Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Dates : 4/16/16 - 4/17/16
Downtown Dahlonega
Historic Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533

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

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

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The 20th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival celebrates Southern Appalachian music, art and culture. Pre-festival events occur on Friday before the weekend event, with jammers arriving on Dahlonega's Historic Square during the day, and a Live and Silent Country Auction/dinner in the MainStage tent at night.

Free bluegrass and old-time music concerts take place 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, dancers, food, an open mic event, and a Sunday morning Gospel Jam. This year, there will be special activities to observe the festival's 20th year.

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


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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