Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

$10 Admission, 12 & under FREE

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A portion of all net proceeds will benefit

Come hungry! The Blue Ridge Georgia festival will include over 10 local and regional vendors serving their BBQ-style culinary delights. Wash down that tasty BBQ with a delicious Coca-Cola soft drink, cold beer, tasty glass of wine, or refreshing Dasani water. NO COOLERS, PETS, OR SMOKING will be permitted in the festival.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday September 9/14/23

5:30 – 7:30 PM

The official kick off party for the Blue Ridge Blues Weekend

Free Food and Beverage

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours

Smokin E’s BBQ & Tipping Point Brewery

322 W. Main St – Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Friday 9/15/23

5:30-10:00 PM

Train Ride & Block Party

Fully Catered Meal & Drinks

Food Catered by Angel Fire 7 BBQ

2023 Kiwanis Blues Train

At the Blue Ridge Scenic Train Depot, Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

Saturday 9/16/23

2023 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Gates Open at 11:30 AM

Music Starts at 12:00 PM

Live Music from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

$10 at Gate. Children under 12 Free

400 W. Main St – Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Directions to the BRLA Blues and BBQ Festival from Metro Atlanta and Atlanta International Airport Terminal:

  1. Take I-75 North.
  2. Merge on to I-575 North (Canton).
  3. I-575 becomes Hwy 515 at the Georgia Mountain Parkway at the Cherokee – Pickens County border (Ball Ground).
  4. Continue on Hwy 515 for 55 miles to Blue Ridge.
  5. Turn Right at the Burger King restaurant.
  6. Turn right on West Main Street.

Parking is available throughout Downtown Blue Ridge and Festival is located at the corner of West Main and Church Street.

Parking for Event:

Due to the Extreme Popularity of this event we have added some more     
locations for parking this year. Parking will be $5.00 at these locations. The monies raised will go towards donations to local children’s charities. There will be a FREE & COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE SERVICE that will operate from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM running to and from the festival to both parking lots.

Parking Lot #1

Fannin County Middle School 4584 Old HWY 76 Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Parking Lot #2

Fannin County Farmers Market 787 Summit St Blue Ridge, GA 30513

12th Annual Blues & BBQ Musical Lineup.

Garrett Collins with Harp legend Bennie Mobley – Atlanta


Frankie’s Blues Mission – Atlanta


Men in Blues – Atlanta


Crossroads Band – Macon


Chris O’Leary Band


Thanks to Our 2022 Event Sponsors!





Welcome to the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival volunteer page!

Thank you for joining us for what is sure to be another amazing day of fun. We appreciate you giving us a few hours to help raise money for our community!

We’ve simplified some things this year, which will decrease the number of volunteers needed, help the entrance gates be more efficient, and make the event more pleasant for everyone. Here are a few updates:

  • The Truck contest will not take place this year. So, no volunteers are needed to sell tickets for the truck drawing or Cornhole game.
  • We are pre-selling tickets through Eventbright, which will speed up the lines at all gates.
  • Gates will now accept credit cards. While we know that credit cards can slow things down, this will help with cash pick-ups and calls for $5s. We will still have an ATM on site and credit cards will be accepted through a special lane at the gates so others can breeze in.

The Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia will once again be our benefitting non-profit, so we are hoping to raise a lot of money to continue supporting their mission in our community: Powering great futures for kids and teens in Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin Counties.

Please click here to choose your desired position and shift.

ALL volunteers receive the following:

  • FREE Entry into Festival
  • FREE T-Shirt
  • FREE Meal
  • Benefit the Community You Love!