We have a handful of fun events throughout the year that support our student programs. All of them started as small and interesting ideas which bloomed into bigger fundraisers because of our wonderful community.

May 12, 2017

Decatur Lantern Parade

It’s a date to stay up late! Kids of all ages gather with creative paper lanterns in every conceivable shape, size and configuration for a high-stepping march to the downtown square. It’s a magical spectacle of glowing lanterns, luminous oversize puppets, lighted hats, and delighted faces. Sign up for workshops with the fabulous parade artist Chantelle Rytter.

“CelebrationMay 18, 2017

Celebration of Excellence

At the close of each school year, DEF honors our scholarships recipients at the Celebration of Excellence at Agnes Scott College. It is a special evening that highlights the stories of those for who our scholarships are named and celebrates the the accomplishments of our graduates as they move on to their next educational chapter.

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June 10, 2017

Eat and Greet

Three things define Decatur: great schools, unique homes, and delicious food. Decatur Education Foundation puts these things together at the annual Eat & Greet Progressive Dinner and Home Tour. Your ticket not only guarantees a memorable evening with friends, but also supports children across our community.

reader-to-reader-book-sale-webSeptember 2-3, 2017

Reader-to-Reader Sale

Reading comes full circle at this literacy fundraiser. Local residents donate gently used children’s books which we sell during the Decatur Book Festival. Funds are reinvested into literacy programs across our community.

fifth avenue 5KOctober 7, 2017

Oakhurst Fifth Avenue 5K

Co-hosted by F.AVE and DEF, this event features a 5K through the beautiful streets of Oakhurst as well as a chance to join your city commissioners and mayor during The Mayor’s Mile.

def-boil-webOctober 19, 2017

Sips & Supper

Our community turns up the heat in October at this annual event that features a live auction, tastes from local restaurant favorites and craft beer and wine selections.

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Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade

New Orleans comes to Decatur each February at the Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade and Party. Of course what makes Mardi Gras special is the focus on music and all proceeds support music grants across City Schools of Decatur.

tour-de-catur-webMarch 10, 2018

Tour deCatur

Decatur’s largest 5K event happens each March and brings out 3,000 residents from age 2-82. The tour features a one-mile fun run and tot trot in addition to the 5K so be sure to bring the whole family.


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