Rooted in Appalachian culture, Dahlonega’s music scene is pure gold. Whether on the square or the porch of the Vickery House, local jam circles are, by some unwritten code, welcoming and inclusive – leathery old-timers play side-by-side with kids who have studied in the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School. Musicians who have called Dahlonega home include Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Widespread Panic lead singer John Bell and country superstar Zac Brown, who said, “It’s an ideal place to listen to some really outstanding music in a fun atmosphere, where you can discover new talent and hear some of the great established artists.”
Below, use the itinerary to find must-see music venues, festivals and more points of interest, and listen to music by local artists in the "Our Dahlonega Picks" playlist.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
Experience Appalachian culture at this springtime festival in Dahlonega, popular for its marquee acts and impromptu jams.