Entertainment: Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Published by: Debra Green on Thursday March 30th, 2017

Debra Green

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Come out of Hibernation at Dahlonega’s Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Family-friendly April event brings music and arts to the North Georgia Mountains

Bear on the Square Mountain FestivalOne of the most beloved Spring festivals in the Southeast, just an hour north of Atlanta, is Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square.  This event celebrates the culture of the Southern Appalachians through music, traditional craft and folkways. 

Bear on the Square came to be 21 years ago when a frightened baby bear climbed a tree in Dahlonega’s Public Square. Shop and restaurant owners and patrons rushed outside to see the little bear curled up on a tree branch. The morning marked the beginning of spring and inspired the residents to create a festival to mark the end of the cold winter months.  There’s even a carved wooden bear permanently attached to the tree in question.

Held in and around Dahlonega's Historic Public Square, the yearly festival starts around mid-day on Friday, April 21. Early-arriving local and visiting pickers begin jamming on the square, which goes on all weekend. A Live and Silent Country Auction that night in the Main Stage Tent features music, food and wine. A juried Artists Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday spotlights traditional mountain crafts and artist demonstrations. Other highlights include storytelling, free music workshops/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday; an Acoustic Open Mic event and dance team demonstrations on Saturday; and Master Music Classes on Sunday. For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup and more information about performers and artists, schedules, and updates between now and the event, visit www.bearonthesquare.org.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., which stages the festival each year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.

 

More information:

Bear on the Square Mountain FestivalWhat: 21st annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

When: April 21-23, 2017, with Artists Markets open on Saturday and Sunday

Where: On the square in Dahlonega, GA

Three days of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music, workshops, auctions, juried artists’ market, folk dancing, children’s activities, food and shopping in the historic Public Square. Professional and amateur musicians flock to this festival filled with music lovers, people-watchers, and folkways enthusiasts.

Cost: Free admission | For more information, visit www.Dahlonega.org | 

706-864-9007

Come out of Hibernation at Dahlonega’s Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
Family-friendly April event brings music and arts to the North Georgia Mountains
 
One of the most beloved Spring festivals in the Southeast, just an hour north of Atlanta, is Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square.  This event celebrates the culture of the Southern Appalachians through music, traditional craft and folkways.  
 
Bear on the Square came to be 21 years ago when a frightened baby bear climbed a tree in Dahlonega’s Public Square. Shop and restaurant owners and patrons rushed outside to see the little bear curled up on a tree branch. The morning marked the beginning of spring and inspired the residents to create a festival to mark the end of the cold winter months.  There’s even a carved wooden bear permanently attached to the tree in question.
 
Held in and around Dahlonega's Historic Public Square, the yearly festival starts around mid-day on Friday, April 21. Early-arriving local and visiting pickers begin jamming on the square, which goes on all weekend. A Live and Silent Country Auction that night in the Main Stage Tent features music, food and wine. A juried Artists Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday spotlights traditional mountain crafts and artist demonstrations. Other highlights include storytelling, free music workshops/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday; an Acoustic Open Mic event and dance team demonstrations on Saturday; and Master Music Classes on Sunday. For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup and more information about performers and artists, schedules, and updates between now and the event, visit www.bearonthesquare.org.
 
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., which stages the festival each year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachian region. 
 
More information:
What: 21st annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
When: April 21-23, 2017, with Artists Markets open on Saturday and Sunday
Where: On the square in Dahlonega, GA
Three days of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music, workshops, auctions, juried artists’ market, folk dancing, children’s activities, food and shopping in the historic Public Square. Professional and amateur musicians flock to this festival filled with music lovers, people-watchers, and folkways enthusiasts. 
Cost: Free admission 
For more information, visit www.Dahlonega.org 
706-864-9007

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