Info & FAQ
A variety of food trucks are located near Hancock Park, next to the MainStage tent. There are also numerous restaurants on and around the Square. To apply to be a food vendor, access the application here. Application deadline is February 1, 2024.
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Can I bring my dog?
Rover.com says make sure your dog displays these traits to know your pooch is festival ready:
- Well-socialized with other dogs (you’re bound to see some at the fest)
- Gets along with all types of people, including kids and unpredictable adults
- Comfortable in noisy environments
- Good leash manners and recall
How did the festival get its name?
The story began on a spring morning in 1996, when a mama bear with two cubs made her way into the town’s historic square, causing a “big commotion.” The mama bear and one cub apparently escaped from town after being seen on North Grove Street later that afternoon. The other cub, however, decided to climb the sycamore tree, where it remained for several hours. The cub was eventually coaxed down from the tree by Forest Service rangers and was delivered unharmed back into the mountain woodlands.
After the bears’ Dahlonega adventure, several local residents began kicking around the idea of throwing a “party” to give a boost to local businesses; this ultimately led to what is now the annual Bear on the Square Festival.