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Here's a list of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Northeast Georgia mountains travel region. Call listing numbers for more information.
February
Much Ado About Nothing - 2/25/17 Call for times
"For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?" While young lovers Hero and Claudio anticipate their marriage, just a week away, they amuse themselves by conspiring with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. At the same time, the evil Don John conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. Will the marriage plans be ruined? Or will it all turn out to be "much ado about nothing." Written by William Shakespeare. Cost is $7 to $12 per person. Phone: 678-717-3624 - Address: UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood GA
Godspell - 2/25/17 Call for times
Calling people from all walks of life, Godspell is the lyrical retelling of the life and parables of Jesus, as penned by the renowned Stephen Schwartz before he created the musical blockbusters Pippin or Wicked or penned the lyrics to Disney's Pocahontas and Enchanted. After being performed on four continents and numerous Broadway and off-Broadway revivals, Godspell invites us to "prepare ye the way" with John the Baptist and a re-envisioned band of followers sharing the comical and touching teachings of Christ through inspired choreography and lyrics. Cost is $7 to $12 per person. Phone: 678-717-3624 - Address: Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St, Gainesville, GA 30503
Sneak Preview Days - 2/25/17 at 10am-5pm
Come out and see what is happening at the Zoo! See some early spring babies! Take a wild tour and see all our amazing animals! Visit, feed and interact with hundreds Visit, feed and interact with hundreds of miniature and rare breed farm animals! Get up close to other animals like a giant tortoise, alligator, zebra, a parakeet landing and much more! Plus enjoy petting and feeding the animals in the petting zoo at your leisure. Handicapped Accessible (Limited). Cost is $21 to $23 per person. Phone: 706-348-7279 - Address: North Georgia Zoo & Farm, 2754 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528
2017 Annual Polar Bear Plunge/Winter Festival & Chili Cook-Off - 2/25/17 11:30am-3pm
Annual Polar Bear Plunge awards for Most Money Raised, Most times jumped, Most Creative Costume, Funniest Costume, Oldest and Youngest Jumper. Chili Cook Off awards for Peoples Choice and Judges Best Chili. Vendors will be present for face painting, balloon animals, cake walk and so much more. Make plans now for your family to attend this winter festival. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Georgia Council on Domestic Violence. If you haven't signed up to jump and would like to do so, there is still time. Registration and sign up is at 11 a.m Saturday morning. The jump is at 12:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-377-4141 - Address: Big Oaks Recreation Area, 5823 Dam Rd., Hartwell, Georgia 30643
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Mountain Crossings' 2017 Thru Hiker Season Kick Off Party - 2/25/17 at 11am-6pm
Each year as thru hikers begin their northbound journeys to Maine, we host a party with live music, food, a gear raffle and gear demonstrations by outdoor product companies. This year's fun includes good ol' bluegrass pickin' from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. by Wyatt Espalin and Friends, a s'mores making station, hotdogs on the grill, face painting and a scavenger hunt for the kiddos and so much more! We will hold a gear raffle benefitting the A.T. History Project and disaster relief in Gatlinburg, TN. Gear will include anything from daypacks, hydropacks, clothing, water bottles, cookware and more. Raffle tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at Mountain Crossings, on the day of the event or by mailed checks. It is not necessary to be present to win, but you must retrieve your items from Mountain Crossings at a later time. This event is fun for the whole family. Come join Mountain Crossing at the historic Walasi-Yi Center for a day. Phone: 706-745-6095 - Address: Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi, 12471 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30152
March
UNG Orchestra - 3/2/17 at 7-8pm
The University of North Georgia's Department of Music will present an orchestra performance. The Dahlonega orchestra will perform Grieg's Holberg Suite, Holst's St. Paul Suite, and a new work by UNG composer David Peoples. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-864-1423 - Address: Gloria Shott Auditorium, University of North Georgia, 82 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
Big Band Show - 3/3 - 3/4/17 at 5:30-9pm
Join us for the Big Band Show featuring the UNG Gainesville Jazz Band and Jazz Combo under the direction of Dr. Andrew Santander. This is a reserved seating event. Handicapped Accessible event. Call for cost and reservations. Phone: 678-717-3930 - Address: University of North Georgia- Gainesville Campus, 3040 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood, GA 30566
Lightwire Theater Presents The Ugly Duckling - 3/3 - 3/4/17 at 7-8:30pm
Lightwire Theater has become internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and music scores designed to evoke imagery. Join us for their rendition of "The Ugly Duckling," a classic story with an original and illuminated twist. A dazzling and high-tech production, the performance includes sets, costumes, puppets and props that light up in the dark through the innovative use electroluminescent (EL) wires. As the lights go out and bright, colorful shapes come to life in the dark, characters swirl, float and fly across the stage to a soundtrack of both classical and modern music. Handicapped Accessible event. Tickets are $5 to $10 per person. Phone: 706-282-3232 - Address: Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle St., Toccoa, GA 30577
A Little Night(hawk) Music - 3/6/17 at 7:30-9pm
The faculty of the UNG Music Department present a recital as part of the "A Little Night(hawk) Music" concert series. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission. Phone: 678-717-3930 - Address: Univ. of North Georgia CEPA Building, 3040 Landrum Education Drive, Gainesville, GA
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ZZ Top in Concert - 3/7/17 at 7-10:30pm
ZZ TOP's music is always recognizable, powerful, and soulful. Handicapped Accessible event. Ticket price will be $75 plus $2 handling fee. Phone: 706-896-4191 - Address: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Bouncing Baby Days - 3/11-3/12 & 3/18-3/19/17 at 10am-5pm
Join us in celebrating spring with baby animals, fun kids activites and more! We are open additional days for all those on spring break! Don't forget you can enjoy a camel encounter, hayrides and wildlife walks! See alligators, kangaroos, lemurs, wolves, and more! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) evebt. Cost is $21 to $23 per person. Phone: 706-348-7279 - Address: North Georgia Zoo & Farm, 2754 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528
Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield - 3/18/17 at 7:30-10pm
"Refreshing and beautiful" is how many have described the voice and persona of Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield, a jazz vocalist, musician, and educator from Fort Worth, Texas. "LadyMay" has been singing and playing jazz music since the tender age of thirteen. Since then, she has performed in various venues and festivals throughout the U.S., earning her rave reviews from listeners and musicians in addition to numerous awards. Cost is $30 plus 7% tax. Phone: 770-534-2787 - Address: The Arts Council, 331 Spring Street S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501
Tri-State Hike - 3/18/17 at 10am-1pm
Want to see North Carolina and Tennessee without having to drive there? You can do that at BRM while taking a 2.2-mile nature hike through the wildflower-filled forest of the Tennessee Rock Trail. Stop to rest at the overlook while you enjoy mountain views stretching across North Carolina and into the distance as far as Clingman's Dome, TN. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-746-2141 - Address: Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway, Mountain City, GA 30562
6th Annual Spring Foliage Fest - 3/18/17 at 10am-4pm
A huge variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, and produce will be available for purchase. Enjoy music, crafts, food and drinks. Meet special guest and gardening expert Walter Reeves. NEW THIS YEAR: 4H 5K Run Over. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-367-5714 - Address: Jefferson City Park, 302 Longview Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549
Raptor Fest 2017 - 3/18/17 at 10am-3pm
Is a Hawk a buzzard or a vulture? Learn this and more at Elachee's 3rd Annual Raptor Fest. Take a "selfie" with your favorite bird. See flight demonstrations, birds of prey programs and enjoy other birding activities, crafts, food and more. Phone: 770-535-1976 - Address: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504
Macy Todd - 3/23/17 at 8-10pm
An up-and-coming singer/songwriter with a fresh yet classic sensibility, Macy Todd creates lushly folk-tinged pop music that transcends both genre and time. Hailing from Georgia, the 19-year-old musician delivers an instantly captivating sound that centers on her delicate yet masterful voice, an instrument she's honed through performing for crowds of thousands at her home church. Now at work on her debut, Macy laces those sweetly soulful vocals into songs built on indelible melody and a warm, graceful musicality. Cost is $10 per person. Phone: 770-945-6762 - Address: Buford Community Center Theatre, 2200 Buford Hwy, Buford, GA 30518
28th Annual Trout Tournament - 3/25/17 at 6am-4pm
Fish the famous Chattahoochee River for your chance to catch tagged fish worth up to $500 in cash prizes! Register at the Festhalle (1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, Georgia on March 24, between 4-7 p.m., or on Saturday from 6-9 a.m. The entry fee is $20, and open to all ages. Entry fee includes two raffle tickets for prizes along with a tournament t-shirt while supplies last. Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required. All Georgia state fishing rules and regulations apply. Rules on lures and bait used during the tournament are the Department of Natural Resources rules of fishing in the Chattahoochee River in Helen. Prize awards and raffle drawings will be held at 4 p.m. You must be present with your tagged fish to receive your award. Prize money subject to change. Cost to participate is $20 per person. Phone: 706-878-1908 - Address: Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545
Remarkable Georgia Women - 3/25/17 at 11am
Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women," wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale. Cost is $5 per person. Phone: 706-878-1077 - Address: Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Highway 17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
VoicePlay Band - 3/25/17 at 8-10pm
VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on its head. Re-imagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay's music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics. Cost is $22 to $25 per person. Phone: 770-945-6762 - Address: Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Hwy, Buford, GA 30518
Day In A Miner's Life - 3/25/17 at 10am
Peek back at life in the 1830s with demonstrations on gold panning, blacksmithing, shingle making, pioneer tools, candle making, folk toys, spinning, pine needle basket making and more. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission cost is $7 to $10 per person. Phone: 706-864-2257 - Address: Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega, GA 30533
13th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival - 3/25 at 9am-5pm & 3/26/17 at 10am-2:30pm
Sixteen premier writers from across the U.S., including mystery writer Rita Mae Brown and historical fiction writer Cassandra King, will be featured at the festival. Another 25 will be part of the Southern Regional Writers Room in the Dahlonega Community Center where attendees can meet and talk one-on-one with fiction and non-fiction authors. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-867-9607 - Address:91 N Park St., downtown Dahlonega, GA 30533
Northeast Georgia Concerts Presents - Route 66 - 3/30/17 at 7-9pm
A rip-roaring, pedal-to-the-medal road trip down memory lane featuring hits such as "Dead Man's Curve," "King of the Road," "Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "Six Days on the Road," "GTO," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around" and, of course, "Route 66." Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic "Mother Road" where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. The '50s music in this show is energizing and fun for all ages. From the jazzy pop of Chicago, the two-stepping hoedown of Texas and the beach-bumming car jams of California - this show has it all. Cost is $10 to $20 per person. Phone: 706-297-7121 - Address: Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle St., Toccoa, GA 30577
James Gregory - The Funniest Man in America - 3/31/17 at 7:30pm
James creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling. The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. Cost starts at $27 per person. Phone: 706-282-3232 - Address: Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle Street, Toccoa, GA 30577
April
The Barefoot Movement - 4/1/17 at 8-10pm
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group, The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off and stay a while. With crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans joining the fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the message is clear: barefoot is better. Won't you join the movement? Cost is $15 per person. Phone: 770-945-6762 - Address: Buford Community Center Theatre, 2200 Buford Hwy, Buford, GA 30518
Inaugural Forsyth Metric Century benefiting Team Maggie - 4/1/17 at 7am-1:30pm
The Forsyth Metric Century benefits Team Maggie- a Roswell, Ga. based 501 (C) 3 with the mission to support, educate, and provide financial assistance for teens and young adults with cancer seeking fertility preservation. Team Maggie keeps the "Dream of Family Alive." Our Charity Ride will take place on April 1, 2017, and will be held at Sawnee Mountain Park in Cumming, Ga. Your support is greatly appreciated. Cost is $35 until 3/31 and $40 on 4/1/17. Phone: 904-742-1717 - Address: Sawnee Mountain Park, 3995 Watson Road, Cumming, GA 30028
Clint Black in Concert - 4/7/17 at 7-10:30pm
Clint Black is back. The multi-million selling country mega-star is releasing On Purpose and will be in concert at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. Handicapped Accessible event. Tickets go on sale February 17. Tickets are $31 or $41 per person plus $2 handling fee. Phone: 706-896-4191 - Address: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
29th Annual Magical Easter Eggstravaganza - 4/8/17 at 8am-5pm
The Cabbage Patch Kids invite you to their home on 650 acres in the Georgia mountains. The exciting atmosphere is positively blooming. The hospital staff has a day of activities planned, including breakfast with the Easter Bunny, a Cabbage Patch Kid's Easter Bonnet Contest for all ages, dancing with Cabbage Patch Kid costume characters, hourly prize drawings and more. Handicapped Accessible event. Free Easter Egg hunt on the grounds of BabyLand General Hospital with 25,000 eggs. Free admission and parking. Some activities have a small charge. Phone: 706-865-2171 - Address: Babyland General Hospital, 300 N.O.K. Drive, Cleveland, GA 30528
Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Davina and the Vagabonds - 4/8/17 at 7:30-10pm
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers' commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. Cost is $30 per person plus 7% tax. Phone: 770-534-2787 - Address: The Arts Council, 331 Spring Street S.W., Gainesville, GA 30503
The Raven and the Nightingale - 4/14 - 4/17/17 at 7:30pm
Filled with poetic imagery and powerful emotion, this new version of a Greek tragedy tells the story of Cassandra, doomed prophetess of Troy, who was blessed by Apollo with the ability to see the future yet then cursed by him so that no one would believe her. Assailed by the destructive power of her visions while trying to navigate their meaning in order to save her family and her home, Cassandra is haunted and guided by the ghost of her twin brother as she faces not only her terrible fears and possible madness but her last enemy, the beautiful and powerful Helen. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-717-3624 - Address: Brenau’s University's Hosch Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road Oakwood, Oakwood, GA 30504
Taste of Forsyth - 4/15/17 at 11am-5pm
Sample from more than 20 restaurants. Taste of Forsyth is a community event with music, a kids zone, local entertainment, Easter Egg Hunt and much more. We will see you at the Taste of Forsyth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bon appetit! Samples are $1 to $4 each. Phone: 770-781-3491 - Address: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040
Jefferson Community Easter Egg Hunt - 4/15/17 at 10am-1pm
Bring your kids out for a fun morning in the Jefferson City Park. We'll have vendor booths with food and activities; and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be on hand for photo opportunities. The hunt starts at 1 p.m., so bring your basket! Search for over 15,000 candy and prize eggs. The hunt is for ages 12 and under only, but the fun is for everyone! Free admission and parking.Phone: 706-367-5714 - Address: Jefferson Club House & City Park, 302 Longview Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549
Flat Creek Kayak Adventure - 4/15/17 at 10am-1pm
Join in us on this 2 to 3 hour excursion to the one of the wildest parts of the lake. This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island, the northern-most island on Lake Lanier. Bring food and water for this trip; it takes a lot of energy. 2 single kayaks and 6 tandem kayaks available for rent if needed. Costs are $20 with personal kayak/canoe or $30 with kayak rental, and $5 parking fee. Phone: 678-450-7726 - Address: Don Carter State Park, 5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506
Easter Festival - 4/16/17 at 10am-4pm
Join us for this year's Easter celebration! Enjoy the Rabbit Palooza where you can touch, hold, and learn about over 10 different types of rabbits. Lots of baby bunnies! Enjoy egg hunting in a whole new fashion at the Eggstravaganza. Choose your style of egg hunting and don't worry about fighting the crowds! Find that one special egg or collect as many as you can and redeem them for prizes and treats! Learn all the eggs and maybe even see one hatch! The cost is $5 to participate in Easter Egg Hunt. Included is a basket for you to pick up your eggs, then turn into ticket booth for a goodie bag! Other activities include: groom, pet, and even ride a donkey, hear the Easter Story, hold chicks and ducks with assistance from zoo staff, bottle feed baby goats and sheep for only $2. Don't forget you can still enjoy a camel encounter hay wagon and wildlife walk to see animals from alligators, kangaroos, lemurs, wolves, and more! Phone: 706-348-7279 - Address: North Georgia Zoo & Farm, 2912 Paradise Valley Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
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