• "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Live Music

“Dahlonega was an incubator for me and many upcoming bands. 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.”

- Zac Brown of the platinum-selling Zac Brown Band

The Crimson Moon

Crimson Moon  (706) 864-3982
   24 North Park Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Known as “the southeast’s most intimate music venue,” The Crimson Moon is housed in the nationally registered circa 1858 Parker-Nix Storehouse (the second oldest commercial building in Dahlonega) and offers an intimate ‘dinner theatre’ style entertainment experience in a 75 seat venue where every seat has a great view of the stage. Its inclusion on the New York - New Orleans - Nashville entertainment circuit enables the offering of live acoustic performances from the best of the nation’s touring songwriters and solo artists to the some of the nation’s finest Blue Grass, Celtic, Contemporary/World Folk, Blues, Pop, Folk-Rock, Country, Rockabilly, and Acoustic-Alternative bands.

The Holly Theater

Holly Theater  (706) 530-5162
   69 West Main Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Located just west of the beautiful Dahlonega town square, The Historic Holly Theatre National Historic site is a fully renovated theatre built in 1946 that has something to offer to locals and tourists alike. The Holly Theatre Company presents a year round season of classic plays and Broadway style musicals. The theatre’s outstanding performances, from the main stage to concerts, sell out regularly to audiences who travel routinely from throughout the region to incorporate a live show into their weekend plans.

Appalachian Jams

Appalachian Jam  (706) 482-2707
   1 Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  Saturday afternoons April through October

North Georgia's mountain music pickers, singers and listeners flock to the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site for the annual Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. 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 are invited to bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam. Everyone else should come on down and listen or dance. Bring a chair or stool and stay awhile!

First Friday Night Concert Series

First Friday  (706) 482-2707
   Hancock Park, North Meaders Street & Warwick Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  First Fridays, May through October

The Music in the Park series showcases the diversity of local musicians monthly. Bring a picnic supper to the Hancock Park (located one block north of the Square) and spend some time with your family and friends. This free series held on the first Friday of each month from April through October is an excellent way to wind down from the week and set the tone for a great weekend.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Bear On The Square

  (706) 348-1370
   Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  Third full weekend in April

The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is an incredible weekend of music and art held each spring in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. Old time and blue grass music will fill the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, Georgia. Jamming goes on day and night around the square while other local, regional, and national musicians take the stage all day Saturday and Sunday.

A juried artist's marketplace features traditional mountain art and crafts. Extensive music workshops, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a street dance, a live auction, children's activities, a heritage center demonstrating mountain traditions, and of course, food, complete the offerings, making Bear on the Square the perfect outing for the whole family.

Restaurants & Wineries with Live Music

Restaurant With MusicSeveral Dahlonega dining establishments offer music on weekends and during the week.  Restaurants host live musicians from local talent to regional traveling artists, and all five wineries have live music with special wine dinners, events and annual wine festivals. 

Bourbon Street Grille
    (706) 864-0086
      90 Public Square North, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery
    (770) 823-9255
      3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Frogtown Cellars
    (706) 865-0687
      700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Johnny B's Beef-n- Brew
    (706) 864-2400
      438 West Main Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Montaluce Winery & Estates
    (706) 867-4060
      501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Shenanigans Irish Pub
    (706) 482-0114
      87 North Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Spirits Tavern
    (706) 482-0580
      19 East Main Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery
    (706) 865-9463
      439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Wolf Mountain Vineyards
    (706) 867-9862
      180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533

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