Downtown Blairsville Events
Includes Meeks Park, The Union County Farmer's Market & Other Local Venues
Blairsville Kiwanis Mountain Fair - April 15 - 19
A great way to spend a Spring evening, this fun-filled carnival features everything you expect and more! This year’s fair features: Games, Delicious Foods, Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, Petting Zoo and Rides like the Carousel, Cyclops, the Pirate and the Mega Drop. Additionally, the fair features Bluegrass Music, Cattle Show and Free Parking.
Hours are: Wednesday – Friday, opens at 5 pm, Saturday – 12 noon & Sunday – 1pm. Gate admission: $2 Children, Under 12 – free. Unlimited ride ticket – $15. Single ride tickets also available. For more information, contact Deborah Raleigh at 706-781-6552.
Location: Airport Industrial Drive, off of Hwy 515W
Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival - May 28 & 29
Spring Arts and Crafts Festival – lots of fun in and around on the old town square!
The 2016 Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th around the Historic Town Square in Blairsville, Georgia! You will enjoy visiting over sixty arts & crafts vendors from around the region along with some delicious mountain fair food. This year the organizers are adding three days of bluegrass, gospel, and country music to the event!
The festivities will begin on Friday night with music inside the Historic Courthouse beginning at 6pm. On Saturday, the day begins with a Memorial Day Parade at 10am, and the festival goes into full swing.
This festival is a great opportunity for you and your family & friends to explore all the amazing talent in the North Georgia mountain community. Whether you like arts & crafts, listening to music, or just meandering through the quaint town of Blairsville, Ga, make sure to mark your calendars for a weekend full of family fun!
To be a vendor at the show please visit www.unioncountyhistory.org for a vendor application.
Blairsville Cruisers - Cruise Ins - Town Square & Farmers Market - Seasonal Fun
The Blairsville Cruisers hold Cruise-Ins on the Square in Downtown Blairsville on the 3rd Saturday of every month from April through November. Crowds of car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts gather to see the classic and antique automobiles that are on display. There are raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes with all proceeds going to local charities.
The Cruise-Ins are a great way to show off your special ride. Many of the Blairsville Cruisers are local mountain boys with a love for classic autos. They started the free Cruise-In events in order to have fun and to benefit Blairsville at the same time. All classic, antique, muscle, or special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles are Blue Corvettewelcome to participate in the show.
After walking around admiring the large and varied selection of shiny cars and trucks, visitors enjoy sitting under the shade trees. Many local businesses keep their doors open later than usual for the event and provide visitors with places to eat and to shop.
The Cruise-In car shows draw visitors from all around the southeast. Community events like the Cruise-Ins help keep the downtown area alive and energized. People gather to see old friends and to make new ones.
Registration is free and entitles car owners to be eligible for drawings and prizes. For more information please visit www.blairsvillecruisers.com.
Sponsored by the Blairsville Cruisers
Friday Night Concert Series - May thru October
The Friday Night Concert Series are held in the restored historical Union County Courthouse in Downtown Blairsville.
On most nights, every bench is taken, the balcony is filled to capacity, and people line the walls of the old courtroom to see the show. Local Music Man, Sam Ensley, gets things started by loosening up the crowd with a few jokes. Then it’s time for the music!
Thanks to Sam Ensley for booking the bands and running the sound equipment. Thanks to the Union County Historical Society for doing a great job in providing free concerts and keeping traditions alive. For more information about the Summer Concert Series visit www.unioncountyhistory.org.
Sponsored by the Union County Historical Society
Union County Farmers Market - Seasonal Fun
Farmers Market – Home Grown & Handmade
Blairsville is blessed to have one of the most amazing Farmers Markets in the region. A day spent at the Farmers Market is time well spent. When fresh fruits & vegetables aren’t in season, the market serves a wide variety of purposes: car & tractor shows, auctions, ‘trash to treasure’ and of course, Blairsville’s own ‘Green Bean Festival’.
For more information about seasonal hours and upcoming events, visit www.ucfarmersmarket.com.
Scottish Festival - June 13 & 14
The Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games are held at Meeks Park every year during the month of June. This exciting festival has been designated by the South Eastern Tourism Society as one of its top 20 events. You don’t want to miss it!
The Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games feature many exciting activities and events. There is a Genealogy Tent that features information on the Scottish experience including history, culture, dress, migration, and the military.
Vendors include Scottish merchandise and great food. Several workshops are available on both days of the festival. Children especially enjoy the games, music, rides, and fascinating animals (including Scottish Highland Cattle). There are Border Collie demonstrations and a chance to see Gordon Setters at work. The Georgia Falconry Association is available to demonstrate the art and practice of falconry.
Other demonstrations include military reenactments that give an accurate portrayal of the early Scottish settlers of Georgia, as well as those who fought for Scottish independence during the risings of the late 17th to mid 18th centuries. There is also a large selection Dancing at the Scottish Festivalof handcrafted Scottish weapons available along with a wealth of knowledge about the Scottish highlanders. Music, dance, and many other activities are scheduled during the festival.
The Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games are an exciting and fun way to learn amazing things about our heritage. Come prepared to stay a while and experience a great time for the whole family! Learn more: www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org
Sponsored by the Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce
Independence Day Fireworks - July 4
This is a great family event and a great way to spend an evening. The admission and parking are FREE. And don’t worry about July heat waves…Meeks Park meanders along the banks of Butternut Creek under a canopy of magnificent old shade trees.
Meeks Park is located in the Union County Recreation Complex on the south side of Highway 76/515 just 7/10 of a mile west of KFC in Blairsville. Look for the signs and banners.
For additional information about the Independence Day Fireworks, visit www.visitblairsvillega.com
Presented by the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce
Butternut Creek Arts & Crafts Festival - July 18 & 19
The Butternut Creek Festival is held every July and features some of the finest arts and crafts in the southeast. Visitors, artists, and vendors look forward to the event which is held at Meeks Park in Blairsville, Georgia. The two day festival includes arts, crafts, demonstrations, wonderful music, and plenty of good food.
This is a great family event with lots to see. The admission and parking are FREE. Don’t worry about July heat waves! Butternut Creek Festival is located along the banks of Butternut Creek under a canopy of magnificent old shade trees.
The event is a juried show presented by the High Country Artisans, Inc. and is supported by the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce and The Union County Recreation Department.
Approximately 65 artists and craftsmen are juried in from throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Being a juried show, visitors are assured that each item is hand-crafted, quality work. In addition to these Sculpture at Butternut Creek Festivalexhibitors, several artists are on hand to demonstrate their mountain crafts of woodturning, soap making, broom making, broom weaving, chair caning, and pottery turning.
The Butternut Creek Festival is located at Meeks Park in the Union County Recreation Complex on the south side of Highway 76/515 just 7/10 of a mile west of KFC in Blairsville. Look for the signs and banners.
The High Country Artisans meet at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month at the United Community Bank Community Room (except for in July due to the festival). All artists and art lovers are invited to attend the HCA meetings. For additional information about the Butternut Creek Festival or High Country Artisans, Inc. visit www.butternutcreekfestival.com.
Presented by the High Country Artisans
Green Bean Festival - Saturday, July 25
The Green Bean Festival celebrates the nutrient rich heritage between green beans and the people of North Georgia. The Green Bean Festival hopes to increase tourism in Downtown Blairsville and surrounding areas, to pass on the vast knowledge of our farmers to the next generation, to establish a larger market for locally grown varieties, to promote sustainable “green” living, and to create a fun, family-orientated event. (The North Georgia Green Bean Festival highlights many aspects of this popular vegetable including everything from origins and history to pressure canning and favorite recipes.) For more information, visit www.ucfarmersmarket.com
Sponsored by the Union County Farmer’s Market and other local organizations
Mountain Marketplace and Heritage Festival - September 4 & 5
Hosted by the Union County Historical Society and sponsored by United Community Bank, the Mountain Marketplace Heritage Festival celebrates the old-time mountain ways with authentic demonstrations, interesting displays, live music, good food, and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Held at the 1906 Grapelle Mock home, the demonstrations include spinning, quilting, basket making, chair caning, tomahawk throwing, and wood carving. There are oxen, chickens, cows, and a Kettle Cornmule. Visitors get to walk through the 1861 Payne Cabin where homespun quilts and vintage furnishing are on display. There are Civil War reenactments, a real live frontiersman with axes and primitive weapons, ladies in period costumes, and a vegetable garden.
The Mountain Marketplace is well known for its quality vendors. Visitors enjoy shopping for home-canned foods, fresh honey, jewelry, photography, pottery, wood crafts, hand painted glassware, herbal products, and other fine art and crafts. Most everyone stops long enough to enjoy homemade ice cream, candy corn, chicken on a stick, or freshly made, ice-cold lemonade.
The Mountain Market Heritage Festival is a Labor Day Weekend tradition in North Georgia that continues to delight visitors with its hometown atmosphere and friendly faces. Proceeds benefit the preservation and enhancement of the historic property where the event is held. The Mountain Life Museum is a great asset to the community and is open to the public on a regular basis. For more information call the Union County Historical Society at 706-745-5493 or visit www.unioncountyhistory.org.
Sponsored by the Union County Historical Society
Sorghum Festival and Parade - 2nd & 3rd Weekend in October
The Sorghum Festival at Meeks Park is two great weekends of family fun! The historical festival started out in the 1960’s has has been growing ever since. Held every October, festival events include arts, crafts, a working sorghum mill, car shows, motorcycle shows, antique tractor shows, a parade, “biskit” eating contests, pole climbing, rock throwing, log sawing, tobacco spitting, live music, and a square dance.
While you are at the Sorghum Festival be sure to buy a quart jar of fresh golden syrup from the hardworking Jaycees! You can search the world over and never find any that compares with North Georgia Mountain grown sorghum syrup. In early October the farms in Union County start cutting and stripping the cane. Thousands of gallons of the best syrup in the world are Sorghum Festival at Meeks Park in Blairsville, Georgiaproduced right here in Blairsville, Georgia, during October.
Every day of the festival, the oldest person attending is recognized with an award. The person traveling the greatest distance to attend the festival is also awarded a trophy. People come from all over the world to get some of Blairsville’s delicious sorghum syrup. See you at the Sorghum Festival! For more information, visit www.blairsvillesorghumfestival.com.
Sponsored by the Blairsville Jaycees
Hometown Halloween on the Square - Saturday, October 31
Every year Blairsville’s Historic Town Square hosts the ‘Hometown Halloween on the Square’ event. Town merchants set up booths and interactive displays that delight kids of all ages…..not to mention they hand out lots & lots of candy! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 6pm-8pm…rain or shine! So be thinking of a great costume for this year’s Hometown Halloween on the Square!
Sponsored by the Blairsville Downtown Development Authority, The Union County Historical Society & Blairsville’s Merchants!
Christmas on the Square
Join us for Christmas on the Square in Downtown Blairsville. From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there are fun things for the whole family to see and do!
Things get started with open houses at the Mountain Life Museum and Historic Courthouse where visitors can see beautiful, old-fashioned decorations. Pictures with Santa and refreshments are also part of the festivities.
A highlight of Christmas on the Square, the parade is fun for all. Floats, horses, antique cars, and Santa’s sleigh provide many photo opportunities as it travels along the streets of Blairsville.
Sponsored by the DDA, the Union County Historical Society,
The Blairsville City Council, and the Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce