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Festivals in Lawrenceville, Suwanee kick off fall season

Lawrenceville Fall Festival

• What: Lawrenceville’s third Annual Fall Festival — The Fair on the Square

• When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville

• For more information: www.lawrenceville...

Suwanee Day

• What: Suwanee Day

• When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Town Center Park at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway

• For more information: visit www.suwaneeday.co...

Next Friday marks the first day of fall, but there are two cities who are celebrating the seasonal change a week early. Suwanee and Lawrenceville kick off the months of cooler weather with family friendly festivals all day Saturday.

The City of Lawrenceville is hosting its Annual Fair on the Square festival jammed packed with live music and entertainment. Some of the acts are local residents, such as the Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir, magician Rick Taliesin and the band Shades of Grey.

"To find the talent, we basically made a lot of calls to people," Lisa McNeill on the festival committee said. "But we found many of them on Facebook because they asked us how to be part of the entertainment at the festival."

The festival opens at 11 a.m., but at 11:15 a.m. Mayor Judy Johnson will open the event by welcoming the attendees and giving a short history about the courthouse.

Admission is free, but the organizers ask all attendees to bring at least one nonperishable good. All items will be donated to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministries.

A few miles away, Suwanee is hosting Suwanee Day, a "celebration of community" which attracts 40,000 locals each year. The day starts with the parade -- this year's theme is "Parks Perfect the Place" and Miss Georgia USA (and Suwanee resident) Kaylin Reque is the grand marshal.

There are more than 200 artists, sponsors and vendors in booths to be scattered throughout the festival selling their works and products. For the sports fanatics, looks for the Gwinnett Braves' and Gladiators' booths. They will be around to talk shop.

A wide variety of live music will fill the air beginning when the gates open. At 8:15 p.m., the main act Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Lovin' Spoonful is taking the stage to end the day with classic hits, like "Do You Believe in Magic," "Summer in the City" and "You Didn't Have to be So Nice."

"We're excited to have a group where everyone will know the songs," Lynne DeWilde, Public Information Off of Suwanee said.

After the sun goes down around 9:45 p.m., the annual fireworks show will light up the sky.

"It adds the exclamation point to the day," DeWilde said.

Admission is free. Bring five canned goods, and you'll receive a reusable City of Suwanee tote.