Experience the Arts with the River Clay Fine Arts Festival

The River Clay Fine Arts Festival Returns Sept 28

Held on the 4th weekend in September each year in beautiful downtown Decatur, River Clay Fine Arts Festival offers participating artists from all over the country the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work right here in the Tennessee Valley. The juried festival includes an artist market, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, student art exhibits, and much, much more. Situated on the beautiful, park-like setting of Decatur’s city hall campus, the festival offers a destination for visiting art enthusiasts and area residents to spend time sharing ideas, purchasing art and immersing themselves in the artistic experience.

River Clay Rendezvous

River Clay’s opening night event offers a festive night of food, drink and art. River Clay Rendezvous attendees get the first opportunity to browse the River Clay Artist Market before the festival opens to the public. In addition, attendees will enjoy music and great food provided by local restaurants! River Clay Rendezvous opens at 5pm on the City Hall Campus site.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased here.

Artist Demonstrations

River Clay attendees can observe the artistic process through various artist demonstrations scheduled throughout the festival. Whether watching a potter throw clay, a painter paint or a woodworker turn wood, visitors will enjoy watching creativity in action.

Student Art Exhibits

In addition to experienced artists, River Clay celebrates up-and-coming artists as well. Festival-goers will enjoy seeing the varied works of students from Decatur City Schools, Morgan County Schools and the Alabama Center for the Arts.


Children are welcome at River Clay! Young and Young-at-Heart will enjoy the many children’s art activities available during the festival. Coordinated by a group of fun, creative artists and art teachers, participants of all ages will love the opportunity to create with friends and family.

And while you're there, why not check out everything Downtown Decatur has to offer? From the newly opened Cook Museum of Natural Science to concerts at the Princess Theater as well as visiting the some of the area's best shopping and local restaurants, this is truly a destination weekend you don't want to miss.

Tickets are $5 for a weekend pass and children 12 and under are free.

For more information as well as full schedule of events and participating artists, please visit riverclay.org.