24th Annual Rivers Alive Cleanup

September 27, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm

Rivers Alive RoswellRivers Alive, Georgia’s annual river clean-up, comes to North Fulton on September 27, 2014. Sponsored by Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB), the clean-up will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. followed by awards and comments by elected officials at 11:15 at Riverside Park. The event will be held rain or shine.

Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need your help to stay clean. Individuals, neighborhoods, scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and service organizations are being asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River. Cleanups of the Chattahoochee and surrounding areas will be going on in the week leading up to the event. Volunteers are also needed on the morning of this event for privet (invasive species) removal at Riverside Park and Chattahoochee Nature Center, as well as litter pickups in surrounding areas. Participants who own a canoe or kayak are encouraged to bring them to the clean-up.

All volunteers must have the Rivers Alive volunteer waiver form completed and signed before arriving at the event. Click here for the Rivers Alive waiver form.

This North Fulton event is brought to you by Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB), the City of Roswell, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission. Partners of the North Fulton cleanup include Harry’s Farmer’s Market, SuperTARGET, Starbucks, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell and Windward Rotary.

For more information, please contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3742.

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48th Annual Roswell Arts Festival

September 20, 2014
10:00 amto6:00 pm
September 21, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm


The 48th Annual Roswell Arts Festival will be held on September 20th and 21st, 2014. Festival hours are Saturday 10-6 p.m. and Sunday 10-5 p.m.on the historic Roswell Town Square. Due to limited parking, we encourage visitors to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have plenty of room to store anything that you might purchase.

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Roswell, the Roswell Arts Festival is held on the Roswell Town Square. Entertainment featuring local singers, dance companies, and children’s entertainers begins daily at noon on both days of the festival. Children’s painting, sand art, and other activities are also available. Food vendors on site.

Founded in 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival Committee has worked tirelessly to bring quality artisans to Roswell for the benefit of the community and to raise money in support of the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. The Roswell Arts Festival has raised money for a variety of projects throughout its forty year history, including funding for the Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell’s Riverside Park, funding for the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, and funding for the purchase of sixty three acres of land that would later become Roswell Area Park. Through monies raised by the annual festival, the Roswell Recreation Association has been able to donate more than half a million dollars towards the betterment of recreation in Roswell.

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Bulky Trash Amnesty Day September 13th

September 13, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm

Mark your calendar for this year’s Bulky Trash Amnesty Day:  September 13, 2014, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM at the City of Roswell Public Works Division, 1810 Hembree Road (note: this event is not at the Roswell Recycling Center).

Keep Roswell Beautiful, in partnership with Roswell and Milton’s Public Works Departments, has set aside one morning per year as your chance to dispose of large unwanted items at no charge.

You’ll need to bring along proof of residency in either Roswell or Milton (a utility bill is preferred). Get there early to minimize delays – this is a popular annual event.  Also, the event will close at Noon so don’t delay in getting to the event.  They don’t want you to miss out!

Here’s an idea of what will be accepted:

  • Tires – automobile tires only; off the rim, and limit 4 per car
  • Sofas and chairs
  • Tables
  • Refrigerators, washers, and dryers
  • Televisions
  • Deactivated cell phones

They CANNOT accept the following at this event:

  • Paint
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Any fluids including motor oil and anti-freeze
  • Household batteries
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Yard waste

To dispose of excluded items, visit our Household Hazardous Waste Day page or contact the Roswell Recycling Center at 770-442-8822. Call Chadwick Landfill at 770-475-9868 to inquire about construction and demolition waste disposal.

For more information on Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, contact Janet Liberman at 770-641-3715 or jliberman@roswellgov.com.

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3rd Annual Roswell Back to School Bash

August 9, 2014
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

the lego movie

This is the 3rd Annual Back to School Bash held in conjunction with B98.5 Movie (The Lego Movie) at Riverside Park.

This GREAT family event includes a cookout (Hamburger, Veggie Burger or AllBeef Hotdog, Chips and a Drink) with your choice of our Novelty Icecream for dessert, PRIVATE access to the Sprayground for your family (closed to the public) until the movie starts, and a reserved seating area down in front for the B98.5 Movie starting at dark!! Come out to celebrate the start of your school year with us!

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. All Ages.

The 3rd Annual Back to School Bash starts at 6pm on August 9, 2014 at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075.

Cost is $8 for Roswell residents and $12 for non-residents.

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Alive After 5 Returns July 17th

July 17, 2014
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

Alive After Five RoswellAlive After 5 for July will be held on Thursday, July 17th from 5-9pm. Enjoy live music, outside vendors, late hours by retailers, face painting, free trolley, balloons, and more. Enjoy with family, a date, your dog or your friends.

Enjoy every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-9pm thru October. They’ve been extremely popular this year with visitors enjoying shops, galleries, music, restaurants and vendors throughout the Historic District.

Enjoy live music, vendors, face painters, games and fun!

Enjoy the free trolleys from City Hall so that you can park more easily. The last trolley FINISHES its route at 10pm so please plan accordingly.

Have a great evening in Historic Roswell!

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15th Annual Roswell July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4, 2014
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

Show your patriotism by celebrating our Country’s Independence Day in Roswell with entertainment and a breathtaking fireworks display.

Due to some much-needed renovations happening at Roswell High School, this year’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Sweet Apple Elementary School, 12025 Etris Rd. in Roswell.

Fireworks will start at dark (around 9:30 p.m.) and can be viewed around Sweet Apple Elementary School, between Sweet Apple Park and Publix Shopping Center, and at North River Baptist Church.

Food trucks will be present, but there will not be any bands, games or inflatables this year due to limited space.

Parking will be available at the following locations:

o Sweet Apple Park
o World Harvest Church
o North River Baptist Church
o Publix Shopping Center
o Northside Chapel Funeral Home
o CHASE Bank
o Portions of Sweet Apple Elementary School

For more information, call 770-641-3705.

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4th Annual Roswell Lavender Festival

June 14, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Barrington Hall

Barrington Hall will be the setting for the Fourth Annual Roswell Lavender Festival on June 14th from 10:00AM -5:00PM. The 2014Roswell 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 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.

New this year:

  • Textile Demonstration – Details to follow
  • Beer and Wine Garden – Have you ever tasted lavender beer?

Returning favorites:

  • Demonstrations in the Carriage House
  • Children’s Activities
  • The Zen Zone – yoga, Pilates, aromatherapy and more
  • Music with Ragamuffin Musicians
  • Lavender Food Samples
  • Food Vendors Extraordinaire
  • Art, Crafts, Antiques, Specialty Foods and more

The event takes place rain or shine.

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

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2014 Roswell Summer Puppet Series

2014 Roswell Summer Puppet SeriesThe fantastic Roswell Summer Puppet Series is back again to delight children and adults.

All shows* perform the following schedule:

  • Monday: 10am
    Tuesday: 10am
    Wednesday: 10am & 1pm
    Thursday: 10am
    Friday: 10am & 1pm
    Saturday: 10am

*There is no performance on July 4th and July 5th.

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 final show of the Roswell Summer Puppet Series.

The Roswell Summer Puppet Series schedule is:

June 2 – 7
Frisch Marionettes present
Jungle Book: The Story of Mowgli’s Fire
Purchase tickets online

June 9 – 14
Frisch Marionettes present Puppets Kapow!
Purchase tickets online

June 16 – 21
Tanglewood Marionettes present Cinderella
Purchase tickets online

June 23 – 28
All Hands Productions present The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man
Purchase tickets online

June 30 – July 3
Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” presents Aesop’s Fantastic Fables
Purchase tickets online

July 7 – July 12
Grey Seal Puppets present Tangle of Tales
Purchase tickets online

July 14 – 19
Tucker’s Tales presents Peter Rabbit Tales
Purchase tickets online


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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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