Sixth Annual Roswell Lavender Festival

Barrington Hall

Barrington Hall will be the setting for the Sixth Annual Roswell Lavender Festival on June 11, 2016 from 10:00AM -5:00PM. The 2016 Roswell Lavender Festival is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Each year the event has grown exponentially. They continue to incorporate new ideas and vendors on the grounds of Barrington Hall at this lavender infused day-long event!

Inspired by Evelyn Simpson, descendant of Barrington King, co-founder of the town, the Sixth Annual Roswell Lavender Festival honors and commemorates the beauty and variety of uses of this ancient herb in a lively family-friendly festival setting.

Barrington Hall’s lavish gardens and grounds will feature a variety of demonstration booths, vendors, hands-on crafts, and performances all paying homage to the festival’s namesake.

Activities to enjoy:

Lavender Food Samples
Demonstration Classroom
Demonstrations in the Carriage House
Children’s activities
The Zen Zone—yoga, Pilates, aromatherapy, meditation and reflexology
Music by Davin McCoy and others
A variety of vendor, featuring fine art, crafts, antiques, specialty foods, plants, and garden art
Food trucks and booths
Lavender beer—a perennial favorite!

The event takes place rain or shine. Free parking available at Roswell Presbyterian Church (north lot) with shuttle service to and from the festival. No public parking is available at Barrington Hall.

Call 770-640-3855 for further information. Admission is free.

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14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

14th annual back to the chattahoochee river race

Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Roswell. They’re expecting more than 350 paddlers for this annual race, an 8-mile course that launches at 9 a.m. from Garrard Landing off Holcomb Bridge Road and finishes at Riverside Park.

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 11th, for the 14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service and the city of Roswell, the event celebrates the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves nearly 4 million Georgians and 70 percent of metro Atlantans.

The RACE begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8-mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is FREE and family friendly. The community will enjoy live music and an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers’ market vendors. Children will be treated to Frisbee dog demonstrations, face painting, balloon artists and more.

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge. Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over) before going ashore.

Advance online registrations closes at noon on June 8th. Registration cost is $50 for solo boats, $70 for tandem boats. On site registration will only be available if capacity is not reached in advance. All “registered paddlers” will receive a gift bag, a race T-shirt, and a boxed lunch. Your registration includes a complimentary one-year membership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Click here to register for the 14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

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17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

17th annual flying colors butterfly festival


The 17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival will delight everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! The 17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am – 3pm and Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 12pm – 5pm.

The cost is $12 General Public/$8 CNC Members and is a very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center!


Live Butterfly Releases—Thrill to the release of live butterflies on Saturday and Sunday

Butterfly Encounter – Explore the live butterfly exhibit in a 20×20 walk-through exhibit where you will have contact with more than 200 free-flying butterflies!


Butterfly Crafts and Face Painting – Crafts for everyone! Kids can get their faces painted with beautiful butterflies and creepy caterpillars!

Butterfly Sidewalk Art – Butterflies provide the perfect inspiration for our on-going art project. Create a “butterfly path” from the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion all the way to the “fairy village!”


Butterfly Plant Sale – Find the perfect host plants and nectar plants to take home to your garden to attract butterflies to your backyard! CNC Horticulture volunteers will be on-hand at the plant sale and in the butterfly garden to answer your questions about how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard!


Enjoy the show when butterflies land on flowers after the releases. All ages will enjoy this fun event featuring: live music; photography and entomology exhibits; arts and crafts; face painting, butterfly parades and more.

Kids can wear their butterfly costumes. Pollinator and host plants will be on sale for garden enthusiasts. Food trucks will sell snacks on site.

The popularity of the expanded “Butterfly Encounter” tented exhibit will provide visitors a close up experience to hand-feed hundreds of free flying butterflies.  This is the perfect place to get expert advice about the best pollinator and host plants to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to your own garden.  Witness nature’s marvelous pollinators and enjoy the show as butterflies land on people and flowers at each release.

Live music; photography and entomology displays; arts and crafts; plus face painting provide festival fun.  

Bring your camera to capture these fantastic, fluttering creatures up close.  Improve your photography skills while trying to capture these illusive insects with advice from Nature Photographers on hand.  Play while beautiful butterflies enchant you!  

They’ll have food trucks with delicious options for your picnic, selling snacks and lunch items.  


Please Carpool! There is limited parking in the CNC parking lot. There will also be free shuttle bus service available from St. Francis School near the corner of Willeo/Azalea and Highway 120.

Please note that there is not an ATM on site. Cash may be needed for some vendors including food.

Please note that pets are not allowed on the CNC grounds.

Questions on the 17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival? Contact or 770-992-2055 ext. 236.

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Joe Gransden and his Jazz Quintet perform at Sundays on the River

Sundays on the River Concerts 2016

Joe Gransden and his Jazz Quintet perform June 12th at Sundays on the River Concert Series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Get your tickets early to hear Joe Gransden and his talented jazz quintet will perform music that ranges from classic Frank Sinatra tunes to the music of Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer.  Johnny Mercer, lyricist and composer, was one of America’s most prolific and beloved songwriters. Mercer composed and co-wrote more than 1,500 songs, received 19 Academy Award nominations and co-founded Capitol Records. Joe Gransden’s classic old soul voice and trumpet solos will bring #GeorgiaMusic alive with classic tunes like Skylark and Moon River.

Purchase Tickets now, this show will sell out: $22.50 for first come, first served table seating at the pavilion and $17.50 for lawn seating.

Bring your own picnic and dine during the show at a table (decorated by you). For lawn seating, bring your own low lawn chair or blanket. Corporate Sponsorships are available. *These monthly concerts will take place on the second Sunday at the Chattahoochee Nature Center located at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, Georgia. Each show starts at 7:30 pm and you can arrive at 6:30 pm to enjoy the nature center and gardens prior to the concert. *Adult beverages are available for purchase at each event, but remember, BYOB is prohibited. Invite your friends to enjoy concerts close to home at the beautiful Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion where live music will fill the stage for Sunday night fun!


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Memorial Day celebration 2016

Each year, folks gather on the lawn of Roswell City Hall to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. Roswell Georgia is home to the largest Memorial Day celebration in the state of Georgia.

This patriotic celebration features a military ceremony featuring guest speakers, the laying of the wreath, a 21-gun salute,honor guard, and patriotic music. A picnic with live music follows the ceremony on the grounds (BBQ available for purchase on site). The event is non-political and non-commercial in an effort to focus on the individuals who have served our nation and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Displays are open to the public starting at 10 am on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. The military ceremony begins at 11 am, and by 12:45 please enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site, as you listen to live music from The Chuck Nation Band.

In 1997, twelve patriotic individuals came together to create a truly unique Memorial Day event; a non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. That first ceremony attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning, came the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, an event which attracts approximately 6,000-7,000 people from throughout Georgia and the southeast.

The Roswell Memorial Day celebration 2016 program includes:

  • 10:00 a.m. Displays Open to the Public
  • 10:15 a.m. Pre-Ceremony Music
    • Atlanta Wind Symphony & Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes and Drums
  • 11:00 a.m. Program start

Program Includes:

  • Presentation of Colors
  • National Anthem
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation
  • “Lest We Forget” POW-MIA
  • Laying of the Wreath
  • 2016 Featured Speaker: Major General Ronald Johnson
  • 12:30 p.m. Conclusion of Military Program
  • 12:45 p.m. Food Tent Opens and Concert on the Lawn

After the Military Ceremony please enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site, as you listen to live music by The Chuck Nation Band.

Because of large crowds and the sudden noise from the 21-Gun Salute, this event is not suitable for pets. The Roswell Memorial Day celebration 2016 will be held on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street, Roswell,GA 30075.

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Roswell Heritage Days in May

heritage days in may 2016

The City of Roswell will celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with Heritage Days in May – its annual, month-long event series featuring the people, places and events that make up our community.

“This annual tradition is a fun way for us to showcase all the historic places in Roswell and celebrate their importance to our community’s past, present and future,” said Katherine Jones, Cultural Services Manager for the Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “We are excited for this year’s lineup of events and exhibits and encourage all our community members to participate.”

Select events include:

  • Roswell Photographic Society’s 13th Annual Roswell Heritage Juried Photographic Exhibit
  • Atlanta Wind Symphony Concert entitled “¿Habla Español?”
  • Curated exhibit featuring Civil War artifacts and other items from the City of Roswell’s archives
  • “Mommy and Me” Tea with special guest Sleeping Beauty at Bulloch Hall
  • Tea with Beatrix Potter and historic garden tours at Barrington Hall
  • Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at Smith Plantation
  • Mother’s Day Open House at Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums (free admission)
  • Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Service with music by the Atlanta Wind Symphony at City Hall
  • Works In Clay Show and Sale at Art Center West

For a full list of events, details, and locations, download the full Heritage Days in May brochure at

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Roswell Touch-A-Truck Event on May 14

 Roswell Touch-a-Truck

The City of Roswell will host a free Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, May 14 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM  to kick off National Public Works Week, which runs from May 15-21, 2016. The event will take place at Roswell City Hall, located at 38 Hill Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.

Touch-A-Truck provides the opportunity for citizens of all ages to see firsthand the equipment used to provide necessary services to their families. Children and adults alike will explore the mysterious workings of the street sweeper, learn how the sanitation trucks work, and get an up-close look at a variety of public works, transportation, fire and police vehicles.

National Public Works Week honors the men and women who work in Community Development, Transportation, Public Works/Environmental, and Building Operations. This year’s theme is “Public Works Always There.”

For more information, visit

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Family Music, Health & Wellness Expo May 14th

Roswell will be hosting the Family Music, Health & Wellness Expo on May 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The expo will be located at 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075. Roswell knows music is as good for the body as it is for the soul. Find out where music, movement, and health intersect at Roswell’s Family Music, Health and Wellness Expo.

Join for a fun-filled day by the river for hands-on interaction with healthcare providers, artists, and more! Local bands and artists will showcase their talents on stage throughout the day as fitness instructors demonstrate programs such as Cardio Fusion and Yoga. Healthcare professionals from around the community will be offering free screenings for hearing, vision, dental, blood pressure, bone density, blood glucose, nutrition, and more. Inflatables, face painting, concessions, and many other kid-friendly activities will also be on hand for a fun-filled afternoon.

Free health screenings on site.

  • Family Wellness Tips for Summer
  • Activities for children including inflatables and face painting.
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life Program
  • Live music featuring The Phil-Harmonics USA Good Time Band as well as other musical artists and a DJ to get you moving and dancing.
  • Free fitness demonstrations throughout the day.
  • Door prizes will be given away!

For more information or to be a vendor please contact:
Kiran Fatania at 770-594-6406 or
Susan Silver at 770-641-3826 or

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Roswell Cycling Festival 2016

Roswell Cycling Festival 2016

Roswell is the first city in Georgia to achieve Bicycle Friendly Community status with the League of American Bicyclists.  This coveted designation is only awarded to cities that have demonstrated their commitment to all aspects of cycling. In 2006, Roswell, Georgia was awarded the designation of “Bicycle Friendly Community” with the League of American Bicyclists. Roswell Bicycles with Bike Roswell! and RAMBO is proud to bring you a week-long festival of cycling activities in Roswell, GA! Bigger and better than ever this year! The 2016 Roswell Cycling Festival features a full week of bicycle related activities beginning on May 7th and culminating on May 15th.

A full week of cycling events and activities! The 2016 Roswell Cycling Festival presented by Roswell Bicycles include a variety of activities for the entire family over multiple days. The 2016 Roswell Cycling Festival will feature off-road bicycle events to compliment the road races, which attract top male, female and junior cyclists from across the United States begins on May 7th with one or two events per day, culminating on May 15th with the Roswell Bicycles-Scott Mayor’s Ride, Hennessy Roswell Criterium and Craft Beer Festival, the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo, and Kid’s Criterium Race. A great week of events to get out and explore Roswell.

Click here for more information and to register for races at the 2016 Roswell Cycling Festival.

A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Roswell became the first city in Georgia to receive this coveted title. This accomplishment was achieved by the City of Roswell (elected officials and city staff) and Bike Roswell! members working closely together toward one goal – Bicycle Friendly Community status.


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2016 Roswell Summer Puppet Series

2016 roswell summer puppet series

The fantastic 2016 Roswell Summer Puppet Series is back again to delight children and adults.

All shows are performed Monday to Saturday at 10am and have an addtional show at 1pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Roswell Summer Puppet Series will be performed at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center Theatre, located at 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075.

Cost is $5 for ages 2 and up.

Click here to purchase your tickets to the 2016 Roswell Summer Puppet Series.

The 2016 Roswell Summer Puppet Series schedule is:

June 6-11, 2016
Frisch Marionettes Presents
Hansel and Gretel

June 13-18, 2016
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Presents
The Pirate, The Princess,
and the Pea

June 20-25, 2016
Tanglewood Marionettes Presents
The Dragon King

June 27–July 2, 2016
StoneLion Puppets Presents
The Little Red Hen’s Garden

July 5–9,2016
Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” Presents
Travelin’ Tales
(no show July 4)

July 11–16, 2016
Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets Presents

July 18-23, 2016
All Hands Productions Presents
Jack and the Beanstalk

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