Art and culture are alive in Blue Ridge and the mountains of North Georgia. If your are a visitor interested in buying real estate and new to Blue Ridge, you can literally fill your calendar with arts fairs, gallery tours, exhibits, receptions, festivals, concerts and plays produced and sponsored by local organizations. Here's a sampling of the quality and variety of arts and entertainment in Blue Ridge, McCaysville and the Copper Basin.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (BRMAA)
sponsors gallery exhibits, summer concerts in the park, Arts in the Park and Wildlife Arts Festival, Blue Ridge Writer's Conference and Telebration. Located in the historic Fannin County Courthouse, Downtown Blue Ridge, 706-632-2144.
Blue Ridge Community Theater - This beautiful playhouse is located in the renovated Hampton Square building in downtown Blue Ridge. The theater group has a full calendar of drama, comedy and musical productions. For ticket information, call 632-9223 or visit
North Georgia Apple Festival - In Ellijay only 15 minutes from Blue Ridge where you can enjoy the 37th year of 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. Each year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. Blue Ridge has is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 11th. The parade is on the second Saturday, October 18th and begins at 10 A.M.
Blairsville's Sorghum Festival - Only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge - One of North Georgia's most famous events, it's the time of year when people from all over North Georgia congregate in town to celebrate our rich heritage. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year. the weather is crisp and the surrounding North Georgia Mountains are in full bloom. It reminds all of us why we chose to make North Georgia our home.
Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega – About 1:30 minutes from Blue Ridge. The Grand Daddy of Georgia's Mountain Festivals! Gold Rush Days are held the third weekend in October (the 20th and 21st for 2007), when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold. You will find over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement! Dahlonega is approximately a 2 hour drive from Blue Ridge Georgia.
Gold Rush Days 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!
Helen Georgia's Oktoberfest! It's the German word for fun! fun!! fun!!! Well, that may not be the actual translation, but to the folks attending Helen's Oktoberfest every year it may as well be. Oktoberfest
in Helen may have started out small in the 70's, but over the years, and through word of mouth, it has grown into the biggest party in North Georgia. This is not one of those one-week festivals; this celebration lasts 2 months! The North Georgia Mountains make a great vacation spot year-round, because of the unparalleled beauty and mild weather and abundance of quality rental cabins; however, during Oktoberfest Mother Nature kicks it up a notch. Deep blue skies and color splashed mountains surround a picturesque "alpine" village, making the days as irresistible as the nights.
During the day, you may decide to browse the antique shops, relax in a beer-garden, or simply enjoy Helen's beautiful scenery. At night, however, all paths lead to Helen's massive Festhalle. The Festhalle is the spot for authentic German bands, food, beer, and fun. You can either spend the evening dancing the Polka and the chicken dance, or you can relax in the adjacent beer garden and enjoy the crisp night air. Whichever section of the huge Festhalle you like best, be sure to sample the fresh cooked wursts, and large variety of German beers. So, if you've never been to Helen, or just never been to an Oktoberfest, be sure to visit Helen during Oktoberfest.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds - plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Georgia Mountain Roots & Music Festival, the Hiawassee Festival of Arts, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia's Official State Fiddler's Convention. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds are located along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the north Georgia mountain community of Hiawassee approximately a 1 ½ hour drive from Blue Ridge.
Blue Ridge Wood Carvers - Every Monday in downtown Blue Ridge, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center, Historic County Courthouse.
Pickin' in the Park – Here you will find 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 6:00 til dusk, beginning the week of Memorial Day through the end of September.
Morganton Music Park - Live country and bluegrass music and dancing Friday and Saturday nights 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Morganton.
Swan Drive-InBlue Ridge has one of four drive-in theaters in Georgia still in operation; the Swan drive-in is open year round with first run movies. Old Highway 76 in Blue Ridge. For more information call 888-469-1955.
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C. - Just 40 minutes from Blue Ridge. Concerts start most Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. featuring folk, bluegrass and old time Mountain music with the Appalachian fiddle, banjo, hammered dulcimer. Community Country and Square dances feature live music and are held bi-monthly from 8 - 11 p.m. Call 800-FOLK-SCH for more information.
Southern Tree Plantation - Southern Tree Plantation is a working farm with fun activities for large or small gatherings, including weekend dinners with live music, hayrides, pumpkin picking and a petting zoo in the fall.