Celebrate the Arts Memorial Day Weekend

Music, Artist Market, Kids Festival, Dance, Comedy,
Fine Art Exhibit, Food Trucks, And Beer

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 | Downtown Decatur

Spend the day on and around the square! 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. Enjoy hours of bluesy licks, funky beats, classic pop, jazz, rock, smooth country, and West African rhythms that get your feet tapping. Have a laugh at Decatur LOL and let the kiddos play at the Kids Festival Saturday.

Kick Off the Festival Weekend with Artwalk

Friday, MAY 27 | 5-10 pm

Decatur’s largest one-night art experience returns with a fire twirler and stilt walker! Stroll around town to see exhibits at various shops and galleries and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Beer will be for sale at East Court Square including a special brew by Three Taverns – 3 Day IPA. See the full list of participating shops here.

Mingle with the Artists at the Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception

Tuesday, May 24  |  5:15-7 PM  |  Free
Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building, Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.

Be among the first to view an intriguing collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media selected by this year’s distinguished jury. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. The Fine Arts Exhibition attracts submissions from regional and national artists. Find out more and take a sneak peek at the exhibit here.

Poster Unveiling Party on the Square

Thursday, May 5  |  5:30-7:30 pm  |  Free
Community Bandstand in Downtown Decatur

Join us for the unveiling of the 2016 Decatur Arts Festival Poster, featuring a painting by Micah Mullen. Take home a copy of the festival poster, and enjoy an artsy springtime party on the square – with drinks and refreshments provided by Three Taverns Brewery, Creature Comforts, Burnt Hickory, Decatur Package Store, and Tonya Burkett of Cook’s Warehouse, music by Sydney Rhame, and décor by Swagalicious!

More details about the poster here.

Showcase Your Business to 70,000 Festival Attendees in May

Reserve Your Ad Space Now in the 2016 Arts Festival Program

Act now to reserve advertising space in the official program of the 2016 Decatur Arts Festival. The full color program presents complete information about Arts Festival attractions, events, performances, directions, maps and parking information. It is distributed throughout Decatur beginning in early May. See the 2015 program here.

Your advertising supports the Decatur Arts Festival, and your message reaches 70,000 happy festival-goers from Decatur and beyond. Contact Mary Flad at maryflad@gmail.com or 404-435-5661 to reserve your space.

Download an ad rate sheet here.

2017 fine arts exhibition call for entries

Pictured: Scott Eakin, “Hands on the Wheel,” acrylic on panel, 48″ x 48”

Submit your entries for the juried Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2017 Decatur Arts Festival. We invite artists working in all media to apply. Artist applications will be accepted through callforentry.org Jan. 9 through Feb. 27. Jurors this year are Anne Collins Smith, Yu-Kai Lin, and Phil Proctor.

This exhibition contributes a fresh and unique perspective to the festival and to an audience representing a broad spectrum of knowledge and appreciation of the arts, addressing this spectrum with a diversity of styles and media. Works selected for the show reflect a wide range of artists’ experiences and viewpoints, with excellence as a common thread. All works must be original and completed within the last two years.

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Live Music All Weekend

Saturday, May 23 • Sunday, May 24
Community Bandstand on the square • Free

We’ve got an exciting lineup of notable new acts including Baby Bee, Kristin Diable, Karp-Foley Band, and this year’s headliner Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project.
Ed Roland has put together this talented group of musicians and friends to perform a masterful blend of country, reggae, pop, blues, funk, rock and even some hints of gospel. Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project will perform on Saturday at 3:30. Get ready for a lively, foot-stomping show that you won’t forget!

See the full line-up for Saturday and Sunday here.

Kick Off Arts Festival Weekend With ArtWalk

13002_StarrHill-Grateful_pintFriday, May 26 • 5-10 pm
Kick off the Decatur Arts Festival with the city’s largest one-night gallery event – now with a DJ and fire twirler! See exhibits at 20 shops, galleries, and restaurants and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Beer will be on sale at East Court Square so drop by to visit beer sponsors Red Brick and Starr Hill, plus local brewers Three Taverns, Wild Heaven, Blue Tarp, and Twain’s.

Pick up a free map card at any ArtSpot or see all the locations online here.