The Bear on the Square Festival is coming to Dahlonega on April 16-17 2016 and celebrates the culture of the Southern Appalachians with mountain music, traditional craft and folkways. It happens around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Local and visiting pickers will be jamming on the square all weekend. A juried Artists Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday spotlights traditional mountain crafts and artist demonstrations. Other events of the weekend include storytelling, free music workshops/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday; and an Acoustic Open Mic event and dance team demonstrations on Saturday.
For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup and more information about performers and artists, schedules, and updates between now and the event, visit http://www.bearonthesquare.org.
If you would like to stay with us in one of our rooms or yurts please visit the “availability link” to the right of this post. You can make reservations online by clicking “request reservation” on the top of the calendar page and using our secure online form to make your reservation 24/7.
Come stay with us and attend Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival.
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.
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
Dahlonega’s popular Gold Rush Festival is happening this month when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. 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.
The event has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society
The two-day event includes 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.
Lodging is difficult to find but this does make for an interesting day trip for local residents and Atlantans’. Our inn is currently full for this event but if you want to explore lodging options visit the chamber web site at dahlonega.org and click lodging link.
Next weekend is the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, a highly entertaining and lively weekend of music and art
held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Pre-festival events will occur on Friday, April 19, with the beginning of jamming on the Historic Public Square and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, there will be free admission on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park with a heavy emphasis on bluegrass and old-time music from the Southern Appalachian region.
A juried Artist Marketplace on the square, Saturday and Sunday, features traditional mountain crafts, and there will also be a Country Store at Hancock Park. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance, a Saturday Open Mic event, kids activities, and food complete the offerings.
Listeners and musicians alike are invited to enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music at the 2011 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, every Saturday, April 23 through October 8, 2011, 2-5 pm, on the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site downtown.
The July 16th host band, JED, is serious about mountain songs and mountain style. They are Edward Hunter on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and Joel Cordle on mandolin and guitar. The group’s mandolins, fiddles, banjos, guitars, soul-stirring songs tell a story; while their harmony singing rings from the mountains, valleys, caverns, and creeks of the South. Edward & Joel are two old-timers who can still whip the stuffings out of a bluegrass song and coax a tear from the heart of the sentimental listener.
The 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be an entertaining and lively weekend of music and art held in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. Pre-festival events will take place on Friday, April 15, with the first of the jamming sessions on Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, as well as Master Classes in the afternoon, and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, there will be on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the Main Stage Tent at Hancock Park. The juried Artist Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday features traditional mountain crafts and will also have a Country Store. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance and food complete the offerings.
For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup of performers, and updates between now and the event, visit website.