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.

Here can you find beautifully handcrafted home decor, camel rides, all the delicious festival food your heart desires, unique vendors, and a wide variety of the tastiest tree-ripened apples. For a spectacular Fall weekend for the whole family, head to Ellijay, Ga to experience all that the Georgia Apple Festival has to offer!

When is it?

The Georgia Apple Festival is spread over two weekends: October 12 & 13 and October 19 & 20, 2019 in the North Georgia mountains. All the festivities happen at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.

What should I expect?

2019 marks the 48th Apple Festival in Ellijay. It has ballooned into a fabulous Fall tradition for thousands of families. Visitors will find over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many live, on-site craft demonstrations. Look for the parade and antique car show.

The antique car show is held at the Ronnie Thompson Ford on October 12th. The parade is on October 19th and begins at 10 AM in historic Downtown Ellijay.

Admission to the Georgia Apple Festival is just $5 for adults and children under 10 are FREE! Look for parking in lots run by local civic and school groups, who will request donations in varying amounts. Bring cash!

Do I pick apple here?

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.

What else is going on then?

Apple Arts on the Square. This is a smaller version of the Apple Festival and is set up on Ellijay’s square on October 12th and 13th and again on October 19th and 20th.

Apple Classic Auto Show. Held at Ronnie Thompson Ford on October 12th from 9 am – 5 pm.

Apple Festival 5K Road Race. Starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School in Downtown Ellijay. The 5K race starts at 8:00 A.M. with the 1-mile race begins at 8:45 A.M.

Apple Festival Parade. This annual parade starts at River Street and continues though the roundabout in Downtown Ellijay on October 19th.

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

Sue Rodman | Co-Founder

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

2 Comments 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.

  2. Reevechic @gmail. com | 10/15/2019 at 10:43 am | Reply

    Diamond Lure Campground right in the heart of apple valley.

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