Decatur, Georgia


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Special event planning information

A special event is any activity scheduled in downtown Decatur or the Oakhurst business district that requires the use of the square, the bandstand or Harmony Park for a duration of four or more hours, that impacts local businesses, and/or attracts a crowd of 100 or more.

A walk/run event is a walk or run on city streets that requires police support and traffic control, is concluded in a relatively short time frame, and/or involves no alcohol or food sales.

The City of Decatur has a full schedule of events throughout the year. Understandably, availability of city facilities and resources in our small town is limited and scheduling special events is of critical importance. If you are considering a special event in downtown Decatur, your first step is to contact Shirley Baylis, special events coordinator for the City of Decatur. She will help determine availability and guide you through a checklist that may include:
• Special event permit
• Walk/run permit (if applicable)
• Beer/wine permit (if applicable)
• Sanitation plan
• Public safety considerations
• Rental deposits and fees

Find more information about Decatur special events here and our events calendar here