If you are a music lover (and who isn’t, right!) you can find it in Lumpkin County in some not-so-usual places. Like on the Picking Porch at the Appalachian Studies Center or on the grounds of the historic Dahlonega Gold Museum. Appalachian musicians just can’t help it; they have to gather and play. Along with impromptu street corner concerts, April brings the Bear on the Square Festival, through the summer months First Friday concerts are held at Hancock Park, and the Appalachian Jam can be enjoyed in downtown Dahlonega every Saturday. The School of Arts and Letters at North Georgia College & State University offers opportunities for exhibition concerts by faculty and students to be enjoyed by the public, and the university hosts the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival each summer.
Through the university, talented students and faculty as well as traveling exhibits provide a unique opportunity for Lumpkin County residents to enjoy the visual arts. Lumpkin County boasts a large community of artists talented in painting, sculpture, pottery and many other mediums. Local artists exhibit their work in galleries, restaurants, offices and stores throughout the county.
Live entertainment thrives at the historic Holly Theater. The Holly is known throughout North Georgia as an intimate yet professional quality theatre. The Holly Theater produces large main stage productions. Concerts and smaller shows are held in the Holly Downstairs Theater. The Holly Children’s Theater is an award-winning program producing several shows and events each year. North Georgia College & State University also produces stage shows and films open to the public.
With twelve festivals per year something exciting is happening nearly every month. Lumpkin County festivals range from the Yahoola Springs Powwow (celebrating Lumpkin County’s Native American, Cherokee heritage) to Old Fashioned Christmas and everything in between. The Bear on the Square Festival features the Appalachian heritage of the region and is held in April. The Mountain Flower, Fine Arts and Wine Festival in May offers festival goers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the area as well as art exhibits and local wine. The largest festival commemorates the gold history of Lumpkin County with Gold Rush Days in October.