Decatur Beach Party is Now Free – And Has a New Name!

You may already have heard, but this Friday’s annual beach party is now called “Summer in the City” and is free of charge!   From the Decatur Business Association…

The DBA invites you to join us on this Friday, June 16 from 5-11pm for Summer In The City – Where Beach Meets The Streets.
This year, admission is free to the community. We want to thank our sponsors for allowing us to make the event free this year.
The event brings together the Decatur Beach Party, a Cultural Community Festival and the Brick Store’s 20th Anniversary.
Come enjoy 60 tons of sand, kids activities, rock climbing, a rockin’ band, DJ, pop-up performances, sidewalk chalk art and plenty more. We will have carnival food items available for sale and the restaurants will be open for business with some serving special Summer In The City menus.
Don’t forget to stop by the sponsor tables and thank them for their support of this awesome community event!
See everyone on Friday as we enjoy Summer In The City!!!

Slide the City Volunteers Still Needed; Will Receive One Free Slide


After it was originally announced that Decatur’s Slide the City event was sold out, a new round of tickets became available.

Looking at the Slide the City website, that round still hasn’t sold out apparently, so if you thought you would miss out on getting to slide down West Ponce in a fit of screams and laughter, you’re back in the game!  Single slides (with no tube) go for $25 a piece, while triple slide (tube provided) tickets are $45 a piece.

But wait, here’s a potentially even better deal.

The Decatur Business Association still needs volunteers for the following times at the event

* Friday, July 24 from 2pm-7:30pm
* Saturday, July 25 from 9:30pm -1:30am

The City’s Casie Yoder tells me that when you volunteer, you get one free slide down the giant water slide along with a t-shirt and snacks. Also, when you register as a DBA volunteer, it helps raise money for the DBA (Slide the City pays per DBA volunteer).


Click here and select the volunteer option at the bottom of the page.  Then follow the prompts to select your time, give your info, etc.

Photo courtesy of Slide the City

Decatur 1000-Foot Water Slide Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday 9am; Only 6,000 Available

Based on the tremendous feedback to our original post announcing the city and DBA will set up a giant,1000-foot water slide down West Ponce de Leon Ave on Saturday, July 25th, I’m guessing there is A LOT of interest in getting tickets.

So here are a bunch of important details to know about the Slide the City event, we’ve compiled through inquiries or found on the Decatur Business Association’s website.

  1. Wednesday – The city tells us that Slide the City tickets are scheduled to go on sale this Wednesday.  The exact time of day hasn’t yet been released, but we’ll certainly update you when we have those details. UPDATE: Tickets go on sale at 9am Wednesday.
  2. 6,000 – Only 6,000 tickets will be sold to the Decatur event.  However, the DBA says to expect a lot of spectators.  (Will it sell out faster than the Decatur beer festival – in less than 20 minutes?  I wouldn’t be surprised.)
  3. Where to buy tix – You can buy tickets HERE when they go on sale.  I’m working on getting the date of release.  But you can sign up for event updates from Slide the City at the aforementioned ticket page.
  4. Street closings – West Ponce will be closed from from Clairemont Avenue all the way to Fairview Avenue. According to the event FAQ, “The slide itself will end in front of the 335 W. Ponce building (but residents will have access to the parking deck). On-street parking will not be available that day, but a parking plan is being developed.”
  5. No Beach Party – There won’t be a Decatur Beach Party in addition to Slide the City.  The DBA states “we want to put all of our resources toward making this the big summer event. We expect to bring back the traditional Beach Party next summer.”
  6. Age/Height Limit – As previously reported you gotta be 46 inches tall and more than 5 years old to slide.  The DBA site also says that 18-and-unders will need sign-off from legal guardians, so if you’re tweens/teens plan on sliding it sounds like they’ll have to tolerate their parents company for at least a few minutes before sliding to their hearts content.

Disclosure: The city and DBA’s Slide the City event is a DM sponsor

How Much Will Decatur Water Slide Cost? and Answers To Other Slide-Related Questions

Wow, there’s a been a pretty overwhelming response to the Slide the City post from late last night!  So far, the server has done a good job of handling the traffic.  Let’s hope it stays that way!

There have already been some questions about the cost of admission for the giant, 1000-foot water side that will run down West Ponce on Saturday, July 25th, so we followed up with the city for more details.  Public Communications Officer Casie Yoder tells us that Slide the City will be similarly priced to the Decatur Beach Party.  That event was $8 in advance and $10 at the gate last year.

Additionally, she pointed to Slide the City’s FAQ for important minimum requirements and answers to other frequent questions about the slide.  Here are answers to some of the most pertinent ones…

Is there an age or height limit?

All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

What happens if it rains?

Rain or shine we’re sliding, so come on out and enjoy the slide. I mean you’re going to get wet anyway.

What do you do to address water conservation?

Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

Can I bring my pet?

For health and safety reasons, we cannot allow pets on the slide.

Can I use my GoPro or Selfie Stick on the Slide?

Yes! Bring them along and get some awesome footage and insta worthy photos!

Photo courtesy of Slide the City website

Mayor Gives Decatur State of the City Address Next Tuesday

Here’s the Decatur’s official flyer with details for next Tuesday’s State of the City Address…


Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast on the Square is Tonight!

It’s a Decatur Minute copy-and-paste-fest on DM today!

Please join us tonight for the annual Decatur Business Association Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. The event runs 7-8pm and is free to everyone.

We will provide the sticks, marshmallows, and live music! The first group performing will be students from the Community Music Center of Decatur. Following their show will be the Oakhurst Community Choir.

The Decatur Fire Department will be on hand with their big red barrels collecting non-perishable goods and gently used winter coats to share with those in need in our community this holiday season-just drop your donations in the barrel and enjoy the bonfire!

Photo courtesy of The Decatur Minute

Breakfast with Santa Tickets Now on Sale

These usually go quite fast!  Breakfast with Santa tickets are now available for purchase HERE.  This year’s DBA sponsored event will be at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott at 130 Clairemont Ave on Saturday, December 20th from 8a to 10a.

Here’s a bit more detail from the DBA website…

Santa makes his grand entrance, arriving on a City of Decatur fire truck, and then the fun begins. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and fill out those wish lists to share with Santa. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Only 300 tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and will be available for purchase online only.

Photo courtesy of the DBA website