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Fall festivals to kick off this weekend

Fall is more than a week away, but that hasn’t stopped three cities from celebrating the new season. This weekend, Winder, Duluth and Norcross are throwing parties for the cooler weather.

Winder’s Jug Tavern Festival may have kicked off this past Thursday, but the party will continue through Sunday. The five-day event boasts a carnival, barbecue competition, bull rides, car and tractor show — and that’s just the beginning.

There is live music tonight with Moby Dick and Saturday featuring Bill Gentry aka “Wild Bill” — as in the owner of Wild Bill’s in Duluth.

The festival is located at 113 E. Athens St. in Winder. Admission is free, but you must pay to play. For more information, visit www.jugtavernfestival.com.

Over in Duluth, the city is kicking off its Duluth Fall Festival with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth Town Green Amphitheater.

The actual festival is later in the month.

This year’s headliner is Lawrenceville’s house band The Rupert’s Orchestra, that perform songs from current Top 40 hits to Motown, R&B, classic rock and big band dwing. The Skipperdees will open up the concert.

The Duluth Fall Festival will be on Sept. 28-29. For more information, visit www.duluthfallfestival.org.

If you’re into trying exotic cuisine and learning about other cultures, Norcross is hosting the event for you.

On Saturday, the city welcomes the return of Gwinnett Village Community Alliance’s Gateway International Food and Music Festival in Lillian Webb Park.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., there are local metro Atlanta performers representing cultures from around the globe through traditional music, song and dance.

There will be tasty bites from all over the world, ranging from South America to Asia and even food from close to home.

For the young ones, there is a kids zone to play in throughout the day. For the holiday shoppers, there is an arts and crafts area with local vendors selling their wares for the season.

Admission is free. Lillian Webb Park is located at 5 College St. in Norcross. For more information, visit www.norcrossga.net.