10 Top North Georgia Festivals

Written By: Sydnah Kingrea


An authentic Oktoberfest takes place right here in North Georgia in the Alpine village of Helen, Georgia. From September to the end of October, head to the Helen Festhalle for a festival to remember. Grab a beer, hog out on steaming brats and finish your meal off with baked strudels while you listen to a live band playing polka music late into the night! Put on your best traditional German garb and join us in a dance! 

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

Head to the North Georgia mountains for a fall festival to remember at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is a nine-day event that takes place in Hiawassee, Georgia. There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, food, kids crafts and games and more. The popular State Fiddlers’ Convention also takes place during the festival. The family-friendly event will have you returning year after year.

Dillard Bluegrass and BBQ Festival 

The Dillard Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is an annual event that features well-known bluegrass bands in the region. There will be a BBQ cookoff amongst some of the best cooks in the nation, live music all day long, cooking classes, arts and crafts and plenty of free children’s activities! 

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair 

The Chattahoochee Mountain Fair in Clarkesville, Georgia has been a family tradition since 1975. The fair hosts a rodeo, carnival rides, a baking contest, livestock judging, face painting, a talent show and many more family-friendly events. The weeklong event usually takes place in September.   

Georgia Apple Festival

The North Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Georgia is one of the state’s biggest annual celebrations. The festival has been taking place for nearly 50 years during two weekends in October.  An antique car show, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, games, food, a parade and, best of all, fresh apples from all the local orchards, will be be awaiting your arrival. 

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas 

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is “the most wonderful time of year” at its best! Visit Dahlonega’s historic square for local shopping, wining and dining, a tree lighting event, carriage rides, photos with Santa, the Festival of Trees and more fun in one of North Georgia’s perfect little Christmas towns. The downtown area is dawned with lights and bows, making it an even more enchanting place to visit!   

North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival

The North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival in Young Harris, Georgia bring coastal delicacies to the North Georgia mountains during June! Enjoy fresh seafood like snow crab, grilled lobster tail, clams and shrimp. Indulge in an extensive wine and beer garden. Take part in a silent auction, watch continuous live entertainment and browse through several local and regional art vendors.   

North Georgia State Fair 

The North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Georgia the end of September through the beginning of October is one of the biggest celebrations in the state. It attracts around 300,000 people every year from Georgia and neighboring states. Live music, farm animals, flower shows, fair food, carnival rides, blue ribbon competition and local entertainment are only some of the attractions you will encounter at the fair!  


Athfest is a three day long music and art festival in the “Classic City” of Athens, Georgia that usually takes place in June. The best local and regional talent come together in one place to celebrate the arts and play live music all day long during the event. There are several stages, a kids area, food and games. The event brings awareness to a huge area nonprofit, Athfest Educates.

Butternutcreek Festival  

The High Country Artisans Butternutcreek Festival in Blairsville, Georgia is known as one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the southeast. The event is usually held the third weekend in July and showcases the work of over 70 local and regional artisans and craftsmen during a two day stint. Candle making, basketry, fine art, fabric art, decorative painting, jewelry making, metal working, pottery, photography, soap making, scrimshaw and woodturning are only a few of the categories that will be represented. 


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