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Ellijay Apple Festival: A Locals Guide

The temperatures are beginning to drop, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and the mountains are coming to life with autumnal activity. Fall is a popular time to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains—and it’s not hard to figure out why!

Though the Blue Ridge area hosts several exciting events each year, the Georgia Apple Festival is by far one of North Georgia’s most coveted events and an annual tradition for many. This welcoming, family-friendly festival takes place over two weekends in October, providing plenty of opportunities to come enjoy the beautiful fall weather and partake in fabulous festival events.

Whether you’re looking for a place to stay near the Georgia Apple Festival or you’re simply a local looking for details on this year’s event, check out our guide to making this year’s event!

2019 Festival Information

The 2019 Apple Festival dates:


October 12th – 13th

October 19th – 20th



Times each day for the event:

Sat. 9 AM – 6 PM

Sun. 9 AM – 5 PM



Apple festival location:


Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

1729 South Main Street

Ellijay, Georgia 30540



Apple Festival ticket prices:


Adult – $5.00

Children under 10 are FREE



Georgia Apple Festival Parking


There is limited on-site parking at the fairgrounds. Donations for parking go to local civic and school groups. Requested donation amount may vary. Limited handicap parking is available at the main fairgrounds entrance. On-site parking is very limited and will fill quickly; please take a shuttle (information below) if possible!

Shuttle Bus & Travel Information

All shuttle buses will operate from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM on Saturdays and 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Sundays.

Parking is very limited at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, so please use the shuttle parking areas where a free shuttle service will take you to the Apple Festival and back to your car when you are ready to leave.

The shuttle parking areas are located at Gilmer High and Middle Schools, Ellijay Elementary and Primary Schools, and Mountainview Elementary School.

Pet Information

Sorry, no pets are allowed. Service dogs allowed. Limited kennels available on-site.


Georgia Apple Festival Events

Both weekends of the Apple Festival are packed with arts and crafts vendors, local retailers selling everything under the sun, food vendors serving up seasonal favorites, children’s activities, live entertainment, and so much more. The food, in particular, is a popular draw—so come hungry! You can look forward to everything from classic southern cuisine to nostalgic fair favorites and plenty of apple treats including pies, fritters, dumplings and more.

In addition, here are a few of the popular scheduled festival events:


Saturday, September 29 at Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium

For more information: 706-273-6485


Saturday, October 12th

Starts at Ronnie Thompson Ford on Hwy 515 in East Ellijay

For more information:


Saturday, October 12th

5K @ 8:00 A.M. - 1 mile @ 8:45 A.M.


Saturday, October 12th

10:00 A.M.

For more information: 706-635-4426


October 12th/13th & 19th/20th

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For more information: 706-635-7400


Saturday, October 19th in downtown Ellijay

10:00 A.M.

For more information: 706-635-7400


Lodging Near the Georgia Apple Festival

Blue Sky Cabin rentals is North Georgia’s premier provider of Blue Ridge cabin rentals. Our vast inventory of well-maintained, modern cabins provide exceptional mountain views and fast, friendly service for a truly memorable experience.

We proudly offer a wide array of Ellijay cabin rentals that are convenient to the Georgia Apple festival. Our inventory ranges from cozy cottages that are perfect for couples and small families to expansive mountain mansions that can accommodate 12+ guests. We also offer pet-friendly units, which makes traveling with furry friends a breeze.

View our full selection of Ellijay cabin rentals to find your perfect Apple Fest retreat!


It’s not hard to see why the Georgia Apple Festival is rated one of the top fall festivals in all of Georgia. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, so pencil this in as your opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable fall weekend in historic downtown Ellijay.

Learn more about the Georgia Apple Festival on their website ( or via their Facebook page ( .