12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

June 14, 2014
9:00 amto3:00 pm

2014 back to the chattahoochee river race and festival

Don’t miss out on the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival on Saturday, June 14, 2014 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 14th, for the 12th 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.

The power-packed music lineup: Headliner Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs American influences like Jon Prine and Paul Simon, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into honest songs about life, love, loss, and long johns.  Half City is a young band that met while attending the Music Matters Rock U program. The band is comprised of 15-16 year old musicians that have been performing at local venues and festivals since they were 10 years old. Tommy Talton’s third release from Hittin’ the Note Records in October 2012, titled Let’s Get Outta Here, he has written the most compelling music of his career.

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 11th. Advanced registration cost is $40 for solo boats, $60 for tandem boats. They are nearing capacity for the race and the 2013 race sold out.

Onsite registration, if capactity not met (June 14): $50 for solo, $70 for tandem boats. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, a race T-shirt, a boxed lunch, and a one-year membership in CRK.

Click here to register for the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.


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15th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

June 7, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm
June 8, 2014
12:00 pmto5:00 pm


The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! The Butterfly Festival will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10am – 3pm and Sunday, June 8, 2014 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 and Caterpillar Costume Parade – Come with your very best butterfly wings or your best caterpillar colors on and join us for our butterfly parade at the end of festival each day with grand marshal Ms. Chrysalis!


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!

Calling All Butterfly Detectives – Get outside in your backyard and see what you can find! Download the Butterfly Observation Form here and bring to the Nature Exchange at CNC during the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival to receive a surprise from the Nature Exchange!


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 and join the daily butterfly parades. 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.  Kids are invited to dress in butterfly costumes and walk in the butterfly parades each day. 



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? Contact publicprograms@chattnaturecenter.org or 770-992-2055 ext. 236.

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Movies Under the Stars at Riverside Park

May 24, 2014
9:00 pmto11:00 pm

Join B98.5  and fellow Roswell residents on Saturday, May 24,2014 at Riverside Park for a free showing of Despicable Me 2. movies-under-stars-riverside-park

Bring the kids, your blanket or beach chair and relax under the stars as we present fun, family films on our giant 45’ screen at 14 Metro Atlanta locations. All movies are open to the public and begin at dusk.

Arrive early for fun games and prizes!

Concessions will be available until halfway through the film but feel free to bring your picnic baskets and coolers — please mind local ordinances/rules regarding open containers and glassware.

B98.5 and Arrow Exterminators proudly presents “B at the Movies” – their annual series of FREE outdoor movies on Saturday nights from May through August.

Saturday’s feature is not the only movie event for the summer as B98.5 will be back at Riverside Park on July 19, 2014, but the feature film has not been announced yet.

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Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony 2014

May 26, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm

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.

Displays are open to the public starting at 10 am. The military ceremony begins at 11 am, and by 12:45 picnic lunches appear and the music of Curtis Blackwell and Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band fill the air.

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 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
  • 2014 Featured Speaker: Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
  • 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 Curtis Blackwell and Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band.

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24th Annual Colors Festival of Arts

May 10, 2014
10:00 amto6:00 pm
May 11, 2014
10:00 amto6:00 pm

The 24th annual Colors Festival of Arts has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate “Mom.” Mother’s Day Weekend of 2014 will bring lots of colors to the historic Town Square. The festival will be held on May 10th & 11th, 2014, Mother’s Day Weekend, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

The beautiful flowers of spring will combine with beauty created from sparkling glass, an array of paintings, photography, captivating jewelry, whimsical sculptures and a wide array of original arts and crafts the entire family will find enjoyable.

Browse to your heart’s content and purchase those items you hear calling your name. If you haven’t found the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet, don’t fret …. Mom is sure to find something she will love at the Colors Festival of Arts.

Sponsored by the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club the event is their major fundraiser for the year, with proceeds going back into community projects and causes they sponsor.

In 2014, the Colors Festival of Arts will celebrate its 24th year of presenting this community event that has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate Mom. Only fitting, since many of the Roswell Junior Women’s Club members who put on this event are mothers themselves.

Artists and craftsmen arrive from areas around the Southeast, joining with Roswell and North Fulton artists to present a magnificent show. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and ranges from Storytelling to vocalists, instrumentalists to dance performances. An array of festive food vendors are on hand to satisfy the appetite.

Click here for additional information on the Colors Festival of Arts.

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2014 Roswell Riverside Sounds

May 3, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
June 7, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
July 5, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 2, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 6, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 4, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The City of Roswell is bringing its popular series of free concerts to the bank of the Chattahoochee River. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds will be kicking off its 2014 season on May 3. This outdoor concert series is hosted at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell, on the first Saturday of the month from May through October, 7-9 p.m.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up of artists,” said Morgan Timmis, Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager at the City of Roswell. “We have a great mix of local artists and touring bands including Grammy winners, artists to watch, and more.”

A free shuttle will be available from Azalea Park and Don White Memorial Park running continuously to Riverside Park from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. There also will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The following are the featured artists for each month:

  • May 3 – Chris Thomas King – Popular for his song “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of film O Brother, Where Art Thou, King’s newest album “Antebellum Postcards” incorporates folk, blues and rock.
  • June 7 – Kristin Diable & The City – A Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Diable’s current release “Kristin Diable & The City” was recorded in the heart of New Orleans. She has received national attention on the tour including highlight performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Austin City Limits Festival. Her music has been heard by national audiences on television shows such as HBO’s “True Blood” and “Treme.”
  • July 5 – BIG Something Band – North Carolina’s BIG Something fuses elements of pop, rock and jazz. Winner of the 2010 Homegrown Music Network Album of the year with “Stories from the Middle of Nowhere,” the band’s current album, “Big Something,” has opened to critical acclaim.
  • August 2 – Sonia Leigh – An Atlanta native recently relocated to Nashville, Leigh has toured all over the nation sharing the stage with artists such as Uncle Kracker, Loretta Lynn, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and more. She is the co-writer on Zac Brown Band’s #1-selling record “Uncaged” and co-writer on their #1 single “Goodbye in Her Eyes.”
  • September 6 – Rosco Bandana – A seven-piece Americana-rock band from Gulfport, Mississippi, Rosco Bandana has been touring the United States extensively. Their single “Woe Is Me” has been featured on ABC’s “Body of Lies” and the video for the single has been in rotation on CMT Pure.
  • October 4 – Nathan Ware – Country music singer and songwriter Ware was born in Woodstock, Georgia. His inspiration came from his family’s southern gospel group called The Ware Boys. Ware played shows all over Georgia before releasing his first self-titled album.

Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by the City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. For more information, visit roswellriversidesounds.com

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Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market

May 3, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 10, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 17, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 24, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 31, 2014
8:00 amto8:00 pm

Farmers Market in Roswell Ga

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market (formerly known as the Riverside Farmer’s Market) begins Saturday, May 3rd and will run through September 27th.  The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market is a producer-only market which draws from the best vendors in a 100 mile radius. The market will be open from 8am to 12pm, but you always want to come early to get the best selection.

A typical Saturday includes live music, mini-workshops, children’s programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat, and enjoy entertainment.

Depending on the season, the market has a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads, pastries, cheeses, grass-fed meats, eggs, salsas, drinks, jams, jellies, cookies, blade sharpening, artisan bath products and much more.

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market Association (RFAMA) is organized to manage and promote the Market under the sponsorship of  The Roswell Recreation and Parks Association.



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Roswell’s Annual Drinking Water Festival May 3rd

May 3, 2014
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Roswell Drinking Water Festival

Roswell’s Annual Drinking Water Festival and Water Plant Open House will return Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cecil B. Wood Drinking Water Plant at 100 Dobbs Drive. The City of Roswell celebrates this week each year with a festival filled with fun activities for the whole family. They use the festival as a unique opportunity to recognize the vital role that safe, clean water plays in our lives.

This year, the free event will introduce a new featured activity, “The Amazing Roswell Water Race”, in which teams of 2-6 people will compete in a water-inspired scavenger hunt for the chance to win prizes.

Modeled after the popular TV show, “The Amazing Race”, this local version will feature clues about drinking water, water quality and water conservation. Prizes will include family passes to SkyZone, the Chattahoochee Nature Center and more. Families with children of all ages, as well as youth groups, scout troops and other student groups, are encouraged to participate.

In addition to the water race, guests can help symbolically “break ground” for Roswell’s new water plant by grabbing a shovel, throwing on a construction hat and taking a picture in a designated photo op area. Kid-friendly props will be available.

Attendees also can tour the water plant and learn more about the source of their drinking water and how it is treated. Participants will enjoy a free cookout and learn about water conservation practices and the City’s toilet rebate program. Guests can also get an up-close, hands-on experience exploring Roswell’s Water Utility Truck.

The event will locally kick off National Drinking Water Week, May 5-11. Each year, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and an alliance of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sponsor National Drinking Water Week to provide a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives and the need to reinvest in our water infrastructure.

Limited parking is available. Guests are asked to park at 105 Dobbs Drive instead of the water plant.

For more information about all the water-related activities happening around Roswell this spring, including the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, visit www.roswellgov.com/CelebrateWater.

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2014 Roswell Green Expo

February 22, 2014
10:00 amto2:00 pm

roswell green expo

The City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB) are pleased to announce the 2014 Roswell Green Expo is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at Hembree Park (850 Hembree Road) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its third year, the expo’s mission is to educate residents about “green” practices they can incorporate into their lives and homes.

The Expo will feature

  • a Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors. So far, confirmed vendors include: Roswell Recycling Center, One More Generation, Heath Source of Sandy Springs Chiropractor, The Lost Arts, Atlanta Paint Disposal, Juice Plus Tower Garden, Georgia Aquarium, Lighting Energy Depot, Bike Roswell, Aromas by Johnette, The Rain Barrel Depot, David’s Garden and More, Kim’s Kool Hats & Stuff, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Angels Among Us, and Keep Roswell Beautiful.
  • family-friendly cooking demonstrations by Roswell’s own Chef Darwin Felion
  • a DIY rain barrel workshop presented by Vicki Culbreth, Environmental Education Coordinator for the City of Roswell, and The Rainbarrel Depot. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information and to register, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.
  • Favorite Costumed Characters, including Captain Planet, BAIR from the Clean Air Campaign, “Bag Monster” from the One More Generation, “KiRBy” from Keep Roswell Beautiful, and several native species characters from the Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Keep North Fulton Beautiful’s “SuperPals” Puppet Show
  • KRB’s Earth Balloon
  • Photo Booth
  • Arts Projects for Kids: Create pinecone animals to be displayed in Roswell-area parks for Jacob’s Ladder School’s Hide-And-Seek Art Project.

“The expo is a great way for residents to learn about being green while having fun,” said Janet Liberman, co-chair of the Roswell Green Expo and Executive Director of Keep Roswell Beautiful. “The workshops, entertainment and vendors are designed to actively engage community members while teaching simple ways to be sustainable and green. It is not to be missed.”

Sponsors of the 2014 Roswell Green Expo include: Gas South, Bank of North Georgia, Trex Company, Inc., Georgia Power, Caraustar, Neighbor Newspapers, Play It Again Sports, the City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful.

The expo is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.

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2014 Slammin’ in the Suburbs: Roswell Roots Poetry Slam

February 20, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of wonderful entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs”. This is Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content (discretion encouraged) and performance. Hosted by award winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath.Roswell Roots

What is a poetry slam?

A poetry slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer select the judges from the audience who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poet’s content and performance.

The format has changed somewhat from years past. All poets may participate in any of the rounds. In order to advance each poet must have new material which meets the time requirement for each specific round. There may also be some invitational poets competing.

The Poetry Slam will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Sign starts at 6pm withe competition beginning at 7pm. The Roswell Roots Poetry Slam will be held at Historic Roswell Cottage ~ 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell 30075.

Cash Prizes: 1st – – $1000, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100, 4th – $50, 5th – $25

For further details, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam

February is Black History Month and to celebrate, Roswell will host the 13th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive Black History celebration in the state of Georgia and celebrates black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of art exhibits, history and cultural events.

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