Decatur EARTH DAY Festival

April 19, 1-4pm

Why is Earth Day a Pirate’s favorite holiday?
Because it is all about the 3 Rs!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle !

The City of Decatur, in partnership with the Wylde Center, will be holding its annual Decatur Earth Day Festival (DEDF) on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1-4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, Decatur. This celebration of Earth Day is Pirate themed and is a fun and festive way for more than 400 members of the community to come together and pARRRticipate in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day at the city’s OFFICIAL EARTH DAY PARTY. Show your support and like our Facebook Page. The celebration will kick off with a pirate led pARRRade that will go from Harmony Park to the Oakhurst GARRRden site, beginning at 12:30 pm. We have an exciting array of events planned for children, youth and adults and include, for example:

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  • Costume Parade led by the Funk Pirates at 12:30pm
  • FREE ARRRTS & Crafts for Kids
  • Southeastern Reptile Rescuewill be on site with a exhibit full of a variety of snakes. Snake show and alligator show at 2pm.
  • LIVE Music by Opposite of Hee Haw and MoRhythm
  • World Famous Cake Contest (pirated themed of course)
  • Announcement of our Special Earth Day T-shirt contest winner

Lots of Fun for the Kids
Kids will enjoy the ARRRTS & crafts, scavenger hunts, and festive pirate performers. A pirate ship will be parked in front of the garden and live birds of prey will be on hand to interact with.

Thank you to our Decatur Earth Day Sponsors


Decatur Business Association


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Decatur Earth Day Festival Schedule
  • 12:30pm – Costume Parrrde begins at Harrrmony Parrrk. Led by the Funk Pirates!
  • 1:00pm – Earrrth Day Festival begins at the Oakhurst Garrrden
  • 1:15pm – Opposite of Hee Haw
  • 1:30pm – Cake Contest Commencement, Earth Day Scavenger Hunt and T-Shirt Contest, and Sally Wylde Award presentation
  • 1:45-2:30pm – Opposite of Hee Haw
  • 2pm – Snake and Alligator show
  • 2:35pm – Announcements
  • 2:45-3:30pm – MoRhythm
  • 3:45pm – Announcements
  • 3:55pm – An Earth Poem by Ted Pettus
  • 4pm – End of Festival

We are proud to announce that Audrey Galex is our Earth Day Festival Emcee!
Whether it’s telling stories over coffee with friends or as a host of shows for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Wylde Center member Audrey Galex is honored to serve as this year’s Earth Day Festival emcee. She’s committed to the environment everyday as a board member of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and of the Friends of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Audrey is also co-founder of Atlanta’s “facing project,” an arts collective aimed at confronting the crisis of child sex trafficking in Atlanta. She’s also passionate about her circle of family and friends — and the sacred connections between everyone and all things.


Earth Day T-shirt Contest!
Children in grades K-12 are welcome to submit a design. Designing for a T Shirt could be a classroom exercise or extracurricular fun for any interested artist. The grand prize entry will be on the 2014 Earth Day Celebration T-Shirt and all entries will be on display at the Decatur Library. The entry deadline is Tuesday, March 25, 5pm and the winners will be notified on April 1. All entries are due to the Wylde Center Offices at the Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030 and must have a submission form attached to be included in the contest. Prizes will be awarded at the 2014 Earth Day Celebration at the Oakhurst Garden at 1:30pm on April 19. The Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center is located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030. To Apply click HERE Additional questions? Contact

Call for Vendors
Vendor tables will be assigned to spaces on Oakview Rd. We are recruiting organizations in the community whose mission may coincide with that of Earth Day Celebrants and who are concerned with environmental stewardship issues. You must apply HERE by Friday April 4, 5pm. No exceptions. Please contact Gary Garrett, for further information. This is a very popular event and the spots are likely to fill up fast!!! AFTER confirmation from Gary you may purchase your booth online by clicking here

  • $20 for non-profits includes one table and two chairs
  • $50 for vendors selling items, includes one table and two chairs

Call for Food Vendors – Very Limited space. Contact

Call for Children Craft Providers
The DEDF is a family friendly event. Building upon tradition, local artists, organizations, camps, and schools provide free earth day crafts for participating children. Great way to promote your mission! Please plan on providing crafts for 75+ children. No vendor fee is necessary for those providing crafts for the children. Space is limited to 15 craft tables. Spaces are assigned. We ask that each organization provides a different earth friendly craft. The first organization who applies with a craft idea has the privilege of providing chosen craft. Click HERE to apply. Contact with questions. Deadline is April 5.

Cake Contest!
Consider baking an Earth Day themed cake for our annual Cake Contest! We are accepting amateur (up to 12th grade) and Professional levels. Drop cakes off between 2:30pm and 4:30pm on Friday, April 18 and  10 am- 11am on festival day, April 19, at the Wylde Center offices, Oakhurst Garden 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030. Application will be posted here. Bakeries, families, groups, and individuals are welcome to submit. Judging occurs at 1:30 p.m April 19 and winners announced at 2:30ish from the stage. The cakes will be served to the public after judging. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in both categories.  Click here for application form. Additional questions? Contact

Call for Decatur Earth Day Festival Sponsors
DEDF seeks sponsors to support this great annual event in which more than 600 people participate. The presenting sponsor will have its business logo included on the back of the festival t-shirt among other benefits. Click here for more information about sponsoring. Deadline for all sponsor commitments is March 25.