A Message from Bear on the Square

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival began almost 26 years ago in Dahlonega, Georgia, to celebrate the traditional music, craft, dance and storytelling of Appalachian culture. From a bear cub climbing high into a sycamore tree at the town square, the Pender family and friends created a theme for the festival that has both entertained and educated festival-goers for many wonderful years. Live bluegrass and old-time music and singing are the unique and essential features.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a temporary halt to the celebration. The safety and security of the community is of upmost concern. In consideration of current state restrictions on live music concerts and mass gatherings, and because of the continuing spread of the virus, the festival committee has decided to cancel the 2021 festival.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will return when we can sing and safely gather together with the goal dates of April 22-24, 2022.

The festival thanks past and present volunteers, sponsors, participants, musicians, artists, local city officials and festival-goers who have come together to make Bear on the Square such a beloved Dahlonega event for so many years and we look forward to seeing you in 2022.

The Bear on the Square Executive Committee