Blue Ridge Events and Festivals


Annual Events and Festivals

Surround yourself with fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge

Fire and Ice Chili CookoffPresident’s Day Weekend
Downtown Blue Ridge
Combine a chili cookoff with ice sculptures and you have an unlikely combination for the 6th Annual Fire and Ice Cookoff in Downtown Blue Ridge on February 13th 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. $10 to taste the chili. Sponsored by theBlue Ridge Business Association.

Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference2016: Early April
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Art Center
A literary tradition and unique cultural asset enjoyed by our many writers and aspiring writers each Spring as they gather in Blue Ridge to learn more about their special craft. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Springfest3rd and 4th Weekends in April
Blue Ridge State Farmer’s Market
Celebrate the beginning of spring in the mountains on two weekends in April at the Blue Ridge State Farmer’s Market.

Troutfest and Outdoor AdventuresLast Weekend in April
Great exhibits by outdoor organizations and businesses, education on trout fishing, entertainment, food trucks and more in downtown Blue Ridge City Park.

Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz FestivalMay
Live jazz music is paired with great regional wines at this one day festival in May.

Spring Arts in the ParkMemorial Day Weekend
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
Features over 200 juried art, craft and food booths. The best in mountain crafts and fine art, artists demonstrations, music and dance. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Call (706) 632-2144 for more information. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Spring and Fall Plein Aire Festivals
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn.
Each spring and fall, artists from across the region converge on Blue Ridge to capture the scenic beauty of this mountain community. Each event showcases the change of seasons. Artists from across the southeast get outside and recreate nature’s beauty. For more information, call 706-632-2144.Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn. celebrates their annual anniversary with fun in Downtown Blue Ridge Park. Lots of fun things for kids to do.

Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend ParkThursdays, May thru September
Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville
Casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians are held under the trees and pavillions along the Toccoa River at Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. til dusk beginning Memorial Day through the end of September. Free admission to musicians of all levels and listeners who appreciate good music. Bring your picnic supper and enjoy the music!

Old Timers Day ParadeSaturday Closest to July 4th
Downtown Blue Ridge
Funny and fun Fourth of July celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Assn.

Lake Blue Ridge FireworksOn or near July 4th
Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Live music and barbeque beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina on July 2nd. Fabulous fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge at dark. Call (706) 632-2618 for more information.

Old Fashioned Fourth in McCaysvilleJuly 4th Weekend
Downtown McCaysville-Copperhill
Old fashioned small town Independence Day celebration featuring an impressive fireworks display from Tater Hill in downtown McCaysville-Copperhill on July 1st at dark-thirty. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Business Assn.,

Blue Ridge Kiwanis RodeoAugust
Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Blue Ridge
Western rodeo with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Great food and fun for all ages.

Labor Day Barbeque
Downtown Blue Ridge
Annual Barbeque starts at 11 a.m. until the food runs out. Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Good food and entertainment.

Ride the Rails FestivalSeptember
Mineral Bluff Depot,
A two and one half mile round trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Model railroad display, food vendors and more.

Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque FestivalSeptember
Downtown Blue Ridge
Blues Crawl and Blues Train (Rotary) Friday night, followed by great blues and barbeque Saturday. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Lodging Assn.

Blue Ridge Fall Fest3rd and 4th weekend in October
Blue Ridge State Farmer’s Market
Fall Fest features local arts, crafts, food and fun on two separate October weekends.

Paws in the ParkOctober
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
Have a fun day with your favorite pet; parade, pet education and demonstrations, costume contest, prizes, photos and more. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge.

Halloween Safe ZonesDowntown Blue Ridge and McCaysville
Treats and fun for all. Good, safe Halloween fun in downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Kids of all ages trick or treat from shop to shop. Pumpkin carving and costume contests, food and entertainment. For information, call (706)632-5680.

Holiday Art Show & SaleEach November-December
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn.
Shop for regional art and crafts at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Thanksgiving through Christmas. For more information, call (706) 632-2144.

Light up Blue RidgeSaturday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Blue Ridge
Christmas festival in Downtown Blue Ridge. Music, refreshments, caroling and all-day activities. Official lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa arrives!!

Hometown ChristmasFirst Saturday of December
Downtown McCaysville
Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Santa’s arrival, food, refreshments and entertainment. Lighting of the bridge.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas ExpressWeekends in December
Blue Ridge Depot
Come ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols. For information, see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website.

New Year’s Wine TrainNew Year’s Eve
Blue Ridge Depot
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a festive ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.