Events

There is no shortage of annual events to celebrate people, places, seasons, and culture!  Here are some of the Georgia Mountain’s best:

JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

MARCH

  • Wine Highway Week over 20 wineries are participating in this 10 day event [2018: March 16 – March 25, $50)
  • St Patrick’s Day Parade Blue Ridge, GA

APRIL

  • Georgia Steeplechase, Kingston Downs in Rome, GA – horse races with tailgating, hat contests, and spending a day outdoors. Advance tickets required. [4/7/2018]
  • Taste of Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge, GA. Advance tickets required. [3rd Saturday in April, $50]
    • 2018 event SOLD OUT  Tickets for 2019 will go on sale March 1, 2019
  • Jeeps in the Vines, Kaya Vineyard & Winery, Dahlonega, GA [4/21/2018, $20]
  • Bear on the Square, Dahlonega, GA [2018: April 21-22]

MAY

  • Appalachian Food & Wine Trail [2018: May 4 & 5, $30]
    • Odom Spring Vineyards (Blairsville): RoDawg red wine & BBQ Meatballs
    • Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa (Blairsville): Chardonnay & Smoked Salmon Toast Points
    • Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris): Seyval Blanc wine & Ceviche’
    • Hightower Creek Vineyards (Hiawassee): Red Clay Rose’ wine & Brie & prosciutto pizza
  • Friday Nights at at Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s highest peak)
    • Gazers of the Galaxy” astronomy program
    • interprets wonders of the universe through galactic stories, expertise, and use of a professional telescope
    • 9pm – 11pm
    • Book Online: $20 (adults) / $10 (6-12 years)

JUNE

  • Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Blairsville, GA [2018: June 9-10, $5+]
  • Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival, Blue Ridge, GA [2018: June 16] 1 pm (music 2pm – 10pm)
  • Friday Nights at at Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s highest peak)
    • Gazers of the Galaxy” astronomy program
    • interprets wonders of the universe through galactic stories, expertise, and use of a professional telescope
    • 9pm – 11pm
    • Book Online: $20 (adults) / $10 (6-12 years)

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas ExpressBlue Ridge, GA (weekends) Ride the holiday train and see Santa, Mrs. Claus, & the elves. Listen to Christmas stories and sing carols.
  • New Year’s Wine TrainBlue Ridge, GA – (New Year’s Eve – Adults 21+ only) celebrate New Year’s Eve! Listen to live entertainment, receive party favors, adult beverages and appetizers on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train.

A portion of the Georgia Mountains will be in the totality of the Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017! There are a number of places and events where you can join festivities aimed at maximizing the viewing experience. Please note this page is still a work in progress (I have a few more updates and data points to share).

Ga Mountains Eclipse Path 2017 - GaMountainsGuide.com
Ga Mountains Eclipse Path 2017 – GaMountainsGuide.com

McCaysville in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:34:08 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 34 sec

Morganton in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:34:45 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 10 sec

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun Afternoon on the Farm by The Cooks’ Farm – (1 – 5) $125 per person, August Total Eclipse menu will feature duck, honey, pork, pickles, produce from our farm properties, and assorted beverages and spirits! Chefs volunteer for the day to learn new skills, raise funds for the farm and its animals, and continue to support Lit’l Pond’s mission of sustainability. Seating limited to 40 guests.

Blairsville in Union County

Totality starts 2:34:54 pm and will last for 1 min, 59 sec (Partial phase starts 1:05 pm)

  • Branan Lodge/Wesley Mountain Village Viewing Party
  • Crossing Creeks Eclipse Party 
  • Food Truck Festival & Viewing Party – Spend the day (11-4) at Meeks Park with your friends and family. Food trucks will be onsite for your dining pleasure. FREE admission. Sponsored by Rotary of Union County.
  • Paradise Hills Winery & Spa Eclipse Viewing Party – enjoy the event (12 – 6) featuring live music provided by the local high school Steel Drum Band! General Admission ($15) includes access to venue, viewing glasses & live music. VIP Admission ($40) includes access to venue, viewing glasses, live music, souvenir wine glass, 1 glass of wine, appetizers and VIP private viewing area in the vineyards.
  • Solar Eclipse Block Party & Farm to Table Luncheon @ The Sawmill Place – Enjoy a delicious Farm to Table lunch (bring your lawn chairs to tailgate or limited inside seating) while you prepare to witness this natural phenomenon! $100 includes all of the following: 1 reserved parking place at The Sawmill Place restaurant, 4 meals (fresh salad, Springer Mountain fried chicken tenders, fresh locally grown peas, red skin mashed potatoes, grilled corn cakes, beverage, & dessert), Access to the restaurant for drink refills and restrooms, Event memorabilia goodie bag, Solar eclipse sunglasses. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Union County Schools Science Dept.
  • Viewing Party @ Union County High School Football Stadium

Hiawassee in Towns County

Totality starts 2:35:01 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 27 sec

  • Total Solar Eclipse Retreat – Aug, 18-22, Enota Mountain Retreat Center – reconnect with the four elements, air, water, earth and fire culminating with the once in a lifetime total eclipse of the sun. vspotz.com
  • Eclipse Party – Aug. 21, 1-5 pm, Cane Creek Vineyards. cranecreekvineyards.com

Blue Ridge in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:35:07 p.m. and will last for 35 seconds

Dillard in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:38 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 38 sec

  • Outasight – Aug. 20-21 An eclipse viewing party at Rabun Gap-Nacooche School with music, food and astronomers explaining the physics of the eclipse. $5 admission includes eclipse glasses. explorerabun.com/total-eclipse
  • Dillard House – Aug. 21 – outdoor BBQ and Solar eclipse. dillardhouse.com
  • Dillard Experience Extraordinary – Aug. 19-20 – Fun, food and great activities at Dillard City Town Hall
  • Solar Eclipse Family Fun – Aug. 19-21 – A weekend of fishing and kid-friendly activities with a square dance and fish fry on Saturday night. andystroutfarm.com
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park – details coming soon. All campsites are already booked for the eclipse weekend
  • River Vista RV Resort – Aug. 18-23 – Eclipse film, kids crafts including eclipse viewers. rvmountianvillage.com

Sky Valley in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:42 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 38 sec

Clayton in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:46 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 35 sec

  • Timpson Creek Farm Eclipse Viewing Party and Cook Out – (12:30 – 8) celebrate with a cook out including fresh, Organic farm dishes prepared by area chefs and a whole hog pit roasted on site by Nick Jennings (executive chef of Restaurant Lorene). Event begins with light refreshments to watch the Eclipse occuring just after 2:30 PM. Following the event, proceed to buffet style farm meal with live music and a bonfire. Includes glasses you will need to watch the event safely. ($20 ages 12+ or $50 family 2 adults + 2 kids under 12)

Tiger in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:46 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 32 sec

  • Coach, Bus, RV and Campsites for Eclipse Viewing – Aug. 20, opens at 5pm to Aug. 22 noon, Rabun Arena – all sites reserved in advance – rabunarena.com

Tallulah Falls in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:36:06 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 21 sec

  • Tallulah Gorge Solar Eclipse Festival – Aug 21, 1-3pm, Tallulah Gorge State Park – Stations to make or use eclipse viewing instruments as well experts on hand to answer eclipse questions. Schools are encouraged to bring students. gastateparks.org

Toccoa in Stephens County

Totality starts 2:36:36 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 59 sec (Partial phase starts 1:07 p.m.)

  •  Totally Toccoa Street Party is in Historic Downtown Toccoa (12 – 3) in the First Citizens parking lot across from the Ritz Theatre. We will have food, live music, and giveaways, including safety glasses which will be provided to everyone! We will also be live-streaming the NASA presentation inside the Historic Ritz Theatre.

Helen in White County

Totality starts 2:35:47 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 41 sec

Clarkesville in Habersham County

Totality starts 2:36:18 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 44 sec

  • Total Eclipse of the Park (12 – 4) in Pitts Park will feature live entertainment, food, and family-friendly activities. Free water and eclipse viewing glasses will be available at the park. FREE.

Hartwell in Hart County

Totality starts 2:37:48 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 52 sec

Royston in Franklin County

Totality starts 2:38:20 p.m. and will last for 45 sec

Dahlonega

  • Kaya Vineyard and Winery Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party 2017 –  watch party begins at 1:00pm and ends at 5:00pm. Ticket includes a Kaya SWAG bag which includes: a Kaya t-shirt (first come first serve for sizes), stemless wine glass, koozie, a taste of 4 Kaya wines, and glasses to watch the entire solar eclipse! This day will be filled with food, beverages, and science!