October Events 2022



Fall is in the air and October has a great lineup of fall festivals, family-friendly events, art shows, live music, and so much more! Plan your fall in the mountains with these awesome events!

Upcoming Events:

The Savannah Sipping Society
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come enjoy some local theater with Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Savannah Sipping Society. This comedy follows 4 unique southern women looking to escape their daily routine. Over 6 months of hilarious misadventures these spunky middle aged women come together and find a way to get their life back on track. Come see what mayhem they cause Thursdays – Sundays from September 15th – October 2nd.  Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Picnic in the Apple Orchard
October 1st – October 31st
Location: The Folk Collaborative

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Picnic beneath the apple trees spring through fall at Deep Roots Orchard! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the trees. Deep Root’s will provide you with everything you need; the picnic basket, blanket, and food. All you need to bring is your wonderful self! Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

Merry Little Christmas Party
October 1st
Location: Old Farmers Market`

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Get ready for Christmas in Blue Ridge 2 months early at Merry Little Christmas Party which helps raise funds for Light Up Blue Ridge next month! This free event is for the community hosted by the community! Doors open at 6pm and dinner is served at 7pm. There will also be dancing and live music going on till 10pm!

U-Pick in the Orchard
October 1st – October 31st
Location: The Folk Collaborative

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Head over to Deep Roots Orchards in McCaysville for U-Pick apple picking all month long! Wednesday – Sunday every week you can pick apples from 10am – 5:30pm and go for a tractor ride as well!

Live Music at Paradise Hills
October 1st – October 29th
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

October 1st: Rusted Melody
October 7th: Bob Keel
October 8th: Trailer Hippies
October 14th: Hill Roberts
October 15th: Tom Edwards
October 22nd: Dr. Paul
October 28th: Curtis Jones (HalloWine Costume Party)
October 29th: Chris Carpenter

U-Pick Apples
October 1st – October 31st
Location: Mercier Orchards

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U-Pick at Mercier Orchards is scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday in October weather dependent! Bring the whole family for a day of apple picking, live music, food trucks, and fried pies!

Travis Bowlin’s Cigar Box Guitar Party & Hand Crafted Artisans Festival
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery

Come on out to Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery the first weekend an October for live music, food, wine, and fun! Bring along a new and unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to be entered in the raffle to win a Cigar Box Guitar! Visit Bear Claw Vineyards on Saturday from 1pm – 8pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Entry is free, but donations are welcome! 

Georgia Marble Festival
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Lee Newton Park

Photo Courtesy of Pickens County Chamber of Commerce

Jasper, Georgia is celebrating it’s 40th Annual Georgia Marble Festival! Join in the fun October 1st & 2nd where there will be live music, a fine art gallery, live demonstrations of marble & granite sculpting, delicious food, arts & crafts, and so much more! The fun runs at Lee Newton Park on Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
October 1st – October 29th
Location: 400 West Main Street

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Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Apple Picking Jubilee
October 1st – October 31st
Location: Hillcrest Orchard

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Join in the fall festivities now thru October 31st! Your $18 entry fee includes all kinds of fun activities like; cow milking, wagon rides, cow train, new Jump Pad and Ball Zone, Live entertainment, pedal karts, big and little kid trike tracks, petting farm, apple tree maze, mini-golf, moonshine and apple museums, big slides and playgrounds, Fall photo spots, swimming pig races and duck races! PLUS there will be all kinds of great foods and of course apple ciders & slushies! The Apple Picking Jubilee is sure to be a blast for the whole family!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
October 1st – October 30th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

October 1st: Andrew Golden
October 2nd: Zachary Alexander
October 8th: Daisy Chain
October 9th: Jorge Valenzuela
October 15th: Hush Money
October 16th: Travis Bowlin
October 22nd: Thomas Hinds
October 23rd: Gregg Erwin
October 29th: Connor Priest
October 30th: Tim O’Donovan

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
October 1st – October 15th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

October 1st: Gavin Heath
October 2nd: Lindsay Beth Harper
October 15th: Oktoberfest

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
October 1st – October 30th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
October 1st – October 29th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

October 1st: Marla Vickers
October 7th: Sean Bulow
October 8th: Andy Johnson
October 14th: Jack Byron
October 15th: David Welch
October 21st: Maddie Lane
October 22nd: Jim Stapley
October 29th: Canon Tyler

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
October 1st – October 29th
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

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Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

October 1st: Melanie Dobbins and Tom Ladow
October 8th: Denise and Friends
October 22nd: David Flowers
October 29th: Ray Labean

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Blue Ridge & surrounding Fannin County area

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See some of the most spectacular homes in North Georgia showcased at this great event! Ticket purchases benefit the area’s local youth through the Parade of Homes Scholarship Foundation. Check out these incredible homes and get an idea for your dream mountain home September 30th thru October 2nd from 10am – 5pm.

Cherry Log Fall Festival
October 1st – October 9th
Location: Downtown Cherry Log

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Take a quick drive to Cherry Log, GA for their Fall Festival, happening the first 2 weekends of October! There will be arts and crafts, homegood goods and treats, bluegrass, country, and gospel music and of course lots of fall fun in Downtown Cherry Log!

Indian Summer Festival
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Woody Gap School, Suches, GA

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Come on out for the annual Indian Summer Festival at Georgia’s smallest public school. There will be vendors selling pottery, quilts, jewelry, homemade goods, leather crafts, furniture and so much more! And there will be great food options like BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake, and cotton candy. It’s sure to be a great event of family fun!

The Art of Bill and Todd Suttles
October 1st – October 9th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come admire the works of this dynamic father/son duo Bill and Todd Suttles at Blue Ridge’s Art Center. Their works will be on display from September 3rd – October 9th.

Plein Air Exhibit
October 1st – October 9th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

After the 2022 Plein Air International Paint Out you can come out to the Art Center to admire the artists beautiful creations. The works will be on display and available for purchase from September 13th – October 9th. You can also expect to see them at the upcoming Fall Arts in the Park festival.

Artist in Residence Scott Davis
October 1st – October 31st
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come out to the Art Center to admire Scott Davis’s beautiful and unique photographs. His work will be on display September 24th – December 17th. And the artist reception will be October 15th from 5pm – 7pm.

Annual Georgia Mountain Pickleball Fall Classic
October 1st – October 2nd
Location: Towns County Pickleball Complex

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Come on out for this massive annual pickleball tournament hosted by Georgia Mountain Pickleball and Towns County! There will be over 350 players from all over the country competing. Friday, September 30th will be Women’s Doubles, Saturday, October 1st will be Mixed Doubles, and Sunday October 2nd will be Men’s Doubles. Bring a chair and come enjoy the tournament!

Fall Fest – North Mt. Zion Church
October 1st
Location: Hiawassee Square

Photo Courtesy of Lake Chatuge Chamber of Commerce

Come on to the Hiawassee Square for a Fall Fest on October 1st from 10am – 3pm for a celebration of fall! There will be an artisan market, live music, a chili cookoff, children’s activities, food and fun!

Swine & Dine BBQ Week & Cookoff
October 1st
Location: Blairsville Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce

Join in a whole week of delicious bbq and fun at the Blairsville Farmers Market from September 26th – October 1st! There will be live music, prizes, and amazing bbq dishes from local restaurants. And Saturday, October 1st is the BBQ Cookoff from 4pm – 7pm. Purchase your $5 tasting ticket and help pick Blairsville’s next best bbq. All you have to do for the Swine & Dine is pick up your passport for the week, eat at 3+ eateries during the week to get your passport stamped, then turn in your complete passport to the Chamber by October 3rd at 5pm to be registered for the grand prize of $500 in dining gift cards! You won’t want to miss this awesome, bbq filled week of fun!

Lady of the Lake Race
October 1st
Location: Vogel State Park

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Come race away at the park for 4 to 8 hours at the 4th Annual Lady of the Lake Race. You’ll race on the 1 mile trail loop around the beautiful Lake Trahlyta nestled at the base of Coosa and Blood mountains at Vogel State Park. Try to run as many or as few laps as you please in 4 or 8 hours!

Line Dancing Class
October 3rd – October 31st
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
October 3rd – October 21st
Location: Cherry Log, GA

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Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2 – 4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

October 3rd: BMT Dyer Gap to Shadow Falls
October 7th: Shady Falls Trailhead to Lake Blue Ridge and back
October 14th: BMT in Tennessee between Ducktown and Coker Creek
October 21st: BMT Highway 515 to Weaver Creek and return

Live Music at ROE.
October 4th – October 26th
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

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Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music! Catch performances in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood!

Live Music at Tooney’s
October 6th – October 29th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

October 6th: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
October 13th: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
October 14th: 49 Winchester
October 20th: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
October 21st: Hush Money
October 27th: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
October 29th: 2nd Annual Halloween Party & Costume Contest! With The Wandering Willows

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
October 6th – October 27th              
Location: Riverwalk Shops

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Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
October 6th
Location: Hamilton Gardens

Head to the beautiful Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee GA Thursday nights this month for their Acoustic Sunsets Concert Series. The event takes place every Thursday night now through October 6th from 6pm – 9pm and will include craft vendors, food trucks, and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

October 6th: Alicia Stockman

Open Mic Nights at Fannin Brewing Company
October 7th – October 28th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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Calling best local talent in North Georgia! Fannin Brewing Company in Downtown Blue Ridge is now hosting weekly open mic nights every Friday evening from 3pm – 6pm. Join their house band and simply plug in and sing away! Each artist gets 30 minutes. Sign up when you arrive and then get ready to sing!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 7th – October 15th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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In Hiawassee, GA you can join in all the fun at their week-long Georgia Mountain Fall Festival! There will be carnival rides, craft vendors, delicious food, musical performances, educational demonstrations, and so much more! You won’t want to miss out on the fun, happening daily October 7th – 15th! Admission is $12 and children 12 & under are free!

Cheers for Chimps
October 7th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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We love drinking beer and supporting our local chimps! Come on out to Fannin Brewing Company for this year’s Cheers for Chimps! Each ticket holder will receive a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one pour of apple ale and a food ticket. Your ticket gets you one food item for free, choose from either a pretzel or their famous chimp chili. Hang out, play games, drink beer, and learn all about Project Chimps! 

Rat Road Rally
October 7th – October 8th
Location: Towns County Recreation & Conference Center

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Car lovers this one’s for you! Come on out to Young Harris for a Rat Road Rally, Swap Meet, and Cruiz-In on the square!

Blue Ridge Ultra Race
October 8th
Location: Iron Bridge Café

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The Blue Ridge Ultra Race is a 50K loop trail race through the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest. You’ll start and finish at the Shallowford bridge and make your way through 6 miles of the Benton MacKaye trail, 6 miles of Hidden trails and 9 miles of Forest Service roads. Choose either the 15K race or the 30K race and be sure to register by October 6th!

The Oak Ridge Boys Front Porch Singin’ Tour
October 8th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Country music legends the Oak Ridge Boys are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! The Oak Ridge Boys have been performing gospel and country tunes together since the 1940’s and have helped to popularize and modernize Country Music over their many years in the business. See them live in concert October 8th at 7pm! Tickets are $45+ handling and also gets your free admission into the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival earlier that day!

Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival
October 8th
Location: Fannin County High School

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If you love the sounds of a marching band this is the event for you! Over 2,000 marching band members are expected to participate so the Fannin County football field will be filled with the sounds of music! The bands will range in size from 40 member to 150+ members.

Georgia Apple Festival
October 8th – October 16th
Location: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

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You can’t have fall without apples so head over to Ellijay, GA for The Georgia Apple Festival! With over 250 vendors, an antique car show, a parade, and so much more it’s sure to be a blast! Visit Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds on weekends October 8th – 16th to have an “apple”achian good time!

53rd Blairsville Sorghum Festival
October 8th – October 16th
Location: Blairsville, GA

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The Sorghum Festival is one of the longest-running festivals in North Georgia. The event kicks off with a parade and then there will be crafters, cloggers, bluegrass music and more! Visit Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA Saturdays & Sundays October 8th – 16th to take part!

Fall Arts in the Park
October 8th – October 9th  
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge and Veterans Memorial Park

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Calling all art lovers! The popular Arts in the Park event is back this fall! Beautiful art, great live musical performances, and delicious food. Plus you’ll get a chance to admire the stunning and colorful fall trees that surround the park! The event takes place October 9th – 10th at Downtown Blue Ridge and continues into Veterans Memorial Park. Admission is $5 a person and children get in free!

Harvest Sale of Blue Ridge
October 15th – October 23rd
Location: Fannin County Schools Agriculture Facility

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Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and come shop hand made items from local craftsmen and artisans at the Harvest Sale. Sale hours are 9am – 5pm Saturday, October 15th & October 22nd and 10am – 5pm Sunday, October 16th & October 23rd.

Ashley McBryde
October 15th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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She’s worked with some of the very best artists in all of country music and now she’s a talented star in her own right! Known for her hits like “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” “Livin’ Next to LeRoy,” and “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde is ready to rock the night away at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on October 15th at 7pm! Tickets are $50+ handling and also gets your free admission into the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival earlier that day!

Live Music Is Better – Just Roxie
October 15th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come enjoy the authentic, accessible, organic music of Just Roxie at Blue Ridge Community Theater! Their style is a little bit of everything from Classic Country, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Rock’n Roll! Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater on October 15th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $38.50.

SAAG National Juried Show
October 15th – October 31st
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

It’s the 14th Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show! This great art event shows off a variety of national artists in a wide variety of mediums right here at the Blue Ridge Art Center. These talented artists works are on display October 15th – November 11th with an opening reception October 15th from 5pm – 7pm.

Gold Rush Day Festival
October 15th – October 16th 
Location: Dahlongea – Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce

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Celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold at Gold Rush Days Festival, October 15th – 16th with the Dahlonega – Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Take in the 300+ food and art vendors that will be selling their wares all weekend long! This HUGE event is expected to have a crowd of over 200,000 over the weekend and has been voted as one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Heritage Day Festival
October 15th – 16th 
Location: Talking Rock, GA

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Pay a visit to Talking Rock, GA for the 2022 Heritage Day Festival. Arts & crafts, antiques, live music, great food, and interesting demonstrations await you October 16th – 17th.

Paws in the Park
October 15th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge Park

Photo Courtesy of Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Bring your furry friend to Paws in the Park for a fun filled day! Local Animal Rescue Groups come together to create awareness about the needs & concerns of the homeless & abandoned animals. There will be a parade of animals starting at the corner of East Main and Church Street at 10am and Ultimate Air Dog Dock Diving as well!

55th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show
October 21st – October 23rd
Location: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

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The Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show is back at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville for the 55th year in a row! This huge event has hundreds of vintage cars, live music, great food & drinks, a Moonshine Run, and over 300+ vendors! You can even meet legendary race car drivers! Don’t miss out on one of the largest car shows in the Eastern US October 21st – 23rd.

Winnie the Pooh
October 21st – October 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Children and adults have built a special bond with the beloved Winnie the Pooh and his friends over the past few decades. Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater to see your favorite friends on stage as they go on fun adventures! See what Pooh and his friends get up to on Fridays – Sundays October 21st – November 6th.   Shows are Fridays – Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Wurst Festival Ever
October 22nd
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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This will be the “wurst” festival you ever attend, wink wink! Your $30 entry fee will get you a custom pint glass, one free beer and the best wurst sausage you have ever had. There will also be live music from David Welch. All proceeds benefit Georgia Forest Watch. Come on out to Fannin Brewing Company from 12pm – 7pm on October 22nd!

Art Classes and Workshops
October 22nd
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On October 22nd enjoy a leather making workshop from 10:30am – 4pm.  And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html

Appalachian Brew, Que, and Stew Festival
October 22nd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Craft brew lovers will flock to Hiawassee, GA for the Appalachian Brew, Que, and Stew Festival at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. If the name didn’t give it away there’ll be 63+ breweries, delicious food, and awesome Appalachian Music all happening on October 22nd!

38 Special
October 22nd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Southern Rock legends 38 Special are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on October 22nd at 7pm! You know them from their hits like “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” and “Fantasy Girl”. Don’t miss out on this awesome concert and come early to enjoy the Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival! Tickets will be $47 + handling.

Barktober Fest
October 23rd
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Bring your pup to Grumpy Old Men Brewing on October 23rd for their annual Barktober Fest! Have lots of fun with your furry friend and human friends as you enjoy Grumpy Old Men Brewing’s specialty beer for the event. Come on out to this FREE event from 12:30pm – 5pm.

Trunk or Treat
October 26th
Location: House of Prayer

Trick o trunk. Siblings brother and sister celebrating Halloween in trunk of car. Children kids boy and baby girl celebrating October holiday outdoor. Social distance and safe alternative celebration

Come on out to for a day of Halloween family fun in Blairsville at the House of Prayer! Kids will visit cars and trucks all decked out for Halloween and full of candy! There will also be games, hot dogs, live music, hayrides, and lots of fun!

Hallow-Wine Costume Party
October 28th
Location: Paradise Hills

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Get ready to party at Paradise Hills adult costume party! Come dressed in your costumes and receive a free wine tasting! There will also be live music from Mountain Gypsy so you can “boo”gie it up on the dance floor! The Halloween fun goes from 4pm – 9pm.

City of Blue Ridge Movie Night – Hocus Pocus
October 28th
Location: Farmers Market

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Bring the family out for a Halloween movie night of Hocus Pocus! Bring your chairs & blankets and come dressed in costume for a fun night! The costume contest starts at 6pm and the movie starts at 7pm.

A Stevie Nicks Tribute Concert by Trouble in Shangri-La
October 28th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

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Come on out to Chateau Meichtry in Talking Rock, GA for a night of live music! Gary Wilder opens the show from 6:30pm – 7:45pm and then A Stevie Nicks Tribute Concert by Trouble in Shangri-La featuring Kristin Tinsley will be on the main stage from 8pm – 9:45pm. There will also be a costume contest, apple bobbing, and plenty of wine!

Fall Harvest Celebration and Dance
October 29th
Location: Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Joshua’s Warriors

This fall, family fun event takes place at the Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. There will be candy for the kids, snacks & drinks, a raffle, and old school dj music! Come dressed in costume and be ready to donate if you can! All donations will go to Joshua’s Warriors.

Grandaddy Mimm’s 6th Birthday Concert
October 29th
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company

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Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company in Blairsville is celebrating 6 years in business! This awesome celebration will be an outdoor concert with music from Taylor Austin Dye, Wilkes & The Coles, and Whiskey Stills & Mash. Bring your own chair and enjoy this awesome event with food trucks, ax throwing, caricature artists, and plenty of moonshine!

Lumberjack Festival
October 29th
Location: Country Boy Stone

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Blue Ridge’s very first Lumberjack Festival kicks off on October 29th! The Country Boy Stone will be hosting world class, professional lumberjacks who are ready to show off their skills at this family fun event! There will be log rolling, chainsaw carving, ax throwing, live music, food trucks, pop up shops, and so much more! Don’t miss out on the first year of this fun new tradition!

Chimp or Treat
October 29th 
Location: Project Chimps

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Dress up and head to Project Chimps October 29th for “Chimp or Treat”. Not only will kids get a goodie bag full of treats but they’ll also get a close-up look of the chimpanzees in their habitat.

Big Foot Boogie- 5K
October 29th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

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Run 3.1 miles through 2 states! The Bigfoot Boogie 5K takes place in the beautiful twin cities of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN. Food, drinks, and music will be ready for your enjoyment before and after the race. Come on out and get ready to RACE, costumes encouraged!

Halloween Safety Zone in McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29th
Location: Downtown McCaysville, Ga & Copperhill, TN

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Bring the kiddos to enjoy some trick or treating in the Twin Cities from the local merchants! The Halloween fun starts at 5pm! And adults don’t miss out on the Haunted Halls of McCaysville in the Riverwalk Shops from 6pm – 8pm.

2nd Annual Halloween Party & Costume Contest
October 29th
Location: Tooneys Music Venue

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Celebrate Halloween with fellow adults at Tooneys Music Venue! This year’s event is bigger and better than ever with a costume contest, live music from The Wondering Willows, cash prizes, and more to come! Check their website for more details closer to the event.

Halloween Safe Zone Trick or Treat
October 31st
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

More Halloween fun awaits the kiddos with trick treating in Downtown Blue Ridge on Halloween night! Not only will there be lots of candy but there will also be a costume contest and a pet costume contest for cats & dogs! The fun starts at 5pm!

Halloween at the Fairgrounds
October 31st
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Hiawassee has it’s own Halloween fun at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on October 31st from 5pm – 9pm! Bring the kids in their best costumes and get lots of candy from local businesses!

Blairsville Boo Bash
October 31st
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville-Union County Chamber

Come on out to Meeks Park on Halloween for candy handouts from local businesses! Kids can trick or treat in this fun, safe environment from 6pm – 8pm!

An ‘Apple’lachian Fall Adventure



There’s nothing quite like fall time in the mountains! Leaf peeping on beautiful scenic drives on country roads, great fall festivals, apple picking, scenic train rides, and so much more! Don’t miss out on these 8 must do fall activities in Blue Ridge:

*Cover Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Apple Picking 

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

My oh my, fall in Blue Ridge certainly is the apple of our eyes! And where better to spend it than at Mercier Orchards!? In the fall, Merciers comes alive with guests who come from near and far to pick apples, explore the market, and sample Merciers famous fried apple pies! Apple picking at Merciers is U-pick, which simply means you pick your own apples. Search high and low for the perfect apples to bake into a pie, mix into a fruit salad, or simply to enjoy crunching into the apple all on its own. Then take in the market where you can stock up on more goodies like jams, baking mixes, fresh produce, home decor, and more! And after a busy day of apple picking, rest your weary legs and feed your rumbling stomach with fried pies and apple cider donuts from the bakery. Pair your sweet treat with a nice refreshments of apple cider, hard cider, or wine. It’s always a day well spent at Mercier Orchards! Learn more about this special place here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/mercier-orchards/ 

We also love Deep Roots Orchards where you can pick apples, enjoy wagon rides through the orchard, and check out Folk Apothic’s wares. Or venture to Ellijay for the day, to explore many of the orchards that the Apple Capital of Georgia has to offer; like Hillcrest Orchards, B.J. Reece Orchards, and R & A Orchards. And don’t miss the Georgia Apple Festival happening every October in Ellijay! It’s 2 weekends full of live music, great vendors, and lots of apples! 

A Scenic Train Ride 

Photo Courtesy of @mvilaret

What a treat it is to admire the mountains and colorful trees by train! Let Blue Ridge Scenic Railway whisk you away on an adventure that you and your family won’t soon forget! On your 26 mile round trip you’ll journey through the beautiful countryside passing by mountains, streams, forests, and plenty of incredible fall foliage along the way. Choose either the 2 hour Fall Express train or the 4 hour Fall Foliage train which has a 2 hour layover in the twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. The train is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the fall trees each year! But reserve your tickets soon, because fall is one of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s busiest times of the year and tickets sell out quickly! Don’t miss your chance to experience North Georgia in a whole new way! 

Scenic Drives 

Photo Courtesy of @hike_the_ridge

Spend the day on the open road with a scenic driving tour of North Georgia! Pass by dozens of colorful trees and stunning long range mountains. You may even pass by a landmark or two along the way that you wish to make a pitstop at! Pack a picnic lunch and find the most peaceful and idyllic spot to dine, chat with your road trip partners, and take in the views. For a beautiful scenic journey through the mountains with great picnic spots along the way we’d recommend taking Highway 5, through the Cohutta Wilderness. You’ll pass by Mercier Orchards, Prater’s Mill, and many other beautiful scenic spots. You might also want to explore The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Drive on Highway 180 or the Cherohala Skyway. Check out our fall scenic driving guide for more routes & pitstops: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-scenic-fall-drives/

Outdoor Adventures 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides

The mild fall weather paired with the colorful trees makes it the perfect time to explore the great outdoors! Strap on your hiking boots and hit the trails! Hike to local waterfalls like Amicalola Falls or Helton Creek Falls.  Or challenge yourself and hike to the top of Brasstown Bald or Fort Mountain, where the views below will take your breath away. See the North Georgia countryside and mountains covered with beautiful pops of color everywhere you look. It’s truly like something out of a fairytale.

Or admire the beauty of fall on horseback as you trek through the mountain trails on a trail ride with Appalachian Trail Rides, Cohutta Stables, Cowgirl Up Stables or Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow. Enjoy a group outing or plan a romantic autumn date for two with one of their romance packages! Wind through trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest, past mountains, and rushing mountain streams on your idyllic horseback riding adventure. 

You can even take in the trees from the water, aboard your kayak or canoe! Float through the waters of the Toccoa River and look up to see yourself surrounded by a beautiful canopy of reds, yellows, and oranges. Listen to the sounds of the babbling river while a cool breeze rushes past your face. Sounds perfect? Visit our friends at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking or Toccoa Valley Campground to rent your boat today! 

Grab a Drink

Our local breweries and wineries have some of the best outdoor patios around! And now that the weather is cool we intend to spend every minute on the patio listening to live music, with a drink in our hand, taking in the views! Grab a glass of wine at Bear Claw Vineyards or Serenberry Vineyards. Or spend a “brew”tiful afternoon at Grumpy Old Men Brewing or Fannin Brewing Company. Enjoy the afternoon catching up with friends over an adult beverage. You can even bring along your furry friend to spend the day with you! Between Blue Ridge and Copperhill you’ll find many great spots to grab a beer or glass of wine. Check out these awesome local spots for brews with friends: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/beer-hunting/ 

Comfort Foods 

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Fall makes us think about sitting cozy inside with our favorite comfort foods, watching a spooky movie. No need to prepare the meal yourself though, Blue Ridge has all your favorite comfort foods around town! So put the pots and pans away, put your feet up, and let someone else prepare your favorite meal, just how you like it!

 As we mentioned earlier,  Mercier Orchards is known for their famous fried pies that are just to die for! They have every flavor imaginable from apple, to cherry, blueberry, to chocolate, coconut, peach and more! Having a warm delicious fried pie from Merciers always makes our day just a little bit better! Vertigo Pinball offers their own version of the beloved grilled cheese. Their “grown-up” grilled cheeses are as cheesy and delicious as they come with a new adult twist. Plus you can pair your sandwich with a beer and a round or two of pinball! Black Bear Bier Garten specializes in German fare so they of course have a giant pretzel! Their Giant German Pretzels are served warm with delicious homemade beer cheese, yum! Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill is known for their amazing wings! They offer an ever rotating selection of their wings with tasty flavors like garlic parmesan, old bay, honey soy, smokin’ hot wings, and so many others. For that southern flair you look for when you come to the south head to Southern Charm. Be sure to get some of their famous biscuits with apple butter. There’s something about a warm buttered biscuit that always hits the spot! And The Dogwood’s whole menu is made up of a select few comfort food favorites with a fresh twist, like loaded potato skins and fish & tots. 

Nothing can warm you up inside and out from a chilly autumn day like your favorite comfort foods can! For more delicious eats check out these other great restaurants: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/favorite-blue-ridge-restaurants/ 

Take in a Fall Festival 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts in the Park

One of the best parts of visiting North Georgia in the fall, is its wide variety of great events and fall festivals! Check out some of our favorites below:

  • There’s the Cherry Log Fall Festival which happens every year on the first two weekends in October. There’s arts and crafts, homemade goodies and treats, bluegrass, country, and gospel music and of course lots of fall fun in Downtown Cherry Log! 
  • One of Blue Ridge’s most favorite events is back this fall on October 8th & 9th for Fall Arts in the ParkTake in beautiful art, great live musical performances, and delicious food. Plus you’ll get a chance to admire the stunning and colorful fall trees that surround Downtown Blue Ridge and Veterans Memorial Park.  
  • Every fall in Hiawassee the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival comes to town! This year’s Fall Fest takes place at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds from October 7th-15th. There will be carnival rides, craft vendors, delicious food, musical performances, a tiger show, a cowboy show, educational demonstrations, and so much more! The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds also puts on the Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival every year. This awesome event takes place October 22nd and you can expect great craft brews from local breweries, delicious food from local vendors, and lots of Americana and Bluegrass music! You won’t want to miss these great events at the Fairgrounds!
  • Blairsville’s famous Sorghum Festival is back for the 53rd year in a row! Join in the fun at Meeks Park October 8th-9th and October 15th-16th for the kickoff parade and then there will be crafters, cloggers, bluegrass music and more!
  • Ellijay is the Apple Capital of Georgia, so fall brings around their amazing annual Georgia Apple Festival! With over 250+ vendors, an antique car show, a parade, and so much more it’s sure to be a blast! Visit the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds on weekends October 8th-16th to have an ‘apple’lachian good time! 
  • Celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold at Gold Rush Days Festival, October 15th-16th in downtown Dahlonega. Take in 300+ food and art vendors all weekend long! This HUGE event always features amazing craftsmen, fantastic musicians, and has been voted as one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
  • If you love moonshine and cars then Dawsonville’s 55th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show is for you! Happening at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame October 21st-23rd there will be hundreds of vintage cars, live music, great food & drinks, a Moonshine Run, and over 300+ vendors! You can even meet legendary race car drivers at this awesome event that is one of the largest car shows in the Eastern US! 
  • Join in the lumberjack fun at the first annual Lumberjack Festival in Blue Ridge on October 29th! The Country Boy Stone will be hosting world class, professional lumberjacks who are ready to show off their skills at this family fun event! There will be log rolling, chainsaw carving, ax throwing, live music, food trucks, pop up shops, and so much more! Don’t miss out on the first year of this fun new tradition! 
  • For Halloween fun the little ones can enjoy trick or treating in the twin cities of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN at the Halloween Safety Zone on October 29th. Can’t make it on the 29th? No problem, the kids have another chance to get that candy in Blue Ridge on October 31st for Blue Ridge’s Trick or Treating. Dress the little ones up as their favorite characters and let them fill their buckets full of delicious Halloween candy!
  • And for Thanksgiving Blue Ridge is hosting their annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving day! With over 700 runners & walkers in attendance every year this is a fun tradition to burn some calories before your big feast later that day! 

And don’t miss out on the other great & notable events around the area like the Indian Summer Festival, Georgia Marble Festival, Paws in the Park, Barktober Fest, and more! Follow our event calendars posted monthly for more information. 

Stay Warm at the Cabin

No one said you had to leave the cabin to have a good time! There’s lots of fall fun to be had right at the cabin! Soak your sore muscles from a day on the trails in your cabin’s hot tub. Pair your warm soak with a glass of wine & a sunset view, and you’ll feel refreshed in no time! Prepare your favorite warm drink at the coffee bar and then bring it outside to enjoy on the porch. A warm cup of coffee or apple cider is just what you need to warm you up as you relax in the crisp, fall, mountain air. Watch your favorite teams duke it out with Sunday Night Football inside in the family room or outside on your screened in porch. Then take to the yard to play your own game of football with the family! Head indoors to get cozy by the fire as you enjoy a family movie night on the flatscreen TV. Or have a game night in the large game room instead where you can play billiards, air hockey, shuffleboard, ping pong, video games, board games, and more! And end your night with s’mores and a hot chocolate at the firepit outside. At Escape to Blue Ridge our cabins have everything you need for the perfect fall day at the cabin!

Guys Mountain Getaway



Get the guys together for the ultimate mountain retreat! Golf, fish, shoot, and enjoy a whiskey dinner for your awesome guys weekend in Blue Ridge! Book your trip and plan your itinerary here: 

*Cover Photo Courtesy of @acenator76 at Eagles Landing

Get a Hole in One

Photo Courtesy of Old Toccoa Farm

Get into the swing of things with a relaxing day on the course! Head to Old Toccoa Farm Golf Course for a full day on this beautiful 18 hole course. You’ll have amazing views of the mountains, the Chattahoochee and Cherokee National Forests, and the surrounding valleys. This Bunker-Hill designed course was one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” in 2020, and one of Links Magazine’s 10 Must-Visited Public Golf Destinations for 2022. Come see for yourself what makes Old Toccoa so special! Be sure to visit the newly opened Tavern on the 9th hole in between games or after a long day on the green. The Tavern offers great views from the outdoor patio or bar area, delicious food, and wonderful cocktails. 

Are you up for a challenge? If you’re looking for a hilly terrain and challenging course then Brasstown Valley is the place for you. You’ll have 18 holes of championship golf to try out. And not only is Brasstown Valley an awesome place to golf with your boys but you’ll also love the gorgeous mountain views and the active wildlife visible from the course. 

Brews

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Blue Ridge is home to the best brews around! With 5 great breweries within 20 minutes of each other you could spend all weekend long trying the best craft brews in North Georgia. Be sure to visit Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Angry Hops Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Buck Bald Brewing, and Copperhill Brewing. From IPAs, to Lagers and Stouts, to Ales, and more, these breweries have it all plus a great atmosphere! Enjoy live music every weekend and take in the beautiful weather on the outdoor patio. You can even bring along your 4-legged bro for some fun because dogs are welcome at all these great local breweries! 

Go Fish

Photo Courtesy of Cohutta Fishing

They don’t call Blue Ridge the Trout Capital of Georgia for nothing! Try your hand at fly fishing in the abundant waters of the Toccoa River. Catch your trophy trout and grill it up for dinner back at the cabin! There’s no better way to celebrate your incredible catch. If you’re new to fly fishing, never fear, we have plenty of guides who can assist you! A few of our favorites are Cohutta Fishing Company and the Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School. With their guided help you’ll be a fly fishing expert in no time! 

Interested in your own custom rod?  At Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods legendary craftsmen, Bill Oyster can craft you your dream rod. If you’re interested in one of these beautiful custom rods, let them know as soon as you can because they work on a “first come, first serve basis”.  You can even craft your own rod by taking a week long fly rod making class. Become a master fisherman in the Trout Capital of Georgia! 

Target Practice 

Photo Courtesy of Noontootla Creek Farms

There’s nothing quite like being out in the great outdoors and shooting your worries away! Noontootla Creek Farms is the spot for outdoor adventures! Go quail hunting, take a guided fly fishing class, or try your hand at sports clay shooting. When you go quail hunting the dogs, your boys, and you will spend the day tracking the quail. Once the dogs lock up on a covey of Bobwhite Quail it’s time to shoot! You can choose a guided half day hunt or a guided full day hunt. How many quail will you shoot down?!

Test your aim on the Sporting Clays Course. The course winds up the ridge, and when you reach the top you can look below and see the Chattahoochee National Forest. Shoot your way through 12 stations on this awesome course. One hundred shots completes the course but you’re welcome to shoot as many as you please! No reservations needed!

Or you can shoot with paint at Blue Ridge Paintball. This 2 acre paintball field is filled with fun interactive gaming. You can choose from 8 different game modes including Capture the Flag, VIP, and Domination. With their one of a kind, unique interactive gaming system and their cutting edge gaming technology you’re sure to have a blast all day long! 

Mountain Adventure

Fill your day with adventure and go on a mountain biking excursion with the guys! Fly through the winding mountain trails as fast as you can go, or if you’re new to mountain biking, take it at a leisurely pace. You can find some of the best mountain biking trails in Ellijay, which is known as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia, because of its 100+ miles of mountain biking trails. Venture on one of the oldest biking trails in the state, River Loop. This 3.4 mile trek will be a fun & exciting challenge for mountain bike lovers. Explore River Loop and more trails in Ellijay or stay in Blue Ridge for more mountain biking fun.  The Long Branch Loop is a great trail for beginners and has limited obstacles that may obstruct your path. You can even take a break and admire the falls if you’d like! And be sure to check out the newly opened Fighting Town Creek Nature Park for 3.6 miles of mountain biking trails to take on; as well as a disc golf course, an apiary, picnic areas, and more trails coming soon. 

Hike 

Photo Courtesy of @nannert31

If an adventure through some of the most beautiful forests on the east coast sounds like fun, then check out the hundreds of miles worth of trails in North Georgia! Many of our trails connect with the famous Appalachian Trail which spans 14 states! If you’re up for a challenge you and your boys could hike all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia which is 78.1 miles starting at Springer Mountain. All you need is some snacks, your gear, and your boys to take on this awesome adventure. And you’ll have a cozy cabin waiting for you when you finish your section of the trail for the day. 

There are plenty of other shorter trails that we love too! On The Benton McKaye Trail you’ll pass by some of the most beautiful landmarks in North Georgia like the Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa, Fall Branch Falls, and Long Creek Falls. For challenging mountain trails with amazing views check out Brasstown Bald and Fort Mountain. These trails are steep, and mostly uphill but once you reach the top you’ll be amazed at the incredible sights that sit before you. And you can’t take a trip to Blue Ridge without visiting Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia. Choose either the 2.1 mile uphill loop to the falls or the 10 mile trek to the top. The hike to these falls is one of the most popular in the state, and once you reach the top it won’t be hard to see why!

Smash It

Photo Courtesy of @jenkappy

What could be more fun than smashing and tearing things apart? At Tank Town USA in Morganton, GA you can cause as much damage and destruction as you want! Feel on top of the world as you drive giant tanks over cars, crushing them flat! Shoot machine guns and drive construction vehicles. This is a super fun and unique experience that you won’t soon forget! Book your group outing and feel like an action hero all day long! 

Game On

Photo Courtesy of Vertigo Pinball

Or become a pinball wizard for the night at Vertigo Pinball. Go back in time as you play on fun classic machines like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Marvel, ACDC, and more! All you need is a wristband to play, no coins needed! And while you’re there you can watch the big game on the TV, enjoy a few beers, and feast away on delicious comfort foods like their adult grilled cheese. Can you beat your friends’ high scores!? 

Cigar Night

Photo Courtesy of Smokey Bears Cigars & Cafe

Enjoy a nice cigar with the boys at Smokey Bears Cigars & Cafe. The cabin style interior has no TVs and promotes conversation, so you’ll have plenty of time to swap stories and catch up with old friends over a cigar. Not only can you enjoy your favorite cigars here but you can also sip on premium coffees and espressos while you swap fishtales by the fire. You’ll feel relaxed in no time while you smoke, sip on delicious coffee, chat with friends, and lay back in the comfy leather chairs. Smokey Bears Cigars & Cafe is a great place to spend an afternoon! 

Whiskey on the Rocks 

Photo Courtesy of Whiskey & Water

Nothing says guys weekend like a glass of whiskey on the rocks, prime seafood, and a night out with the boys. Whiskey & Water is one of Blue Ridge’s only spots to get fresh seafood and a nice glass of whiskey. It’s home is a renovated, 1937 historic post office in Blue Ridge, where they serve up the best from America’s coasts. You’ll chat and catch up with your friends over fresh, high-quality seafood like Whole Fried Snapper and their delicious Maine Lobster Rolls. Pair your meal with a whiskey or bourbon from their wide selection of drinks from around the world. They also offer original cocktails and have a great wine selection. When you and the boys want to dress to the nines and enjoy a night of delicious food, great drinks, and good conversation then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! 

Get your Nerd On

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Man Comics

Calling all superhero fans, it’s time to check out Blue Ridge’s only comic book shop – Mountain Man Comics! They have aisles and aisles of comics from your favorite heroes along with action figures, Pop figurines, and miniatures. They have everything from Marvel, DC, Star Wars, anime, gaming books & figurines and more! Stock up on cool collectibles and gear to bring back to your man cave! 

Live it Up at the Cabin

Photo Courtesy of @keep_tabs_on_abs

Keep the party going when you come back to the cabin, from a full and busy day! Cook up some hot dogs and burgers on the gas grill on the deck. Find out which one of you is the ultimate grill master! Dine al-fresco and enjoy your dinner on the screened in porch, while you watch the big game on your outdoor TV. Then burn off your dinner with a game of touch football or soccer on your huge lawn. Some cabins even have cornhole, basketball, or horseshoes to play outside too! Or head inside to your cabin’s awesome game room! Challenge your friends to a round of pool, ping pong, air hockey, or play on the classic arcade machine. Fix yourself a drink at the wet bar and then head to the firepit to end your night with a drink in your hand, cozy under the stars. Swap stories, laugh, and catch up with your friends. Make memories to last a lifetime on your guys getaway to Blue Ridge

FALL – By Land, By Sea, and By Air



Everywhere you turn this time of year, you’ll find a plethora of lists heralding the best drives and hikes to traverse as your senses seek fresh autumn air and the vibrant colors of the season. So, not to be redundant, we thought we’d take a different route – offering up ideas for new opportunities you might want to consider when visiting this fall. We hope these ideas take the experience of shifting coloration to a new level as you catch more than a glimpse of these majestic mountains morphing into bright, rich shades of  gold, orange, and red.

*Cover photo courtesy of All About The View

By Land

Come on Ride that Train!

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Have you ever wondered what the absolute best way to see all of Georgia’s fall foliage in one shot is? Well, hop aboard the train right in the middle of town. You don’t need a map, your GPS, a bunch of lists of the best roads to take. This is a historic and creative way to take a trip this autumn and see all there is to see from the comfort of a train. All aboard Blue Ridge Scenic Railway!

Climb to the Highest Georgia Peak

Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Grocery

There is a lot of advice on how to hike up the mountain, but –pssst- let us let you in on some sound advice. Take the shuttle up to Brasstown Bald. The Brasstown Bald Visitors Center sits atop Georgia’s highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest, its cloud level observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of the colorful Southern Appalachian Mountains and valleys. On a clear day, one can see four states. Your cell phone camera will capture a lot, but for those who take their photography very seriously, hauling your tripod and lenses up the mountain via the shuttle is much easier. Shuttle service is included in the day pass for $7 per person. The shuttle runs 7 days a week 10am – 4:30pm, but closes for lunch break between 12:30 and 1:10pm.

By Sea

You ‘Oar’t Have a Great Time

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters

If you prefer to be on the water when vacationing, autumn sightseeing while floating has become  “a thing”. Our lakes and rivers are relatively safe, with flat and calm waters. And even the most inexperienced ship hands can enjoy water sightseeing on a paddleboard, kayak or canoe.

Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters can set you up in a matter of minutes with whatever paddleboard or kayak equipment you might need to rent (or purchase). If you want to fish on a gorgeous fall morning, consider renting their Fishing Kayak, but rent it a little longer than planned. Once out on that serene lake, mesmerized by the red and white bobbing float, you might never want to return to land.

Henry David Thoreau wrote that every channel of water was a road for a canoe. You can rent your canoe and secure transportation to the Toccoa River launch with Toccoa River Outfitters. The Toccoa River Canoe trail starts at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the take out at Sandy Bottoms. You’ll enjoy views of the colorful forested public lands, pastoral private lands, and most likely, some of their associated wildlife. Coupled with great fishing and some rapids make this a perfect canoe trip. This canoe trail is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy a less than vigorous float in a north Georgia Mountain River. This is the only designated canoe trail in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Length: 13.8 miles Use: Moderate Rating: Easy River Flow 3-4 MPH.

Peddling through a Photograph

Photo Courtesy of JMC Artistic Photography

We think that pedal boats and aqua cycles are arguably two of the top family-friendly water activities you can enjoy with your entire family- young and old alike. They are suitable for family fun, a picnic out on the water, or even fishing. Both of these water fun floats can be rented at Vogel State Park for use on this area’s favorite State Park lake, 22 acre Lake Trahlyta.

Pontooning

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Boat Rentals

While summer might be the season that comes to mind as the prime time to enjoy a pontoon boat, we suggest you seriously consider a lake pontoon ride in Fall. The crisp air makes you feel alive, as you are no longer battling the oppressive heat.  Lake Blue Ridge is 11 miles long and has 65 miles of shoreline where the explosion of fall foliage will take your breath away. The opportunity to escape on the water before winter arrives makes spending a few hours on a pontoon seem like the best idea yet. To schedule your rental contact Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

By Air

It’s a Boat, It’s A Plane, It’s a Good Time!

Photo Courtesy of Wing-In-It Adventures

Some vacations you might find yourself throwing caution to the wind (and your trip budget, too). If you find yourself on just that vacation then consider a tour by Sea Plane. Offered by Wing – In- It Adventures their Mountain Views Package is an exclusive 60 minute air tour of Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Nottely, and Lake Chatuge. Enjoy  the beautiful views of the Georgia Mountains Region with an eagles view. The deluxe tour plane holds up to three passengers -or- 450 lbs total passenger weight.

Get a Bird’s Eye View

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours

To say autumn is the most visited time of year here is an understatement. Instead of crowded parks and trails to marvel at the cascade of blazing reds, yellows and oranges of these Blue Ridge Mountains, why not take in the fall foliage from the comfort of a helicopter?  Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours offers a dozen different tours from 8 mins to 90 mins long. Choose your location and your price point.    

Hanging Out

Have you been to Town’s County’s (Hiawassee)  Bell Mountain yet? If you aren’t sure, then you probably haven’t, because the ride up there is better than any hair pin ride Disney has to offer. Yet, for some, it isn’t enough to experience the journey up by car, and then be rewarded with a view of up to four states and a Lake that looks more like it was woven in and out of the Swiss Alps. The views once at top and higher platforms -150 more steps straight up- is even more amazing.  And still… STILL, this isn’t enough. So Bell Mountain serves as a launching pad for area Hang Gliders. Maybe jumping off the top of a mountain wrapped in an unpowered flying apparatus consisting of a frame with a fabric airfoil stretched over it isn’t your idea of vacation fun, but going up the mountain to watch others find their thrill on Rosemary Hill, well that’s a freebee experience we think you’ll find is worth the admission.               

Zipping Around

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Maybe not hang gliding, but there is something about flying through the air that is alluring. So, why not fly through the colorful forests attached to a zipline? Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge is set on 165 acres of beautiful North Georgia Mountain property. Located  only 6 miles from downtown Blue Ridge they  offer a one-hour tour with seven multiple ziplines ranging from 150 to 550 feet in length for a total of half a mile of cable. They also offer a two-hour zipline tour that features one mile of cable with 13 multiple ziplines, ranging from 150 to 1,000-feet in length and ranging from 25 – 75 feet in height. All zipline tours are guided and require no experience.

Up Up and Away!

Photo Courtesy of Balloons Over Georgia

And for our last “by air” suggestion, we leave you with this. The Fifth Dimension sang about it, and those of us old enough to remember the lyrics, dreamt about it. “Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon. Love is waiting there, in my beautiful balloon…” If this fall vacation you are looking for the perfect place to ask for your love’s hand in marriage, look no further.  Balloons Over Georgia is located here in North Georgia, generally operating in the area between Canton and Cumming. Most of their flights launch from an area about 35 miles south of Blue Ridge, but they utilize several different launch sites in the area to take advantage of varying wind conditions and directions.

Whether by land, by sea or by air, experiencing these Blue Ridge Mountains this time of year is candy for your eyes and nourishment for your soul.

Happy Fall, ya’all.

Girls Mountain Getaway



Get your girls together and head to the mountains for the 𝗨𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱! Blue Ridge has everything you and your best gal pals need to have an amazing get together. Incredible wineries, fun outdoor activities & adventures, trendy shopping, delicious restaurants and so much more! Plan your girls trip to the mountains with these great girlfriend friendly activities: 

Cover Photo Courtesy @sydneyyshort

No Whining, All Wine

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

The North Georgia Mountains are home to some of the very best wineries in the state! The mountains put the grapes high above sea level which greatly helps them to grow, and the cool mountain breezes and rich soil help the grapes to flourish as well. This mountainous region of Georgia was made for growing grapes that turn into high-quality wine. A fan favorite winery of our guests is Bear Claw Vineyards. At this local Blue Ridge winery, you can enjoy delicious wine all year long! In the warmer months you can enjoy live music outside every weekend and in the cooler months you can stay cozy by the fire with your favorite glass of wine. Pair your wine with some of their delicious wine truffles for a super fun day out. Wine and chocolate? What more could a girl want!? Another great winery to check out is Serenberry Vineyards. This Morganton based winery offers guided wine tastings, wine flights, and bottles to share with your girls. You can relax here surrounded by the beauty of Chattahoochee National Forest while you sip on your “Apple-lachian” wine made from local apples.  Or head to Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay for more great wine and incredible mountain views.  See our North Georgia wine blog for more wineries to explore: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-north-georgia-wineries/ 

Shop Till You Drop

You and your best girls can shop till you drop in Downtown Blue Ridge! Find trendy clothes and accessories at stores like The Owls Nest and Blue Ridge Cotton Company. You can pick out some unique and beautiful jewelry here for a night on the town. For souvenirs Hucks General Store has a little bit of everything. Hats & t-shirts, old school candies, artisan goods, canned & pickled fruits and vegetables, nostalgic gifts, games, soaps, and more! Huck’s has exactly the old school mountain feel that you’re looking for when you come to the mountains for an escape.  At Gather and Mitzi’s on Main you can find rustic and stylish home décor to bring back with you. Use your décor finds to spruce up your home with a little Blue Ridge flair. And you can grab everything you need to prepare a delicious home cooked meal at the cabin from The Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and The Pasta Market; who offer unique and delicious artisan goods ready to be used in your next meal. And don’t forget the wine; stock up at Out of the Blue for the very best of wines from around the world! 

Horseback Riding 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides and @lostinthelowcountry

Us girls love our horses, right? Then take your girls on an adventure of a lifetime and explore North Georgia on horseback. Take a trail ride through the forest, past mountains and peaceful streams. Admire the beauty all around you as you chat with your gals and catch up.  Appalachian Trail Rides and Cowgirl Up Stables can help guide you on your adventure! With experienced guides and horses available to work with a rider of any level of experience; you and your girls are sure to have a great day on horseback! You’ll probably even make some new (four-legged) friends on your journey! 

An Outdoor Adventure 

Photo Courtesy of @jrayklein

Do you and your girls love the great outdoors? North Georgia has miles and miles of hiking trails just waiting to be explored! For scenic views we’d recommend climbing to the top of Springer Mountain, Brasstown Bald, or Fort Mountain. You’ll be amazed at the views that await you at the top! To discover beautiful mountain waterfalls, check out Amicalola Falls State Park or Long Branch Loop. Be sure to take a few photos in front of the falls with all your favorite hiking buddies! And if you want to discover something new on your hike explore the Benton McKaye Trail. Along the trail you’ll pass by the Toccoa River, more beautiful waterfalls and the famous Toccoa Swinging Bridge. This cool bridge is 270 feet long and stretches across the Toccoa River. It’s the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi, so you won’t want to miss the chance to venture across it! Discover more trails to explore here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/ 

Get a Tan and Cool Off

Photo Courtesy of @tiamsabrina

In the summertime you can head to Morganton Point on Lake Blue Ridge. Soak up the sun and get a tan while you lounge in the sand. Then cool off and take a dip in the lake. Splash in the water, dip your feet in, or even play a game of chicken with your girls! And just a skip, hop, and a jump away is the Lake Blue Ridge Marina where you can rent a pontoon boat, kayak, canoe or paddle board for a day of fun on the water.  After a day well spent on Lake Blue Ridge stay for dinner and drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill. They offer great appetizers, delicious sandwiches, and awesome cocktails that will hit the spot after a busy day of lake fun!

Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Nest on West

Treat yourself to a day of pampering with a spa day from Serenity in the Mountains Spa. Here you and your ladies can get mani/pedis, a massage with a style of your choosing, a facial, a body treatment, have a relaxing experience in the one-of-a-kind Himalayan Salt Cave, or enjoy all the above! Just don’t forget to pair your treatments with wine, a charcuterie board, and delicious chocolate covered strawberries.  You can even partake in the cosmetic services that are offered by Southern Surgical Arts Beauty Bar on weekdays. They offer laser and technology treatments, injectables, and fillers to keep you looking youthful and refreshed. You can enjoy peace, relaxation, and ultimate pampering at Serenity in the Mountains Spa!

Eat Downtown 

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Who doesn’t love a delicious meal paired with a yummy cocktail, beer, or wine? Bring the girls for a night out on the town! Dress to impress at one of these fine dining restaurants in Downtown Blue Ridge and enjoy an incredible meal made with fresh and local ingredients. Some of our favorite fine dining spots are The Black Sheep, Chester Brunnemyer’s Bar & Grill, Whiskey & Water, Harvest on Main, or ROE. For a great ambiance and fun drinks, we’d recommend Hook & Eye, Bin 322, The Dogwood, Misty Mountain Hops, or The General Ledger. Then end your fun night out with the girls with a sweet treat from Mona Lisa’s Dessert House or The Sweet Shoppe. The best part is that all of these restaurants are conveniently located downtown so you can come back each night and try something new! 

Game On

Photo Courtesy of 2nd Story Entertainment

Enjoy some girl bonding time and play some games downtown! Become a pinball wizard at Vertigo Pinball! Play on a variety of new and classic machines with fun themes like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and more. Plus they have craft brews and delicious comfort food like their adult grilled cheeses ready to be enjoyed while you play games all day long! And put your mini golf skills to the test at 2nd Story Entertainment. This 18-hole mini golf course weaves in and out of 8 individually themed rooms of a 112 year old hotel! How cool is that!? And they have giant games like connect 4 and checkers as well as arcade games! You can find all kinds of fun in one place at 2nd Story Entertainment!

Cabin Fun

Photo Courtesy of @homewithsasa

You don’t even need to leave the cabin to have fun with the girls! Read a book in the hammock or take in the views from your porch. Enjoy a glass of wine from the hot tub and play pool & board games in the game room. Come together to make a delicious homecooked meal in your luxury kitchen and end the evening with a movie night in your cabin’s family room or media room. Want to really relax and wash your hands of all responsibilities? You can enjoy pampering right from the comfort of your own cabin by hiring a private chef who will prepare an incredible meal for you and your guests. Or hire Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa to bring the massages and treatments right to you. The newly opened, 34th Degree Wine Merchant will even bring wine tastings right to the cabin so you and your girls can try the best wines of the area without ever having to leave the cabin! You can even hire a local photographer to come on out take some group photos to commemorate your girl’s getaway mountain vacation together. Learn more about in-cabin pampering & services here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/in-cabin-pampering/   

And book your girls ultimate getaway today! 

September Events 2022



September is jam packed with great events! Enjoy tasty food at Blue Ridge’s Labor Day Barbeque, The Blues & BBQ Fest in mid-september, or Ellijay’s Bacon Fest at the end of the month. Enjoy live theater at Blue Ridge Community Theater or admire the works of local artists at The Blue Ridge Art Center. Learn something new at Paradise Hill’s Grape Stomp, or at Deep Roots Orchard’s Cider Days event, or in Blairsville for the Mountain Heritage Festival. And head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee this month for sunsets & live music, a rodeo, a car show, and the very best of bluegrass, country and gospel music. As summer comes to close and cool fall temperature & changing leaves begin to slip in, so does all kinds of mountain fun! Enjoy the beautiful weather and get out to enjoy some of these great events happening in and around Blue Ridge!

Upcoming Events:

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
September 1st – September 23rd  
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

September 1st: Karaoke Thursday
September 4th: The Orange Walls
September 23rd: Travis Bowlin

U-Pick Apples
September 1st – September 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of The Folk Collaborative

It’s apple season! Pick your own fresh apples right off the tree at Deep Roots Orchard. Picking is Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am – 5:30pm and there will be tractor rides as well!

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Pickin’ In The Park
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Recreation

Every Thursday night at 6pm, May – September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

The Glass Menagerie
September 1st – September 4th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see this classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie at Blue Ridge Community Theater! The story falls Tom who works in a shoe warehouse in St. Louis to best support his family who consist of his middle aged southern belle mother, Amanda, and his insecure older sister Laura who also struggles with a limp.  Come see the show Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm or Sunday at 2pm. The show runs September 1st – September 4th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Hamilton Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Hamilton Gardens

Head to the beautiful Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee GA Thursday nights this month for their Acoustic Sunsets Concert Series. The event takes place every Thursday night now through September 29th from 6pm – 9pm and will include craft vendors, food trucks, and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

September 1st: The Murphs
September 8th: Trailer Hippies
September 22nd: A. Lee Edwards
September 29th: Claire Kelly

Live Music at Tooney’s
September 1st – September 16th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

September 1st: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
September 2nd: The Georgia Thunderbolts with Jess Goggans
September 3rd: Zach Dylan
September 16th: The Kentucky Headhunters w/ One For the Road

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

September 2nd: Paul Constantine
September 3rd: The Stephen Busie Band
September 9th: Steve Baskin
September 10th: The Orange Walls Duo
September 16th: Jennifer Lynn Simpson
September 17th: Travis Bowlin
September 23rd: Rose Brown
September 24th: Steve Push
September 30th: Jeff Rogers

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Open Mic Nights at Fannin Brewing Company
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Brewing

Calling best local talent in North Georgia! Fannin Brewing Company in Downtown Blue Ridge is now hosting weekly open mic nights every Friday evening from 3pm – 6pm. Join their house band and simply plug in and sing away! Each artist gets 30 minutes. Sign up when you arrive and then get ready to sing!

Live Music at Paradise Hills
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

September 2ndRyan Little Eagle
September 4thTrailer Hippies
September 10th: Chris Carpenter
September 16thStephan Busie Band
September 17thTom Edwards
September 23rd: Hill Roberts
September 24th: Dr. Paul
September 30th: Zach Alexander

Live Music at The Dogwood
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

September 2nd: Roscoe’s Roadshow
September 9th: Travis Bowlin
September 16th: Surrender Hill
September 23rd: Matty Croxton
September 24th: Daisy Chain
September 30th: Robbie Litt

Labor Day Barbecue
September 3rd – September 5th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courteay of the Good Samaritans

This great event runs all of Labor Day weekend! Saturday drop by for Pic-Nic-Nac yard sale and classic car show. Sunday there will be a community worship service followed by an ice cream social. And the big event is Labor Day itself! Enjoy great barbecue and the sounds of bluegrass and gospel music. Don’t miss year 41 of this awesome bbq filled weekend!

Grape Stomp Festival
September 3rd
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Come on out to Paradise Hills in Blairsville for their 9th annual Grape Stomp Festival! Your $25 ticket includes admission and a souvenir wine glass. There will also be great live music, delicious bbq, food trucks, craft vendors, a Lucy look-alike contest, and grape stomping at 2pm & 4pm! This stomping fun event will happen September 3rd from 11am – 5pm.

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
September 3rd – September 24th
Location: 400 West Main Street

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Blue Ridge Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo
September 3rd – September 4th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate the long weekend by watching bucking broncos & bulls at the annual Hiawassee Pro Rodeo! See some of the world’s best contestants from the U.S. and Canada as well as some amazing specialty acts! The whole family will love it! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6 – 12) and children 5 & under are free!

The Art of Bill and Todd Suttles
September 3rd – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come admire the works of this dynamic father/son duo Bill and Todd Suttles at Blue Ridge’s Art Center. Their works will be on display from September 3rd – October 9th. And September 3rd you can meet the artists at the opening reception from 5pm -7 pm.

Mountain Heritage Festival
September 3rd – September 4th
Location: Blairsville Town Square

Photo Courtesy of the Union County Historical Society

Make your way over to Blairsville, GA for Labor Day weekend to celebrate the history and mountain culture of Blairsville and Union County. There will be crafts, music, living history activities, demonstrations on quilting, spinning, basket making, chair caning, farm animals, and gold panning, along with activities for children. The activities will be centered round the restored 1861 Payne family log cabin, the Mauney family barn, the Duncan family cabin, and other structures from Union County’s past. Admission is free!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
September 3rd – September 25th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

September 3rd: Gregg Erwin
September 4th: Travis Bowlin
September 5th: Connor Priest
September 10th: Hush Money
September 11th: Adrian Stover
September 17th Crush Festival -11am – 7pm
September 18th: Crush Festival– 12:30pm – 6pm
September 24th: Brett Cantrell
September 25th: Harold Crowder

Harvest Hoopla
September 4th
Location: Serenberry Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Serenberry Vineyards

Enjoy a fun day at the winery with Serenberry Vineyards Harvest Hoopla! Learn more about the winemaking process with a vineyard chat at 1:30pm and 3:30pm hosted by the winemaker. Each chat will be about 30 minutes. And from 2pm – 5pm singer/songwriter Amy Andrews will be performing! Grab a glass of wine and enjoy a beautiful day at the vineyard!

Live Music at ROE.
September 6th – 28th
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of ROE.

Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music from Trevor Ciongoli. Catch him performing in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood!

Art Classes and Workshops
September 7th – September 25th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On September 7th & 8th take part in a Plein Air and Personal Expression Class with Brenda Pinnick from 9:30am – 4pm. There will also be a Watercolor Painting Class focusing on Fall Landscapes from September 23rd – 25th from 10:30am – 4:30pm. And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html

Plein Air International Paint Out
September 8th – September 11th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Artists from around the country will come to Blue Ridge for this 4-day plein air painting experience! Enjoy painting and becoming one with nature, participate in master workshops, enjoy a quick draw event and silent action, and network with other painters. Prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
September 9th – September 30th
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

September 9th: David Welch
September 16th: Danny Rhea
September 30th: Travis Bowlin

The First Annual Blue Ridge Chalk Festival
September 9th – September 10th
Location: Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Chalk Festival

Join us for a weekend of art and fun at The First Annual Blue Ridge Chalk Festival! This special event will feature chalk artists from The Georgia Chalk Artists Guild as well as other world class artists. The fun starts Friday night with a private meet & greet gala at 5pm along with live music from Breaking Point, a catered meal, beer & wine, and the chance to speak with the chalk artists about their work. And Saturday is a full day filled with artists creating their beautiful works of art live and in person, food, drinks, live music, a children’s art area, and the chance put your own mark on a Blue Ridge mural. The fun goes on all day from 11am – 9pm! Admission is $5 a person.

Live Music at Hook & Eye
September 10th
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside!

September 10th: Trevor Ciongoli

Plein Air Exhibit
September 13th – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

After the 2022 Plein Air International Paint Out you can come out to the Art Center to admire the artists beautiful creations. The works will be on display and available for purchase from September 13th – October 9th. You can also expect to see them at the upcoming Fall Arts in the Park festival.

Dailey and Vincent’s American Made Music Festival
September 15th – September 17th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Get ready for Dailey & Vincent’s American Made Music Festival – A 3-day music festival bringing together the very best in American music; from Country to Bluegrass, to Gospel music! They’ve got a great line-up of talented artists ready to put on an incredible show for you! Single day pass is $56 & 3-day pass is $165.

Savannah Sipping Society
September 15th – September 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come enjoy some local theater with Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Savannah Sipping Society. This comedy follows 4 unique southern women looking to escape their daily routine. Over 6 months of hilarious misadventures these spunky middle aged women come together and find a way to get their life back on track. Come see what mayhem they cause Thursdays – Sundays September 15th – October 2nd.  Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Blues Train
September 16th
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club

Kick off Blues Weekend with a ride on the “Blues Train”! Take a scenic ride through Blue Ridge with beer, wine and appetizers. Then when you return to Blue Ridge enjoy live music, dancing, and a picnic style dinner.

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
September 16th – September 26th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association

Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2 – 4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

September 16th: BMT in Tennessee between Ducktown and Coker Creek
September 26th: BMT from Highway 60 to the Suspension Bridge and back

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival
September 17th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Blues & BBQ Festival

Downtown Blue Ridge is your backdrop for a wonderful event! Your ears will be filed with the sounds of incredible Blues Music and your stomach filled with delicious BBQ! Bring your friends and family for a great time! And don’t miss the welcome party Thursday night at Angry Hops Brewing or the Blues Train Friday night! The fun continues all weekend! Admission is $10 a person and children 12 & under are free!

Cider Days
September 17th
Location: The Folk Apothic at Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of The Folk Collaborative

Enjoy the start of fall in the mountains at Cider Days at Deep Roots Orchard! You’ll take a tour of the orchard, learn about the harvesting process, and press your own cider that you can bring home with you! Reserve your spot now for $30 because spots will fill up quickly for this fun family friendly event!

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
September 23rd
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month now thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate.

49th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Show
September 23rd – September 24th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

Calling all car lovers! Hiawassee is the place to be for Mustang cars and beautiful fall scenery. Register your own car or just drop by to admire the others. Come on by!

Discovery Days
September 24th
Location: Project Chimps

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Get the chance to go behind the scenes at Project Chimps! You’ll take a 60 – 90 minute guided tour of the chimp sanctuary where you’ll like spot some of the chimps! There will also be food vendors onsite and a space to enjoy a picnic lunch by the lovely koi pond. Come on out and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

Appalachian Trail Day 2022
September 24th
Location: Brasstown Bald Summit Trail

Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Grocery

This fun family friendly event educates visitors on all they need to know about the Appalachian Trail. There will be scavenger hunts, a video series, vendors, and educational talks and demonstrations. Come on out and explore the Brasstown Bald Summit Trail for a day of learning and hiking.

Artist in Residence Scott Davis
September 24th – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come out to admire Scott Davis’s beautiful and unique photographs. His work will be on display with September 24th – December 17th.

Ellijay Bacon Fest
September 25th
Location: Gilmer County River Park

Photo Courtesy of the Ellijay Bacon Festival

Who doesn’t love bacon!? Now’s your chance to celebrate delicious bacon Ellijay’s First Ever Bacon Fest! There will be live music, arts & crafts, games, and plenty of amazing bacon dishes from local restaurants. Come on out from 10am – 5pm to Gilmer County River Park for all the bacon you can eat!

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes
September 30th
Location: Blue Ridge & surrounding Fannin County area

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Parade of Homes

See some of the most spectacular homes in North Georgia showcased at this great event! Ticket purchases benefit the area’s local youth through the Parade of Homes Scholarship Foundation. Check out these incredible homes and get an idea for your dream mountain home September 30th thru October 2nd from 10am – 5pm.

Downtown Drinks: 20 Hot Spots You Have to Check Out



Downtown Blue Ridge is the place to go for a bite to eat or a night out with friends! If you’re looking for a great spot to share a drink or two over delicious food, then we’ve got you covered! Check out these 20 spots downtown for an amazing cocktail, glass of wine, or local brew:
*Cover photo courtesy of the Black Sheep

Cocktails

Hook & Eye

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

What better place to enjoy a cocktail than at Hook & Eye, where you’ll have a great view of downtown Blue Ridge! Located on the top of Hampton Inn, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail paired with tasty appetizers or a wagyu burger. We love the Mountain Mama or Dragon’s Lair cocktail for a fruity drink and Sasquatch Summer Smash for a refreshing drink to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. And you can’t go wrong with an Ocoee Fashion, Hook & Eye’s version of the classic old fashioned made with bourbon distilled locally in Blairsville, GA. Hook & Eye is the only rooftop bar in town and truly is a one-of-a-kind experience!

The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of the Dogwood

The Dogwood is a wonderful spot in the heart of Blue Ridge to spend an evening with friends and family. The outdoor patio is THE place to be on a Saturday night with live music, great drinks, delicious food, and an awesome atmosphere! With 150 outdoor seats, a beautiful mural, and 100+ year old trees you’ll have plenty of beautiful places to relax. For yummy eats and appetizers they have a limited menu of 10 items that will be just the delicious comfort food you’re looking for. And the drink options are as unique and personalized as it comes! Venture over to their Beer Garage where you can create your own six pack from over 70 options. The Dogwood also has a full bar with incredible craft cocktails and a specially selected wine list. Come on out to The Dogwood for a great night!

Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Music lovers, Misty Mountain Hops is the place for you! This music centric restaurant and bar will provide you with a great atmosphere for a night on the town! Their belief is that “through music and food that they can provide an establishment for people of all backgrounds, generations, and beliefs to come together and enjoy an enthusiastic experience of the community.” Live music is every Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm-9pm. While you rock out to some great music from local artists enjoy some of Misty Mountain Hops weekly specialty cocktails like their Hawaiian Rum Punch and Watermelon Margarita. They also have a great selection of beer and wine as well. Enjoy delicious bar fare and incredible desserts each week from The Little Bakery. The music will bring you in and the drinks and eats will keep you groovin’!

The General Ledger

Photo Courtesy of The General Ledger

 The General Ledger is one of the newest spots in town and is ready to serve the community!  This contemporary American restaurant has everything you need; from Shrimp and Grits to the Classic Reuben, and so much more you’ll have plenty of options here. Not to mention their incredible drink selections! The Spice of Life Bloody Mary for brunch, a craft brew for lunch, and a Mango Habanrro Margarita for dinner.  Come on out and enjoy a delicious drink!

Fightingtown Tavern

Photo Courtesy of Fightingtown Tavern

Fightingtown Tavern offers a new twist on your favorite comfort foods and has all the drinks you need to have a great night! They’re extensive drink selection has it all; local Georgia beers, a selection of whiskey/bourbon/tequila, amazing cocktails, and a full bar. You’ll love pairing your local brew with “The Black and Blue Ridge”, your Georgia made meal. Not only are the food and drinks amazing but Fightingtown Tavern has an incredible atmosphere for your night out with friends; 70’s rock is played at all times, lots of TVs to watch the big game on, darts, shuffleboard, and a pet-friendly patio. What better way to spend a Friday night?

Black Bear Bier Garten

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Drop your husbands off at “husband daycare” at Black Bear Bier Garten in Blue Ridge! Feel transported to Germany for the day with 9 varieties of wild game sausages, giant pretzels, and over 19 craft brews to choose from!  They even offer wine, cocktails, and special German brews. This place has it all, including live music on the weekends! Drop by for a little bit of American fare, a little bit of German fare, and a whole lot of fun!

Whiskey & Water

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If you’re looking the perfect whiskey drink paired with a delicious seafood feast, then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! Everything here is fresh and high quality brought from the best of Americas Coasts to the North Georgia Mountains. And a place with whiskey in the name has to have some of the best drinks in town, right? Whiskey & Water offers a wide selection of bourbons and whiskeys from around the world as well as original cocktails and a great wine selection. The kitchen closes at 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays but the whiskey bar stays open till 11pm! This is a great spot for high quality drinks and a fun, late night!

Shezmu Cellars

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Have you ever tried a sweet glass of mead? Shezmu Cellars Blue Ridge location offers delicious mead options and craft brews. We love their fruity blackberry and banana meads and you can never go wrong with a Georgia Peach Beer while you’re in the peach state! Shezmu Cellars also shares a building with Axe Throwing Therapy so you can pretend to be a Viking for the day while you drink mead and throw some axes!

Blue Ridge Distillery

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The newest hot spot in town is the Blue Ridge Distillery! They are proudly serving Peach Brandy, Apple Brandy, Pineapple Rum, and much more in downtown Blue Ridge. Stop in and get a taste of the North Georgia Mountains.

The Blue Coyote

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The Blue Coyote is an awesome sports bar perfect to spend your Saturday night watching the big game! They have all the traditional bar favorites you know and love; beers, burgers, wings, and more. You can pair your wings with an ice-cold beer or delicious mixed drink and enjoy the game; Go Dogs! And there’s always something going on at The Blue Coyote; from live music to trivia nights, and sports on every TV you’ll never be bored here!

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Mona Lisa’s Dessert House is where you can find the very best of dessert cocktails! They have drinks for every season; a Caramel Apple Martini in the fall, a Lemon Meringue Martini in the spring, a Blueberry Lemon-drop martini in the summer, and a Mint Chocolate Hot Chocolate for the winter! We love their fun drinks that change every season as well as their incredible desserts! Cakes, pies, cheesecakes, trifles, and so much more! It’s always a “sweet” day at Mona Lisa’s Dessert House!  

Wine

The Pasta Market

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Not only can you stock up on all kinds of goodies at The Pasta Market like pastas, sauces, cooking supplies, and so much more! BUT they now have their own café with a selection of great wines to pair with your delicious snacks! Enjoy a gourmet charcuterie board or flatbread and pair it with a tasting flight, a glass of wine, or a bottle. Flavors from all over the world await you at The Pasta Market!

Cartecay Wine & Craft Blue Ridge

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We love visiting Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay, and Downtown Blue Ridge is home to their sister store – Cartecay Wine & Craft. At this charming wine bar you can enjoy a tasting of Cartecay Vineyard wines, other local Georgia wines, and a few local craft brews. You can also enjoy live music and open mic nights here and shop for unique wine gifts. Get all the taste of Georgia in one place at Cartecay Wine & Craft.

Georgia Wine Depot

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At Georgia Wine Depot you can enjoy a sample of Paradise Hills award winning wines. Once you taste these delicious wines, you’ll see why they’ve won so many awards; we love the silver & gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon they call Eclipse as well as their gold medal dry red Jacked Up Red. All of Paradise Hills wines are made locally from the first American Viticulture Area in the state of Georgia, and all have a European flair to them. They have everything from dry wines and sweet wines to sparkling wines and so much more! Enjoy the very best wines that Paradise Hills offers right from Downtown Blue Ridge at the Georgia Wine Depot.

The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery

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Another great wine bar downtown is The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery. At Blue Ridge’s Original Wine Bar, you can enjoy wines from all over the world through tastings, flights, or by the glass while you have a bite to eat. Pair your wine with a charcuterie board, flatbread, or sandwich. You can even enjoy a cheese and wine flight; (wine and cheese, how can you go wrong!?) The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery hosts live music and special wine events throughout the year. Drop by, have some wine, and see what’s going on!

Beer

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Blue Ridge is home to some of the best breweries in North Georgia! One of our favorites and most beloved by guests from near and far is Grumpy Old Men Brewing. We love their delicious craft brews like their Aska Pale Ale and A Boy Named Pseudo Lager. Here you can enjoy live music and food trucks on the weekends, fun games like giant Jenga outside, and a great outdoor area where you can bring along your favorite pup!

Fannin Brewing Company

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The owner of Fannin Brewing Company started with a dream to create a winery in Blue Ridge and then fell more in love with beer thanks to many a trip to Germany; and thus, Fannin Brewing Company was made! Today Fannin Brewing offers 10 delicious and refreshing brews on tap.  And everything is created locally here, from the ingredients in the brews, to the beer names, and most importantly their continued support of the local community and its businesses. Drop by for a refreshing brew inside or in the shaded Bier Garten, pups are welcome!

Angry Hops Brewing

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No need to be angry when you’re at Angry Hops Brewing! This brewery was started by 2 guys who share a love for craft beer. They specialize in classic, traditional brews but they also have IPAs, stouts, and more! Spot their green building downtown with a giant “angry hop” on the side. They are always rotating their brews and adding new ones on tap; so, there’s always something new and exciting to enjoy at Angry Hops Brewing!

Vertigo Pinball

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Beer, games, and grown-up grilled cheeses? Sign us up! That’s what you’ll find at Blue Ridge’s coolest hang out spot Vertigo Pinball! Play some awesome themed pinball games like the olden days and enjoy a beer or two all while you watch your favorite sports games on the TV. No coins, tokens, or bills are needed here; just buy a wristband and play till your heart’s content! They also offer a selection of hard ciders and wine as well. Check out Vertigo Pinball for your next night out!

Coming Soon: Tipping Point Brewing Company

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Coming soon to Blue Ridge is Downtown’s newest brewery Tipping Point Brewing Company which will be located on the 2nd floor of Trackside Station across from Blue Ridge City Park. These great new brewery will have an awesome selection of craft brews available to the community and visitors alike starting in Fall 2022. Who else is excited for this new hang out spot downtown!?

Restaurants for a Drink with Dinner

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If you want to enjoy a delicious dinner paired with a refreshing cocktail or craft brew, we’ve got you covered! The Black Sheep, offers a variety of beer, wine, and cocktail options that will pair perfectly with your “Pan Seared Airline Chicken” or the “Black Sheep Meatloaf”. And on weekends for brunch they offer an incredible Bloody Mary! At Harvest on Main, you can enjoy a delicious meal made with fresh, local ingredients and wash it all down with a local craft brew, a glass of wine from their extensive wine list, or a cocktail. At Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. you can feast on oysters and fresh seafood all night long and have an unrivaled casual fine dining seafood experience! With dozens of wines to choose from and a great lineup of hand-crafted cocktails you can’t go wrong at ROE.  And of course, we can’t forget Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill who have their very own Escape to Blue Ridge cocktail made from Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, macerated blueberries, and lemonade. Yum! They also offer other awesome signature cocktails, a great lineup of wine, and local craft brews. Enjoy some of Chester’s famous wings and wash it all down with the “Escape to Blue Ridge” cocktail!

From Ages Four to Eighty: Multi-Generational Vacations



That morning the text message from my niece had an attached picture of Luke, my 4 year old great nephew, rolling his Spider man suitcase through the airport terminal. His eyes, just peeping over his Covid mask, were dancing with anticipation. He and his parents were flying from Denver to Atlanta where they were going to meet his grandparents who were flying in from Austin Texas. His Aunt was also going to meet them in Atlanta after her late morning flight from New York City. We were all meeting to share a week of adventure in the giant playground known as the North Georgia Mountains.

Multi-generational holidays have significantly changed since John Denver chorused about vacationing at his grandparents as a child. He sang of everyone sitting around the fire, old folks spitting chew, Pa would talk about the farm and the war and grandma would sing a ballad or two. Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st Century and Great grandpa is zip lining, Grandma is riding the rapids down the Ocoee River and Great Aunt Ally is exploring the coves of a mountain lake with her nephew, on jet skis. 

That’s not to say that there aren’t challenges to bringing three or four generations together for a week of adventure. Sharing life under one roof (or maybe adjoining cabins), includes a diversity in the norm when it comes to meals, bedtimes, acceptable volume decibels and energy levels.  Some mild strategic planning before you all gather together could make for a vacation experience that all will hold as a precious memory for a lifetime.

*Cover photo: Holt family @ Eagles Rising courtesy of Patricia Holt

Getting to Know You

This could be the most important goal of your time together. My sister and I did the planning of this trip. Our goal was this – if at the end of the trip, everyone can say they got to know each person just a little better, that they had special one on one time with each person that week, then the trip will have been a success. With that in mind, a week or so before our family gathered, we sent a list of all who were attending. Each person was instructed to bring with them a stack of 3×3 pieces of paper, each written with something they would like to do with every person on the list, sometime during the week. Yes, even the four year old participated, though his parents helped with the task. 

When we arrived at the cabin we set up paper lunch bags tagged with an attendee’s name on each bag on the kitchen counter. Then we filled each person’s bags with the slip of paper that notes what we’d like to do with them during this week. Each evening, before we retired to bed, we picked from our own bag to see what we would do with and with whom, the next day. 

As an example, I requested an early morning shared coffee conversation with just my sister, where we discussed her plans for her upcoming retirement. I challenged my brother-in-law to a best “two out of three games” of horse shoes. I asked my niece, who just graduated with her doctorate, to tell me more about her dissertation. I bade my nephew into making his famous cinnamon breakfast biscuits with me and I asked little Luke to take a nature hike with me down to the creek so we would try to gather a toad a crawfish or maybe a butterfly.  At the end of the week, I had these special times with each of them, and also, we did what they wanted to do with me. My sister requested that just the two of us watch old 8mm family movies that she had converted onto DVD, so we could reminisce about our childhoods. 

My brother-in-law asked me to teach him how to “win” at Texas Hold-em. My niece, who shares my love of literature and theater, wanted to talk to me about my absolute favorite reads, movies and theatrical performances I had seen in my lifetime. My nephew also chose to spend time with me in the kitchen – where he wanted me to demonstrate how to make my eggplant caponata he has always enjoyed devouring. Little Luke asked that I tell him all the funny jokes I could tell him, and he also requested I read him a story, but I had to act out all the characters.  I am the zany aunt, if you haven’t already guessed. 

Make Dinner a Special Occasion Each Evening

We had decided before we met that we would eat all our dinner meals at the cabin as opposed to going out to restaurants. A few nights we cooked together, and a few nights we had take-out and our favorite night was when we put hot dogs on the end of sticks and roasted them over the fire pit, served with lots of cold, sweet juicy watermelon, and of course, s’mores to follow. Staying at the cabin in the evenings gave us all a chance to relax, unwind, indulge in a few beers or a bottle of wine and get Luke to bed at a reasonable hour so he’d be ready for the exploits of the next day. 

Evening Fun 

After Luke was asleep, we set up the game table. This was probably part of the week’s plan that my sister and I had contrived that was not high on the list of all the rest of the family. Not everyone enjoys games. But we chose easy, fun and interactive games, like “Catch Phrase” and “Mexican Train”. The issue everyone had with this idea ended up being that we stayed up too late every night, because we were having so much fun. 

Choosing Daytime Activities

Dinner time and game night helped us all to spend time together on this family gathering. And I’ve already reviewed how we made sure to spend some meaningful one-on one time with each person on the trip. Now this gave us the freedom to plan daytime activities where we didn’t have to be all together. Each person has their physical limitations as well as their interests to take into consideration. One person may want to sit on the porch most afternoons and just read a book while listening to the bird’s sing, while two others want to hike as many waterfalls as they can possibly fit into 7 days. Luke’s grandparents took him off to mine for gems and to a trout farm to fish, giving his parents time to indulge in a married couple’s spa day one afternoon. On another day they jet skied with yours truly. One rainy day a couple of us took Luke to the movies and out for ice cream. One sunny afternoon, most of us went out on Lake Blue Ridge on a rented Pontoon boat. Some of us stayed on the boat indulging in our snacks and spirits while others dove off and swam, enjoying the waters while the pontoon was anchored just offshore. Giving everyone the freedom to choose what they wanted to do with their daytime hours ended up being another wise part of our planning. 

When the Adventure Ends

This was our family’s inaugural “multi-generational” vacation. My sister and I had hoped that our plans we had set forth for the week would find favor with everyone. And even though we are family, we also wanted to be sure we all appreciated one another at the end of a week of sharing each other’s space. 

We decided that it was best to take everyone’s temperature before we departed ways, so after our last dinner together, and before we played our game that evening, we asked everyone to write down answers to just three questions. 1. What did you like best about the week as planned? 2. What of our plans do you feel you didn’t need to do again?  3. Would you like to have another family vacation like this in the next year or two?

It turns out that Game Night, eating dinner every night at the cabin, and the little slips that were written before hand and then chosen each day out of the lunch bag were the highlights for everyone. Question number two had some interesting opposing responses. Those who tended to not go out on adventures during the day as much felt that they would be more likely to do more activities next time. Those who chose to be out and active everyday said they wished they had spent more time just relaxing with those back at the cabin. 

As for question #3…… well, it seems that not only are we getting together for a week next year, but they all agree that they want to come back to the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Oversized Reunions



Want to reunite with your loved ones in some place beautiful? Blue Ridge, Georgia is just the place for you! At Escape to Blue Ridge we have cabins big enough to host all your guests, wonderful amenities, and everything you need to have an incredible get together with the ones you love most. Our cabins are the perfect place to have a family reunion, a friends getaway, a class reunion, or even a church or couples retreat. Whatever you’re celebrating we’ve got you covered! Learn all about our biggest and most luxurious cabins here:

Bearfoot Lodge

Looking for the ideal place to escape and take the stress of the everyday off of your shoulders? Look no further than the immaculate, peaceful, and creekfront Bearfoot Lodge. An excellent log cabin experience in the heart of the beauty of Blue Ridge, every single detail here has been made with comfort, relaxation, and memories in mind. This cabin makes you feel like you’re in an exclusive, private lodge. The sound of the gurgling rapids in the creek is like music. That tranquility just takes your mind away from everything worrisome. The stress is magically gone!

This is the place to be at home when you’re away from home. As you step inside, you’ll revel in the custom woodworking everywhere. This riverfront log home was built with five different types of wood, and tasteful finishes can be found throughout. With a refined rustic look, it is a true retreat. Built with your comfort in mind, there are wireless ceiling fans in every room, divinely comfortable and cozy accommodations, and simple touches of rustic bliss everywhere. There are so many fun things to do at the cabin you may never want to leave! Take a dip in the hot tub! Enjoy the game room with its pool table, ping pong table, poker/game table, shuffleboard table, football table, electronic dartboard, and SO much more. The list goes on and on. Take your adventures outside under the stars and enjoy some s’mores at the fire pit, or take a stroll down and watch the creek bubble by.

Serenity Lodge and Stable

Horses and their favorite humans alike are welcome at Serenity Lodge and Stable! There’s a stable right across from this charming cabin with plenty of room for your trusty steed! The cabin itself can hold up to 12 guests so everyone, (horses included), will have a chance to experience all that Blue Ridge has to offer! Ride your horse through the pastures or explore some of the nearby trails on horseback. Then after a full day of adventure head back to the cabin for a dip in the hot tub and for dinner on the main deck, where you can watch your horses munch on their dinner in the pasture while the sun sets.

Serenity Lodge and Stable brings you close to nature while also allowing you to enjoy all the modern amenities indoors and out. When you come inside for the night sink into the comfy leather sofas in the family room or gather in the game room for a round of ping pong. Serenity Lodge and Stable is the perfect getaway for a horseback riding retreat! Six bedrooms to spread out in for the humans and 4 stalls and 2 pastures for the horses to enjoy. Plenty of space for everyone!

Legend 

This cabin is the stuff of legends! The luxurious 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝 cabin can hold up to 13 guests so it’s perfect for family reunions. The cabin has everything you need for a week of fun; a stocked trout stream behind the cabin, a game room with fun games like pinball and billiards, a large yard perfect for a game of touch football, and even a movie room where you can watch all your favorite films! Not to mention the incredible mountain views visible from the back deck! And when you’re ready to unwind for the night enjoy a cocktail at the wet bar in the game room or bring your drink outside as you cozy by the outdoor fireplace or soak in the hot tub. Then head to bed for a full night’s rest in one of the 6 bedrooms. You and all your guests will have a “legendary” experience at 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝 cabin!



Lonesome Dove

You won’t feel lonesome for long at Lonesome Dove with room for up to 13 guests and 2 dogs! Enjoy relaxing on the extensive deck with its stunning long range mountain views. Explore the lovely garden with a beautiful waterfall and the expansive lawn perfect for family fun. Prepare a delicious homecooked meal in the beautiful and unique kitchen, that has real life fossils incorporated into the countertops. Or host a movie night in open living area, cozy by the stone fireplace. No one will feel crowded here; while some of your guests are out exploring the nearby wineries and breweries, others will be comfortably relaxing on the screened in porch. You have 5.5 magnificent acres to spread out in plus fun adventures and activities close by. The downstairs of Lonesome Dove even includes a private apartment with its own bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. You’ll have plenty of space to yourself when you need it and also plenty of entertainment areas where you want to come together and have some fun!

The Haven on Toccoa

Listen to the peaceful sounds of the Toccoa River while taking in the breathtaking 360° long-range Blue Ridge Mountain views! AND have plenty of room for up to 14 guests and bring along your favorite pup for all the fun! If this sounds like everything, you’re looking for than The Haven on Toccoa is your dream getaway. This cabin may seem quaint and cozy but there’s plenty of space to spread out here with over 2 wooded acres right on the Toccoa River and 4 bedrooms.

Most of your time will be spent outside taking in nature at this picture postcard showplace of a cabin. Trout fish in the Toccoa, play frisbee with the dog on the expansive lawn or a game of touch football with the whole family, roast marshmallows at one of the 2 firepits, and watch the active wildlife from the back deck. You can enjoy the best of the outdoors right from the cabin but if you want to venture out further, you’re close to all the outdoor adventures available to you in the Aska Adventure Area and only a 20-minute scenic drive to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. After a day full of adventure head inside to cook dinner in the state-of-the-art kitchen or play board games cozy by the gas fireplace in the great room while listening to your favorite songs on the Bluetooth speaker. The Haven on Toccoa truly is an outdoor lovers dream!

Just Like Heaven

As soon as you step foot on the driveway, you’ll see how 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻 got its name. With stunning mountain views and a professionally decorated interior; you’ll be blown away by all the beauty around you. And everyone can enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous mountain retreat with room for up to 16 guests.  It’s the perfect place for a special reunion, a birthday weekend with your crew, or a vacation with your entire family.

Inside you’ll find a welcoming living area, a large and stunning kitchen,  6 beautifully decorated bedrooms, a media room filled with games, a huge 85” flat screen TV, and a karaoke machine. And outside the fun continues with a charcoal grill perfect for making dinners al fresco, cornhole and basketball, a hot tub, and a wood burning fireplace to keep you warm and cozy on the deck. And when you’re ready to leave the cabin and explore; enjoy being close to all kinds of activities that the whole family will love like hiking, horseback riding, boating, and more! Heaven awaits you and all your guests at 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻

Eagles Landing

Eagles Landing is a large and luxurious cabin situated right on beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! The cabin has plenty of space for up to 19 guests which makes it the perfect escape for large families, reunions, couples retreats or getaways with all of your friends. This spectacular showplace home has incomparable views of the surrounding mountains and lake, so you’ll get the best of both worlds here!

If you and your guests love to be outdoors than Eagles Landing truly is the getaway for you! Bring your boats along because this cabin comes with a two-story boat dock that has two ramps for watercrafts, as well accommodations for a motorboat. Spend your days splashing in the water or relaxing in one of the many seats on the dock where you can unwind and watch the sunset. You may even spot a bald eagle flying by while you enjoy the great outdoors. And inside you can spread out on any of the four floors, filled with seven bedrooms, a game room, a fully equipped kitchen, and the signature living room that has a stone gas fireplace that stretches up 18 feet. Outdoor fun awaits you at Eagles Landing

Spyglass 

Spyglass offers complete and beautiful luxury in one stunning home. With space for up to 21 guests, Spyglass is the largest of our cabins: it’s perfect for a large family reunion or church retreat. You’ll feel like you’re staying at your own private resort at this $5 Million custom lodge with amenities as luxurious as they come!

Here, you have 8,000 square feet to explore complete with a private pool and spa, huge windows and a stone fireplace in the family room, a custom gourmet kitchen with 2 of everything, a workout room, a huge game room, a movie room, a gazebo, 6 comfortable bedrooms, and even a helicopter pad! Spyglass truly has everything you need to have an incredible reunion and then some! With plenty of room for all your guests and so much to entertain everyone, you won’t even need to leave the cabin to have a great time. It’s the perfect place for the ultimate “staycation”.  Whether it’s for a proposal, birthday, graduation, or just because, this property is the perfect place to get away while feeling like royalty! 

August Events 2022



Ahhhhhh, August! It’s time to start checking the newspaper circulars for Back to School deals on sneakers and backpacks, and to get the kids ready for a return to Readin’, Writin’, and ‘Rithmatic. But don’t lose sight that it’s still summer and that means festivals abound, there’s an outrageous amount of live music at local wineries and breweries, and the end of the month is the beginning of U-Pick Apple season in Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Ellijay! Take a look at the upcoming events and plan your Escape to Blue Ridge to experience all the mountains have to offer!

National Juried Photography Show
August 1st – August 31st 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

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Come on out to the Art Center now through August 27th to see beautiful digital media from local artists. Enjoy photography or videography? Submit your work and see if you can win Best in Show! Artists and art lovers alike are welcome!

Live Music at The Dogwood
August 1st – August 27th 
Location: The Dogwood

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Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

August 1st: Roscoe’s Roadshow 
August 19th: Surrender Hill
August 26th: Robbie Litt
August 27th: Mattie Croxton

3D Off the Wall Exhibit 
August 1st – August 27th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (The Art Center) 

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Come appreciate amazing three-dimensional works of art from local artists at the 11th Annual 3D Off the Wall Exhibit! The exhibit will highlight a variety of three-dimensional mediums and is open to three-dimensional artists of all genres. The opening reception will take place July 16th from 5pm – 7pm and the exhibit will be on display through August 27th.

Live Music at ROE. 
August 2nd – August 31st 
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge 

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Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music from Trevor Ciongoli. Catch him performing in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood! 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
August 5th – August 27th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

August 5th: Danny Rhea 
August 6th: Steve Vaclavik 
August 13th: Gabe Myers 
August 19th: Andy Johnson 
August 20th: Cannon Tyler 
August 26th: Lindsay Beth Harper
August 27th: Frankie Sparks 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
August 5th – August 28th 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

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For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
August 5th – August 26th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

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Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

August 5th: Jimmy Riemer
August 12th: Danny Rhea 
August 19th: Travis Bowlin 
August 26th: David Welch 

Live Music at Paradise Hills
August 5th – August 27th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

August 5th: Rusted Melody
August 6th: Trailer Hippies
August 12th: Bob Keel
August 13th: Chris Carpenter
August 19thStephan Busie Band
August 20th: Tom Edwards
August 26th: Hill Roberts
August 27th: Dr. Paul

Summer Heat Music Festival
August 6th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Come on out to Hiawassee and beat the summer heat at the Summer Heat Music Festival! There will live music in the Anderson Music Hall from 6 local bands, as well as live and silent auctions, food trucks, arts & crafts, a classic car show, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, and so much more! This fun event takes place at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on August 6th from 10am-8pm. Tickets are $20 a person and children 12 & under are free! All proceeds will benefit the Towns County Sherriff’s office. 

Summer Harvest Faire
August 6th 
Location: Folk Apothic at Deep Roots Orchard

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Join Folk Apothic for a day of Appalachian fun at the Summer Harvest Faire! There will be local music, food, pie and hot dog eating contests, fun in the sprinklers, and lots of canned & baked goods. Interested in showing off your own canned or baked goods? Contact Folk Apothic to participate! Join in all the fun from 11am – 6pm. 

Art Classes and Workshops
August 6th – August 20th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On August 6th from 10:30am – 4pm take part in a leather making workshop and on August 20th from 10:30am – 4pm try out Art Therapy with Clay. And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html 

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
August 6th – August 28th 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

August 6th: Surrender Hill
August 7th: Ryan Little Eagle
August 13th: Andrew Golden 
August 14th: Jorge Valenzuela 
August 20th: Gregg Erwin 
August 21st: Brett Cantrell
August 27th: Hush Money 
August 28th: Travis Bowlin

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

August 6th: Denise Moo 
August 13th: Loose Shoes Duo 
August 20th: David Welch 
August 27th: Gwen Hughes and Tom Ladow 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Blue Ridge Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Oil Painting Class
August 6th – August 18th 
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art and Custom Framing 

Photo Courtesy of 4 Elements Fine Art

Have you ever wanted to refine your art skills? Now is your chance to learn from the best! Take an oil painting class at 4 Elements Fine Art from George Charriez. Classes are offered August 6th from 2pm – 4:30pm and August 18th from 6pm – 8:30pm. Only a limited number of seats are available so call or email to make your reservation! 

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
August 7th – August 28th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm with the Riverwalk Run Club! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Pickin’ In The Park
August 7th – August 28th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerece

Every Thursday night at 6pm, May – September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

Death Trap
August 11th – 28th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Our very own Russ DeSena is acting in the latest feature at the Blue Ridge Community Theater – Death Trap. Russ is playing the role of Portor Milgrim in this classic comedic thriller. The main character, Sidney Bruhl is a washed-up playwright that finds a chance to rise to the top once more, a shot he’d be willing to kill for. Deathtrap is a funny play full of twists and turns that will keep you spellbound until the very last moment. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs August 11th till August 28th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 or go online for tickets!

Live Music at Tooney’s 
August 12th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

August 12th: Freebird 

Georgia Mountain Fair
August 18th – August 27th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia for some good old fashioned fun at The 71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This is a fantastic event runs daily August 18th – August 27th. See their website for times  full details https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/localevents/fair 

26th Annual Kiwani’s Rodeo
August 19th – 20th 
Location: Kiwani’s Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Rodeo

Prepare to be entertained at the 26th Annual Championship Rodeo! There will be bronco riding, calf roping, calf scrambles, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and so much more! There will also be a “Boot Toss” raffle and food vendors. You won’t want to miss this fun filled event running from 6pm – 10pm August 19th – 20th

Mark Chesnutt & Tracy Morgan
August 20th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Country legends Mark Chesnutt & Tracy Morgan will be coming to Hiawassee at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! With decades worth of number one hits these two know how to put on a performance! Tickets are $50+ handling and you can get into free to the 71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair with your purchase!  

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
August 26th 
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Classic Cars Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month March thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate when you register! Ice cream, classic cars, and a good time!

Red Shoe Party 
August 26th 
Location: Chateau Meichtry 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian CASA

Have you ever participated in a Red Shoe contest? Well now’s your chance! Chateau Meichtry will have 3 categories including sportiest, most glamorous, and most creative. There will also be music, dancing, and a silent auction. All the red shoe fun takes place from 6:30pm – 10pm. 

Union County Gospel Music Festival
August 26th – August 27th 
Location: Union County Fine Arts Center 

Photo Courtesy of Alan Kendall Music

Praise the lord, Union County Fine Arts Center is putting on a Gospel Music Festival with the very best of gospel artists in the area! There will be 3 shows in two days; Friday the 26th at 6:30pm, Saturday the 27th at 1pm and Saturday the 27th at 6:30pm. Hear from artists like The Inspirations, Phil Cross & Poet Voices Jordan’s Bridge, and so many others! Get your VIP or General Admission tickets here: https://www.northgeorgiasings.com/ 

Hangover for Hounds
August 27th 
Location: Buck Bald Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Buck Bald

Come out to Buck Bald Brewing to support a great cause and enjoy some delicious brews! There will be 10 B3 brews on tap, a 50/50 raffle, and all proceeds will go towards the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Drop by from 1pm – 5pm.