In the foothills of the mountains in North Georgia lies the little town of Ellijay where the yearly Georgia Apple Festival is held which centers around, yes, you guessed it, apples! There is apple cider, candy apples, apple dumplings, apple fritters, apples with caramel dip, and good old-fashioned apple pie! But eating foods made from apples is not all there is to do at the festival. This 2-weekend, 4-day event has it all – games and pony rides for children, a rock climbing wall for older children and adults, plus crafters and vendors galore. Let’s not forget about the live entertainment provided by a wide variety of acts including cloggers, pickers and grinners, country music, rock and roll and gospel music on Sunday.
Parking at the Georgia Apple Festival is easy.
The Georgia Apple Festival is held on the Lions Club Fairgrounds typically on the second and third weekends in October. Operating hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Parking at the festival is free but there is a suggested $2 donation to the local Boy Scouts who help guide the cars for parking. There are no pets allowed on the Apple Festival grounds but there is a limited space kennel available. Parking at the fairgrounds is limited but there are offsite parking areas available that provide a free shuttle service to and from the festival. The alternate parking areas include the Gilmer High and Middle Schools, Ellijay Elementary and Primary Schools, and Mountainview Elementary School.
Stay and enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival for the entire weekend.
Because there are so many arts and crafts exhibits as well as so many other things to do at the Georgia Apple Festival it takes 2 days to see it all. Many people like to rent a nearby cabin and make a weekend of it. There are also numerous, numerous orchards nearby where families or individuals can go pick their own apples or see how fresh cider is made. You will want to give that cider a taste test before you leave.
How to get to the Georgia Apple Festival.
From Atlanta via I-75
Take I-75 north to I-575 exit. North on I-575 to Ball Ground where I-575 becomes GA 515. Continue north in GA 515 to reach Gilmer County and the cities or Ellijay and East Ellijay.
From Atlanta via GA 400
Take GA 400 north to Dawsonville. Turn left on GA Hwy. 53 west (at McDonalds). Go through the city of Dawsonville and continue on GA Hwy. 53. Turn right on to GA Hwy. 183 north. Turn left on GA Hwy. 52 west to reach Gilmer County and the cities or Ellijay and East Ellijay.
From Chattanooga, TN via I-75
Take I-75 south to Dalton. Exit at Walnut Avenue head east. Follow US Hwy. 76 east through Dalton and Chatsworth to reach Gilmer County and the cities or Ellijay and East Ellijay.
Take GA Hwy. 53 west to Dawsonville. Go through the city of Dawsonville and continue on GA Hwy. 53. Turn right on to GA Hwy. 183 north. Turn left on GA Hwy. 52 west to reach Gilmer County and the cities or Ellijay and East Ellijay.
Georgia Apple Festival
Orchards (Pick Your Own Apples)