Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Art Festival at Rose Lawn, independence fiesta and puppy plunge today. Look ahead at Sept. 21-23 events.

Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Art Festival at Rose Lawn, independence fiesta and puppy plunge today. Look ahead at Sept. 21-23 events.

The annual Art Festival at Rose Lawn. File photo.

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Arts Festival at Rose Lawn will celebrate its 43rd year this weekend. Visitors can be assured that both honor and tradition holds true with many new artists and entertainers to be discovered. The festival will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of Rose Lawn Museum in Cartersville. The juried festival will have 150 artists and food vendors selected from across the southeast.  Famous for its potters, the festival also offers jewelry artisans, wood crafters, basket weavers, painters, photographers, beekeepers, seamstresses, quilters, fiber artists, and more.  Guided tours of the Historic Rose Lawn Museum will be offered throughout the weekend. Hosted by Bartow County Government, the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is open free of charge. Museum tours are $7 per person. Rose Lawn is at 224 W. Cherokee Ave. in downtown Cartersville.  Free shuttle service is available from parking areas at the Frank Moore Building on Cherokee Avenue, and from the School Street parking area adjacent to the Bartow County Library.

Fiestas Patrias, or “Patriotic Festival,” sponsored by the Hispanic Community of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Ridge Ferry Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A blending of cultures, Sept. 16 also marks Independence Day for Mexico. There will be games, Latino food vendors and folkloric dancing. Also: The coronation of the new ‘patriotic queen.’ This event is a fundraiser for the Hispanic Community toward their annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival in December. Open to all.

Puppy Plunge at the Northside Swim Center from 1-5 p.m. Bring your pups to have some fun in the sun and pawrty with us at Northside Swim Center, 501 Kingston Ave., Rome. We will be having a DJ, Doggy Demos, and more. Snickers the Tracking Dog will make an appearance. Proceeds to benefit the Floyd County Sheriff K9-Unit and the Rome-Floyd County Special Olympics. Schedule: 1-2 p.m.: Small/Medium Dog Swim (49 lbs and below); 2- 3:30 p.m.: Doggy Demos; and 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Large Dog Swim (50 lbs and above). Tickets are $15 and include a T-shirt and doggy bags. All dog must be current on vaccinations.

A look ahead at some events happening next weekend, Sept. 21-23:

Saint Mary’s School Fall Bazaar is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The family style festival is a community event and includes games, prizes, inflatables, bingo, face painting, cupcake walk, bake sale, dunk tank, used book sale, silent auction and more.Also featuring a Village of Vendors with everything from handmade jewelry, to harvest decorations, to hairbows. Food also will be available including barbecue from the Knights of Columbus, pizza, hot dogs, cotton candy and more. The school is at 401 E. Seventh St. SE just off Turner McCall. For more: Saint Mary’s School

The 11th Annual Rome Beer Festival, a fundraiser to benefit the Rome Area Council for the Arts, at Heritage Park from 1-5 p.m. You can sample 150 different beers from Georgia and around the world. Get general admission tickets at The Foundry Growler Bar and Mellow Mushroom and all ticket types can be purchased at hereUpdates.

Cave Spring Pig Out BBQ and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and watch as teams compete to see who makes the best barbecue and cast your vote in the Peoples Choice category. There will also be a car show, vendors, activities, Jesse Slay will be performing and there is free admission.

Hand-built cardboard boats compete in the Rolater Regatta from 10 a.m. to noon on Rolater Lake in Rolater Park, Cave Spring. Find rules online, Cost is $25 to race. This fundraiser is sponsored by Alton Holman Heritage Arts to support our children’s heritage arts workshops.

The Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo will be bring dozens of paddlers from across North Georgia and beyond will launch on the Etowah River in Bartow County to celebrate the river and raise funds to create a 163-mile-long boating trail stretching from near Dahlonega to Rome. The event will feature a 6-mile paddle on the Etowah from Hardin Bridge Road near Euharlee to Neel’s Landing near Kingston. The paddle will be followed by a dinner catered by Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse with beer provided by the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery. Cost of the event is $75 per person (or $130 for two tickets) and includes complimentary canoe or kayak rentals courtesy of Euharlee Creek Outfitters and Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), dinner and drinks, shuttle service, a complimentary copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide and raffle tickets to win the Cedar Creek Park gift certificate. The registration deadline is Sept. 20.  The event begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m.. For more: Etowah.

LOCAL RIVER LEVELS: If you’re on the water this weekend …

Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report

Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report

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