Photo: courtesy The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Photo: courtesy The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Enjoy Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge

While many people head to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, you may want to consider heading for the hills. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will hold its 40th annual Spring Arts in the Park festival, May 28 and May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. It's a unique arts experience that's fun for the entire family.

The state of Georgia recognized Blue Ridge as one of the top five art towns, and you can tell that artistry thrives just by walking through the town's center on any given day. Nichole Potzauf, executive director for the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, said, "The support and stunning artistry of our arts town community here has helped us grow the Arts in the Park festivals beyond our wildest dreams and allowed our Arts in the Park festivals to continue to showcase regional and nationally recognized fine artists and distinguished crafts artisans for years to come." There's two festivals each year that host over 18,000 visitors.

For this spring's festival, there's expected to be over 150 juried artists and vendors, ranging from fine arts and crafts, mixed media, photography, pottery, wood, jewelry, metal and textiles. There will also be food vendors and artistic demonstrations.

While in Blue Ridge, check out the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, the Swan Drive-In Theater or explore the national parks with a hike, bike or swim.

Cost for the two-day festival is $5 for adults, and children are free.

Downtown City Park

350 Gray St.

706-632-2144, www.BlueRidgeArts.net

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