Towns and cities in North Georgia have a long tradition of sponsoring cultural events for public enjoyment. Over 40,000 people each year attend events at Cartersville’s Grand Theatre, which has been a centerpiece of the cultural arts in Cartersville ever since 1929. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is another popular venue for musical shows, dance performances and other kinds of cultural events, and the City of Roswell also presents free outdoor music concerts in its Riverside Sounds Concert Series from May through October.
On Labor Day weekend, the Running Water Pow Wow is celebrated in downtown Rome. This event commemorates Native American Indian history and cultural traditions with teepee competitions, exhibition dancing and many other activities. Because horseback riding is such a popular sport in North Georgia, the Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta hosts annual horse shows, dog shows, rodeos with bull riding and arena polo games.
Special events in North Georgia cities
The City of Lilburn’s annual Lilburn Daze celebration features over 200 arts and craft vendors, exhibits from community organizations, a health fair, and a children’s carnival area with costumed theme characters who wander around entertaining the children. Lilburn Idol is another popular event where contestants ranging in age from 4 to over 65 sing a cappella, without any instrumental accompaniment, to an enthusiastic crowd of music lovers.
The City of Douglasville presents Concert on the Plaza in May, the Cultural Arts Center Chili Cook-Off in October, the Halloween Moonlight Run at the end of October, the Candlelight Tour of Homes in December and the Old Fashion Holiday celebration in December. The City of Sandy Springs sponsors an annual Green Tour Bicycle Ride in May, a series of free outdoor concerts called Concert by the Springs, and Sandy Springs Movies by Moonlight during the summer.
At the Union County Courthouse in Blairsville, the Friday Concert Series presents live music from May through October and in downtown Hiawassee, free outdoor concerts are given every Saturday evening during the summer. Hiawassee is also renowned for its Enchanted Halloween event featuring the Midnight Coon Dog Howl, and the Towns County New Years Eve festivities with its Ugly Coon Dog contest.
North Georgia’s Magical Nights of Lights
The City of Cumming sponsors many events including the IPRA World Championship Rodeo, the annual Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition, Indian Festival and Rendezvous, Taste of Forsyth, Relay for Life, Laps for Life, the Mt. Pisgah Auto Crusade, and the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show. A magical time to visit Cumming is between November 20th and December 30th during the annual Magical Nights of Lights when 6 miles of spectacular holiday lights are displayed in the verdant foliage surrounding North Georgia’s Lake Lanier Islands. Magical Nights of Lights is believed to be the largest annual animated Christmas holiday light extravaganza in the world.