With a downtown that’s the envy of many Georgia county seats, the City of Lawrenceville has it all. From renowned restaurants and shops to its brand new multi-million dollar arts center and award-winning SouthLawn development, the City has been moving forward at a dizzying pace. But that is just the start. No resting on any laurels here.
Before the new year even arrived, the City of Lawrenceville already had a full calendar of 2022 events—all of which are free and open to everyone—including four-legged friends and superheroes.
PAWFest welcomes pets and people to Downtown Lawrenceville April 23. The City, in partnership with the Gwinnett Humane Society will host this annual event on the Lawrenceville Lawn located at 210 Luckie Street. The event is free, however there might be a registration fee to compete in certain contests to be held that day. Information will be available soon on the City’s website, www.downtownlawrencevillega.com.
“This event is perfect for any animal lover,” City of Lawrenceville marketing and communications coordinator, Alaina Tullis said. “Families can bring their leashed pets to the Lawn to enter special contests and see helpful training demonstrations. You can even shop for your pet with locally made treats and even clothing. Last year, we even had a pet portrait studio ready to photograph your beloved animal.” Adoptable pets will also be on site, ready to find their forever home.
Tullis said mostly dogs come out for PAWFest, “but it’s not limited to that,” she pointed out. Tullis added that any pet that can be on a leash and controlled is welcomed to attend PAWFest.
The very next week, the City of Lawrenceville welcomes residents and tourists to another big event downtown.
Car Show at the Depot is set for April 30, at 400 North Clayton Street. It is an all-day event and those wishing to register their car can go to the City’s website listed above. “Details will be available very soon,” Tullis said. It is free to attend the show. The city is working with Beyond the Ribbon, a nonprofit that advocates for cancer patients helping to educate, inspire and offer hope.
Superheroes will be everywhere in Downtown Lawrenceville when the city celebrates Free Comic Book Day May 7, in another all-day event.
“This will be really fun for comic book lovers,” Tullis said. “All around Downtown Lawrenceville, each business will be given a different comic book to hand out at their shops. Head to each business in the downtown area to collect them all.” Comic book-centric programming will be available to keep attendees entertained all day long.
“Characters in costumes, Dungeons & Dragons game play and comic book artist meet & greets will all be available at Free Comic Book Day,” Tullis said. “This is an annual event, partnered with Galactic Quest on the square, our comic book retailer...It’s such a fun thing for the kids. They get to come out dressed up as their favorite character and collect tons of free comics to read and enjoy.”
There is no sign-up required and the comic books are given out free of charge.
Feature Fridays kick off May 13, on the Lawrenceville Lawn downtown. This summer event begins with the fan-favorite Freaky Friday. Stay tuned to the City’s website for future movie title releases. Everyone is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy free movies on May 13; June 3; July 29 and Aug. 26.
“Movies on the Lawn are a perfect Friday night activity. Pick up dinner from a restaurant on the square or order from one of the many food trucks available at the Lawrenceville Lawn parking lot,” Tullis said. “Just bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy some great movies outdoors.” She said the movies begin at 7 p.m., just before dark.
The City of Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series also kicks off in May, with the first performance May 20. Other concerts are June 17, which Tullis said will be a Juneteenth Celebration; July 15 and Aug. 19. Information on performers will be available at a later date. The final summer concert is Sept. 9, and will be in partnership with the Atlanta International Night Market. While the concert is Sept. 9, the event continues through Sept. 10, as Tullis says the Lawrenceville International Neighborhood Night Market brings in vendors and performers representing all different cultures, as well.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and be a part of the event,” she added. “This two-day cultural celebration offers fantastic performances, delicious food and creative vendors.”
All concerts will be at the Lawrenceville Lawn and are free. A limited number of VIP tickets will be for sale at a price as yet undetermined. Those tickets typically include a dinner at one of the local breweries, a shuttle bus to the lawn and premier seating at a table near the stage during the concert.
Lawrenceville’s annual Prelude to the Fourth takes place on July 1 to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July. Tullis calls it a “family-friendly Fourth of July” event.
“Tons of local vendors set up at the Lawn selling special treats, light-up toys, and Fourth of July themed items,” she said. “Last year we had an exciting concert and a spectacular fireworks show.” Details are being finalized, but Tullis said the event will begin in the late afternoon and continue well past dark to allow for fireworks.
“I am super excited to be a part of such a growing and thriving community like Lawrenceville,” Tullis said. “To see new businesses open on the square and being able to be a part of so many great events that bring out different cultures and communities is very special.” She also said how great it is that so many city events are free.
For more information or to keep up with event details as they become available, visit the city’s website at www.downtownlawrencevillega.com.