Save the Date: Ellijay Apple Festival

Fried Pies. Fried Pies. The girls were hawking their pies at the Ellijay Apple Festival with chants and songs. That is one of my most vivid memories of my first Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Ga. That and cloggers, kids activities, hundreds of vendors, and of course, apples.

Save the Date: Ellijay Apple Festival

Officially called the Georgia Apple Festival, the Ellijay Apple Festival runs two weekends in October. Oct. 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 2019 at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds at 1729 South Main Street in Ellijay.

2019 marks the 48th Apple Festival in Ellijay, which is sponsored by the Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County.

What to Expect at the Apple Festival, Ellijay

There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 14th. The parade is on October 21st and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay.

Admission to the Elijay Apple Festival is just $5 for adults and children under 10 are FREE!

Parking: There is limited handicap parking is available at the main fairgrounds entrance. Everyone else is asked to park in lots run by local civic and school groups. These request donations in varying amounts.

Apple Picking in Georgia

The Ellijay Apple Festival is a great place to pick up a peck of apples, but if you want to pick apples in Georgia, you’ll have to visit earlier in the season. The Georgia Apple Festival celebrates the end of apple season in the area and usually, the U-pick farms are picked out by this time. It’s best to plan your UPick adventure in September. you may also want to check out our guide to what types of apples grow in Georgia and when to pick them.

Other Events during the Ellijay Apple Festival

Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant
For more information: 706-273-6485

Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds | 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540 | 706-636-4500
Adults are $5 and kids 10 and under are FREE. Parking is done by local civic and school groups and donation amounts may vary. Limited handicap parking is available at the main fairgrounds entrance.

Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant
For more information: 706-273-6485

Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds | 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540 | 706-636-4500
Adults are $5 and kids 10 and under are FREE. Parking is done by local civic and school groups and donation amounts may vary. Limited handicap parking is available at the main fairgrounds entrance.

Apple Arts on the Square
This is a smaller version of the Apple Festival and is set up on Ellijay’s square.

Apple Classic Auto Show
9 am – 5 pm

Apple Festival 5K Road Race
5K @ 8:00 A.M. – 1 mile @ 8:45 A.M.
Starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School in Downtown Ellijay

Apple Festival Parade
Gilmer County Civic Center, Old Hwy 5 (next to Lions Club Fairgrounds)

Looking for more fall fun? Read our 40+ Fall Bucket List Items or our post on Fall Festivals. 

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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman

Co-Founder at 365 Atlanta Traveler
Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
Sue Rodman

1 Comment on "Save the Date: Ellijay Apple Festival"

  1. Heather Fair | 08/02/2019 at 10:02 am | Reply

    Does anyone know of any good campgrounds nearby? We’d like to take our camper this year.

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