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Surf Fest 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

On Saturday, June 22nd, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., on O’Neal Plaza, the Cultural Arts Council presents Douglasville’s second Surf Fest, showcasing fourteen bands in ten hours including:

 1. Caroline & the Ramblers (Atlanta, GA)
 2. Crazy Aces (Nashville, TN)
 3. The AmpFibians, (Cincinnatti, OH)
 4. Gemini 13 (Atlanta, GA)
 5. Kill, Baby…Kill (Anniston, AL)
 6. The High Fidelics (Birmingham, AL)
 7. The Novarays (Orlando, FL)
 8. The Monterreys (Charlotte, NC)
 9. The Mystery Men? (Atlanta, GA)
10. StratoGeezer (Atlanta, GA)
11. The SURGE! (Atlanta, GA)
12. The Intoxicators! (Tallahassee, FL)
13. The Mutations (Knoxville, TN)
14. Gravitron (Columbia, SC)

This free day-long event on the O’Neal Plaza in historic downtown Douglasville features good food, a beer garden, lots of activities for children, and plenty of great surf music. A festival kick off event, “Tiki Taki,” is planned for Friday, June 21st, from 6 until 9 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce on Church Street, with performances by several of the featured bands, tropical drinks and luau treats; tickets are $15 ($12 for CAC or Chamber members). After hours post-festival musical performances are also being planned at the Irish Bred Pub on Saturday night for a small cover fee.

“Our first festival here last year was on the hottest day in the history of the state of Georgia,” stated festival founder Wayne Foster who recently moved to Douglas County. “This year we are hoping for cooler weather but we can guarantee the music will be hotter than ever!” He continued, “Foster Productions had produced Surf Fest in Clarkston, Georgia, but now our partnership with Cultural Arts Council allows the Douglasville community to hear great surf music.  Bands from all over the United States perform at this event, and they all loved O’Neal Plaza last year -- they are begging to come back.”

SURF FEST is free and open to the general public.

2013 Surf Fest Vendor packet

Surf Fest

Turner Cassity Literary Festival 2013

Save the dates - July 11, 12 & 13, 2014

The 2014 fourth annual Turner Cassity Literary Festival, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Inc., presents an opportunity for aspiring writers in West Georgia to develop their writing skills and prepare their works for publication under the guidance of expert and experienced authors, as well as honor the poet Turner Cassity, whose work and dedication to literary excellence in Georgia acts as an inspiration to us and writers everywhere.

As in years past the festival is sponsoring an International Verse Play Competition – the guidelines for the competition are downloaded below.

More exciting offerings, registration information and additional details about the festival will be posted here soon! Check back often!

Please send all questions, comments & submissions for the International Verse Play to

Click here for the 2014 International Verse Play
competition regulations

Turner Cassity

Spring Concerts on the Plaza

Free Spring Concerts on the Plaza
O’Neal Plaza in Historic Downtown Douglasville
Saturdays, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Save the Dates - May 3, 10, & 17, 2014

 May 3rd, 2014 - Caroline & The Ramblers
(Rockabilly/Country Style)

May 10th, 2014 - Frankie’s Blues Mission
(Blues, Jazz, R&B and Zydeco)

May 17th, 2014 - Atlanta Seventeen Orchestra
(Big Band music of yesteryear)

Chili Cook Off


The 17th Annual Chili Cook Off!

Click here for the 2013 Chili Cooker Letter

Click here for the 2013 Chili Cook Off Flyer

Click here for the 2013 Chili Cook Off Registration Form

Click here for the 2013 Sponsorship Form

Cool Beans & Family Fun -- 17TH ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF

Nancy Creek

  The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is delighted to announce that the 17th annual Chili Cook Off at O’Neal Plaza on Saturday, October 19th, from 6 until 9 p.m., will be sponsored by John Bleakley Ford.  The Cultural Arts Council’s fund-raising event is held in conjunction with the Rogue Runners Moonlight Run and follows many events throughout the day in the third annual “Octoberfest” supported by the City.  Last year more than 4,000 people joined in this festive evening of good food and family fun as many local Douglasville celebrities including the Mayor, County Commission Chair Tom Worthan, political candidates, local bankers and many business leaders presented the community with different flavors of chili to savor.
In 2011 the coveted “Best Tasting” prize was presented to a Chili Cook Off newcomer, Team Spectra, for its spicy offering, the “Best Decorated Booth” was awarded to long-time Chili Cook Off participant Gold’s Gym, and with frequent past winner Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel as first runner up and Brighten Academy as second in this competitive category. In many ways, the “Most Sold” award represents the people’s choice; and Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel won the prize again last year.  All of the 2011 winners are returning this year as the competitors to beat during the sold-out event this year.
Last October more than 3,000 people participated in this festive family evening of good food, fun and entertainment as many local Douglasville celebrities offered the community with different flavors of chili. Last year our “Most Sold” winner sold more than 20 gallons! In the spirit of the season, there will also be a Children’s Halloween Costume Contest. All children wearing costumes receive goody bags, and local celebrity judges select winners who are awarded special prizes.
The Chili Cook Off is free and open to the public. Tickets will be sold for tastes and bowls of chili and cold Coke products, homemade desserts made by CAC supporters, and hot dogs grilled by the 4-H, Junior Master Gardeners, and other youth groups coordinated by the Douglas County Cooperative Extension Office. Proceeds benefit the exhibition program at the Cultural Arts Center, educational programs including artists in our schools, and the CAC’s popular spring and fall concerts series, also presented on O’Neal Plaza.

Chili Cooker 2013

Gala & Auction
November 23, 2013

An Magical Evening for the Arts – The 2013 GALA

The Cultural Arts Council’s eighth annual gala and auction will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, from 6 until 10 the beautiful new Douglasville Conference Center at 6701 Church Street, Douglasville, GA 30134. Carol Parks Catering will cater the event this year, which honors the volunteers and sponsors of the local arts agency every year. Celebrants and arts patrons will enjoy a cash bar throughout the evening, free champagne toasts, a sumptuous supper, great live entertainment, a brief awards ceremony honoring the CAC’s Volunteer of the Year, a raffle, and live auction. Tickets for the 2013 Gala will be available for $80 per person ($75 for CAC members) with tables of ten available for $600.

We're planning something very special for our celebration this year, so mark your calendar and save the date!

For questions please contact the CAC at 770.949.2787.

Come to the Celebration