Things to Do

The site of the first U.S. “Gold Rush” in 1828 brought many miners to Dahlonega – a Cherokee Indian word for yellow rock. The town exploded with miners and entrepreneurs coming to find riches in the North Georgia Mountains. Today, these same mountains have become proven to be a favorable environment for growing sweet mountain grapes for wine connoisseurs.  There is a growing number of vineyards and wineries in the area.  Others come to experience the majestic waterfalls and hiking trails that surround the town.  Dahlonega and the county annually host weddings, family gatherings,  college and university visitors, Appalachian Trail hikers, those seeking wildlife sightings, or just visiting historical sites and festival events.

Event Calendar:

Historic Holly Theatre: Live performances year around. Check out what’s playing on stage.

Dahlonega Farmer’s Market:  Open every Tuesday and Saturday from summer through September

Dahlonega Walking Tours: Learn the history of our buildings dating back to the 1880s.

Movies in Hancock Park:  Outdoor screen every second Friday through September

Dahlonega Appalachian Jam:  Live music on town square through October

The Bear On The Square art and music festival: Mid-April each year.

The Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty – Every September. Check dates at

Gold Rush Weekend:  with Dahlonega celebrating the first of finding of gold: always 3rd weekend in October

Thanksgiving at The Smith House:  Thanksgiving Day every year. Check out our menu under dining tab.

Every weekend after Thanksgiving until December 25th:  Santa Claus on the town square of Dahlonega. Then – come have supper with Santa at The Smith House.