Spring festivals start in Grayson, Norcross

Two cities in Gwinnett couldn't wait anymore to get outside in the sunshine. Both Grayson and Norcross are celebrating spring on Saturday. Depending on your schedule, you could make a day of crafts, music and food in both locations.

In the southeast corner of the county, the 34th annual Grayson Day Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grayson Community Park at One Park Drive in Grayson.

Before the main event, there is a one-mile fun run and 5K at 7:30 a.m., which raises money for the Grayson High School cross country team. Fun run participants get a T-shirt and 5K participants get a dri-fit shirt. The races start and finish at Grayson Elementary.

The actual festival kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. Olympian Chaunte Lowe, a Grayson High School teacher, is this year's grand marshal. The rest of the day boasts more than 150 vendors selling wares, food and crafts.

For more information, visit www.cityofgrayson.org.

Over in Norcross, the city is hosting its own races and family fun day in Thrasher Park and Lillian Web Park.

From 8 a.m. to noon, families are invited to watch the 5K and 2K racers in Thrasher Park at 93 Park Drive. After the runners are finished, there will be food, children's games and activities, inflatables and live music.

At 1 p.m., attendees are asked to move to Lillian Webb Park at 5 College St. for a free concert performed by the von Grey Sisters. Residents are allowed to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs for the show. There are inflatables and games available for a fee. The proceeds go to programs with the Dare to Hope Foundation and The Palliative Care Team at Children's Hospital.

For more information, visit www.norcrossga.net.