The City of Avondale Estates
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Truly, something for everyone!
Below are the annual events hosted by the City of Avondale Estates. For a comprehensive list of upcoming community events, please visit our calendar.

Winter

Mayors' Christmas Motorcade
Donations accepted at City Hall through December 2


The City of Avondale Estates works with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) every year to collect items most needed by patients at the Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta (GRHA). Without the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade, staff members at GRHA and similar Georgia hospitals say many of their clients would not receive a gift for the holidays. Please review GMA's list of most-needed items and send new, unwrapped gifts. Donations of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows are also needed. Cash donations are welcome. Please make checks payable to the GRHA Patient Benefit Fund. The 2014 collection has concluded, and the Motorcade was held December 3 at GRHA, 3073 Panthersville Road, Decatur. Thank you for sharing the holiday joy!

Small Business Saturday and the Month of Merry
Kicked Off Saturday, November 29, and lasts through December

 
Celebrate the season and support the increasingly varied and exciting Avondale Estates businesses by shopping locally during the Month of Merry. The City of Avondale Estates is home to award-winning shops and restaurants teeming with gift-worthy goods including fashions, furnishings, art, music, artisan-cured meats, freshly baked treats, carefully selected wines and more. Many businesses are within walking distance of each other, so grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, and come explore! The Month of Merry kicked off November 29 with Small Business Saturday, an American Express-launched shopping holiday that garnered an estimated $5.5 billion for small independent businesses in 2012. Participating businesses handed out promotional “Shop Small” goodies to customers, from tote bags to dog bandanas. Specials are announced throughout December for the Month of Merry.

Join the event on Facebook for regular updates and to see a list of participating businesses. Email City Planner and Community Development Officer Keri Stevens if you're a local business owner interested in participating.

Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting
Held the first Monday of December at 6 p.m.


The Avondale Estates Christmas celebration begins with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, located at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. Boy Scout Troop 6 gives away cookies and Girl Scout Troop 24433 sells homemade chili to support troop service projects and activities. This is a rain-or-shine event, so additional tents are set up if needed. The Avondale Estates First Baptist Church begins caroling at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting follows and cider and doughnuts are served at approximately 7 p.m. Santa Claus also makes a special personal appearance for the occasion.

Annual Lake Avondale Christmas Tree Lighting
Held the first Saturday of December at 6 p.m.


This spectacular event has become a City favorite thanks to late longtime resident Thomas P. Samford, who famously coined the phrase, “It’s another beautiful day in Avondale Estates.” Tom built the gazebo at Lake Avondale, and helped his grandsons design and build a bridge there to honor his late son, John. Each Christmas, the community gathers for the annual Lake Tree Lighting, which features a “floating” Christmas tree designed by Tom.

Annual Avondale Estates
Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market
Sunday, December 14, from noon to 8 p.m.
Avondale Community Club, 59 Lakeshore Drive


Christmas is an amazing time in Avondale Estates and the annual Tour of Homes and Holiday Market adds to the wonderful holiday spirit. The Tour of Homes features houses that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of historic Avondale Estates. Trolleys will be back in town to transport guests to six of the City's most interesting homes from 3 to 8 p.m. Plus, from noon to 6 p.m., the Holiday Market at the club house will feature great gifts while the Market Café offers up delicious soups and hot apple cider. Browse jewelry, art, clothing, Christmas ornaments, delicious food items and more, and check family, teachers, neighbors and even your dog off your list. The Authors’ Corner includes City resident Mary Kay Andrews. Mark your calendar for this warm and festive event!

Beginning in November, Tour of Homes pre-sale tickets ($12) can be purchased at Avondale Estates City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, REAL Salon, and Seventeen Steps. Tickets ($15) will also be available at the Avondale Community Club on the day of the tour. Please visit www.avondaletourofhomes.com for more information, and read about the event on pages 20-22 of the current City newsletter. For more information on the Holiday Market, please email avondaleholidaymarket@gmail.com.

Christmas Spirit Awards
Judging: Monday, December 15, at 5:30 p.m.
Awards Presented: Tuesday, December 16


• Contest is open to all residences and businesses.
• Judging will take place on Monday, December 15.
• Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 16.
• Winners will receive a Christmas Spirit Award.
• Judges will be viewing decorations on residences, storefronts, building exteriors and display windows from a vehicle passing slowly or stopping in front. Judges will not leave the vehicle for close viewing of decorations.

The following rules apply:
• Entrants must have their Christmas lights on by dusk.
• Businesses and house numbers must be clearly marked for judges to see.
• All decisions of the judges are official and final.

Judging Criteria:
• Attractive use of light and color
• Overall effect
• Originality and creativity
• Creative display of theme
• Animation
• Use of non-lighting decorations
• Yard decoration
• Entry and windows decor

Award Categories:
• Sparkle and Pizzazz—homes with the most artistic and creative use of lights or animation.
• Avondale Elegance—elegantly displayed decor in the yard and the home interior and exterior, as seen from the street. A Southern Living/Martha Stewart effect.
• Children’s Appeal—decorations that children like the most.
• Business Award—for the most creative, original display of holiday cheer by a business.

Annual Menorah Lighting
December 16-24


To celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, the City of Avondale Estates will "light" one candle on an electric menorah every evening from December 16-24 at the Dewey Brown Memorial Plaza, across from City Hall.

Annual Rail Arts District Studio Cruise
March 14
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The Rail Arts District (RAD) Studio Cruise continues to grow each year, along with the burgeoning Avondale Estates art scene. The 2014 event included six working artist studios and dozens of galleries hosting artist demonstrations and art sales in varied mediums. Enjoy free trolleys running all day between participating venues. The artist studios are located along a stretch of CSX rails running through Avondale Estates, Scottdale and East Decatur. Visit the RAD website for more information.

Spring

Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Parade
Held annually the Saturday before Easter
10 a.m. to noon
Lake Avondale, 59 Lakeshore Drive

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is a City-sponsored event held at Lake Avondale. Children up to 10 years old are welcome to participate.

Did you ever think your dog might love a parade? If so, bring your furry canine friend to Lake Avondale for the Avondale Estates Annual Dog Parade. The event is free and costumes are not required to participate. Award categories include: Best Costume, Best Owner/Dog Duo, Most Spirited/Enthusiastic, Best Behaved. Click here for guidelines and the registration form.

Antique Car Parade
Held annually Easter Sunday
Line-up begins at 1:30 p.m., Parade Begins at 2:30 p.m.


Lineup begins at the Twin Oaks Shopping Plaza, 2853 East College Avenue. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. on South Avondale Road and ends at Willis Park, where the cars stop for a temporary display and refreshments are served. If you would like to enter an automobile, please contact Lamar Hart at lamarhart@bellsouth.net or 770-496-9928. Click here to view parade route map.

Avondale Estates Police Department - Drug Take-Back Day
Held annually in April
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Rear of City Hall


The Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) hosts Drug Take-Back Day, originally sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The purpose of this event is to promote proper disposal of surplus, outdated and unwanted household medications in a discreet and safe manner, thus keeping them out of the wrong hands and out of the water supply. The event will take place in the rear of City Hall and all types of medication will be accepted. The AEPD also accepts unwanted medications year-round for the community's convenience. If you have any questions, contact SSgt. Jason Browen at 404-294-5400 ext. 212 or email jbrowen@avondaleestates.org.

Avondale Estates Fishing Derby
Held annually in May
8:30 a.m. to noon
Lake Avondale, 59 Lakeshore Drive


Each year residents gather at Lake Avondale to compete for the best "catch" of the day during the Avondale Estates Fishing Derby. Prizes are awarded to the largest fish caught, the most fish caught, and the youngest and oldest fisherman to catch a fish. Please click here to download an entry form.

Summer

4th of July Celebration in Avondale Estates
Held annually July 4
9:15 a.m.: Parade line-up at Avondale High School, 1192 Clarendon Avenue
10 a.m.: Parade begins. It ends 45 minutes later at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road.
7:30 p.m.: Concert at the Lake
Dusk: Fireworks at the Lake


The 4th of July Celebration is a time-honored tradition here in Avondale Estates. Residents and friends come together to enjoy the festivities, the parade and the fireworks at Lake Avondale. Avondale Estates is truly a "blast" on the 4th of July.

Join or Watch the Parade!
We invite the entire community to come out in full force and either march in the parade or cheer from the sidelines of beautiful Clarendon Avenue. The parade line-up starts at 9:15 a.m. at Avondale High School. Marching begins at 10 a.m. and the parade ends at Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road.

Show your support
Donate any amount of money to the celebration by emailing Karen Holmes. To include your antique car or motorized cart in the parade, email Kelly Brooks. To volunteer in any capacity, email Karen Holmes.

Fall

36th Annual Labor Day 5K Race and 1 Mile Race - Willis Park
Held annually on Labor Day
7:30 a.m. Registration Begins
8:30 a.m. 1 Mile Race Begins
9 a.m. 5 K Race Begins

Strap up those sneakers and join the walkers and runners in Avondale Estates for the annual Labor Day 5K Race and 1 Mile Race. Walkers and runners of all ages and athletic levels are invited to participate. View the event page here. For more information contact Karen Holmes at 404-294-5400 or kholmes@avondaleestates.org.

Citywide Yard Sale
Held annually in September
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Bargain-shop your heart out at the annual Avondale Estates Citywide Yard Sale! At the first annual sale in 2014, just over 100 City households parted with furniture, sporting goods (bikes, boats, golf club sets, etc.), books, clothes, appliances, antiques, art and more! Yard sale registration costs $15, and officially registered households will be designated by event yard signs. On the morning of the sale, shoppers can pick up a map of participating households at the southern end of the City triangle, where Berkeley and Kensington roads intersect. Or enter this address into your GPS: 2 Berkeley Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.

AutumnFest (Across from City Hall)
Held annually the first full weekend in October


Join us for AutumnFest, a celebration of the arts for all ages that attracts art mavens to historic Avondale Estates every fall. The colors of fall merge with the brilliance of art to create a truly original flavor for the event. AutumnFest features live entertainment, an artist market, artist demonstrations, food trucks, a chef demo area and a KidsZone. Explore the work of more than 90 regional artists representing a diversity of styles and media. Enter the apple pie contest and win cash prizes! The festival is rain or shine and admission is free. For more information visit the Avondale Arts Alliance. The Alliance also hosts an AutumnFest ArtsParty in September to unveil the event poster and thank sponsors and supporters. They hold the Harvest Shindig, an AutumnFest Kickoff Party, the night before the festival.

Halloween in Avondale Estates
Held annually October 31

 
Drape your home or business in cobwebs, turn your yard into a cemetery, carve a bevy of pumpkins, or put your own spooky twist on your property for the City of Avondale Estates Halloween Spirit Awards. One business and a group of homes with the best decorations are presented with the awards every year. Residential award categories include scariest, most creative and children's appeal.

Halloween night trick-or-treating hours are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every year, and the City closes some of its streets and issues a detailed traffic plan so children can safely stroll through the neighborhood. Read Halloween safety tips from Avondale Estates Police Chief Broden.