Did Somebody Say Spring Festival?

Spring kicks off festival season here in the North Georgia mountains. No matter when you’re visiting, there’s almost always a fun event going on.

April 28: Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures

Support North Georgia’s favorite sportfish with a day-long celebration of fishing and outdoor adventure. In addition to outdoor-themed art, home decor and gifts, there’ll be two seminar tents filled with instructional and informational events all day. Pick up some fly-tying tips from the experts … visit with local river and lake guides … and don’t forget the amazing Food Truck Alley and Beer Garden!

Website: blueridgetroutfest.com

May 5-6: Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

Fall isn’t the only time to celebrate North Georgia’s most flavorful crop. Come celebrate the beauty of the spring blossoms with more than 50 hand-selected regional vendors offering food, art, crafts and more in nearby Ellijay. Still need convincing? This event is free, pet-friendly and has tons of free kids activities! (If you can’t make it to the festival, check at Mercier Orchards for dates & times of their apple blossom tours.)

Website: georgiaappleblossomfestival.com

May 12: Georgia Mountain Classics Car Show

Whether you’re a true-blue Chevy guy or a faithful Ford fanatic, you don’t want to miss this event. More than 100 classic cars will be hoods-up in downtown Blue Ridge for the first
big car show of the season.

Facebook page: facebook.com/GAMtnClassicsCarClub

May 18-19: Georgia Mountain EggFest

Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks from across the country and Canada will be showcasing their culinary skills along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in nearby Hiawassee. The event begins with the traditional “Lighting of the Eggs,” and food is available all day. Just wander from “Egg” to “Egg” to sample foods and discuss recipes with the cooks.

Website: mountainegg.com

May 26-27: Spring Arts in the Park

Recognized as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society, Arts in the Park fills downtown Blue Ridge City Park with more than 200 art, craft and food booths — plus artist’s demonstrations, music and dance. Kids’ activities include face painting and glass bottle sand sculptures.

Website: blueridgearts.net

June 9-10: Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Get your bagpipe on at this annual celebration of all things Scottish. The kilts will be flying as athletes compete in caber toss, heavy hammer and more. Add in some music, dancing, weaponry and Scottish & British inspired foods, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect day in the Highlands!

Website: blairsvillescottishfestival.com

June 16: Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for a full day of hot jazz, great wines, fine art and delicious cuisine. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music plays from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Top jazz performers from across the region will perform, and regional wines will be available by the glass or bottle.

Website: blueridgewineandjazz.com