Friday, May 26 | 5-10 pm | All around Decatur
Free and open to the public

Decatur’s largest one-night art experience returns! 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. Visit the Artwalk page for more information.

Author Readings and Book Signings

Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St
Presented by the Georgia Center for the Book

For more information about these events, visit

Chuck Klosterman
X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century

Monday, May 22 | 7:15 pm

Chuck Klosterman’s tenth book collects his most intriguing pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times.

Man Martin in conversation with 
Teresa Weaver
The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome

Tuesday, May 23 | 7:15 pm

A two-time Georgia Author of the Year winner returns for an on-stage conversation with Teresa Weaver to discuss his latest novel, The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome. Martin is the author of Days Of The Endless Corvette, Paradise Dogs, and a daily comic strip, Inkwell Forest. Weaver is the former book critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a member of the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council.

Molly Brodak and
 Cory Martin
Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir and Love Sick: A Memoir
Thursday, May 25 | 7:15 pm

Brodak and Martin will appear in conversation to discuss their latest memoirs and conflicts behind them: absent fathers, unworthy men, loss and longing. Edgy and modern, both stories deal with the failures and frustrations in modern life. In addition to her memoir, Brodak is a poet with several published collections including A Little Middle of the Night, winner of the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize. Martin’s essays have appeared online at XOJane, The Mighty, and Elephant Journal. She is a yogi, the writer behind the documentary film “Titans of Yoga,” and the author of Yoga for Beginners.

Decatur Lantern Parade

Friday, May 12 | 9 pm | Downtown Decatur

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 Decatur Lantern Parade. Gather at Color Wheel Studio at 508 E. Howard Ave. after 8 pm, then parade to the downtown square along with the Black Sheep Ensemble.

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

For more information and lantern making resources visit Please note the Decatur Lantern Parade is battery powered. Flying lanterns are forbidden.

The parade is a joint venture with Decatur Education Foundation.
Photo credit: Beate Sass

Poster Unveiling Party at The Solarium

Thursday, May 4  |  5:30-7:30 pm  |  Free
The Solarium in Oakhurst | 321 Hill St.

Join us on Thursday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 pm for the unveiling of the 2017 Decatur Arts Festival Poster at the Solarium, 321 Hill St., in Oakhurst. It’s free!

Be among the first to see this year’s Arts Festival poster, featuring a painting by MILAGROS — mural and installation artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre. Take home a copy of the festival poster, and enjoy an artsy springtime party in Oakhurst with drinks and refreshments provided by Three Taverns, Arches Brewing, Steady Hand Brewing, and Decatur Package Store. Thanks also to Swagalicious, Bennett’s Market and Deli, Gigi’s Treats. Music by Jimmy Galloway.

More details about the poster here.

Submit Work Now for the 2017 Fine Arts Exhibition

Entry deadline is February 28   |

We invite artists working in all media to submit entries for the juried Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2017 Decatur Arts Festival. 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.

Artist applications will be accepted Jan. 9 through Feb. 28 through Learn more about the Fine Arts Exhibition and this year’s jurors here, or visit

Last Call Closing Reception

Sunday, June 12 | 4-6 pm | Free
Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building, Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.

Join the Decatur Arts Alliance and selected artists for brief discussions of the artists’ works. It’s your last chance to see this year’s intriguing collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media from regional and national artists. Find out more and take a peek at the exhibit here.

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.

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.