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Let Freedom RING at Dahlonega's July 4th Celebration

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Sparklers. Hot dog eating contests. Parades. Fireworks. Footraces. Family fun is found around every corner when it's the 4th of July in Dahlonega! From live music in Hancock Park to the grand firework finale...when it comes to celebrating our nation's birthday, we LET FREEDOM RING! Here is the complete list of activities released by our Chamber of Commerce:

Daholonega Gold Rush Days 2018. It's ON.

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Funnel Cakes. Bluegrass music. Clogging. Hog Calling Contests. The sights, sounds and smells of Dahlonega Gold Rush flood your mind when thinking of our town's largest festival. This October 20 and 21, we'll see way larger crowds than back in the day...

Our customer (in the middle below) shared these family photos of hers from 1955... 

What fun it would be if people still dressed up like they used to! If you're planning on coming to Gold Rush this year, be sure to stop by and say hi! We'll be opening early and staying late.

We're Loaded for BEAR!

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When you think Bear on the Square you also think 'It's the most wonderful time of the year.' Truth be told that's pretty much Dahlonega all year round but heck...we're kinda biased. If you've never attended (what's wrong with you!), this video really catches the essence of the festival:

For a complete schedule of events, click here!

Get Ready For Bear On The Square 2017

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Seems like last year's festival was last month - hard to believe Dahlonega's favorite spring festival returns for it's 21st year next month.  There is a charity auction on the evening of April 21st, then two days of music and art on the 22nd and 23rd. 

The Bear on the Square Festival, held in and around Dahlonega's Historic Public Square, is an authentic Appalachian Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, an old-time mountain dance, an open mic event, and more.

Here's Kranberry Kathy and daughter at last year's celebration...

And the main stage...

And some of our favorite locals enjoying the music!

Weather permitting, you'll find pockets of professional musicians and amateurs jamming around the square.  Expect spontaneous eruptions of clogging, or buckdancing!  If it does happen to rain, musicians are invited to jam inside the shops around the square.  You can expect Cranberry Corners to open their doors to anyone wishing to play!  This really is an amazing, family friendly event.  You will not regret attending!