Not Your “Same Old” Summer

Sometimes it’s the little things we don’t notice that become the big things we miss. Ever had someone point something out on a street you drive every day and never noticed? With an overload of data we are absorbing, our brains create routine out of the familiar as protection. This issue is about fresh looks – taking some time to notice our surroundings and see the summer in a new light. I’m so excited about Amplify Decatur returning (page 13). Not only will the community enjoy the sounds of legends in the music industry, but it will benefit from festival proceeds committed to fight homelessness and poverty. Listen through those ears in April. You probably go past homes spotlighted for the Druid Hills Tour without a second thought. This year as you step inside, take a moment to think about the work of the architects, builders, designers and landscapers who’ve contributed over the years (page 9). See the steep gables of Tudor Revival homes differently when you learn about conditions in 1485 England that contributed to the style (page 6). The City of Decatur with community involvement is taking a fresh look at growth and asking hard questions about what it means in terms of affordable housing and diversity (page 26). And you can even shake up the way you see your wellness goals and self-care. See whether a health and wellness coach is the next move for you (page 28). There are really great things happening (see our Calendar of Events on page 30) in the area and organizations doing impressive work (see Pet’s Picks page 23). It’s up to us to notice.

Natalie Gregory

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Amplify Decatur Music Festival

April 13

Get ready to groove to an all-star lineup of musical artists, including Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy. Rock out knowing that ticket sales support efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness through Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Bottom line: great tunes for a great mission. For more information and tickets sales, check out and

Atlanta Film Festival

April 4 to 14

Celebrate all things film—whether you’re a filmmaker, industry professional or film lover. This festival is one of only two dozen to qualify for an Academy Award. Grab a ticket and your popcorn - who knows, maybe you’ll rub elbows with a celebrity or two. Find details at

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens

April 12 to 14

One of the longest running and premiere tour of homes in the nation, the 2019 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens celebrates its 51st year with six homes and one garden that feature the work of master architects, interior designers, general contractors and landscape designers. This year’s tour has “gone green” with homes close together and very walkable. To that end, there will be no trolley service. Visitors are welcome to walk, ride bikes, scooters or drive.

Individual and discounted group tickets may be purchased in advance at Proceeds from the tour benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13

11 a.m.

Hop on over to the annual Decatur Business Association Easter egg hunt. The Easter bunny arrives at 10:30 am, and the hunt begins at 11 sharp for all age groups. Stick around after your baskets are filled for arts and crafts by Treehouse Kid & Craft, story time with Little Shop of Stories, and snacks from Steel City Pops and First Baptist Church of Decatur.

Front lawn of First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave.

Concerts on the Square

Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25

7 p.m.

Evening concerts on the Decatur square are always a treat. Stop by one of the city’s beloved restaurants ahead of time, and bring a blanket and a friend to enjoy a musical escape.

Blue Sky Concerts

Wednesdays, May 1, 15


Midweek blues getting the best of you?  Blue Sky Concerts will be sure to clear them.  Bring a sandwich or stop by your favorite lunch spot on the way to the downtown square in Decatur.  Concerts begin at noon and are sure to brighten up your week.

Decatur Lantern Parade

Friday, May 10 

9 p.m.

Light up the night! Kick off Arts Month and celebrate the start of summer with the Decatur Arts Alliance and Decatur Education Foundation at the lantern parade. Gather at Color Wheel Studio after 8 p.m., then parade to the downtown square.

Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided. Sign up for all sorts of lantern making workshops including lantern hats, illuminated parasols, globe lanterns and more. These will be hosted by Color Wheel Studio in the two weeks preceding the parade.

For more information and lantern making resources visit Color Wheel Studio is located at 508 E. Howard Ave.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

May 25 to 26

Relax and enjoy live jazz music from various local and national jazz artists against the Atlanta skyline in Piedmont Park. This jazz festival is the country’s largest free jazz festival. So grab a blanket and picnic basket and head to the park for some moving music. Find details at

Decatur Arts Festival

Friday, May 24

5 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 31st Annual Decatur Arts Festival will be a celebration of the arts that includes a juried artists market, children’s festival, new dance, literary arts, performing arts stage and a concert on the square. There will also be a fine arts exhibition. The ArtWalk opens the festival on Friday evening.

Discover new artists and festival favorites as you explore more than 150 artist booths lining Ponce de Leon Avenue. The annual market is full of high-quality artwork and attracts artists from all over the Southeast and beyond. Eat lunch or a cool treat in front of the bandstand and enjoy a full-line up of dynamic, high-energy live stage performances.

Details are available at

The Secret Gardens of Avondale

Saturday, June 1

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what’s behind those well-manicured front gardens of the homes in Avondale Estates? The Avondale Estates Garden Club is reinvigorating the once popular Avondale garden tours of the past with the debut of the Secret Gardens of Avondale Tour. Plein-air artists will be working on site in the six featured gardens which range from well-established to emerging landscapes.

Tickets are $15 if purchased before the tour and $20 the day of.  Children under 12 are free, though strollers and pets are not permitted.

Summer 2019 DL Exclusives

A night to remember with Jeff Tweedy, R&B/Gospel legend Mavis Staples and many more

Party on the square

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