Saturday, September 9; 6-10pm; Decatur Cemetery

Decatur’s Dinner Party

For the fifth year, the City of Decatur and Global Growers are presenting Decatur’s Dinner Party. Enjoy an amazing dinner using food grown by Global Growers farmers and prepared by amazing chefs. Participating restaurants include: Brick Store, Chai Pani, Farm Burger, Kimball House, Leon’s, No. 246, Pine Street Market, Rising Son, Souper Jenny, Steinbecks, Atlanta Hyatt Regency, Taiyo and Twain’s. Contact:

for more information or to purchase tickets.


Tiny House Festival – featuring 20+ tiny houses, tiny talks, music and more.

Tickets are now available! For more information and tickets:

September 15-24

Welcoming Week

Friday, September 15

Welcoming America reception on the Bandstand

(look for more details in the September FOCUS and on Decatur social media)

Sunday, September 24; 5-7:30pm; Beacon Municipal Complex

We are Decatur: Building Community Through Conversations

The Better Together Advisory Board, local photographer Beate Sass and the Decatur Education Foundation invite the community to the unveiling of the I Am Decatur Photo project. Read the stories and join in a broad community conversation across differences. Event is free and reservations are required as space is limited. Contact Renae Madison to reserve a space:

Young Emerging Artists

Sunday Oct. 1 • 2-6 pm Arts event in the newly redesigned Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village. Artist entry deadline is September 1. Pay for booth fees online here. This wildly popular one-day arts event has been embraced by local students grades K-12 as a way to showcase their creativity and talent to the public. 

For more information:

Fifth Avenue 5k; Mayor’s Mile Run/Walk

Saturday, October 7; 9am


Saturday, October 14; 12-6pm

Receiving this loan is projected to save taxpayers about $3 million over the life of the loan.

From the GEFA press release:

The City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority was awarded an $11,452,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee.

Project and loan details:

The loan will finance the acquisition of 22.08 acres of land as part of the United Methodist Children’s Home land purchase of 77 total acres. This project will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation. 

The city will pay 1.70 percent interest on the 30-year loan. The loan will finance an eligible conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

The City anticipates completing the real estate transaction and closing on the property some time in August. The UMCH anticipates completing the move from the campus in the fall. The City plans to move some of the staff of the Active Living Division into office space and will use some of the athletic facilities such as the gym and fields. The city also budgeted some money for refurbishing the existing athletic fields. We will begin a Community Master Planning process in January 2018 which will include a number of public engagement opportunities designed to gather ideas from a broad range of community members and stakeholder groups. The goal will be to develop a master plan and create a long-range vision on use of existing buildings, open spaces and the entire property that mesh with our Strategic Plan.

Wednesdays, 4-7pm

Saturdays, 9am-1pm

The Decatur Farmers Markets boast proud residents and neighbors who are all about keeping it “Indie-Catur.” This market is a cornerstone for the local, independent movement for the Decatur community.

Both market days are located at 308 Clairemont Ave, on the corner of Commerce Street, in the “Pecan Grove” of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. With picnic benches and plenty of space to sit and enjoy the outdoor market, it’s a perfect place for families to gather. Look for the tents; you can’t miss us!

Are you an event planner, decorator, facilitator, or do you just enjoy being around people and involved in the community? Then this is an opportunity for you. The Better Together Advisory Board, local photographer Beate Sass, and the Decatur Education Foundation are seeking volunteers to assist in planning a communitywide event, “I Am Decatur: Building Community through Conversations.” This is a joint effort to kick off two ongoing community events: “We Are Decatur Community Conversations” and the “I Am Decatur photo project”. If interested, contact Renae Madison at renae.madison@ Save the date – Sunday, Sept. 24.

Deputy Chief Morrison comes to Decatur from DeKalb County, where she served as a Battalion Chief.