Dahlonega Festivals and Events

Note: Visit our blog, Inn Dahlonega or our Facebook Page for more current information on the Dahlonega Festivals and events listed below.

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.

Appalachian Music Jams

Dahlonega is a hub for blue grass music and musicians show up on saturdays during certain times of the year to jam on the square. Check the chamber for schedule. For more information visit Jams.

Wine Highway Weekends

Every year the local wineries have a special weekend to tour the wineries, provide tastings and special events. For a fee you receive a passport for free admission to all member wineries for tastings. Normally happens around March.

Bear on the Square Festival

4th weekend in April- An old time mountain festival. Celebrating mountain music and crafts. For more information visit Festival http://www.bearonthesquare.org/Festival

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.

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, live demonstrations.

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 http://dahlonegatrailfest.org

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  http://www.cyclenorthgeorgia.com/

Gold Rush Festival

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. Two night minimum required.


November 6 thru 8.  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. Visit http://www.lumpkincoalition.org for more information.

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, and activities through the weekends before Christmas.

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