Dahlonega Festivals and Events
First Friday Free Concerts- Free concerts in Hancock Park start mid year and go through October. You can bring a take out dinner from a nearby restaurant on the square and also purchase beer/wine at the concert. We normally put the schedule on our blog and facebook page or you can visit free concerts
Dahlonega House Concerts – House concerts are featured throughout the year at a large home near Dahlonega. Professional music concerts provided for an admission fee that all goes to the artists. Adults only. Information on our house concerts blog post.
Appalachian Music Jams
Wine Highway Weekends in March (Update: Due to Covid 19 moved to August)
Bear on the Square Dahlonega Festival
3rd weekend in April- An old time mountain festival. Celebrating mountain music and crafts. For more information visit Bear on the Square Festival. Cancelled for 2020 due to COVID 19.
U.S. Army Mountain Ranger Open House
The last weekend in April the Army ranger camp opens to the public for demonstrations and tours. Watch helicopter demonstrations, weapons, night vision and parachuting. More information at https://www.facebook.com/rangeropenhouse/
Arts, Wine and Jazz Festival
Third weekend in May- See artists representing visual arts and fine crafts in all mediums. Enjoy tasting a variety of wines and listening to live jazz. For more information visit their web site.
Georgia Wine Country Festival at Three Sisters Winery
Every weekend in June- This event celebrates the many resources of “Georgia Wine Country.” Enjoy wine tastings from Georgia wineries and around the globe, live music (bluegrass to classical to jazz), gourmet foods, folk art, farm exhibits, craft beer and live demonstrations.
Mountain Top Rodeo
The Mountain Top Rodeo at R Ranch happens every June and had their 30th Anniversary in 2019. The event is held rain or shine and also features live music. For more information visit their web site.
Dahlonega’s Fourth of July
This special event features a 5k run in the morning, food, a small town parade, contests, special music and fireworks at the end of the day. Due to Covid 19 there will not be fireworks in 2020. For more info on the activities for 2020 visit https://dahlonegadda.org/events/4th-of-july-family-day-celebration/
For more information on a typical year of July 4th activities visit Dahlonega 4th.
Crush Fest at Yonah Mountain Vineyards
The 2019 festival will be the 10th year they have held this event in August. It will be on August 24, 2019 from 11am-7pm with grape stomping, wine tastings, live music, food trucks, fine art, artisan vendors and new wine releases. The winery is about 35 minutes from the inn and worth the drive. More information about festival visit Crush Fest.
Dahlonega Trail Festival
Second weekend in September this festival celebrates hiking and the Appalachian Trail nearby. For outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering and more. Has speakers, authors, workshops, music, food, vendors. For more info visit TrailFest
Six Gap Century Bike Ride Across the Mountains
Sept 26th- A 100 mile bike ride through the mountains. Also a 3 gap 50 and a valley ride. Two night minimum required. Info at Six Gap Ride
The Biggest of All Dahlonega Festivals, Gold Rush
3rd weekend in Oct.- Dahlonega’s largest festival. Thousands come to celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. Included are a 5K road race, fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dance contest, gospel singing, wrist wrestling and many other exciting events. This is the largest of all Dahlonega Festivals. Visit our gold rush blog post for more information. Two night minimum required.
First full weekend in November. Attend this great festival and help save the Hemlock Trees. Live bands, exhibits and more. This is the most unique of the Dahlonega festivals with it’s outdoorsy theme. For more information visit HemlockFest.
No special activities are usually scheduled for the Thanksgiving Holiday but there are many places that offer a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. The hiking trails and waterfalls are also open for adventure. For more information on where to have dinner visit our blog post at Dahlonega Thanksgiving.
Old Fashion Christmas
The colorful and beautifully illuminated historic downtown square forms the backdrop for wonderful Christmas activities. One of Southeast Tourism’s top 20 seasonal events the annual celebration provides fun for everyone. Shoppers are entertained with caroling, hospitality tables, carriage rides and activities through the weekends before Christmas. Of all of the Dahlonega events this is a favorite and helps get guests in the holiday mood. More information at Dahlonega Christmas
Dahlonega New Years Eve
This event features a variety of live music concerts December 31st with the Nugget Drop at midnight to ring in the new year. More information at Dahlonega New Years Eve.
If you want to venture out of the area you may want to attend one of the following festivals and events:
Spring Arts and Crafts, Blairsville in May
Arts in the Park, Blue Ridge in May
Balloon Festival and Race in Helen in May
Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Blairsville in June
Mountain Fair in Hiawassee in July
Green Bean Fesitval in Blairsville in July
Octoberfest in Helen September through October
Apple festival in Ellijay in October
Georgia Bigfoot Conference in Clayton in October
Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville October
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