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Wildflowers and original works of art, food booths, old-fashioned fun and games. . .and don't forget the moonshine! Dawson County knows how to celebrate the seasons, its history and heritage. Our festivals celebrate springtime in the mountains, mark the county's history during Prohibition when running moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains was a way of life (the birth of NASCAR, by the way), and ring in the Christmas season with the lighting of the tree and winter fun. Throughout the year, we also take time out to honor our veterans and active military, and celebrate our nation's freedoms.
Spring Wildflower Festival - Held Mid-April
Amicalola Falls State Park opens its doors at a special rate to include crafts, guided hikes for visitors to view and identify native wildflowers at the peak of their blooming season. 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, 706-265-1969
Memorial Day Celebration - held on Memorial Day
Dawsonville is proud to host a Memorial Day service to honor all deceased veterans. Our service is conducted at Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Road, Dawsonville. 706-265-6278
'Shine Pedalers Metric - Held the last Saturday in July
Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in Downtown Dawsonville - Held the last weekend of every October
8 AM.-5 PM. each day Free Admission
The Moonshine Festival explores Dawson County's history during the Prohibition era when liquor was illegal and the Great Depression of the 1930s when running moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains was a way of life. Thousands of tourists flock to the birthplace of NASCAR racing to hear about storied legends Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall, Raymond Parks, and Gober Sosebee. These men loved the thrill of being chased by the law along the ridges of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Bring the family to visit an old moonshine still, our new legal moonshine distillery, and listen to stories from both "Trippers" and "Revenuers." On Saturday, crafts, food, and entertainment begin at 8 AM. on the square in Dawsonville. The parade begins at 9 AM. See a huge car show lining the streets, including vintage race cars and their drivers. Sunday, we continue the activities with music, dancers, kid's games and rides, exhibits, crafts, food and cars, cars, and more cars! Fun for the entire family. Applications can be found at www.kareforkids.org. All proceeds of the festival go to help the needy children in Dawson County. 706-216-5273
Veterans Day Celebration - Held in November on Veterans Day
Enjoy this parade and formal ceremony honoring all of our veterans. We will award a Veteran of the Year at Dawson County Middle School Auditorium, 332 Highway 9 North, Dawsonville. 706-265-6278 For lodging information or other fun things to do in Dawson County, call the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development at 706-265-6278 or toll free 877-302-9271.
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting - Held the 2nd Saturday after Thanksgiving
Parade runs through Downtown Dawsonville and ends at City Hall for the annual Tree lighting and festivities including: entertainment, pictures with Santa, crafts and more. Call the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development at 706-265-6278 for more information.
For lodging information or other fun things to do in Dawson County, call the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development at 706-265-6278 or toll free 877-302-9271