Lake Lanier and the surrounding communities support an active and creative lifestyle. From boating, fishing, swimming, and sailing on the lake to running, biking, and golfing events, art, museums, and theater attractions, the Lanier area has something for everyone.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event details may change.  Please verify event details with the event organizer, prior to attending.

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Extended Events

The Arts Council331 Spring Street, SW, Gainesville770.534.2787 
June 3 – A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band – an eight-piece group that faithfully recreates the music of this legendary rock band, On lawn of  The Smithgall Arts Center (rain or shine) at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.).  Branch House Food Truck will be available. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets or reserve a table up front. Tickets: $25; Tables of 8 – $35 per ticket.
June 17 – Riverstreet band – features classic rock sounds. Founded in 1969 in Gainesville, the band came back together in 2012 and has shared the stage with Greg Allman, Rare Earth, Steppenwolf as well as other notables. Times: 8-10 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.). Paw Paw’s Peanuts will be on site with snack and drinks; Avocados Restaurant will have beer and wine available. Tickets: $29.75-$40.45.
July 3 – Northwinds Symphonic Band’s Patriotic Pops – performs under the council’s pavilion. Led by conductor Allen Beach and featuring vocalists Michelle Martin and Jonathan Jackson, the band includes other band directors, both active and retired, music teachers, college students and professional musicians. Times: 8-10 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) Pico’s Hot Dogs on site and beer and wine bar by Avocados Restaurant. Tickets: $29.75-$40.45.

Bowen Center for the Arts – 334 Hwy 9N, Dawsonville – 706-216-2787

Brenau University Events – 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville – 770-538-4764
Thru July 27 – Local Expressions – features three North Georgia artists – Kelly Turley, Roxane Hollosi and Clara Blalock – exhibiting their abstract works in Sellars Gallery. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. Closed daily 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Buford’s 37 Main Events – 37 E. Main St. NE, Buford

Buford Community Center Events
June 24 – Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience performs on the center’s concert lawn at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) Admission: Free. Food and beverage available (no cooler event). Zoso celebrates 28 years performing a tribute to Led Zeppelin band.

COE Campgrounds, Lake Lanier
Mar 24 thru Sept or Oct (depending on the campground) There are seven Corps campgrounds on Lake Lanier, but this season only the following campgrounds will be open: Bald Ridge Creek, Bolding Mill, Old Federal and Toto Creek. Make reservations online.

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater – 706-839-1315
June 1-4, 8-11 – Almost Maine – 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. Times: 7:30 pm., June 1-3, 8-10; 2 p.m., June 4, 11. Almost Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the US – it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist because its residents never got around to getting organized – thus Almost. The show is about love – Almost.

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theater – 706-530-5162
June 3 – Peace of Woodstock – takes you on a musical journey from the acoustic opening act of Richie Havens through the closing moments of the festival with the explosive sounds of Jimi Hendrix. Time: 8 pm Tickets: $41/$33.
June 17-18, 23-25 – Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. – a fantastic tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Times: 7 p.m., Fri./Sat; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $14, adults; $10, students and children.
June 30-July 2 – The Big One-Oh! Jr. – tells the story of Charley Maplewood whose only friends are his imaginary monster friends. Never having been to a party he decides to throw a birthday party for himself for his 10th birthday, the big one-oh. Themed a House of Horrors, his attempt doesn’t work out as he plans. Times: 7 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $14, adults; $10 students and children.

Elachee Nature Science Center 770-535-1976
Saturdays – Saturday Explorations – Explore live animal showcase and other exhibits 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 ages 2 and older, free to Elachee members

FoCAL Center – 1150 Dahlonega Highway Cumming. 470-695-7826

Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden – 404-888-4760
Apr. 1 – Aug. 27 – La Calavera Catrina – Free with Garden admission – Explore nine colorful, larger-than-life skeleton sculptures of La Catrina, one of the most recognizable figures of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), by Los Angeles artist Ricardo Soltero.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance – 678-717-3624

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 706-896-4191
June 3 – Happy Together Tour 2023  – featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & Union Gap, Little Anthony, The Classics IV, the Vogues and The Cowsills, at Anderson Music Hall. Time: 7 pm (gates open at 6 pm) Tickets: $45.
June 10 – Travis Tritt – and his band performs with special guest Tyler Reece Tritt at Anderson Music Hall. Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets: $5.
June 29 – July 27 – Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens – a Thursday night concert series featuring live music from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Food trucks and vendors from 6-9 p.m. Admission: Free (donations accepted). Bring a chair or blanket. Lineup TBD.

Hall County Library, Gainesville Branch – 770-532-3311, ext. 4011
June 3 – Greeting Card Workshop – 10 am – 1 pm, 127 Main St. – Craft a greeting card with the help of Patricia Anderson, who will provide expertise, tools and materials (for age 18 and up only).
June 23, July 28 – Tea with Jane Austen, 3-4 p.m., Group will be spending a year reading novels and some Juvenilia by Jane Austen, every fourth Friday of the month. Last session will be in November ending with a Jane tea party. Discussions: Northanger Abbey, May 26; Persuasion, June 23; Lady Susan, July 28.

Historic Downtown Braselton – 706-921-4016
June 2, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30 – Historic Downtown Braselton Tours – guided tours on foot or by trolley – includes look inside the famed Braselton Brothers Department Store built in 1904. Other landmarks include the Braselton family homeplace, roller mill, town hall, cotton gin, school and jail. Times: 10-11:30 a.m., May 13, 27, June 10, 24; 12:30-2 p.m., May 13, 27, June 10, 24; 4-5:30 p.m., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Historic Downtown Dahlonega 706-864-3711 
Saturdays through October 14 – Appalachian Jam – 2 – 4 pm – Mountain music makers pick guitars, fiddles and other instruments outside the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site.

Historic Downtown Gainesville
June 2, 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 – First Friday Concert Series – 6-10 pm on the square, 301 Main St. – Info:

Interactive Neighborhood Kids770-536-1900
Thru June 4 – Memorial Day Craft Week, create a patriotic craft in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.
June 5-11 – National Black Bear Craft Week, create own bear craft.
June 12-18 – Father’s Day Craft Week, show appreciation for all dads by making a Father’s Day craft.
June 19-25 – Sea Turtle Craft Week, create a sea turtle in appreciation of this amazing creature.
June 26-July 2 – Paul Bunyan Craft Week, learn about Paul Bunyan while making a craft this week.
Time/Play Blocks: Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-noon; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.; Sun.: 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.
Info: $1 with paid admission to museum; members, free.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort / Margaritaville – 770-945-8787
June 1- Sept. 24 – Water Park – opens 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
June 3 – Full Moon Party –
7-10 p.m., features dancing under the stars, outdoor fire pits and food and drink specials at LandShark Bar & Grill while listening to live music and topping the night off with fireworks. A beach fee applies.
June 3-July 22 – Live Music at LandShark Landing Stage at Margaritaville –
7-10 p.m. A beach pass is required.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park 855-536-1996
Thru Aug – Learn to Row Classes with Lake Lanier Rowing Club – June 7-25, July 5-23 and August 2-20, Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m; Saturdays 8:30-10:30 a.m. $180/session.
Canoe/Kayak/SUP Rentals – Canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard rentals, reserve via email 48 hours in advance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd. $20-$30 per hour, plus $10 for additional hours, maximum 4 hours.
Thru Oct – LCKC Social Paddle – noon to 2 pm – Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Thru Oct – LCKC Sunset Paddle – Saturday, July 22, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday, Aug 26 – 7-9 pm, Saturday, Oct 28, 5-7 pm. Open to the public. No experience is necessary.
June 10 – LCKC PaddleMania / Southeast Paddle Sport Champ 2023 – June 10, 8 am – 2 pm
June 16, and Aug. 18 – Food Truck Fridays – live music, food trucks beer & wine tents and retail vendors. LLOP’s NEGA Health System Plaza sponsors this free, open-to-the-public concert from 5-9 pm.
July 14 – Beach Bash 2023 – July 14, 5 pm – 10 pm
October 21 – Gainesville Chicken Festival 2023 – Saturday, October 21 – 11 am – 4 pm

Linwood Ecology Center/Nature Preserve – 118 Springview Dr.,
First Wednesdays Sept.-Nov – Turning Leaf Book Club – Monthly discussions of nature-themed books, 11 a.m.

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta770-967-6143

Northeast Georgia History Center770-297-5900
June 9-30 – Juneteenth Generations exhibit – features historic portraitures of Black Americans spanning the early 1900s taken by N.C. White & Son in Gainesville. This collection offers visitors the opportunity to reflect on the lives and experiences of local Black Americans who were born during the era of Reconstruction and into the turn of the century.
June 24 – Summer Book Sale –
great deals on books covering local history, arts and culture, Native American history, military history, crafting, cooking and more. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., either in person or online.

Piedmont University – 800-277-7020

Players Guild/Eagle Theatre770-945-6716

Quinlan Arts Center – 770-536-2575
Second Tues. each month – Ekphrasis for the Masses – noon to 1 pm. – Writing POETRY in Response to art at the Q, Free event
June 15 – Aug. 12 – Summer Exhibition – the synthesis of visual and poetic language, featuring artists Steve Walker and Amanda Lovett. Opening reception held 5:30 p.m., June 15

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse) – 770-781-9178

Tannery Row Artist Colony470-326-6656
Thru June 2 – Spring Juried Art Exhibition 2023 – held at 554 West Main St., Buford

University of North Georgia678-717-3930

Voices of North Georgia