Ellijay Apple Festival: Fall Fun For The Whole Family

The annual Ellijay Apple Festival is back in 2021!

Although the 2020 festival had to be canceled due to COVID-19, the Ellijay Apple Festival will be back in 2021 and ready to celebrate its 50th year!

Are you ready for all things apple?  There’s no better way to celebrate the fall season than a trip to the Ellijay Apple Festival in north Georgia.  With so much to see, do, and eat — this is one festival you shouldn’t miss.

Ellijay Apple Festival: Fall Fun For The Whole Family

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

When is it?

The Georgia Apple Festival is spread over two weekends: October 9 & 10 and October 16 & 17, 2021 in the North Georgia mountains. All the festivities happen at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.

This popular festival is hosted by The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County.

What should I expect?

2021 marks the 50th year for the 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 too!

The antique car show is held at the Ronnie Thompson Ford on Saturday, October 9th. The parade will be held on Friday, October 8 at 6 p.m. in 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 apples 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 U-Pick 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 9th and 10th and again on October 16th and 17th.  You’ll find all sorts of Arts and Crafts goodness here.

Apple Classic Auto Show. Held at Ronnie Thompson Ford on October 9th from 8 am – 12 pm.

Apple Festival 5K Road Race. Starts and ends at Ellijay Elementary School in Downtown Ellijay.  Saturday, October 9, 2021.  The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile begins at 8:45 a.m.

Apple Festival Parade. This annual parade usually starts at River Street and continues though the roundabout in Downtown Ellijay.  Friday, October 8, 2021 at 6 p.m.

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

Ellijay Apple Festival: Fall Fun For The Whole Family

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