Athens gameday, Anyone?

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Will you be passing through Gwinnett with thousands of other UGA Bulldog fans on your way to Athens this weekend to catch the game or at least get in some hardcore tailgating? If so, be sure to check out a few great stops in Gwinnett along 316 (aka University Parkway).

Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre Comedy Nights this weekend!

Sugarloaf Mills including Dave & Buster’s and Jumpstreet, an indoor trampoline park, and Medieval Times (Click on coupons for a discounted admission rate)!

Gwinnett Braves last home stand at Coolray Field.

Moonlight and Music FREE outdoor concert in Lawrenceville!

Want to find more awesomeness in Gwinnett? Check out of complete list of weekend events here and find more things to do here.

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Celebrate National Dog Day in Gwinnett

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Photo Credit: Pooch N Paws located in Suwanee, GA

Yep. It’s National Dog Day. How do YOU plan to celebrate? It’s okay if you haven’t bought your dog a card, a gift or even made dinner reservations for the two of you. We’ve got you covered. Buy your four-legged BFF a new toy or take him or her for a long run at one of Gwinnett’s dog parks. Here are the best dog-friendly parks and stores in Gwinnett.

-Pooch N Paws (Suwanee, GA)

-Chattapoochee Dog Park (Duluth, GA)

-Graves Park (Norcross, GA)

-Harbins Park (Dacula, GA)

-Ronald Reagan Park (Lawrenceville, GA)

Also, if you need a pet-friendly hotel in Gwinnett County check out our complete list!

Don’t have a dog? That’s okay you can still celebrate. Treat yourself to a world-famous HOT DOG at The Varsity in Norcross!

What’s your favorite spot in Gwinnett to take your pup?

Photo Credit: Pooch N Paws in Suwanee, GA

Photo Credit: Pooch N Paws in Suwanee, GA

 

Rock out with “The A-Town A-List” this Friday Night!

Do you have plans this Friday night, August 1st!?  Well, grab your lawn chairs, coolers, and dancing shoes because Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross has an exciting evening planned for you!

This Friday, from 7:30pm-9:30pm, Thrasher Park’s FREE Summer Concert Series will feature a rockin’ concert in the park’s outdoor amphitheater by “The A-Town A-List,” a revolutionary party band known for packing a dance floor!

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This band performs songs from a variety of genres, such as, classics, oldies, modern rock, pop, and hip hop! The musical diversity of “The A-Town A-List” has transformed them into a successful band that connects with people from all generations. 

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You can make it a full evening of fun by grabbing dinner and drinks, and checking out the local shops, before or after the concert! Paizanos Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Iron Horse Tavern, Dominick’sThe Crossing, Mojito’s and Zapata Tacos & Tequila Bar are just some of the nearby restaurants. You can even purchase dinner to-go to enjoy during the concert!

As well as delicious restaurants, there are downtown shops with great deals, such as Abby Gayle’s and The Shops of Antique Traditions, an antique shopping mall. 

What better way to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of a new month than with live music, delicious food and drinks, and great shopping!? Gather your family and friends and head out to downtown Norcross for an exciting night!

Be sure to arrive before the concert starts to get a good seat!

Outstanding food and Exceptional Service at Cinco!

Craving authentic Mexican food?! Cinco in Suwannee is the perfect place to dine! In honor of Gwinnett Restaurant Week, last night some of the Explore Gwinnett staff headed out to Cinco for an outstanding three-course meal and exceptional service!

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Our waiter, Augustis (in the red), made our experience at Cinco one for the books! He was lively and interacted with our whole group, including Liz’s little girl Annabella! Throughout our meal, Augustis went above and beyond getting us everything we asked for with a smile on his face. The teamwork the Cinco staff demonstrated also helped make for exceptional service! Augustis was backed by many other staff members who helped deliver our food and drinks, as well checking in on us throughout the evening!

The food was equally as great as the service! With a variety of delicious options from Cinco’s GRW menu, it is a difficult decision to choose what to eat! However, we discovered that you cannot go wrong no matter your decision!

For the first course the empanadas de pollo were a popular choice!

“I really enjoyed my appetizer, the empanadas. It had an avocado sauce that paired nicely,” said Leigh. Victoria also agreed that this appetizer was her favorite part of her experience at Cinco!

The calamares fritos appetizer, steak fajitas, and the salmon entrée were also ordered by our table, and everything was enjoyed!!

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To end our three-course meal we had the choice of tres leches cake finished with a light vanilla frosting or berry-filled churros rolled in cinnamon and sugar, drizzled with chocolate, and topped off with vanilla ice cream! YUM! Both were outstanding and definitely satisfied our craving for something sweet!!

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“For only $21.21 we experienced great atmosphere, outstanding wait service, and perfect portion sizes! It was a great value for the price,” said Cricket.

This restaurant is one that everyone needs to try! I know our staff will definitely be making a trip back to Cinco, and you should too!

Buy Your Tickets to the 2nd Annual International Film Festival

The Gwinnett Center International Film Festival (GCIFF) is back for the second year in a row! On Friday through Sunday, August 1-3, head on over to the Gwinnett Center & Performing Arts Center in Duluth, GA, to experience some local, national, and international independent films of all genres and styles!

This weekend is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the works of original and artistic filmmakers, as well as allow audience members and filmmakers the opportunity to attend workshops, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions to learn more about the film industry. Panel discussions such as, Marketing Yourself Through Social Media and Extras on the Set!-The Art of Being An Extra, are just two of the many discussion sessions where you can learn a lot of great information!

There will be feature films, short films, student films, kid’s films, special screenings, and additionally,  this year will also have family films and  music videos shown throughout the weekend! These screenings will take place in the main theatre which seats over 700 people.

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Friday is opening night screening from 8pm-10:30pm, Saturday festival hours are from 11am-10pm, and Sunday festival hours are from 11am-9pm, with the closing awards ceremony from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

At the closing ceremony, there will be 21 awards presented and feedback given by renowned Georgia Film Industry Professionals, such as, Cesar Aguirre, Krista Berutti, Daniel Espeut, and nine others. Some of these awards include: Best Short Film- Non-Fiction, Best Student Short Film- Fiction, Best Music Video, and many more!

There are multiple options of tickets that you can purchase for this festival:

  • Weekend All Access Pass- $35
  • Single Day Pass- Friday: $8-$16.50
  • Single Day Pass- Saturday: $8-$15
  • Single Day Pass-Sunday: $8-$15
  • Film Maker Discount: $13.50

We are also giving away single day passes for Saturday and Sunday! Send an email with the name of your favorite film to Lauren@exploregwinnett.org, and you may be one of our lucky winners!!

The Gwinnett Center International Film Festival will be knowledgeable as well as fun! Come see some great films, meet filmmakers, and learn more about the filming industry which is booming in Georgia, and more specifically Gwinnett! Gwinnett County is a camera ready community, and the city of Norcross has recently become home to the largest production studio in the Southeast. This studio hopes to be home base for $100 million-plus productions, and Hollywood movies, such as, The Hunger Games and Fast and Furious, are just two that have been filmed here! Since the metro-Atlanta area has become a prime target for filming, there are tons of opportunities for you to become an extra in a film! Check out the upcoming casting calls here.

Visit the GCIFF website for more information, and purchase your tickets today!