Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby This Saturday!

This Saturday is one of the great annual events in Decatur – the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby!  All proceeds of this year’s Derby benefit Decatur Robotics. Raul sends along the details…

Come join us on October 7th to watch Decatur’s best community-led spectator sporting event!

Come see over 90 races take their turn down the hill in homemade soapbox derby cars.

Great food from Oakhurst Market, Steinbeck’s, Universal Joint, Matador, Steel City Pops and our neighborhood Bake Sale.

Beverage tent sponsored by The Faction, Red Hare Brewing, Three Taverns, Decatur Package & Publix.

For the full schedule go to

See you on Saturday!

Let the Music Play: Your Oakhurst Porchfest Schedule for 2017

It’s that time of year again: When Georgia’s largest organic free-range crowd-sourced music festival fills the street’s of Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. And once again it’s totally free of charge thanks to the voluntary contributions of almost a thousand people.

Presenting the line up for the 2017 Oakhurst Porchfest — 220 (!) individual performances on an equal number of porches, spread over seven hours in a square mile area.


Like years passed, we’ll have old-skool printed programs (available a few days prior) matched with a Google Map showing porches, performers, times, descriptions, food, and parking info. We’ve also got a few kids activities popping up in there. Generate a performance wish list on your computer in advance or fire it up on your phone as you walk around to build your experience along the way. Here’s all you need to do:

On a Desktop

Your browser window will show both the menu and the map. Notice how the menu is broken up by category layers — times and logistics — that you can turn on or off. Working directly with the map, you can zoom in and see all artists for any particular street or area, color and time coded to reflect when they’re playing. Click any performer and you’ll get specific details in the menu. Or, using the menu, click the drop-down arrow under each time slot and you’ll get the full list of performers. Clicking any particular one shows you their location on the map and gives you their details.

On Your Phone

Access the link using your phone’s browser. When the map appears, you’ll notice a white bar at the bottom labeled “Oakhurst Porchfest 2017.” Tap that bar and you get the menu. From there, it works pretty much just like on the desktop.

It’s that simple. So check it out now at to explore this year’s talent.

Further information and logistics are still coming together but as they do we’ll be releasing them here and on our website. But go ahead and start planning your day now.

See you October 14!

Turn It Up! The Oakhurst Porchfest Spotify Playlist – 2017

Do you love Oakhurst Porchfest so much that you wish you could take it with you everywhere?

Or maybe you’re the “lists and planning” type, who leaves nothing to chance and wishes you could to learn more about the 200+ band options available to you (an embarrassment of riches!) before you hit the pavement on Saturday, October 14th.

Well, we here at Porchfest HQ have been working on a bit of a treat for you.

We’ve combed through all the artists and bands scheduled to play this year’s event and cultivated a roughly 2 1/2 hour Spotify playlist to whet your appetite and showcase a sampling of our artist slate.

We think it turned out pretty rockin’.

Listen to it below, or better yet CLICK HERE and listen, save and shuffle it directly in the Spotify app.

Happy listening!

Pine LakeFest Is Back the Weekend of Oct 7-8

Here are all the details for the annual Pine LakeFest coming up in October.  If you’ve never been to Pine Lake, I would definitely recommend checking it out.  It’s one of the most unique neighborhoods inside outside the Perimeter…

Pine LakeFest–two days of art, live music, food and family fun—is held each October, on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake, Georgia. Pine Lake is located between Decatur and Stone Mountain, 4620 Lakeshore Drive, Pine Lake 30072. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. Admission and parking are free.

This festival brings together some of the region’s most talented artists and artisans, for a marketplace offering fine handmade art and crafts. Eight Decatur artists are among those featured at LakeFest this year. Jennifer Montgomery (aka Jen Monty) creates whimsical mixed-media sculptures at Jen Monty Studios in Decatur. Ruby Bock recently retired from careers as an art teacher and garden designer; her mixed-media pieces reflect her interest in garden design. Heather Muse of “Musefire Art” is a woodworker, and Luz Wright is a photographer who lived in five different countries before making Decatur her home.

Leslie Deveaux-Christian, owner of “Natural Chic” and Gretchen Wyatt-Scott of “Ronita Designs,” specialize in handmade apparel. Phil Ross, owner of the Ross Candle Company, will be a health and wellness vendor.

The DeKalb History Center, Quantum Mechanics and Signarama of Decatur are three of the generous sponsors that have made LakeFest 2017 possible.

Activities at LakeFest include live music, chalk art and sand sculpture contests on the beach, a tour of the lake and park, and a wild water parade, “Floatzilla!” Leased pets are welcome; owners and pets may join a pet parade led by the “Seed and Feed Marching Abominables.” A complete schedule is available at

Decatur Beer Festival Tickets Now On Sale!

Whoops!  I forgot mention this on release day.  (Too wrapped up in Porchfest planning!  Yes, that’s my excuse.)

Decatur Beer Festival tickets are now – and still – on sale!  Saturday, Oct 21st from 12p-5p.  Purchase them HERE before they sell out.

$45 a pop for general admission and $75 for VIP tickets.   The brewery list hasn’t been released yet, but the website is promising many of the same big – and perhaps more importantly – small names from last year.

Decatur Book Festival Still Needs Volunteers!

From the folks at the DBF…

The Decatur Book Festival is just around the corner.  It is Decatur’s largest special event and relies heavily on support from volunteers.

There are many different types of jobs –working at author venues, merchandise and souvenir sales, and more – so invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer.  All volunteers receive a free festival t-shirt and a free book coupon to spend at the festival.

Have you already registered with Volunteer Decatur?  Click here to see DBF openings:

Haven’t volunteered yet in Decatur?  Click here to get started:

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Have questions?  Please contact the Decatur Visitor and Volunteer Center via email at [email protected], or call us at 678-615-0915.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.  We can find a volunteer opening that will work for you.

Porchfest Monday: Postpunk Edition

We’re now a month in to this year’s Oakhurst Porchfest registration and, not surprisingly, we’re bigger than ever. 217 performances to date on an equal number of porches. So much music, in fact, that we’ve had to bring individual registrations to a close.

Fret not, however. Anyone looking to get registered can still do so a little while longer, so long as the registration comes in the form of a porch/performer pair. That way our balanced schedule stays balanced. Which we’re fairly certain makes sense but, even if it doesn’t, it still affords you the opportunity to jump in. So have at it here.

The Oakhurst Porchfest takes place Saturday, October 14, from 12-7pm. It’s brought to you by your friends here at Decatur Metro, The Decatur Arts Alliance, countless musicians, and hundreds of Oakhurst neighbors, with the added assistance of city sanitation and the Decatur Police Department.

Though the day will surely feature no shortage of Americana and other picker types (perhaps the porchiest of all porch music), we’re equally excited about some of the other genres expected to make an appearance. Such as the legendary Subsonics (pictured above) and today’s featured performer, Ambulette.

Ambulette is an Atlanta-based, post-punky wall of goodness co-fronted by California transplant Halley O’Malley and former Uncle Green frontman, Matt Brown. Check ‘em out here, then we’ll see you in October.