The weekend kicks off with the Art Walk Friday and dance, kids arts festival, performing arts and the artist market Saturday.
The artists market offers mixed medium, 3D mixed medium, ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, watercolor, photography, print, sculpture and wood.
The kids art festival includes a parade, art, music, clowns and inflatables. There will also be a balloon artist and photo booth. The performing arts and artist market continue through Sunday.
The Art Walk is set for 5 to 10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Businesses showcasing art include: Agnes Scott College, Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant, Farm Burger, HomeGrown Decatur and more.
Attendees Saturday and Sunday will have opportunities to dance. The New Dance Festival has performances and classes, including: awareness through moving, llamada, contemporary dance and improvisation scores, ballroom, swing and salsa.
Both weekend days also include the theater and literary arts, with shows at the DeKalb History Center and comedy at the Old Courthouse lawn. Following a 45-minute show by the Decatur Youth Comedy Krewe, each comedian will have 15 minutes to make the crowd laugh Saturday. Sunday performance times vary.
The festival also includes a history exhibit at the Old Courthouse on the Square Saturday and Sunday, featuring food, fashion, diaries and homes.
This year’s poster designer is Galina Herndon, of Roswell.
She began oil painting in 1999, following the footsteps of her parents and grandparents, and worked on projects in the former Soviet Union. She uses warm colors to portray happiness.
Herndon has an art studio at Elegant Attic in Roswell. Her arts festival poster unveiling was May 2 at the Community Bandstand.