For the Culture Lover
The art and culture scene in Gwinnett is flourishing, with each of our cities bringing a unique touch to our artistic story.
Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville
Located in the historic downtown square, doing dinner and a show feels like a step back in time. This is Gwinnett’s only professional theater, and easily ranks up there with downtown Atlanta theater groups. You can find new and classic shows year-round. As of late, In the Heights, Mama Mia, and Les Misérables have each had a run at the Aurora.
128 E Pike St, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Music on Main Street Concert, Lilburn
Every Saturday evening, you can find the Lilburn community gathered around Main Street for some live, outdoor music. The performers are curated by Lilburn local and Music on Main owner, Scott Mecredy. You might also know Mecredy for his famous catchphrase, “Lilburn is Hip.” So pack up your cooler and picnic basket and head out to the sweet 1895 house to watch some serious talent. All ages are welcome and tickets are typically $15.
113 Main St NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
45 South Wine Tasting, Norcross
This coffeehouse, café, and wine bar is arguably the best gathering place in downtown Norcross – in fact, it says “coffee creating community” on their storefront. This spot has all kinds of cultural offerings, from photo gallery exhibits to live music to wine tastings. We also have to brag on the house-made banana bread. Absolutely delicious.
45 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA 30071
Chateau Elan Cooking Class, Braselton
For beginners and experienced cooks alike, everyone will enjoy the cooking classes at Chateau Elan. The Culinary Studio Kitchen here is open to the public, so no need to stay at the hotel to participate. This is an authentic experience, so price is $125 and you must be 21+ to participate. The class includes wine, a full serving of each dish, recipe book, gift and a chef’s hat!
100 Rue Charlemagne Dr, Braselton, GA 30517
Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford
Tannery Row Artist Colony is housed in an old leather factory, which is immediately striking from the outside. The Colony holds 15 working art studios and an art gallery with rotating exhibits. Many artists offer private lessons, classes, artist talks and other activities.
554 W Main St, Buford, GA 30518
Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Misc Performance Locations
This stop is for our highbrow culture lover. The Beethoven Chamber Orchestra is a youth preparatory orchestra and was formed under the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. This training orchestra mixes a variety of classical and non-traditional performances. We can all benefit from some classical music. They even partner with Northside Hospital to perform free “Healing Sounds” concerts in the atrium to promote a calm environment for patients and visitors.
The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Lawrenceville
If you enjoy dance, the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is the place to experience the ballet in Gwinnett County. Performances this year include Nutcracker and Cinderella, both of which are not to be missed. Gwinnett Ballet Theater is one of only 12 SERBA (Southeast Regional Ballet Association) Honor Companies—the highest honor given to a regional ballet company—and it’s right here in Gwinnett!
1800 Macleod Dr, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Buford
This is a unique stop for the culture lover. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center combines science education and environmental mindfulness with Georgia history and culture. Where else can you attend a Honeybee Festival to learn why this insect is a crucial part of Georgia’s agriculture, then check out a Civil War Photography exhibit? The center hosts guided tours to local historic sites nearby.
2020 Clean Water Dr, Buford, GA 30519
Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth
This gallery and art facility hosts a wide range of visual works from some pretty A-list names (Andy Warhol, anyone?). The center is also an education facility, and hosts art classes and workshops for adults and kids of all ages. During your visit, don’t miss the award-winning outdoor space and sculpture garden.
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy #300, Duluth, GA 30097
Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth
A brainchild of Atlanta legend Eddie Owen, the Red Clay Music Foundry is the venue to see live music all week in Gwinnett County. Owen is the “Eddie” of the famous Decatur listening room, Eddie’s Attic, which is credited with discovering some pretty big names like John Mayer and The Civil Wars. There’s live music three to four nights a week with open mic nights frequently on Sundays.
3116 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096
BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, Lilburn
Perhaps the most beautiful stop for the culture lover, this Hindu temple is the largest temple in the Southeast. This peaceful Mandir (temple) is open to the public and free to enter. You don't need to be Hindu or Indian to enter or to appreciate the craftsmanship of the ornate structure. The building is made of Italian marble, Indian pink sandstone and Turkish Limestone, and it took 1.3 million volunteer hours to build. Whether you want to stare in awe of the beautiful architecture or quietly reflect and meditate, this is a one of a kind stop for Gwinnett. Check out our know-before-you-go guide.
460 Rockbridge Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
SculpTour & North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA)
NGAA has continuous exhibits on display as well as numerous events almost always on-going. This is a great stop to get a feel for Gwinnett's local artists. Most of the time, pieces are on sale, so you can even walk away with a souvenir.
Once you're done perusing NGAA, be sure to take a walking tour of SculpTour, an outdoor art exhibit featuring 17 unique sculptures created by various artists. Be sure to pop into Suwanee City Hall for a brochure.
3930 Charleston Market St NW, Suwanee, GA 30024
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