Above: A musical artist performs at the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival.
If you’re headed to the mountains of North Georgia or North Carolina this summer and fall and wondering what there is to do besides admire the view, check out this list of festivals, fairs and other events.
Rabun County Music Festival
The annual music extravaganza returns to the Rearden Theatre on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun County. The lineup includes: Evening in the Round with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and Bill Whyte (July 7); Emile Pandolfi (July 21); 7 Bridges (Aug. 4); and The Drifters (Aug. 18). Tickets and details at rabunmusicfestival.com.
Georgia Mountain Fair
This year’s fair is July 20-28 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Rides, live music, food and much more draw thousands of visitors each year. Event list and info: georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.
An Appalachian Summer Festival
A diverse mix of arts — including music, dance, theatre, dance and film — will be presented by Appalachian State University on July 1 through Aug. 4 for this year’s Appalachian Summer Festival. Events will take place at venues on the university campus in Boone, NC. Info: appsummer.org.
Babyland General Hospital
The Cabbage Patch Kids were created by Xavier Roberts in Cleveland, Ga., which is home to Babyland General Hospital where the tykes are born. The Cabbage Patch Kids are celebrating their 40thanniversary this year and there will be events all summer long (including regular weekend tea parties) culminating with an anniversary celebration on Sept. 8. Info: babylandgeneral.com.
Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival
The annual festival will be held in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Sept. 15 from noon to 9 p.m. There will be barbeque, live music, craft beer, fun stuff for the kids and more. Info: stayinblueridge.com.
Rome Beer Fest
Head to Rome for the annual unique craft beer, art and music experience on Sept. 22 at Heritage Park. All proceeds benefit the Rome Area Council for the Arts, providing community arts programming, education and outreach. Info: romebeerfest.com.
Georgia Marble Festival
Pickens County, Ga., is home to high-quality marble that’s been used around the country, including in Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial. The marble festival in Jasper, Ga., celebrates with a parade, 5K run/walk and quarry tours on the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7. There’ll also be music, food and arts and crafts. Info: georgiamarblefestival.com.
Georgia Apple Festival
The annual event is held over two weekends — Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 — in Ellijay. There’ll be more than 300 vendors, an antique car show, a parade and plenty of apples. Info: georgiaapplefestival.org.