The yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including music, art and folkways. This year’s event will be the 19th annual and will be held, rain or shine.
Bear on the Square is a lively weekend of music and art beginning with pre-festival activities, including jamming on the square and a Country Auction, on Friday, April 18, 2015.
Saturday and Sunday’s schedule includes free admission, on-stage performances by well-known bluegrass and old-time musicians; a juried Artists Marketplace featuring mountain crafts; more jamming on the square; free music workshops/demonstrations; storytelling; an Acoustic Open Mic event; Master Classes for string musicians; a Gospel Jam; an old-time mountain dance and more.
Admission is free to all festival events, including the MainStage musical performances and the Artists Marketplace. The only exception is a small registration fee for Sunday’s Master Classes.
Bear on the Square was named the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association “Music Venue of the Year” in 2014. The National Storytelling Network has awarded Bear on the Square the designation as this year’s Southeastern Regional Spotlight for Storytelling.
The festival is produced each year by Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., composed of a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.
Dahlonega, Georgia has several options for celebrating New Years eve 2014.
You can stay with us and attend one of the events below or stay at the inn and share a glass of complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres with the innkeepers.
Holly Theater Celebration
From the company that brought you the acclaimed Embraceable You, proudly presents La Femme at The Holly Theatre’s New Year’s Celebration on December 31st. This performance of La Femme features singing, dancing, and aerial stunts. Enjoy favorite songs from Cabaret, Chicago and more performed by some of Atlanta and New York City’s top talent. From the Broadway stage to touring across the US and Europe C’s cast members have an impressive list of credits including Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Hairspray and Music Man.
After the performance, stick around for the Holly’s celebration of the New Year! Listen to the DJ from the Lingo Lounge, and dance the night away. Receive two adult beverage tickets and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres all evening. Then, watch the Peach Drop on the big screen in the Main Stage and savor a glass (or two) of bubbly at midnight. This performance and celebration allows you to indulge in a complete evening of lively entertainment.
More info and tickets at http://www.hollytheater.com.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub New Year’s Eve Celebration
Music by Battlefield Collective combines the musical talents of Stephanie Caron and Evan Hart. A unique blend of bluegrass, Americana, roots, and rockabilly give the group an unmistakable and unique sound that is as full of energy as it is passion.
Touring the southeast, Battlefield Collective performs original material as well as their own arrangements of cover songs selected from top hits from the past sixty years. Energy and creativity set Battlefield Collective apart from the other bands, as well as their ability to be flexible and versatile.
Stephanie and Evan perform as a duo, but also frequently hire local musicians to create a fuller sound to match the needs for any venue or private event.
For more information visit http://www.theshenaniganspub.com.
Montaluce Winery New Year’s Eve
December 31st the winery will be open all day from 11am to midnight for wine tastings, lunch and dinner. The dinner service will feature 2 menus. 1 menu for a-la-carte service and a special 8 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings.
Enjoy a live performance from the Fly Cats, a jazz quartet from Atlanta, from 9pm to midnight and they will be toasting in the New Year when the clock strikes 12.
For more information and to make reservations visit http://www.montaluce.com
The month-long celebration is held from November 28 through December 21, 2014.
The first Saturday in December experience the Lighting of the Square and a real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town.
Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s that features caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater Christmas events.
Old Fashioned Christmas Schedule of Events
Friday, November 28th
Downtown Merchants Open House, 5pm – 8pm
Lighting of Downtown, 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 29th & 30th
Visit Santa Downtown
Saturday, 12pm – 6pm & Sunday, 1pm – 5pm
Friday, December 5th
Luminaries, At Dusk
Live Nativity Scene with Animals, 7:30pm
Extended Downtown Merchant Shopping Hours, Until 8pm
Saturday, December 6th
Visit Santa Downtown, 12pm – 2:30pm
Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, 3pm
Kurt Thomas Concert, Directly Following the Parade
Visit Santa Downtown, 4pm – 6pm
Lighting of the Tree, 5:15pm
Christmas Movie in Hancock Park – “Elf”, 5:30pm
Ride the Old Fashioned Trolley
November 28th through December 21st
Fridays at 6pm & 7pm, Saturdays at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm
Tickets are $5 for Adults and can be purchased at the visitors center
December Santa Schedule
Visit Santa in Downtown Dahlonega every weekend through December 21st.
Saturdays, 12pm – 6pm, Sundays, 1pm – 5pm
Entertainment at the Holly Theater
“White Christmas” at the Historic Holly Theater
December 5th-7th, 12th-14th, & 19th-21st
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
For tickets or more information visit http://www.hollytheater.com/
HemlockFest, hosted by the Lumpkin Coalition, is an annual festival held the first full weekend in November. The Festival and the proceeds from the festival are used to increase public awareness of Eastern and Carolina hemlock tree problems and to provide financial support for Area Colleges and Universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks.
This is a worthwhile and entertaining event!
Hemlockfest happens November 7th,8th and 9th east of Dahlonega, Georgia at Starbridge and features many great live music events.
Shenanigans’ and Bourbon Street Grill provide great food while you listen to the live music (our son always helps with the cooking). Terrapin provides the beer (we loved the Wake and Bake they had last year).
Educational exhibits and cool art to purchase (we purchase something every year). Visit the silent auction tent with some great products (we offer a BOGO night for the inn every year).
Multi day and single day tickets are available on the website shown below.
On site festival camping is available if you purchase a 3 day pass or you can stay with us at the inn if we have something available. As of the day of this post (October 8th) we have both yurts and a room available (2 night minimum).
If you care about the environment and like live music this event should be on your list to attend. We try to make it Sunday when our guests check out.
For more information on tickets and other information about the festival and music events visit http://www.hemlockfest.org
Come stay with us and enjoy the weekend.
Schedule of Events
Dahlonega Firecracker 5k/10k Run- Downtown Dahlonega
6:30 AM- Registration
7:30 AM- Start
9:00 AM- Fun Run Start
10 AM – 5PM: Gold City Classic Car Club Show – Courthouse Hill on East Main Street
Noon: Patriotic Ceremony with Mayor Gary McCullough – Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn
2 PM: The Dahlonega Nugget and Wal-Mart present a watermelon cutting with free slices – Hancock Park
2 PM- 5 PM: Enjoy live music and entertainment with the Appalachian Jam – Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn
5 PM: Join Grand Marshall, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard, for the Independence Day Parade – Downtown Dahlonega
6 PM: First Friday Night Concert Series features Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac – Hancock Park
6 PM – 9 PM: Hot dogs, BBQ, Chips & Beverages for sale – University of North Georgia Drill Field
7:30 PM: Desserts at Dusk Fundraiser – University of North Georgia Dining Hall Plaza (Off West Main Street) – Enjoy an assortment of cheesecakes and experience the 4th of July Fireworks from the best seat in town! The event has limited seating so please purchase your ticket in advance for $20/person from the Visitors Center. Call (706) 864-3513 for additional information.
AT DARK the University of North Georgia presents Spectacular Fireworks display!