Lilburn Daze will celebrate its 50th year on October 8 at Lilburn City Park from 9am - 5pm.
Fall and Lilburn Daze go together and have been a perfect pair for the last 50 years. From humble beginnings in shopping center parking lots along Highway 29 and even at the now closed water treatment facility on Indian Trail, the festival has filled Lilburn City Park for the past 44 years with family friendly fun. GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club has lots to celebrate on Saturday, October 8th – the 50th Lilburn Daze.
The first arts festival in 1973 was more like a garage sale and was held in the basement of the gym behind Lilburn Elementary. There were not many crafters in the 1970’s, so this event initiated from the idea to foster creative talents of area residents, give them an outlet to display their handcrafted items and be a fundraiser for the club. The opening festival earned $144 that was used to fund community projects. Proceeds from Lilburn Daze have funded scholarships, both college and Gwinnett Tech, supported local schools including a yearly donation to CARE teams, funded restoration of the Wynne Russell House, supported the Lilburn library, and other community activities.
In 1979, Lilburn Daze found its home in the newly created Lilburn City Park. Since there were no lines in the new park, members quickly learned how to mark the booth spaces using a wooden frame and powdered lime. Thankfully this process has been handed over to professionals now. The park was dedicated at the 1982 Lilburn Daze when the Lilburn Woman’s Club was recognized by the city for their support of the park plans and helping raise money for the park’s completion. At this time, Lilburn Daze became a co-sponsored event with City of Lilburn. In 2013, ‘Adventure Mountain,’ the first sculpture and water feature in the park was dedicated during Lilburn Daze through a collaboration with the City of Lilburn, Downtown Development Authority and Lilburn Woman’s Club.
Music is always an important part of Lilburn Daze allowing local talent to take the stage and shine. The Gwinnett Community Band opens the festival with their toe tapping tunes. Bands and singers from Music on Main Street and Snellville School of Rock, local church choirs, folk guitarists, and dance companies have all performed for Lilburn Daze festival goers. In years past, the Lilburn Daze stage featured the winner of Lilburn Idol singing the National Anthem. Shopping to music is the best way to spend an October Saturday in Lilburn City Park!
Seeking out the best arts and crafts artisans continues to be a goal of the Lilburn Daze committee. We are always on the lookout for the next item that you can’t live without or the best gift you have ever given.
Throughout the years, LWC has collaborated with Lilburn Masons, Lions Club, Jaycees, Kiwanis, local school Beta Clubs, educational groups, scouting groups, ROTC, Civil Air Patrol groups, numerous churches, libraries, and schools all with the same mission – enriching the Lilburn Community. LWC is thankful for the support of City of Lilburn, Lilburn City Police and Old Town Lilburn businesses.
Make plans to visit Lilburn Daze this year on Saturday, October 8th from 9 am to 5pm. This local tradition strives to embrace the best of old and new Lilburn. Now one of the largest Gwinnett outdoor fall festivals, Lilburn Daze is the result of the efforts of GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club and dozens of loyal volunteers, sponsors, and vendors.
If you are a local artist or craftsman and are interested in either having a booth or sponsoring this great event which attracts over ten thousand visitors each year, we invite you to visit www.lilburndaze.org for more information.