The Decatur Book Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, from Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 1st, 2019. Much of it is free and open to the public.
There are a few events, like the Keynote Address that are free but require a ticket, because space is limited. And some events may have a fee.
The festival is huge, taking place in more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Decatur. Listing the entire festival schedule here is beyond what we can manage, so we’re just hitting the highlights.
The highlight of the festival is the many authors who come to Atlanta to talk about their work. This year, as always, you’ll be able to hear from award-winning, best-selling, and thought-provoking authors. You may even be able to shake some hands and get some books signed — there’s usually a meet-and-greet after each talk.
On Saturday and Sunday, the streets around the Decatur Square will be lined with vendors!
We think it’s fun to just wander the streets and browse. But if you’re more structured than that, find a list of exhibitors and booksellers here.
There are two parades, kicking off the day’s events on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Both start at the Community Bandstand on the Decatur Square.
- Saturday, August 31 — gather at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. start
Bring your teddy bear and join Ryan T. Higgins, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the “Mother Bruce” series, in the march to the Children’s Stage.
More info here.
- Sunday, September 1 — gather at 11:30 a.m. for a 11:45 a.m. start
Beloved children’s book character Pete the Cat and his creator James Dean will lead the Sunday children’s parade.
More info here.
Take the Blue Line train to the Decatur Station, exit, and you’re here!
MARTA’s Decatur Bus Station is also right in the heart of DBF.
As with most popular events, there is a detailed MARTA Guide to help you get to the Decatur Book Festival.
Parking can be tricky in downtown Decatur under the best of circumstances, but there are paid lots and decks available.
More Labor Day Weekend fun around Atlanta:
Friday, August 30, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019