Get Your Fright On

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Looking for things to do this Halloween in Gwinnett? Whether you are looking for Halloween happenings for adults or kid-friendly fun we’ve got a full list of spooky events for the Atlanta area!

Family:

-Lawrenceville Ghost Tours: Through Oct. 31st. This 90-minute walking tour through downtown Lawrenceville is lead by a costumed guide. Tour begins at Aurora Theatre.

- Green Pumpkin Carving Contest: Oct. 17th. Eco-themed pumpkin decorating contest during the Creatures of the Night Festival at Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.

-29th Annual Tour of Southern Ghosts: Through Oct. 26th. What do you get when you mix costumed storytellers with an Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain Park? Visit Stone Mountain Park and you’ll see…

-Mummy and Son Ball: Oct. 17th. Moms and sons will enjoy spooktacular time with games, contests and refreshments!

-Corn Dawgs: Through Nov. 2nd. Corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, ring toss, slides, playground and more. No seriously…way more. Special costume contest on Oct. 31st!

-Haunted Forest at the Buford Corn Maze: Through Nov. 16th. Not only is there a corn maze (complete with QR codes for those who need help finding their way), but you ‘ll find the Haunted Forest (Fri-Sun only), karaoke, contests, pony rides, hay rides and a pumpkin patch!

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-Spooktacular Dance and Play Party: Oct. 18th. Costume dance party with games, snacks and crafts.

-Simon Kidgits Club Fall Festival Costume Contest: Oct. 18th. Costume contest with bouncy houses, cotton candy and prizes!

-Halloween Family Fun Fest: Oct. 24th. Party with ghouls and goblins while doing crafts, dancing and playing games!

-Halloween Night Climb: Oct. 24-25th. Are you brave enough to venture into the forest after dark? Find out at Treetop Quest!

-Haunted Halloween Festival: Oct. 25th. Special effects, actors, stories and more!

-Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular: Oct. 25th. See the symphony play with a Halloween theme!

-AuburnFest and Halloween event: Oct. 25th. Homemade costume contest with prizes.

-Halloween Magic Show: Oct. 25th. Aurora’s Children’s Playhouse.

-Skeleton Crossing: Oct. 25th. Costume parade with prizes and live music!

-Trick or Treat Trail: Oct. 25th. Walk in-costume and visit kid-friendly haunted houses.

-Trek or Treat: Oct. 25th. Suwanee’s signature Halloween event with games, inflatables and pet costumes!

-Howl-O-Ween Party: Oct. 25th. Costume party for dogs!

-Sugarloaf Mills Trick or Treat: Oct. 30th. Come in costume to trick-or-treat from store to store at Sugarloaf Mills mall. Participating stores will have a pumpkin in their window!

-Mall-O-Ween: Oct. 31st. Trick or Treating at Gwinnett Place Mall.

-Mall of Georgia Trick or Treating: Oct. 31st. Trick or treat from store to store.

-Howl on the Green: Oct. 31st. Food trucks, kids activities, and more on the Town Green in Duluth! Adult event begins at 9PM.

-Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival: Through Oct. 26th. Costume contests, crafts, costume dance party, pumpkin patch and more!

-Train or Treat Festival: Oct. 25th. Come dressed in costume and collect candy at 14 different train cars at the Southeastern Railway Museum!

-Halloween at Dave & Buster’s: Oct. 31st. Come in costume and receive a coupon to double your video game play!

Netherworld Haunted House

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Teens and Adult:

-Netherworld: Through Oct. 31st. This nationally ranked haunted attraction is sure to have you shaking in fear!

-Lawrenceville Haunted Cemetery Tour: Oct. 17th-31st. Find out what’s lurking in the shadows of Lawrenceville’s historic cemetery while searching for paranormal activity!

-Haunted History Walks of Norcross: Oct. 17th-25th. Visit some of the city’s most scary and spooky spots!

-Paranormal Halloween Party at Tannery Row: Oct. 25th. $1,000 costume contest, VIP Lounge, DJ! Haunted venue has been feature on Ghostriders Paranormal TV.

-Zombie Walk/Run: Oct. 25th. Dress in your zombie attire and enjoy a walk at the park! Zombie Zumba free pass included.

-HallowGREEN FUNdraising Event: Oct. 31st. Bowling at Stars and Strikes, costume contest, laser tag and prizes. Event for teens.

Got something to add to the list? Comment below!

-Howl on the Green: Oct. 31st. Kids event begins at 6PM. Adult event begins at 9PM. Food trucks, frights and more on the Duluth Town Green!

What’s New at Cabana Grill?

I had the pleasure of visiting Cabana Grill in Snellville last week to take look at the restaurant and to try some of their tasty TexMex food. Cabana Grill is new to me…then I realized it’s new to everyone. The Snellville location is the first of this concept from the company that also owns the Taco Cabana concept in Texas. Cabana Grill opened in April 2014 and they are located at 1635 Scenic Highway. First, let’s start with decor. The clean, modern lines are unlike that of any other Mexican restaurant in the area. You order at the counter and your food is brought to your table. Be sure to check out the Salsa Bar located in the middle of the restaurant. The unique thing about it is that all salsas are made fresh in-house. No pre-packaged frozen options here.  I ordered the Fajita Bowl (not pictured). It was delicious (which is probably why I totally forgot to take a picture!). Cabana Grill also offers are drive-thru  and Take-Home Meals for 2 for your convenience.

-Free Wi-Fi

-Open-Air Patio

-Complimentary Salsa Bar

And the best part? Daily from 5PM-7PM get a margarita or domestic beer and nachos for $5! (pictured below)So, now that I’ve tempted your taste buds! Go! They are open daily from 11AM-11PM!

Cabana Grill in Snellville opened April 2014.

Cabana Grill in Snellville opened April 2014.

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$5 for nachos and a margarita or beer daily from 5pm-7pm. YES PLEASE!

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You get the speed of fast food with the service of fine dining.

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Best patio in Gwinnett.

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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!