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Your Guide to Fall Fun 2023

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Discover the best fall activities in Peachtree Corners: pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple orchards, festivals, Halloween events, and more.

From Southern ghostly tours and bewitching displays to Dia de los Muertos and the Blessing of Animals.

After a hot summer, the cool, crisp autumn air is finally setting in and you know what that means. It’s time to make the most of what the season has to offer. 

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin or looking for a spark to your spooky season, there is plenty to see and do this fall. Here is a list of some of the top events happening in and around Peachtree Corners during October and November.

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple orchards and celebrations

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Peachtree Corners will have its annual Pumpkin Patch beginning October 8 through October 31, every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pumpkin Patch Story Time will be held every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the church website, Mtcarmel-umc.org.

It’s back! Founded in 2008, the Buford Corn Maze is located on a 32-acre family farm dating back to the early 1800s. Over the past decade, the Corn Maze has expanded to include a whole lot of old-fashioned fun for families with the special Kids CORNer area, a Haunted Forest, a pumpkin patch and more. The last day to visit Buford Corn Maze is November 12.

Take a day trip up to Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville, Georgia. This 15-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to tons of farm fun, delicious food and unforgettable family memories. Explore the farm grounds, including pick-your-own pumpkins, jumping pillow, tire mountain, kids’ maze and gem mining.

Open daily until Sunday, November 5, Jaemor Farms’ annual Harvest Celebration offers a complete fall farm experience, including hayrides, farm slides, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train, duck races, tricycle races, apple cannons and concessions. This 500-acre family-owned and operated farm is located at 5340 Cornelia Hwy in Alto, Georgia. 

Going apple picking in Georgia is a fall tradition you can’t miss! B.J. Reece Apple House and Orchards is a family-owned and operated orchard in Ellijay, Georgia. Tucked in the North Georgia Mountains, B.J. Reece is home to U-pick orchards, a country bakery, petting farm, pony rides and much more.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is holding a very special Blessing of the Animals celebration on October 22, at 12:30 p.m. in the outdoor patio area of the church located at 5575 Peachtree Pkwy. in Peachtree Corners. Christ the King’s congregation has grown from a fledgling mission into a well-established parish where worship, outreach, fellowship, evangelism and discipleship form and shape lives.

Fall festivals

Get ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in style at Thrasher Park on Saturday, November 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Enjoy a night of remembrance, dance and live authentic entertainment, followed by a parade around the park. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural experience with delicious, authentic Mexican food and beverages. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate your loved ones while enjoying a night out with the community.

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival, Play by Day, Glow by Night, is returning this fall. Guests are welcome to celebrate the autumn season during the park’s Pumpkin Festival, a family tradition featuring a variety of glowing experiences. For more information about Stone Mountain Park and hours of operation, call 1-800-401-2407 or visit stonemountainpark.com.

On November 4, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the City of Lawrenceville will host its annual Harvest Festival at the Lawrenceville Lawn. This family-friendly event features a wide range of activities and entertainment, sure to delight visitors of all ages. Take a stroll through the marketplace, where you can shop for locally made crafts, goods and other artisanal products. Enjoy live music from some of the area’s top performers and indulge in a delicious array of fall-themed food and beverages.

It’s time to pop that champagne! Chateau Elan’s Vineyard Fest is officially set to return for its 26th year with more unique experiences, activities and live entertainment than ever before. Sit back, relax and indulge in internationally inspired wine and food on Sunday, November 12.

Halloween events, trick-or-treating and ghost tours

Visit Netherworld Haunted House this fall to experience two brand new haunts, Primordial and Cryptic Charos, during the 27th season of screams. In addition to the haunts, there are tasty treats, photo ops, five escape rooms, the Museum of Monsters, roaming creatures who are (usually) more than happy to snap a selfie with you and more! Tickets are sold at escapethenetherworld.com.

Celebrating Halloween with your furry friend? Mark the special occasion with a memorable photo shoot at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on Sunday, October 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fifteen-minute photo slots cost $20 and all proceeds go to benefit The Brook Run Dog Park Association.

Registration is now open for Suwanee Wine Festival’s Spooky Spirits 5K on Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. For the third year in a row, the Spooky Spirit 5K offers a cocktails and costumes twist on the traditional 5K race. This timed Peachtree Road Race-qualifying event is fit for anyone, whether you are a competitive runner trying to beat your personal record or you’re just looking to sip and stroll with your closest cocktail-loving friends. Prizes will be awarded after the race for the most spirited costumes, so come dressed in your most festive running gear!

Start your Halloween early at Railyard Halloween in Loganville, Georgia on Saturday, October 21, starting at 4 p.m. The evening begins with Trick-or-Treating followed by live music, a scavenger hunt, a bounce house, a costume contest and a movie on the lawn. Adults can skip the tricks and check out the Small Business Vendor Market.

Ghosts, goblins and goodies, oh my! Kick off Halloween early and collect all the treats from participating retailers and restaurants. The Forum will host Trick-or-Treating on Sunday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plus, enjoy face painting, balloon art, costume characters and more family-friendly fun.

The Forum will also be ringing in the holidays during its annual Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of jolly Old Saint Nick while the whole family enjoys festive entertainment, family-friendly activities and more.

Stop by Unity Atlanta Church for even more trick-or-treating with a special Trunk-or-Treat event on Sunday, October 29, starting at 1 p.m. Trunk-or-treating is a community-focused alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Adults decorate their cars with Halloween themes and gather in a parking lot. Kids then collect candy from car to car while adults mingle and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Lionheart Theatre presents Bewitching, a captivating collection of Halloween and horror-themed short films! Running from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 15 at the Lionheart Theatre, the shows are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on opening weekend where downtown restaurants are serving fantastic specials to satisfy your hunger before the show.

ART Station in Stone Mountain is hosting the 38th annual A Tour of Southern Ghosts. This storytelling experience showcases the best ghost tales from the South. For six nights this fall, 10,000 visitors will be guided on a lantern-lit tour of yesteryear, vividly brought to life through the grand tradition of Southern storytelling. The guided tours take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the last three weekends in October. Learn more at atourofsouthernghosts.com.

Lawrenceville is the oldest city in metro Atlanta and for many years, it was a sleepy suburban Southern town. With the growth and development of the metro area, much of historic downtown Lawrenceville was renovated at the turn of the century. These renovations awakened sleeping ghosts and sparked increased reports of paranormal activity, thus setting the stage for Lawrenceville Georgia Ghost Tours. Sign up, if you dare, for a 90-minute tour of some of Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and hear the stories behind its most bizarre events. Learn more at auroratheatre.com/haunted-happenings/. Local historian Gene Ramsay will guide visitors through

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church’s Cemetery and History Tour on Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m. Travel back in time and hear fascinating stories about Mt. Carmel and Pinckneyville’s past told by an experienced guide who has lived in the metro area for over 40 years. To learn more, contact the church office at mtcarmelumc@comcast.net or call 770-449-4498.

Anna is a contributor to Peachtree Corners Magazine. She graduated with a B.A. in English Composition from Georgia State University and has five years of experience performing multimedia writing, editing, and publishing for automotive, small business, and general assignment media.

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What’s Happening at Pinckneyville Park in Gwinnett County

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Pinckneyville Park Community Center: 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake, GA 30071. 678-277-0920. GwinnettParks.com.

FREE! Pinckneyville Park Open House! Meet the instructors, check out the programming, explore the pottery studio and enjoy a free lunch*!

Also, spend some time visually creating your 2024 goals onto a vision board using different arts media. All you need to bring is your board of choice and we will provide the rest! All ages welcome. 

Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Pottery Studio informative session is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. *Preregistration required for a free lunch.

OFFERINGS

Adventure Days Out: Pinckneyville Park has your school’s out childcare covered. Children will have an amazing experience trying new games, exploring new skills, making new friends and most of all, having fun! 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 5 to 12. $30 per day.

  • Monday, Jan. 15

NEW! Hip Hop/Jazz: Tone your body and get your heart pumping to the beats of your favorite music! Students will learn fun, innovative and unique dance routines that will strengthen their dance skills. Each class consists of stretching, exercise, cool downs and dance choreography. Wednesdays, Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. From 6:10 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ages 8 to12. $61.

NEW! SWEAT: This class incorporates all aspects of fitness: cardio, resistance, flexibility and core training structured in segments that focus on upper, middle and lower body exercises. This class will improve endurance, strength, muscle, tone and definition for all fitness levels. Every Wednesday, Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, from 7:10 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $61.

NEW! 3D Printing Workshops: Unlock your child’s creativity and introduce them to the exciting world of 3D modeling and printing! The class at Pinckneyville Park teaches the basics of 3D design using industry-standard software, Blender and bringing designs to life through 3D printing.

Participants will gain valuable skills such as problem solving, spatial reasoning, creativity and attention to detail while having fun creating their own unique 3D printed creation. A laptop and mouse are needed for this class. Required: A $10 material fee is due at the start of the class paid directly to the instructor Optional: $10 per session for laptop rental fee. Please reserve ahead. Highly recommended to bring your own laptop and mouse. 

  • 3D Printing Experience: Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Ages 6 to 18. $36.
  • Design Thinking in 3D Printing: Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 6 to 18. $100.

NEW! Beginning Chess: This six-week course will cover basic chess tactics. Students will learn the terminology, how to set the board, and basic planning and strategy in chess play. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. $66.

Get Into Watercolor: Learn the basics of watercolor from a seasoned instructor! This class is designed for beginners as well as the more experienced. Master the methods of watercolor to paint basic and complex shapes; development of depth through values, perspective and color; and the composition of overall painting. Students will furnish their own materials (supply list will be provided). Every Saturday, Jan. 6 through Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 16 and up. $141.

Ballet–Preschool: Creative dances and imagination will help instill a love for dancing, as your toddler learns basics of ballet in a positive and fun environment! Preschool ballet will need pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed tights, pink leotards and pink skirt. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 to 27, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Ages 4 to 5. $37.

Ballet–Beg: Expand your child’s ballet abilities in this beginner class. Students will focus on developing ballet techniques and posturing. Beginner ballet will need pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed tights, pink leotards and pink skirt. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 through 27, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 6 to 9. $37.

Ballet–Int: Expand your child’s ballet abilities in this beginner class. Students will focus on developing ballet techniques and posturing. Beginner ballet will need pink leather ballet shoes & pink footed tights, pink leotards and pink skirt. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 through 27, from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Ages 7 to 10. $37.

Ballet–Int: Students will reinforce their ballet techniques, physical strength, flexibility and musicality in this intermediate level class. Dancers need pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed tights, black leotard and black skirt. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 though 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Ages 11 to 16. $37.

Ballet–Adv/Pointe: This class is designed for dancers ages 15 or older, aimed at strengthening ballet technique, flexibility and performance levels. More demanding and complex movements will help your student master the art of ballet. Dancers need pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed tights, black leotard and black skirt. Every Saturday, Jan. 6 through 27. 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ages 15 and up. $37.

FREE! NEW! Vibrant Visions! Spend some time visually creating your 2024 goals onto a vision board using different arts media. All you need to bring is your board of choice and we will provide the rest! Light refreshments provided. Ages 50 and up. Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

POTTERY STUDIO

New Independent Study session begins Jan. 29. Registration opens Jan. 17.

Classes are changing. Please call 678-277-0920, or email PcCenter@GwinnettCounty.com for information on future classes.

Independent Study: Open studio session for individual pottery artists. Must complete Pottery Studio orientation prior to first visit if you are a new patron. Open Monday through Saturday, Jan. 29 to March 9. Ages 16 and up. $100.

Pottery Club: Come socialize and create in the pottery studio. Must be currently registered for a class or independent study to join. No drop-ins allowed. Must be registered for the club as space is limited. Every Wednesday, Jan. 31 through March 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Out of county resident fees applied at time of registration.*

FREE ACTIVITIES

Atlanta Gourd Patch: Free! Apply your creative talents to natural gourds. Contact KMR01@aol.com for more information and supply list. Ages 18 and up. Meets second Saturday of each month. Call 678-277-0920 for more information. 

Atlanta Hobby Robotics Club: Come to Pinckneyville Park and share your robotics ideas. All ages are welcome. Meets the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, contact Walter Burleson at 404-932-8108 or wlenbl@gmail.com.

Senior Bridge Club: A trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships. This group is for experienced Bridge players ages 50 and up. On Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, contact Mary Fender at 678-357-6709 or maryrfender@yahoo.com.

Bridge- Act II: The fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to2:30 p.m. For more information, contact JoAnne Leisen at 571-330-4730.

Guitars for Vets: Helping Veterans cope with PTSD through music. Participants get ten weeks of one–on–one lessons. When finished with lessons, participants will receive a free guitar! Mondays, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. To register, contact Cliff Meinhardt at 404-234-8040. Visit guitars4vets.org to learn more.

Gwinnett Chess Club: Chess for all ages. All experiences are welcomed. Every other Saturday (Jan. 6 and 20), from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, contact Tom Emch at 770-605-0429 or ibemch@charter.net.

Last Tuesday Book Club: Join in on all the reading fun! Meets the last Tuesday of each month at Pinckneyville Park.

Pinckneyville Park Community Center
4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Berkeley Lake, GA 30071
678-277-0920
GwinnettParks.com

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Upcoming Holiday Events and Activities Around Peachtree Corners

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Get into the holiday spirit with festive events in December! Enjoy Carriage Rides, Photos with Santa, The Nutcracker, and more.

December 

Carriage Rides 

December 1-22 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Departs from 45 South Café 
45 S. Peachtree St., Norcross 
Admission: free 

Sleigh the holiday season with a festive journey through Downtown Norcross. 

Photos with Santa 

December 6-22 
Wednesdays and Fridays. 6-8 p.m. 
45 South Café 
45 S. Peachtree St., Norcross
Admission: free 

Make the holidays unforgettable by snapping a photo with Santa Claus.  

The Nutcracker 

December 8-17 
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. 
Gas South Arena 
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth 
770-813-7500 
Tickets: $20 and up 

Little Clara’s dream comes alive in Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s 42nd annual production of The Nutcracker. Join Clara as she is swept away into a magical land of adventure. 

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa 

Saturday, December 16. 10-12 p.m. 
Duluth Festival Center 
3142 Hill St., Duluth 
Admission: free 

This get together with Santa is just for the little ones. Arts and crafts will be available for kids (while supplies last) and children can bring their letters for Santa to take back to the North Pole. 

Holiday Gift Away 

Saturday, December 16. 6-8 p.m. 
Lucky Shoals Park 
4651 Britt Rd., Norcross 
Admission: free 

Kids aged 4 to 18 are invited to join in for a night of Christmas music, holiday games and treats. Everyone is asked to please bring a non-perishable donation item in exchange for a gift. 

Holiday Camp 2023 

December 18-22 
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Lionheart Theatre 
10 College St., Norcross 
404-919-4022 

Cost: $125 per student 

Lionheart will introduce children, ages 6 to 16, to the poetry of Shel Silverstein and bring his words to life, including The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic. Students will work on memorization, character building, design, props, costumes and music for a performance at the end of the week that friends and family are invited to attend. 

Circuit Playground Express: Holiday Lights 

Tuesday, December 19. 1-2 p.m. 
Gwinnett County Public Library — Norcross Branch
5735 Buford Hwy., Norcross 
770-978-5154 

Admission: free; register online 

Kids ages 6-11 learn how to use the Circuit Playground Express by programming holiday lights and sounds. 

A Christmas Carol Reimagined 

Tuesday-Friday, December 19-22. 7 p.m. 
Gas South Arena 
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth 
770-813-7500 

Tickets: $45 and up 

The timeless tale of Scrooge is told in this magical live performance by STORYBOOK Theater that includes soul-stirring music. 

Ugly Sweater Bingo 

Thursday, December 21. 12-2 p.m. 
Lucky Shoals Park Community Room 
4651 Britt Rd., Norcross 
678-277-0860 

Admission: $5 per person 

Everyone aged 50 and should bring their holiday spirit and ugly sweaters to join in a game of bingo.

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Buford-Sugar Hill Public Library to Hold FAQ Session for First Time Entrepreneurs

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Nov 4 at Buford-Sugar Hill Library: Entrepreneurs share startup insights from diverse fields. Free and open to the public. Don't miss out!

Are you thinking about starting a small business and want to know what to expect? Visit the Buford-Sugar Hill Public Library on Saturday, November 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and answering questions from the audience.

Local small business owners who graduated from the library’s New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator will provide insight into the early stages of starting and running a small business.

With experience in catering, residential and commercial cleaning, food truck services and online martial arts instruction, our panelists represent a variety of business backgrounds—all with unique challenges and opportunities.

All events are free and open to the public. For questions or comments, contact Duffie Dixon, Director of Marketing and Communications for Gwinnett County Public Library at ddixon@gwinnettpl.org.

Click here to explore more public library events happening in November.

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