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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

Check out the Chamber of Commerce for Upcoming events.  Each season brings a new adventure here in our North Georgia Mountains.

Local Area Festivals and Events of Interest 

For more information on local events visit these websites:

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce -  Website:  www.blueridgemountains.com   Phone: 800-899-6867

Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce - Website: www.gilmerchamber.com     Phone: (706) 635-7400

Union County Chamber of Commerce -  Website: www.blairsvillechamber.com   Phone: (706) 745-5789

 

Weekly and Monthly Events

Blue Ridge Community Theater – 2591 East 1st St Blue Ridge, GA 30513  (706) 632-9223 Blue Ridge Community Theater has several productions each year.  www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

Blue Ridge Farmers Market – West Main Street in Downtown Blue Ridge City Park (across the street from the Fannin County Courthouse and the Art Center). About June through September – Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon – Local  veggies and herbs, as well as homemade breads, jams, pickles, arts and crafts. www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Ridge-Farmers-Market/110101665644  

Blue Ridge Kiwanis Bingo -  Kiwanis Fairgrounds , 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge GA - Thursday Nights  - Regular Bingo Games. (First Thursday of the month is Super Bingo!) Open at  7:00 PM, games start at 7:30PM. Your contributions assist in helping the children of our community706-632-6644  www.blueridgekiwanis.org/bingo/

Blue Ridge Motorsport Racing -  Blue Ridge Motorsports Park - Every Saturday Nights Pits Open at  2pm - Hot Laps: 4pm - Racing Starts at 5pm.   games start at 7:30PM. Come enjoy the races at the Blue Ridge Motorsports Park! http://blueridgemotorsportspark.com/schedule/

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association  – The Arts Center.  Located in the Historic Fannin County Courthouse in Downtown Blue Ridge, sponsors exhibits, concerts, festivals and classes throughout the year.  706-632-2144:  www.blueridgearts.net

Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours – Various Resturants Downtown Blue Ridge.  Tours Offered Tues., Thurs., Fridays at 2:00 pm. If you love eating, exploring & having fun, our culinary tours offer you the flavorful experience you crave!  678-697-1120www.blueridgemountainfoodtours.com/#

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – A 26-mile round trip along the beautiful Toccoa River, with seasonal changes and holiday special events.  Open March thru December.  706-632-8724:   www.brscenic.com

Georgia Mountain Classic Cars Cruise In  - 4th Friday of each month from April thru October  6 pm to dark – Dairy Queen Parking Lot, Hwy 5, Blue Ridge, GA.  Bringyour classic car and join the fun!  Don’t have a classic car?  Come anyway and spend time with other classic car lovers. Free.    http://www.facebook.com/GAMtnClassicsCarClub

Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds  - Hiawassee Georgia Georgia Mountain Fiar Grounds serves as host to countless events including art festivals, world-class bluegrass, country gospel and rock ‘n’ roll performances, visiting conventions and dance shows  www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

Mercier Orchards U-Pick – U-pick strawberries, cherries, blueberries and apples in season, or take the family on a tractor tour of the farm.  706-632-3411   www.mercier-orchards.com

Mountain High Hikers -Mountain High Hikers promote and facilitate hiking activities in the Southern Appalachian area and encourage involvement in the maintenance of trails and conservation of forest environments.  Mountain High Hikers sponsors several hikes every week to accommodate a variance in hiking skills.  Mountain High Hikers - Please register and call before joining the hike. An Annual membership fee of $20.00 is required. 706-897-9538   http://www.mountainhighhikers.org

Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park - Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA - Thursdays from May thru Sept. - Casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians are held under the trees and pavilions along the Toccoa River at Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. til dusk beginning Memorial Day through the end of September. Free admission to musicians of all levels and listeners who appreciate good music.  Wheelchair accessible. Come out; bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair. From Blue Ridge, take Hwy 5 (Blue Ridge Hwy) north for 10.2 miles till it ends at the 3-way stop in McCaysville. Turn Right on Hwy 60 / Toccoa St.and continue for 0.6 mile.  Just before the railroad tracks, bear Right onto River Road and continue about  1.0 mile to Ron Henry - Horseshoe Bend River Park on the Right.  Fannin County Parks and Recreation 706-632-7696 

Swan Drive-In –  One of four operating drive-in theaters in Georgia, the Swan Drive-In is open year ‘round with first run movies.  Located on old Highway 76 in Blue Ridge.  706-632-5235  www.swan-drive-in.com

Tri-State Model Railroaders - 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA   706-455-8903 Club for Model Railroaders of all ages. The club meets the first Monday Evening of each month at the beautifully restored Mineral Bluff Depot on Railroad Avenue, where members are constructing a large HO Gauge Scale layout based on the "Hook & Eye" Division of the Former L&N Railroad. Call to arrange a tour, or visit the club's HO Railroad Display in the rear of the McCaysville Public Market on Toccoa Avenue in McCaysville. www.tsmri.org         

Tours & Tasting - Various locations in Blue Ridge Blue Ridge is home to many fabulous restaurants, craft breweries & Wineries to enjoy.  Visit individual restaurant websites for details of their weekly Tasting Events.   Tasting Restaurant Sites

Various Restaurants, Breweries and Vineyards host social events for Live Music and tasting.  Check for dates on the Fannin County Chamber Event Calendar.  www.blueridgemountains.com      

 

Annual Events and Festivals

January

Blue Ridge New Year's 5k run walk in beautiful downtown Blue Ridge, GA! This will be a chip timed event organized by Terra Outfitters, a local running and outdoor store in Blue Ridge, GA. January 1st- 8:00 am Registration will open in mid September.   

February

Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off  - Downtown Blue Ridge, February, President's Day Weekend Combine a chili cook-off with ice sculptures and you have an unlikely combination for a great event. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association.

April

Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference - at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Art Center A literary tradition and unique cultural asset enjoyed by our many writers and aspiring writers each Spring as they gather in Blue Ridge to learn more about their special craft.  Date varies each spring check the website for this years event.  Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association – www.blueridgearts.net or www.blueridgewritersconference.com

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

Rhododendron Festival - Hamilton Gardens at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Nothing is quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Garden.  Make it a yearly tradition to stroll through the over 400 beautiful rhododendrons in an array of colors and varieties.  They don’t also bloom on schedule so be sure to check the website before going.  Art and craft vendors each week and plant sale.  Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds - 706-896-4191  http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/ 

Superhero 5K Run - April 21, 2018 - Blue Ridge Elementary School's 3rd annual Superhero 1 mile Fun Run and 5K! Located in beautiful downtown Blue Ridge. The course is paved and flat with very little inclines. It will start and end at the Blue Ridge Downtown Park located on East Main Street. Please come dressed up as your favorite superhero or superhero team and the best costume(s) will win a prize!  Website

Springfest - 3rd and 4th Weekends in April - Blue Ridge State Farmer's Market - Celebrate the beginning of spring in the mountains on two weekends in April at the Blue Ridge State Farmer's Market. 

The Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures - Weekend April 29-30 - The Blue Ridge Trout and Adventure will begin with a Trout Train departing at 5:00 on Friday evening from the historic depot in Downtown Blue Ridge.  The train will wind along the Toccoa River as the passengers enjoy their choice of vintage, climate-controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars, while sharing complimentary adult beverages and snacks. Upon return to the station, a lovely array of appetizers, such as Trout Spread with capers & chopped red onion on Crostinis, along with drinks will be served. There will be a silent auction of 5 wonderful donated items.  The Adventure will continue on Saturday from 9 until 5 at the Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, Georgia.  The event will include a free fly-fishing  school and a trout learning center.  Visit with your favorite vendors or cast the latest fly-fishing rods and reels.  Learn about trout fishing with local trout fishing experts and book your next fishing trip with local fishing guides.  Learn more online at www.blueridgetroutfest.com.

Big Frog 65 Bike Road Race – Ocoee River, Ducktown,  Tn -  The Big Frog 65 makes its home in the Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest.  The race takes place along the bank of the Ocoee River, home of the 1996 Olympic Whiterwater Events. The 65 miles of race course traverses the mountain terrain by world class single track and fire roads.  Check out our website for more information. www.roostracingllc.com/bigfrog65

May

Georgia Apple Blossom Festival – Craig Street East Ellijay, GA 30536 -  The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival brings one exciting weekend to East Ellijay, Georgia with over fifty hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, a business expo and more. Mother's Day Weekend! georgiaappleblossomfestival.com

Cinco de Mayo Festival -  McCaysville-Copperhill May 5 - The Cinco de Mayo Festival is held each May. What makes this festival fun is the food, music and dancing that occurs on the street bridge between McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN

Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club Annual Car Show - Downtown Blue Ridge – Second Saturday in May - Enter your classic car in the show; or just bring the family to enjoy the classic cars on display, grab a hot dog or hamburger, and listen to music.  http://www.facebook.com/GAMtnClassicsCarClub

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

Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival - Downtown Blairsville, GA - Memorial Day Weekend -  The festival is located at the Old Courthouse on the square in Blairsville, GA. There are vendors around the courthouse and music jamming will be going on throughout the day Saturday and Sunday from 10 am till 5 pm.  Union County Historical Society

June

Annual Art, River and Music FestivalDowntown Murphy, NC - More than 50 local and regional artists have booths both in the Cedar Valley Farmer's Market and in the juried section along the River Walk. Appalachian Outfitters and the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will lead canoe trips on the river, visiting various points of interest. Visitcherokeecountync.org.

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games - Meeks Park, 501 Meeks Way, Blairsville, GA 30512-  second  week in June This three day event spotlights the heritage of our area. Enjoy Highland music with Bagpipes and Drums, dancing, vendors, and food with a Scottish flair (including a Ceilidh, or dinner party). There is also a Kilted Golf Classic, as well as traditional athletic competitions  including caber toss, putting the stone, and tossing the sheaf. Watch border collies herd sheep, falcons swoop down on "prey", and Gordon Setters hunt game birds. Reenactments with period clothing and weapons recreate the feel of early Scottish settlers in Georgia.  Kids have their own Highland games in addition to a mini-golf course, train ride, face painting, and castle walk. Family fun for the whole Clan.  706-745-5789  www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org

Family Fishing Festival - Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, June – (also in June, Seniors Fishing Rodeo) Fly-tying and casting demonstrations, educational exhibits and plenty of fish to catch in RockCreek.  706-838-4723 http://www.fws.gov/chattahoocheeforest/news.html

July

Old Timers Day Parade - Downtown Blue Ridge, Saturday Closest to July 4th   -  Funny and fun Fourth of July celebration and parade in Downtown Blue Ridge. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Assn. http://bestofblueridge.biz/

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

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

Tri The Mountain – Lake Blue Ridge Marina Address: 335 Marina Dr., Blue Ridge, GA  30513 – July 17,2016 - Scenic Race in the North Georgia Mountain.  Swim the crystal clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge, Bike an 18 mile out and back crossing over the lake with mountains towering in the background then run to Historic town of Blue Ridge ending in front of the Gazebo with the band “Playing On The Planet” playing as you run past the finish line. Awards and the after party will take place in the park in the center of town and will be one to remember. If you have never visited Blue Ridge GA, put this on your race schedule! Come see why Blue Ridge is becoming a triathlon mecca!  gamultisports.com/trithemountains/

Georgia Mountain Fair – Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546– July - With first class musical performances, fun carnival rides and a glimpse into North Georgia's rich history and culture, there is truly something for every member of the family. For a complete list of scheduled activities, free admission days, free carnival ride days and musical performance times, visit www.GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com 

Butternut Creek FestivalMeeks Park, Blairsville, Highway 515 West of Blairsville -  Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on both days. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast. The two day festival showcases the work of 65 artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning.   For more information contact: 706-781-1221 www.butternutcreekfestival.com

August

Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo - August at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Blue Ridge  - Western rodeo: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and special events. Great food and fun for all ages.  http://www.blueridgekiwanis.org/rodeo/  

Copper Basin River Fest - August  in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
Bike, kayak, tube and rubber duck races all day, along with food and entertainment.

September

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

Mountain Heritage Festival -- Labor Day Weekend in Blairsville  Annual celebration of  the history and mountain culture of Union County.  Arts and crafts, food vendors, music, Civil War re-enactors, Gold panning, Marble shooting, Story telling.  www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

Ride the Rails Festival - Mineral Bluff Depot, September A two and one half mile round trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River, then returning over the bridge to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Model railroad display, food vendors and more.  http://www.tsmri.org/ride-the-rails-festival/

Blue Ridge Blues & Barbeque - September in Downtown Blue Ridge - The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event. Select blues bands and local restaurants will host entertainment and food specials to the true food and music lovers who come to enjoy Blue Ridge early and make it a weekend getaway. Blue Ridge Lodging Association @ info(at)blueridgelodgingassociation.com

Smoke on the River - September on the bridge in downtown McCaysville  - two day event, Friday and Saturday Barbeque cook-off on the historic steel bridge over the Ocoee River for “Backyard Grillers.”  Sponsored by the Tri Cities Business Association, See events at www.ocoeecountry.com  

Wildlife Festival of the Arts - Downtown Blue Ridge Park - September  - Showcasing the works of the finest wildlife artists in the Southeast. More than 75 artists sell their sculpture, painting and woodworking. Forest service information, fly-fishing demonstrations, food and entertainment. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. www.blueridgearts.net Call (706) 632-2144.

Fall Plein Aire Festival - Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn. –  Mid-September - Each spring and fall, artists from across the region converge on Blue Ridge to capture the scenic beauty of this mountain community, showcasing the change of seasons. Artists from across the southeast get outside and recreate nature's beauty. 706-632-2144.  www.blueridgearts.net

Oktoberfest - Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30571 Mid-September through October - Just 60 miles from Blue Ridge is Helen, GA, a re-creation of an Alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. From mid-September through October, Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the South, with German music, dancing, food & drinks!  Enjoy Waltzes, Polkas and the Chicken Dance!  Helen Chamber of Commerce, 706-878-1908. http://www.helenga.org 

October

Oktoberfest - Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30571 Mid-September through October - Just 60 miles from Blue Ridge is Helen, GA, a re-creation of an Alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. From mid-September through October, Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the South, with German music, dancing, food & drinks!  Enjoy Waltzes, Polkas and the Chicken Dance!  Helen Chamber of Commerce, 706-878-1908. http://www.helenga.org/

Georgia Marble Festival.  Lee Newton Park, Jasper, GA – early October _: Marble quarry tours, Arts & crafts booths, Live music & entertainment, Fine arts competition, Motorcycle show, Children’s Area, Parade, Business expo, Car show, Street dance. There is free parking and shuttle in several different locations.   706-692-5600 www.georgiamarblefestival.com  

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival - Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546– October -  With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention. Music daily in The Anderson Music Hall, Flower Show, Arts and Crafts, Exhibit Hall. Demonstrations will take you back to the Old Ways' as local folks show how Moonshine was made, along with Quilting, Soap and Hominy making, Blacksmith Shop and more. The Pioneer Village is a replica of an era gone by.  Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc.  P.O. Box 444, Hiawassee, Georgia 30546, Phone: (706) 896-4191   http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/

Georgia Apple Festival - Second and third weekends in October – Ellijay, GA - The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center . The parade is on the second Saturday and begins at 10 A.M.  www.georgiaapplefestival.org information also available from Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 505, Ellijay, Ga. 30540, 706-635-7400, http://www.georgiaapplefestival.org/

Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School  -- 1 Folk School Road  Brasstown, NC 28902  -October-  Seven miles east of Murphy, NC, off U.S. Highway 64, just north of Georgia's state line  One of the largest and most popular events of its type in the region, Fall Festival is a celebration of our rich Appalachian heritage. Fine craft, craft-making demonstrations, music and dance performances, kids' activities, tasty food, and a visit to the school’s Craft Shop and History Center make Fall Festival a great way to begin the autumn season.  800-365-5724    https://folkschool.org/index.php?section=event_liist 

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

Sorghum Festival  - Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA – 2nd and 3rd weekends in October  - Georgia's official sorghum festival is sponsored by the Blairsville Jaycees. It’s the time of year when people congregate in town to celebrate the wonderful community and its rich heritage. Fall is a beautiful time of the year in Blairsville... The weather is crisp and the surrounding mountains are in full bloom!  Admission is Free, but donations are gladly accepted to help the Blairsville Jaycees fund their community service projects. http://sorghum.blairsville.com  or contact  blairsvillejaycees(at)yahoo.com or call  706-745-4745

Mountain Moonshine Festival -  Dawsonville, GA – late October - Hidden from the kinfolk, deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, backwoods brewers have been pumping out high-octane white lightning for over a century. But every October since 1968, in Dawsonville, GA, stilltenders, barbacks, and liquorheads of every ilk come down from the hills to celebrate (in public) the blinding brew best known as moonshine.  There is something for everyone, from the Parade, Car Show, Cruise-In, Swap Meet, Silent Auction, live entertainment, an array of vendors, and festival food.  Besides your token Elvis impersonator, cloggers, clowns, and gospel singers, on site is a real still for the kids to climb on.  But the draw has got to be the oldtimers, who have a sourmash making history. And what about the drivers who used to outrun the cops with their trunks full of Georgia/s finest funky juice? They are on hand too.   For more information call, Kare for Kids, Inc. of Dawson County 706.216.5273. Or visit http://www.kareforkids.us/festival.html

Gold Rush DaysDahlonega, GA – third full week-end in October - Thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold.  Art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event.   It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children's activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!    www.dahlonega.org/index.php/festivals/162-gold-rush-days.html   or www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Blue Ridge Fall Fest - Blue Ridge Farmer's Market on  Old Hwy. 76 near the Swan Drive- In   - 3rd and 4th weekend in October  -  Unique handcrafted treasures, sumptuous homemade baked goods, local art and lots of fun.  Explorers Post 401 -  706-964-6002

Paws in the Park - Downtown Blue Ridge City Park - October  -  Event includes parade, pet education and demonstrations, rabies clinic, micro-chipping, contests, prizes, photos with your pet, and much more!!!. Sponsored by the Fannin County Humane Society.  706-632-5224  -  http://humanesocietyofblueridge.org/

Pumpkin Pickin’ SpecialBlue Ridge Scenic Railway   - late October  -  Take a trip to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out their own pumpkin.  www.brscenic.com

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

November

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

Season of Light / The Rollins Planetarium - Planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center on the campus of Young Harris College, in Young Harris Georgia – November - December - Approximately 30 minutes east of Blue Ridge on Hwy 76.  Special Holiday Presentation This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log to the lighting of luminaries, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. Using the planetarium’s array of sky effects, the program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem, including comets, meteors, novae, and planetary conjunctions. Come and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky.  http://www.yhc.edu/academics/math-science/rollins-planetarium   706-379-5195.

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot  - Thanksgiving morning - Downtown Blue Ridge.  The turkey Trot is a family oriented 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. www.blueridgeturkeytrot.com  

Blue Friday  - Friday after Thanksgiving  - Downtown business unite to offer special promotional day of shopping for the holidays - entertainment, early morning discounts and a fabulous show of force from all our BRBA businesses illustrating the vibrancy of downtown. Part of Light Up Blue Ridge Weekend!

Light up the Basin - Downtown McCaysville, Friday after Thanksgiving  -  Christmas tree lightings followed by hot chocolate, cookies, and photos with Santa Claus.  Sponsored by Tri-Cities Business Association, www.ocoeeinfo.com

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

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express - Blue Ridge Depot, Weekends after Thanksgiving thru December Come ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols. For information, see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website.

Christmas Village - Downtown McCaysville, mid-November through December  -  Located on the riverfront between the bridges in McCaysville.  Walk through the village, enjoy local entertainment and visit Santa Claus.

December

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express - Blue Ridge Depot, Weekends after Thanksgiving thru December Come ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Santa and the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols. For information, see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website.

Christmas Village - Downtown McCaysville, mid-November through December  -  Located on the riverfront between the bridges in McCaysville.  Walk through the village, enjoy local entertainment and visit Santa Claus.

Festival of Trees - Ocoee Whitewater Center, Ducktown, TN  - December  - Come enjoy the beauty of the season and see the beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, schools and organizations.

Hometown Christmas  - Downtown McCaysville,GA - First Saturday of December  - Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Santa's arrival, food, refreshments and entertainment. Lighting of the bridge.  

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

Possum Drop at Clay’s Corner  – 11005 Old US-64 W, Brasstown, NC 28902 - New Year’s Eve.  Since 1991, this Appalachian town has lowered a possum in a Plexiglas cage from the roof of a gas station at the stroke of midnight. It is called the Possum Drop, and hundreds of people pack downtown Brasstown to see it. Festivities start at 10 PM but get there early and stay for the fireworks!  You never know what will happen! Pre-show starts around 8:45 PM.  (828) 837-3797 www.clayscorner.com  

New Year's Wine Train - New Year's Eve Blue Ridge Depot - Celebrate New Year's Eve with a festive ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

When you reserve North Georgia cabin rentals, you won’t be disappointed. They offer a lovely place to stay and provide you with easy access to plenty of things to see and do around the North Georgia area. Your only tough decision is going to be deciding what you will enjoy first!

 

OTHER AREA INTEREST 

Trails

If you enjoy hiking, you are sure to find something that will appeal to you.  Consider the ASKA Trails, a 17 mile hiking-mountain biking trail system in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Deep Gap on Aska Road in Blue Ridge with trails that range from 1 mile to 5 ½ miles long and vary in difficulty.   Just a short ride from Blue ridge is Ocoee Whitewater Center near Ducktown, Tennessee where you will find 20 miles of scenic hiking/ biking trails.  For beginners, you might want to try the Blue Ridge Lake Loop Trail, a short, scenic hike that follows the lake shoreline. In addition, there are numerous other trails that will take you to mountain vistas, or beautiful waterfalls, so you can decide the type of hike/ride that best suits you. The trails are open all year long, so what you see can often depend on the season.  The local Chamber of Commerce can provide you with trail maps and information on where to rent mountain bikes locally.

Canoeing

If you enjoy the water, a canoe rental may be the thrill you have been seeking. This type of event can take you along the waters of the Chattahoochee. There are guided trips too so don’t worry if you don’t feel confident yet in your own skills to venture out on your own.

Fishing

Of course the waters of North Georgia are perfect for fishing too. There are tons of Rainbow Trout found in the various lakes and streams. The waters are stocked annually by the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service. There are boat rentals and guides if you would like to go out into deeper water for your fishing expeditions.

Spas

Pampering yourself is a great way to relax and to rejuvenate the mind as well as the body. In North Georgia, there are plenty of spas where you can engage in a half day or full day of treatment. Tea Trees Spa an Boutique is located on East 1st Street very close to downtown shopping.  Serenity in the Mountains Hair, Nails & Body Spa is a full service spa located in the heart of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Golf Courses

In North Georgia, there is no shortage of amazing golf courses, Butternut Creek Golf CourseWhite Path Golf Course, Brasstown Valley Golf Course, Copper Basin Golf Club, and Old Toccoa Farm  where you can play a leisurely round of golf. There are also various golf tournaments and charity events that you may wish to take part in. Bring along your own golf clubs, have them shipped to the golf course, or rent them when you arrive.