Category Archives: Blairsville Festivals

Mountain Heritage Festival 2018

Come and celebrate the history and mountain culture of Blairsville-Union County at the Mountain Heritage Festival, which takes place September 1st and 2nd at the Historic Mountain Life Museum. We’ll have music on the porch, collections of fine mountain-made arts & crafts, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers.

Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE, and parking is FREE, too! What better way to celebrate your long Labor Day weekend than a trip to the mountains filled with fun, delicious food, and rich cultural history? Learn more about this event and other upcoming festivals at our Festivals page.

Fall Festivals Preview 2018

Ready or not, Autumn will be here before you know it! The cooler temps and beautiful colors make it a great time to get out and have some fun, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season with the whole family here in Blairsville-Union County. Here’s a quick preview of some of the festivals and events coming up in the next few months.

Mountain Music Day Festival
September 15, 2018

BEAR Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race
September 22, 2018

Indian Summer Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018

Sorghum Festival
October 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2018

Fall Festival at Vogel State Park
October 28, 2018

Hometown Halloween on the Square
October 31, 2018

For a complete listing of everything happening in Blairsville-Union County this fall, check out our Autumn Activities page.

Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville

Calling all Food-Lovers! The First Annual Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville on August 25th from 4pm-7pm the Butt-Mock House (located 1 block south of the Downtown Square). Take a taste from many of our incredible area restaurants and sample locally produced wine, beer & spirits. This family friendly event will feature live music from Steven Phillips & the Midnight Express, cooking demonstrations by the North Georgia Technical College Culinary Department & Amazing Grace Catering & Events, bounce houses for the kids, and some good old fashioned Southern Charm. The Blairsville Cruisers will also be there for the car-lovers in your family!

$20 admission will give you 20 tickets to sample food and beverages from area businesses. Children 12 and under are $10. Additional Taste tickets are available for $1 each. Parking is free. Alcohol only available for those age 21 and up. All proceeds go to the North Georgia Technical College Scholarship fund. What a fun and delicious way to support higher education in our area!

Learn more about Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville.

Butternut Creek Festival 2018

Celebrating and supporting local and regional artists and craftsmen is a big deal here in Blairsville. Around this time each year, you can find 80-85 of these artisans showcasing their work at the Butternut Creek Festival. The festival features works in a variety of categories, including basketry, candles & soap, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning.

While the Butternut Creek Festival is an excellent opportunity for these incredibly talented artisans to share and sell their works to the public, it’s also a fun and inviting event with something for everyone to enjoy. The festival also features fantastic musical entertainment, lots of great food available for purchase, and live art demonstrations. There are also a number of local nonprofits exhibiting that you can learn more about at the event.

The festival, which has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event since 2009, takes place on July 21 & 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at Meeks Park. Admission and parking are free and shuttles are available to get you from parking to the festival. Learn more at www.visitblairsvillega.com/festivals.

Celebrate July 4th in Blairsville!

This Independence Day, come and celebrate with us in Blairsville-Union County! From family activities and fireworks to BBQ and live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This year, we’re starting the party early with our annual Boat Parade at Lake Nottely on June 30, so mark your calendars and make arrangements to join us in celebrating the birth of this Great Nation and the brave and courageous people who have fought and still fight to preserve our freedom. Here’s a quick rundown of everything happening this Independence Day…

Independence Day at Vogel State Park
July 4, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Vogel State Park

Fireworks and BBQ
July 4, 6:30 PM – 10:15 PM
First Methodist Blairsville

Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Meeks Park

Woody Gap Fireworks
July 4, 5:30pm-10pm
Woody Gap in Suches

For a complete listing of everything happening this Independence Day, and all summer long, check out our Summer Activities page. We hope that everyone has a fun and safe July 4th!

School’s Out! Now What? 5 Free Things to Do in Blairsville-Union County

Students all over the state are rejoicing in the freedom and carefree schedule of summer, while parents all over the state are scrambling to figure out what to do with these students now that they’ve got with a LOT more free time on their hands. Never fear, Blairsville-Union County is here with some great FREE suggestions for things to do with your kids this summer! Whether you’re trying to fill a long weekend or in dire need of a day trip, here are just a few options for free family-friendly fun in our area…

Outside adventure: Picnic and a hike
When planning a trip to North Georgia, take some time to enjoy all the picturesque nature sites. There are so many free activities waiting for you just outside your door. Helton Creek Falls is south of Blairsville off of Hwy 19/129. This hike is only 0.6 miles long, perfect for kids of any age. Be sure to pack a lunch because the falls offer a great site for a picnic. See more options on our Hiking page.

Learn something new: Alpaca Farms
Spend an afternoon getting to know an animal not common to North Georgia, Alpacas. At the Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm or Jerae’s Unity Alpacas you can do just that. Be sure to stop by the gift stores for a selection of handcrafted jewelry and products made from Alpaca fiber. Entrance is free to both farms, but donations are welcomed. For both locations, please call or email ahead to make an appointment.

Treasure hunt: Geocaching
Geocaching has become an international pastime for family fun. Using a GPS device, enter in coordinates and follow the clues to a hidden cache. This is a fun way to get to know a new area, or appreciate all that your own neighborhood has to offer. There are plenty of Geocaches to discover in Blairsville, including one that takes you in and around the Union County Public Library.

Relax on the water: Lake trip
Lake Nottely offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors just northwest of Blairsville. Or stay on shore and have a picnic at one of the parks surrounding the lake. Another option is Lake Winfield Scott which offers hiking, swimming, boating, and camping year round.

Fun times at the festival
In a tight community like Blairsville, there are festivals all year round where you can enjoy local crafters, fair food, and activities for the whole family (though not everything at these festivals is free). Check out our Festivals page for more information on upcoming festivals.

Scottish Festival 2018

It’s here! The time has come once again for Blairsville-Union County’s most popular festival, the annual Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games! At this event, We highlight our area’s heritage with traditional games, Highland music and dancing, food with a Scottish flare, and much more! Visit workshops to learn how to play the bagpipes. Discover your “clan” and learn about the rich Scottish roots of the area. Watch animal demonstrations like border collies herding sheep and falcons swooping on their “prey”. Take your wee ones to get their faces painted or go on a train ride. This festival gets bigger and bigger every year, and this year there’s a Gaelic Gallop Race and Fun Run to get things started!

The festival starts on Saturday, June 9 and continues through Sunday, June 10, so clear your schedule and head to Blairsville-Union County this weekend! Visit www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org or contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce for more details.

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Blairsville!

Still working on your plans for Memorial Day weekend? Come and celebrate with us in Blairsville, we’ll have something for every member of the family to enjoy! Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the events happening in our area this weekend…

2018 Spring Arts, Crafts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27 – 10am – 5pm
Downtown Blairsville comes alive with arts, crafts, music, food and more! This festival features over 60 vendors and a variety of food and music to enjoy.
Learn more about the 2018 Spring Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival.

Memorial Day Parade 
Saturday, May 26 – 10am
Join us in Downtown Blairsville for a patriotic event you won’t want to miss!
Learn more about the Memorial Day Parade.

For a full listing of events and other happenings in Blairsville-Union County, visit our events page.

Don’t Miss the 1st Annual Gaelic Gallop!

Run with a kilt for a good cause at the Gaelic Gallop 5K & 1 mi Fun Run/Walk, in conjunction with the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Taking place on Saturday, June 9 at North Georgia Technical College’s Blairsville Campus, the race route runs from NGTC through Meeks Park and back. Runners of all ages can join in the fun, awards will be given to overall and all age group winners. All racers will get a pass to attend the Scottish Festival and a race tank top. Registration starts at 7 am, the race is on at 8 am! For pricing and more information about the Gaelic Gallop, visit the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

Become Part of the Story at the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival!

Many travelers don’t realize that Georgia has mountains–wild, beautiful, and home to a rich legacy of Appalachian culture. Minutes away from Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia, but only two hours from Atlanta, Union County Schools Fine Arts Center in Blairsville, GA, will celebrate Appalachian culture, particularly the spoken word tradition, by hosting the fourth annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival on 13-14 April 2018. The festival will showcase 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.

In addition, The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival will offer a free workshop for veterans titled “Story Medicine: Healing through Storytelling.” “As part of our mission of bringing storytelling to underserved audiences, we are developing community outreach programs to meet the needs of specific groups in our region for whom storytelling can be a source of healing: veterans, those affected by terminal illness, and victims of domestic abuse, for example. This year, we will offer an intensive workshop for military veterans,” said Ruth Looper, festival co-director. “Sharing stories about wartime experiences, whether verbally or in writing, is widely recognized as an important mechanism for healing. New York City’s Warrior Writing Project, the Veterans Writing Projects at VA medical centers in San Diego and Washington, D.C., and The Telling Project in Seattle have enabled thousands of veterans to speak about and come to terms with their experiences. Veterans living in rural communities like ours have less access to these kinds of programs, and we aim to change that.”

This interactive workshop will combine listening, writing, sharing, and discussion in small and large groups. Participants will be given the tools to increase mindfulness and develop a sense of belonging, a capacity for personal reflection, healthy emotional outlets, and a livelier imagination. The workshop will be led by Regi Carpenter (www.regicarpenter.com), a professional storyteller and workshop facilitator who has presented her therapeutic workshops throughout the United States, South America, and Asia for hospice organizations, non-profits, hospitals, veterans, cancer treatment centers, and bereavement organizations.

This free workshop will take place Sunday, April 15, from 2-5 PM at the Union County Community Center in Blairsville, Georgia. Seating is limited, so please sign up early by emailing info@gamountainstoryfest.org. Workshop participants will also receive free tickets to this year’s Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.

About Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with storytelling through hearing stories and attending workshops that will develop their cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking. We celebrate a variety of diverse traditions while showcasing the voices of Appalachia.  For more information, go to www.gamountainstoryfest.org.