Bear on the Square Festival

Come stay with us and attend the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday and Sunday, the third weekend in April.

The festival is known for live bluegrass mountain music,  jam sessions, storytelling, live and silent auctions, and a dinner to kick things off on Friday.

The festival features many “main stage” acts from Friday evening until Sundaybear on the square festival afternoon.

Appalachian Jams musicians start gathering on Friday afternoon around the historic square as well as .acoustic jams.  Bring a chair and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Musicians perform the old fiddle tunes, country, and bluegrass. If you play bring your guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, mouth harp, jews harp.

If you bring your own instrument and do not want to carry it around they have instrument checking, similar to a coat check in a fancy restaurant. Give them your instrument and they will give you a token used to get it back while you wander around the festival.

During most festivals they have a moonlight jam at 7:30pm on the main stage where you can listen or jam with a famous mountain music musician.

Free workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays  on topics such as storytelling, ukelele, mandolins, clogging, jamming, fiddling, guitar tips and singing.

Also enjoy the artists marketplace with traditional crafts and juried art from award winning artists. Some years they have over 80 booths.

On Saturday the festival features storytelling with professional storytellers who are keeping the oral tradition of the mountains alive.

Bear on the Square has been featured in Explore Georgia’s “10 Signature Georgia Music Festivals to Experience this Spring.”

For more information about this amazing event – one of the most popular music festivals in the Southeast – visit http://www.bearonthesquare.org

Come stay with us in a room or a yurt and enjoy the tradition of Appalachian music and the Bear on the Square Festival.

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