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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Pied Piper Parade

Thursday, July 4

Get on your feet and join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on July 4. Gather friends and family, ride your bike, walk or skate in this community parade – it’s for anyone and everyone! Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun too. And don’t forget your red, white and blue! Sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.


Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 10

The 19th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival will be held Saturday, August 10th, 2019 from 1pm – 9pm. You'll enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with 7+ hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local/regional/and national acts to Decatur, Georgia. This is a family friendly event that is fun for all ages. Purchase tickets at

Oakhurst Porchfest

Saturday, October 12

Porchfest, the ultimate grassroots music festival, is an afternoon when porches all over the neighborhood become stages and people meander from yard to yard, listening, hanging out and connecting with their neighbors. Winner of Best of Atlanta Neighborhood Festival in 2016, this unique and not-to-be-missed experience boasted 445 performers on 185 porches. To learn more about Porchfest, the lineup or to get involved as a host or performer, check out

Blue Sky Concerts

Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25

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.

Concerts on the Square

Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28

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. Concert begins at 7pm.

Decatur Wine Festival

Saturday, November 9

Taste wines from around the globe and enjoy music at metro Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival! The festival features nearly 500 wines at 70 tables for you to taste. Top local restaurants will sell foodie-worthy dishes inside the festival to help keep the good times rolling. Tickets available at

Summer 2019 DL Exclusives

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

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