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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Bowen Center for the Arts – 334 Hwy 9N, Dawsonville – 706-216-2787
Brenau University Events – 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville
Thru Mar. 23 – Excerpts in Paint: Works by Ferdinand Rosa exhibit in Presidents Gallery, Brenau University, 200 Boulevard, Gainesville. The solo exhibition features abstract paintings created by Rosa which highlight his works from his Costa Rican Rhapsody and Tsunami Eulogies series. Times: 9-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free.
Info: 770-534-6263; galleries.brenau.edu.
Buford’s 37 Main Events – 37 E. Main St. NE, Buford
Buford Community Center Events
Feb. 4 – Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes will be presented at 8 p.m. in the Sylvia Beard Theatre. Jason Petty, performer/musician, brings the authentic story of Hank Williams Sr. to life. Tickets: $30-$40.
Feb. 17 – John Denver Musical Tribute starring Ted Vigil presented at 8 p.m. in Sylvia Beard Theatre. Vigil performs with Joe Bellia on drums and John Merejave on bass. Tickets: $30-$40.
Mar. 3 – Good Shot Judy features Brett and Jeff Cahoon, former punk band members of Ten Years from Now who formed a small combo featuring old-time jazz standards. Presented in the Sylvia Beard Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40.
COE Campgrounds, Lake Lanier
Mar 24 thru Sept or Oct (depending on the campground) – There are seven Corps campgrounds on Lake Lanier. Make reservations online.
Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater – 706-839-1315
Feb. 9-12, 16-19 – “The Curious Savage,” a bittersweet comedy about a wealthy widow whose greedy stepchildren commit her to a sanitarium, celebrates whimsy and skewers notions of “sanity” with warmth, humor and dignity. Times: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9-11, 16-18; 2 p.m., Feb. 12, 19. Tickets: $20, adults; $12, students/children.
Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theater – 706-530-5162
Feb. 10-26 – “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, the story of star-crossed lovers presented. Times: 8-10 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2-4 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $30, adults; $15, students/children.
Elachee Nature Science Center – 770-535-1976
Wednesdays Jan. 11-March 29 – Winter Master Naturalist Program Series – Gainesville. Explore natural habitats and ecosystems in 12-session class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. 25 participant limit, ages 16 and older. $325, $300 Elachee members.
Feb. 4, 11, 25 – 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
Feb. 2-12 – Mamma Mia – ABBA’s hits tell the story of a young woman’s search for her father. Times: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Feb. 2, 3, 9-11; 2-5 p.m., Feb. 4, 12. Tickets: $25-$30.
Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden – 404-888-4760
Feb. 7 – Acrylic Workshop: Landscapes with Depth – Lesson on building color into landscape painting, 9:30-11 a.m. $110, $100 members.
Feb. 11 – Macrame and Merlot – Create hanging planter with macramé and sip complimentary glass of wine, 1-3 p.m.
March 4 – Introduction to Beekeeping – Learn how to get bees and start a hive, 1 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Gainesville Theatre Alliance – 678-717-3624
Feb. 10-18 – “Pygmalion” presented at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre, inside the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. George Bernard Shaw’s dramatization of a Cockney Flower girl’s metamorphosis into a lady inspired the musical “My Fair Lady.” Times: 7:30-10 p.m., Feb. 10, 11, 14-18; 2:30-5 p.m., Feb. 11, 12, 18. Tickets: $16, $24.
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – 706-896-4191
Feb. 24 – Paint This Town Tour, Old Crow Medicine Show – 7 p.m., with special guest, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway. Tickets: $65, $59.75, $49.75 and $39.75.
Hall County Library, Gainesville Branch – 770-532-3311, ext. 4011
Feb. 4, Mar. 4 – Greeting Card Workshop – 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Craft greeting cards with Patricia Anderson, who will provide inspiration, expertise, tools and materials. Free.
Beginning Jan. 27 every 4th Friday of the month – Tea with Jane Austen – A Reading Group – 3-4 p.m., in the Conference Room. Spend a year reading all novels and some Juvenilia by Jane Austen. A different tea will be served every time along with a discussion of all of Jane Austen’s novels in the sequence they were published. The last session will be in November when a celebratory Tea Party will be held. Free. Adults 18 and up.
Interactive Neighborhood Kids – 770-536-1900
Thru Feb. 5 – Puzzle Craft Week, design a puzzle this week.
Feb. 6-12 – Rose Craft Week, make a beautiful rose craft this week for a loved one.
Feb. 13-19 – Valentine’s Day Craft Week, make your valentine a special gift with fun materials this week.
Feb. 20-26 – Whale Craft Week, learn about these magnificent animals while creating your own whale craft.
Feb. 27-Mar. 5 – Pig Craft Week, make a fun pig 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; INK Members, free.
Lake Lanier Islands Resort / Margaritaville – 770-945-8787
Through Feb. 26 – License to Chill Snow Island – Winter Chill Season Passes start at $79.99. Pass includes unlimited Snow Tubing, Amusement Rides, Ice Skating, Gate Fee Access and more. Times: 5-10 p.m. Daily admissions: $54.99 reg.; $39.99, child (age 3-7), military, seniors and groups).
Lake Lanier Olympic Park – 855-536-1996
May – Aug – Learn to Row Classes with Lake Lanier Rowing Club – May 3-21, 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. email@example.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Linwood Ecology Center/Nature Preserve – 118 Springview Dr., MasterGardener@hallcounty.org
First Wednesdays Jan.-May, Sept.-Nov – Turning Leaf Book Club – Monthly discussions of nature-themed books, 11 a.m.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – 770-967-6143
Northeast Georgia History Center – 770-297-5900
Piedmont University – 800-277-7020
Feb. 4 – Lux Treble Choir – an advanced treble choir born out of a need for beautiful treble music to bring light into this difficult and sometimes dark world. Emily Allison and Ashley Conway, conductors. 7:30-9 p.m. in the Chapel.
Feb. 9 – Bloom-Funkhouser Duo, 9 p.m., features Peter Bloom, flute, and John Funkhauser, piano, celebrating the music of Duke Ellington at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Both are veterans of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, considered one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.
Feb. 23 – Andrea M. Price, soprano, and Heejin Park, piano, perform. Price, professor of music and coordinator of applied music at Piedmont University, performs lieder, art song and operatic arias in the Chapel. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 – Seipp-Sheets Duo features Trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets performing musical arrangements of virtuosic, beautiful, entertaining, humorous and patriotic selections in the Chapel. 7:30 p.m.
Quinlan Arts Center – 770-536-2575
Through Feb. 11, 2023 – Winter Exhibition featuring artists Ferdinand Rosa, Karen Sturm, Frances Byrd and Jennifer Herrera and Blackberry Creek artists. Opening Reception held Dec. 8 and will include light bites and wine.
Mar. 4 – 45th Annual Gala-Fine Art Auction. Preview night begins at 5:30 p.m. on Mar. 2. Food truck, wine and beer trucks available. This event is free and open to the public. Silent Auction bidding accessible at 5:30 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. on March 4. Ticket holders will have access to Live Auction. Tickets: $200/person.
School Street Playhouse (formerly Cumming Playhouse) – 770-781-9178
Feb. 4 – Chi-Town Transit Authority “Tribute to Chicago” is an eight-piece Chicago tribute band based out of Atlanta dedicated to reproducing the “Chicago” concert experience by performing all of the familiar and famous songs covering over four decades written and recorded by Chicago. Times: 3-4 p.m.
Feb. 11 – Still Standing-An Elton John Tribute, a modern visual and musical Elton John experience featuring Ben “Almost Elton” Frey. Times: 3-4 p.m.
Tannery Row Artist Colony – 470-326-6656
University of North Georgia – 678-717-3930
Feb. 1 – Golden Brass Series, 7:30 p.m., features the UNG Low Brass Collective in the Gloria Shott Auditorium, Dahlonega, sharing its program to be performed in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Army Band at Ft. Meyers, Fla. Program includes classical to jazz to contemporary to the music from Les Miserables.
Feb. 2 – Brass Quintet Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the Gloria Shott Auditorium, Dahlonega. The concert performance is by the U.S. Army Ft. Benning Brass Quintet.
Feb. 23 – UNG Band Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., features the UNG Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble performing their First Spring 2023 Semester Concert. The event will be held at the Dawson County High School Performing Arts Building, 28 Main St., Dawsonville.
Feb. 26 – Church Choir Festival, 3-5 p.m. at Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega. Church choirs join UNG Singers, Le Belle Voci and Patriot Choir and Singers men in its annual Church Choir Festival.
Voices of North Georgia
Mar. 11, 2023 – Gala: America’s Top Ten Hits concert – held in the Banquet Hall of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. Time: 6 p.m.
Apr. 28, 30, 2023 – This is My Country concert – held at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. Times: 7:30 p.m., Apr. 28; 2 p.m., Apr. 30.