Dahlonega Theater and Music Scene

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Dahlonega has always had a strong presence in the theater and music arts. Being in the foothills of the Appalachians music has been a tradition among families who have inhabited this area for centuries. The theater has gained popularity with the conversion of the Holly Theater from a movie house into a thriving community performing arts theater.

Holly Theater

The Holly was built in 1948 as a movie theater. Remodeled, it currently seats 256 on the main level and 50 in the balcony and houses a non-profit organization that produces musicals and plays with five main stage performances a year. Several musical concerts are presented each year as well. For more information visit http://www.hollytheater.com/.

Music Festivals

The Bear on the Square Festival happens every April and features Appalachian Music performances and workshops. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/04/01/bear-on-the-square-festival/

The Art, Wine and Jazz Festival features talented jazz musicians every third weekend in May. More info at http://www.chestateeartists.org/arts-and-wine-festival.php

Hemlockfest features live music all weekend. You can purchase a day pass or a full festival pass (3 days) and camp out on the property. The festival is held the first full weekend in November and raises funds to save the hemlock trees. For more information visit http://hemlockfest.org/blog/

Live Music Venues

Created as an intimate live music venue, the Crimson Moon located on the square in Dahlonega is the most popular music venue in the area. Many of our guests reserve their room with us after reserving their concert seats to hear musicians such as Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Sylvia (ACM Female Vocalist of the Year), Emi Sunshine and the Rain, and others that play at some of Atlanta’s and the Southeast’s popular venues. There is normally a cover charge for musical performances at Crimson Moon unless it’s open mike night. For their current performance schedule visit http://www.thecrimsonmoon.com/

Many of the Dahlonega area restaurants have free music on weekends. Check out their facebook pages for more information. These restaurants include Spirit’s Tavern, Bourbon Street Grill, Shenanigan’s, Pueblos, Gustavo’s and more. The wineries and Canvas and Cork Gallery also may have free music on weekends so check out their web sites and facebook pages too. The Dahlonega Nugget newspaper comes out every Wednesday and normally lists the live music events for the coming weekend. We have a copy we can share when you check in to our inn.

Appalachian Jams

Every Saturday afternoon from April through October musicians show up on the Dahlonega Square around the Gold Museum to perform traditional Appalachian music. The music jams are from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and you are free to watch and participate. For more info visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/20/dahlonega-appalachian-jams/

First Friday Free Concerts

On the first Friday of the month from May through October there are free concerts in Hancock Park downtown. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/28/dahlonega-outdoor-concerts/

Come stay with us and enjoy the theater and music opportunities in Dahlonega.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

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Appalachian Jams on the Square

First Friday Dahlonega Outdoor Concerts

Come and stay with us any first Friday starting in June through the first Friday in October and enjoy the free Dahlonega outdoor concert in downtown Dahlonega’s Hancock Park.  The Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority/Main Street sponsors the concerts.

If you arrive in Dahlonega before our check in time enjoy the wineries in the area or the downtown tasting rooms. You may want to visit some of the waterfalls in the area too! The Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on the historic Dahlonega square can provide you with more information and maps.

Check in with us at the inn after 4 pm. We will greet you, and you can enjoy some of Mary Beth’s freshly baked cookies, banana bread, brownies or other goodies.  We’ll orient you to the property and get you settled into your room or yurt.

Then head to historic Dahlonega to enjoy some shopping or pick up your picnic dinner from any of downtown’s popular restaurants.  Connie’s Ice Cream Parlor is close to the park and has great panini sandwiches to go. You can also check out the Picnic Cafe or order a pizza at Gustavo’s which are both on the square.

We can provide suggestions for other take out food choices. Bring a blanket or folding camp chairs from home and head to Hancock Park which is right off the historic square across the street from the Catholic church.

Concerts begin at 6:30 and usually wrap up at around 8:30.  Weather Permitting

Visit the First Friday Night Concert Facebook page for more information on the bands!

Dahlonega Outdoor Concert Schedule 2019

June 7th – Ethan Philips

July 5th – Radford Windham + Step Back Cadillac

August 2nd – Kurt Thomas 

September 6th – Ugly Cousin

October 4th – Steven Philips and Midnight Express 

We will update the concert schedule every year once we receive the information. You can also visit the concert Facebook page listed previously for current information and status.

If the concert gets rained out we can provide suggestions for area restaurants that offer free music.

You can book rooms or yurts from our website link shown on this blog. For directions to Hancock Park visit map.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

For more music attractions visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/15/dahlonega-theater-music/

Dahlonega Outdoor Concerts