Today's lake level: 1070.84
Your complete online news, information, and recreation guide to Lake Lanier
Sep. 20, 2020
12:40 am


Lanier area events calendar

Note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak some events likely will be canceled. Please check before making plans to attend events.

Festival pickings slim this fall, farm fun still on
Just when we need them most, the festivals that traditionally herald a changing of the season are dropping like autumn leaves. Many of the annual celebrations in Lake Lanier communities and nearby mountain towns are canceled due to coronavirus concerns this year. Normally tens of thousands of tourists flock to north Georgia for craft, music and food fests that pay tribute to the region’s cultural heritage. As of mid-August, a few remained on schedule, but organizers advise prospective visitors to check websites for up-to-date information. Although festival pickings are slim, area farms still invite folks up for harvest celebrations, including corn mazes, hayrides, family fun and games. Here’s a look at some options to get out this fall:
Cabin Fever Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, Helen. Bluegrass and BBQ on Duke’s Creek, plus crafts and hayrides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $10 per vehicle., 706-878-3087. 
Mountain Farm Celebration, Sautee Nacoochee. Old fashioned country fair with pioneer skills and exhibits, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, old timey games, plus first floor tour of historic mansion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 24, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-1077. 
Indian Summer Festival, Suches. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3-4, Woody Gap School (smallest public school in Georgia), 2331 Ga. 60. Crafts, food, and music. $5 adults, $ children 7-12, free to children 6 and younger. 706-747-2401.
Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega. Oct. 17-18, hours to be determined, Public Square/Downtown Historic District. Crafts, food, plus panning for gold, bluegrass and gospel music and old-time competitions.
52nd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Parade of moonshine and revenue cars 9 a.m. Oct. 24; festival Oct. 24-25, Dawsonville Municipal Complex, 415 Hwy. 53 E. Huge car show, parade, moonshine still, free moonshine samples, crafts, games, kids’ rides, music, and more. Parking $10. 706-265-6278.
Vogel’s Fall Festival, Blairsville. Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. Hayrides, food, cake walk, Halloween campsite decoration contest. $5., 706-745-2628.
Canceled Festivals: Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival (Don Carter State Park, Gainesville), Clermont Days, Woodland Ramble (Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden), Cumming Country Fair & Festival (Cumming), Flowery Branch Fall Festival, Oktoberfest at the Fest Hall (Helen), Georgia Mountain Fall Festival (Hiawassee), Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay), Georgia Marble Festival (Jasper), Foxfire Mountaineer Festival (Clayton), Sorghum Festival (Blairsville), Mountain Music Day Festival (Blairsville), Big Red Apple Festival (Cornelia), Mule Camp Market (Gainesville).
Corn Mazes and Harvest Celebrations
Uncle Shucks Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville. Sept. 12-Nov. 25. Sept. & Nov. hours: 4-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. October hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Haunted maze weekends in October. 125 Bannister Rd., Dawsonville. Also wagon rides and bonfire. $5-$22., 770-772-6223.
Buford Corn Maze. Sept. 5-Nov. 15. Sept. & Nov. hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun, plus 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Labor Day, Sept. 7; Oct. hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. See website for Haunted Forest and Halloween week hours. 4470 Bennett Rd. $15-$25. Also hayrides, kids’ farm fun, pony rides, farm animals. 678-835-7198.
Jaemor Farms 14th Annual Corn Maze, Alto. Oct. hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 1-7 p.m. Sun. Nov. hours:  10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 7, 1-7 p.m. Nov. 8. 5340 Cornelia Hwy, Ga.365. $14-$16. Also hayrides, apple cannon, pumpkin train, farm games, duck race., 770-869-3999.

Outdoor Calendar

Grounded pursuits
Tal-Luah, Tallulah Falls. Beach bash with DJ, prizes and games, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yard Dr. $5 parking. 706-754-7981,
Labor Day Doughnut Dash Half Marathon/5K/Munchkin Run, Cumming. 7:30/7:45/9 a.m. Sept. 7, location to be determined. $30-$60.
Helping Hearts 5K, Buford. 8 a.m. Sept. 7, Downtown Buford, 395 E. Main St. $20-$30.
Tugaloo Olympic/Sprint Triathlon, Lavonia. 1.5K swim/42K bike/10K run or 500 yd. swim/14 mi. bike/5K run, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 12, Tugaloo State Park, 1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd. $75-$165.
Girl Scouts Introduction to Archery, Helen. Opportunity for Girl Scout troops to learn archery, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 12, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. Register by Sept. 10. Maximum 15 participants ages 8 and up. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087,
Bootlegger Triathlon, Dawsonville. Super sprint triathlon with pool swim, various distances and start times for age groups, Sept. 13, Veterans Memorial Park, Recreation Rd. $30-$55.
•  Rivers Alive Annual Stream Clean-up, Gainesville. Groups select where and when to clean up neighborhood streams or volunteer for clean up assignments, Sept. 21-28, Gainesville & Hall County. Supplies, including Rivers Alive face buffs, provided. Register by Sept. 14.
Your State Parks Day, Georgia State Parks. Multiple state parks invite volunteers to help with trail work, clean up, landscaping and more, Sept. 26.
Lake Lanier Sprint Triathlon/Aquabike, Buford. 400 yd. swim/12 mi. bike/5K run or swim/bike event for individuals and teams, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 26, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. $65-$165.
Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5K, Buford. 8 a.m. Sept. 26, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy. $30-$35 plus $6 gate fee.
Six Gap Century/Three Gap 50/Valley Ride, Dahlonega. Annual mountain and valley bicycle rides on and between some of Georgia’s highest peaks, Six Gap 7:30 a.m./Three Gap & Valley Rides 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Lumpkin County High School, 2001 Indian Drive. Bike expo at high school. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26.
Happy Hour Hustle 5K, Sugar Hill. 8 a.m. Sept. 28, Eagle Theater, 5029 W. Broad St. NW. $35-$45.
Trillium Trek Half Marathon/5K, Gainesville. Challenging trail runs/walks 8/8:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Limited to 50 participants each. $60/$30. Register by Sept. 14. No spectators, family members, or guests.,
Note: See for events at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier.


First Visit Tour, Helen. Van tour to covered bridge, Duke’s Creek, and cottages, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays through Dec., Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking. 706-878-3087,
Farm Animal Fun Days, Sautee Nacoochee. Learn about livestock kept on historic farm, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12, Oct. 24, & Nov. 7, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $6 per person, $5 parking., 706-878-1077.
Emory Jones Book Signing, Sautee Nacoochee. Author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound,” reads excepts from new book “the Valley Where They Danced;” includes tour at historic farm, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $7-$12, free to children 5 and younger,  $5 parking., 706-878-1077.
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Explore the Garden with beer, wine or soda from Garden bar. Light bites not available, but guests may pre-order dinner from 2 Dog Restaurant and dine outdoors in Ivester Amphitheatre or Event Lawn. Bring chairs or blankets. 5-8 p.m. weekends through Nov. 1, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission, plus card purchases for drinks., 404-888-4760.
Scavenger Hunts, Storybook Time, Musical Fun, Trolly Fun, Gainesville. Children and family activities, various times through October, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission., 404-888-4760.
Gainesville Square Farmers Market. Local fruits, vegetables, crafts, food, music, Downtown Gainesville Square, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 2.
Cumming Farmers Market. Local farmers sell fresh produce, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd.
Braselton Summer Farmers Market. 4-7 p.m. Fridays, Downtown Braselton, 9924 Davis St.
Original Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. Local produce, crafts, flowers, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 734 E. Crescent Dr.
Flowery Branch Farmers Market. Farm produce, crafts, baked goods, natural health products, 3 p.m. Thursdays, Flowery Branch Depot, 5302 Railroad Ave.

Other area events
Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 – Elachee Virtual Science Night features environmental education and discussion, a program best suited for adults. Free. Virtual event website: Info: 770-535-1976.
Brenau University
Info: 770-534-6263;

Buford Community Center
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Info: 678-425-0900 x41;

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Info: 706-530-5162;

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts
Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
INK is now open, but some new rules apply.
Lake Lanier Islands/Margaritaville
Water Park is open only on weekends until Sept. 27. Tickets: $33.99-$47.99. Daily Beach Pass: $9.99; Holiday Weekends: $14.99.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Piedmont College
Sept. 10-Oct. 1 – Linda Anderson & Ken Woodall are featured artists at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Anderson is a self-taught folk artist whose work includes paintings and assemblage sculptures. Anderson lives in Clarkesville, Ga., and her work has been exhibited at MOCA GA, the Asheville Art Museum, and the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Demorest-based folk artist Woodall returned to his childhood love of art after running a drive-in theatre and working as a sales representative. His work has been shown in prestigious U.S. museums, including New York’s Salmangundi Art Club, the Bascom Center for the Arts and the Morris Museum of Art.
A reception for the artists will be held on Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.
Sept. 10-13 – Trojan Women, directed by Bill Gabelhausen, is widely considered the greatest anti-war play ever written, remains both timeless and timely, a poignant meditation on the aftermath of battle. Through dance and music, the chorus of enslaved Trojan women mirrors the sorrow of the loss of Troy and ultimately their own freedom. Times: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10-12; 2 p.m., Sept. 13.Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Oct. 3 – Fall Exhibition features artists Jill Haack (All That Glitters is Hope); Kathy Kitz (Perception & Elements); Celeste Porter (A Vision of Hope); Jason Bohannon (Captive Light); and Tannery Row Artists Colony (Imagine).

Resurgens Theatre Company
The North Georgia Shakespeare Festival 

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)
Tannery Row Artist Colony
• Sept. 12-Oct. 10 – Fall Juried Art Exhibition with an opening reception held 5-8 p.m. (According to its website, this is pending due to Covid-19. Check the website closer to the date to see the most recent information.)
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Sept. 25 – Latin American Short Film Festival, 6-8 p.m., held in Hoag Student Center 342 – VTC Auditorium. The festival will showcase and offer UNG students and community members an inside look at current short films directed by up-and-coming Latin American filmmakers. All the shorts will feature English subtitles and vary between lengths of 10-15 minutes. Also featured are guest speakers before the films and Q&A moderators after the screening.
Sept. 30 – Guest Artist: Violinist Dr. Josh Holritz, 7:30-8:30 p.m., performs in Nix Fine Arts Center 308-Gloria Shott Auditorium. Holritz is a faculty member of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Voices of North Georgia

September 2020 Arts Page

August 2020 Arts Page

- compiled by Jane Harrison & Millie Adcox

Copyright © 2011 Lakeside News. Internet Marketing Company: Full Media (CS)