AJC Decatur Book Festival

The 13th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival returns as the country’s largest independent book festival this Labor Day weekend!

Festival Dates
August 30th – September 2nd, 2018

Festival Hours
Friday | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday | 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Decatur Square
101 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

The AJC Decatur Book Festival not only has everything you’ll find at other book festivals, it has much more! 

Event Highlights

  • Children’s Stage
    Featuring interactive activities and presentations by top authors and illustrators
  • Live Music
    Performed by nationally touring musicians
  • Cooking Demonstrations
    By Noted Cookbook Authors
  • Food and Beer Vendors
  • Wine Garden
  • Opening Day Children’s Parade
  • Youth Poetry Slam: Kids 12-18 years old
  • Poetry Slam for Adults

In addition to a number of workshops and activities for adults, the festival is filled with a variety of family-friendly activities for festival-goers across all ages! 

Family Fun: Teens & Kids

Teens will enjoy age-specific entertainment at the Teen Stage while younger festival attendees can participate in children’s activities and parades, enchanting storytelling, an entertaining series for young scientists, and more! Adults will be able to engage and interact at a number of the festival’s workshops and activities.

Cooking Stage

Food lovers are invited to gather at the Cooking Stage where renown chefs will create food from both Southern and French influences. Located near the Decatur Farmer’s Market, the stage will feature a full-functioning kitchen and plenty of fresh, local ingredients.

Food and Libations

Dozens of food and beverage vendors will be abundant throughout the festival, and the city’s best fare will be available at any one of Decatur’s widely recognized restaurants. Adults 21+ are invited to quench their thirst under Decatur’s beautiful, shady trees with any one of the many beer and wine offerings all around the festival.

Festival History

Based on previous years, the festival is projected to bring in over 75,000 attendees through the holiday weekend with enough entertainment to suit all tastes! The city of Decatur is especially welcoming of family-friendly festivals and is known as one of the best settings for attendees to enjoy the vibrant cultural and history of Atlanta.


The mission of the Decatur Book Festival is to bring together writers, publishers, booksellers, and book-lovers alike to celebrate the written and spoken word. No genres are prohibited or excluded from the festival, and festival-goers are encouraged to find their next favorite book among the festival’s wonderful Book Market & Street Fair featuring 150 booths offering food and drinks, music, and storytelling. The booths are taken by writers, journals, publishers, writers’ groups, artists, and many other groups and individuals celebrating the written word. Pick up a new favorite book from an array of genres, including: romance, history, health and wellness, science, religion, poetry, and more.

More information on the 2018 Decatur Book Festival.

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