One of the nice things about living in Gwinnett is there's never a lack for things to do. That's particularly evident this first week of May as the county will be busy from Snellville to Duluth and Loganville to Lawrenceville with everything from festivals and art to trains and pets and raising money to fight cancer.
Snellville Days kicks off the festival season on Saturday and Sunday at Briscoe Park, with more than 150 vendors serving up food and arts and crafts. Everything from clogging to martial arts demonstrations will take place, and a concert by the country band Restless Heart is scheduled for Saturday night.
The Southeast Gwinnett Coop Ministry is serving as grand marshal of this year's event, and collection bins will be set up throughout the park to receive donations from attendees. For more info go to www.snellville.org.
PAWfest is the place to be if you're more of an animal person. The Gwinnett Humane Society event will celebrate "Be Kind To Animals Week" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lawrenceville's Tribble Mill Park.
Activities include an animal wellness clinic featuring low-cost vaccinations, rabies shots and microchipping by WellPet Humane. Go to www.pawfest.com for more info.
Barefoot in the Park gives art lovers their place to go. Held at Town Green in Duluth, the fine arts festival runs Friday night through Sunday and features street artist Anthony Capetto. Fore more info, go to www.barefootinthepark.org.
National Train Day at Vines Garden gives train lovers of all ages a chance to celebrate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Loganville venue. Families are encouraged to have picnics and tour the grounds as volunteer engineers host information sessions and show off the venue's model railroad featuring more than 1,000 feet of track.
The event is sponsored by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. For more info go to www.gwinnettparks.com.
Relay for Life can kick off your weekend as the American Cancer Society's annual event starts Friday night at 7 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.
Ranked as the No. 1 Relay in the world over the past nine years, Gwinnett's big event will bring together thousands to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer.
And even if you stay overnight to Relay's conclusion Saturday morning, you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy any of the other events taking place during Gwinnett's busy weekend.
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