5 Within 50: Arts & Culture Festivals

Festival season is upon us. Gwinnett and surrounding cities will soon be taking to the streets to celebrate just about anything you could think of these next few months. Whether beer or wine, crawfish or BBQ, grape stomping or gourds, there’s a festival for it. The biggest draw of a festival is its ability to celebrate the artistry of a community or culture. Grape stomping attracts wine lovers; gourds are adored by those fall fanatics that come out of the woodwork every September, and BBQ is generally loved and appreciated as a southern dish. 

These five arts and culture festivals are either in or just outside Gwinnett, and they’re all happening this fall. Check them out! Step out of your comfort zone this festival season, and use this opportunity to explore a new culture or community.

Yellow Daisy Festival 

 September 8-11

This four-day arts and crafts festival at Stone Mountain Park is one of the biggest in the Southeast, with over 300 artisans and vendors contributing. This year’s festival features exciting new additions like Vintage Village, a curated collection of vintage items and antiques, and a beer garden that provides a place for attendees to relax and refresh. 

Around the World in the DTL

 September 9-10

For another multicultural event, head around the world at the Atlanta International Night Market, which is heading to Downtown Lawrenceville this fall. The traveling night market visits areas across Atlanta and metro Atlanta with cultural experiences, food trucks and more.

Mosaic Multicultural Festival

 September 10 

Why choose one culture when you could immerse yourself in so many? Celebrate our differences and the diversity within our communities at the Mosaic Multicultural Festival in Douglasville. Choose from festival experiences like cultural food tastings, an “artistic living” area, interactive demonstrations and live performances. 

Photo Courtesy: Hiroshi Kashima


 September 17-18 

Take a trip to the land of cherry blossoms and anime with a ticket to JapanFest. Indulge in boba, sushi and assortments of Japanese candy and snacks while witnessing traditional performances, including Ukulele, Samurai and Taiko Drums at Gas South District. Get your tickets at japanfest.org.

Dia De Los Muertos

 November 5

Celebrate your ancestors with performances and costumes from Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos in Downtown Norcross. Get a taste of authentic Mexican culture with delectable food, extravagant performances and a community of family and friends.