Friday, May 11 • 9 p.m. • Downtown Decatur

decatur lantern parade 2018

Celebrate the arts and the start of summer 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 Marching 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


Monday, May 14; 7-8pm; Solarium

Quarterly Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

May 22 – Georgia Primary Voting
(Early voting begins April 30)
There are important elections in 2018 –  REMEMBER TO VOTE! 
To view candidates and polling locations:

Tuesday, May 22; 5:15-7pm; Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College

Decatur Business Association hosts:


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. 

Friday, May 25

artwalk | arts festival 2018

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 for more information.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 and 27  |

Downtown Decatur comes alive on Memorial Day weekend for the annual Decatur Arts Festival. The festival takes over downtown, extending from the Decatur Recreation Center to the downtown square, including East and West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clairemont Avenue and the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College.

This year’s festival will be bursting 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. And don’t forget the pre-festival events – starting with this year’s poster unveiling on May 10 – and art celebrations throughout the month including  ArtWalk, the Fine Arts Exhibition, DeKalb History Center Exhibits, and The Decatur Artway.

Saturday, March 10; 2-5pm; United Methodist Children’s Home property

Refining Ideas for UMCH

For each workshop, the project team will get everyone on the same page with an initial summary of information to-date — ideas collected at the kick-off, significant aspects of the site, and the general physical characteristics we have to work with.

(Note: this workshop will begin with further opportunity to tour the campus, including some key buildings open for viewing. If you missed our four-hour kick-off, this option offers a second chance to explore.)

Thereafter, we’ll break into table discussions to drill down on and map various ideas and explore how each might contribute to or otherwise further Decatur’s strategic goals.

We’ll end with an opportunity to ask questions, share the outcomes of our conversations and, if need be, affix additional ideas to our imagination boards.

Make plans now to attend. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, March 10; Decatur High School Gym

Harlem Wizards Basketball – Trick Hoops and Alley Oops!

Decatur High School Gym

5:00 pm Food Trucks Open
6:00 pm Gym Doors Open
(Courtside Plus Ticket Holders – Meet & Greet with Wizards Players)
6:30 pm Wiz Kids Warm Up
(Any Kid in Wizards’ Jerseys can help the Wizards players warm up on the court!)
7:00 pm Game Time!

For more information and tickets:

Saturday, March 10; 8:30 am – 1 mile; 9 am – 5K; 10 am – Tot trot

Tour DeCatur

Decatur’s largest 5K event happens each March and brings out 3,000+ residents from age 2-82. The tour features a one-mile fun run and tot trot, in addition to the 5K so be sure to bring the whole family. Number pick-up takes place at the Tour Expo, held the Friday before the run, and features some favorite teachers taking a pie in the face. To register:

Wednesday, March 14; 4-6pm; Community Room of Public Works Building, 2635 Talley St

Informational meeting regarding Proposed Rezoning of East Decatur Station area

Over the past few years, the City of Decatur has undertaken a review of the current zoning of the area known as East Decatur Station. The City of Decatur proposes the rezoning of the East Decatur Station area from C3 (Heavy Commercial District) to MU (Mixed-Use District). An informal public open house has been scheduled to update property owners within and adjacent to the area.