5 things to do this weekend: Sept. 8-10, 2017
Abby the chocolate lab and Margaret the goldendoodle play with a tennis ball during last year’s Soggy Doggy Pool Party at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville. The fourth annual event will be Sunday, Sept. 13.
Soak up Asian culture and enjoy the food, too

The annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival hits Lake Lanier’s shores Sept. 9. There’s a lot to see, but there’s also a lot to eat. Vietnamese sandwiches, shaved ice and grilled squid are just a few of the offerings.

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The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held Sept. 9, 2017, on Lake Lanier.

Let your pup do the splashing

Your pup may be the one who loves the water most. In that case, there’s the Soggy Doggy Pool Party at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center on Sunday. Small dogs are allowed into the Splash Zone earlier in the day and larger dogs toward the end of the day.

Touch a snake

If reptiles are more your speed, Elachee Nature Science Center brings out its scaly creatures for Snake Day on Saturday. There will be live animal demonstrations and exhibits along with crafts.

Caleb Mantooth, 13, and Shantarria Smith, 14, get a close-up look at a snake Saturday during Snake Day at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville. The event serves as the kickoff for their fall classes, camps and other festivities going on at the center during the fall months. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Plan an outdoor adventure

Dahlonega’s Trail Fest brings all the outdoors vendors to you all weekend long. Whether you’re a backcountry hiker or more of a glamper, the event will include demonstrations, panels and workshops you may want to check out.

A mountain stream flows near the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Northeast Georgia. - photo by Shannon Casas
Take your pick
There are a variety of fruits ripe for the picking in late summer. Applesfigs and muscadines are all in season, and two of them are available at farms in Hall County. You’ll have to travel a bit farther for apples, but the extra activities on the farms near Ellijay make the trip worthwhile.
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