Plan Your Book Festival Experience

The AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University is moving online for 2020. We are planning a virtual festival beginning Labor Day weekend that will celebrate our 15th anniversary in a way that is unique to our community. 

The Basics

The DBF is FREE and open to the public. Held over Labor Day weekend each year, the festival takes place in more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Decatur. DBF is a non-profit organization. Book sales from the participating on site booksellers help to support the continued success of the festival. 

Children's Parades

For the kids and the kids at heart

Each day of the festival starts with a fun and adventure-filled children’s parade through the Decatur Square. Both parades start at the Community Bandstand on the square, wind through the street fair and end at the Children’s Stage.

  • Saturday’s parade gathers at 9:30 AM then steps off at 9:45 AM.
    Sunday’s parade gathers at 11:30 AM then steps off at 11:45 AM.

Come enjoy a family-friendly event full of laughter and cheer.

Food & Drink

Food trucks, drinks, popsicles, and plenty of yums!

DBF attendees can enjoy several food options located on East Court Square and Sycamore street, featuring many local goodies. In addition, visit the City of Decatur website for a guide to restaurants and other shops around the festival.

Getting Around

Downtown Decatur

The hip hometown

Of course the festival provides access to all that the City of Decatur has to offer: dozens of excellent restaurants, the Decatur Farmers Market (Saturday morning at First Baptist Church Decatur), the DeKalb History Center (exhibits open in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse during the festival), and the annual Book as Art exhibition at the Decatur Library. This juried show, produced by the Decatur Arts Alliance, celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and intriguing work that challenges expectations. Learn more about Decatur.

Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 12pm–6pm.

General festival sessions on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. The festival hosts other events that are ticketed and may or may not have costs associated with them. In 2019, the Keynote and Kidnote events require tickets but are free, as space is limited. Authors and ticket availability will be announced at a later date. In addition, the festival may add other ticketed events that may or may not have costs associated with them.

The festival’s venues are located throughout downtown Decatur and are within walking distance of one another.

If you’re driving to the festival, type 101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030 into your GPS for directions to downtown Decatur.

Yes, all festival stages and venues are ADA compliant.

We all love our pets but we suggest you leave your pets at home from the AJC Decatur Book Festival. It’s hot (air temps can be in the 90s, and street temps can be up to 130 degrees) and crowded (we average 70,000 to 80,000 people all centralized together in the city center). And since most of the presentation venues do not allow animals in their buildings (except assistance dogs) we don’t have places to keep your animals cool. So for these reasons we suggest you leave Fido at home.

Rain or shine, the show goes on!  

The costs for renting a booth can be found on the Become an Exhibitor page.

The Emerging Writers program has been put on pause for 2019 as we work on giving it a well-deserved facelift. 

Authors can rent a booth in the street fair to showcase their work. For more information, contact Street Fair Manager Steve Salcedo.

Street fair vendors are only open during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Authors will be signing books in a signing area in or adjacent to their venue immediately after their speaking session. 

We encourage you to purchase your book at the festival just before the author’s session to avoid the sales line following the event. A portion of sales from these booksellers helps support the DBF. If you choose to bring books you have already purchased, it’s possible that you may be limited to how many books are signed. Typically, authors are willing to sign 5 or viewer books to ensure there is enough time for everyone who wants a book signed is able to do so.

To see which authors are speaking when, check out the 2019 Festival Schedule.