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Top Festivals in Blue Ridge for Every Season

  • Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

Blue Ridge, Georgia, is known for its crisp mountain air, scenic train rides, great dining, trout fishing and apple picking. Tucked into the North Georgia mountains, the town has festival fun year-round, giving you the perfect excuse to schedule a visit any time of year.

February

Ice sculptures at Fire and Ice Chili Cookoff in Blue Ridge
Ice sculptures at Fire and Ice Chili Cookoff in Blue Ridge

Fire and Ice Chili Cookoff – Everyone's invited to gather in downtown Blue Ridge during the North Georgia winter to warm up with some locally made chili during this annual festival. Ice sculptures are featured during the Presidents' Day weekend event, Feb. 17, 2018.

April

Learn the secrets of fly fishing during Trout Fest in Blue Ridge.
Learn the secrets of fly fishing during Trout Fest in Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge Troutfest & Outdoor Adventures Blue Ridge City Park fills with fish and fishing enthusiasts for this annual celebration, one of the biggest Blue Ridge hosts throughout the year. At the event, local experts tell of the best practices for catching trout in the North Georgia mountains, gear is for sale, and there is plenty of food just waiting to find its way into your belly. 

June

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival
Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival – Previously scheduled for May 6, 2017, the festival has been pushed back to June 17, 2017. Unlike other Blue Ridge festivals, this event is hosted at a site outside of downtown near Fanin County High School. The event features wine tasting, live musical entertainment, and food available for purchase. Parking is available on site. Tickets are $30 per person.

May & October

Spring Arts in the Park. Photo courtesy Blue Ridge Arts, Facebook
Spring Arts in the Park. Photo courtesy Blue Ridge Arts, Facebook

Spring & Fall Arts in the Park – Awarded the title of one of America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers by American Craft Week in 2016 and 2017, it seems only fitting that Blue Ridge hosts some of the best art festivals in the Southeast. Spring Arts in the Park fills Blue Ridge City Park each Memorial Day weekend, then again in the autumn, with over 200 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and typical festival fare at Fall Arts in the Park Oct. 14-15, 2017.

September

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival – On Sept. 14-16, 2017, the smells of smoke and sauce fill the air in Blue Ridge as the weekend sets the stage to welcome cooler weather to the hills. Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger get in free.  

While you're in town for the festival, take advantage of the other attractions Blue Ridge offers, including winery tours and tastings, races at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park, train rides during the Ride the Rails Festival May 20-21, 2017, in nearby Mineral Bluff, and go apple picking at the numerous orchards nearby.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

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