Full weekend of festivals


Jacob Grafton, 8, of Duluth, eats a rib while attending Lawrenceville's Rock'n Rib Fest last year. Grafton was accompanied by his mother Julie Grafton and his grandmother JoAnn Grafton.


Sally Sherrington, left, joins in a toast with samples of Magic Hat beers with David Smith of Grayson, right and others during the second annual Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival held last year in Grayson.


Norcross Art Fest hosts more than 180 local and national artists to display and sell works of art Oct. 6 and 7 in downtown Norcross.

This weekend, the cities of Gwinnett have taken fall fervor to extremes because there are five festivals to choose from ranging from a historical celebration to an art festival to a smoky ribs chow-down. There is a little something for everyone in your family, even the four-legged ones.

Lawrenceville's Rock'n Rib Festival

Saturday begins a barbecue blow-out at the Rock'n Rib Festival in downtown Lawrenceville from noon to 9 p.m. with food, live music and other activities all in the name of Georgia Gwinnett College.

There will be several barbecue vendors with nibbles for sale, including locals like Papa Chuck's Bar-B-Q and Spiced Right.

Admission is free, but you must pay to eat. For more information, visit www.rocknribsfest.com.

Grayson's Blues and Brews Festival

If you're not a rib junkie, but crazy about craft beers, head over to the Grayson Blues and Brews Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Grayson City Park.

The beer will be flowing in different flavors and brands, including Georgia's own Monday Night Brewing, Sweetwater, Red Brick, Terrapin and Red Hare.

For the designated drivers, live music will play all day, starting with Critical Velocity and followed by the rest of the performers: Grant & Moe Show with Buddy on Bass, Devon Allman's Honeytribe and Threez Harmony

This event is only open to attendees who are 21 years or older. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. For more information, visit grayson-bluesandbrews.com.

Dacula's Elisha Winn Fair

For the history buffs, the Elisha Winn Fair is in full swing on Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Attendees can take tours of the house and its grounds, listen to actors talk about the 1875 schoolhouse made of one room and enjoy a countywide quilt show, plus partake in traditional festival fares with live music, fresh food and loud cannon fire.

Plus, it's the house's 200th anniversary.

Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 years and younger are free. The house is located at 908 Dacula Road in Dacula. For more information, visit www.gwinnetths.org.

Norcross' Art Fest

Art lovers can head over to Norcross for the annual Art Fest on Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for hundreds of artists and crafters displaying paintings, jewelry, pottery and more.

If your children need a little down time, there is a Kidz Zone for all ages with the free children's art pavilion, face painting, inflatables and rides. Need a break from shopping? Walk to Thrasher Park for live music from all genres, like oldies, blues and jazz.

Admission is free. For more information, visit norcrossartfest.splashfestivals.com.

Duluth's Chattapoochee Pet Fest

On Sunday, the city of Duluth and the Historic Strickland House come together to host the fourth annual Chattapoochee Pet Fest at the Chattapoochee Dog Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which allows well-behaved dogs and cats to join the party.

During the day, there will be pet vendors ready to talk animals, pet rescue groups with information on how to help the cause, crafts and food for sell, animal adoptions, the Gwinnett Humane Society and live music.

The festival's proceeds benefit the Historic Strickland House of Duluth, which was home to the original Gwinnett Humane Society.

Admission is free. For more information, visit duluthhistorical.org.


PhippsFamily 2 years, 10 months ago

Our family is really looking forward to a taste of Centerville in the area of snellville known as centerville. Also, the pumpkin festival at stone mountain!


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