Head to Gwinnett and grab some gyoza, check out the Kabuki and browse the vendor booths at the 30th annual JapanFest. The theme of this year’s festival is “CoolER Japan” — a reference to that country’s cool technology. Download the fireworks app from the JapanFest website to create your own electronic display that could be shown at the festival. Festgoer tip: While on the website, buy tickets in advance to avoid the long entrance lines.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18. $10. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 404-842-0736, japanfest.org.
The north Fulton city offers everyone a chance to get in touch with their artsy side as it holds the 50th annual Roswell Arts Festival on the town square. Visitors will find a variety of artwork and crafts from local artisans and can try their own hands at painting by contributing to a community canvas. The kids will be entertained with sand art and balloon animals activities. In the afternoon, entertainment will be provided by local singers and dancers. Food trucks will be on-site with a range of tasty options. Parking is free at City Hall, and a free shuttle will bring you right to the center of the action.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. Free. Historic Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-641-3727, roswellartsfestival.com.
Paws in the Park
Calling all canines (and your humans)! Kennesaw is paw-sing to celebrate the city’s dogs with this morning event at Swift-Cantrell Park. The theme, “Responsible Dog Ownership,” focuses on good behavior when walking dogs in public and the importance of proper waste disposal. Owners are invited to sign the Paws Pledge, a promise to pick up after your pup. Enjoy service dog demonstrations, snag some free samples and pick up a few tips from the trainers on-site. The event is rain or shine.
9 a.m.-noon. Sept. 17. Free. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. 770-424-8274, kennesawpawsinthepark.com.
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