Posted on 8/24/2022


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!


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 1stKaraoke Thursday
September 4thThe Orange Walls
September 23rdTravis 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 1stThe Murphs
September 8thTrailer Hippies
September 22ndA. Lee Edwards
September 29thClaire 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 1stKaraoke & Open Mic Night
September 2ndThe Georgia Thunderbolts with Jess Goggans
September 3rdZach Dylan
September 16thThe 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 2ndPaul Constantine
September 3rdThe Stephen Busie Band
September 9thSteve Baskin
September 10thThe Orange Walls Duo
September 16thJennifer Lynn Simpson
September 17thTravis Bowlin
September 23rdRose Brown
September 24thSteve Push
September 30thJeff 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 2nd:  Ryan Little Eagle
September 4th:  Trailer Hippies
September 10thChris Carpenter
September 16th:  Stephan Busie Band
September 17th:  Tom Edwards
September 23rdHill Roberts
September 24thDr. Paul
September 30thZach 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 2ndRoscoe’s Roadshow
September 9thTravis Bowlin
September 16thSurrender Hill
September 23rdMatty Croxton
September 24thDaisy Chain
September 30thRobbie 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 3rdGregg Erwin
September 4thTravis Bowlin
September 5thConnor Priest
September 10thHush Money
September 11thAdrian Stover
September 17th Crush Festival -11am – 7pm
September 18thCrush Festival– 12:30pm – 6pm
September 24thBrett Cantrell
September 25thHarold 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

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.

September 9th – September 30th

Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina