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Here's a list of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Northeast Georgia mountains travel region. Call listing numbers for more information.
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May Day at the Museum - 4/27/17 at 6:30-7:30pm
Celebrate May Day at the Crawford Long Museum for "Wisdom in a Workshop." Posy Storey, of the Jefferson Garden Club will entertain with the history and folklore of May Day, and attendees will create a May basket to take home. Pre-registration required. All supplies are included. The cost is $12 for members, and $15 for non-members. Call for reservations. Phone: 706-367-5307 - Address: Crawford Long Museum, 28 College St, Jefferson, GA 30549
AurAria - Vocal Jazz - 4/27/17 at 7-8:30pm
The University of North Georgia (UNG) Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an elite women's ensemble that focuses entirely on a cappella performance of traditional jazz, Broadway and popular literature. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-864-1423 - Address: UNG Dahlonega Campus, 238 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
2017 Flights of Fancy: Spring Benefit - 4/28/17 at 6:30-9pm
Join us on Elachee's outdoor patio to 'eat, drink and shop local' for what has become a favorite, casual party among friends and supporters to benefit children, nature education and conservation. Witness the riot of Spring in bloom and see what's new at Elachee. Gather on the breathtaking patio at the Elachee Visitor Center overlooking the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Whimsical one-of-a-kind treasures, garden and nature art will vie for your attention as you eagerly place your bid in the silent auction. Requested donation per person and $5 to $10. Phone: 770-535-1976 - Address: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504
Trace Adkins in Concert - 4/28/17 at 7-10:30pm
Trace Adkins will take the stage in the Anderson Music Hall. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $45 & $35 includes $2 handling fee. Phone: 706-896-4191 - Address: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
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Jazz Band Concert - 4/28/17 at 8-10pm
The University of North Georgia's Music Department students Jazz Band will be performing in the Gloria Shott Auditorium located in the Nix Fine Arts Building. Handicapped Accessible event. Phone: 706-867-3059 Address: Nix Fine Arts Building, 238 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
MotoAmerica Suzuki Championship - 4/28 - 4/30/17 at 8am
See the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship featuring Motul Superbike Class, Supersport, Superstock 1000, Superstock 600 and KTM RC Cup. Cost is $35 to $145. Phone: 770-967-5854 - Address: Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Hwy, Braselton, GA 30517
Spring Chicken Festival and Chicken Cook-Off - 4/29/17 at 10am-4pm
Experience marching bands, pageant winners, baton twirlers, floats, candy and more! Once the last float has past by, guests make a bee line to the chicken cook-off area to purchase their Cluck Card that allows 10 ample samples of flavorful, newly created and tasty chicken dishes. No need to worry, there is plenty of chicken for all to enjoy. The participants, both professional and backyard chefs, cook up 15,000 lbs of chicken all donated by our local poultry industry. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Cluck Card for Chicken Cook-Off is $5 per card per person. Phone: 770-297-1141 - Location: Downtown, Gainesville, GA 30501
Beer Fest & Cornhole Tournament - 4/29/17 at 2-8pm
Enjoy Cherry Street beers and local Georgia beers while listening to live music. This is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Forsyth. All money raised from the Cornhole tournament will be donated. Call for cost. Phone: 678-456-8189 - Address: Cherry Street Brewery, 5810 Bond Street, Cumming, GA 30041
17th Annual Celebrate Clayton Art Festival - 4/29 - 4/30/17 at 10am-4pm
Festival features unique shops for home decor, antiques, clothing, outdoor cafes, and a block-long hardware store that is every man's dream! This family-friendly festival tempts visitors to stay all day with a kids activity area, a wide variety of refreshments from food vendors and restaurants right on Main Street. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-212-9958 - Address: N Main St, downtown Clayton GA
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A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens - Fine Arts & Crafts Show - 4/29-4/30/17 at 10am-4pm
A 'Blooming' Affair is a two-day juried arts and craft show featuring artists from throughout the Southeast selling their wares. Enjoy twilight activities and music on Saturday evening after 5 p.m. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-89706179 - Address: Hamilton Gardens, 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee, GA 30546
Fiber, Farm & Art Festival - 4/29 - 4/30/17 at 10am-5pm
It's sheep shearing time! Come join us to learn all about sheep shearing, spinning, and get free samples of wool! Check out Interactive Farm Demonstrations. Learn how to spin, time hooves, train, and more! Come out to see all of the vendors and their creations! From fiber arts, homesteading, knitting, painting, crafts and more! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Zoo admission is $21 to $23 per person. Phone: 706-348-7279 - Address: North Georgia Zoo & Farm, 2754 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528
First Friday Cinco De Mayo Yappy Hour - 5/5/17 at 5-9pm
Enjoy music, food, wine, beer and "Mama-ritas", Corn Hole and other games, and a silent auction. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Smithgall Humane Society and Animal Adoption Center. You and your dog are welcome to come in Cinco de Mayo attire! We will be partying in the parking lot, just like "the old days!" Join us for a great night of fun! Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-878-0144 - Address: InsideOut Sautee, 2454 Hwy 17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
39th Annual Lake Hartwell Dam Run - 5/6/18 at 8:30am
Join us for the 39th Annual Lake Hartwell Dam Run 5K, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run on May 6, 2017, in Hartwell, Ga. One of Georgia's most scenic races, the 5K will begin in South Carolina (you will be bussed to the start, so get onsite early), and the 10K will start at Big Oaks Recreation Area on US 29 just North of Hartwell, Ga. The 10K course crosses the Savannah River Bridge and comes back across the dam. Come enjoy the "Best Dam Run Anywhere!" Packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m. at Big Oaks Recreation Area. Based on previous races, Road Race Place expects more than 300 finishers for the 10K and 600 finishers for the 5K. The race course has been certified as accurate by USA Track and Field. Cost is $15 before May 1 and $20 after May 1st per person. al Lake Hartwell Dam Run - 4/6/17 Phone: 706-376-8590 - Address: Big Oaks Recreation Area, 5625 Anderson Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643
25th Annual Annual WineFest - 5/6/17 at 10am-5pm
This is your chance to taste Georgia wines made from locally grown grapes in one location. Many of our wines have won regional, national and international competitions. Activities include food, live music, and wine. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. For more information please visit the event's website at http://www.habershamvineyards.com/winefest. Phone: 706-878-9463 - Address: Habersham Winery, 7025 S. Main St., Helen, GA 30545
Jaemor Farms 4th Annual Strawberry Festival - 5/6/17 at 9am-4pm
Festival highlights include U-pick strawberries, strawberry cook-off, petting zoo, farm tours and more. We will have artist paintings on site and Georgia's Mobile Dairy Unit. Don't forget our farm market with many samples and taste-testing opportunities! This event is fun for the entire family. The last bucket for u-pick berries will be sold at 3:30 p.m. unless we're picked out. Costs are Farm fun pass (hayrides, farm slide, duck races, etc.) for $5, and U-pick Berries at $14. Phone: 770-869-3999 - Address: Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy., Alto, GA 30510
Bubble Run 5K Foam Fest - 5/6/17 at 12noon-2pm
This is a fun and challenging obstacle course which includes the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam! There is all day music, a free kids' zone, delicious food, great vendors and beer gardens! You can sign up to run it as an individual, with your family or friends as a team. Cost is $15 per person. Phone: 770-945-8787 - Address: Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
Toast of Toccoa - 5/6/17 at 10am-5pm
Event will feature approximately 50 artisans from the Currahee Artists Guild and other regional arts organizations who will display their artwork in separate booths set up throughout the downtown area. This event will also feature craft beer from Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, Ga. and Service Brewing Company from Savannah, Ga. as well as wine tastings from several well-known North Georgia vineyards, including Toccoa's own Currahee Vineyards. Craft beer, wine and tastings will be available to purchase. Selected local area restaurants will also have booths featuring their specialty food items for sale. The entertainment includes the Electric City Big Band featuring big band jazz at 12:30 p.m. and the increasingly popular Nitrograss bluegrass band at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a Classic Car Show featuring dozens of restored vintage automobiles parked along Doyle Street between Sage and Alexander Streets. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-282-3309 - Address: 92 N. Alexander St, historic downtown Toccoa, GA 30577
Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo National Championship Series Bicycle Race - 5/7/17 at 8am-3pm
Nestled in the Bavarian Alpine village of Helen, Ga., the ride starts in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. After passing through Unicoi State Park, the route explores the Seed lake area. Riders then enter the mountainous area that was made famous by the 2003-2008 Tour de Georgia. Be sure to plan to stick around for beers, food and music at the finish line. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets on leash are welcome. Free fun event. Parking fee. Phone: 765-247-2453 - Address: 807 Edelweiss Strasse, downtown Helen, GA 30545
Almost Full Moon Paddle - 5/11/17 at 8-9:30pm
This month, enjoy a naturalist-led paddle on the lake as the waxing gibbous reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, quick drying pants, and water. Costs are $15 with personal kayak/canoe, $25 with rental and $5 parking fee. Phone: 678-450-7726 - Address: Don Carter State Park, 5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506
Northeast Georgia Community Concerts Presents Emily West - 5/12/17 at 7-9pm
Waterloo, Iowa native, Emily West, moved to Nashville at the age of 18. Soon after arriving, West landed a publishing and record label deal, releasing three country singles. She was nominated with duet partner Keith Urban for the Academy of Country Music Awards in the category of "Vocal Event of the Year" for their song "Blue Sky." Later, she auditioned for America's Got Talent. As a finalist on Season 9 (2014), West won crowds over with re-imagined versions of songs like the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" and Sia's hit "Chandelier." Since 2015, she is opening for comic legend Jay Leno on his national tour. Cost is $10 to $20 per person. Phone: 706-297-7121 - Address: Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle St., Toccoa, GA 30577
Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike Race - 5/13/17 at 8am
Dirty Spokes Productions, LLC is excited to present a 6 and 3 hour mountain bike team relay race. This event was designed for mountain bikers to have fun, be competitive and provide an endless supply of great memories. No matter the level (beginner to expert), it is there for you. Cost is $30 to $150. $5 parking fee. Call or visit www.dirtyspokes.com for more info. Phone: 770-867-3489 - Address: Fort Yargo State Park, 210 South Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680
Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Lynne Arriale - 5/13/17 at 7:30-10pm
Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's career is graced by a love of melody and a joy of musical discovery. Arriale has performed on international concert and festival stages over the past 25 years. The consummate storyteller, she immediately connects with her listeners. JazzTimes wrote, "She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale's emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her… Lynne Arriale's music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. Cost is $30 plus 7% tax per person. Phone: 770-534-2787 - Address: The Arts Council, 331 Spring St S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501
Full Moon Party at Sunset Cove! - 5/13/17
Get the party started with our DJ, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fly Betty will be live in concert from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Join us for fireworks from 10-10:30 p.m. at LanierWorld. Admission fee is $15. Phone 770-945-8787 - Address: Sunset Cove, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
CCC Workday Demonstrations and Open House - 5/13/17 at 9am
The Friends of Vogel State Park will be demonstrating with hands on activities of work similar to what the CCC boys would have done in the 1930's. After working throughout the morning, enjoy an open house and refreshments at the CCC museum. Free event. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-745-2628 - Address: Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
41st Annual Lula Railroad Days Festival - 5/13/17 at 10am-5pm
This is a celebration of our historic Railroad Town. Join us for a one day event of parades, entertainment, wonderful crafts, fine art and fantastic food. Don't miss the parade, on Main Street that starts at 10 a.m. It's filled with hand made floats, classic cars, antique tractors, beautiful horses and a marching band. After the parade, visit the Depot where you will find fabulous vendors selling hand crafted items, fine art, antiques as well as food. Our entertainment happens all day, with local musicians playing gospel, country, blue grass and popular music. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-869-3801 - Address: Historic Lula Railroad Depot, 5959 Athens Street, Lula, GA 30554
Memorial Day Event - Rolling Stones Tribute Band - 5/27/17 at 7-11pm
Join us on Memorial Day for a live music performance by the Rolling Stones tribute band, Street Fighting Band. Costs are $15 per person and $15 parking fee. Phone: 770-945-8787 - Address: Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
Memorial Day Parade - 5/27/17 at 10-11am
Blairsville salutes those who have served our country by enjoying a community parade at 10am and a ceremony at War Memorial Park at 11am. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-745-6341 - Address: War Memorial Park, 3 Town Square, downtown Blairsville, GA 30512
Fireworks - 5/27 - 5/29/17 at 10-10:30pm
Lake Lanier Islands will be celebrating our fallen heroes with a spectacular fireworks show. Costs are $15 per person and $15 parking fee. Phone: 478-982-1660 - Address: Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518

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