Tips For Planning Your Visit To The Decatur Book Festival

The Historic DeKalb Courthouse sits in the center of the festival.
The Historic DeKalb Courthouse sits in the center of the festival.
Credit Tom Meyer / Courtesy of Decatur Book Festival
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The Decatur Book Festival brings together writers, publishers, book lovers and book sellers for a huge celebration in the Decatur Square over Labor Day weekend. First presented in 2006, the event has steadily grown to be one of the largest independent book festivals in the country.

There is a lot to read, see and hear at the festival, so planning ahead is key to making sure you see everything that interests you.

Here are our tips for how to plan for a fun, successful weekend and a look at the highlights of the 12th Decatur Book Festival.

Getting To The Festival 

Several roads in and around the Decatur Square are closed the Friday afternoon through Sunday evening for the Decatur Book Festival. Check the festival map to see how to navigate the downtown Decatur area. If you’ll be driving, the City of Decatur has a map of parking deck and lot addresses, hours and prices.

If driving is not for you, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the City of Decatur have free and secure bike parking in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse on North McDonough Street. From there organizers say all the events are within a seven-minute walking area.

MARTA also has a convenient stop right in the center of the festival at the Decatur Station on the train’s Blue Line.

What To Bring

Festival organizers say they expect a crowd of 80,000 people to attend the festival over the course of the weekend, so expect to wait in some lines. Plan for time outside—walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat or visor could make your experience more enjoyable. Come armed with water to stay hydrated in the Atlanta heat. Attendance to the festival and all events are free, but if you plan to make purchases, having cash on hand could come in handy.

Find more tips, including info on the keynote speeches and kids events, at

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