Festivals and Holiday Celebrations

City of Norcross to Make Downtown ‘Sparkle’ For Holiday Season

Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides: We hope you have been nice this year because Santa himself will be visiting downtown Norcross! Carriage rides will be dashing through Norcross December 1 through December 22 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Taste of Britain. You can catch Santa at Remax on Jones Street (downtown Norcross) starting on December 5.

S’mores, Cocoa and Wildlife at Discovery Garden:  Drop by the Garden for s’mores and hot cocoa on December 16 from 2 – 4 p.m.   In the spirit of giving, we will adorn a Wildlife Tree with raisin Icicles and birdseed ornaments for our furry friends. Free family fun.

 

** PAST EVENTS: 

December 

Sparkle Holiday Celebration to include carriage rides, photos with Santa, Christmas tree lighting and more!

The City of Norcross will host its annual holiday celebration, ‘Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic’, which includes carriage rides, photos with Santa, a Christmas tree lighting in the park, holiday entertainment and more starting on December 1.

“We invite all of our citizens and visitors to experience the wonder and delight of the holidays in Norcross,” said City of Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. “In what is a special time of year, we look forward to sharing the spirit of the season through our holiday celebration.”

The City of Norcross is pleased to present the following events to celebrate the holiday season:

Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us for the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in Thrasher Park and enjoy music from Norcross United Methodist Church. The City of Norcross will once again be honored to have Norcross resident Steven Howington officially light the Christmas tree. For over 30 years, Howington who has Down Syndrome, has lit the City of Norcross’ Christmas tree. Santa will be busy checking his list in his workshop in the park and will be available for photos with all the good little boys and girls. Enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last) courtesy of the Norcross Masonic Lodge and the Norcross Lions Club, and Chase’s Grille & Wingery will be handing out free samples of soup. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be playing on the big screen while you wait in line to meet Santa. A local group of Disney princess performers will also be on hand to add to the Christmas magic. They will be available for photos and to visit with families during the event. Join in on the awe and excitement on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park.

Holiday First Friday Concert with Deb Bowman & the Big Love Band: Friday Concert Series brings back one of our favorites, Deb Bowman & the Big Love Band in A Holiday Cabaret on December 1. The concert is in the Ballroom of the Norcross Cultural Arts Center from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The performance is free, but seating is limited. Make your reservation by calling 678-421-2048. Enjoy food and drinks with the show. 

Historic Tour of Homes: The Historic Norcross Holiday Tour of Homes will feature five homes all dressed up for the Christmas season. Tours will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Candelight tours will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.The homes include the Doherty cottage, sponsored by Norcross First United Methodist Church; the Gordon House, sponsored by Bank of North Georgia; the Louise Ivy House, sponsored by Cardinal Lake Pottery and Chalk It Up Norcross; the Oakes House, sponsored by Explore Gwinnett; and the Schendzelos House, sponsored by the Norcross Development Authority. The historic downtown Rectory, an additional stop on the tour, will showcase an artisan gift market featuring works by local and regional crafters and exhibitors. The Rectory, built in the early 1900s, sits on a hill across the street from Norcross City Hall, where tour visitors will get their wristbands. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.freshtix.com.

 

October

Lawless Spirits Tour - Presented by Lionheart Theatre 

October 26-29 - 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Wander through the streets of Historic Norcross and see the past come to life. New stories for 2017! This guided walking tour is a must for history buffs as well as those who love a good story. Family friendly!


ArtSplash Festival
Saturday, October 7th  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
CANCELLED: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Cancelled due to Tropical Storm Nate) 
Historic Downtown Norcross

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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.

 

September

Gateway International Food and Music Festival
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. 

 

July

Red, White & BOOM! Independence Day 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!

June

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

3 - 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 3 – 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

MERCHANT SPECIALS! 

IronHorse Tavern - Beer trucks: 15 brews at $5 each

Dominick’s - Blueberry Peach Bellini and Home Made New York Cheesecake with a fresh blueberry sauce

Mojito’s - Blueberry Mojitos

The Crossing - Blueberry Wave

Antique Traditions - Discover our "Blues tag bargains" while enjoying "Bluesberry" refreshments, follow us and comment on our Instagram to win our fantastic Bluesberry giveaway! #bluesberrycontest

Glitter G - Take 20% off

Chalk It Up - 10% discount on all blue items

Chase's Grille and Wingery - Blue Berry Bread Pudding, Blue Berry Spinach & Chicken Salad, Blue Berry Vodka Iced Tea, Blue Berry Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Farmhouse 17 -  has added food to our venue…. Gourmet hotdogs, sandwiches, charcuterie, desserts, beer, wine and MORE!!  Enjoy our specialty hotdog of the day on June 17th…THE B.B. KING...Dijon mustard, cole slaw and chili for only $3.50 with a coupon for a $1.00 off on your next purchase, because we know you’ll want to come back soon!  Plenty of ice cold beer or soft drinks will be available while you enjoy some great blues guitar music on our patio.

VSOP Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom - 20% OFF Wild Blueberry Aged Balsamic Vinegar with purchase of any Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Stop the Clock Photo -  at 29 S Peachtree St is providing Bluesberry Festival discounted prices: Fine Art Photography, framed and loose images - ALL at 50 Percent Off - Pick-up only - includes all in-stock items. Professional Headshot Services for business and social media - two retouched images - $19.95 - digital delivery. We won't make you Blue but will save you a lot of Green!

45 South Cafe - Chef Special: Blueberry Stuffed French Toast. Drink & Dessert Specials: Blueberry Lemonade & Smoothies, Blueberry Italian Soda, Blueberry Wine Spritzer, Blueberry Craft Beer (specific brand TBD) and Blueberry muffins & cheese cake.

Taste of Britain - Look for the blue dot

Studio 87 Yoga and Tai Chi - Pick up the New Student Discount Card and save 35% on your first six classes! 

 

 

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.

 

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!