Please note that the information below is unchanged and refers to 2019 because the Ellijay Apple Festival has been cancelled for 2020.
Most u-pick places are currently reporting that they WILL be open for the season (and you can always just grab a bag of apples from the roadside markets.) See a full list of apple orchards here.
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.