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

Amicalola Falls State Park280 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd., Dawsonville –706-344-1515
1st and 3rd Saturdays thru July – Sunset Campfire – Professional storytellers spin tales of Appalachian folklore, local history and more at campfire pit, bring flashlight and chair. Event moves to lodge if 75% chance of rain is forecast. $5 parking
June 8 & 22 – Iconic Trees of Amicalola Falls – Naturalist-guided hike to identify amazing trees along on Appalachian Approach Trail from Visitor Center to Reflection Pond, 11 a.m. Guidebook, pencil, and paper provided. $5.
June 1 & 15,  July 6 & 20, Aug. 3 – Birds of Prey – Blue Ridge Raptors bring birds of prey for educational, up close program, 1-2 p.m., Visitor Center Arch Room,. $5 parking.
2nd & 4th Saturdays through Aug. 24 – Bats of Georgia – Short presentation and easy walk with bat-detecting gear to participate in citizen-science, 8 p.m. ; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 & 28, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, $5 parking.

The Arts Council331 Spring Street, SW, Gainesville770.534.2787, email: julie@theartscouncil.net
June 8 – Southeastern Young Artists with the Gainesville Ballet Co.
June 22 – Dookie – America’s Premier Green Day Tribute Band
July 3 – Northwinds Symphonic Band presents Patriotic Pops Concert
July 13 – Gangstagrass
July 20 – Riverstreet
July 26 – Rush of Fools
Aug. 10 – Kings of Queen-Queen Tribute
Aug. 24 – Back in Time
Sept. 14 – Dancing Dream-Abba Tribute

Blackstrap Rock Hall – 852 Main St. SW, Gainesville – 678-696-8285
June 1 – Jet Engine Dragons/Planetary Ghosts/Apathetic Discharge
June 7 – Skyway 61/Dayglo Mourning/By Way of Fire
June 8 – The Tarnished/Delta Hate/Cleansing of the Temple
June 14 – The F—— Pantera Cover Band/Seven Year Witch/Hego Crazy Boy
June 15 – Pure Ed/Bleach Garden/Mara Nagra

The Boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park – 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd.
June 14 – Habitat Rocks – Dance music, barbecue at annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. Donation levels $1,500 to $10,000. www.habitathallcounty.org

Boot Barn Hall – 213 Jesse Jewell Pkwy, Gainesville – 678-434-0475
Info: Times are 7:30-10:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
June 1 – Rodney Atkins
June 6 – Use Your Illusion/Guns ‘N Roses Experience
June 7 – Heart of Atlanta/Heart tribute
June 8 – Corey Smith
June 13 – Dueling Pianos
June 14 – No Diggity Band
June 15 – Cougar Town/John Mellencamp tribute
June 20 – Randall King
June 21 – Jeremy’s Ten/Pearl Jam tribute
June 22 – Crystal Gayle
June 28 – Charles Esten
June 29 – Frankly Scarlet/The Ultimate Grateful Dead Experience

Bowen Center for the Arts – 334 Hwy 9N, Dawsonville – 706-216-2787, melinda@RainbowChildrensHome.org

Brenau University Events – 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville – 770-538-4764

Buford’s 37 Main Rock Cafe Events 37 E. Main St. NE, Buford, 678-288-2030
June 1 – Ozzy vs. Dio/Iron Mullet & The Diamond Cutters/Mack Mullins
June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Andrews Brothers Dueling Pianos
June 7 – After School Special/Eric Parker & AB Rogers opening
June 8 – Dock Rock Radio/Gary Carter opening
June 15 – Radio ’80s/Chris Butler Acoustic Set
June 21 – Sunset Strip
June 22 – New Sensation/INXS tribute
June 28 – All Talk/Chris Butler Acoustic Set
June 29 – Rubiks Groove

Buford Community Center Events2200 Buford Hwy, Buford – 770-945-6762
June 21 – Completely Unchained/Last Chance Riders

COE Campgrounds, Lake Lanier
COE Campground Reservation process for Lake Lanier campgrounds has changed in 2024. Reservations are now made through the campground’s county website, not recreation.gov. See campgrounds below for open/close dates and county website for reservations.
• Toto Creek and War Hill, managed by Dawson County Parks and Recreation, opens Mar. 1 – Oct. 31, www.dawsoncountyga.gov.
Bolding Mill, Duckett Mill, Old Federal, managed by Hall County Parks and Leisure Services, Mar. 28-Nov. 17, www.hallcounty.org.
Bald Ridge, Sawnee, Shady Grove, managed by Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, Mar. 21-Oct. 26, www.parks.forsythco.com.

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater1370 N Washington St, Clarkesville – 706-839-1315
Thru June 2 – Rumors
July 18-21, 25-28, Aug. 1-4 – The Voyage of The Dawn Trader

Clermont 

Cumming City Center  – 423 Canton St. – 770-781-2010
June 5 – Canon Tyler
June 7 – Beastie Goy/Beastie Boys tribute
June 12 – Taylor Harlow
June 14 – Olivia Ivey Band
June 19 – James & Julia
June 26 – East and Ward
June 28 – Grains of Sand Band
Mondays through Oct. 28 – Yoga on the Lawn – Outdoor yoga class, 6-7 p.m. , Lou Sobh Amphitheater, Free
First Thursdays – Tin Cup Cruise In – Classic car show, 6-8 p.m., Free
Thursdays beginning June 20 – Summer Cornhole League – Six sessions and a tournament, 6:30-7:30 p.m. , Lou Sobh Amphitheater, $55 per person. For age 21 and older
Fridays through Oct. 25 – Outdoor Jazzercise – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Free

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theater69 W Main St, Dahlonega – 706-530-5162
June 1 – Songs of the South/Alabama tribute
June 15-16, 21-23 – Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr.
June 28-30 – A Year With Frog and Toad, Kids

Dawsonville
June 12 & July 10 – Party at the Pool – Free admission, snow cones, family fun, 6-9 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park pool, 186 Recreation Rd.

Don Carter State Park – 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd., Gainesville – 678-450-7726

Elachee Nature Science Center – 2125 Elachee Dr. Gainesville – 770-535-1976
Saturdays – Discovery Saturday – Wild animal showcase, exhibits, crafts and hike, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $10 ages 3 and older, free to children younger than 3 and Elachee members.

Flowery Branch – 404-491-9601
Thru September (Thursdays) – Farmers Market – Local produce, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, and special events – 3:30 – 7 p.m. May-September, Flowery Branch Market Pavilion, 5310 Railroad Ave.
June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6 – Music in the Branch, 6:30-8 p.m., at Amphitheater, 5603 Mitchell St., Info: 770-967-6371.

FoCAL Center – Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center, 1150 Dahlonega Highway Cumming. 470-695-7826

Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden –1911 Sweetbay Dr, Gainesville – 404-888-4760
Thru Oct. 13 – Glass in Flight, Gainesville. Exhibition of glass sculptures catches essence of flight.
First Saturdays through September – Curious Saturdays – Mobile Curiosity Cart offers families insights into garden/ecosystem, 10 a.m.-noon, Garden admission.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance – 678-717-3624

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds1311 Music Hall Rd, Hiawassee – 706-896-4191
June 6-27 – Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
June 7 – Happy Together Tour 2024/The Turtles, Jay & The Americans, The Associations, Badfinger, The Vogues, The Cowsills
June 15 – RiverBend
June 18 – Bert Kreischer: Tops Off World Tour
June 21 – The Marshall Tucker Band

Hall County Library
Gainesville Branch – 770-532-3311, ext. 4011
June 17 – How to Canoe or Kayak
June 28, July 26, Aug. 23 – Master Craftswoman Agatha Christie – A Reading Group

Murrayville Branch – 770-532-3311, ext. 171

North Hall Tech Center – 770-532-3311, ext. 181

Historic Downtown BraseltonTown Green, 9924 Davis St. – 706-921-4016
3rd Saturdays May – July – Movie Under the Stars – Bring lawn chairs & blankets for family friendly move, concessions for purchase – 7 p.m., movie at dark, Free.
Fridays -May thru September – Summer Farmers Market – Farmers, bakers and food makers sell fresh local goods, 4-7 p.m. (no market July 5)

Historic Downtown Dahlonega – Hancock Park, corner of North Park and Warwick St. – 706-864-3711 
First Fridays through October – Music in the Park – Live music 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays through October – Appalachian Jam – Traditional mountain music players, singers and listeners gather outside the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site to enjoy tunes, 2-4:30 p.m

Historic Downtown Gainesville  – 112 Main St., SW
June 7 – First Friday Concert Series, – First Fridays through September – 7-10 p.m. at 301 Main St. -preceded by 4-6 p.m. solo artist -Concert lineup: June-Vintage Vixens; July-The Soul Purpose Band; August-Fly Betty Band; September-Steve Bryson Band.

Interactive Neighborhood Kids – 775 Dorsey St, Gainesville – 770-536-1900
June 3-9 – Donut Craft Week
June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Thriller Thursdays: Bumblebee Visits (6/6), Belle Visits (6/13), Bluey Visits (6/20), Patriotic Mickey & Minnie Visit (6/27)
June 10-16 – Father’s Day Craft Week
June 17-23 – Eagle Craft Week
June 24-30 – Sunglasses Craft 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; INK members, free.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort / Margaritaville – 770-945-8787
Water Park is now open at Margaritaville Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Olympic Park  – 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville – 855-536-1996
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.$20-$30 per hour, plus $10 for additional hours, maximum 4 hours. info@lckc.org
June 4-29 – Beginner rowing classes – ages 18 and older, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.; Lake Lanier Rowing Club, $240.
June 8 – Tri the Parks Triathlon, duathlon, aquabike for individuals and relays, 8 a.m.
June 21 – Food Truck Friday
June 27-29 – Southern Surf Slam – Wake surfing competition, food, beverages, entertainment and more. www.surf-atl.com.
July 12 – Beach Bash
August 16 – Food Truck Friday

Lanier Technical College – 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville – 770-533-7000 (Ramsey Center 770-533-7360)

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

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – 5300 Winder Hwy, Braselton – 770-967-6143

NoFo Brew Co. Gainesvilletopher@nofobrew.co
June 4, 11, 18, 25 – Trivia Night
June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Music Bingo

Northeast Georgia History Center – 322 Academy St NE, Gainesville – 770-297-5900

Piedmont University1021 Central Ave, Demorest –706-776-0116, 800-277-7020

Players Guild/Eagle Theatre – 5029 W Broad St, Sugar Hill – 770-945-6929,  770-945-6716

Quinlan Arts Center514 Green St NE, Gainesville – 770-536-2575
Thru June 8 – Spring Exhibition
June 13-Aug. 10 – Summer Exhibition

School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse)101 School St, Cumming – 770-781-9178
June 15 – Blue Suedes/tributes to Dean Martin/Young Elvis
June 22 – Allman Brothers tribute

Smithgall Woods State Park61 Tsalaki Trl., Helen – 706-878-3087
June 3 – July 22 (Mondays) – Master Naturalist – 8-week adult environmental education program with classroom lectures and hands on-activities led by local and state experts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $285, $5 parking. Registration required.
June 15 – Introduction to Hiking – Learn about hiking gear, safety, trails, and backwoods first aid, 10 a.m.-noon. $5, plus $5 parking. Reservations required.

Tallulah Gorge State Park338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. – 706-754-7981
June 20 – Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike – Tallulah Falls – Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 8:15-9:45 p.m., $10 cash, plus $5 parking. Register in advance.
3rd Saturdays through December – Beginner Archery – Learn to shoot an arrow or improve your skills, 9-10:30 a.m., must be strong enough to pull 20- pound bow. Register in advance. $10, $5 parking.

Tannery Row Artist Colony – 554 W Main St, Buford – 470-326-6656

University of North Georgia – see website, there are multiple campuses – 678-717-3930

Vogel State Park405 Vogel State Park Rd. – 706-745-2628

Voices of North Georgia – First Baptist Church Gainesville, 751 Green St NW –

The Well  – 420 Vision Dr., Cumming – 404-271-3178, gigs@thewellga.com
July 6 – Radio ‘80s