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Five can’t-miss events coming up in September
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Linda Penaloza performs during Latino Fest at the Midtown Greenway on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

September has arrived, and with a new month comes a new round up of fun things happening in or around Hall County. Here are five events to keep your eye on this month.

Cool off on a splash pad

It’s the beginning of the end for summer, despite this week’s casual 95-degree highs, and if you’re looking to get some time outside in the water before fall arrives Wet ‘n Waggin Splash Bash is the perfect chance to do that and let your dog get in on the fun too. 

This Saturday, Sept. 7, the Splash Pad at Laurel Park will be open for dogs and families to play and enjoy the sun while it lasts. Admission is free and there will be treats for dogs and food for their people, so come make the most of the last few days of summer with your dog by your side.

Wet ‘n Waggin Splash Bash

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Road, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: www.hallcounty.org

Billy Dean in the house

Country artist Billy Dean, known for songs like “Only the Wind,” “Thank God I'm a Country Boy” and “Billy the Kid” will put on an acoustic show at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch on Sept. 14. Tickets will run you $35 (plus fees) for a two-hour set, which will include some of his own work, along with some covers of artists like Paul Simon, Dan Fogelberg and Christopher Cross. So even if you’re unfamiliar with Dean’s songs, there’s a chance you’ll be able to sing along to a song or two.

Billy Dean concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Where: The Venue at Friendship Springs, 7340 Friendship Springs Boulevard, Flowery Branch

How much: $35

More info: Concert details and tickets

Potterheads on Main Street

If you’ve got a Potterhead in the family, Flowery Branch’s September Block Party will be a playground for them, as this month’s theme will be all about J.K. Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizardry. The “Hogwarts on Main Street” event will bring the “Harry Potter” universe to Flowery Branch on Sept. 20, which will include games and costumes based on the book and film series. If you’re not a Potter fan, there will still be food and a performance by Fly Betty Band, so everyone has a reason to stop by.

Flowery Branch September Block Party
When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 W Pine St.
How much: Free
More info: www.branchblockparty.com

Latino Fest coming up

Hispanic Alliance GA will be hosting its second-annual Latino Fest on Sunday, Sept. 15. Positioned as both an educational and celebratory opportunity, the event puts a spotlight on the local Hispanic culture of Hall County, including music, food, art and more. Attendance is free, and there will be food, vendors as well as art and music for entertainment. Whether you’re ingrained in the Hispanic culture of Gainesville or just want to appreciate it and learn more about it, Latino Fest has something for you.

Latino Fest
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15
Where: 526 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite 204 Gainesville, GA
How much: Free
More info: Facebook event

Lights on Lanier
If you’ve ever wanted to see Lake Lanier light up with hundreds of lanterns, the Lanier Lantern Festival hopes to draw in thousands of people to do just that. This will be the second-annual festival, which lets attendees decorate and light their own lantern to release and fly across the lake. Kids and adults can buy and decorate a lantern, but if you just want to come for the live music, food and sense of togetherness the festival hopes to foster, there will be plenty of that too. Tickets range from free to $20 for those that pre-purchase, but prices will increase at the gate, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

Lanier Lantern Festival

When: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road

How much: Free-$20

More info: www.lanierlanternfestival.com

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