Blue Ridge's Favorite Month Brings Exciting Events, Festivals, and More!

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1. October 2-31 - 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!

2. October 2-7 - Hot Bed Hotel at 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 

3. October 2-26 - Gazers of the Galazy at Brasstown Bald

Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what was “out there”? Now’s your chance to view Brasstown Bald’s scenic vista in a whole new light – or dark!

We’ll be meeting up with our astronomy friends for a series of special programs at the highest point in Georgia to discover the mysteries of the state’s darkest sky. Astronomer, Alex Langoussis, will guide you though the night atop our 360 degree view observation deck, where you will engage with the wonders of the universe through galactic stories, expertise, and the use of a professional telescope. You’ll be a “Guardian of the Galaxy” after spending an evening learning about the magic of deep space and northern Georgia’s incredible nightscape!

Pre-registration is required.
Every Friday night in October! (Weather Permitting)

7:30-9:30pm – October

COST per program:
$20 - 13 & up
$10 - age 6-12

4. October 6-7 - John C. Campbell Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School 

Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School's Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 44th anniversary in October. Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school's winding wooded paths. Watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend. Children will enjoy the pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society's pet adoption booth. Local non-profit vendors will offer tasty foods to satisfy attendees' appetites. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. (While many vendors accept credit cards, we recommend that you bring cash to pay for tickets and food. There are no ATMs on campus or close by. Please leave your pets at home.)

5. October 12-20 - Georgia Mountain Fall Festival at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Look forward to the 2018 Fall Festival. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention. Arts & Crafts Daily. 

6. October 13-21 - Georgia Apple Festival at Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

Welcome to North Georgia! The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 46th 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. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. Check the website for the date of this years Antique Car Show and Apple Festival Parade.

Saturday's - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday's - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7. October 13-14 - Fall Arts in the Park in Downtown Blue Ridge

10AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday. Fine art, great food, fall colors on the trees and on the canvases. Enjoy the small town charm of Blue Ridge at one of our signature events, Fall Arts in the Park. This fall arts and crafts festival features hundreds of regional artists and craftsmen, Special events for the kids and live musical performances. Don't miss a visit to The Art Center in the historic Fannin County Courthouse, and browse the National Photography Exhibit in The Art Center Gallery. Admission is $5 for adults and kids are admitted free of charge. Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm both days.

8. October 19, 21 - Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival Concerts in Murphy and Blue Ridge

Since their first festival in 2014, the Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival has been fortunate to bring world-class musicians playing some of the greatest music ever composed to Blue Ridge. This month only, plan a weekend to experience the beautiful foliage and two exciting chamber music concerts! Our very own CEO, Lissa Knight, will be performing piano alongside Scott Flavin (violin), Margaret Donaghue Flavin (clarinet), and Jana Young (voice) for two evenings of fantastic music. On October 19th, plan to be at the Providence Presbyterian Church in Murphy, NC at 7:30 PM; then, on October 21st, the concert will take place at St. Luke's Espicopal Church in Blue Ridge at 3:00 PM with a 'meet the artists' reception afterward. We'll see you there! 

9. October 20-28 - Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show in Downtown Blue Ridge

Annual Fall Fest, Hosted by Fannin County Fire Explorers, Saturday and Sunday Only, Arts & Crafts Show, Free Parking, Free Admission. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

10. October 20 - Michelle Malone at the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Michelle is back by popular demand!!! Armed with a bottleneck slide, harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals; Michelle Malone will be rocking the theater. Over her 20 year career, Malone has appeared on countless œbest of lists and has been the recipient of such awards as Best Female Vocalist (five times) and Best Acoustic Guitarist (three times) (Creative Loafing), Studio Album of the Year (Atlanta Magazine), and Live Album of the year. 7:30 P.M. Ticket Cost: $35.00

11. October 25 - Haunts and Harvest: An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories at the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Haunts & Harvest - An Evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories - Just in time for Halloween, Rosann Kent, southern storyteller and professor of UNG's Appalachian Studies Center will be performing an evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories. Rosann tells (sometimes) true stories about growing up with grandparents who were master storytellers. 
•A Southern Baptist Seance. A personal story about the time the weejee board backfires. 
•The Ghost of Greenbriar County. A true story from West Virginia about a ghost whose testimony helped to solve her murder.
•The Thurseys. A family story about three women with special powers.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Great partnership with the University of North Georgia, UNG Appalachian Studies Center,  The Blue Ridge Community Theater, and the Sunny D Theater.

12. October 28 - Scenic Railway Harvest Festival in Downtown Blue Ridge

Come join us for this family-friendly event featuring various games for all ages, live music by The Whistle Stop Band, interactive displays, delicious carnival snacks, face painting, prizes, costumed characters, and plenty of photo opportunities. Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

13. October 31 - Halloween Safe Zone in Downtown Blue Ridge

Fun begins at 5:30 pm. Hundreds of costumed kids and grown-up kids. Bring your pets in costume as well. Downtown merchants will be passing out candy.