Looking for things to do in North Georgia this weekend?
Visiting downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia offers lots of options, from art, music, and theatre to wine, food, and fun festivals.
This calendar of Blue Ridge, GA events will be updated regularly throughout the year, and will include listings for nearby towns such as Blairsville, Cherry Log, and Morganton.
If you have any upcoming events in Blue Ridge you’d like us to consider adding to our listing, please send us ALL pertinent details (and photos) to [email protected].
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Blue Ridge GA Events for March 2020
Youth Art Month
(The Art Center- Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Feb 27-March 26)
Youth Art Month is a nationally celebrated event that emphasizes the importance of visual arts in education and provides opportunities for aspiring young artists.
Created in 1961, this annual event serves to recognize art as a necessity and show that art education is an effective way to teach self-expression, critical thinking, and multi-cultural awareness.
Talented young artists from schools across the Fannin County area created works of art inspired by the theme “Take a Journey Through Art.”
They will be displayed inside the Richard Low Evans Gallery at the Art Center in Downtown Blue Ridge.
These works of art will be revealed for the first time at the opening reception on February 27, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
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Blue Ridge Film Festival
(Bucolic Hamlet of Blue Ridge, Feb 28-March 1)
Blue Ridge is putting on its first annual film festival, which will take place over three days at various venues around town.
These include the Swan Drive-In, Blue Ridge Community Theater, and the Blue Ridge Arts Association’s Art Center.
Presented by Barnstorm Media, the purpose of this new Blue Ridge event is to preserve independent film and create a space where filmmakers and film lovers can connect and collaborate on different artistic ventures.
Awards will be given to the Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short, as well as a Grand Jury Prize for Best Flm overall (whose winner will be awarded $500 cash).
Tickets can be purchased at the Blue Ridge Film Festival’s website, with prices ranging from $10 for specific screenings to $50 for VIP Festival Passes. These give you access to every film screening, workshop, and after-party.
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Four Old Broads
(Blue Ridge Community Theater, March 5-22)
REMAINING SHOWS CANCELLED
Written by Leslie Kimbell and directed by Lee Ditman, Four Old Broads is a hilarious comedy that follows four independent women who prove that age is just a number.
Fans of classics like Steel Magnolias and Golden Girls will enjoy the chaos around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton and her friends at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living center.
Watch as they try to outsmart the dreadful Nurse Pat Jones, and uncover various mysteries in order to make it on a Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean.
The production will be running from March 5 to March 22, with shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.
Kudzu Vine Shamrock Class
(Pic N Vine, March 7th)
On March 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM, stop by Pic N Vine for this fun arts & crafts event, where you get the opportunity to weave your very own kudzu vine shamrock!
Be sure to bring a pair of hand pruners and small needle-nosed pliers to help get the job done. If you want to add any extra embellishments, such as green or gold ribbon, bring it with you to weave into the design.
The completed shamrock will be either 3- or 4-leafed, depending on your preference, and between 2 to 3 feet long.
The event costs $45 per person, plus a $5 supply fee, and tickets must be bought in advance to secure your seat.
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Coloring & Smoothies
(Blend Superfood Cafe, March 7th)
Enjoy a healthy treat while expressing your creativity at the Blend Superfood Café during their monthly Coloring & Smoothies event.
Each guest will get a smoothie made from a variety of organic fruits and veggies to enjoy as they color in a high-quality coloring book created by the educational book company, Usborne Books.
All ages are welcome: There will be coloring books appropriate for children as young as two years old, as well as coloring books for adults.
Make sure to RSVP to get in on the fun! Parents of participating children can attend free of charge if they do not not require their own materials.
Cork & Canvas
(Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, March 7th)
Support the arts while you enjoy wine samplings from several local Blue Ridge wineries at the Cork & Canvas event.
Guests can partake in a wine grab, silent auction, and count the corks raffle while tasting delicious foods and listening to live entertainment.
Tickets are $35 (or $30 for Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association members), and can be bought online or at the Art Center in Downtown Blue Ridge.
Your ticket will include free wine samples, a variety of food selections, a complimentary glass of wine, and a Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association wine glass.
Proceeds from the event will go towards youth art programs such as the Youth Art Summer Camp and youth arts scholarships.
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade
(Downtown Blue Ridge, March 14th)
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always one of the most popular Blue Ridge GA events.
Locals and visitors alike will gather along West Main and East Main Street to watch the fun unfold as the 7th annual parade marches through Downtown Blue Ridge on March 14th.
People dressed in their craziest green attire will dance through the streets, showing off their wild hats, crazy accessories, and even some festive costumes.
The best part is that you can be a part of the parade, too! Whether you want to walk or bring a float, all are welcome, and no registration is required.
Just be sure to line up in front of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on East Main Street in Blue Ridge at 10:30 AM.
The parade officially starts at 11 AM (rain or shine) and goes until 2 PM, but you’ll want to stay afterwards to enjoy all the food and shopping offered in the downtown area.
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Wine Highway Week
(Surrounding Blue Ridge Area, March 20-29th)
POSTPONED, DATES TBD
Explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge region while tasting the delicious wines of North Georgia during Wine Highway Week.
The event is sponsored by the Winegrowers Association of Georgia, and highlights acclaimed locally grown and produced wines.
At the first winery you visit, you’ll pay a $50 fee that includes a “Wine Highway Week” collectors’ glass and passport. This grants you admission to all of the other participating wineries.
Each winery offers their own unique tasting experience, structured in an open-house format that will often include food and wine pairings, music, and other fun activities.
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Bowls of Hope
(Willow Creek Falls, March 28th)
Join Feed Fannin as they put on their annual Bowls of Hope fundraiser to fill the bowls of those in need in Fannin County.
Each attendee will receive a beautiful handmade clay bowl created by a local potter, symbolizing the people in the community who lack sufficient food supplies.
Tickets cost $30 (kids 12 and under are free) and include catering by local restaurants, who will be providing soup, bread, and desserts.
The event will also include live music, a silent auction for various local experiences and handmade crafts, as well as a 50/50 raffle, which you can donate to and take home half of the proceeds.
Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters & The Platters Live
(Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, March 28th)
POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 26TH
For one night only, experience the magic of the longest running music show in Las Vegas history, as the Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, and The Platters share the stage.
These Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legends share more than 94 charted records and 45 top 10 hits throughout their vibrant careers, and will be performing many of their most beloved songs.
You’ll be treated to classics like “Under the Boardwalk,” “On Broadway,” “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and other hits sure to have you dancing in the aisles.
Be sure to get your tickets now, because this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime Blue Ridge, Georgia events you’re not going to want to miss!
Randall Bramblett: Live Music is Better
(Blue Ridge Community Theater, March 28th)
POSTPONED, DATES TBD
Called “one of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters” by Rolling Stone, Randall Bramblett has a rich history in the music industry.
From playing on stage with legends like Bonnie Raitt and Steve Winwood to writing his 11th album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World, Bramblett is a true icon bringing his talents to the Blue Ridge.
On March 29 from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. Bramblett will be performing live along with his band as part of the “Live Music is Better” series.
Giving you rock, blues, funk, and plenty of soul, this performance is sure to blow you away!
Painting From the Heart
(Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center, March 29th)
Tap into your creative side and forget what you think you know about art at this unique event.
Led by hypnotherapist, intuitive guide, and artist Vicki Wagoner, “Painting From the Heart” is all about self-expression and letting your inner artist shine.
Attendees will paint on a canvas with their hands, so make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.
And don’t worry about your skill level, as the class is designed for everyone! The only rule is to embrace your expressive inner child for a bit.
Past students have said that they not only had a fun time in the class, but gained deeper insights about themselves and their lives through the artistic exercise.
Registration is required if you want to take part in the event, and tickets cost $35 plus a $10 supply fee.
Blue Ridge GA Events for April 2020
Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
(Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, April 3-4th)
Created to help further people’s cultural intelligence and appreciation for the Appalachia, the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival is a unique two-day event that showcases the art of both traditional and contemporary storytelling.
The festival features storytelling performances by Sheila Kay Adams, Charlotte Blake Alston, Noa Baum, Donald Davis and Gene Tagaban.
Along with these award-winning storytellers’ performances, there will also be workshops for guests to learn performance and storytelling skills including how to connect with an audience and how to find your unique voice as a speaker.
Tickets range from $10 to $28 and are free for senior citizens and everyone 18 and under.
Kudzu Vine Round Easter Basket Class
(Pic N Vine, April 4th)
For a unique spring event, join Pic N Vine as they host a class where you can weave your very own kudzu vine Easter Basket!
The completed basket will be around 10 to 12 inches across, 4 to 5 inches tall and the height of the handle is up to you.
Make sure to bring a pair of hand pruners and small needle-nosed pliers to help create your basket.
To reserve your seat at the event, go ahead and buy a ticket on the event’s Facebook page.
Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby
(Fannin County Middle School, April 25th)
On April 25th from 9AM to 3PM check out Fannin County Middle School to cheer on all the drivers at the 2nd annual Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby.
The derby was created to give Fannin County residents a family friendly event that also raises money for STEM education in local schools.
With the new OUTLAW class and the Harry Norman STEM Team Challenge, this year’s derby will have over 50 homemade soap box cars racing against each other.
Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to watch the event and enjoy the various foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, and pizzas that will be available. –by Christina Maggitas