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2023 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

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September 16 @ 11:30 am 9:00 pm

Savor the Sounds and Tastes of Fall at the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, the quaint town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, prepares to host its annual Blues and BBQ Festival. This year, the festival is set to take place on September 16, 2023, marking the 11th year of this beloved community event.

The festival is a celebration of the rich culinary and musical traditions of the region, offering attendees a chance to indulge in mouth-watering BBQ delights and soulful blues music.

The Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival is more than just a fun-filled day; it’s an event with a cause. A portion of the net proceeds from the festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and teens in Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin Counties.

By attending the festival, you’re not only treating yourself to a day of great food and music, but you’re also contributing to a worthy cause.

The festival is a gastronomic delight, with over ten local and regional vendors serving up their BBQ-style culinary masterpieces. Whether you’re a fan of smoky ribs, succulent pulled pork, or tangy BBQ chicken, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

To complement the food, a selection of beverages, including Coca-Cola soft drinks, cold beer, and wine, will be available.

The musical lineup for the festival is equally impressive, featuring a range of blues bands that promise to keep the crowd entertained from noon until 9 PM. The lineup includes the Breaking Point Band, Frankie’s Blues Mission, The Crossroads Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Dewayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers.

The festival kicks off with a series of pre-events, including a free food and beverage party at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce on September 14, and a fully catered Train Ride & Block Party on September 15.

The festival grounds are conveniently located in downtown Blue Ridge, with parking available throughout the area.

To accommodate the popularity of the event, additional parking locations have been added this year at the Fannin County Middle School and the Fannin County Farmers Market. A complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport attendees to and from the festival.

The Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival is a testament to the vibrant community spirit of Blue Ridge, Georgia. It’s an event that brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the best of what the region has to offer.

Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a blues music lover, or someone looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend a day, the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival is an event worth attending.

So, mark your calendars, and prepare to immerse yourself in a day of great food, soulful music, and community spirit.

Musical Lineup

Get out of the house, soak up some sun, and join us on September 16th for funky blues, cold brews, and tasty BBQ! Gates open at 11:30 am.

This year’s musical lineup is AWESOME and starts at 12:00 PM:

12:00 AM: Breaking Point Band – (Blue Ridge, GA)

1:30 PM: Frankie’s Blues Mission – (Atlanta, GA)

3:30 PM: The Crossroads Band – (Macon, GA)

5:30 PM: Ghost Town Blues Band -(Memphis, TN)

7:30 PM: Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers – (New Orleans, LA)


Q: Where is the 2023 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival located?

A: This year’s festival is located in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge. You can use the following address for GPS: 400 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Q: How much are tickets?

A: Tickets are $10. Children 12 & under get in FREE!

Q: Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

A: No, you may still purchase tickets at the gate if you would like to do so. Cash and cards are accepted at the gates.

Q: Is there anything else I need to know about tickets?

A: Each attendee must have their own personal ticket and bar code. If you purchase multiple tickets, make sure your friends have their own tickets should you arrive separately.

Q: Will there be ATMs on festival grounds?

A: Yes, ATMs will be on site. It’s best to have cash for vendor purchases, as not all of them accept cards.

Q: Is there parking for this event?

A: Yes, there is free parking throughout Downtown Blue Ridge. We recommend arriving early to secure a good spot! There are also paid options within walking distance of the festival.

Q: What items can I bring into the festival?

A: Lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, your dancin’ shoes, and a big appetite!

Q: What items can I NOT bring into the festival?

A: No dogs, no coolers, no outside food or drink.

Q: When does the festival start and end?

A: Gates open at 11:30 AM. The music begins at 12:00 AM. The festival will end around 9 PM.

Q: Is there anything for kids to do?

A: Most definitely! Returning once again is our legendary Kids Korner sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia. Children 12 & under can play for free. Kids over 12 can play for $5 and will receive a special bracelet that will allow them to enjoy the inflatable rides all day, while inside the festival grounds.

Q: Do you have a website?

A: Yes! You can learn more about this year’s festival at

Q: Is there lodging nearby?

A: Yes! Blue Ridge is known for its amazing array of cabin rentals. For the best Blues & BBQ experience, we recommend coming up for the whole weekend and staying at one of the many vacation rentals available. Click here for a full list of trusted cabin rental companies located in Blue Ridge, GA.

Q: Where can I get updates about this year’s festival?

A: The best place to stay up to date with the 2023 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival is to follow our Facebook page. While you’re there, please like our page and share with your friends!

Q: I’m a musician and would like to play at your event. Are all performer slots filled for the 2023 festival?

A: Yes, our musical lineup is complete for the 2022 Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. You may message us on our Facebook page with your band’s info, website, social pages, etc. and we will keep your info on file for next year.

Q: I own a business and would like to be a vendor at your festival. Are non-food or no music-related vendors allowed?

A: At this time we are not accepting any non-food vendors for the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. You may message us on our Facebook page with your businesses’ info, website, social pages, etc. and we will keep your info on file if we begin accepting non-food vendors.


Date and Time

September 16
11:30 am – 9:00 pm
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East Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513 United States
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