How to Best Enjoy the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival

Fall is a wonderful time to stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in the North Georgia mountains! If you’re looking for an opportunity to unplug and view peak leaf colors, the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival is worth attending. One of the best fall festivals in North Georgia, this event is held just around the corner from Clarkesville, GA, and draws over 200,000 visitors to the area. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about this autumnal celebration below.

This year, the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival is held on October 21st and 22nd. Plan to swing by the festival, but be sure to make time for other activities! Here in North Georgia, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Crisper air and mountain vistas blanketed by stunning fall foliage characterize the region in October.

How to Best Enjoy the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival

About the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival

Over time, the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival has become a beloved tradition. Held each year just an hour away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, the festival is one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. It has come a long way since the state of Georgia experienced the excitement of a gold rush in 1828! Now, visitors and locals alike enjoy looking back on North Georgia’s unique history. You’ll find all of the action in the Public Square in the historic Downtown district of Dahlonega. The best part about this celebration? It is orchestrated by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Jaycees, a local organization that gives back to the community.

What to Do and See at the Event

One of the best reasons to attend the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival is to get a glimpse of the area’s stunning color displays. The town of Dahlonega provides an ideal vantage point for taking in North Georgia’s natural fall beauty! In addition to viewing the nature that surrounds, the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival offers something for everyone. The various festivities are perfect for the young and young at heart, but adults and children alike delight in wandering through Downtown Dahlonega and enjoying one another’s company. At the festival, more than 300 craft vendors display their handmade wares, which can be purchased. There are also on-site food vendors, a high-spirited parade, plenty of live entertainment, and contests. Other activities include a fashion show, hand wrestling tournaments, gold panning, a wheelbarrow race, gospel singing, and much more. For updates, check the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival’s schedule of events!

Stay Somewhere That’s Rustic, But Luxurious

Thinking about visiting the Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Festival? Be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs Inn! In one of our gorgeous and sapcious rooms, you’ll be at your most comfortable. We combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to create a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for couples, friends, family, or individual getaways. You won’t want to leave the property, either! We are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so there are numerous scenic spaces on our grounds to relax, refresh, and take in the view. Finally, if you’re hungry for a thoughtfully crafted, home-cooked meal, our Glen-Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is one of the state’s best dining establishments. It’s a farm-to-table experience you won’t soon forget!


For the all-around best fall getaway in the North Georgia Mountains, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs Inn! Check our availability and start planning your itinerary. We’ll see you soon!

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