26th Annual Colors Festival of Arts

The 26th annual Colors Festival of Arts has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate “Mom.” Mother’s Day Weekend of 2016 will bring lots of colors to the historic Town Square. The festival will be held on May 7th & 8th, 2016, 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 2016, the Colors Festival of Arts will celebrate its 26th 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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2016 Roswell Riverside Sounds Concerts

2016 roswell riverside sounds

The City of Roswell is bringing back its popular series of free concerts to the bank of the Chattahoochee River. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds will be kicking off its 2016 season on May 7, 2016. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds outdoor concert series is hosted at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell on the first Saturday of the month from May through October from 7-9 p.m.

Back this year, there will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6-9 p.m. so you can enjoy a great dinner without all the work.

The 2016 Roswell Riverside Sounds Artist Lineup includes:

May 7: Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers
June 4: The Bonaventure Quartet w/ Amy Pike
July 2: Grace & the Victory Riders
August 6: The Get Right Band
September 3: Stephane Wrembel
October 1: Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project

Roswell Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. Artists and dates subject to change.

For more information, call 770-641-3705. For up-to-the-minute changes, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @roswellculture. The Riverside Sounds concerts are completely free of charge thanks to the City of Roswell and our sponsors.

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2016 Sunset Sips at Chattahoochee Nature Center

2016 sunset sips at chattahoochee nature center

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is bringing back the popular program Sunset Sips, a laid back, family friendly event and the grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, cash bar, and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! The 2016 Sunset Sips program is the 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30-9:30pm, April – September (except July – occurring July 14th), so mark your calendars for the series. The 2016 Sunset Sips program is included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members.

2016 Sunset Sips scheduled performers are:

Apr 28, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Wes Yoakam
April’s performer is Wes Yoakam, who will be sure to have you on your feet and singing, or at least bobbing your head along to some of the best acoustic covers of everything from current pop to classic rock. His tunes will bring you notes of Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty, U2, and more. Wes began his professional music career in the fertile music ground of Athens, GA. The band sold out the local 1000 seat Georgia Theatre consistently and toured the country from Georgia to New York to Colorado to Michigan and back again. After an 8 year run as an entertainer in the world’s greatest ski bar: “The Club” in Vail, Wes returned to Atlanta and has set up FS Studios and is working on producing and recording area artists. He can now be found producing tracks for Atlanta area artists out of his new FS Studios in East Atlanta and playing around the Atlanta area as a solo and ensemble artist. Check him out at https://www.reverbnation.com/wesyoakam

May 26, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Sainte Jane
May’s performer is Sainte Jane, which is the lovely two piece band – Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell. Their performances will bring you notes of Lucinda Williams, Linda Rondstat, and Bonnie Raitt. From the southern roots of Georgia comes Lauren St. Jane with her own combination of country swagger and Americana rock. This fiery, female-fronted band offers a raw sound complimented by strong, alluring vocals, ripping licks, and lyrics you’d expect from a true redhead. In both song and sound, Lauren St. Jane is a collective drink that goes down smooth but leaves a beckoning burn for more – a classic country shot with a modern Americana aftertaste. Check them out at https://www.reverbnation.com/laurenstjane

Jun 23, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Crooked Wits
June’s performer is Crooked Wits. The members of Crooked Wits originally met in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian College. Stevie was a quarterback, Maggie was a soccer star, and Spencer…well, he sang in the choir.  While we all came from different backgrounds, we quickly bonded over our love for music.  They played together as much as they could for anyone who’d listen and during the summers we all lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  It was there, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Crooked Wits truly got its start. Influences of the band include Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Check them out at http://www.crookedwits.com/

Jul 14, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Garrett Douglas
July’s performer is solo performer Garrett Douglas. Garrett’s young talent is striking as he expertly delivers originals and covers of bands of today and yesterday. Favorites include everything from Hall & Oates and The Beatles to The White Stripes and Jack Johnson. Garrett’s voice and guitar strumming covers so many genera – he’s bound to strike a chord with you. Check him out at https://soundcloud.com/garrett_dean_douglas

(*Please note, July’s event is occurring on the 2nd Thursday instead of the 4th Thursday).

Aug 25, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: City Mouse
August’s performing band is City Mouse. City Mouse is the collective spirit of Atlanta-based talent, Brian Revels, Jenna Mobley, and Michael Hudgins. Born in the latter part of 2012, City Mouse is a spawn of too many nostalgic nights of conversations about a shared sense of appeal for the Americana movement. This young Atlanta folk band will make sure you have a great time, every time. With a mixture of instruments from this trio including the banjo, guitar, standup bass, and fiddle, they are a foot-stomping good time. Check them out at http://citymousemusic.com/about/

Sep 22, 2016 (Thu) 6:30 pm — 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Old Chattanooga
September’s performing group is Old Chattanooga. Just like the band’s name, Old Chattanooga has the old sound of traditional folk music. The band features the talented Micah Spence on fiddle, and his sound will take you back in time to the days of foot stompin’ and front porch sittin’. Get ready to kick up your heels, strut and spin, and get back to the roots of music with this timeless band. Check them out at https://oldchattanooga.bandcamp.com/album/downer-spence

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Fourth Annual Roswell Beer Festival

roswell beer festival 2016

The Fourth Annual Roswell Beer Festival benefiting STAR House Foundation will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The 2016 Roswell Beer Festival takes place at the Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., on April 30, 2016. The festival is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. More than 200 beers will be featured at this year’s festival.

General admission tickets are priced at $50, while VIP tickets are on sale for $100.

STAR House will be hosting the Beer Festival and will have all of your favorites plus many varietals you have never heard of. IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Ales, Hefeweizens, Belgian Quads, and even a few Sours to choose from if you’d like. They also took your feedback from last year and will have more food variety. They are working on bringing the best of Roswell’s food to the event.

Returning for their 3rd year are the Highbeams. If you haven’t heard these guys, you are in for a treat.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $100 for VIP. Click here to get your tickets to the 2016 Roswell Beer Festival now. General Admission starts at 2pm and event will close at 6pm. VIP entry 1pm.

The 2016 Roswell Beer Festival will be held at the Historic Roswell Square, at 610 Atlanta Street in Roswell, which dates back to the times of the City’s Founding Fathers. Spread out on a grassy lawn under 200 year old oak trees. Before the festival, be sure to come take a casual stroll through our downtown shops, and afterwards, you just have to experience one of Roswell’s incredible restaurants.

STAR House Foundation is a non-profit organization in Roswell, Georgia that makes a difference in kids’ lives by providing an after school tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk children.


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Alive in Roswell 2016

Alive in Roswell

Alive in Roswell 2016 is a monthly family-friendly FREE festival held concurrently at Historic Canton Street and Historic Roswell Square every 3rd Thursday evening (5:00-9:00 pm) from April through October, kicking off on April 21, 2016.

Atlanta Plays It Forward and The City of Roswell present Alive in Roswell 2016, which is the consolidation of events on Canton Street and Alive at the Square at the Historic Roswell Square. These two wildly successful family friendly festivals held each 3rd Thursday evening (5:00 – 9:00 pm April through October) are now managed and marketed as one event.

Come with the whole family and a blanket for a lovely evening in Roswell. Live music, delicious food trucks, art vendors and local merchant booths along with complimentary kids activities. Complimentary trolley service will also be available running between the Square area and Canton Street area.

The festival features live bands, food trucks, kids games, face painting, balloons, etc. and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses and restaurants surrounding the venues.

2016 Season Dates

  • April 21st
  • May 19th
  • June 16th
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 20th

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ArtAround Roswell

Art Around Roswell

Introducing Roswell’s First Sculpture Tour – ArtAround Roswell – An initiative of Roswell Arts Fund

A partnership between the City of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Fund, ArtAround Roswell is hosting ten established works of art on loan to the city by their artists. The sculptures will be on display in selected Roswell parks from April through December 2016, and a variety of special events and celebrations are planned throughout the year.

Please join in for the opening celebration of ArtAround Roswell, the city’s first sculpture tour, on April 16 at Roswell Area Park Playground, from noon to 3 pm. The day will be filled with food trucks, games, crafts and more! Roswell Area Park Playground is located at 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075.

Spread the word about the sculptures that are in our city’s parks from April through December. The ten works of art can be found in key park locations throughout Roswell. Whimsical, witty, nostalgic, awe-inspiring — learn more about the sculptures and make plans to experience them for yourself. Come for a quiet visit, pause during a run or bike ride, or bring your friends and family to enjoy a day in the parks.


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2016 Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market

2016 roswell farmers and artisans market

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market (formerly known as the Riverside Farmer’s Market) begins Saturday, April 16, 2016 and will run through October. 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, now in it’s ninth year, is located behind City Hall in Roswell, Georgia.

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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15th Annual Roswell Roots festival


Roswell is proud to host the 15th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February 2016 in celebration of African American History Month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive African American History celebration in Georgia and features a variety of exhibits, cultural events and music performances.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:


January 30 – February 21 at Barrington Hall

Dawn Williams Boyd’s exhibit of cloth paintings reflects her interests in American history, women’s identity, and sexuality, religion and politics.

Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia

February 1-29 at City Hall Rotunda

This exhibit, co-sponsored by the City of Roswell and the Roswell Historical Society, returns to the Rotunda. It highlights the history of African Americans in the Roswell area and their influence and impact on our community since 1839. This rich story is told through the use of photographs, artifacts and textiles.

LIVE! in Roswell Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama

February 6, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Presented by the Roswell Presents LIVE! in Roswell series, The Blind Boys are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five GRAMMY Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material



“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam

February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage

For an evening of exciting and inspiring entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs.” This is Roswell’s 12th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and performance. Includes an invitational round of competition amongst some of the region’s best spoken word artists! Also bigger and better prizes! A $1,000 cash 1st place prize will be awarded. Hosted once again by award -winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath. For details on the rules and how to participate, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam.

“True to Their Native Land” Documentary Film Premiere with the Producer

February 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Roswell Adult Recreation Center

The 90-minute documentary includes filmed interviews with African American veterans of World War II from Georgia and Alabama. Fifty years later, former state senators, college presidents, and ordinary citizens tell their story: what it was like to serve in the military, not as a flying ace, but a regular draftee and foot solider. The number of veterans of this war dwindles each day and it’s important to get their stories before their voices go silent. Produced by Weldon Bishop.

Southern Sweets: 2nd Annual Pound Cake Cook-Off

Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m. at East Roswell Park Recreation Center

Last year, some of the entries in the pound cake cook-off contest included Toffee & Pecan Crusted Pound Cake, Sweet Potato Pound Cake and Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Is your mouth watering yet? Join us for the City of Roswell’s second annual Pound Cake Cook-Off. If you’re an amateur baker, register to enter the contest and see how your pound cake measures up. There will be prizes awarded for the top entries in both the professional and amateur categories. Attendees will get to meet and mingle with the competing bakers, swap recipes, sample delicious pound cake, and vote for their favorites. Several local restaurants and bakeries will have cake entries and will provide guest judges. For details about how to enter the competition, visit www.roswellroots.com/poundcake.

For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.

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Alive After Five September 17, 2015

Alive After Five Roswell

Alive After 5 for September will be held on Thursday, September 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. Each month over 3,000+ people throughout the Historic District enjoy shops, galleries, music, restaurants and vendors.

At the Heart of Roswell Park at the corner of Elizabeth Way and Canton Street,  the band Men in Blues will be performing.

Complimentary trolleys start at City Hall at 5PM and will take you to both the Canton Street and the Roswell Square venues.

Have a great evening in Historic Roswell!

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49th Annual Roswell Arts Festival


The 49th Annual Roswell Arts Festival will be held on September 19th and 20th, 2015. 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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