Blue Ridge is one of the most beautiful, friendly and conveniently located areas in the Blue Ridge mountains. Our friendly mountain community was founded in 1887 when just one year prior the "Marietta and Northern Railroad" came to Fannin County. As a result of the railroad, the town flourished.
The golden age of railroads is long past, but thanks to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway you and your children can still ride the same spectacular route beside the Toccoa River where steam engines rumbled over a hundred years ago.
Blue Ridge is Georgia's favorite mountain town 90 miles north of Atlanta and 90 miles south east of Chattanooga.
Visit historic downtown Blue Ridge for a unique shopping experience, ride the scenic railroad, spend time on Lake Blue Ridge, go to a drive-in movie and dine at some truly wonderful restaurants.
You will find a festival of one kind or another in Downtown Blue Ridge almost every month of the year.
The BRBA produces the following events in downtown Blue Ridge annually:
February - Fire and Ice
“Fire” a fabulous Chili Cook-Off usually with 20 or so chili contestants. The festival is free and for $10 you can purchase a tasting card that allows you to taste ALL the chili and vote for The Peoples Choice Award.
“Ice” this event is officially the largest Ice Sculpture display in the South East. There are ice sculptures all over town with even more in the park. There is also ice carving demonstrations in the park.
July - Old Timers' Parade
In days past farmers would come to town on Saturdays to both sell their produce and shop for supplies. Keeping that tradition alive in the 1960’s Blue Ridge stated an “Old Timers Parade” the Saturday closest to July 4th. This parade is truly a community event. Everyone is welcome to participate. Just show up, get in line and be in the parade. No interested in being in the Parade, great come, sit on the curb and watch. What a GREAT day for all.
Safe Zone is for the kids. Going Trick or Treating in the mountains is difficult to say the least. Blue Ridge downtown merchants close up their shops, set up tables outside their stores and invite children of all ages to town to trick and treat. We have our very own Witch emceeing the costume contest. There is nothing more fun that watching a few thousand kids enjoying themselves.
November - Light Up Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge Business Association partners up with the Light Up Blue Ridge Association to put on a month long Festive Holiday Season event. The event starts the Friday after Thanksgiving with Blue Friday. A day of shopping and live entertainment at various locations around town. Light Up Blue Ridge starts the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continues each Saturday until the Saturday before Christmas. The first Saturday begins with the arrival of Santa, a day of live entertainment, an evening Christmas parade at 5 pm and lighting of the Great Tree at 7. Santa arrives around noon on the first Saturday and is in the park for visits with children until 4:30. Parade starts at 5 and Santa will be the last float.
Then each Saturday in December before Christmas you can find Santa in the Park visiting with children and live entertainment throughout the town.