Best Fall Festivals and Events in North Georgia in September & October
North Georgia has the best festivals and events in September & October. From Crushing Grapes to Fall fairs and festivals, here are the best events happening in North Georgia.
Labor Day Weekend
Ellijay Music Fest Ellijay Music Fest will begin Thursday, August 30 at 6pm with a VIP Welcome Reception at The 1907 Restaurant in Downtown Ellijay. Nashville Songwriters Tim James, Danny Myrick, Mark Narmore, Bobby Tomberlin will all be performing at this events. On August 31 from 7-9pm purchase tickets to see Tim James, Danny Myrick, Mark Narmore, and Bobby Tomberlin performing at the George Link Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse. Tickets for both of these events are available at www.comeplayinellijay.com. On Saturday there will be live music on the Downtown Outdoor Stage all day. Beginning at 4pm Bobby Tomberlin will perform at the Ellijay Coffeehouse, followed by Tim James performing at Cantaberry Restaurant at 5:15pm. Mark Narmore will perform at 6:30 and at 7:45 Danny Myrick will perform on the Ellijay Boardwalk. All of the Saturday events are FREE to the public.
Cartecay Vineyards Crush Festival September 1-2
Come have a grape stomping good time at Cartecay Vineyards on September 1-2. There will be live music, wine, vineyard tours, food, fun and more.
Anniversary Performance of the George Link Jr., Gilmer Arts Playhouse with Banks and Shane Saturday September 1 with two performances
You won't want to miss the first act at the George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse! is a high-energy, hard-kicking, blow-the-roof off band that has had capacity crowds around the world dancing in the aisles to party favorites and reminiscing with memorable ballads. Tickets can be ordered online.
Kick off of Apple Pickin' Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards Starts Saturday, September 8 through October
The Apple Pickin’ Jubilee is a U-Pick festival held every weekend through the months of September and October on the farm at Hillcrest. Activities included in the general admission are wagon rides, cow milking, pig races, multiple playgrounds, jumping pillow, giant slide, pedal cart and trike races, moonshine museum and farmhouse museum. They have also recently added Hillcrest Hillbilly Mini Golf Course and a cow train. There is live country and bluegrass music and clogging on their stage. They have a petting zoo and pony rides. They also have a farm market. You can also pick your own apples at BJ Reece Orchards, R & A Orchards, Red Apple Barn, and Mercier Orchards.
Every year there is an excitement for the greatest flea market event in Ellijay. The Good Samaritan Catholic Church puts together the best variety of used items from furniture to clothing and many other great items to find. Click Here for more information.
Dancing Goats FolkFest September 29-September 30
Dancing Goats FolkFest will pay homage the old Saturday-go-to-town days and have the atmosphere of a mountain shindig. The celebration will be located on North Church Street and the adjoining boardwalk, one of the little mountain town’s newest gathering places. Click Here to read more.
Cherry Log Festival October 7-8 and 14-15
Just between Ellijay and Blue Ridge is the small community of Cherry Log. The first 2 weekends of October, the community celebrates the harvest with the Cherry Log Festival. Serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch, offering arts and crafts, homemade cakes, pies, and canned goods, as well as, bluegrass, gospel and country music at the Cherry Log Community Clubhouse.
Georgia Apple Festival October 13-14 and 20-21
The biggest event of the year is the Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Show. In its 47th year the Georgia Apple Festival has grown from humble beginnings to be one of the largest and most well-attended festivals in Georgia. The Apple Festival features handmade, handcrafted arts and crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageant, car show, parade, delicious treats from fried Oreos to gyros, and all things apple. The Apple Festival is held the 2nd and 3rd full weekends in October at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.
Apple Arts in Downtown Ellijay October 13-14 and 20-21
During the same weekends as the Apple Festival, Apple Arts on the Square is located in historic downtown Ellijay. A smaller version of the Apple Festival, this event allows you to enjoy a festival, but you can also enjoy our local shops and restaurants.
Annual Fall Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, GA October 13-14
Enjoy nearly 100 fine art and craft artists, delicious food and a kid's art zone hosted by Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association.
Halloween in Downtown Ellijay October 31
Every Halloween, Downtown Ellijay merchants welcome everyone to safely trick o treat around the square. There are costume contests, games, and more!
Other North Georgia Festivals and Events
Sheriff's Jeep Fest in Jasper, GA August 30-September 2
Enjoy 3 days of family friendly fun, jeep trails, and obstacles.
48th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen, GA September 6-9, 13-16 and September 27-October 28
Beer, brats, bands and lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest is the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States.
Pub Crawl and Jam Session on Friday night. Lots of great BBQ, live bands and craft beer available on site in Blue Ridge City Park.
Come celebrate the marble valley of Pickens County with a full weekend of activities including the festival and quarry tours.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee, GA October 12-20
This 9 day event features exciting musical performances, arts and craft vendors, educational demonstrations, pioneer village, a flower show and the ever-popular Fiddler's Convention.
Sorghum Festival in Blairsville, GA October 13-14 and 20-21
The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been part of Blairsville's history for more than 40 years celebrating the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum cane.
24rd Annual Heritage Days Festival in Talking Rock, GA October 20-21
The small town of Talking Rock will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and antiques. There will be demonstrations, bluegrass and southern gospel music and good food.
Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, GA October 20-21
Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the square in historic downtown Dahlonega.
51th Annual Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, GA October 27-29
Enjoy a parade of moonshine and revenue cards, car show, cruise-in and swap meet. Meet legendary racecar drivers and see vintage race cars and authentic mooshine-hauling cars.
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