Decatur Arts Festival
More than 160 artists from around the nation selling paintings, jewelry and more, live music, cutting-edge dance, literary events and a parade – these are just a few of the activities at the 23rd annual Decatur Arts Festival set for Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 29.

This interactive, inclusive arts extravaganza, presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance, includes art and artists from all disciplines and features hands-on participatory art as well as demonstrating and performing arts. All events are free.

The weekend actually kicks off with the Art Walk on Friday, May 27, night from 5 to 10 p.m. with special events and artists at local galleries and businesses.

The Artists Market will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, while live music will be staged on the community banstand on the square featuring ConunDrums, Cowboy Envy, Nicole Chillemi Band, Mieka Pauley, Von Grey, 7 Day Fool, Sewhee Village Percussion, Doria Roberts, The Bonaventure Quartet, Davin McCoy and The Coming Attractions and ending the weekend with Delta Moon.

To see a full line-up of events, visit decaturartsfestival.com.

Atlanta Jazz Festival
The 34th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long event, capped off by a Memorial Day weekend festival in Piedmont Park.

The Piedmont Park event will feature local and nationally-renowned artists including the Warren Wolf Quintet with Christian McBride, Sean Jones Quintet, Ninety Miles, Marea Alta, Myrna Clayton, The Infinite Sound Family, Oliver Santana & Ellison Jazz, Tropical Breeze, Wild Rice, Neo4 and Rua6.

There will also be a late night performance by Mike Phillips at the Lowe’s Atlanta Hotel on May 28, 10 p.m. and a special concert by George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn (calling themselves DMS) at Chastain Park on May 30, 7 p.m.

For tickets, details and the full schedule, visit atlantafestivals.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.