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Schedule Update: Annual Bear on the Square Festival Moves 2017 Dates

Sep 13, 2016 02:38PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of the Bear on the Square website.

Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will move its 2017 event from the third weekend in April to the fourth weekend to avoid a conflict with Easter weekend next year.

The 21st annual festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017. Pre-festival events, including the beginning of jamming on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction will occur on Friday, April 21, 2017, with two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Bear on the Square, 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.

More information about the 2017 festival will be available at as the dates for the event approach.

About Bear on the Square

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc. which stages the yearly celebration of Southern Appalachian music, art and folklore, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural arts organization. A special program, Friends of Bear (, is available as a way for individuals, businesses and organizations to financially support the festival. Information about how to make tax deductible donations can be found on the Bear on the Square website.   

Check out our article about the 2016 festival to learn more:
20th Annual Bear on the Square Festival Has Record Attendence - Apr 22 2016 0204PM

20th Annual Bear on the Square Festival Has Record Attendence

Over the weekend of April 16th, the 20th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival took place and the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega was filled by festival goers. Read More »  

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