Glow in the Park Lantern Making Workshops
The City of Suwanee is thrilled to partner with the NGAA on our newest event: Glow in the Park community lantern parade! Inspired by the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, Suwanee's Glow in the Park will feature a strolling jazz band leading an illuminated pageant of light, music, and color through Old Town and down the Brushy Creek Trail, ending at a concert starring 80s cover band Electric Avenue at Town Center Park.
So, who gets to be in the parade? You do! Join us for lantern building workshops at the NGAA in Town Center. Classes are on February 28, March 28, and April 4 from 5:00-6:30 pm for children and 7:00-8:30 pm for adults.
Visit ngaa4arts.com to register for workshops, and we'll see (because you'll be all lit up) you on April 15 at Glow in the Park!
Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest is back for its 7th Year
Beer nerds and novices alike are invited to descend upon Town Center Park for an afternoon of brews, tunes, and fun for the 7th Annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest on March 18 from noon-5 p.m.! Sessions, Belgians, IPAs, and pilsners live in harmony at this massive St. Patty's Day celebration, which features a whopping 350 craft beers from around the nation – making this award-winning festival one of the largest beer events in the South.
Many breweries use the event as an opportunity to debut new or seasonal beers, as well as brews specifically for the annual Brew Battle Competition. Beer Fest is also home to the largest home brew competition in the area.
Designed around the motto, "something for everyone," this festival includes activities such as giant Jenga, live entertainment, corn hole, and even a wine corner for people who want a little break from beer tasting. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit suwaneebeerfest.com.
Suwanee Spring Fling, presented by NGBSA
Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues
Upcoming March Events
Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock Run 5K
Suwanee Spring Fling, presented by NGBSA March 10 | 6 p.m.
Kicking off the spring baseball and softball season, this event will feature a 'parade of players,' inflatables, a prize raffle, and a family movie.
Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock Run 5K March 18 | 7:30 a.m.
Enjoy nature's beautiful springtime flora and fauna on this Peachtree Qualifier Course!
Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues March 25 | 8 a.m.
Strut your mutt at the 7th Annual Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run & Festival! Enjoy food and beverage, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids and treats for dogs, cats and runners alike.
Suwanee PD Hosts Teen Driving Course
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Georgia teens. In an effort to address this problem, The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has developed a statewide program called Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error). These classes target parents/guardians and their teenage drivers who are either just beginning to drive or are preparing for a learner's permit. This is not a hands-on, mechanical "how-to" course, but a class that addresses driving attitude and behavior of teenagers ages 14-19.
The Suwanee PD will host this FREE course on Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8 pm at the Suwanee Police Training Center. For more information or to register, call 770-904-7669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suwanee Fest: Under Construction
The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2017. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.
The theme for the 2017 festival, to be celebrated September 16 and 17, is…well…we're not entirely sure. We know we want it to center around construction: community at work, building the future, paving the way – you get the idea. But our creative team has hit a roadblock (get it?). So this year, the tagline is open to interpretation as well.
The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 1 (no fooling). CLICK HERE for additional guidelines and an entry form.
Suwanee in Search of Farmers, Food Trucks, and Warm Spring Breezes
Warm days, fresh produce, and eating al fresco will return before you know it – and with it come our popular Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday events.
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 6 through September 30, at Town Center Park. The Market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 12th season. Click here for more information.
Food Truck Fridays will return to Suwanee in April, May, June, August, and September, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Interested food truck vendors can apply to be part of these annual events by clicking here.
Winter Farmers Market
Rejoice, localvores — Suwanee is extending the Farmers Market through the winter months! The Farmers Market will continue on the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. from November through April at Town Center Park. Stop by and enjoy fresh local winter produce, such as lettuces, greens, potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, baked goods, and a variety of other delicious, local flavors.
Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Harvest Farm Plots
The City of Suwanee is accepting applications for the few remaining plots at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden for the 2017 growing season.
Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to City residents, property owners, and taxpayers as well as returning gardeners. Plots are available in three different sizes, with the annual fee ranging from $50-$100. City of Suwanee residents/taxpayers receive a 25 percent discount. Annual fees include use of a raised bed, utilities, basic community tools, social and educational events, and, when available, compost. Gardeners incur personal expenses for items such as seeds, plants, amendments, stakes, and trellises
Suwanee Launches County's First Bike Share Program
An exciting new transportation option has come to Gwinnett County! The City of Suwanee unveiled its new bike share program on Saturday, October 22 at the Alive! Festival in Town Center Park.
Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – have been installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park and will each house up to eight bikes. The bikes may be rented for up to three hours for free, with each additional hour costing $3 per hour. The maximum fee for all day use of a bike is $30. All riders must be at least 18 years old and provide their own helmets. Bikes can be easily rented via smart phone app.
Bikes can be ridden anywhere, including on the City's extensive greenway system. A large part of the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, the city features over 16 miles of interconnected multi-use, multi-medium trails.
Please visit zagster.com/suwanee for answers to questions such as usage, fees, station location, etc.