Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebration

Dahlonega's July 4th fireworks

Do you ever reminisce about the good old days when life was simple and small towns and small town values were the norm? When holidays were celebrated by the community getting together for food and fellowship? Maybe as a child you grew up in a small town and miss July 4th celebrations that included a parade with the high school marching band, watermelon seed spitting contests and music in the park. If you’re longing for a small town 4th or July, then Dahlonega’s July 4th is for you!

Come visit us for Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations.

Yes, there will be food (hot dogs), hot dog eating contests, face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park near the historic square. Also antique car shows, music concert, an old fashioned home town 4th of July parade and a great fireworks show at dark. Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations offer something for everyone!

The schedule for the festivities may vary from year to year but always includes the food, parade, music and a spectacular fireworks show at the end of the day.

For 2019 the schedule for Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebrations is as follows:

8:00 to 10:30 am Firecracker 5k run

9:00-4:00 pm Chestatee River Adventures

10:00 AM – 3:00 pm Consolidated Gold Mine Tours – Go into the mine shaft and pan for gold at the conclusion of your tour.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Free Entry to the 1884 Old Jail Museum. Free entry only happens a few times a year so this is a must do.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm The Dahlonega Car Club 4th of July Car Show will be at the Lumpkin Administration complex located at 342 Courthouse Hill, off E. Main Street, 2 blocks from our historic square. Turn at the old jail.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Crisson Gold Mine Tours

10:00 AM – 5:00 pm FREE Fun Zone in Hancock Park

10:00 AM – 5:45 pm Tour the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The museum is located in the middle of the historic square and provides a thorough history of gold mining in the Dahlonega area.

11:00 am Parade down main street. It is definitely a small town parade.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park downtown

3:00 pm Dahlonega Action Dogs. The dogs are a sport team that performs at dog sport shows and competes in Agility, Disc Sports, and Dock Diving. The Action Dog team consists of handlers Rick and Debbie Nielsen and three border collies, Ripp, age 6, Jessie, age 5, and Pete almost 2.

4:00 pm 1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Prior years has been watermelon seed spitting contest.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Live Music in Hancock Park: Featuring Jive Revival

9:00 pm Fireworks Show at Dark at the UNG Drill Field. If you stay with us we will provide a great area for you to park your car, see the fireworks and avoid crowded parking. Hint: a little ice cream treat goes well with watching fireworks.

This schedule will be updated yearly.

For more information on Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebrations visit https://dahlonegadda.org/events/dahlonega-4th-of-july-parade-and-celebration/

Come stay with us and enjoy the Dahlonega July 4th Celebrations!

First Friday Dahlonega Outdoor Concerts

first friday 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/

Ways to Cool Off in the North Georgia Mountains

With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. Dahlonega summer attractions offer many ways to stay cool. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.

While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose to hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel here.. Which Dahlonega summer attraction would you prefer?

Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. For more information read our tubing and kayaking post.

If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole and Dahlonega summer attraction with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of the swimming hole at the bottom of the page.

Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the You Tube channel.

If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s zip lines. They are a favorite Dahlonega summer attraction for many guests. Helen and Amicalola Falls offer zip lines. Also the first alpine coaster in Georgia opened in Helen on Main Street in June 2019 and is open 7 days a week.

One is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Check out our zip line blog post.

The State parks at Unicoi and Amicalola are also offering zip lines. Come stay with us, stay cool and enjoy the Dahlonega summer attractions.