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Explore Downtown Decatur Every Third Friday of the Month from April to October

Decatur, Ala. – Downtown Decatur is kicking off its 2020 3rd Friday monthly celebration on April 17 and each month through October, the street party encourages the celebration of all that downtown Decatur has to offer while filling the historic downtown area with classic cars, live music, shopping and other free family fun. The celebration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.  

Downtown Decatur 3rd Friday encourages local residents and visitors to explore the downtown area each month through an evening of family-friendly entertainment. During the monthly street party, antique cars line up along 2nd Avenue and children are treated to a variety of activities. The event also allows local talent to be showcased and each month, festival goers can catch some of the area’s best musicians and entertainers performing on street corners in various locations in the downtown area. 

In celebration of the city’s bicentennial this year, monthly themes will focus on celebrating Decatur’s 200-year history. Below is a tentative schedule of events:

April: “Decatur Moves” - Highlighting the new Turtle Trail.
 May: “Decatur Rises” - Highlighting the Alabama Jubilee with hot air balloons on display.
 June: “Happy Birthday Decatur” - Offering birthday games with Point Mallard Park.
 July: “Sounds of Decatur” - Featuring a “red, white, and brews” theme with a more extensive music lineup.
 August: “Decatur Eats” - Highlighting downtown restaurants.
 September: “Explore Decatur” - Featuring a hide and glow seek.
 October: “Decatur Creates” - Featuring Rendezvous and Carnegie Carnival Petition.

In addition, shoppers can catch store specials, giveaways and discounts at select downtown merchants and there will be craft vendors selling handmade items and artists and artesian goods vendors in the area of 2nd Avenue from Moulton Street to Johnston Street where festival goers can browse and purchase unique items. 

Organized by the Downtown Merchants and Business Association, 3rd Friday is concentrated in the 2nd Avenue area only (including Holly Street, Moulton Street, Johnston Street and Grant Street). Beginning at 4:30 p.m. streets will begin to be blocked and will be closed to traffic from 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. Antique and classic cars are asked to be in place by 5:30 p.m. 

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About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at