glow in the park event
Suwanee’s Glow in the Park community lantern parade will feature a strolling jazz band leading an illuminated pageant of light, music, and color through Old Town and down the Brushy Creek Trail, ending at a concert starring 80s cover band Electric Avenue at Town Center Park.

Watch as the sun goes down and we make our beloved park glow in the dark! With food, games, and activities for all ages, you won’t want to miss our spectacular lantern parade at followed by a rocking concert featuring Electric Avenue.
5:00 pm: Food & Fun
7:30pm: Lantern Parade
8:30 pm: Concert featuring Electric Avenue
SO, WHO GETS TO
BE IN THE PARADE?
You do! This event is a community celebration of creativity; everyone is strongly encouraged to create illuminated costumes and carry their premade lanterns to parade together! This electrical spectacle is family and pet friendly, so everyone can join in. Prizes will be awarded for the best glow looks and costumes.
glow in the park lanterns

The first thing you’ll need to be a part of the lantern parade? A lantern of course!

NGAA Workshops

Join us for “make and take” lantern building workshops at the North Gwinnett Arts Association in Town Center!
February 28

Children's workshop
5:00-6:30 pm
Adult workshop
7:00-8:30 pm
March 28

Children's workshop
5:00-6:30 pm
Adult workshop
7:00-8:30 pm
April 4

Children's workshop
5:00-6:30 pm
Adult workshop
7:00-8:30 pm
April 7

Food Truck Friday
5:30-9:30 pm
Town Center Park
to register for workshops and purchase lantern workshop materials. The NGAA is also selling grab-and-go kits for just $8.

DIY Lanterns
for Chantelle Rytter’s (the founder of the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade!) great lantern tutorials.

Pre-Made Lanterns
Not really into the whole DIY thing? You can purchase pre-made lanterns here!
glow in the park FAQs
Shedding a little light on your burning questions.
Do I need a lantern to walk in the parade?
Yes, you do. That’s kinda what we mean by “lantern parade”….
What exactly do you mean by “lantern”?
A simple, decorated, orb-on-a-stick lit with battery-operated LEDs (no live flames permitted!). The lanterns are carried, not released.
Can I set off flying lanterns, like from Tangled?!
No. They are not permitted and they set fires as they fall back to earth as flaming litter.
Where do I get a lantern?
Make one! The NGAA is hosting lantern making workshops leading up to the event, and Pinterest if full of ideas. You can also purchase a pre-made lantern online. The NGAA is also selling grab-and-go kits for just $8.
My dog would like to attend, even though he doesn’t light up.
Dogs, kids, strollers, and wagons are all welcome in the parade (lit or otherwise) (lit would be way cooler though).
What is the cost of the event?
Completely free – Electric Avenue concert included!
Do I need a ticket?
No registration or sign up necessary – just show and glow!
What if I just want to watch the parade?
Every parade needs spectators! Click here to view the parade route.
Can I fly my drone?
Nope
What if I trick my drone out with lights?
Still no.