Call for Marketplace Artists 2015

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc. is inviting artists to submit applications for consideration.  

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is an authentic Mountain Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music, traditional art and craft, folk art, dance, and storytelling. The festival is held on the Historic Public Square of Dahlonega, Georgia.  This nonprofit organization’s mission is to preserve and support the artistic and cultural traditions of the Georgia Mountains and the Southern Appalachian Region.


Call for 2015 Bear Food Vendors

It's time to fill the the Food Court with a wonderful choice of items. To apply to be a Bear on the Square Food Court Vendor, click on the Vendor Form link below.

Deadline to submit an application has been extended from Saturday, Jan. 10, to Saturday, Jan. 24, and vendors will be selected by Jan. 31.



BlueBilly Grit

From the side porch of an old gristmill to the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, following their win at the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, BlueBilly Grit has quickly become a force in bluegrass and Americana.

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Pick & Bow

Appearing on the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s MainStage for the seventh consecutive year are students from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School Program, an after school program in Daglonega.

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John Lilly

John Lilly is an award-winning songwriter and performer from Charleston, W. Va., who specializes in country roots and traditional folk music. From poignant ballads to humorous songs and yodels, John captures the essence of the past and puts it in his own terms.

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Curtis Jones

Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing.

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Sons of Bluegrass

The Sons of Bluegrass are the first professional band in the world entirely comprised of high caliber bluegrass majors from the one-of-a-kind bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University.

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Jason Kenney

Most of Jason Kenney’s life has been spent nestled in the beautiful mountains and community of Dahlonega. He started playing guitar when he was 14 to impress a girl. The girl didn’t work out, but he stuck with the music and it has served him well.

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Latest News

Jan 24 2015

The National Storytelling Network (NSN) has named Bear on the Square Mountain Festival as the 2015 Southeast Regional Spotlight Event for Storytelling.

Jan 20 2015

Bear on the Square festival has been awarded the "Music Venue of the Year" award from the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association in recognition of its "many valuable contributions to The SouthEastern B

Jan 8 2015

Bear MainStage Bands, Events Announced For 2015

May 18 2014

The Bear on the Square Festival is part of the Amazon Smile Program. Click for more information.

Jan 12 2013

If you are a lover of our festival and would like to help it thrive, please consider signing on as a "Friend of Bear." Dollars collected through this annual support effort help pay for facilities—l

Mainstage Schedule 2014

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule




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