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Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off
A chili cook-off and ice sculptures combine to make a wonderful winter event.

Blue Ridge on Ice
Lace up your skates and celebrate winter on the Blue Ridge ice skating rink. Skating season begins during Light Up Blue Ridge and remains open through mid-February.


Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference
This Blue Ridge literary tradition draws established and aspiring authors.


Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race
Watch or participate as 80 teams hike, mountain bike, run and kayak in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The race starts in the forest and ends in downtown Blue Ridge with music and food at the finish line. Also includes a kid’s race.


Spring Arts in the Park Festival
Enjoy regional arts and crafts, music and more while exploring nearly 200 festival booths. Kids are admitted free to this family-friendly festival.

Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park
Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, Memorial
Listen or join in with free jam sessions in the Park’s pavilions by the Toccoa River. Thursdays, 6 p.m. - dusk.



Seniors Fishing Rodeo, June 6, 2014
Free event for ages 55-up. Bring your own fishing gear and bait.

Family Fishing Festival, June 7, 2014
This entertaining, free event covers all things trout-related: fly-tying instruction, casting demonstrations and educational exhibits. Families can also try their luck at nearby Rock Creek.


Old Timers Day Parade
Fun for all ages, this Fourth of July parade features the Feed & Seed Marching Abominable street band from Atlanta.

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks
The patriotic festivities begin at 4 p.m., with live music, barbeque and fireworks over Lake Blue Ridge as night falls.

Miners Homecoming
A small town Independence Day celebration with a rousing fireworks display firing off from Tater Hill at “dark-thirty”.

Escape to Blue Ridge Tri the Mountains Triathlon
Escape to Blue Ridge is the title sponsor of this swim-bike-run race in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. A live band and refreshments greets triathletes at the finish line in Downtown Blue Ridge.




Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo
The Kiwanis bring a western rodeo to town, with bull and bronco riding, calf and team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and other fun events.


Labor Day Barbeque
Summer winds down with an annual barbeque, kicking off at 11 a.m. and lasting until the food is gone! Delicious “Q” and local entertainment.

Blue Ridge Blues and Barbeque
A lively Blues Crawl on Friday nights, followed by more blues and barbeque on Saturday.


Fall Arts in the Park
With nearly 200 arts and crafts booths, visitors get a chance to see regional creativity at its best. The festival includes food and events for kids of all ages.

Blue Ridge Fall Fest
A cornucopia of mountain arts, crafts, food and fun spanning two weekends.

Paws in the Park
A pet-friendly event with displays and demonstrations, a pet costume contest, photos and more.

Halloween Safe Zone
Main Street Blue Ridge is closed to traffic but open to trick or treaters who stroll safely from shop to shop. The evening includes pumpkin carving, costume contests, food and entertainment.


Holiday Art Show and Sale
An opportunity to shop for unique gifts created by regional artists and craftsmen.

Light up Blue Ridge
Embrace the holiday spirit with Christmas carols, refreshments, lighting the town’s Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival.



Hometown Christmas
McCaysville’s hometown Christmas celebration includes a parade, refreshments, entertainment, Santa’s visit and a traditional lighting of the bridge.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express
Gather family and friends for a holiday excursion and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the elves. The scenic mountain train journey includes Christmas stories and caroling.

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