Amplify My Community Concert
Saturday, April 14
Noon to 11 p.m.
It’s time for tunes at this one day festival with music, food and beverage vendors, and a ticketed concert beginning at 5 p.m. The all-star Americana lineup includes The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Amanda Shires, and Parker Millsap. All proceeds will be given to Decatur Cooperative Ministries to support their work helping the homeless in Decatur and DeKalb County. Get tickets and find more details at amplifydecatur.org.
The Community School Yard Sale
April 20 to 21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Someone’s trash might become your treasure. The Community School (TCS) is hosting its first-ever community yard sale. TCS works to provide educational and transition services to adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Find a bargain and support great programs by shopping here.
Druid Hills Tour of Homes
April 20 to 22
Every spring the historic Druid Hills neighborhood comes alive with light and color as the plants and trees in our parks, gardens, and yards begin to bloom. It’s celebrated with the annual Tour of Homes & Gardens. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tour and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Druid Hills Civic Association. Beyond the six treasured homes and six gardens of urban oasis, don’t miss the premiere of the documentary, “Druid Hills: History Happens Here.” Join the festivities with great food and wine, concerts featuring local musicians, arts and crafts by Georgia artists and Emory Village hospitality. Trolley service is available for participants. Get tickets and plan your weekend at Druidhillstour.org
Decatur Lantern Parade 2018
Friday, May 11
Celebrate the arts and the start of summer at the Decatur Lantern Parade. Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided. Gather at Color Wheel Studio after 8 p.m., then parade to the downtown square along with the Black Sheep Marching Ensemble. Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Avenue. For more information and lantern making resources visit decaturlanternparade.com.
Friday, May 25
5 to 10 p.m.
Decatur’s largest one-night art experience returns this Memorial Day Weekend. Stroll around town to see exhibits at various shops and galleries and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Beer will be on sale at East Court Square. Free and open to the public.
Decatur Arts Festival Artists Market
Saturday, May 26
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 27
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Artists Market features more than 150 artists selected through a competitive jury process. The annual market is known for its high quality of artwork and attracts artists from all over the Southeast and beyond. Represented media categories include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, jewelry, glass, leather, fiber, metal, ceramic, and more. Welcome back your favorites and visit the many new artists who have joined us this year. The works of several accomplished area artist guilds are featured as well. Don’t miss the collections from Georgia Goldsmith’s Guild, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and Atlanta Glass Guild. Downtown Decatur.
Kids Arts Festival
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kids Arts Festival kicks off with a parade, complete with art, music, clowns, inflatables and more! Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Marching begins at 9:50 am. Dress up your kids and decorate your strollers, bikes, and trikes. Join the parade and show your artistic spirit. The coolest decorated ride wins a prize. After the parade, enjoy arts and crafts, music, balloons, juggling, clowns, inflatables, and new this year, a gaming truck for kids of all ages. There will hot dogs for sale as well. Most activities are free or for a small donation.
Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Friends of the Decatur Library will host its annual Memorial Day holiday book sale on the lawn in front of the Decatur Library. Proceeds provide funds for library materials and children’s and adults programs. If it rains, don’t worry; the sale will be in the front lobby of the library. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street.
Summer in the City . . . Where Beach Meets the Street
5 to 11 p.m.
Inland downtown Decatur becomes your favorite beach for a day at Summer in the City. The annual event is an exciting, beach-themed, performance-rich celebration. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and includes all activities, live music, and 60 tons of sand to share! Proceeds benefit downtown development projects.
Celebrate July 4th in Decatur
Get on your feet and join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on Independence Day. Gather friends and family, then ride a 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. The parade begins at 6 p.m. The Concert on the Square starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand and features the Callanwolde Concert Band. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.).
Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, August 11th
Cold beer, Tasty BBQ and great tunes is what you will find at the 18th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival. Once again, the festival brings the sights, sounds and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with more than 7 hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local, regional and national acts. This is a family friendly event that is fun for all ages. Kids 12 and under are free. Oakhurst, Decatur. Find more info at Decaturbbqfestival.com.