"4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
- USA Today Travel 2014
"Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
- Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015
“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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Several 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.
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau | 13 South Park Street | Dahlonega, GA 30533 | (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.