Mountain music musicians 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. Bring an instrument to participate or just bring yourself to listen and enjoy.
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 20th.
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
Winter 2017 is here in Dahlonega and the north Georgia mountains. The holidays are over, the crowds of tourists have left, the area is quiet and tranquil and all of our local wineries will be open on the weekends beginning January 16th – all but one will be open the weekend of the 8th.
Three Sisters Winery opens mid-January for weekends; Montaluce is open for tastings everyday all winter long as is Frogtown; Cavender Creek is open Thursday – Sunday through the winter months; Wolf Mountain’s winter schedule begins January 7th with Friday and Saturday tastings (restaurant reopens 2/11/17); Kaya is serving Wednesday thru Sunday. In White County, but not far away, Yonah Mountain is open seven days a week as is Cottage Winery. Check their web sites or call them for details.
Take advantage of the quiet season in our area. You can check the weather and make last-minute reservations for dining in town and lodging with us.
The Historic Holly Theater has two special musical performances planned for January 2017:
AIA, winner of the 1992 Margaritaville Records sponsored Jimmy Buffet Sound Alike Contest and the official Jimmy Buffet Tribute band, performs at the Holly on January 14th! The show is composed of Jimmy Buffett’s best songs and promises to be a great evening for all you “parrot heads”. Check out the pre-concert “tail gate” party on the patio at the Corkscrew Cafe.
Next is the Statler Brothers Tribute on January 28th. Join The River City Boys as they present The Songs of the Statler Brothers – A Tribute to the Statler Brothers 2002 Farewell Concert.
For tickets to the Jimmy Buffet or Statler Brothers tribute shows visit www.hollytheater.com or call (706) 864-3759
In the mountains the hiking is beautiful because the mountain vistas open up with the leaves off the trees. You can literally see for miles in many areas along the Appalachian Trail. The temperatures are colder and at times the wind might be brisk so wear appropriate clothing in layers. You might even see snow if you are lucky.
The waterfalls in the area are also special in the winter. Some may be covered in ice depending on the temperatures. Three of our favorite waterfall hikes are Amicalola, Raven Cliff Falls and DeSoto Falls.
Historic Downtown Dahlonega has many unique shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and art galleries that are open. Some restaurants have live music on weekends and even weekdays.
Also Valentines Day will fall midweek so you have two weekends to choose to celebrate with that special person.
Come stay with us and enjoy the North Georgia mountains in the winter of 2017. Visit our “availability calendar” link on the right to check availability and to make reservations online securely.
The Christmas holidays are always a special time of year in Dahlonega, Georgia. The historic downtown square is lit with thousands of lights and the quaint stores are decorated. Santa is there as well and everyone is in a festive mood.
Start your Christmas season Thanksgiving day by watching “Christmas in Homestead” on the Hallmark channel. The movie was filmed in Dahlonega this fall and the town was in full Christmas regalia.
The official tree lighting celebration on the square will be Friday night, November 25th. The lights will be up all month in December through New Years. Come and listen to the special musical events that will be offered or attend the small town Christmas parade.
We will have our yurts available Christmas eve and day but will close the rooms so that we can share the holidays with our family.
For a full schedule of the holiday activities starting in November visit event schedule.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A Wine Garden featuring different special guest Georgia Wineries each weekend from around the state along with the host. Wine Garden tickets are $25 per date and includes wine samples and keepsake wine glass.
Atlanta’s Chef Kent Graham of Field Dog Kitchen Food Truck and North Georgia Chef Nick Alicea of Yahoola Creek Grill will have delicious Southern inspired foods available for purchase during the weekends.
Georgia wines, hard cider, and Georgia beer will also be available to purchase.
Each weekend date will feature live music of Jazz, Soul, Acoustic, and Standards from performers such as Tommy Dean and Mike Ewbank AKA Moose & Squirrel, The Mossy Creek Gypsies, Rick Harris, Ken Gregory, Tommie Macon, and Scott Ulmer.
Festival hours are every Saturday from 11-5 and Sundays from 12-5. Call 706-865-9463 or visit www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information.
Festival Dates June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2016
The Bear on the Square Festival is coming to Dahlonega on April 16-17 2016 and celebrates the culture of the Southern Appalachians with mountain music, traditional craft and folkways. It happens around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Local and visiting pickers will be jamming on the square all weekend. A juried Artists Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday spotlights traditional mountain crafts and artist demonstrations. Other events of the weekend include storytelling, free music workshops/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday; and an Acoustic Open Mic event and dance team demonstrations on Saturday.
For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup and more information about performers and artists, schedules, and updates between now and the event, visit www.bearonthesquare.org.
If you would like to stay with us in one of our rooms or yurts please visit the “availability link” to the right of this post. You can make reservations online by clicking “request reservation” on the top of the calendar page and using our secure online form to make your reservation 24/7.
Come stay with us for New Year’s Eve 2016 and enjoy a variety of events.
We currently have rooms and yurts available.
Every year we share champagne and light snacks with guests who wish to join us.
First Night Dahlonega will feature live music on several stages for one price. For more info watch the video below or visit First Night.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub will have Rest in North Dakota playing with no cover charge.
Bourbon Street Grill will have Justin Bridges playing music.
Spirits Tavern will have “Throw back Thursday” Lounge music starring Kristen Englenz. Music starts at 7:30pm.
Montaluce Winery will have from 5pm-12am a New Year’s Eve menu in the restaurant, their finest estate wines, live music and of course, the champagne countdown to midnight. More info at web site.
HemlockFest is an annual festival to increase public awareness of Eastern and Carolina hemlock tree problems to provide financial support for Area Colleges and Universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks. If you have visited the western North Carolina mountains near Grandfather Mountain you can see that most of the Hemlock trees have been killed by the whooly adlegid. Hemlockfest proceeds are used to help save these ancient trees.
HemlockFest features 19 bands and entertainers providing almost 30 hours of great music, plus food and beverage, natural crafts vendors, interactive presentations and exhibits, and lots of activities. Terrapin Beer is one of those beverage options which we love. Prior years have had Terrapin’s Wake and Bake Stout- yummy.
This year’s festival will feature over 30 juried booths with all handmade or homegrown work made by the crafts-person who is in the booth to sell it. Buy your holiday gifts with local artists including painting, jewelry, pottery, natural skin care, batik clothing, crochet, plants, baked goods, woodworking, candles, metal working, up-cycling, fiber arts, service booths and more!
Make your plans now to stay with us and enjoy 3 days of fun and music that supports a great cause to save the Hemlock Trees.
Tickets on sale now at www.HemlockFest.org. as well as more information on the event.
The yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including music, art and folkways. This year’s event will be the 19th annual and will be held, rain or shine.
Bear on the Square is a lively weekend of music and art beginning with pre-festival activities, including jamming on the square and a Country Auction, on Friday, April 18, 2015.
Saturday and Sunday’s schedule includes free admission, on-stage performances by well-known bluegrass and old-time musicians; a juried Artists Marketplace featuring mountain crafts; more jamming on the square; free music workshops/demonstrations; storytelling; an Acoustic Open Mic event; Master Classes for string musicians; a Gospel Jam; an old-time mountain dance and more.
Admission is free to all festival events, including the MainStage musical performances and the Artists Marketplace. The only exception is a small registration fee for Sunday’s Master Classes.
Bear on the Square was named the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association “Music Venue of the Year” in 2014. The National Storytelling Network has awarded Bear on the Square the designation as this year’s Southeastern Regional Spotlight for Storytelling.
The festival is produced each year by Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., composed of a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.
Dahlonega, Georgia has several options for celebrating New Years eve 2014.
You can stay with us and attend one of the events below or stay at the inn and share a glass of complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres with the innkeepers.
Holly Theater Celebration
From the company that brought you the acclaimed Embraceable You, proudly presents La Femme at The Holly Theatre’s New Year’s Celebration on December 31st. This performance of La Femme features singing, dancing, and aerial stunts. Enjoy favorite songs from Cabaret, Chicago and more performed by some of Atlanta and New York City’s top talent. From the Broadway stage to touring across the US and Europe C’s cast members have an impressive list of credits including Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Hairspray and Music Man.
After the performance, stick around for the Holly’s celebration of the New Year! Listen to the DJ from the Lingo Lounge, and dance the night away. Receive two adult beverage tickets and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres all evening. Then, watch the Peach Drop on the big screen in the Main Stage and savor a glass (or two) of bubbly at midnight. This performance and celebration allows you to indulge in a complete evening of lively entertainment.
More info and tickets at www.hollytheater.com.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub New Year’s Eve Celebration
Music by Battlefield Collective combines the musical talents of Stephanie Caron and Evan Hart. A unique blend of bluegrass, Americana, roots, and rockabilly give the group an unmistakable and unique sound that is as full of energy as it is passion.
Touring the southeast, Battlefield Collective performs original material as well as their own arrangements of cover songs selected from top hits from the past sixty years. Energy and creativity set Battlefield Collective apart from the other bands, as well as their ability to be flexible and versatile.
Stephanie and Evan perform as a duo, but also frequently hire local musicians to create a fuller sound to match the needs for any venue or private event.
For more information visit www.theshenaniganspub.com.
Montaluce Winery New Year’s Eve
December 31st the winery will be open all day from 11am to midnight for wine tastings, lunch and dinner. The dinner service will feature 2 menus. 1 menu for a-la-carte service and a special 8 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings.
Enjoy a live performance from the Fly Cats, a jazz quartet from Atlanta, from 9pm to midnight and they will be toasting in the New Year when the clock strikes 12.
For more information and to make reservations visit www.montaluce.com