Dahlonega's Historic Public Square will be alive with activity the forth weekend in April as the 18th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will fill the area with Artist Marketplace exhibitors as well as the jammers who gather in groups throughout the downtown area to enjoy playing bluegrass and old-time music.
The Artist Marketplace, a juried event, will be comprised of a remarkable collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade arts and crafts from some of the Southern Appalachian region's top artists. Open on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine, the market will have booths containing the work of some 45 Marketplace artists. Featured artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their talent, will display pottery, fiber crafts, wood crafts, jewelry, painting, drawing and photography, multi-media, metal crafts and musical instruments. Among the folk artists this year will be noted area resident Billy Roper, the festival's Heritage Sponsor.