Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 28 – October 30, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy Halloween weekend! Here’s a round up of fun things to do for families in and around Cumming, GA.

Pumpkin season is here – check out my list of area pumpkin patches in and around Cumming, GAHillcrest Orchards is open for apple picking. Also here is a round up of corn mazes in and around North Georgia and Halloween and trunk or treat events.

Friday, October 28

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – Adult Beginner Origami – Pumpkins 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library – Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Chattahoochee Elementary Fall Festival – Chattahoochee Elementary School is having a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct 28th from 4:30-7pm. The event is open to the public. We will have Food trucks, Fire Department, Inflatables, Carnival Games, Cake Walk, Hero Dog Rescue with Adoptions, Local Vendors, Face Painting and more! The cost is $15/wristband. The wristbands allow unlimited access to the games (excluding cake walk), inflatables, and most activities. Parents & children under 3 are free.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Food Truck Friday! Join the Otwell Middle School Bulldogs for food trucks, fun & entertainment. All profits will be donated to Otwell and used for needed renovations & upgrades. Something for everyone; burgers, BBQ, Indian and more*. Bring family & friends for great food and enjoy the night or head over for the Central varsity football game. *HAPPY BELLY, SWEET AUBURN BBQ, BOLLYWOOD ZING AND KING OF POPS. Organized by OMS PTO. #otwellmiddleschool

Saturday, October 29

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – From the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond comes the ninth picture book in the blockbuster ‘If You Give …’ series, one of the most beloved children’s series of all time. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie is perfect for beginning readers and Storytime. Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post – Trick or Treat Storytime! 

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Trunk or Treat at Warbington Farms – Come trick-or-treat in a safe environment while enjoying a crisp fall day on the farm. Walk from trunk to trunk of vehicles filled with spooks and surprises! Plenty of candy for everyone! Event is free with fun park admission ($10) which also includes Corn Maze, hayride, petting zoo, jumbo pillow, corn crib, slides, swings & more activities. Come dressed in costume and receive $1 off admission (adults & children). Purchase tickets at ticket booth the day of.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Boo Bash Trick or Treating at North Georgia Outlets. Join the spooktacular fun at the 2nd Annual BOO BASH & Trick-or-Treating event on Saturday, October 29th from 4pm- 7pm. DJ Crazy Mike will be playing the tunes in the Gazebo along with the FREE Halloween Photo Booth, games and treats for kids 12 and under. Pick up a list of participating Trick-or-Treat stores at Guest Services. Please note anyone over the age of 18 may not wear a Halloween mask on property.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Fall Family Party at The Collection Forsyth – Halloween Family Fun – Face Paint & Trick or Treating!

5:00 pm – CFUMC Night in the Patch on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm on the CFUMC field.

  • FREE hotdog supper & dessert (donations can be made for youth missions)
  • Games
  • Bonfire & S’mores
  • Hayride through the patch
  • An award winning chili cook-off contest
  • “Punkin’ Chunkin’”
  • A showing of “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at dusk on the lawn

Sunday, October 30

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Christ Community Church. Our Fall Festival is coming on October 30th, from 4-6:30PM! It will feature a sports-themed trunk or treat, a tailgating atmosphere, a “Cook Your Butt Off” Boston Butt BBQ contest, games, and lots of fun and fellowship. Watch this space for more details. You can sign up today to be a part! Invite a friend!

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Vickery Village Trunk or Treat – Vickery Village, 5855 South Vickery Street, Cumming GA 30040. Free Admission and Open to the Community. Bring the whole family for a safe night of fun and games. Fill your bag with the best candy and get a free photo in our photo booth. Food and drink specials provided by Vickery Village restaurants.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – TrunkRTreat Forsyth is safe, family-friendly community event in Cumming, GA. Pony rides, giveaways, food from the largest grill in Forsyth County, games, tons of candy, and did we mention it’s all FREE?!? Spread the word and join us on Sunday October 30th from 6-8PM at the Highlands Church Parking lot.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Trunk or Treat at Freedom Tabernacle on Freedom Parkway.

ALL WEEKEND

Warbington Farms – Their fall season runs September 17 – November 12, 2016. Join them on the farm for our corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides to feed the cows, and all our Fun Park activities. We will be open September 28 from 10am-3pm for Forsyth County Fall Break! Fall Hours: Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Visit their Facebook for updates, contests and more! $10 Per person (includes Fun Park Admission AND Corn Maze) Price does not include tax, under three free. Senior Citizen discount available.
Oktoberfest, Helen. Through Oct. 30. Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen. $8-$10, free on Sunday. 706-878-1619. www.helenchamber.com/helen/oktoberfest.

Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2016

pumpkin patches in forsyth county gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2016 pumpkin season is here in North Georgia! Here are a few neat places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin.

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts (available after 10/1.) They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more!

Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, breads, preserves and much more!

September 17, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2016 (at 3:00 pm)

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also a brand new animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning from 10 – 12 as well. Check their fall activity list for more information. Fish feeding now occurs Monday – Fridays only as the fish fill up quickly.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening in late September (TBA), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 12, 2015. pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park and get lost in the corn maze! Enjoy fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and events.

Warbington Farms 2016 Pumpkin Season:  September 17 – November 5, 2016

Have fun getting lost in our Corn Maze and playing in our fun park then pick out the perfect pumpkin from our “Pumpkin Pile“.

  • Open September 17th-November 5th.
  • Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm
  • Sunday 10am-6pm
  • $10 Per person (includes Fun Park Admission AND Corn Maze)
    • price does not include tax
    • Under three free
    • Senior Citizen discount available.
  • Be sure to check out our Special Events!

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

August 27 – October 31
9:00 am to 6:00 pmNovember 1 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pmHay RideSeptember
Daily
10:00 am to 5:30 pmOctober
Daily
10:00 am to 5:30 pmNovember (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pmPlease note pets & firearms are NOT ALLOWED at Burt’s Farm.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223. For more information, call (770) 772-6223. Open weekends September 10 – November 20, 2016.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Oct. 2nd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.

Yes, that’s October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, & 30th!

Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 30th for more haunting fun!
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 13 – May 15, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaIs it just me or is May is flying by? Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County this weekend.

Friday, May 13

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library  – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

Saturday, May 14

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Strawberry Festival – Warbington Farms – Join us for our 6th Annual Strawberry Festival. We will have vendors, face painting (extra cost), “Hey”rides, petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, visit with strawberry shortcake and MORE! *Strawberry picking is $14 (plus tax) for a gallon and BASED ON AVAILABILITY. We suggest coming early for strawberry picking as we will close the field once the berries are picked. Admission to the fun park is $9 kids and $5 adults and includes access to the vendors, hayride to feed the cows, petting zoo, inflatables, slides, corn crib, swings and MORE!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a dream catcher! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination and one very heavy upright piano she insists she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? Find out at Storytime. Activities to follow.
11:00 am – Sharon Forks Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs 
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Child safety/defense class at Forsyth County YMCA by Revved Up Kids. K-5 Self-Defense Workshop. $25.00 per participant. Register online.
Sunday, May 15
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Food Truck Sunday at Cumming First United Church. Join us out on the front parking lot and lawn for Food Truck Sunday! Food Trucks will include: Sweet Auburn BBQ, Tex’s Tacos, The Patty Wagon, Happy Belly & North Georgia Treats.  This will be a fun, family friendly event that will include live music, games, face-painting, cornhole, inflatables, train rides, and more. Please bring money for the food trucks (food prices determined by food trucks), everything else is free! This is a great time to invite friends and family. This is a community wide event!
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Festival Tusovka – Browns Bridge Event Center 3885 Browns Bridge Rd, Cumming, Georgia 30041.
All are welcome to join our family-friendly Festival Tusovka. Enjoy International and Russian food, crafters/vendors, activities for all ages. In addition, there is a music stage outside, car show and live performance inside. The Festival Tusovka takes place rain or shine, and admission is free. Parking $5. For more information visit our page FairTusovka, call 770-653-5178, 404-723-6630 or email: russian.house@hotmail.com

1:30 PM – Post Road Library – Game On! Family Gaming Day 

ALL WEEKEND

City Produce is open in a new location and Warbington Farms is open for strawberry picking season! Check their Facebook pages for their latest news, events and updates.

Have you tried the new Culver’s restaurant in Dawsonville, GA? Their custard is awesome and their butter burgers and cheese curds are tasty!

CELEBRATE FREEDOM RODEO in ALPHARETTA

The Celebrate Freedom rodeo at Wills Park will be under the covered arena so rain or shine the event will go on. General admission-$15 for adult, kids ages 5-12-$10 and 4 & under is free. Go to the front gate to purchase your wristband that you will need to keep on during the event. Gates open at 5:30pm, rodeo starts 7:30pm, live music by Twisted Whiskey each night after the rodeo. There will be boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, Shane’s rib shack BBQ, Dixie outfitter t-shirt vendor, western toys and women’s handbags,jewelry etc. We will have a mechanical bull, pony rides, rock climbing wall. 11925 Wills Park, Alpharetta, GA.

  • Friday 7:30pm
  • Saturday 7:30pm
  • Gates Open: 5:30pm

2016 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camp in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2016 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

Deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs.

Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer many camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are also offering camps through the City and County.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 6 – 10
VBS for special needs, June 6 – 10
Little Friends Club, June 9 – 12
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24 (K – 2nd grade)
CFUMC Bake Off Camp June 20 – 24
Groove Music Camp, June 20 – 24
Archery Camp June 22 – 24
Helping Hands Camp, June 27 – 30
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 27 – July 1
Camp Extreme, July 12 – 14
Grow Day Camp, July 18 – 22
Science Camp, July 25 – 29

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2016 – there is one session: June 6 – 10. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – June 6 – 10 for ages 7 – 11, June 20 – 24 for ages 11 – 14

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps open to the public including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 8 – April 10, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy end of spring break in Forsyth County! I hope you have had a fun week full of adventure! Here is a roundup for the weekend events in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 8

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders 

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Family Movie Picnic – Pan 

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – Creative Circle 

2:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

3:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

Saturday, April 9

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a butterfly clip canvas. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

Sunday, April 10

Cumming First United Methodist Church Festival of Arts beginning April 10! Gallery open 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Event schedule on website.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, April 8 and Saturday April 9 – Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Event. Friday, April 8: 8am-5pm & Saturday, April 9th: 8am- 4pm At the Cumming Fairgrounds. The 19th annual Forsyth County Master Gardeners’ plant sale takes place at the Cumming Fairgrounds just minutes from GA 400. Started as a small fundraising event in 1998, the event has grown into one of County’s most anticipated events for garden enthusiasts. The festival attracts a diverse group of garden vendors and offers garden enthusiasts a unique opportunity to find unique southern plants, garden art and find the latest trends in garden tools.

LAKE LANIER CAMPSITE NOW OPEN

Shady Grove Campground Now Open for the Season!

Campsites can now be reserved online

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation invites campers to vacation on the shores of Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground. The campground is now open for the season and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance.

“We are very excited to welcome campers to the campground and officially begin the 2016 camping season,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “This is a beautiful destination that campers enjoy every year.”

The 109-acre campground features more than 110 campsites. Amenities include a beach and swim area, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, a playground, tent camping areas and campsites with water and 30-amp and 50-amp power hookups.

“Shady Grove Campground grows in popularity every year,” Natural Resources Division Manager Matthew Pate said. “This year visitors will notice updated landscaping and new signage, as well as renovated group campsites.  Also new this year, we are very pleased to offer visitors the ability to reserve their campsites online.”

Reservations can be made online or in person at the campground visitor center.

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way (formerly 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road) in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier. The campground will be open through November 7 for the 2016 season. For more information, please call the campground visitor center at (770) 205-6850 or visit the Shady Grove Campground webpage.

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2015

holiday festivals, bazaars and craft fairs in forsyth county, GAHoliday festivals and bazaars are a fun way to start shopping for and celebrate the holiday season.

Here is a list of upcoming holiday craft fairs, holiday bazaars and festivals in Cumming, GA.

Friday, November 6

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 7

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Family Promise Festival and Bed Race – The Bed Race & Festival will be held on Saturday, November 7th, at the Forsyth Central High School From 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, Participants can arrive as early as 7:00 AM for setup. Visitors can vote (with their dollars) for the most original, and funniest beds. At 10:00 AM the actual races will begin and the skill and speed of the participants will determine the fastest entries. The money raised by each team will determine coveted Merit Award for Fundraising. Between the races and the judging of beds, visitors are encouraged to visit the various booths and help individual groups raise money. Those booths will also be eligible for prizes based on originality and fundraising achievements.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – First Baptist Cumming Fall Bazaar. Unique Christmas and gift items, artwork, antiques. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. $1.00 admission. Bake sale.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin Chicken BBQ at Creekside UMC – Women’s Ministry will be offering Home-made Kickin’ Chicken Chili at the annual Holiday Showcase on Saturday, November 7th from 11am-2pm. Chili dogs and take home quarts will be available as well. Tickets are available in the Atrium on Sunday mornings. Chicken Chili Plates are $8, Chili dogs are $5, and Chicken Chili Quarts are $12. Buy a few quarts for quick meal planning during the holidays. Pre-sales are encouraged as chili will sell out fast!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fall Fest at the Abba House  in Dawsonville, GA. Located at the 243 Stowers Road, Dawsonville, GA at the 400 North Abba House Thrift Store (intersection of GA-400 and GA-136). This is an ENTIRELY free event! Please join them for their second annual Fall Festival with entertainment, games, food, fellowship, and fun! Face painting, bounce houses, giant jingo, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, hay slide and more! To learn more about Abba House visit abbahouse.com.
Saturday, November 14

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Christmas and Bake Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. For more information, call 770.887.6801.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Newpoint Tabernacle’s Fall Exposition – Come join us for food, fun, and giveaways! We will have numerous vendors with lots of awesome gifts for the holidays as well as food and activities! Proceeds go to help our activity center 🙂
So come out and support a local community church and have some F-U-N while doing so! 2150 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.
Sunday, November 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Vickery Village Craft Fair at Glen Willow Park on Low County Rd in Cumming . Enjoy an afternoon of fun, crafts and food in our beautiful Glen Willow Park. Vickery has over 20 vendors who will be displaying and selling goods. If you are looking for a special gift or something for yourself, you are sure to find it . From handmade jewelry and purses to monogrammed anything, antiques, refurbished wood pieces, children’s books and clothing, or housewares just to name a few of the items the vendors will have. Stop by a booth and learn how to clean without chemical or learn about self defense and if your thinking about a Disney Vacation visit the Disney planners booth . There will be a food tent so join us for lunch , and take home a treat from the bake sale. Follow the signs off Post Rd in Cumming and enjoy a day in the park!
Thursday, November 19
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Longlake Holiday Bazaar – Longlake Clubhouse, 1405 Haddenham Court, Cumming, GA 30041. Start your holiday shopping early with over 20 vendors!!!!
Saturday, November 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Holiday Handmades Sale at Gracepointe Church, 1315 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA. Free admission and refreshments. Support your handcrafting community! Lots of unique vendors with handmade crafts and goods.
Friday, December 4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital. Northside Hospital – Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, December 5
7:30 am registration, 8:30 race starts – MarketPlace Christmas – Jingle Jog 5K –  On Saturday, participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. 2056 Market Place Blvd.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm –  Little Mill Middle School’s Annual Holiday Market featuring over 50 local vendors to shop from, including locally handcrafted items, pottery, jewelry, candles, food, home décor, skincare, and many more!  Enter our raffles for great prizes from over 50 vendor items, large gift baskets from local area business partners.  Event details: Saturday, December 5th from 1pm-5pm at Little Mill Middle School, 6800 Little Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30041. Free Admission!
Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12
Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Christmas in Cumming Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 11th at 4 PM – 9 PM. Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 11th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 12th at 12 PM – 3 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00 Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM
December 12
10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Olde Atlanta Club 2015 Holiday Shop. We have a show with approximately 20 booths on December 12th in our clubhouse from 10AM-6pm. 5750 Olde Atlanta Parkway.

Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2015

pumpkin patches in forsyth county, gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2015 pumpkin season is here! Here are a few neat places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin.

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts (available after 10/1.) They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more!

Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, breads, preserves and much more!

September 19, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2015

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also a brand new animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning from 10 – 12 as well. Check their fall activity list for more information. Fish feeding now occurs Monday – Fridays only as the fish fill up quickly.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening in late September (TBA), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 12, 2015. pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park and get lost in the corn maze! Enjoy fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and events.

Warbington Farms 2015 Pumpkin Season:  September 12-November 14, 2015
Closed to Public Mondays – Wednesdays. To schedule a group trip or field trip, please contact the farm.

Thursday- 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.
Friday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.

Fall 2015 Prices
No cost for pumpkin patch entrance, pumpkin price varies.
*Fun Park:  $8 kids (4-12) and $5 adults (12 and older), ages 3 and under free.
Corn Maze: $10
Combos – Kids $15, Adults $12 – corn maze and fun park.
*Includes: “hey”rides, petting zoo, playground, inflatables, roller slides, pedal carts, tire yard, and MORE!

Warbington Farms Events

Pumpkin Palooza is October 17 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Warbington Farms is excited to announce the Humane Society “Mutts & More” festival will be held at the farm this year on Saturday & Sunday – October 24th & 25th (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) . Vendors can sign up here: http://mmf.hsfcga.net/vendors-3/.

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

Bethelview United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – We have family friendly activities each Saturday beginning October 17! Jumpy house, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, yard sale, storytime and more!! Come support your community while having FUN at the same time!! Hope to see you there! Address: 4525 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Available for purchase: Pumpkins & hay bales (credit accepted) Schedule of Events*: October 17 – Jumpy house, Pumpkin decorating, Hay ride, Harvest time photo booth October 24 – Girl Scout/Community Yard Sale October 31 – Roast s’mores, Pumpkin carving, Hay ride, Story time (12:00 & 1:00 p.m.)

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Enjoy their annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening in October for older folks. Open weekends from September 4 through November 15th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races – Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more!
Hours are as follows:
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

September 1 – October 30
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 31 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hay Ride

September
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

October
Daily
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

November (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223. For more information, call (770) 772-6223. Open weekends September 12 – November 22.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Oct. 2nd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
October 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, Sunday the 11th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th, 30th & 31st!Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 11th for more haunting fun!

Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

2015 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camps in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2015 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

March and April are good planning months as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

brecht stables and dustin's place summer camps in cumming, gaBrecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 1 – 5
VBS for special needs, June 1 – 5
Little Friends Club, June 8 – 10
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19 (K – 2nd grade)
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 22 – 26
Camp Extreme, June 23 – 27
Helping Hands Camp, July 6 – 8
Groove Music Camp, July 13 – 17
Science Camp, July 20 – 24
Grow Day Camp, July 20 – 24

backyard bible school at bottoms christmas tree farmJune 14 – June 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Backyard Bible School at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm Bible School – Backyard Bible School theme is “Come Learn about Jesus” We will be having our Bible School June 14th-June 17th at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. Our address is 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040. We will have different classes for all ages from nursery age to young adults. They will be taught by family members and church friends of Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. The only thing we ask is children under 6 to please be accompanied by an adult. The lesson for the week are as followed: Sunday- Jesus the Creator Monday – Jesus’ Birth Tuesday- Jesus’ Life Wednesday- Jesus’ Death We will have Bible Study, crafts, games, food and music each night for every age group. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2015 – there is one session: June 1 – 5. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – to be announced.

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Endurance Academy All Skills Mini Camp part 1
Rising 3rd-6th graders
June 21. 2-5 at Old Atlanta Rec Center
Part 2
June 28
2-5
Advanced Skills camp part 1
July 21. 2-5 at old Atlanta Rec center
Part 2 July 18
2-5

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 14 – November 16, 2014

christmascummingIt feels like winter this weekend but that can’t stop families from enjoying all of the fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! Check out what’s happening!

Friday, November 14

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, November 15

Five Points Challenge 5K – Benefitting childhood cancer & environmental awareness brought to you by Reaping Nature and Friends of Tony – Windermere Golf Club, Cumming, GA. See website for parking information.

11/14/2014 – Online registration closes at 7pm.
11/14/2014 – Race packet pickup and late registration at Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love, Drive, Cumming, GA (5pm to 8pm).
6:30am – Race day packet pickup and late registration
7:15am – 5K registration closes
8:00am – 5K Start  (Arrive early to allow time for parking!)*
9:30am – Awards Ceremony

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Reindeer painted canvas. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. The Great Thanksgiving Escape story time event. Join us November 15 for Thanksgiving Storytime featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape. The title is a hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving – full of family, food and lots of fun! Join us for Storytime and activities.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth. Enjoy complimentary children’s activities, holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their new 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, November 16

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library. “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Cherokee Leaders and Lore” Celebrate Native American Heritage Month featuring storyteller Barry Stewart Mann.

Help us celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special visit from acclaimed storyteller, Barry Stewart Mann.  Through the voices of three historical figures — Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary; Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman; and Dragging Canoe, brave warrior — Barry will Cherokee folklore, customs, and history. Highlights include the creation myth cycle and the tale of the Healing Lake, the challenges posed by European settlement, and details of Cherokee Stickball, the Seven Clans, and the Green Corn ceremony. It’s an engaging, entertaining, and educational portrayal of a fascinating and noble nation. All ages are welcome! No registration required.

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

Bazaar_bigpromo-791x1024Holiday festivals and bazaars are a fun way to start shop for and celebrate the season. Here is a list of upcoming holiday craft fairs, bazaars and festivals in Cumming, GA. Please let me know if you would like to add one to the list.

Friday, November 7

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 8

9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Bethlehem Baptist Church annual Fall Bazaar on November 8th! We will have a silent auction, cake walk, and a country store loaded with crafts, holiday decorations, gifts, canned and homemade goods! Food available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everyone welcome! Bethlehem Baptist Church 5528 Post Road, Cumming, Ga 30040. 770-889-9435.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin Chicken BBQ at Creekside UMC – Choose from BBQ chicken sandwich or chicken chili meal, both with sides and drink – $8 per ticket. New this year, chicken chili “to go” by the quart – $12! Tickets can be purchased in the main church office during business hours or at the event. We look forward to your joining us at the Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken Cookout in November!
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Christmas Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770.887.6801.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Abba House Fall Festival in Dawsonville, GA. 400 North Abba House Thrift Store (intersection of GA-400 and GA-136). This is an ENTIRELY free event! Please join us for a day of entertainment, games, food, fellowship, and fun! To learn more about Abba House visit abbahouse.com.
Saturday, November 15

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming.
December 5 – December 7
Lakewood 400 Antiques & Gift Show Market – special holiday show. 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!
Saturday, December 6
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Holiday Bazaar at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs, 2830 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming, GA 30041. We have over 25 vendors selling unique items; educational board games, hand crafted jewelry, jams, holiday decor, and much more!
Friday, December 5 & Saturday, December 6 – MarketPlace Christmas – Celebration of Lights, Jingle Job and Christmas Parade – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital. Saturday participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. Then kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.
Festival Information

Date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: 
Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041

5K Information

Date:
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time:
7:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Race Starts

Location:
Cumming Town Center
2085 Market Place Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041

Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13
Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Christmas in Cumming Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 12th at 4 PM – 10 PM. Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 12th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 2 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00 Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 12th at 7 PM – 10 PM

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