Blues, brews and berries come to Norcross


File Photo Volunteer Mike Foley presents a SweetWater beer to a customer during the Blues Berry Festival featuring blues music and local breweries at Betty Mauldin Park in Norcross last year.

If you go

What: BluesBerry Festival and BeerFest

When: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: On Jones Street, Norcross

Cost: $35 to $45

For more information: Visit norcrossga.net

NORCROSS -- It was only a few weeks ago that the city of Norcross was celebrating strawberries. Now, it has turned its love toward blueberries.

Norcross' annual BluesBerry Festival and BrewFest are on Saturday, featuring live music, beer and plenty of sweet treats downtown.

Both ideas stemmed from the city's popular farmers market, which is held Tuesday evenings in the summer.

The festival has also grown to incorporate a mini-beerfest at the Iron Horse Taven. Beginning at 5 p.m., the popular tavern will serve samplings from several breweries, such as Monday Night Brewing, Sweetwater 420 Brewery, Goose Island and Terrapin Beer Company.

You can buy tickets in advance or at Iron Horse Tavern. If you opt for the VIP treatment, you receive 16 oz. samples (instead of 12 oz.) and a commemorative T-shirt. If you don't want to booze all day, there are $5 samples available to buy.

Some businesses are also joining the fun. During the evening, Zapata delivers famous its Blue Margaritas, and there are other blue treats from Mojitos, Paizanos, Dominick's and 45 South Cafe. A local farmer will be out with fresh, pesticide-free berries and homemade ice cream.

The free blues music begins at 6 p.m. at a stage in historic Norcross. The Mary Raindrop Band kicks off the concert, then Little G Weevil takes the stage and Cazanova's ends the show.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the performances.

Need a little more blue? The Blue Trees are still on display at Thrasher Park. The trunks have changed color due to artist Konstantin "Kon" Dimopoulos, who used a special non-toxic pigment to turn the trees bright blue. The hue will fade naturally.