Helen, Georgia, is a charming Bavarian-style town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This picturesque town is known for its beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, and annual events. From January to December, plenty of events keep visitors entertained throughout the year. Here’s a list of some of the most popular annual events in and near Helen, GA.

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Top Annual Events in North Georgia


  • Hogpen Hill Climb: Start the year off right by participating in the Hogpen Hill Climb one of the “toughest races in North America.”


  • Fireside Arts & Craft Show: This indoor event takes place at the Unicoi State Park & Lodge Conference Center. Visitors can browse handmade crafts from local artisans.



  • Bear on the Square Mountain Festival: This festival takes place in Dahlonega, about 30 minutes from Helen. Visitors can enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a juried art show.
  • Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival: This festival takes place at the Union County Schools Fine Arts Center in Blairsville. Visitors can listen to professional storytellers from around the country.


  • Helen Trout Tournament: This tournament takes place on the Chattahoochee River in downtown Helen. Visitors can compete for prizes by catching tagged trout.
  • Georgia Apple Blossom Festival: This festival takes place in nearby Ellijay. Visitors can enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, and apple-themed treats.




  • Georgia Mountain Fair: This fair takes place at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in nearby Hiawassee. Visitors can enjoy carnival rides, live music concerts, and agricultural exhibits.


  • Oktoberfest: The biggest event of the year! Oktoberfest runs from mid-September through October 31st, with German food vendors serving up bratwursts and beer while visitors dance to polka music under large tents set up throughout town.


  • Gold Rush Days Festival: This festival is held annually on the third weekend of October which includes parades,arts&crafts, food booths, and a gold panning contest.


  • Christmas Market: This market is held annually during Thanksgiving weekend, where visitors get to experience Christmas shopping with unique gifts, decorations, and much more.


  • Christmas Parade: This parade is held annually on the second Saturday of December, where visitors get to experience the holiday spirit with floats, bands, and Santa Claus.

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These are just a few examples of annual events that take place throughout the year near Helen, GA. Many other festivals, such as Dahlonega Literary Festival or Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Music Festival, take place within an hour’s drive from Helen.

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