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Gold and wine, nature and music, literature and sports are all enough reasons for celebration in Dahlonega. Gold is big thing, yes everywhere it is, but in Dahnolega they take it very seriously. It is no wonder as the place was a hot spot in the old days after 1828 when the precious metal was discovered. Every October, locals and visitors celebrate that historical event in the Historic District. There is entertainment for everybody: live shows, parades, Queen and King Coronation, gospel singing, dancing; there is even a gold panning contest! For further details, check out the festival's website at http://www.dahlonegajaycees.com.
Georgia Winecountry Festival celebrates the State's wine with musicand great music (Jazz and bluegrass) with wine. The vows of thie unbreakable marriage are renewed every June at Three Sisiters Vineyard. It is lots of fun: visitos can travel in hot air balloons, thera re activities for kids, wagon rides and great food. For updates of new festivals organized by the vineyard (there is an "All American Wine" event in October), check their website at http://www.threesistersvineyards.com.
An event that you shouldn't miss is the Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in April. Now in its 15th edition, it is an ongoing party in downtown Dahlonega with dance, storytelling, workshops, pie contests, al celebrating mountain culture. This year, The Lovell Sisters, Pole Cat Creek and The Gold Rush Blue Band performed some great folk muisc. For details,check out the festival's website at http://www.bearonthesquare.org.
The 25th Annual Mountain Flower Fine Art and Wine Festival will be held Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22nd, 2011 on the Dahlonega Public Square.
Along with all the fine art, there will be the Garden Expo located in Hancock Park. This is produced by the Master Gardeners of Lumpkin County along with the support of MFAF. The Expo will include large plant and seed sales, as well as speakers hosting programs on a variety of garden related topics. A demonstration garden featuring native plants and wildflowers will be on display. The Garden Expo will have “Future Gardeners” activities for children.
A brand new event not to be missed is Namaste Music Festival. This 3 day music and arts festival is making it's debut June 8th - June 10th at Etowah River Campgrounds. With over 14 bands, arts and craft vendors, dancers, and guest speakers this event is fun in the sun for the entire family! Proceeds from Namaste Music Fest will benefit the creation of a new food bank in the Lumpkin/Dawson area and there will be a second installment at the same location August 24th-26th. Visit their website at www.namastemusicfest.com.
Enjoying its second year this year, will be the Georgia Temptations Wine Garden, a sampling of the best wines in Georgia. You must be 21 or older to enter. This is a wonderful way to sample a variety of Georgia grown and produced wines. There will be a minimal entrance fee to enter the Garden. The Garden hours are Saturday: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
For more information go to www.dahlonegamerchants.org
Gold Rush Days are held the third weekend in October (the 15th and 16th for 2011), when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children's activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!
For GoldRush Days Information, visit www.dahlonegajaycees.com
Rounding out North Georgia's fall festivals is HemlockFest, an unparalleled benefit musical event in a peaceful and beautiful setting just outside Dahlonega held annually during the first full weekend in November (4th, 5th and 6th for 2011). For information, visit http://www.hemlockfest.org/
For more information about Dahlonega events go to www.dahlonega.org and click on the "Festivals" tab.