Annual Events

Please visit our Calendar of Events for up to date postings of all community events. All events are subject to change.

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During the same weekends as the Apple Festival we have Apple Arts in historic downtown Ellijay. A smaller version of the Apple Festival is set up on the square allowing you to enjoy a festival with easy access to local shops and restaurants. There is no admission charge for this event and it is pet friendly.

For additional information, call the Gilmer Chamber at 706-635-7400 or go to Apple Arts. Vendor space is full for 2022.

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Ellijay's biggest event of the year is the Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Show. In its 51st year, the Georgia Apple Festival has grown from humble beginnings to be one of the largest and most well-attended festivals in Georgia.  Celebrating fall and the apple harvest, the Apple Festival features handmade, handcrafted arts and crafts, live entertainment, a car show, parade, delicious treats from fried Oreos to gyros, and everything apple. The Apple Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd full weekends in October at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

For additional information, call 706-636-4500 or go to Georgia Apple Festival.

Interested in participating in the Apple Festival Parade?  Click here to apply

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Ellijay salutes our veterans with a downtown celebration and parade.

For information on the  Veteran's Day Celebration contact the the Ellijay Lions Club at 706-635-5901.

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Located in the Downtown Ellijay, enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick's Day events with your favorite furry friends including a parade, pet contests, entertainment, vendors, and much more. 

Taste of Ellijay in Downtown Ellijay


Taste of Ellijay features everything culinary that Gilmer County has to offer. Restaurants will be offering sample of their finest flavors. There is no cost for admission, samples will be $1-$4. Located on North Main Street in Downtown Ellijay,  everyone is invited to treat their taste buds!

For additional information, go to Taste of Ellijay

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Save the first full weekend in May for the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival, an exciting event in East Ellijay, Georgia with over 50 hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more.

For additional information, call the Gilmer Chamber at 706-635-7400 or go to Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

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Gilmer Arts & the Gilmer Chamber present the annual Plein Air - Art in the Mountains each year in June celebrating open air painting in the scenic locations that Ellijay and Gilmer County have to offer including parks, vinyeards, farms, orchards and more. There are quick draw competitions, a best in show, reception and auction.

Downtown Ellijay Independence Day Celebration

Downtown Ellijay is the place to be to celebrate our nation’s independence in the downtown area. The parade will begin at 6 pm. Fireworks will begin downtown at dusk. Fireworks will be visible in the downtown area. 

Gilmer County Fair

The Gilmer County Fair in Ellijay offers entertainment for the whole family including Peachtree Rides, live entertainment, and an exhibition featuring: Quilts, Agriculture, Crafts, Food, Canning, Baking, Sewing, Needlework, Art, Flowers, Photography, and more. Located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

For additional information, contact the Ellijay Lions Club at 706-635-5901.

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    Spring Wine Highway Week in North Georgia

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    Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival & Retreat-Ellijay, GA

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