Blue Ridge Lodging Association Blues and BBQ

Welcome to official page of the BRLA Blues & BBQ Festival in Blue Ridge, GA

planning for 2014 has started! Stay tuned. 

Every year we have great time  at the BRLA Blues & BBQ Festival! Chris Hefferen, owner of Foundry Digital Media, has put together an amazing 3.5 minute video package of previous year’s festivals. Check it out below!! BRLA would like to thank all of our Sponsors, Vendors, Blue Ridge Humane Society and everyone who assisted with the production of the 2012 BRLA Blues & BBQ Festival.

The Blue Ridge Lodging Association presents the premier music and food festival in the North Georgia Mountains, the  BRLA Blues & BBQ Festival. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2013 because Hambone is coming back for the 3rd annual BRLA Blues & BBQ Festival!   To enjoy the entire weekend….book your cabin early and plan to arrive on Friday, September 13th for our 2nd Annual Downtown Blue Ridge Blues Crawl.  Once again…..this will be a weekend to remember.

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.

Date: Saturday September 14th, 2013
Time: 12(noon) to 9pm
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park (South)
$5 Admission * A portion of all net proceeds will benefit Open Arms of Blue Ridge. Please visit to learn more about this wonderful charity.



Festival Food and Drinks:  Come hungry! The festival will include several local vendors sampling and serving their BBQ style culinary delights. Wash down a late lunch or dinner with a SweetWater Brew or quench your thirst with a soft drink or water, all found on the festival grounds.   NO COOLERS, PETS, OR SMOKING will be permitted in the festival.

Plan a weekend getaway! Uniquely positioned in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Blue Ridge is convenient to numerous outdoor activities and only 90 minutes from Atlanta, GA. Blue Ridge is recognized as an outdoor lover’s paradise with more adventure options than one day or one year could satisfy. September is a great time to bring the music and feast on BBQ from all around the Southeast.  Visit our member page to secure lodging and be sure to mention that you are attending the event. Several lodging members will be offering specials and packages for guests attending the festival!


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

Thanks to our 2013 Event Sponsors!

Platinum - Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ

Sweetwater Brewing Co. (United Distributors)

Rex Goliath Wines (United Distributors)

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

The Home Depot

Blue Ridge North GA Ford

Coldwell Banker

Gold - 

North GA Cabins & Land

Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Dairy Queen

Express Signs

Mercier Orchards

Pink Pig

We look forward to having you as our guest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia this fall, and for many more years to come!

Please Remember No Coolers, Smoking or Pets allowed inside the festival.

  1. [...] with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Blue Ridge. You can go to the Blue Ridge Lodging Association for more details and [...]

  2. Dennis Madaris:

    Do you have the date for the 2014 Blues and Bar-b-Q festival yet? I have come every year form the first one. I want to plan my vacation again this year and need to submit the date. Thanks for the great times! “D”

  3. blueridge:

    September 20, 2014. Artist and show times will be posted soon,

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