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

Dahlonega Appalachian Jams Saturdays

Come stay with us and visit Dahlonega for the Saturday afternoon Appalachian Jams happening from April throughappalachian jams on dahlonega square saturdays October.

Mountain music has been a tradition in the area for many years. Music has been an important part of the families that have been born and raised in the area. The music and instruments are an integral part of the family heritage with children learning how to play the instruments at an early age. Sitting on the front porch with mom playing the mandolin, dad playing the banjo, brother playing the guitar, little sister playing the autoharp and uncle Jim blowing the jug. Another relative may also be playing the juice harp or harmonica to their favorite bluegrass or gospel tunes. Makes you think back to an old Any Griffith show with the Darlings playing on the front porch with Andy playing his guitar.

Some of these families are happy to perform for you and congregate around the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site every Saturday afternoon for Appalachian Jam sessions. The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations.

Musicians bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam. Everyone else should come on down and listen or dance. Everyone is invited to attend. If you are an experienced or novice musician bring your  instrument and play along.  We have had guests who do.  If you do not play just bring yourself to listen and enjoy.

For more current information visit the organizers  Facebook page.

Come and enjoy the free Appalachian Jams and experience some of the heritage of the North Georgia mountains. If mountain music is something you enjoy also check out the Bear on the Square festival blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/04/01/bear-on-the-square-festival/

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

Bear on the Square Festival

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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.