If you’re anything like us, you love fall festivals! These festive celebrations are especially beloved here in North Georgia. That’s because the crisp weather is gorgeous, the leaves burst into beautiful colors, and our local apples are ready for harvesting! If you’re looking for the perfect way to spend a fun fall day in North Georgia, look no further than the Big Red Apple Festival. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about it! Then, be sure to access our free North Georgia Vacation Guide for more local recommendations.
Your Ultimate Guide to the Big Red Apple Festival
The Festival Experience
Every fall, the Big Red Apple Festival brings a variety of family-friendly fun to Cornelia, Georgia, “where nature is your neighbor.” Though North Georgia boasts a rich history of apple-farming, this fun event offers so much more than fresh, locally grown fruit. Attend the festival and your day will be filled with hand-crafted goods, kids’ activities, a classic car show, live entertainment, local food vendors, cornhole tournaments, and, of course, tasty apples! Be sure to participate in the hayride to Chenocetah Tower—it offers incredible views of the scenic mountain landscape and plenty of fall-themed fun for the whole family. Last but not least, don’t miss the “Anything Apple” competition! We think this high-energy event is the highlight of the festival.
What to Know Before You Go
The best part of Cornelia’s favorite festival? Admission is free! You may want to bring a handful of cash to pay for food, crafts, and other attractions at the event. Expect to spend a whole day exploring North Georgia’s rich apple-growing heritage! The festival takes place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each year. Be sure to check the local tourism website for updates regarding date and time.
More Fun Things to Do in North Georgia This Fall
Fall is a popular time to explore North Georgia, and it’s no wonder! Here are some of the best ways to spend your autumn getaway:
- Experience panoramic views at Brasstown Bald
- Celebrate Thanksgiving in North Georgia
- Go fly-fishing
- Try horseback riding
- Attend Taste of Clarkesville.
After making priceless memories at the Big Red Apple Festival, head back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn and put your feet up in one of our peaceful rooms or suites. Each of our rustic-chic accommodations offers plush beds, gorgeous views, and even rocking chairs on your porch for enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful foliage! When you’ve worked up an appetite (for more than apples), enjoy a delicious gourmet meal in our on-site restaurant that will have you feeling refreshed and ready to explore again the next day. Between our premium amenities, breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Foothills, and delicious food, you might not even want to venture back out!