DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The 3rd Friday Celebration will kick off in Downtown Decatur starting April 15. There will be food, games, live music and local artists for every age to enjoy!

Every third Friday through October, the street party encourages the celebration of all that Downtown Decatur has to offer while filling the streets with classic cars, live music, shopping and other free family fun.

Antique cars will be parked on Second Avenue, line dancers will be at the intersection of Moulton Street and children are treated to a variety of activities in the new kids zone located in the block from Johnston Street to Grant Street.

News 19 spoke with Dede Quarry, President of the Downtown Merchants Association. She said everyone is excited and ready for a great new year. She added this will be the first year since the pandemic started that the event won’t be impacted by closures or restrictions.

Each month will offer a different theme and listed below is a tentative schedule of events:

  • May: Make Some Noise (featuring Battle of the Bands)
  • June: Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • July: Cornhole Tournament
  • August: Dog Days of Summer
  • September: TBD
  • October: Fall Fun

Live music is also a feature each month. Headlining this month’s event is Buddy Jewell, the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star.

Quarry said, “We’re excited about the different music and having our stage back so that people can bring their lawn chairs. We just want them to come out and enjoy and get used to spending time in downtown Decatur.”

The first of these celebrations will introduce a new attraction: a mechanical bull! The attraction will be located in front of Absaroka and rides will be $5 each.

Festival-goers will also have the choice of several locally-owned restaurants and food trucks that will be set up on Grant Street with tables and chairs.

“Our food trucks, we’re trying this year to make it easier and put them all in one area to make it easier for patrons to sit down and enjoy their food,” Quarry said.

2nd Avenue will be closed off to cars. The P’s on this map indicate available parking locations.

Shoppers can catch store specials, giveaways and discounts at select downtown merchants and there will be vendors and artists with homemade goods!

Quarry says there will be signs with QR codes on the night of the event. People can scan those codes and get discounts at local stores and restaurants.

On select months, the Morgan County/Decatur Farmers Market will offer mini markets to give a snippet into what will be available on Saturday mornings.

Organized by the Downtown Merchants and Business Association, 3rd Friday will be held in the 2nd Avenue area. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or they may want to check out the front porch offered by Merit House. The celebration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information on 3rd Friday, visit their Facebook page.

Dede Quarry said the monthly event is a great way for people to get acquainted with Decatur and to meet new people.

“It’s a good way to see what’s happening and to introduce yourself to the community,” she said. “A lot of our vendors come out, that’s all they want to be here for is just to get more in with the community and get that exposure to everybody.”