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Creating and imagining better and new worlds is the task of the writer. Especially in the South, stories are our currency, which is why I take heart in the numerous literary events that Atlantans can experience in late summer and early fall. Writing is a vulnerable artform, and it’s important to have spaces for people to connect to each other’s unique life experiences.
When the Decatur Book Festival launched back in 2006, founder Daren Wang remembers thinking that if 10,000 people attended, “we would have hit it out of the park.” More than four times as many showed up. Over the next decade, the festival continued to grow, eventually drawing as many as 80,000 visitors across three days. DBF became not just one of Decatur’s biggest events, but one of the largest independent book festivals in the country, featuring live music, children’s programming, and parades. The agenda in 2021 and 2022 was less ambitious. And when the DBF board announced its decision to cancel the 2023 festival, it wasn’t a complete surprise. So what’s been going on over the last few years—and will the festival return?
Calling all Francophiles—the French Market is coming to Buckhead Village. On September 9 from noon to 7 p.m., Buckhead Avenue will be filled with French and French-adjacent vendors showcasing everything from home goods to cheese.
Dance with Beyoncé at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, celebrate reggae music in Piedmont Park, and see impressive chalk art in Duluth.
Support independent filmmakers at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, kick back at the Sunset Jazz Festival, and sip brews at Monday Night Brewing's 12 Anniversary Party.
Sing along with Sam Smith in Duluth, try new dishes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato festival, and play games at the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo.
See tennis pros (including Christopher Eubanks!) at the Atlanta Open, cool off at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, and celebrate Puerto Rican food and culture at Sanse Atlanta.
Rock out with Blink 182, get crafty at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, and cheer on Atlanta United against rivals Orlando.