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Dahlonega Spring Festival Fun


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There is nothing quite like the breathtaking scenery and fresh air that you find in the North Georgia mountains during the springtime!  Known as the Heart of Georgia Wine Country and the site of the first major US Gold Rush,  Dahlonega is a perfect place to unwind and connect with nature.  From March through May you can experience much more of Dahlonega as they host several festivals. Check out their events below! 

5th Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest

March 27-29, 2015

Friday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, March 28 & 29, 9:00 a.m.

Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Free Admission

A three-day festival celebrating Dahlonega’s designation as an Appalachian Trail Community, Dahlonega’s proximity to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and general non-motorized recreation, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, trail biking, horseback trail riding, trail maintenance, and other topics. The Trail Fest features nationally recognized speakers, authors, thru hikers, AT record holders, workshops, music, hiking films, AT related craft vendors, manufacturer vendors and reps, and informational booths. Hiking films will be shown on Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be a 5k street run and a 10k road/trail run with 5k on the Reservoir Trail at Lake Zwerner. Details of the run can be seen on the Trail Fest website. Food court features food by Shenanigans Irish Pub and Bourbon Street  Grille and features a Beer and Wine Garden.

For more info and a complete schedule, visit

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11th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival

March 28-29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Free Admission, charge for some events

The Dahlonega Literary Festival, begun in 2004, celebrates books, writers, literacy, storytelling and literary performance art. This yearly celebration of books promises to delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading. Festival highlights include author discussion panels covering a variety of topics, RSVP lunch with authors at area restaurants, a keynote address from author Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun), and author meet-and-greet sessions. Dahlonega Literary Festival authors include Frances Mayes Raymond Atkins (Sweetwater Blues), Jackie K. Cooper (Journey of a Gentle Southern Man), Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Ann Hite, Man Martin, Cherie Priest, and many more. Illustrator Mark Braught will also share tips on character drawing and illustration. Festival events will occur in various locations around the historic square of downtown Dahlonega, and all activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please visit for event details, contact information, and driving directions.

Southeastern Film Festival

April 10-12, 2015

University of North Georgia Hoag Auditorium

Dahlonega, GA

Free Admission

Filmmakers and movie buffs will be flocking to the Southeastern Film Festival’s first event of 2015 in Dahlonega for a weekend of independent film with no cost for admission. Films will be screened at the Hoag Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Georgia. This festival was founded by many Southeastern independent filmmakers in an effort to make independent film more prevalent in smaller towns, as well as to help foster connections between film-making professionals across the globe. The festival looks for quality storytelling, and the judging is based not on the level of star, budget, or highest quality, but rather on the best indication of talent in filmmaking, music, or interactive presentation.

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19th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

April 18-19, 2015

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 10 a.m.

On the Historic Square in Dahlonega, GA

Free admission to most activities; $10 for string group master classes.

An authentic folkways festival for professional and amateur musicians, music lovers, people-watchers, and folkways enthusiasts. Two days of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music, workshops, auctions, art, dancing, children’s activities, food and shopping in the historic Public Square. A juried artists’ market features one-of-a-kind, handmade items from some of the mountain region’s best artists. Performers include 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition winner BlueBilly Grit, award-winning songwriter/performer John Lilly, Front Country, The Skillet Lickers, Sons of Bluegrass, Curtis Jones and Primal Roots, Jason Kennedy, Buzzard Mountain Boys, Threadbare Skivvies, Hog-eyed Man, Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars, and Ugly Cousin.


Mountain Flower Art Festival

Historic Square

Downtown Dahlonega, GA

A juried art and quality crafts festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Free admission; art and plants for purchase

 Quality art in an array of mediums including, painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, woodworking, metal work, glass and more. More than 60 juried artists, quality craftspeople, local musicians and plant vendors.  Selected artists represent some of the finest in the country in their respective mediums.  Attending plant vendors focus on native and unique plant varieties. Music provided by local musicians in Hancock Park, just off the historic downtown Dahlonega Square. The festival is a fundraiser by the Dahlonega Arts Council for the Lumpkin County Schools art programs and provides a scholarship for an aspiring art student.

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