijay, and enjoy live music from The Moonshiners and the Trisha Ann Band, food trucks, and delicious drinks. Follow White Path Creek Distillery on Facebook for more.

Apple Recipe Contest 🍎

October 21: The Gilmer County UGA Extension Office is proudly hosting the 2023 Georgia Apple Festival Apple Recipe Contest! First-place entries for both categories will receive $200 and a ribbon. 2nd place entries for both categories will receive $50 and a ribbon. Entries and forms are due to the UGA Extension Office: Gilmer County by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes 🍎

October 20, 21, 22: Benefitting the area’s local youth through the Parade of Homes Scholarship Foundation, Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes is an annual, three-day event held in Blue Ridge, Georgia and features amazing homes sprinkled throughout the North Georgia mountains. The homes are set among breathtaking landscapes only found in the North Georgia mountains and feature unique and diverse architectural and building styles.

Dancing Goats Festival

October 28-29: Like an old-time mountain shindig, Dancing Goats Folkfest brings together friends, family and visitors to celebrate our art and culture. Juried folk-art show and sale, homegrown music, storytelling, and good eats celebrate our Southern Appalachian way of life. And don’t miss two days of the goats strutting their stuff in the popular goat pageants.

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Follow Georgia Apple Festival and Pick Ellijay on social media to stay connected, and visit a Pick Ellijay Welcome Center to pick up your copies of our brochures, maps, and important visitor information.

Read the Times-Courier Apple Capital Magazine here

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