One of the best juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast is the Butternut Creek Art Festival. 80 to 85 artists and craftspeople exhibit their work during the course of the two-day festival, in disciplines ranging from basketry, candles and soap, fine art, fabric art, and ornamental painting to glass, jewelry, metal works, photography, ceramics, scrimshaw, and woodturning. Annually held on the third weekend in July, festival hours are Saturday, July 15th from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, July 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM in Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA. Free parking is available, and a shuttle runs from the parking lots to the concert location.
The family-friendly Festival draws in crowds totaling 10,000 - 14,000 each summer as 80 to 85 artists and artisans share and sell their creations with the public against the backdrop of Butternut Creek which runs through Meeks Park. In addition to beautiful handmade artwork on display and for sale, visitors can also enjoy musical entertainment, live artistic performances, and lots of delicious food.
The Southeast Tourism Society has recognized the Butternut Creek Festival in Blairsville, Georgia, as a "Top 20 Event" for ten years running. Enjoy live music both days:
Saturday, July 15, 2023
10:00 AM - GREGG ERWIN
12:00 PM - STEVE SANDERS MUSIC
2:00 PM - COUNTRY RIVER BAND (CRB) - a group of seasoned musicians with over 35 years of experience performing classic/traditional country-style music.
Sunday, July 16, 2023
10:00 AM - GOSPEL FAVORITES
12:00 PM - MARY KATE FARMER - Georgia’s 2022 Country Music Female Artist of the Year
2:00 PM - COUNTRY RIVER BAND
Please remember that Union County rules do not allow pets in Meeks Park however there is a beautiful dog park across the street.