If you live in or around Decatur, Georgia — or are planning to travel there — consider yourself in luck, as there are many great festivals in the city the year round. Here are some of the best of them:
1. Decatur Arts Festival
The Decatur Arts Festival features great music, an artist market and lots of great food and music. There is also an area specially dedicated to children and events that will interest them. Best of all, the festival is completely free of charge and goes on no matter what the weather happens to be.
2. BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival
The BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival is presented by the Decatur Preservation Alliance and benefits the Community Center of South Decatur. There you can enjoy the very best in blues and bluegrass while indulging in even better Southern barbecue food. Kids 12 and under get free admission when accompanied by an adult, and you can bring your own beach chairs.
3. AJC Decatur Book Festival
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is one of the biggest book festivals in the entire country, and the largest independent one. The festival features book signings from many top authors as well as author readings and panel discussions. There is also an interactive children’s area, plenty of music and a number of cooking demonstrations, too. What’s more, the festival is open to everyone and is completely free of charge.
4. Decatur Craft Beer Festival
The Decatur Craft Beer Festival features great beer and music in downtown Decatur. With the price of admission, you get a special beer tasting glass, with which you can taste brews from more than 80 different craft breweries. If you are planning to attend the event from out of town, they suggest you stay in one of the fine hotels nearby.
5. Decatur Wine Festival
The Decatur Wine Festival lets you taste wine from all over the world, with proceeds going to the Decatur Arts Alliance, which puts on the Decatur Arts Festival. In addition to fine wine, they have also great food and music, and there is a art walk, too, which features lots of great local artists.