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Busy weekend for Gwinnett festivals

This Saturday and Sunday is jam packed with fall festivals. No matter which corner of Gwinnett you live in, there is something going on in your backyard — or at least a short drive away.

Norcross Art Fest

The annual arts and crafts festivals returns for two days this weekend in downtown Norcross.

Last year, more than 50,000 people crowded the streets to browse and buy whimsical creations, handmade pottery and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

Rock’n Ribville

The Lawrenceville Square will be filled with the smoky smells of freshly cooked barbecue 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

To celebrate Georgia Gwinnett College, there are barbecue and ribs, Grizzly Burger Eating Contest and live music. For the tiny tots, there is a Riblet Zone with face painting, inflatables and a bungee jump.

Beside food competitions, live acts will perform, including 76 LCD, Stephen Lee Band, Pseudo and Shangri-La.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rocknribville.com.

Elisha Winn Fair

For all of you history buffs, the Elisha Winn Fair returns for its 35th year this weekend.

Hosted by the Gwinnett Historical Society, the two-day event has re-enactments, tours and quilt show as well as live music and food vendors. There is also an opportunity to watch a blacksmith during live demonstrations.

The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $3 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.gwinnetths.org.

Grayson Blues and Brews Festival

Craft beers are becoming big in Georgia, that’s why Grayson has brought back its fourth annual beer festival to showcase hundreds of brews from around the country.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, attendees have a chance to local brews (from Georgia facilities like Monday Night Brewing, Terrapin, Jail House, Red Hare and Wild Heaven) and regional treats from across the states.

Some of the other companies to be there are Southern Tier, Magic Hat, Goose Island, Redhook and Kona — just to name a few.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $45 for VIP tickets. For more information, visit grayson-bluesandbrews.com.

Suwanee Wine Fest

Across town, the wine aficionados can gather for the inaugural wine festival presented by Chateau Elan Winery and Resort.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, guests will sample more than 250 wines from across the globe. Countries such as Spain, Italy, Germany and New Zealand.

Georgia vineyards that are present include Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Three Sister Vineyards and Winery, Habersham Winery, Frogtown Cellars and Wolf Mountain Vineyards.

A portion of the money raised from the event benefits Annandale Village.

Tickets are $55 for general admission and $110 for VIP tickets. For more information, visit www.suwaneewinefest.com.

Chattapoochee Pet Fest

Yes, this weekend there is a party for your pooch, too. The Duluth Historical Society holds this annual critter celebration at the Chattapoochee Dog Park.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, all four-legged companions can come out for a day of costumes contests, adoptions and other canine goodies.

All well-behaved cats and dogs are welcomed to join the festivities.

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