Throughout the year, North Georgia residents and visitors celebrate with unique and creative special events.

Troutfest and Outdoor Adventures

Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival celebrates trout fishing with art booths, food and wine, fishing instruction, and activities along the Toccoa River. More than 3000 visitors typically attend this annual event.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival


This annual Spring music and art festival is named for the time in 1996 when a bear cub left his sibling and mama to take refuge in a sycamore tree in Dahlonega’s Historic Square. Rangers eventually returned the cub to the woods and ultimately residents decided to commemorate the event with what is now the Bear on the Square Festival.

Gold Rush Days Festival


Held the third full weekend in October, join thousands of visitors to celebrate and commemorate Dahlonega’s discovery of gold in 1828. This time of year is peak for fall foliage and with over 300 arts & craft and food vendors, it is an event not to be missed.

Gilmore County Fair


Located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, every year in August, the Gilmer County Fair offers family fun including live music, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations in canning, baking, needlework, flower arranging, and more.

Taste of Ellijay


Taste of Ellijay, hosted by the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce, provides patrons with samples of local restaurants’ finest cuisine. Held in May, the event sees a thousand people gather in downtown Ellijay to savor the talents of our area chefs.

Georgia Apple Festival


Annually, over two weekends in October, this festival brings hundreds of food vendors, artists, and visitors from all over the region to historic Ellijay.