2018 News Releases

January 16, 2018

Races and Concerts and Festivals, Oh My!
City of Suwanee Releases 2018 Event Calendar

Over 40 events – including numerous traditional favorites and several new events – are sprinkled throughout the City of Suwanee's 2018 event calendar. Each individual event brings anywhere from 300 to 55,000 participants to Town Center Park or other Suwanee locations, proving that Suwanee events offer something for everyone!

Suwanee will kick off the new events with the Suwanee Half Marathon on February 11. Last year's hit, Glow in the Park lantern parade and concert, returns on April 14. This year, the city is pleased to partner with Boudreaux's Café Acadiana to bring crawfish plates to the event.  (More details on how to pre-order your mudbugs coming soon!) The very popular Food Truck Fridays are back the first Friday of the month, May-September, with the exception of July. The Farmers Market will take place on Saturdays from May 12-October 6, and the Winter Farmers Market will occur the second Saturday of the month, November-April. Other returning favorites include:

Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest - March 17
Glow in the Park – April 14
Woofstock – May 5-6
Arts in the Park – May 12
August Concert & Wing Fest – August 11
Suwanee Fest – September 15-16

In addition, the city is unveiling six brand new events in 2018:

Young Musicians in the Park – March 24
Local high school students and members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society created this new event to showcase the talents of young high school musicians in the area. One hundred percent of the event proceeds go to the Give a Note Foundation, which was created to strengthen music education opportunities for students across the country.

Race to Cure Sarcoma Atlanta – April 14
The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) has been producing Race to Cure Sarcoma events in cities across the United States, and has chosen Suwanee as the location for its inaugural Race to Cure Sarcoma™ Atlanta! This 5K Walk/Run is a family friendly event, with a goal to raise both awareness and resources for sarcoma research nationally.

Race for the Rescues 5K & Fun Run – April 21
We're unleashing a brand-new pet-friendly event! Proceeds from this run benefit various animal rescue organizations across metro Atlanta. Man will receive a medal, and man's best friend will earn a bandanna – a paws-itively great time for you and your four-legged friend!

Suwanee Summer Porch Jam – June 21
Yes, June 21 IS on a Thursday, and yes, the date IS correct. The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam is part of Make Music Day – an international celebration of music! Launched in 1982 in France, it is held on the Summer Solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Summer Porch Jam (the first Make Music Day event in Georgia) will have the feel of an old-fashioned summer block party, featuring multiple venues and musicians throughout Old Town Suwanee.

Celebrate Gwinnett! 200 Years of Cultural Diversity – August 18
Join us in the park for music, food, and entertainment representing the many cultures of our community! Explore our rich multicultural history while also celebrating the bicentennial of the founding of Gwinnett County.

Happy Feat's Jingle in the Park – December 1
'Tis the season for holiday shopping! Join us as Town Center Park is transformed into a pop-up holiday market, full of unique handmade gifts and décor. Proceeds benefit Happy Feat, an organization that creates inclusive opportunities for the world to see that those with disabilities are beautiful, valuable, and capable.

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.

January 11, 2018

Wanted: Farmers and Food Trucks

The City of Suwanee is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in the 13th season of the city's Farmers Market, as well as food truck vendors for our very popular Food Truck Fridays.

Farmers Market
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 12 through October 6, at Town Center Park. The Winter Farmers Market is the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-1:00 am, November through April.

Food Truck Fridays
Food Truck Fridays will return to Town Center on May 4, June 1, August 3, and September 7, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00).

Applications for both the Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays are due on March 19, and can be found at Suwanee.com. For more information, please contact City of Suwanee Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty at 770-904-3387.

January 8, 2018

City of Suwanee Named a 2017 Crown Community

The City of Suwanee has recently been named a 2017 Crown Community by American City & County magazine for its work on the Orchard at White Street Park.

The first public orchard in the southeastern U.S., the orchard is a collaboration between the city, nonprofit community garden Harvest Farm, and local landscape architect Roger Grant. White Street Park's 2009 master plan included Harvest Farm and space for an orchard, which officials desired so as to improve community knowledge of gardening, local food, and the environment.

Once the trees bear fruit this summer, anyone will be able to pick the orchard's blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, while making use of the playground, lawn areas, pathways, and pavilion.

Suwanee funded the $183,471 project using special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. A local construction company graded the area and built its pavilion, lawns, and pathways, as well as two built-in embankment slides in early 2017. Community volunteers sowed fruiting plants and installed birdhouses, trellises, and huts made of living willow trees. Grant's 200 hours of donated design and work contributed an estimated value of $22,000.

Moving forward, the city will give an annual $1,000 to the orchard's management committee, and its public works department will handle ongoing maintenance, which will involve organic pesticides.

Since 1909, American City & County has recognized local governments for extraordinary work in their communities. The magazine received over 75 applications from cities and counties across the U.S. and recognized six innovative and impactful local government projects in 2017, choosing projects with meaningful issues, clever solutions, innovative implementation, measurable results, and ultimately replicable ideas.