Special Events

Special Events

Special Events Coordinator
Marybeth  Stockdale
105 East Main St, Ste 142 Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 517-6788


Woodstock Parks and Recreation's annual event calendar promises something for everyone. Most special events are held in the Park at City Center (101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA 30188). In some circumstances like extreme weather, event details like date, time, and/or location may need change so please check our website and/or social media before heading out.

Downloadable Event Calendar

Arbor Day
Friday, February 16th

Celebrate all things green with our annual free tree seedling giveaway! This year, 730 seedlings will be given away! This year’s varieties include Crepe Myrtle, Redbud, Persimmon, Bald Cypress, and Yellow Poplar. Each tree comes with a Tree Care Guide to help you care for, plant, and prune new and existing trees. The seedlings can be picked up between 8 am and 5 pm at the Woodstock City Hall Annex, William G. Long Senior Center, and Woodstock Visitor’s Center at Dean’s Store.
A tree will also be planted in the name of City of Woodstock Employees who are celebrating 20 years of employment. Congratulations to Parks and Recreation Office Manager, HEATHER GADDIS on her 20th Anniversary with the city!


Greenstock Day! Recycling & Paper Shredding Event
Saturday, April 20th

Please join us as Woodstock continues its journey to “Go Green”! RECYCLE & DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION EVENT will be held from 9 am – 1 pm at Woodstock Elementary School located at 230 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock. The City of Woodstock, Waste Management, Ecycle Atlanta, and A-1 Shredding & Recycling bring you a day for recycling! For a list of all acceptable items visit www.WoodstockParksandRec.com. Drive through, we will unload for you! All collections will be done free of charge, except for TV’s which require a fee of $25, Projection TV’s $40, CRT Monitors $10, and LCD Monitors $5. No credit/debit cards or checks. Cash only, please.


City Wide Yard Sale

Weekend of April 20th

The Great American Cleanup organizes millions of volunteers in activities that encourage individual stewardship for the environment and care for the community. Efforts in litter prevention and removal, waste reduction, recycling, beautification, and community greening result in cleaner, greener, safer, and more beautiful public spaces. To help celebrate Earth Week and support the Great American Cleanup, residents are encouraged, city-wide, to hold yard sales! Sign up on our website to have your yard sale added to the list on our website, flyer, e-mail blast, CraigsList.com, interactive map, and newspaper ads free of charge. Sorry, only your address and subdivision name will be listed. Deadline to list your yard sale is April 2, 2024. 


Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27th

The City of Woodstock, along with the American Legion Post 316, MGen Warren R. Johnson Marine Corps League Detachment 1311, Warriors’ Watch Riders, and other local veteran’s groups, honor those who fought and died to keep us free. Join us on Memorial Day for a special service of remembrance in The Park at City Center. Visit the Woodstock Memorial, 10 tons of polished granite dedicated to our Woodstock Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. Ceremony begins at 10:00 am.


July 4th Spectacular!
Thursday, July 4th

Parade: The 28th Annual July 4th Spectacular Parade kicks off the daylong celebration at 10:00 am. starting at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd. It then travels down Main St. to Sam’s Club at Hwy 92.
Festival: After the parade, join us in The Park at City Center until 3:00 pm for food, DJ Ronnie, carnival games, HUGE FOAM PARTY, bubble making, inflatables, arts and crafts, and vendors of all types.
Fireworks: The day concludes with fireworks at dusk behind the Lowes shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. See our website for traffic directions for the fireworks show.
5K Race: 27th Annual Woodstock Freedom Run at 7:00 am. WoodstockFreedomRun.com


May & September Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursdays in May & September

Free lunchtime concerts in The Park at City Center from 12 pm to 1 pm. A great Mothers Morning Out activity! So, bring a chair, pack a lunch, or take out lunch from one of our great downtown restaurants and enjoy!

9/11 Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, September 11th

Please join us as we remember, on this 23rd anniversary, those we have lost, and the service men and women, who continue to fight for our freedom. We honor the men and women wearing the uniform of police, fire, and rescue. Visit our 9/11 Memorial that features two subway tracks recovered from beneath the crumbles of the World Trade Center. We will also be giving out a limited supply of 9/11 Remembrance lapel pins. Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm in The Park at City Center.


Sunset Symphony
Sunday, September 29th

Join us for one of our favorite concerts of the year when the 80 piece Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band comes to the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater! Bring your picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing evening out on the lawn. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Visit website for musical program.


Halloween Trail of Tricks & Treats

Thursday, October 31st

The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department will host the 5th Annual Halloween Trail of Tricks & Treats on October 31st from 4 pm to 8 pm on the PAVED & LIGHTED Rubes Creek Trail across from Fire Station 14 on Arnold Mill Road. This free event features carnival games, hands on giant bubble making, crafts, kid’s activities, music, characters, and fun displays along the trail to entertain children as they stroll along with their families’ collecting treats from our vendors! Come walk the trail and depart with lots of treats, trinkets, toys, and happy memories! Event held on Halloween as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, except on Sundays, then event is held on Saturday.


Veterans Day Celebration

‘Tis the Season to be Green! Recycle & Paper Shredding Event
Saturday, November 16th

Clean house the environmental way! Electronics, batteries, cell phones, paper shredding, etc. See website for a list of acceptable items www.WoodstockParksandRec.com. The event is open from 9 am – 1 pm at the Woodstock Elementary School Parking Lot, 230 Rope Mill Rd. Drive through, we will unload for you! All collections will be done free of charge, except for TV’s which require a fee of $25, Projection TV’s $40, CRT Monitors $10, and LCD Monitors $5. No credit/debit cards or checks. Cash only, please.


Christmas Jubilee & Parade of Lights!
Sunday, December 8

Parade: Kick off the holiday season with the 28th Annual Christmas Jubilee & Parade of Lights at 5:30 pm. The parade starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd. It travels down Main St. to Sam’s Club at Highway 92. 
Festival: After the parade, walk over to The Park at City Center and visit Santa with your wish list! Our Mayor and Santa will flip the switch to light the 30’ Christmas tree! They will announce the six winners of the Best Parade Floats. Music by Ronnie the DJ! Free cupcake decorating, crafts, hot cocoa, apple cider, winter themed carnival games, snow machine, inflatable, and the reading of the Polar Express by the Sequoyah Regional Library System (bring your chairs) with pictures on their 16’ screen! Start your Christmas shopping early with our vendors! Lots of food and entertainment for all!


Santa’s Mailbox
December 2nd – December 15th

Have the kids drop off their letters to Santa in the North Pole Express Mailbox! The mailbox is in the gazebo at The Park at City Center until Sunday, December 15th. Just before Christmas, they will receive a personalized letter back from Santa! Please remember to include a return address. No classroom projects, please.

Christmas Tree Chip & Dip
December 26th – January 15th

Throw away your Christmas tree the environmentally friendly way! Bring your Christmas trees to Olde Rope Mill Park starting the day after Christmas and we will feed them to our chipper. Then the following week, bring a shovel to the park and “dip” into the free mulch! Program runs through mid-January. Our Bring One for the Chipper event sponsored by the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign and the City of Woodstock Stormwater Department offers free tree seedlings at the park on January 4 th from 9 am to 4 pm. Coffee and donuts, too! Please no flocked, painted, or decorated trees since they poison our waterways.