2017 News Releases

February 22, 2017

City of Suwanee Public Art Fundraiser Event Brings Home the Hardware

The City of Suwanee's public art fund- and awareness-raising event, Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails, was honored with multiple Kaleidoscope Awards at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association's (SFEA) Annual Conference in Lexington, KY on February 21, 2017.

The giant cocktail party at Suwanee City Hall won the silver prize for Best New Event, a silver for Best Event Video, and a bronze award for Best Print Ad. The city also won a bronze award for Most Creative Idea for its collaboration with the Suwanee Youth Leaders and Suwanee Fest transportation.

Designed to recognize the marketing, programming, and overall event, the SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards acknowledge the highest level of achievement in the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States. This year, 22 organizations submitted 119 entries for the top prizes.

"The quality of submissions continues to increase each year, making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners," noted Brenda Pierce, executive director of the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. 

The Southeast Festivals & Events Association is a membership based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. A panel of experts in event planning, marketing, and tourism review entries from states across the southeast. Judging is based on originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.

"I'm so proud of our staff and volunteers for continuing to make our events award- winning memory makers for those that attend," said Suwanee Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty.


February 16, 2017

Cool Running
County's First Marathon to Be Run in Suwanee on February 26

The City of Suwanee is teaming up with Georgia Fitness to host the inaugural Suwanee Marathon – Gwinnett County's first ever full marathon – in tandem with the 3rd annual Suwanee Half Marathon on Sunday, February 26.

Both races will begin at 7:00 a.m. at Town Center Park. From there, the Peachtree Road Race-certified, 13.1-mile course will meander through Old Town, along Eva Kennedy to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, to Tench Road and eventually George Pierce Park and the Suwanee Creek Greenway to McGinnis Ferry Road, up and back along Northolt, and back along the Greenway to the finish at City Hall. Marathon runners will complete the half marathon route twice.

"It takes some creative logistics to plan a 26.2-mile route in a nine-square-mile city," said Suwanee Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty. "We think it's a route so nice, you'll want to do it twice!"

This course has a great mix of flat and hills which will be fun for every type of runner. Finishers from each race will receive a medal and long-sleeved technical shirt, and a cash prize will be split between the top three male and female finishers from each race.

Those who want to participate in the inaugural Suwanee Marathon, but aren't into that whole running thing, are encouraged to join us as volunteers and course cheerleaders. The event will feature a sign-making and cowbell station, and event coordinators are looking for scout leaders/cheer mom/small group leaders/etc. to "own" their own cheer spot along the race course.

For more information, including route and registration details, visit georgiafitness.com/marathon. Interested volunteers can contact Amy Doherty at 770-904-3387 or adoherty@suwanee.com.


February 13, 2017

Suwanee is More EVENT-ful in 2017

The City of Suwanee has recently released its 2017 events calendar, featuring over 40 events, including 18 runs/walks and 11 brand new events!

On Saturday, April 15 at 5:30 pm, the City invites everyone to get lit in Town Center at the Glow in the Park community lantern parade! Inspired by the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, 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.

"This event is a community celebration of creativity; everyone is strongly encouraged to create and carry their pre-made lanterns to parade together," said Amy Doherty, Events & Outreach Manager for the City of Suwanee. "This electrical spectacle is family and pet friendly, so everyone can join in."

Suwanee will kick off the new events with the first full marathon ever held in Gwinnett County – the Suwanee Marathon on February 26. Furry favorite Woofstock will return in an expanded form on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. The very popular Food Truck Fridays are back the first Friday of the month April-September, with the exception of July. Other returning favorites include:

Suwanee Beer Fest - March 18
Arts in the Park - May 13
August Concert & Wing Fest, featuring the Spin Doctors - August 12
Suwanee Fest - September 16-17
Food Truck Fridays – April 7, May 5, June 2, August 4, September 1
Movies Under the Stars (double features) – June 3, July 22, August 19
Farmers Market - Saturdays from May 13-September 20

The full calendar of new and returning events is available on the What's New/Events page at Suwanee.com. For more information on events at the City of Suwanee, contact Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty at 770-904-3387 or adoherty@suwanee.com.


February 8, 2017

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). See suwaneefest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form.