Live And Silent Country Auctions

The Live and Silent Country Auctions are held in the MainStage Tent on the Friday night before the Bear Festival’s weekend festivities.

5:00 pm – Silent and live auction items can be viewed and food and drink will be served. Silent auction ends at 7 pm.
5:30 pm – The featured band begins performing.
7:00 pm – The live auction begins.

The primary fundraiser for the annual festival, the Auction is one of Dahlonega’s most anticipated occasions, as enthusiastic participants crowd into the MainStage Tent to enter bids on auction items. Over the years, items have included the work of North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper, work from other local and juried artists taking part in the Bear Festival’s Artists Marketplace, and items contributed by businesses, organizations and artists and other individuals.

In the weeks before the auction, you can preview the items online. Items are continually added up until the Auction. The live auction is run by a professional auctioneer, and the event features food from Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub and Bourbon St. Grill, wine and other beverages, and live music.

Admission is usually $5 and covers the cost of a bidding paddle, dinner, and wine. Admission is free for volunteers and festival artists with name badges, as well as auction donors and festival sponsors with tickets.

Want to make a donation for the Live and Silent Auctions during the 25th Annual Bear Festival in 2021? Contact Renee Conaway,