Festivals

 

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival (March/April)

April 13 & 14, 2018

The festival showcases the art of Southern storytelling with a particular focus on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. The GMSF offers storytelling and musical performances, children’s events, and workshops so that community members, visitors, and students of all ages and from all disciplines will not only learn about the tradition and history of our region through storytelling, but also have the opportunity to become part of its preservation.

www.gamountainstoryfest.org

Georgia Mountain Wine & Jazz Festival (May)

2018 Dates TBD


Gates open at 2 pm, Music 3pm to 9pm

Enjoy fine wine, delicious food, and listen to top jazz performers from the region. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle, bring your blanket or lawn chairs and listen to great music under the stars.

Blairsville Arts, Crafts & Music Festival (May)

May 26 & 27, 2018 10am-5pm


Enjoy visiting over sixty arts & crafts vendors from around the region along with some delicious mountain fair food. There will also be three days of bluegrass, gospel, and country music for your Memorial Day weekend enjoyment!

Memorial Day Parade (May)

May 26, 2018  10am


Each Memorial Day weekend, Downtown Blairsville salutes those who have served our country by enjoying a community parade. 706-745-6341.

www.unioncountyhistory.org

Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games (June)

June 9 & 10, 2018  9am-5pm


Residents and visitors look forward to the second weekend in June when Blairsville spotlights the heritage of our area. Discover your “clan” and hang out with the locals and visitors enjoyting traditional games, Highland music, dancing and food with a Scottish flair. Watch border collies herd sheep and falcons swoop down on “prey” or check your roots at the Heritage tent. Children can compete in their own Highland games. For the “wee ones”, there’s face painting and train rides. This is one unique festival you just can't miss!

Mountain Fling (June)

June 23, 2018 9am-4pm
June 24, 2018 11am-4pm
North Georgia Technical College


Enjoy arts & crafts galore the last weekend in June. Exhibits set both indoors and out.

Fourth of July Celebration (July)

A day filled with celebrations for our County!

*On Saturday, June 30th, 2018 Nottely Marina hosts a boat parade at 10:30am and anyone is welcome to participate.

*On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 Vogel State Park has summer fun for the entire family from 8:30am-4pm.

*On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at dusk the skies over Meeks Park will light up in an explosion of lights and color at dusk.

*On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 the Firehouse in Suches puts on a great celebration and spectacular fireworks show at dusk.

Butternut Creek Festival (July)

July 14 & 15, 2018 10am-5pm


Celebrate and enjoy the Arts of this Mountain Region! In mid July, exhibitors showcase Fine Arts and Crafts, Woodwork, Oils and Watercolors, Stained and Leaded Glass, Jewelry, and More. Activities also include demonstrations and live entertainment. Come join the fun! 

Get Off The Grid (August)

2018 Dates TBD
Union County Saddle Club


Get Off The Grid Fest showcases sustainable lifestyle in four areas - energy and environment, food and agriculture, health and wellness, arts and community.

5th Annual Celebrate Autumn Arts & Crafts Show (September) 

September 15th & 16th                    Towns County Recreation Center

This is a juried arts and crafts show, with inside and outside booths.

Mountain Music & Arts & Crafts Festival (September) 

September 8th 10am-5pm

Appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. Arts and crafts, demonstrations on spinning, blacksmithing and bowl carving and food.

Mountain Heritage Festival (September)

September 1st & 2nd, 2018  9am-5pm


Collections of fine mountain-made products are available at this spectacular event during Labor Day weekend. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the manifestations of the handiwork of local craftsmen and craftswomen.

Good Neighbors Car & Truck Show (October)

October 20, 2018
8am-4pm

United Community Bank Parking Lot
More than 200 cars and trucks (old and new) “show off” at the Good Neighbors Auto Show.

Indian Summer Festival (October)

October 6 & 7, 2018 9am-5pm


For a truly fantastic experience, plan to attend the Indian Summer Festival the first weekend in October in Suches, Georgia. Activities include a Craft Show, 10K Run, Country Square Dance, Weaponry Demonstration, Auction, Play performed by Elementary Students, and Much More!  

Run Above the Clouds (October)

October 6, 2018


The Run Above the Clouds offers 10K and 5K road races over a beautifully scenic,  challenging out-and-back course through the North Georgia mountains. There is also a 1-mile fun run, over a mostly flat course. Proceeds support scholarships for Suches High School graduates and alumni primarily from the Woody Gap School. 

BEAR (October)
Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race

2018 Dates TBD

Teams will be exploring the mountains, rivers, lakes, trails and beautiful woods surrounding Blairsville, Georgia. Home of the highest mountain in Georgia.

Sorghum Festival (October)

October 13, 14 & 20, 21, 2018 9am-5pm


Blairsville's longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Visitors enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as "Biskit" Eatin', Pole Climbin', Log Sawin', Rock Throwin', and Horseshoe Throwin'.  Join us the 2nd & 3rd weekends in October.

Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park (October)

October 21, 2017 12pm-7pm


Celebrate autumn's arrival with a cakewalk, hayrides, and food during the day and a campfire, dancing, and storytelling at night.

www.gastateparks.org/vogel

Hometown Halloween on the Square (October)

October 31, 2017 6pm-8pm


Bring the kids and join the fun!  Each October, Downtown Blairsville hosts a spectacular trick-or-treat event complete with candy, costumes, and contests!

Mistletoe Market (November)

November 18, 2017 9am-4pm
November 19, 2017 11am-4pm


Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season by attending this annual event the 3rd weekend in November which is sure to delight. Homemade soups, sandwiches, and goodies are available while you browse the arts and crafts items on display.

Tour of Trees (December)

December 1st - December 31st, 2017 9am-5pm 

Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths in the Union County Community Center. Great for family photos!

Tour of Trees event link.

Holiday on the Square & Christmas Parade (December)

December 2, 2017

The first Saturday in December signals the gathering of residents and visitors to Downtown Blairsville for our annual Christmas Parade and holiday activities. Christmas concerts are also performed throughout the month at the Historic Courthouse. 

 

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop (December)

December 1st & 2nd - 11-7
Union County Civic Center

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop features over 50 home based business vendors for your shopping convienience.

Kris Kringle Mountain Market (December)

Saturday, December 2nd 10am-3pm 

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday market right here in the North Georgia Mountains with more than 60 vendors featuring produce, arts & crafts, Santa, bonfire, and more!

 

Holly Jolly Christmas (December)

Saturday, December 9th 3pm-6pm 

Musical performances, children’s activities, refreshments, & photo ops with Mr. & Mrs. Claus!

 

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park (December)

Kids will love the caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfire, hot chocolate and cider.  The evening culminates with the lighting of a blue spruce. http://www.georgiastateparks.org/vogel

Cruise-In on the Square

During the months of April -October from 4pm to 7pm, plan to cruise downtown Blairsville on the third Saturday of the month.  Cruise-Ins are also held on the first Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the Union County Farmers Market.  Hosted by the Blairsville Cruisers, these events are fun for all! 

 

Friday Night Concert Series

Each Friday at 7:00pm, May-October

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the sounds of old time music from the historic courthouse in downtown Blairsville.  We look forward to having you!   

 

Union County Farmers Market

Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings late June - October, be sure to stop by the Union County Farmers Market off of Hwy 515 next to Home Depot for local grown produce and handmade crafts.