October 2021

Fall has finally arrived! And that means apple picking, fall festivals, family time, and great local events. Make sure you don’t miss out on the crisp weather, changing leaves and fun in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to create memorable traditions with your loved ones! Check out the events below and Escape To Blue Ridge!


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

Photo Courtesy of Hillcrest Orchards

Join in the fall festivities September 4th – October 31st! Your $15 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!

Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit
October 1st – October 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Take in the art created during the 4-day Plein Air International Paint-Out. You’ll enjoy admiring the images of local scenery and landscapes. This exhibit runs September 14th-October 10th.

Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit 
October 1st – 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Check out various artists’ work in both Folk and Southern art at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association exhibit! The exhibit is on display from September 4th-October 10th.

Picnic in the Apple Orchards
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Picnic beneath the apple trees at Deep Roots Orchards! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the colorful fall 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! Be sure to check out Deep Roots Orchards other group experiences like the “Special Occasion Picnic” and “Food, Folic, and Flow”. Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

U-Pick Apples
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

It’s apple season! Pick your own fresh apples right off the tree at Deep Roots Orchards now through October 31st!

Live Music at Tooney’s 
October 1st – 30th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue every Friday and Saturday night 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!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
October 1st – October 29th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewing select Fridays 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: Surrender Hill 
October 8th: Gregg Erwin 
October 29th: Doctor Paul 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck delights, Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and great wine. 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 Paradise Hills
October 1st – 31st 
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 select Fridays from 4pm – 8pm and select Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm. Check their facebook page for an updated list of musicians. 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
October 1st – 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!

October 1st: Andrew Chastain 
October 2nd: Rusted Melody 
October 8thLindsay Beth Harper
October 9th: Adrian Stover
October 15th: Travis Bowlin
October 16th: Hush Money Band
October 22nd: Doctor Paul Constantine 
October 23rdFrankie Sparks 
October 29th: Ryan LittleEagle 
October 30th: Rusted Melody 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
October 1st – 30th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

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 select 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: Robbie Litt 
October 2nd: Zack Alexander 
October 8th: Loose Shoes Duo 
October 9th: Mountain Gypsy Music 
October 15th: Rusted Melody 
October 16th: Trevor Ciognoli 
October 23rd: Trailer Hippies 
October 29thSurrender Hill 
October 30th: Mook & Mimi 

Matilda the Musical
October 1st – 17th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see the musical based off of the hit movie and book Matilda at Blue Ridge Community Theater! Follow Matilda’s journey through life as she deals with her cruel parents and headmistress while she creates a special bond with school teacher, Ms. Honey. There’s nothing Matilda can’t get out of with her smarts and wits! The show starts at 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays and 2pm Sundays. You won’t want to miss it!

48th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Show
October 1st – 2nd  
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of @benny_kimsey and 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!

The Urban Cowboys Ride Again Starring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee
October 1st
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Two country legends Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee join forces again to perform their biggest songs from their hit 1980 movie Urban Cowboy! You won’t want to miss this incredible duo back again!

Indian Summer Festival
October 2nd – 3rd 
Location: Woody Gap School, Suches, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Indian Summer Festival

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!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
October 2nd – 3rd 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

October 2nd: Sarah Forde 
October 3rd: April Cummings 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
October 2nd – 30th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Enjoy this wonderful outdoor market every Saturday from 8am – 12pm 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!

Cherry Log Fall Festival 
October 2nd – 10th 
Location: Downtown Cherry Log

Photo Courtesy of the Cherry Log Fall Festival

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, home-cooked goodies and treats, bluegrass, country, and gospel music, and of course lots of fall fun in Downtown Cherry Log!

Live Music at the Blue Coyote 
October 2nd 
Location: The Blue Coyote 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Coyote

Stop by Blue Coyote October 2nd from 8pm – 11pm for live music from Topper Voices Unplugged. As always enjoy some great food while you listen in. And karaoke is every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Be on the lookout on their website for more live music updates!

Riverwalk Run Club
October 7th – October 28th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till November. 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!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 8th – 16th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fair

In Hiawassee, GA you can join in all the fun at their week-long Georgia Mountain Fall Festival! There will 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 8th – 16th! Admission is $12 and children 12 & under are free! 

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes
October 8th – 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge & surrounding Fannin County area

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain 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!

Tracy Lawrence 
October 9th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

For a night of country and southern rock music we’ve got you covered! See Tracy Lawrence perform some of his biggest hits in the Anderson Music Hall! And opening for Tracy is the Davisson Brothers!

Movie Night at Deep Roots Orchards
October 9th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Roots Orchards. The movie is “Practical Magic” and starts at 7:15pm. Bring blankets and pillows and get comfy as you enjoy your movie. And if you’re in the need for movie snacks, concessions will be sold as well!

Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival
October 9th 
Location: Fannin County High School

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Band Boosters

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

Fall Arts in the Park
October 9th – 10th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge and Veterans Memorial Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art 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 in Downtown Blue Ridge and continues into Veterans Memorial Park. Admission is $5 a person and children get in free! 

Georgia Apple Festival
October 9th – 17th 
Location: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Apple Festival

You can’t have fall without apples so head over to Ellijay, GA for The Georgia Apple Festival! With over 300+ 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 9th – 17th to have an “apple”achian good time!

52nd Annual Sorghum Festival
October 9th – 17th 
Location: Blairsville, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Blairsville Sorghum

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 Road in Blairsville, GA Saturdays & Sundays October 9th – 17th to take part!

Paws in the Park & Dock Diving
October 16th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge Park

Photo Courtesy of Paws in the Park

Bring your furry friend to the park for a fun filled day at Paws in the Park! 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!

Ronnie Milsap & Mark Wills
October 16th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Country artists Ronnie Milsap and Mark Wills are ready to put on a show for you at Anderson Music Hall! They’ll play their biggest hits and have you singing along in no time! 

Haunted Copper Plant Rides
October 16th – 31st 
Location: On the grounds of the old historic Tennessee Copper Company 

Photo Courtesy of the Copper Express

Check out The Haunted Copper Plant Rides on the grounds of the old historic Tennessee Copper Company October 16th – 31st for a perfectly scary time! Go beyond the gates of historic copper company and go for a 45-minute ride with 6 scare scenes!

Heritage Day Festival
October 16th – 17th 
Location: Talking Rock, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Heritage Day Festival

Pay a visit to Talking Rock, GA for the 2021 Heritage Day Festival. Arts & crafts, antiques, live music, great food, and interesting demonstrations await you October 16th – 17th.

Gold Rush Days Festival
October 16th – 17th 
Location: Dahlongea-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce

Photo Courtesy of the Gold Rush Days Festival

Celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold at Gold Rush Days Festival, October 16th – 17th in 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.

Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival
October 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Craft brew lovers will flock to Hiawassee, GA for the Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. If the name didn’t give it away there’ll be 60+ breweries, delicious food, and awesome Appalachian music all happening on October 23rd!

Jamey Johnson
October 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Country legend Jamey Johnson, known as “one of the greatest country singers of our time”, is performing live at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Tickets are going fast but General Admission is still available! To purchase tickets call the office at 706-896-4191. 

Love & Death by Poe
October 29th – 31st 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater puts on a haunting play surrounding some of Poe’s darkest poems and stories. Love & Death by Poe runs October 29th – 31st.

Chimp or Treat
October 30th – 31st 
Location: Project Chimps

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Dress up and head to Project Chimps October 30th – 31st 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.

Horror Movies at the Orchard
October 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Visit Deep Roots Orchards, October 30th for a night of horror movies! The double-feature will be Blair Witch Project and Halloween. Grab your popcorn!

Big Foot Boogie – 5K
October 30th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Cole

Run 3.1 miles through 2 states! The 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! 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
October 30th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Coming to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds with a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music! See them perform live on the Anderson Music Hall stage! 

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