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Gold Rush Festival This Weekend in Dahlonega

17 Oct

Gold Rush Days is happening this coming weekend.

We have a yurt available this weekend as well (2 night minimum).

Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Included in the two-day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!

Saturday October 19th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – K.I.S.S. Club Performance (main stage)
10:15 – Old Timey Fashion Show (main stage)
10:45 – Chattanooga Choo-Choos from Tennessee Clogging Performance (main stage)
11:15 – Clogging Competition (main stage)
11:30 – Jesse Mariah Williams (main stage) [www.jessemariahwilliams.com]
12:00 – T.W. Holeman Gospel Singing Group (main stage)
1:00 – Cross Cut Saw Competition (main stage)
2:00 – King and Queen Coronation (main stage)
3:00-4:30 – Parade (street)
4:45 – Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac (main stage)
6:30-8:00 – Coal Mountain Band (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – AliCats Dance Studio (main stage)
10:00 – Hog Calling Competition (main stage)
10:30 – The Highbeams (main stage)
11:00- Gold Panning Championships (Gold Museum Lawn, registration opens at 9:00, check with registration table for details on divisions, contests and times)
11:30 – Buck Dancing Competition (main stage)
12:00 – Destitute Way (main stage)
1:15 – Ryan Boss (main stage)
1:45 – Kayla Armstrong (main stage)
2:30-5:30 – Wrist Wrestling (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
Gold Panning Championships
9:00 – Registration Opens
11:00- 1st Annual Gold Rush Open
1:00 – 51st Annual World Open Gold Panning Championship
Blind Fold Event to begin immediately after award presentations

Dahlonega Art Walks

30 Aug

Looking for a unique art experience on Saturdays? Look no further than Dahlonega downtown square in front of 94 N Public Square. Chestatee Artists, a local art organization, is providing demonstrations as artists show their creative talents from 10 am to 3 pm., the first Saturday of each month through October. Saturday, September 1, watch as artists, Norma Hulsey and Dorothy Abercrombie, paint their creative works in oils and/or watercolors.

Several downtown Dahlonega shops also have arts and craft demonstrators during regular store hours. See the creative whimsy of artist Grant Searcey as he paints in acrylics on the plaza in front of Searcey Jewelry and More, just off West Main Street. On the north side of the square, the Bleu Gallery features talented artists Mike Miller, Beth Brightwell, Terry Ergle, and Brandon Jones. Just a few steps down that block you can catch Brad Walker creating his one of a kind pottery. Turn the corner onto North Park Street and go into Picket Fence for more unique paintings by Kitty Craven. Cross North Park Street and go into Cranberry Corners where you will find Jon Dahlstrom, Cleo nominated illustrator, drawing his unique creations. In addition, step into many Dahlonega shops and restaurants to see the original art and photography that adorns the walls and is for sale.

Mountain Flower Art Festival This Weekend

18 May
26th Annual Mountain Flower Art Festival
Saturday & Sunda, May 19-20, 2012
10 am – 5 pm
The festive event has taken place on the Historic Square in Dahlonega, GA on the 3rd Weekend in May for over 20 Years.
The Mountain Flower Festival is known for its excellence in quality art and crafts exhibitors and displays of beautiful wildflowers of North Georgia.  Adding to the vibrance of this year’s festival will be the addition of local musicians performing in front of the Visitors Center.
Proudly Sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council
Proceeds Benefit Lumpkin County Schools & summer camps at the Olde Cannery.


Art Walks Sept 3rd Through November

2 Sep

Art Walk to Feature Demonstrations by Local Artists

Have you ever wondered how an artist or fine crafter creates his or her artwork?  Now is your chance to see local artists demonstrating their creative process in front of the Visitors Center, on the first Saturday of each month from June through November.

Sponsored by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, different artists who are Chamber members will be featured each month, as they demonstrate their particular art or craft. Visitors can come and meet area artists between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and see how the magic begins.

Mountain Flower Fine Art & Wine Festival 5/21-5/22

9 May

Come stay with us and attend the 25th Annual Mountain Flower Fine Art and Wine Festival on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd, 2011 on the Dahlonega Public Square.  Enjoy over 70 artists of all varieties and even watch some of them as they create their art on the spot. From pottery to two-dimensional art to photography there is something for everyone.

Along with all the fine art, there will be the Garden Expo located in Hancock Park. This is produced by the Master Gardeners of Lumpkin County along with the support of MFAF. The Expo will include large plant and seed sales, as well as speakers hosting programs on a variety of garden related topics. A demonstration garden featuring native plants and wildflowers will be on display.

Also check out the Georgia Temptations Wine Garden, a sampling of the best wines in Georgia. This is a wonderful way to sample a variety of our Georgia grown and produced wines. There will be a minimal entrance fee to enter the Garden. The Garden hours are Saturday: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Parking is free and located around the square and just off the square. The parking garage at North Georgia College and State University is also available for $5 per day. The Dahlonega Merchants invite you to enjoy a weekend of fine dining, shopping, art and wine!  This year’s festival is produced by the Dahlonega Merchants Association and sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council.

Dahlonega Arts Council Watercolor Workshop 2/20-21

8 Feb

Artists and budding artists come stay with us and attend the watercolor workshop on February 20 and 21, with local artist, Oscar Rayneri. Rayneri is a regular instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Learn how to paint landscapes with architectural features in proper perspective. If you have difficulty painting architectural subjects, this is your workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Old Cannery on Enota Street in Dahlonega. Lunch will be on your own. A reception and slide show of Rayneri’s techniques will be held on Friday, February 19, at the Old Cannery from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Cost of the two-day workshop is $150.00, with checks made payable to the Dahlonega Arts Council.Participants will need to provide their own art materials. Contact Letty Rayneri to register at 706-867-8059.

Artists Marketplace in Dahlonega

11 May

Artist Marketplace moves to Hancock Park in Dahlonega

The Artist Marketplace features juried original handcrafted artwork from local area artists the first Saturday of each month starting on May 2 through October and is presented by the Dahlonega Arts Council and sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority.

The artist marketplace is in conjunction with the Dahlonega Farmers Market located in Hancock Park on the corner of N. Park St. and Warwick St. from 7am-3pm. Artists are from Lumpkin County or an adjacent county and be members of the Dahlonega Arts Council.

For more information visit Dahlonega Arts.


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