The Best Annual Festivals in North Georgia

It doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to visit us here at Glen-Ella Springs, there’s always something going on to keep you entertained. There are plenty of events, fairs, festivals, and other celebrations in the North Georgia Mountains throughout the year. All of these great happenings shine the spotlight on the area’s heritage and culture. There are several annual festivals in North Georgia you should consider attending.

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Celebrate Clayton | Clayton, GA | April

Each April, Celebrate Clayton brings wonderful arts and crafts to the streets of Clayton, Georgia. The event is popular among residents and visitors alike and is an event that’s entertaining for all ages. Along with the showcase of arts and crafts, there is a kids area and plenty of food options.

Mountain Laurel Festival | Clarkesville, GA | May

The Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville is an event that people around the area look forward to each year. The festival includes a parade, local musical acts, tours of notable homes and cabins, delicious food, arts and crafts, Appalachian lifestyle demonstrations, a duck race, special exhibits, and much more!

Georgia Wine Country Festival | Dahlonega, GA | June

Each weekend in June, Three Sisters Vineyards celebrates the season with the Georgia Wine Country Festival in their Lumpkin County vineyard. There is a Wine Garden featuring other wineries from around Georgia, Georgia barbecue, Georgia beer, and live music.

Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival | Dillard, GA | July/August

The Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival is considered one of the great North Georgia events and brings together two wonderful and distinctly southern things. Along with an impressive lineup of bluegrass musicians, this event hosts a barbeque competition that will have your mouth watering.

A Taste of Clarkesville | Clarkesville, GA | September

A Taste of Clarkesville   is a delicious event that takes place each September in Clarkesville. This festival of flavors features food from local restaurants, wine tastings, beer gardens, live local music, and more! You don’t want to miss out on this celebration of Clarkesville’s culinary side!

Oktoberfest | Helen, GA | September – November

For six weeks each fall (from September through the beginning of November), the town of Helen brings a bit of Germany to Georgia with Oktoberfest in Helen GA. So if you love beer, bratwurst, live German-style music, and maybe even Lederhosen, then you should visit Helen during Oktoberfest.

No matter which of these festivals in North Georgia you attend, be sure your accommodations in the area are first-rate. Glen-Ella Springs has rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to keep guests in the utmost comfort during their stay. There is truly no better place to relax and renew your spirits in between your adventures in the North Georgia Mountains. Our property offers guests a respite from the outside world where you can truly unwind and forget your worries. Plus, our on-site Clarkesville Restaurant is one of the best in the area, so you can experience fine dining just steps away from your room! At Glen-Ella Springs, you can have the best all-around experience available in the North Georgia Mountains. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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