Harvest Festivals in Scenic North Georgia

Celebrate North Georgia’s agricultural history, local craftsmanship, rich customs, and the seasonal harvest at annual fall festivals in Georgia. Festive options like the Georgia Apple Festival and Blairsville Sorghum Festival are located across North Georgia to allow you multiple places and ways to celebrate the harvest!

Fall harvest festivals in North Georgia

Fall harvest festivals in North Georgia

Autumn Harvest Festivals in North Georgia

In addition to the iconic apple picking in Georgia, there are also local events and festivals that celebrate the agricultural history of these mountains. Make plans to attend one of these family-friendly events and enjoy the local flavors and fun!


Autumn Harvest Festivals in Ellijay GA

Ellijay is known for its apple orchards and u-pick farms, so it’s no surprise that the biggest Ellijay GA events each year are the Georgia Apple Festival and Apple Arts on the Square.

shiny red apples

shiny red apples

These two festivals happen on the same weekends in October each year and attract thousands of visitors to the area for the occasions!


Georgia Apple Festival

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA in October 2021

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA in October 2021

When people talk about the Ellijay GA apple fest, they are talking about the annual Georgia Apple Festival. This Ellijay apple festival features handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, a classic auto show, delicious treats from hundreds of vendors, kicks off with a parade through town! Make plans to attend this apple festival in Ellijay, GA, for opportunities to get more first-hand knowledge about the qualities and varieties of apples in Ellijay.

The Georgia Apple Festival happens every year during the second and third full weekends of October. This event is the area’s biggest festival and draws many people out to celebrate, so expect higher than average traffic on these weekends.

The cost is $5 per person (free for ages 10 and under). Parking is $5 per car. Note that no pets are allowed at the Georgia Apple Festival.


Georgia Apple Festival 2021 Schedule

The 2021 Georgia Apple Festival kicks off with a parade on River Street with the theme, “Georgia Apple Festival – The Golden Year.”

  • Friday, October 8th (6:00 pm): River Street Parade
  • Saturday, October 9th (9:00 am – 6:00 pm): Georgia Apple Festival
  • Sunday, October 10th (9:00 am – 5:00 pm): Georgia Apple Festival
  • Saturday, October 16th (9:00 am – 6:00 pm): Georgia Apple Festival
  • Sunday, October 17th (9:00 am – 5:00 pm): Georgia Apple Festival


Georgia Apple Festival Contact Info


Georgia Apple Festival Reviews


Apple Arts on the Square

Apple Arts on the Square in Ellijay

Apple Arts on the Square in Ellijay

Apple Arts on the Square is a North Georgia apple festival that happens on the same weekends as the bigger Georgia Apple Festival. Plan to enjoy both festivals on the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October each year. The Apple Arts event takes place on the Ellijay Square and is located about 2 miles from the Georgia Apple Festival at Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Enjoy the local shops and restaurants at this free, pet-friendly event. Vendors set up on Broad Street next to the Gilmer County Courthouse.


Apple Arts on the Square Schedule

Make your plans for the 2021 Apple Arts on the Square from October 9 – 10 and October 16 – 17.


Apple Arts on the Square Contact Info


Lodging Near Ellijay Apple Festivals

Choose your lodging near the Ellijay apple festivals for extra convenience as you explore the area!


Resort Living on Wooded Mountain Site

Vacation Rental on Wooded Site in Coosawatee River Resort

Fall colors at Treehouse vacation rental on wooded site in Coosawatee River Resort

Enjoy a resort lifestyle at this treehouse-styled rental home in the Coosawatee River Resort near Ellijay.

No smoking inside and no pets allowed.


Other Lodging Near Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Enter your travel dates into the interactive map to get accurate pricing on lodging near Georgia Apple Festival.


Autumn Harvest Festivals in Blairsville GA

Blairsville Sorghum Festival

Blairsville Sorghum Festival in the North Georgia Mountains

This local festival is in its 52nd year of grinding and cooking sorghum syrup to celebrate the town’s sorghum history. Watch demonstrators cook sorghum over a wood fire on a copper pan and enjoy arts, crafts, exhibits, food, music, and fun activities for all ages!

The event hosts contests that include pole climbing, log sawing, horseshoe pitching, and rock-throwing. Make sure to attend the kickoff parade that goes through town on the first Saturday of the event (rain or shine).

The cost is $5 per person (free for ages 12 and under). Free parking.


Blairsville Sorghum Festival 2021 Schedule

Ripe sorghum in a field

Ripe sorghum in a field

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October at the top-rated Meeks Park. Make your plans for the 2021 festival on October 9 – 10 and October 16 – 17. See the Biscuit Eating Contests (9:30 am each day), the Parade on the Square (Saturday, 10/9 at 11:00 am), and play games (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm each day).

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day:

  • Saturday, October 9th: Brasstown Cloggers, Paradise 56, Blairsville School of Dance, Jay Grimsley, Jenu Six
  • Sunday, October 10th: By His Grace, Jack Stowers, Midnight Express, Jacey & Josie
  • Saturday, October 16th: Pressley Sisters, New Collins Boys, Action Dogs, Southern Vantage, Colton James
  • Sunday, October 17th: By His Grace, Cindy Whitmore, Action Dogs, Neely Webster, Mountain Breeze Band


Blairsville Sorghum Festival Contact Info


Blairsville Sorghum Festival Reviews


Autumn Harvest Festivals in Toccoa GA

Toccoa Harvest Festival

Toccoa Harvest Festival October 2021

Toccoa Harvest Festival October 2021

Enjoy the 44th annual Toccoa Harvest Festival on the last weekend of October. Purchase local foods and crafts from over 150 vendors and watch entertainment on two stages.

The festival features hundreds of artisans, performing dancers, jazz music, rock and roll, country music, an antique and classic car show. Several activities will be available for children including rides, face painting, rock climbing, a moonwalk, a petting zoo, and more. A shuttle takes visitors to nearby Toccoa Falls.


Toccoa Harvest Festival 2021 Schedule

  • Saturday, October 30th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 31st: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Toccoa Harvest Festival Contact Info



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14 Responses

  1. Marty says:

    This is a great site. I happen to love Georgia, my wife and I just went on our first trip to savannah GA this year. However I had no idea about these festivals and it sounds like it would be a really exciting trip. Thanks for sharing this information and I will continue to look into the lodging to book a trip.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Marty, Savannah is a beautiful coastal city — I love that the state of Georgia has so many different places including cities, coasts, plains, and mountains!

  2. AL. S. says:

    I love harvest festivals. I am in the military and was in Georgia for a while and actually went to some harvest festivals. They are so fun, great for kids, and very interesting with all of the local foods and products that you can get. Are any of these festivals being restricted or (mask mandates) or canceled due to Covid?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Al, Thanks for sharing! Most festivals are located outside and it’s unlikely that they will require masks. However, I’d encourage you to check with the festival organizers as the festivals approach as things can always change.  Enjoy!

  3. Lio says:

    Wow, I’d like to go to the Ga apple festival. Thank you for inviting me to Ellijay, Georgia for the occasion. I believe that learning more about the quality and variety of apples available in Ellijay is an excellent opportunity.
    Another thing I like is that $5 is not a lot of money, so I’ll probably come with my friends and have a wonderful time from October 8 to 10.
    I’m hoping for some memorable moments at the forthcoming Georgia Apple Festival.
    I see that the event has received a lot of positive feedback, and I can’t afford to miss it in 2021.
    Also, I’m hoping that Lodges are still available.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Lio, That should be a wonderful weekend to visit and see the festival(s)! It’s the busiest time of the year in Ellijay though, so for the best lodging options, you should go ahead and make your Ellijay lodging reservations soon!

  4. Page says:

    Wow! what a great article!! Fall is my favorite season and I have gone to lots of fall festivals near where I live in Ontario, but you have done an excellent job sharing all that North Georgia has to offer in the fall season. I must say there is a lot more to be intrigues about and anxious to visit compared to the festivals here. Thank you for sharing this article.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Page, Autumn is already the perfect time to visit the mountains, but the North Ga fall festivals make it even more exciting! Enjoy!

  5. Warren says:

    Alyce, what a cool site with cool articles.  Who doesn’t love a fall festival, with the aroma of apples ad pumpin spice wafting through the air.  I particularly like the section on Georgia wines.  I had no idea that there was such a robust wine industry in Georgia.  I’m definitely going to have to check this out on my next trip down there.Thanks for adding a little happiness to the internet.  Well done!

    • Alyce says:

      Aww, thanks so much Warren! It’s wonderful that North Georgia’s agriculture industry also provides all these great destinations to enjoy!!

  6. Alketa says:

    I like the Fall harvest Festivals, and this one in Georgia looks like a good reason to visit and enjoy the time there. It is fabulous to have these opportunities spending a good time during the October weekends. I’m sure that will be good music, concerts, and everyone can enjoy some delicious food. And the price for participation is good. I’m going to share this article with a friend of mine who lives in Georgia. I wish to be there, too. 



    • Alyce says:

      Hi Alketa, Thanks so much for sharing – I hope that your friend is able to enjoy these local North Georgia fall festivals!

  7. Abel says:

    I have never been to an Ellijay apple festival before. But this year, we’re all planning to go as a family. Thank you for giving us details about pricing and the amount of traffic we should expect to this event. I am planning where we’re going to stay. We will be there October 8th and 9th.

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