Decatur is known for its bohemian culture, craft brews and outstanding festivals. It’s the perfect place to escape for a day or a weekend. Here are 18 FREE things to do in Decatur, Ga – one of Atlanta’s ultimate FUN neighborhoods.
DeKalb Farmers Market. Explore the market, with so many new and interesting foods. There are often tastings and demonstrations, also.
Decatur Farmers Market. Everything is local, sustainable and organic at this market open Wednesdays March – Dec, and Saturdays.
Decatur Glassblowing Demos. Several times a year they offer free events with live glassblowing demonstrations and usually food, drinks, and music. These events are open to the public and family-friendly. See their Facebook page for dates, times and details.
Blue Sky Concerts and Concerts on the Square. Wednesdays at noon in May and September, bring a picnic to the square for concert tunes that include jazz, bluegrass and more. Saturday evenings at 7pm during May and September at the same location the entire family can enjoy cover music, as well. Thanks to Darlene C. for this tip!
Secret Doors Decatur. 24 artists created 32 fairy doors, strategically located around the city. Grab your bicycle and scour the city (or check the website for addresses!) Thanks to Kaitlyn A. for this tip!
The Waffle House Museum. Visit the site of the first ever Waffle House. You can’t drop by, though, you have to schedule it 48 hours in advance on a Wed or Thur from 10am – 2pm. Also, they will be celebrating 60 years on Sept 12, 2015. From noon – 3pm the museum will be open to the public for free, and a food truck will be serving waffles!
Story time at Little Shop of Stories. Story time is 20-30 minutes long on Tues, Thur and Sun. We ove Thursdays when you can come in your jammies and have milk and cookies while you hear a great tale.
Oakhurt Porchfest. This grassroots community music event aims to be the city’s first, fully crowdsourced festival. Sun, October 8 from 12pm – 6pm you can grab a lawn chair or hop on your bike. Musicians of all kinds will grace porches throughout the neighborhood while folks on foot or on bikes wander about, listen, hang out on lawns and sidewalks, and mingle with the neighbors.
Wylde Center. Wylde Center manages four fantastic greenspaces, which are free to the public. If you have a few dollars to spare, consider one of their classes for kids or adults.
Sunday Music at Woodlands Garden. Woodlands Garden is open every day; it’s 7+ acres of forest and natural beauty. You can bring a picnic and explore on your own anytime, but it’s really fun to visit on a weekend during Sunday Music. It takes place in the screened pavilion in the spring, summer and fall between 2 and 4 pm; other music events occur as announced. Performers are mostly local musicians who may be selling their CDs or have a tip jar.
Decatur Arts Festival. (May) Decatur’s big spring festival is free to the public with live music, book signings, a kids’ art festival, art walk and much more.
Decatur Book Festival (Sept) And this is the city’s big fall festival. Also free, it includes multiple stages and tracks including poetry, food and cooking, a children’s stage, a bandstand and much more.
Courthouse Museum. The DeKalb History Museum is located inside the courthouse and is free to everyone. You’ll find exhibits on the Civil War, dairy farms, black and whites of the 50s and 60s, and more. Thanks to Brandy B. for this tip!
Oakhurst Jazz Nights. Visit The Solarium Thursdays in April for Jazz Nights. Bring the kids and a picnic blanket from 7pm – 9pm for outstanding sunset sounds. Thanks to Andrea B. for this tip!
Mason Mill Park and Playground. Enjoy two uber-cool playgrounds (one for little minions and one for the bigger kiddos.) You’ll find shaded trails that include sculptures, a bridge and a boardwalk, following a creek. Artists painted the old water buildings at the beginning of the trail, making it a colorful place for the kids.
Toy Graveyard Playground. Visit the playground at First Christian Church- across the street from the post office. It’s open to everyone- a large playground where people drop off toys they don’t want anymore for others to enjoy them. Bonus? You walk to get coffee at Dancing Goats next door. Thanks to Brandy B. for this tip!
Date Night: Wild Heaven Craft Beer Tours. The tour isn’t free (though it is affordable!) BUT the beer is free when you purchase the tour. Thanks to the recent change in Ga laws, purchasing a tour ticket affords you 36 oz of beer while you are on the tour!
Bonus: Decatur offers FREE WiFi in the city, too. Be sure to post your pictures to social media when you visit! Tag us on Instagram at @365atlantatraveler and we’ll share your adventure!
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.