2024 FAIR
Aug. 16-24
Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens

The Country Music Capital of Georgia

We invite you to come out and stroll through the Hamilton Gardens this Spring – the rare beauty of this woodland garden in full bloom, is simply magical! 

Entrance into the Hamilton Gardens April 12th, thru May 12th will require a $6 donation. 

Open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sundays, 11am to 4pm 

All proceeds from ticket sales help fund the ongoing cost of maintaining 42 years of splendor in the Hamilton Garden.

Free parking and free admission to the Rhododendron Festival, 2024.

Our Courtyard will be open to the public for brunch and lunch in the garden! Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 4pm, April 12th through May 12th.
Award winning food trucks, gourmet dessert and coffee vendors, unique and organic homemade ice cream as well as artistic and delectable charcuterie boards.

Wine and Mimosa Bar opens at noon Saturdays and Sundays
(sponsored by Crane Creek and Hightower Creek Wineries)

Musical performances each Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 3pm on the Courtyard Stage
April 13th - Chantal Lynn
April 14th - Scott Low
April 20th - Gavyn Thorsell
April 21st - Wyatt Espalin
April 27th - Canon Tyler
April 28th - Zach Kilmer
May 4th - Jack McKeon
May 5th - Nicholas Edward Williams
May 11th - Jamie Saylor
May 12th - Trailer Hippies

Entrance to the Food Court and Courtyard is free!

NEW for 2024 - Paris Pavilion Art Exhibit
Saturdays, 11am to 3pm during the Rhododendron Festival
There is no admission fee to come on in and stroll the gallery of unique art mediums. Each Saturday will focus on various art venues. Canvas to Clay – Woodwork to Metal. The participating artists will be onsite to answer questions and will be offering selected pieces for sale.

Paris Pavilion Seminars and Classes
Sundays, 11am to 3pm during the Rhododendron Festival

Top rated Professors of Art and instructors from Atlanta to Ashville will be offering classes and seminars in various art forms. Classes will require a reservation and a small fee for materials. Seminars are Free!

Run for the Rhodos 5k on May 4th
This runner/walker friendly 5K experience offers racers a woodland trail course that immerses you in our ravishing Rhododendron Garden while in its full bloom splendor!

The Park After Dark
Thursday Nights (7pm to 10pm)
September 5 | September 12 | September 26 | October 3

An open walk down the gardens Main Trail to Fishing Hole Rock. The trail is lined with colorful lights and torches – bring a glass of wine or champagne from our Wine Bar with you!


Fred Hamilton's Greenhouse will be open to the public 7 days a week – Open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sundays, 11am to 4pm. This is where all the magic happens! The greenhouse will be filled with annuals and locally grown perennials. Our Rhododendron and Native Azalea Plant Sale begins April 12th and runs through May 12th.  This will feature many of the Rhododendron grown in the Hamilton Gardens. Proceeds from all plant sales go to the funding of the Hamilton Gardens.

The Top of Georgia Plein Air Festival in beautiful Hamilton Gardens takes place May 9-May 11. Top of Georgia is a 3 day painting event with $2,000 + in prize money.  The public is invited to observe the artists as they work in their chosen mediums. Multiple drawings, a gallery of the artists' work and wet paint sale will be held at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion. 

Free Admission to the Public

If you are an artist interested in participating email TOGPAF@gmail.com

The Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival will be held just below the Hamilton Gardens, inside the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, on Saturday, May 11th. Our Tractor Trolly will shuttle visitors from the Fairground gates to up to the gardens between 12pm and 5pm.  A glass of wine, some lunch and a walk in the gardens – who could ask for more?

New this Spring!
Hamilton Gardens and Acoustic Sunsets present:

The Concerts at Eller Holler
(located inside the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds)

Top Rated Bands from all over the Southeast
Thursday Nights
Live Music 7pm to 9pm
Admission: $10
Tickets at the Gate, by Phone or Online

April 25th - Nathan Morgan Band
May 2nd - Run Katie Run
May 9th - Jukebox Country
May 16th - Charlsey Etheridge Band
May 23rd - Dead Bread

Seating in Amphitheater or Lawn (bring a blanket or chair)
The Holler Village opens at 5pm
-Food court
-Adult Beverage Bar
-Crafters and more!


Acoustic Sunset Summer Series
Admission: $5 at Garden Entrance
Thursday Nights 6pm to 9pm

June 6th | June 13th | June 20th | June 27th

Seating in Pavilion, Food Court or on the Lawn (bring a blanket or a chair!)
Food Court and Wine Bar open at 5pm

Acoustic Sunset Fall Series
Admission: $5 at Garden Entrance
Thursday Nights 6pm to 9pm

September 5th | September 12th | September 26th | October 3rd

Seating in Pavilion, Food Court or on the Lawn (bring a blanket or a chair!)
Food Court and Wine Bar open at 5pm