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Visit Lake Chatuge this October for Foliage, Festivals and Fall Fun
With its stunning mountain views, vibrant, ever-changing leaves and impressive lineup of festivals, Lake Chatuge in Northeast Georgia is the perfect place to spend the ideal fall day. Drive through the North Georgia mountains and escape to a fall paradise of music, beer, bar-b-que and more. Check out the full festival line up below and plan your getaway today.
The John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 6
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., both days
Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for those between ages 12-17, Free for children under 12.
Hear old time music, celebrate traditional dances and see skilled craftsmen and women demonstrate a variety of crafts the way they were meant to be experienced – nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, dotted with trees bursting with fall colored leaves. This October, the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival, with its stunning mountain backdrop on the Folk School Campus in Brasstown, North Carolina, will celebrate 45 years of honoring Appalachian culture, entertaining crowds with a variety of mountain tunes, displaying a variety of traditional crafts and skills, and showing people a good ole time.
On October 5 and 6, folks from all over can enjoy two days of music, art, crafts, food and more. More than 200 craft exhibitors will set up at this year’s event. Music-lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a broad range of music, some of which will be accompanied by dance performances.
Visit www.folkschool.org for more information.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 19
Admission is free
The locally-loved Annual Georgia Mountain Fall Festival will return to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for another exciting year. This annual event fills the North Georgia mountains with the sweet sounds of country music, the tantalizing smells of Southern food and even the squeals of pigs – there are three pig races a day! Come for just a day or stay a while. The festival boasts an exciting line up of music, demonstrations and vendor booths throughout the nine-day run, as well as a cook off on October 12. Participants can whip up their favorite sweet or savory holiday dishes to compete for a grand prize of $100.
Fiddle fans should plan their visit around either of the festival weekends, when Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention brings in players of all ages for a multi-day, multi-instrument competition. More than 10 different competitions will be held, testing musicians’ skills in everything from the banjo to the mandolin.
For more information, visit http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/events/fall-festival.
Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards
Saturday, October 19
Admission is free
Crane Creek Vineyards is celebrating the end of the grape harvest season with their biggest events of the year. The Harvest Festival will feature grape stomping, hayrides, art vendors and, of course, plenty of the vineyard’s signature wines. The Ellis Walden Band will bring their bluegrass tunes to Crane Creek’s rolling hills this year.
To find out more, visit https://cranecreekvineyards.com/.
Appalachian Craft Brew, Que & Stew
Saturday, October 26
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Festival admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the gate
Suds and Shoreline 5K registration fee is $25
Beer will flow through the North Georgia mountains during this day-long October festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 26, 26 craft breweries from four different states will set up and pour a selection of their best craft beers. Four bands stack the day’s entertainment lineup, while local restaurants provide plenty of tasty ‘que. This year, the festival will introduce the Suds and Shoreline 5K, which will loop through the Fairgrounds starting at 9 a.m.
To register for the 5K and see which breweries will attend, visit http://www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/events/appalachian-brew-que-stew-festival.