Festivals and Holiday Celebrations

 

May

Memorial Day Celebration - The City of Norcross will be hosting a patriotic celebration for Memorial Day on May 29 in Thrasher Park beginning at 11:30 a.m. that will include food, music and a special guest speaker. Headlining the event, Dewey Earnest, a decorated veteran, will speak at noon followed by a performance by the Steve Dwiggins Trio. Free hotdogs will be provided by the Norcross Masonic Lodge.

June
BluesBerry and Beer Festival
Saturday, June 17th 2017- Historic Downtown Norcross / Betty Mauldin Park

4 - 10 p.m.
www.bluesberrybeerfestival.com

Norcross has got the blues…and that’s a good thing! On June 17, the BluesBerry Music and Beer Festival will be held in Betty Mauldin Park and Jones St. from 4 – 10 p.m. Your mood will surely lighten with the lineup of blues musicians set to entertain into the evening. Don’t forget to look for Norcross’ downtown merchants and restaurants that will be creating signature “BluesBerry” cocktails, desserts, specials and more! Be sure to bring a chair or blanket, a friend, or meet new ones as this group of great musicians entertains you with their funky vibe. For more information, visit bluesberrybeerfestival.com

July

Red, White & BOOM! 4th of July Celebration
Monday, July 3rd, 2017 | 3 - 11 p.m.

Norcross to Celebrate 

America with Red, White 

& BOOM! Event on July 3

The City of Norcross is throwing a pre-Fourth of July block party and you’re invited! Make your way to the heart of downtown historic Norcross on July 3 for food, fun and fireworks during the 2017 edition of Red White and BOOM! The good times start with a bang at 3 p.m. with bounce houses (nominal fee), festive face painting and an assortment of food vendors. Stroll the city sidewalks to find Norcross’ eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, dance in the park to tunes spun by the DJ from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., or snag a spot on the lawn at Lillian Webb Park for a picnic and mingling with friends before the fireworks light up the night sky. For those looking to continue the fun and celebration, head over to one of Norcross' local hotspots for live music and libations.

Please note: Absolutely no shade structures (tents or umbrellas) are allowed and will have to be dismantled. ADA parking will be available at City Hall (65 Lawrenceville Street) and Bostic Street. City staff will be available to transport seniors or anyone needing assistance that day via golf carts at each of the respective parking locations. A shuttle will also run continuously from the Norcross First United Methodist Church, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road.

The Scoop:

Time: 3 - 11 p.m. (fireworks around 9:25 p.m. or dusk)

Location:
All of downtown Norcross; Kidzone will be in Thrasher park, DJ/band in Lillian Webb Park, artists/vendors will be stationed downtown and food trucks can be found at Lillian Webb Park

How to Make Norcross’ Red, White and BOOM! a Memorable Fourth of July:

While it won’t be hard to have a good time at Norcross’ Red, White & BOOM!, here are a few ways that you can make sure it is a memorable Fourth of July:

1. Snag a spot at Lillian Webb Park for the best view of the fireworks display.

2. Don’t miss out on the festivities or show while looking for a parking space. Free parking will be available at two nearby designated churches with a shuttle running continuously to downtown Norcross.

3. Be the life of the party by not committing a party foul. Please be mindful of other guests by not blocking the view. To keep the night sky in perfect view of the fireworks, tents and umbrellas are not allowed.

4. Remember, Norcross is an active railroad crossing location. Train tracks are NOT safe for firework viewing.

5. Take your party with you, but only on foot! Open containers are allowed within barricaded areas only!

6. Raise your glasses high and cheers your fellow neighbors with a Red, White & BOOM! signature drink!

7. Celebrate one of the best things about America—FOOD! Enjoy fried foods, snacks on a stick, sinful sweet treats and the best tasting creations on four wheels—food trucks!

 

September

Gateway International Food and Music Festival Presented by Gwinnett Village CID
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | Lillian Webb Park 
Time: 4 - 8 p.m.

Go around the world in just one day without leaving downtown Norcross as the City of Norcross and Presenting Sponsor Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District present the Gateway International Food & Music Festival on September 23 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Lillian Webb Park. Held in conjunction with Welcoming America’s Welcoming Week, this event will showcase the region’s best multicultural talent and highlight the rich cultural contributions of Gwinnett’s diverse communities. 

The festival will feature a variety of outstanding performers and showcase the area’s cultural heritage through food, dance and music. The festival will also have a craft market and a kid’s zone with fun activities for children of all ages. In addition, international and local food vendors will be selling delectable tastes of their home countries. Also onsite will be a "Pop-Up" Norcross Community Market where festivalgoers can experience this premier producer-only farmers market. Cultural performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a family movie in the park will begin at dusk. 

As one of four official "welcoming cities" in Georgia, this event is a part of Welcoming America’s Welcoming Week held on September 16-25. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events where communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. Last year, there were 245 events in over 80 communities during Welcoming Week, with more than 22,000 people participating.

Bring the whole family and enjoy food, dance, music and crafts from around the world while celebrating the cultural diversity of Gwinnett County without leaving the park! For more information, visit aplacetoimagine.com.

FREE parking available at Norcross First United Methodist Church (2500 Beaver Ruin Rd, Norcross, GA 30071), with free shuttle to Lillian Webb Park.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the day's festivities. 

Potential vendors, volunteers and sponsors please contact norcrosscommunitymarket@gmail.com.  To apply to be a vendor at the festival, please fill out an online application here

**Vendedores póngase en contacto con norcrosscommunitymarket@gmail.com. Para aplicar para ser un vendedor en el festival, por favor llene una solicitud en línea aquí.

 

October
ArtSplash Festival
Saturday, October 7th  10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 8th, 2017 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Historic Downtown Norcross

Norcrossartsplash.splashfestivals.com

The exciting festival of the arts draws crowds of 50,000 festival goers each year, and the charming downtown streets of Historic Norcross create the perfect backdrop for the colorful artists' displays. The charismatic area is known for its enchanting shops and eateries - and of course, the train, which rambles along the tracks saying “hello” to visitors and neighbors.

Attending Norcross Art Splash is the ideal way to welcome in the fall season, especially with artisans from across the country showing off their talents. The show is filled with folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography mixed media, fiber art, metalwork, and of course, jewelry...lots of sparkly bling! In addition to the artist market, the lively Kidz Zone awaits children of all ages with face painting, sand art, inflatable and energetic rides. Continuous entertainment on Thrasher Park’s intimate stage wows listeners each year with oldies, blues, jazz and musical surprises. The fantastic food row always draws hungry shoppers with its large variety of tasty treats.

 

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February

Tuesday, February 14, 2017- A Norcross Night to Remember

Along with your sweetie, the City of Norcross invites you to fall in love with Norcross’ downtown merchants at this year’s Valentine’s Day Celebration. How do we love our downtown merchants? Help us count the ways this Valentine’s Day! From their dedication to offering unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures to their desire to give back to the community they call home, the reasons why we love our downtown merchants are too many to count. Providing a charming antidote to big mall shopping—they offer much to love with an upscale shopping experience in a relaxed small town setting.

With endless options for a romantic outing, an evening spent in historic downtown promises to be a night to remember. The streets of historic Norcross provide the perfect romantic backdrop for a Valentine’s celebration with its charm and bistro-lined streets. On February 14th from 6 - 8 p.m., the City of Norcross is pulling out all the stops for those with love in their eyes. Cozy up in a carriage as you ride through the streets of Norcross, enjoy being serenaded by a traveling barber shop quartet and take an opportunity to look in your lovers eyes to renew the vows you exchanged on your wedding day.

Please note that the carriage ride pick-up location will be at Taste of Britian, 73 S Peachtree Street and the photo booth will be stationed on South Peachtree near 45 South Peachtree Street. Share why you love downtown Norcross merchants and your sweetie on Twitter (@CityofNorcross) and Facebook (facebook.com/City of Norcross - Events Marketing Dept.). Be sure to include #IheartNorcross in your post! We would LOVE to see you there!

 

April

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Visit
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Rossie Brundage Park
10 a.m.

The Easter Bunny is hopping his was to downtown Norcross for an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. As long as there is no peeking, the Easter Bunny will be hiding all of his eggs in Rossie Brundage Park, 350 Autry Street. So bring your Easter baskets and celebrate the renewal of spring in Norcross with a FREE Easter Egg Hunt that is sure to be fun for all! Children will also have the opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny where parents are encouraged to take photos to capture the excitement. The city of Norcross wants to ensure that everyone enjoys the hunt and kindly requests those participating to be considerate, respectful, and most of all, have fun!