Literary and Science festivals return to Dahlonega this weekend

Dahlonega Science Festival March 1-3

The Second Annual Dahlonega Science Festival will take place from March 1-3 in conjunction with the Dahlonega Literary Festival at several designated locations on and around the Dahlonega square. 

In honor of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, this year’s festival theme is Exploration.

The festival will feature speakers, planetarium shows, panels, a Crime Scene, Forensics Lab, an Escape Room, a Discovery Center, Makers’ Fair, and more. 

The festival’s information booth is located at the Naturally Georgia Tasting Room on the square and volunteers will be available to answer questions.

The festival opens on Friday, March 1, at the UNG Health and Natural Science Building. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., an early planetarium show will take place at 6:00 p.m., Keynote Speaker Trina Kay presents “Exploring the Ocean Moons of the Outer Solar System” at 7:00 p.m., and the Planetarium show, “Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” takes place again at 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, March 2 the main events include featured speakers at Bourbon Street Grille, the Discovery Center at the Dahlonega Community House, and the Forensics Lab, Crime Scene and Escape Room at the Dahlonega Old Jail. 

Additionally, there will be informal discussions with speakers at Naturally Georgia, panels at Shenanigans, the Makers’ Fair at the UNG Makerbot Innovation Center, Planetarium shows and Science of the Circus at the UNG HNS Building, and hands-on family activities presented by Woodmen of the World.

The festival wraps up on Sunday with a special Brunch talk. NASA JPL Scientist Trina Ray presents “The Voyager Spacecraft—Exiting the Solar System—A Milestone for Mankind” at Bourbon Street Grille at 11:00 a.m. Seats are first come, first served.

The Dahlonega Science Festival is sponsored by Bourbon Street Grille, Naturally Georgia, Dahlonega Literary Festival, Shenanigans Irish Pub, North Forsyth High School Science Ambassadors, Lily Creek Lodge, The Lumpkin Coalition, Woodmen Life Chapter 1374, and the University of North Georgia.

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Literary Festival March 1-2

The Dahlonega Literary Festival (DLF) returns March 1-2, 2019.

The festival will kick off Friday night with a Songwriters Café featuring local singer-songwriters as well as Ray Atkins, author of Set List, a novel, and ending with a headliner event by renown writer Rebecca Wells Saturday afternoon. In between are panel discussions, individual presentations, workshops and book signings. 

Friday’s event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road. Tickets are $10.

Wells takes the stage with her Divine Daughter of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood presentation at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from her appearance benefit the new Lumpkin County Library. Fans will be able to pre-purchase tickets online for $20. Author of the bestselling Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells is also an accomplished actress and playwright. Wells will sign books afterwards.

Saturday sessions (most an hour long) run from 9 a.m. until 6 and are held at Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street in Dahlonega, Georgia. The lineup of featured authors  includes Jacob Appel, Raymond Atkins, Chuck Barrett, Cliff and Cynthia Graubart, Anthony (Tony) Grooms, Eric Haney, McCall Hoyle, Phil Hudgins, Terry Kay, Jessica Khoury, Erica G. Mason, Nayomi Munaweera, Stacia Pelletier, D.J. Steele and Rebecca Wells. 

In addition to author panels, workshops, and book signings Saturday, attendees may pre-purchase tickets for “Lunch with the Featured Authors” online for $20.

The festival also showcases more than 30 regional writers offering a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. They will be available on Saturday to meet attendees and sign books.

Book sales are provided onsite by FoxTale Book Shoppe Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

DLF events are free unless otherwise noted and are open to the public. Please visit for more information, directions and updates.

The long-running, nonprofit festival is organized by an all-volunteer board that “enjoys bringing together readers, authors, and writers in a celebration of  the written word,” volunteer Sharon Thomason said.

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