Eat, Drink, and Be Irish!
Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest Returns
to Town Center Park this St. Patrick's Day

The eighth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest returns to Town Center Park on March 17 from 1-5 p.m. Recognized as one of the biggest and best craft beer festivals in the Southeast, Beer Fest features unlimited samples of more than 350 craft beers — more than enough to sate the appetite of thirsty hopheads. The beer selection will have something for everyone and ranges from hard-to-find seasonals to perennial favorites, as well as local brews mingling with national breweries.

In keeping with the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, the event will feature a performance by the Drake School of Irish Dance and the sweet sounds of bagpipes, as well as a home brew competition. In addition to the St. Patrick's festivities, games, tasty brews and food, there will also be live music by Atlanta's favorite party band, The Geeks, and Joe Hall. Buy tickets here.

City of Suwanee Recognized as a 2017 Green Community

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recognized the City of Suwanee for their efforts to lead the way to a greener Atlanta region by once again recognizing the city as a Green Community. Suwanee was recertified at the bronze level through ARC's Green Communities program for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.

The Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. It recognizes a commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainability practices.

In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties – are currently certified under the ARC Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a green certification program for local governments.

Click here to view a video about Suwanee's Green Community Bronze Level recertification.

Let Suwanee Put Your Art on a Limb!

The City of Suwanee is seeking proposals and samples from artists willing to go out on a limb for the city's finders-keepers art-in-nature program.

A beloved Suwanee tradition, Art on a Limb is an award-winning, month-long program designed to celebrate and bring attention to the arts, as well as the natural beauty of the Suwanee parks and greenway. Since 2005, the city has hidden two pieces of original artwork daily throughout the month of May within City of Suwanee parks and along the greenway; those who find a piece of art get to keep it.

Past Art on a Limb pieces have included clay birds and orbs, small paintings on canvas, magnets, painted gourds, the Suwanee S shaped from metal, and pottery pieces that include leaves found along the Greenway. This year, we're looking for something a bit more whimsical; think fairy doors, pot creatures, and the like.

Artistic proposals for this year's program will be accepted through February 23. Guidelines and an application are available here.

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. Click here for an application, guidelines, and policy.

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). Click here for an application.

Applications for both the Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays are due on March 19.

Other Upcoming Runs

Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock 5K Run | March 17, 8 am
Put on your best running kilt and join us in Town Center Park for a little early St. Patrick's Day exercise! Participants will receive a performance tech t-shirt with "Irish flair" and prizes will be given for the most festive St. Patrick's Day attire. Register here.

Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues 5K & Festival | March 24, 8 am
Strut your mutt at the Georgia SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) 8th Annual Run for the Rescues 5K & Festival. We encourage everyone to bring their dogs for this run to benefit homeless pets. Enjoy food, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids, and treats for dogs, cats, and runners alike at the post-race festival. Register here.

Race to Cure Sarcoma Atlanta | April 14, 8 am New Event!
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. Register here.

City of Suwanee Named 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.

Suwanee funded the $183,471 project using special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. 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.

Suwanee Fest 2018 Logo Design Contest

The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2018. 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 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 13. In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the founding of Gwinnett County, this year's Suwanee Fest will have a vintage Americana theme. See SuwaneeFest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form; click here for optional suggestions.

Suwanee Fest is the City of Suwanee's annual two-day fall celebration on September 15 and 16. The award-winning festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, children's rides and activities, and on-stage entertainment. Last year, approximately 55,000 people attended the festival at Town Center Park.

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 October 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.

Orchard is Racking Up the Hardware!

The Orchard at White Street Park is the recipient of not one, but TWO prestigious awards! The Georgia Urban Forest Council has recently awarded the Orchard at White Street Park its "2017 Outstanding New Initiative," and Keep Georgia Beautiful has chosen the orchard for its 2017 Community Beautification award. 

With a mission of "Growing a Healthier Suwanee," one facet of the long-term vision for Harvest Farm and the surrounding White Street Park was to provide a public orchard to enhance the community's knowledge of gardening, local food sources, and the environment. Space for an orchard was programmed on the original 2009 master plan for White Street Park and in 2017, the City completed construction on the second phase of the park, which includes a large public orchard. The Orchard at White Street Park, a fully functional orchard that is open to the public, is the first of its kind in the Southeast.


Solis Town Center

Town Center is Growing!

Big things are happening around town! Have you noticed some dirt moved, trees coming down, and general construction activity around downtown and Suwanee Town Center? We asked our citizens what they wanted, and they said, "More Town Center" – so we're giving it to them!

Solis Town Center Terwilliger Pappas began development of Solis Town Center, a modern 4-5 story mixed-use development adjacent to Suwanee Town Center.


Town Center
Park Expansion

Buford Highway

Buford Highway The Georgia Department of Transportation and City of Suwanee have partnered to develop a better Buford Highway that will handle a similar volume of traffic, but in a way that slows down vehicles while accommodating pedestrians and cyclists.

Town Center Park Expansion The design of the yet-to-be-named park is influenced by the style and quality of Town Center Park, but will have its own unique character, personality, and purpose.

Pierce's Corner The 6,000-square-foot building, constructed around 1909, is expected to be used for retail and/or restaurant purposes.

Click here for more details and updates on these, and other projects around our community.

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