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February Festivals


Back in Ohio, I could count maybe a handful of festivals in my surrounding area and most of the time they were only during the summer months or during the fall.  In Georgia, they are plentiful and all over at all times of the year.  If you are visiting Northern Georgia, or for that matter anywhere in Georgia, take a look.  You may want to incorporate some of these into your trip.


Come and celebrate the last night of Fasching (Karneval), German-style in the Alpine Village of Helen, Ga.  For those of you who are asking, what is Fasching?, like I was, it is Germany’s Carnival season.  It begins on the 11th day of November at exactly 11 minutes after 11 am and ends at midnight on Shroud Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  It is a time of festivity and merry-making and can be enjoyed by all in Helen.  Costumes are welcome but not required.  The Fasching event takes place February 10, 2018 from 7 pm to 11 pm and the cost is $8.00 per person.



The annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off will be held at City Park in downtown Blue Ridge on February 17th, 2018 from 12 to 4 pm.  There will be live music, ice sculptures, and amazing chili.  You can purchase a tasting card for $10, which allows you to sample all the competitors and then vote for the People’s Choice Award.  On hand, will also be the award-winning National Ice Carving Champion,”Rock On Ice” with an amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures including demonstrations as well.



Oysterfest 2018 will have live music, cold beer and tons of steamed, fried or raw oysters, not to mention their signature fried shrimp!  They are going FUNKY this year with a great music lineup including Atlanta Funk Society.  Tickets include admission and entertainment.  Food and beverages are not included.  Current price is $12.00 for a limited time only and will go up.  The event is 21 and over and will be held on February 17, 2018 from 1 to 9 pm.



Come join in the fun at the 7th annual event “Bringin the Blues to Blue Ridge.  The event will be hosted by Willow Creek Falls and will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 5 to 9 pm at the Willow Creek Falls Vineyard. This music event, which will benefit “Snack in a Backpack,” will have great food, music, an auction, and door prizes.  Tickets for the event can be purchased at three different locations and are $50.00 for advance purchase and include appetizers, dinner, dessert, and nonalcoholic drinks.


There are plenty more festivals to seek out for the coming months, this is just a few to get you started.  For more information on fairs and festivals, head over to and while you’re planning your next trip, why not stay a few extra days in one of our amazing cabins.  Head over to for more.