The City of Avondale Estates

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.


37th 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

Lace up those sneakers and join the walkers and runners in Avondale Estates for the annual Labor Day 5K Race and 1 Mile Race. Racers of all ages and athletic levels are invited to participate. View the event page here. For more information email Karen Holmes or call 404-294-5400.

Citywide Yard Sale
Saturday, September 19, from 7 a.m. to 1 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!

Registration for households costs $15 and forms will be available September 1-11 at the City Hall front desk. Download a registration form online here. Payment must be made at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note: City Hall is closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7.

This year, participating households are encouraged to list sale items by category on the registration form. Items will be listed on the back of the yard sale maps, which will be distributed the day of the sale and via the City website Friday evening, September 18.

Officially registered households will receive yard signs beginning Thursday, September 17. The Citywide Yard Sale committee encourages all participants to be ready for buyers beginning 6:45 a.m. the day of the sale. After the sale ends, households may leave unsold items by the curb and mark them for charity pickup using the back of the sign, which reads, “These items left for charity.”

View the Citywide Yard Sale on the City's Facebook page.

AutumnFest (Across from City Hall)
Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4

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.

View AutumnFest on the City's Facebook page.

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.


Mayors' Christmas Motorcade
Donations accepted at City Hall November through early December

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. Visit the GMA website for their list of suggested gifts—please send gifts new and unwrapped. 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 local Motorcade is held at GRHA, 3073 Panthersville Road, Decatur.

Small Business Saturday and the Month of Merry
Kicks Off the Saturday after Thanksgiving 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 kicks off after Thanksgiving 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 hand out promotional “Shop Small” goodies to customers, from tote bags to dog bandanas. Specials are announced throughout December for the Month of Merry. Email City Planner and Community Development Officer Keri Stevens if you're a local business owner interested in participating.

City Christmas Tree Lighting
Held annually 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 sings carols, 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.

Lake Avondale Christmas Tree Lighting
Held annually 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.

Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market
Held annually in December
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 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 features 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. Mingle with local writers at the Authors’ Corner. Mark your calendar for this warm and festive event!

Beginning in November, Tour of Homes pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Avondale Estates City Hall. Tickets are also available at the Avondale Community Club on the day of the tour. Please visit for more information, and read about the event in past fall issues of the City newsletter. For more information on the Holiday Market, please email

Christmas Spirit Awards
Presented annually about one week before Christmas

• Contest is open to all residences and businesses.
• 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

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


Annual Rail Arts District Studio Cruise
Held annually on a Saturday in March
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 and Scottdale. Visit the RAD website for more information.

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

The Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Parade is a celebrated annual event held at Lake Avondale. Children up to 10 years old are welcome to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, which starts promptly at 10 a.m. Come early--this event is over quickly! The hunt area is divided into four sections based on age: 2 and under, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. Eggs are filled with toys and candy, and three eggs in each age category denote "winners" who will receive special prizes. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance!

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, and Best Behaved. Check in/register on-site April 4 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The first 50 registered participants to check in receive a free bag of goodies. 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 or 770-496-9928. Click here to view the parade route map.

Avondale Estates Police Department - Operation Pill Drop
Held annually in April and September
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Rear of City Hall

The Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) hosts Operation Pill Drop, originally called Drug Take-Back Day and 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

Avondale Estates Fishing Derby
Held annually the first Saturday in May
Derby runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; awards presented from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
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 for the largest fish caught, the most fish caught, and the youngest and oldest person to catch a fish. Click here for the event rules and entry form.


4th of July Celebration in Avondale Estates
Held annually July 4
9:15 a.m.: Parade lineup at Avondale High School, 1192 Clarendon Avenue
10 a.m.: Parade begins. It ends about one hour later at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road.
5 p.m.: Boy Scout Troop 6 sells hot dogs, drinks and snacks by the lake
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 lineup 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.

View the 4th of July fireworks traffic plan.