Oakhurst is host to a number of popular community events put on by vital community organizations throughout the year. Many are supported by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association through financial and/or volunteer contributions:
Jazz Nights is a series of free and family-friendly outdoor concerts held Thursdays in April and September featuring a variety of talented musicians in the open-air, and bringing together hundreds of neighbors each night. All concerts begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm and are free and open to the public. The location is the lawn in front of The Solarium at 321 W. Hill St. 30030 in the heart of Oakhurst. This picnic-perfect venue is provided courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority, with logistic and facility support from the Community Center of South Decatur.
Mead Rd. Mardi Gras Parade
What began as a family affair in 2005 has grown into Bon Temps attracting 1,500-2,000 revelers and spectators along the parade route, which winds from the 4/5 Academy through Oakhurst and to the Imperial. At the 2016 parade, a number of community Krewes creating amazing floats and marching themes were joined by all the elementary schools, the 4/5 Academy, the DHS Marching Band Drum Line, the DHS Drama Club and Key Club. City of Decatur Schools Superintendent Dr. David Dude was the Big Chief (grand marshall), and Deb Baumgartner the Queen.
The parade has raised more than $10,000 since 2014 for the Decatur Education Foundation to fund music grants in the Decatur City Schools.
Oakhurst Earth Day and Bee Festival
This year, the Wylde Center’s popular Earth Day Festival will have a special focus on honey bees. Events take place at the Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough Rd, Decatur. This celebration of Earth Day is a fun and festive way for more than 400 members of the community to join in protecting our natural world on the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day. More than just a party, we will have an exciting array of events planned for children, youth and adults including:
- Bee Costume Parade
- Earth-friendly bike ride
- Arts & Crafts for kids
- Scavenger hunt for kids
- Live Music
- Refreshments for sale by local restaurants
- Educational sessions
MLK Jr Service Project of the Decatur Preservation Alliance
The MLK Jr Service Project, held annually in January, operates under the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Begun in 2003, Decatur’s MLK Jr. Service Project provides free house maintenance and repair for Decatur’s needy senior homeowners each year. During 2016′s 3-day weekend, the project brought together 1,330 volunteers contributing 11,600 hours of time helping 47 senior households – many in Oakhurst – translating into a financial impact of $258,000.
The Oakhurst Wine Crawl, held rain or shine, features varietal tastings at over 24 businesses in the Oakhurst Village.
Each ticket holder must be 21 or older to participate in the Wine Crawl. Please bring valid identification to the event where every ticket holder receives a logo wine glass. Programs are limited at the event but please use the iPhone App that can be downloaded FREE on iTunes.apple.com/app/Wine-Crawl.
The Fur Bus will be back again for transportation from Harmony Park to the College Avenue businesses, running every 15 minutes with the last pick up at 6:30pm.
Special thanks to Melissa Stratton, Marc Brennan and the United Distributors, Inc. for coordinating the event and creating fabulous wine selections! Support the Oakhurst Village by participating in the Wine Crawl but please do not drink and drive.
You will often find streets throughout Oakhurst blocked off for neighborhood block parties where neighbors and friends can gather and have a fun time without worry of traffic safety.
Block parties may also be eligible to receive $150 grant from the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. Please refer to the grant application page for details.
Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival
Held in the fall in Harmony Park and the surrounding areas this event is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance. and includes:
• The 5K Arts Run/Walk
• Local artists
• Live musical performances
• Community area, featuring Decatur-based nonprofit groups
• Free activity area for children
• Good ol’ fashioned parade
• Food and beverages at Oakhurst’s many restaurants
BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival
The Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival is an annual festival in the Oakhurst neighborhood generating funding for the Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival Small Grant Program which assists local community programs and organizations. The Festival is host to some of the best Blues & Bluegrass music and BBQ around.