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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar


Aqua Activities

CrawlMan Swim/Run Race, Winder. Teams and individuals alternate between swims and runs in short course (run 6.75 miles/swim 2400 meters) or long course (run 13.5 miles/ swim5K), 8 a.m. June 2, Fort Yargo State Park, 2018 Broad St. $100/$200. Limited spots left.
• Flotilla Raft Race on Lake Lanier, Gainesville. Construct a raft with recycled or household materials, test seaworthiness in 1-mile race; decorated canoes/kayaks welcome to join, plus food, water games and awards, noon June 9, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $7, $5 parking. Register in advance., 678-450-7726.

Grounded Pursuits
Tai Chi in the Garden, Gainesville. Perform ancient Chinese exercise form in garden setting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays May 1-29, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $69, members $59., 404-888-4760.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 9-11 p.m. May 29, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
45th Annual Helen-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race, Helen. Balloons launch for cross country race to I-95, includes local ballooning events; launch 7 a.m. May 31, ballooning festivities 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 31, June 1-2 weather permitting, Wilkins Field, across from 8016 S. Main. Free admission, charge for balloon rides.
First Friday, Gainesville. Cherry Cherry, Neil Diamond cover band, plus food and adult beverage vendors, 7 p.m. June 1, Roosevelt Square (next to pedestrian bridge off Downtown Gainesville Square). Free., 770-297-1141.
Movies in the Park, Dawsonville. Movie on the beach at popular Lake Lanier park, concessions, activities 7-11 p.m. June 1, War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Rd. Free., 706-344-3646.
D-Day Run/Walk at Currahee Mountain, Toccoa. Tread in the footsteps of 18,000 soldiers who trained on Currahee Mountain during WWII, 8 a.m. June 2, 2351 Ayersville Rd. $40-$45.
Run the Ranch Fun Run/5K, Flowery Branch. 8:15/8:35 a.m. June 2, 5500 Union Church Rd. $20/$30.
National Trails Day 6-Mile Hike, Helen. Hike round trip from Unicoi to Helen, 9 a.m.-noon June 2, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 356. $5. 706-878-2201, Ext. 549,
National Trails Day Celebration, Blairsville. Annual celebration with trail work, family hikes, invasive plant eradication project, covered dish picnic and brief program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5. 706-745-2628,
Wildflower Hike, National Trails Day, Clarkesville. 1-mile hour-long hike through woodlands, fields and by rushing water to see wildflowers, 9-10 a.m. June 2, Moccasin Creek State Park, 3655 Hwy 197., 706-947-3194.
National Trails Day Duke’s Creek Falls Hike, Helen. 2-mile guided hike through Smithgall Woods, 9-11 a.m. June 2, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5. Register in advance. 706-878-3087,
National Trails Day, Gainesville. Moderate 2-mile hike on Dog Creek Trail, 10 a.m.-noon June 2, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
National Trails Day on the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail, Sautee Nacoochee. 2-mile out and back guided hike on new trail to discover layers of history along the Chattahoochee River in White County, 10 a.m.-noon June 2, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5, $7 hike and farm tour., 706-878-1077.
Botanical Garden Member Day, Gainesville. Family fun, visit Ogre and Friends Imaginary Worlds garden characters, light refreshments, magic shows and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr., 404-888-4760.
National Trails Day, High Bluff Loop, Tallulah Falls. Moderate 3-mile hike on backcountry trail; kids must be 8 or older, 10 a.m.-noon June 2, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5. Call to register. 706-754-7981,
Peach State Mounted Shooters, Gainesville. Equestrian competition, June 2-3, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Sounds of Summer Night Hike, Helen. Hear cicadas, katydids, frogs and screech owls on .5 mile Wetland Loop trail, 8-9 p.m. June 2, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $3, $5 parking. Register in advance. 706-878-3087,
Grab Your Squad Jog, Dawsonville. 7 p.m. June 8, Rock Creek Park, Martin Rd. $20-$25.
Capturing Waterlilies, Gainesville. Adult water color painting workshop, 1-4 p.m. June 9, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $54, members $49.  Maximum 8 students., 404-888-4760.
Southern Gospel Singing, Gainesville. June 9, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. June 11, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Jenny Melton Father’s Day Fun Run/5K Trail Runs, Oakwood. 7:30/8 a.m. June 16, West Hall High School, 5500 McEver Rd. $20/$35.
Chris Gaunt 5K Run/Walk over Parkinsons, Gainesville. 7:30 a.m. June 16, Flat Creek Baptist Church, 5504 Flat Creek Rd. $25-$30.
The Navi-Gator 5K, Cumming. 8 a.m. June 16, The Collections, 410 Peachtree Pkwy. $30-$35.
Dirty Spokes 6.1/3-Mile Haw Creek Park Trail Runs, Cumming. 8 a.m. June 16, 2205 Echols Rd. $30-$45.
Fitness in the Park, Gainesville. Zumba with Cristina Proano, 9 -10 a.m. June 16, Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Pkwy. Free. 770-531-2680,
Hose Hump 5K, Gainesville. 9 a.m. June 16, Allen Creek Soccer Complex, 2400 Allen Creek Rd. $30.
Tempesta Waterfall Hike, Tallulah Falls. Short but strenuous hike down 310 stairs and steep embankments to base of Tempesta Falls; children must be 10 or older; no pets, 10 a.m.-noon June 16, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Ranger Camp, Gainesville. Ages 11-13 join park staff for paddling, hiking, swimming, nature labs and more 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 20-22 Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $60, $5 parking. Bring lunch each day. Register in advance., 678-450-7726.
Northeast Ga. Foothills Horse Show, Gainesville. June 22-23, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Growing and Using Herbs, Gainesville. Learn to grow fresh herbs, take home a reminder, 10-11:30 a.m. June 23, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $29, members $24., 404-888-4760.
Midsummer Classic Horse Show, Gainesville. June 24,1855 Calvary Church Rd. 770-531-6855.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 9:30-11:30 p.m. June 28, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Rabun Ramble 5K/10K, Lake Rabun. 7:30 a.m. June 30, Lake Rabun Pavilion, Lake Rabun Rd. $30-$35.
Made in the USA 5K/10K, Sugar Hill. 7:30 a.m. June 30, Sugar Hill City Hall, 5039 W. Broad St. $32-$40.

July 4th events

Fireworks and water, parades and live music, snow cones and burgers … Independence Day celebrations around Lake Lanier have it all. Find activities to celebrate freedom on, before and after July 4 below:
Lake Lanier Islands, Buford. Celebration at LandShark Landing 6-10 p.m. July 1 & 7; fireworks celebration 6-10 p.m. July 3 & 4, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. See website for details., 770-945-8787.
Northwinds Symphonic Band Patriotic Pops Concert, Gainesville. The Northwinds Symphonic Band performs under the stars at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn for their annual Patriotic Pops Concert. July 3. 331 Spring St. SW.  Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts starts at 8 p.m. Details/tickets: 770-534-2787,
University Yacht Club, Flowery Branch. Festivities for members and residents, fireworks display at dusk July 3 visible by boat and at Burton Mill Park, 6700 Yacht Club Rd., 770-967-2814.
Independence Day Festivities, Cumming. Music, dance contest, food, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; steam engine parade 10 a.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 4, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. Free.
July 4 Celebration, Dahlonega. 5K run, parade, family activities, classic car show, kid’s zone, patriotic ceremony, fireworks, various times July 4, Hancock Park and Historic Downtown Dahlonega. View fireworks from University of North Georgia Drill Field.
Mall of Georgia Star Spangled 4th, Buford. Family activities, rides, concessions, live music, kids’ zone, and fireworks at dusk, followed by outdoor movie, “Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle.” Bring blankets/lawn chairs. Begins at 5 p.m. July 4 at Village Amphitheatre, 3333 Buford Dr., 678 482-8788.
Celebrate Braselton Festival & Parade. Festival, food, live music  5-9 p.m.on Town Green, parade with floats, antique cars, bands and on Hwy. 53 downtown, 6 p.m., July 4, 9924 Davis St., fireworks above Braselton Town Hall after dark.
Laurel Park, Hall County. Celebratory day at the park with walking trail, playground, dog park and Splash Pad for kids, plus hotdogs, hamburgers, snow cones cotton candy and more; fireworks at dark. Gates open 10 a.m., splash park 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy. $10 per car.
Annual Fireworks at Dusk, Helen. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, view fireworks from Alpine Village Shoppes, 9:30-10 p.m. July 4, 8016 S. Main St. 706 878-2181,


• The Original Hall County Farmers’ Market, Gainesville. Variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods and crafts, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. until sell-out or noon Saturdays, corner of Jesse Jewell Pkwy./I-985.
• Downtown Farmers’ Market, Gainesville. Produce, baked goods, gifts and live music 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays May 25-Sept. 28, Downtown Gainesville Square.
Gears & Beers Mountain Bike Rides, Gainesville. Cyclists depart Wrenched Bicycles for either East Hall road rides or Chicopee Woods mountain bike rides, return for cold beverages back at shop, 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, 302 Broad St. SE.  Call or check Wrenched Bicycle Facebook for information. 770-287-8842.
Sunday N.H. Tech Rides, Gainesville. Base pace road bike rides averaging 40-60 miles roll out at 1:15 p.m. Sundays from North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Rd. or from other locations. Contact:
Cruz In, Dawsonville. Park in town, look at cars, see friends, 5-9 p.m. third Friday, Downtown Dawsonville.
Garden Train, Story Times, Crafts, Gainesville. Children and family activities, various times, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $3 or free with garden admission or membership., 404-888-4760.
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Enjoy wine, cocktails and light refreshments in garden setting, May 31 and last Thursdays through October, Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8, members free, cash bar., 404-888-4760.
Volunteer Work Day, Gainesville. Join Friends of Don Carter State Park for park improvement projects, bring water, gloves and clothes to get dirty, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. third Saturdays, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd., 678-450-7726.
Emory Jones Book Signing, Sautee-Nacoochee. Author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound” reads excepts from “The Valley Where They Danced plus tour of Hardman Farm, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. second Saturdays through December, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy 17., 706-878-1077.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
  • June 2 - Gainesville/Hall Dragon Boat Challenge
  • June 2 - Recreational Rentals Open 
  • June 16 - Southern Invitational Spring Regatta
  • June 22-24 - Dragon Boat USA Training Camp
  • June 28 - Moonlight Paddle
  • July 14 - Summer Springs Regatta
  • July 27 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Aug 26 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 8 - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
  • Sept. 13-17 - ICF Dragon Boat World Championships
  • Sept. 15 - BRL Practice Race
  • Sept 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 29 - BRL Fall Fungatta
  • Oct 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Howl
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                          
  • June 5-16, June 19-30, July 10-21, July 31- Aug. 11 - Learn to Row 1 Classes 
  • June 19-30, July 10-21, July 31-Aug. 1, Aug. 14-25 - Learn to Row 2 Classes
  • Sept. 22 - Taste of Gainesville      
Other LLOP events
  • June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 - Food Truck Friday
  • June 9 -  John Jarrard Lake Show 
  • June 10 - Georgia Wake Series

Other area events

June 1 – First Friday Concert Series in Roosevelt Square, Gainesville. Cherry Cherry (a Neil Diamond Cover Band) performs. Info: 770-297-1141.
June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 – Square Dance at First Presbyterian Church gym at 800 South Enota Dr., Gainesville. Tickets: $7. Info: 678-956-0287.
June 8-10 – Northeast Georgia Arts (self-guided) Tour gives folks the opportunity to visit artists, across five counties in two states. The 14th year of “where to go for art year-round” hours are: 1-5 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.; 1-4 p.m., Sun. Brochure available on Info: 706-947-1351.
Brenau University
Thru July 12 – 2018 President’s Summer Arts Series from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Simmons Visual Arts Center, Sellars Gallery. Opening reception held June 7, 5:30-7 p.m. This exhibit features works by regional artists with close ties to the local community and Brenau. Free. 
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
June 2 – Departure: The Journey Tribute Band, 7:30 p.m., replicates the look, sound and feel of the original ’80s rock super group, Journey. This is a no cooler event. Food & beverage will be available onsite. Chairs/blankets are permitted for seating. Free.
June 8 – The Malpass Brothers, 8 p.m., promote the work and music of classic country artists. Tickets: $25.
June 15 – “Beauty & The Beast,” 8:45 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars featuring Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. Free.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
• June 1-3, 7-10 – “Anne of Green Gables,” at 7:30 p.m.; matinees June 3, 10 at 2 p.m.
Info: 706-839-1315;

Cumming Playhouse
May 31-June 1 – North Georgia Barbershop Singers Spring Concert 2018, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15/$20.
• June 2 – Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes by Jason Petty, Hank Williams Tribute Band, 3 & 8 p.m. Tickets: $25/$30.
June 9 – The Bird Dogs 2018, Everly Brothers Experience-Tribute Band, 3 & 8 p.m. Tickets: $25/$27.
Info:  770 781-9178,

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
June 1 – Elvis, The Concert Years (Patrick Johnson), 8 p.m. Tickets: $27/$35.
June 16, 17, 22-24 – “Once on This Island,” resulting performance of Holly Performance Academy’s summer camp program. Times: 7 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $14, adults; $10, students.
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
June 30 – Justin Moore, 7 p.m. Tickets: $60/$50 plus handling and credit card fees.
July 14 – Molly Hatchet & Atlanta Rhythm Section, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35/$30 plus handling and credit card fees.
July 20-28 – 68th annual Georgia Mountain Fair features music, Human Cannonball Daredevil Show, plus crafts and exhibits.

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
May 29-June 3 – Memorial Day Craft Week, make patriotic crafts.
June 4-10 – Popsicle Craft Week, design very own popsicle.
June 5 – American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, 11 a.m.-noon., how to prepare for emergency situations by creating a pillowcase of store items such as flashlights, etc.
June 7 – Thriller Thursdays! This week: Puppet Show, 1-2 p.m.
• June 11-17 – Father’s Day Craft Week, make a special tie card for dad.
June 14 – Thriller Thursdays! This week: Star Wars-Stormtrooper, 1-2 p.m.
June 17 – Happy Father’s Day! All dads get free admission, 1-5 p.m.
• June 18-24 – Lemonade Craft Week, using a straw and other fun materials, create a paper “glass” of lemonade.
June 21 – Thriller Thursdays! This week: PJ Masks, meet a character from PH Masks, 1-2 p.m.
June 25-July 1 – Crab Craft Week, use your handprints to make your own beach crab.
June 28 – Thriller Thursdays! This week: Juggling Show, 1-2 p.m.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
July 4 – Celebrate July 4th on the Lake at Margaritaville enjoying fun on the beach and water, live music, great beach food, drinks along with spectacular fireworks.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
June 12 – New Gainesville Chautauqua-Recollections of a Georgia Loyalist, explores the American Revolution Loyalist Elizabeth Johnston. Come hear Susan McCranie as Elizabeth Johnston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $5.

Piedmont College
Thru Aug. 6 – A Southern Table, exhibit at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art (across from the college).
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru June 2 – 2018 Spring Exhibitions, “Surrealist Apparatus” artwork by surrealist artists, opening reception held Apr. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Exhibition includes work by Surrealists artists; original paintings by Kim Karelson; photoencaustic works by Lee Ann White; and paintings by Joan Darflinger.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Thru June 2 – Stretch: Shift, Transform  – Exhibition. Opening reception held 5-8 p.m., Apr. 14.
June 9-July 28 – 2018 3D Juried Art Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Opening reception June 8, 5-8 p.m. Free.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Info: 706-864-1423,

Voices of North Georgia
Info: 678-591-1545;

Arts Council Page June 2018

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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