Decatur, Georgia – Downtown Decatur will be bustling with people this weekend as the AJC Decatur Book Festival, Amplify Decatur Music Festival and Decatur Artists’ Market take over the city from October 1-3.
Amplify the Decatur music festival
The Amplify Decatur Music Festival arrives at Square on Friday October 1 and Saturday October 2. A free concert will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. with the band of Shawn Mullins, Ghoststories and Desmond Champion. The show is for general admission only and attendance is limited to 1,999 attendees, according to the Amplify Decatur website.
The Saturday festival will be led by the Indigo Girls and will feature John Paul White, Rodney Crowell and Blind Boys of Alabama, The Cactus Blossoms Duo and Michelle Malone. Indigo Girls will be the headliner of the event. The festival will run from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $ 60 for general admission, $ 150 for VIPs, and $ 250 for premium VIPs.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Amplify Decatur is brought to you by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic. All proceeds will go to the Decatur Co-operative Ministry to help their efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County.
For the Friday concert, Amplify Decatur requires all on-site vendors and volunteers to be vaccinated. The organizers also require that all participants, vendors and volunteers wear masks. Social distancing will be encouraged and hand washing stations will be set up throughout the festival.
For the paid Saturday festival, all participants must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. Amplify partners with Viral Solutions to offer free onsite testing to ticket holders.
AJC Decatur Book Festival
This year, the AJC Decatur Book Festival will be held all day Saturday, October 2 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with events starting at 10 a.m. The theme is “Diverse Voices Building Community” and the festival is presented by Emory University. Events will take place in person and virtually, according to the festival’s website.
– Five adult and young adult events in the church sanctuary;
– A picture book panel in a tent on the church lawn; and
– Pop-ups from bookstores and food vendors on the church lawn.
The festival definitely goes on the first weekend of October, rather than the Labor Day weekend. The Book Festival is presented by Emory University and will be a one-day limited event with five author events. The program will honor the festival’s commitment to showcase a variety of voices, connect readers and writers, and encourage empathy through reading and creative expression.
Participants are encouraged to register for events in advance and follow strict safety protocols, which include proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor events or providing a negative COVID-19 test performed. September 29 or later. Guests should also be prepared to sign a vaccine verification statement.
Masks are also mandatory at all times and attendance is limited to at least 50% of the capacity of the church.
Decatur Artists’ Market
The annual Decatur Arts Alliance Artists’ Market is known for its high-quality artwork. The market will be held on Saturday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday October 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Decatur Square. The market attracts artists from all over the South East and beyond. The works of several accomplished artists’ guilds in the region will be featured, according to the festival’s website. The collections will come from the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Food and drink vendors will be set up in the square. Participants can dine indoors or on the terraces of the local restaurants on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The festival is located in the city’s open container entertainment area, so guests can grab their cocktail or beer to go while browsing the market.
Festival attendees are encouraged to wear masks, and masks are required at Decatur companies that opt for the city’s face mask ordinance. Artist booths will be distributed to allow social distancing and sanitation stations will be scattered throughout the festival.
Deputy city manager Linda Harris previously told Decaturish that the artist market requires all artists and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to wear masks.
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