Decatur is a city in, and county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The city is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. It is an intown suburb of Atlanta and part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, and its public transportation is served by three MARTA rail stations. Decatur’s official motto is “A city of homes, schools and places of worship.” Prior to 2000, this motto was “A city of homes, schools, and churches.” Residents frequently refer to the unofficial motto of the town, “It’s greater in Decatur.”
Decatur has a thriving art and festival scene. The Decatur Arts Alliance hosts the Decatur Arts Festival each May, in addition to installing public art around the city, providing gallery space for local artists, producing YEA!, which is an event for young emerging artists, and supporting arts and arts education throughout the City. Decatur is known for its frequent festivals, which include the annual Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur Stirs, Decatur Beach Party, Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival, The Decatur Book Festival, the Decatur Maker Faire, The Decatur Beer Festival and the Decatur Wine Festival. There are also various other events throughout the year, including parades, Concerts on the Square, wine crawls, art walks, runs, races and many others.
Decatur’s downtown area and residential neighborhoods are filled with historic structures and sites of interest. This list primarily consists of structures on the National Register of Historic Places, but many remain privately owned and may only be viewed from the exterior.
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