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October 26th
Craft Fest and Spider Web Spooktacular
10:00am-6:00pm
R.H. Burel Park, 1369 4th Avenue, Auburn
www.cityofauburn-ga.org
Dress up in your finest spooky costume and come to the 4th annual Spider Web Spooktacular and Craft Fest. The event will include homemade crafts, games, inflatables, and pony rides. For the more adventurous, be sure to try the zip line! There will be costume contests for all ages throughout the day. In the evening, relax on the lawn and enjoy a nighttime screening of the animated movie Frankenweenie.

 

Braselton

October 26 – 27
10th Semi-Annual Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival
9am to 6pm, Saturday#(Oct. 26)
10am##to 5pm, Sunday#(Oct. 27)
Downtown Braselton
www.DowntownBraselton.com#or#www.facebook.com/braseltonantiquefestival
Event Coordinator Donna Cannella said the event offers a mixture of antiques, vintage items, collectibles and local artwork from dealers all over metro Atlanta and surrounding states. With more than 120 booths, the event also features outdoor gardening, ironworks, statuaries, primitives, advertising, pottery, woodworking, folk art, jewelry, glassware, textiles, rustics up-cycle, salvage and turn-of-the-century furniture. Food includes barbeque, funnel cakes, New York Style hot dogs, pressed sandwiches and hand-dipped ice cream. Jazz and Blues Musicians, the Dave Boyd Band will entertain.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be on hand for those wishing to donate.

 

Buford

September 21
Honey Bee Festival
11am-3pm
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage
Center, 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford
www.gwinnettehc.org
Celebrate Honey Month at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center with the 4th Annual Honey Bee Festival. The Honey Bee Festival will feature numerous activities for families, and a number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss beekeeping and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products. Admission to the festival is included in regular admission to the Center.

 

October 12
Mall of Georgia Fall Festival
1pm-3pm
Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr., Buford
www.mallofgeorgia.com
Mall of Georgia will host a fall festival on Saturday, October 12 from 1-3 p.m. at The Village. Simon Kidgits Club and Radio Disney are joining forces for this fun celebration, which will include entertaining performances by the Academy of Performing Arts, various games and activities, bounce houses, cotton candy machines and exciting prize giveaways. There will also be a costume contest at 2 p.m., so children are encouraged to dress up!

 

Centerville

October 5
Taste of Centerville
11am-5pm
Church of the Redeemer
3750 Zoar Church Rd., Snellville
www.tasteofcenterville.org
Food, fun, and music are all on the menu at the 7th annual Taste of Centerville: A Community Celebration! Local-area restaurants will be on hand with tasting booths as well as neighborhood grilling masters and chefs with international flair. Children will enjoy an inflatable jumping area, face painting, and crafts while adults relax in front of the live music stage.

 

Dacula

October 5-6
35th Annual Elisha Winn Fair
Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm
The Elisha Winn House
908 Dacula Rd., Dacula
www.gwinnetths.org/winnfair.html
Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Elisha Winn House, the birthplace of Gwinnett County, at the 35th Annual Elisha Winn Fair. In addition to admiring the beautifully restored home, take a step back in time as you visit the 1875 One-room School House, watch a working blacksmith shop, and talk with period re-enactors. Visitors will enjoy live music, great food, and shopping at booths of local vendors. Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are free.

 

Duluth

September 21-22
Japanfest
Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm
Gwinnet Center Convention Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth
www.japanfest.org
One of the largest Japanese festivals in the country, JapanFest is an annual cultural celebration and appreciation of linkages between Japanese and Americans residing in the Southeastern United States. The event will feature taiko drum concerts, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, cultural workshops including tea ceremony and contemporary and traditional music. Admission is $8. Children 6 and under are free. Teachers can bring up to 50 students for free by applying online.

 

September 28-29
Duluth Fall Festival
Sat. 9am-10pm; Sun. 8am-5pm
Duluth Festival Center & Amphitheatre
3142 Hill St., Duluth
www.duluthfallfestival.org
The Duluth Fall Festival is a two-day event with an estimated 80,000 visitors. The weekend is comprised of arts, crafts, food, parade, entertainment, road race, carnival, and much more!

Opening “pre-festival”, Gold Medal Shows returns to host a full-fledged carnival, with a variety of rides and games. Be sure to take a ride on the ferris wheel, where you can get a bird”s eye view of the continually changing Duluth skyline. Other exciting rides include the Orient Express, the Dizzy Dragon, Rio Grande train, swings and much more. The Midway features cotton candy, caramel apples, snow cones, and other favorites. The carnival will be open Thursday and Friday 6pm-10pm.

All proceeds from the festival are used for the development and beautication of Historic Downtown Duluth. The Festival has spearheaded numerous special projects, including purchasing and developing Taylor Park, building the Duluth Festival Center Amphitheater, paving and landscaping the Festival Center Courtyard, increasing the size of the public restrooms, purchasing planters, landscaping the streets of Duluth and erecting the Eastern Continental Divide monument.

 

October 6
Chattapoochee Pet Fest
10am-5pm
Chattapoochie Dog Park
4291 Rogers Bridge Rd., Duluth
www.duluthhistprical.org/chattapoochie
Come to Chattapoochee Dog Park for the 4th annual celebration of our four-legged loves. Festivities and attractions include a pet costume contest, pet vendors, adoptions, craft vendors, rescue groups, and representatives from the Gwinnett Humane Society. The next Chattapoochee Mayor will also be announced and will serve a one-year term from October 2013 to October 2014. Proceeds benefit the Historic Strickland House (Home of the Original Gwinnett Humane Society). All “well behaved” dogs and cats are welcome.

 

Grayson

October 5
Grayson Blues and Brews
2pm-6pm
Grayson Community Park
475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson
www.grayson-bluesandbrews.com
The city of Grayson and the Grayson Downtown Development Authority invite you out for a beautiful afternoon of music and craft beer! The 4th Annual Grayson Blues & Brews Festival will feature more than 50 different breweries and more than 100 beers. This year, the festival organizers are pleased to present Sonny Moorman as the featured entertainment. As always there will be great food to go with the featured brews!

 

November 16
Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff
11am-5pm
Grayson Community Park
475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson
www.eastsidechamber.com/chili-cook-off
There”s no better way to warm up on a cool day than with a big bowl of chili! Get your taste buds (and heartburn medicine) ready for the 9th Annual Grayson Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff. A large portion of proceeds go to charitable organizations in the cities of Grayson, Snellville, and Loganville. Admission is $5. Kids 6 & under are free.

 

Lilburn

October 12
Lilburn Daze
9am-5pm
Lilburn City Park
76 Main St., Lilburn
www.lilburndaze.org
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Lilburn Daze! The family atmosphere at the one-day event is what keeps residents and out-of-towners coming back year after year. For many people, Lilburn Daze is like a reunion. With great shopping opportunities, rides, games, tons of food, and entertainment, there is something to appeal to every member of the family.

The yearly success of Lilburn Daze is a joint effort of the City of Lilburn and the year-round effort of the Lilburn Woman”s Club, with all proceeds raised going back into projects in the community.

Festivities include unique arts and crafts, bake sale, pony rides, inflatables, woodworking clinics, and live entertainment.

Parking is free and continuous shuttle service to Lilburn Daze will be available at Lilburn First Baptist Church located at 285 Main Street and Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Highway.

 

Lawrenceville

September 8
Fair on the Square Fall Festival
11am-7pm
Historic County Courthouse
185 East Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA
www.lawrencevillefallfestival.com
The 5th Annual Fair on the Square, takes place Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 11-7 pm. Located on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville, this event is full of fun for the entire family. Live entertainment, a tantalizing food court, a variety of fantastic vendors, and a kids corner! Admission and parking are FREE. See you on the Square!

 

September 12-22
Gwinnett County Fair
Weekdays 5pm-11pm
Sat. 11am-midnight; Sunday 1pm-10pm
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
2405 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville
www.gwinnettcountyfair.com
Come one, come all to the 2013 Gwinnett County Fair! The fair has a great variety of foods for you to enjoy while watching the many venue”s shows and concerts, including the Miss Gwinnett Pageant, Red Angus Show, and The Edge 2-wheel Action Show. The 10-day fair includes a carnival with over 50 rides for the young or young at heart to enjoy. Be sure to visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com for a list of daily scheduled events. $5 adults; $2 children/seniors

 

October 5
Rock”n Ribville
1pm-9pm
Historic County Courthouse
185 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville
www.rocknribville.com
Come out and enjoy some of the best BBQ in the State of Georgia at the Lawrenceville Rock”n Ribville. In addition to delicious food, take in a variety of music and other entertainment options. The event is free to attend and local vendors will be selling food, beer, beverages, snacks and traditional festival goods.

 

Loganville

October 4
Taste of Loganville
6pm-9pm
Red Devil Stadium
100 Trident Trail, Loganville
http://lhsweb.weebly.com
The Taste of Loganville is back for another year as it returns to Loganville High School! Local restaurants will be offering up servings for patrons to try during this event for the whole family. In addition to the delicious food, attendees will enjoy inflatables, exciting games, and fun activities. Proceeds from the annual event benefit Loganville High School”s athletic programs.

 

October 19
Autumn Heritage Festival
10am-5pm
Loganville City Hall
4385 Pecan Street, Loganville
www.autumnheritagefestival.com
The 5th annual Autumn Heritage Festival will take visitors to the past when families would shop, eat, and visit near the well in downtown Loganville. Visitors will find anything to fancy their style with over 150 vendors lining the downtown streets. After shopping, visitors can set up lawn chairs and blankets at the new Town Green and enjoy entertainment from the Ray Nunley Pavilion.

 

Norcross

September 14
Gateway International Festival
11am-6pm
Lillian Webb Park
31 College St. NW, Norcross
www.aplacetoimagine.com
Why travel around the world when you can experience it all in Norcross at the 3rd Annual Gateway International Food & Music Festival. The all-day festival will provide an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the region”s best multicultural talent and highlight the rich cultural contributions of Gwinnett”s diverse communities. Bring the whole family and enjoy Gwinnett”s diversity as you stroll through the arts and crafts market and kid”s zone with fun activities for children of all ages.

 

October 5-6
Norcross Art Fest
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Historic Downtown Norcross
South Peachtree St., Norcross
www.norcrossartfest.splashfestivals.com
In its tenth year, The Norcross Art Fest makes its home on the charming streets of historic downtown Norcross. Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques.

The festival also has inflatables and art activities for kids, continuous entertainment on Thrasher Park”s intimate stage, and a large variety of tasty treats on the fantastic food row.

 

October 26-28
BOOfest
Thrasher Park
Thrasher St., Norcross
www.aplacetoimagine.com
Norcross” BOOfest combines the colorful Mexican celebration D##a de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the lighter side of Halloween. Throughout the three-day event, kids and adults are invited to join in mask-making crafts, storytelling, ghost tours and hay rides, as well as participate in a costume parade through Norcross” historic downtown. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Instituto de Mexico”s colorful Aztec dancers are slated to perform in addition to a photography exhibit and a variety of interactive activities.

 

Sugar Hill

October 19
13th Annual Sugar Hill Fall Festival
11am-5pm
Downtown Sugar Hill
5039 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill
www.cityofsugarhill.com/fallfest
The City of Sugar Hill invites you and your family to share a full day of excitement, family, games, food and more! The Sugar Hill Fall Festival is one of the city”s biggest events with 70+ arts and crafts vendors, Volkswagen & classic car show, parade, chili cook-off contest, food vendors, and numerous stage performances. Last year”s festival saw 8,000 attendees and the city expects even more this year.

 

Snellville

September 21
Around the World Visits Snellville
1pm-7pm
Briscoe Park
2500 Sawyer Pkwy., SW, Snellville
www.snellvillepride.com/event
Join neighbors and friends celebrating Snellville”s growing international community with a dazzling array of international art, cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, music and some global flavors to entice the palate. Briscoe Park will feature main stage performances and demonstrations, along with global bazaars.

 

October 26
Snellville Fall Festival
12pm-8pm
Snellville Towne Green
2342 Oak Rd., Snellville
www.snellvillepride.com
Arts and crafts booths will again line Oak Road, the Towne Green, and City Hall Lawn, while musical entertainment plays on the stage. Enjoy a variety of old-fashioned fun, including contests for kids and adults, inflatables, and plenty of food.

 

Suwanee

September 21
Suwanee Day
9am-10pm
Town Center Park
370 Buford Highway, Suwanee
www.suwaneeday.org
This year marks the 30th celebration of Suwanee Day. The annual “celebration of community” festival brings approximately 50,000 people to Town Center Park and has been named a Top 20 event for the fall by the Southeast Tourism Society.

In recognition of the festival”s 30th anniversary, the theme for the 9am parade is: 30 Years of Celebrating Suwanee – Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Looking to the Future.

Suwanee Day exhibitors include fine artists, talented craftspeople, food vendors who have a flair for flavor, and generous sponsors.

The 2013 Suwanee Day entertainment line-up features Irish dancers and belly dancers, rhythm and blues performers and cowboys and Indians, as well as the reptile man and a parrot lady. A full day of on-stage entertainment begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude with a free concert by Fastball and a fireworks display.

Off-site festival parking is available at three convenient locations, Shadowbrook Baptist Church, Shawnee North Business Center, and Southeastern Freight. Limited parking for guests using motor scooters or wheelchairs will be available at the Suwanee Police Department at 373 Buford Highway, across the street from Town Center Park, except during the parade from about 8:45-10 a.m.

 

October 12
Taste of Suwanee
12pm-5pm
Town Center Park
370 Buford Highway, Suwanee
www.tasteofsuwanee.com
The Taste of Suwanee Festival will feature the Suwanee area”s best restaurants, bakeries and caterers and will allow them to showcase their specialties. The event will also offer entertainment to please every palette, including a concert stage with live music and performances.

After dining, festival-goers can meet Community Partners and stroll through the Artist Market for arts and crafts from local artists. The Kids Zone will also return with new and improved inflatable activities, rides and games.

 

Stone Mountain Park

September 5-8
Yellow Daisy Festival
Thu-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-7:30, Sun 10-6
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain
www.stonemountainpark.com/events
Despite its growth from a small arts and crafts show to the four day event that it has become today, the Yellow Daisy Festival continues to be a big show with a small-town feel. More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Enjoy daily live entertainment, Children”s Corner activities, and crafter demonstrations throughout the event as well as fabulous festival foods.

Yellow Daisy Festival is free with paid parking admission. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one day permit or $35 for an annual permit.

 

Sept 27-Oct 27
Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
www.stonemountainpark.com/events
Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and cooler weather at Atlanta”s favorite place to celebrate the fall season. Now in its 11th year, Stone Mountain Park”s annual Pumpkin Festival has become a family favorite with kids and parents alike.

The Pumpkin Festival is free with paid parking admission. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one day permit or $35 for an annual permit.

 

October 19-20
41st Annual Highland Games
9am-5pm
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
www.smhg.org
Brush off those kilts and practice your bagpipes. It”s time again for the annual Highland Games Scottish Festival at Stone Mountain Park!

This year thousands of Scots (even those that wish to be “Scot for the Day”) from around the world will don their family tartans and gather to greet old friends and make new ones too.

Event admission price in addition to park admission is required for this event. Tickets for Saturday”s festivities are $19 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Sunday, tickets are $17 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Mountain Members can save $2 off adult tickets and $1 off child tickets.

For a complete listing of events and musical performances, be sure to visit www.smhg.org.

 

October 31-November 3
Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
Thu-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
www.stonemountain.com/events
Held at Stone Mountain Park”s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.

Native-inspired artists and crafters demonstrate their skills and offer hand-crafted items for sale.

Indian Festival & Pow Wow is included in the all-attractions Adventure Pass ticket or can be purchased separately for $12. Children under 3 are free.