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Guide to 2012 fall festivals around Gwinnett

Find your boots, sweaters and scarves because fall is just right around the corner. To celebrate the cooler weather, several cities are gearing up fall festivities beginning today. Look through our list, mark your calendars and find your favorite way to ring in the new season.

— Compiled by staff writer Meghan Kotowski

Sept. 7

The 44th annual Yellow Daisy Festival has been under way since Thursday with more than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries as they display their works for purchase.

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9

• Where: Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Highway 78 E., Stone Mountain

• Cost: Free with $10 parking fee

• For more information: Visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com

Sept. 8

The Lawrenceville Business Community hosts Fair on the Square with live music and entertainment, fresh food and raffles to benefit the Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation.

• When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.lawrencevillefallfestival.com

Harvest of Art in Auburn boasts mini adult art classes, art activities for children and more to celebrate fine arts and crafts.

• When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Where: Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, 1396 Third Ave., Auburn

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.GeorgiaPiedmontArtsCenter.com

Sept. 15

Gwinnettians can learn while having fun at the third annual Honey Bee Festival which includes bee games, cooking demos and a costume contest.

• When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

• Cost: $3.50 to $10.50 which includes general admission

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettehc.org

Suwanee Day returns with a bang. This year there is a parade, live entertainment and fireworks display.

• When: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Where: Town Center Park, 370 Buford Highway, Suwanee

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.suwaneeday.com

JapanFest brings east and west together through music, food, dance and culture.

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16

• Where: Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

• Cost: $8, children 6 and under are free

• For more information: Visit www.japanfest.org

Sept. 29

Duluth Fall Festival’s two-day event will feature a parade, 5K road race and a worship on the green as well as entertainment.

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30

• Where: Duluth Festival Center, 3142 Hill St., Duluth

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.duluthfallfestival.com

Stone Mountain Park kicks off its 10th annual Pumpkin Festival, which runs through Oct. 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

• When: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays with Lasershow at 8 p.m.

• Where: Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Highway 78 E., Stone Mountain

• Cost: Free with $10 parking fee

• For more information: Visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com

The Grayson Arts and History Center hosts an old fashion fall festival and open house with arts and crafts, plus a bake sale.

• When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Where: The Grayson Arts and History Center, 2070 Rosebud Road, Grayson

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.cityofgrayson.org

Oct. 6

The celebrate Georgia Gwinnett College, Rock’n Rib Festival is back with barbecue and ribs, 2012 Tutus for Tatas Rock’n Rib 5K and live music.

• When: Noon to 9 p.m.

• Where: The Lawrenceville Square, 185 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.rocknribsfest.com

This year is the Elisha Winn House’s 200th anniversary. The Gwinnett Historical Society invite the community to celebrate at the 34th annual Elisha Winn Fair.

• When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7

• Where: Elisha Winn House, 908 Dacula Road, Dacula

• Cost: $3, children 12 and under are free

For more information: Visit www.gwinnetths.org

Norcross’ Art Fest returns with hundreds of artists and crafters displaying paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and more.

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7

• Where: Downtown Historic Norcross, 5666 Buford Highway, Norcross

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit norcrossartfest.splashfestivals.com

There’s nothing better than beer and music, that’s why Grayson is hosting the third annual Blues and Brews Festival with hundreds of beer to try and live music.

• When: 2 to 6 p.m.

• Where: Grayson City Park, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson

• Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

• For more information: Visit http://grayson-bluesandbrews.com

Oct. 7

Pups needs some fun, too. Bring out your furry four-legged friends to the Chattapoochee Pet Fest with costumes contests, adoptions and other canine goodies.

• When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Where: Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St., Duluth

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.duluthhistorical.org

Oct. 13

Lilburn Woman’s Club hosts the 39th annual Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, which exhibits arts from around the region, plus there is a kids corner for the young ones.

• When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Where: Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.lilburnwomansclub.org

Peachtree Corners Art Fest boasts art, art and more art with live music, food and adult beverages.

• When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Where: 3568 Jay Bird Alley, Peachtree Corners

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.peachtreecornersartfest.com

Oct. 20

Loganville’s 4th annual Autumn Heritage Festival boasts family fun to celebrate the city’s heritage.

• When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Where: Downtown Loganville, 4385 Pecan St., Loganville

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.autumnheritagefestival.com

Sugar Hill brings back its 12th annual Fall Festival with a large petting zoo, car show and chili cook-off.

• When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Where: E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.cityofsugarhill.com