Home to Agnes Scott College, the charming, quirky Decatur, Georgia neighborhood is found just six miles east of Downtown. Friendly, walkable and right on the MARTA line, Decatur is home to more than 200 boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Eddie’s Attic is a must-see for live, local musicians.
Annual festivals bring thousands from all over the city and region to Decatur Square. The Decatur Arts Festival, all of whose events are free, runs throughout the month of May. The Decatur Craft Beer Festival sells out in seconds every fall. Bring your pail and shovel for the annual Beach Party, when the city carts in mound of real sand to cover the streets. The most nationally renowned festival might the Decatur Book Festival, which happens each Labor Day weekend when authors of national and regional fame come to town for the largest independent book festival in the country.
Just between Decatur and Downtown are two of Atlanta’s can’t-miss cultural attractions: the Fernbank Museum of Natural History which is home to the Southeast’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and replicas as well as an IMAX theatre and The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University which exhibits ancient art and Egyptian mummies.