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.

Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Tomorrow

Garry Mealor, "Strained," transparent watercolor, 28" x 17"

Tuesday, May 19 • 5:15-7 pm
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 – Molly Rose Freeman, Ben Goldman, and Amanda Hellman. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Held in conjunction with the May meeting of the Decatur Business Association. Free parking in the Agnes Scott Parking deck (entrance on South McDonough Street). Get a sneak peek and more info on the exhibition here.

Artwork: Garry Mealor, “Strained,” transparent watercolor, 28″ x 17″

Volunteer at the Festival!

Our annual hometown arts event begins in less than two weeks. There are plenty of different opportunities for you to get involved. Most involve committing just a couple of hours of time. Shifts begin with setup on Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning at 7-10 am, through Sunday early evening. You can help welcome guests, boothsit during artist breaks, or assist with the silent auction, the Kids Art area, Decatur Makers and more. All volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt.

Already registered with Volunteer Decatur? Click here to look at open Arts Festival shifts.
To sign up with Volunteer Decatur, click here to get started

Questions? Email or call the Decatur Visitor Center at 678-615-0915.

Poster Unveiling Tonight on the Square

May 7 • 5:30-7:30 pm • on the square in downtown Decatur
Join us and be one of the first to see this year’s Arts Festival poster. Take home a copy of the festival poster, enjoy an artsy springtime picnic on the square – catered by Tonya Burkett of Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant – and kick off arts month in Decatur with a pop of color! Thanks to Tonya as well as General Wholesale Beverage for providing drinks and Jimmy Galloway for music for the event.

Celebrate the arts all through May!

Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and this year’s festival bursts with artful opportunities and events — artist market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events, dance performances and more! But remember there’s plenty of fun to be had at the pre-festival events too.

Take a stroll downtown during Sidewalk Saturdays, a pop-up, street-side art event. Enjoy engaging storytellers, musicians, dancers and more May 2-16. Join us for the 2015 festival poster unveiling on the old courthouse square May 7. See exhibits at shops, galleries and restaurants on May 22 during Artwalk, Decatur’s largest one-night gallery event – now with a DJ and fire twirler.

Call for Artists for 2015 Fine Arts Exhibition

The Decatur Arts Alliance is now accepting entries for the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2015 Decatur Arts Festival. Artist applications will be accepted through Jan. 5 through Feb. 23.

The Alliance invites artists working in all media to apply for the juried exhibition that is a part of the 27th annual 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. All works must be original and completed within the last two years.

Pictured: Fantome du Carnivale by Ernie Fournet (Colored pencil, 18 x 30 in.)

Read more here.

Last Call—Sunday, June 8

Join us for the closing of the Fine Arts Exhibition at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery in the Dana Fine Arts Building this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We’ll hear from some of the artists, share refreshments and enjoy some music. Free parking in the Agnes Scott parking deck (entrance on S. McDonough Street).

Take a peek at the exhibit here.