Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Dates : 4/18/15 - 4/19/15
Downtown Dahlonega
Historic Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533

706-864-7817 | 706-864-9007
  • The historic Dahlonega Public Square is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway.

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  • Traditional exhibiting and demonstrating artists fill the Juried Artist Market for two days.

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  • Folk dancers from Festival Sponsor John C. Campbell Folk School perform throughout the day Saturday.

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  • The lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum is filled with jammers all weekend

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  • Jamming on the square draws musicians and onlookers.

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  • Free bluegrass and old-time music concerts run throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

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  • A live and silent auction are held Friday night of the event

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  • An old fashioned Sunday morning Gospel Jam opens with the sounds of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

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Bear on the Square Mountain Festival celebrates Southern Appalachian music, art and culture. Pre-festival events take place on Friday before the weekend event, with jammers on Dahlonega's Historic Square during the day, and a Live and Silent Country Auction/dinner in the MainStage tent at night.

Free non-stop bluegrass and old-time music concerts take place all day both days of the festival in the MainStage tent. A juried artist market will fill the town's Historic Square with handmade pottery, photography, folk art, wood crafts, fiber crafts and more. The festival offers a two-day schedule of free workshops, storytelling, food vendors, an open mic event, master classes for musicians, and a Sunday morning Gospel Jam. 

A unique feature of the annual festival is the jamming that goes on all around the square day and night throughout the weekend. Acoustic musicians gather from across the southeast and beyond to join the jamming community.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    General Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Concessions, Free Parking, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Restaurant on Site

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Film & Music Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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