A jam-packed Sunday here at the festival starts off at 11 am when the artists market opens for browsing. Performances begin at noon. Did we mention that this is all free?
There’s a performance on the Community Bandstand every hour beginning with Sehwe Village Percussion, followed by Dean Johanesen, Bonaventure Quartet, and the famous Randall Bramblett. Geoff Achison, at 4 pm, wraps up the festival. Read all about the music lineup here.
Check out the Acoustic Palette tent in front of the Art Institute on W. Ponce and treat yourself to the wonderful Elise Witt at 12:30 and the delightful Skipperdees at 2 pm.
Wanna laugh? Sure you do! We’ve got all kinds of comedy: comedy magician Ken Scott at noon (Old Courthouse / DeKalb History Center), and in the LOL tent on the MARTA plaza you’ll find Whole World improv at 1 pm and at 4 pm, Open Mic at 3 pm.
Meet children’s book author Brooke Barad at 1:30 pm, get in the groove with Mishara Duncan and Zumba dance at 2 pm, and enjoy a show by puppeteer Peter Hart at 3:30 pm, all in the Old Courthouse DeKalb History Center at Ponce and Clairemont. These events are part of the festival’s literary arts programming. While you’re there, check out the DeKalb History Center exhibits.
Take a dance class with Beacon Dance Artistic Director D. Patton White! Today at 1 pm he will lead participants in the basic steps of east cost swing and salsa dancing. So you have fun AND learn from a master, right? And it’s free! Two-step your way over to the Decatur Recreation Dance Studio at 231 Sycamore St. for that — it’s OK, this is the Arts Festival. Creative walking encouraged. Afterward, enjoy performances at 2:30 pm and at 4 pm of seven short dance works. Get the details here.
Ongoing: the Fine Arts Exhibition at the Agnes Scott Gallery is a big show with 45 works of art on display in a variety of media. A little off the beaten path, totally worth the short walk (or bike trip, scoot or drive). If you don’t get there today you have through June 8 to check it out when we host the “Last Call” event.
Decatur Library has “Storybook Look: Illustrations by Southern Artists,” a show you can see now and through June 8.
And of course the artists market is in full swing on Ponce and Clairemont and the MARTA plaza. Browse your way through 165 booths and see what catches your eye!
Hungry? New this year is a delicious line-up of the area’s best food trucks, all open for business on E. Court Square. And of course you have your choice of Decatur’s famous restaurants all over downtown Decatur, Oakhurst Village and other nearby hot spots. You can see that complete list here.
See you on the square in downtown Decatur!