An Annual Celebration of Appalachian Culture in Dahlonega, Georgia

Out of an abundance of caution – as well as the love we have for our wonderful Bear family of musicians, artists, volunteers, sponsors, storytellers, vendors and more – we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival due to the Coronavirus.

We know how much everyone looks forward to Bear and we will definitely be back in 2021, the weekend of April 17-18. Thank you, not only for your support of this decision, but also your support of Bear on the Square next year and for many years to come!


Musicians start gathering Friday afternoon for acoustic jams that continue all weekend around the historic square. On Saturday and Sunday, the MainStage tent features an extensive line-up of free concerts by nationally recognized musicians performing Bluegrass and Old-time music. 

Artist Marketplace

One-of-a-kind, handmade items are available from a juried selection of the mountain region’s best artists. The 80+ booths surrounding the Historic Square feature a remarkable selection of textiles, pottery, woodworking and other traditional crafts.



A cherished Appalachian tradition, the art of storytelling entertains audience members of all ages as professional storytellers combine tall tales, moral lessons, riddles, and history. Appalachian settlers used stories to entertain, educate, and build community, aspects we still enjoy today. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc. is a not-for-profit Cultural Arts Organization whose mission is to help preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The festival is organized and run by 100+ volunteers.