11 Events To Check Out During Your Blue Ridge Getaway This September!

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1. September 7, 14, 21, and 28 - Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Visit Grumpy Old Men Brewing every Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM for some live music along with some great beer! Lot's of things to do! Here is the lineup for September: Gabe Meyers (Sept. 7th), The Rubb (Sept. 14th), Craig Hendricks (Sept. 21st), Gregg Erwin (Sept. 28)

2. September 1-30 - Apple U-Pick at Mountain View Orchards

Beginning September 1st and running through October 31st, Mountain View Orchards will be offering u-pick apples, wagon rides and orchard tours daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy this beautiful little mountainside orchard offering over 20 varieties of apples. Be sure to get a glass of hard pressed cider before you leave and you might as well pick up a fried pie to go with it! Don't forget your camera!  

3. September 1-30 - Apple U-Pick at Mercier Orchards

Visit this beautiful 4 generations family apple orchard. Mercier Orchards is in its 75th year of operation and is a long standing family tradition for families visiting Georgia's Blue Ridge. Apple U-Pick is on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Take a tractor ride with the family! Breathe in the beautiful mountain air and take in the beauty surrounding you in the orchards with a 360 degree view of the mountains. Weather plays a role so be sure to give them a call and confirm.

4. September 6-9 - Fall Plein Air International Paint-Out at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center celebrates Art & Adventure in the Fall with opportunities for our artists to come together and capture our area's incredible outdoor beauty in Plein Air! Our Fall Plein Air Event in September offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains is in conjunction with the 13th Annual International Worldwide Artist Paint Out. Opportunities to surround yourself with the natural beauty of our area, but workshops and 'quickdraw' events help encourage the unique and incredible culture that is Plein Air Art! cash prizes awarded. This is a Save the Date, be sure to check the website below for updates for the 2018 event. 

5. September 7 - Cartecay Cork and Canvas at Cartecay Vineyards

Make Plans to Join Cartecay For a Night Of Fun, Creativity And Wine in the Cartecay Vineyards' Tasting Barn Hay Loft from 6:00-9:00 PM. Create your own masterpiece with instruction from local artist Jan Dappen! This will be a GREAT "Night Out" for anyone! $45.00 includes:Painting Instruction, All Supplies, 2 Glasses of Wine, and a 12 oz CV Logo Wine Glass.

RSVP: Limited spots available

RSVP: darlene@cartecayvineyards.com

6. September 7 - The Genrally Mellow Octopus Society at Blue Ridge Community Theater

From your favorite local listening room to major festivals, The GMOS always bring the thunder, delivering their music and their message with soul, skill, and passion to audiences all over the southeast and beyond. 7:30-9:30 PM

7. September 14 - Rotary Blues Train at the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

Come and enjoy our 12th Annual Rotary Blues Train. Starting at 6:00 (Boarding @ 5:30) take an hour train ride with some of our favorite local Blues talent and sit back enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer. But wait.... the fun doesn’t end there! When you get back, you will receive a dinner, and be greeted by the Buckner Brothers Band along with a street dance and have access to 2 open bars. From 7:00-11:00 enjoy some refreshing beverages, with a live concert and street dance. This event sells out each year, so be sure to get your tickets.

8. September 14 - Blue Ridge Blues Crawl in Downtown Blue Ridge

Start the weekend off right Friday September 14th, at 7:00 pm with our Blue Ridge Blues Crawl in downtown Blue Ridge. Crawl through 8 different restaurants enjoying live music, food, and drinks as we celebrate the start of our Blues Weekend in the mountains. Check website below as the event gets closer for updates for the 2018 event. GET INTO THE FESTIVAL FREE: Pick up your Official Blues & BBQ Festival Rack Card from your Blue Ridge lodging provider, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce or participating Crawl restaurant. Carry it with you on Friday night as you Crawl. Get all 8 stars punched and you can get into the Blues & BBQ Festival free the next day. 

9. September 15 - Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival in Downtown Blue Ridge 

Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event. 

Red, White and Blues Band - 12:00 PM

Tullie Brae Band - 2:00 p.m.

Carl Pruitt & Rollin Bones Band - 4:00 PM

Cradle - 6:00 PM

Headliner performing at 8 p.m. is Victor Wainwright.   

Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event is $5.00 with children 12 and under free. Lots of great BBQ and craft beer available on site. Special section full of fun stuff for the kids to do. No coolers are allowed, be sure to bring a blanket or chair, no umbrellas. No pets are allowed. Call the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce for information regarding service animals. 

10. September 20-23, 27-30 - Hot Bed Hotel at the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Terri and Brian Cody are hoping to sell their "One Star Hotel"  in the Florida Keys, to the only man who has expressed any interest in buying it, a Mr. Sam Lewis from New York. They are not expecting him for a couple of weeks, and are rather caught off-guard when they receive a phone call informing them that he flew into Miami today, is driving down, and will be arriving this afternoon. Unfortunately, they have so few guests they are afraid that Mr. Lewis will see at once, that the hotel is a bad investment. You can see where this is leading, it is a farce after all.  Time: Thur - Sat  @  7:30 pm; Sun @  2:00 pm 

11. Spetember 22-23 - Ride the Rails Festival at the Mineral Bluff Depot

Fun to be had: A five-mile round-trip ride by railroad motor car traveling through the Iron Bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River to the Hogback Road crossing at Murphy Junction, then returning over the bridge back to the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot. Then take a ride on the genuine Railroad Hand Car! Fun for all ages. Visit inside the Depot and see the progress being made on our large “HO Scale” model railroad based on the L&N Railroad’s “Old Line” from Atlanta to Etowah, Tennessee and the branch line through Mineral Bluff to Murphy, North Carolina. Come see what’s new! Suggested Donation: MOTOR CAR- $11.00 Cash for Adults. $12.00 Credit/Debit for Adults 13+ $ 6.00 Cash or Card for ages 2-12 Under 2 is FREE HAND CAR - $ 2.00 Cash per person/per trip. Come ride the Motor Cars! Last Trip is at 3 p.m.