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.

Our Favorite Annual Festivals in North Georgia

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

A festive celebration of springtime, the Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville, Georgia, is an event you won’t want to miss! This is one of the most popular spring festivals in North Georgia and makes for an incredible day spent with friends and family. Enjoy the abundant food and games throughout the day as you attend the parade, classic car show, and fireworks finale! There’s an amazing schedule of events waiting for you this May. Will you be here to take advantage?

Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival | Helen, GA | June

The Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival is an annual event that takes place in the Alpine Village of Helen, Georgia. It’s a three-day event that celebrates hot air ballooning and brings thousands of visitors to the small town each year. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this beloved festival, which has been held annually since 1973.

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.

Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration: July

Celebrating our nation’s independence is such an amazing experience. Every year, the town of Dahlonega, Georgia, throws an incredible summer bash on July 4th. It features 5k and 10k runs, an open-air market, an Adventure Zone for kids, and, of course, a fireworks show! Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration is a fantastic event that visitors of all ages will love.

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.

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.

Best Place to Stay during a North Georgia Festival A nice room

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!