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Quality of Life: Downtown Douglasville

Tucked between I-20 and the Norfolk Southern Railroad line is Downtown Douglasville, a charming, turn of the 20th century Southern railroad town. Accentuated by its architecturally pleasing brick facades and O’Neal Plaza, Downtown Douglasville is home to eclectic shops and restaurants, professional service firms, weekend entertainment, and city government offices. The downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

O’Neal Plaza is a major focal point of Downtown Douglasville. A brick plaza, with its cheerful fountain, it is here that the rich treasures of the downtown open up to visitors. Whether it’s taking in a weekend festival or musical entertainment on the plaza stage, O’Neal Plaza is the path that leads to visitors to downtown shops and some of the best dining in the region. Diners will find one of the best New York style pizza parlors this side of Brooklyn at the very hip Fabiano’s and some of the best Cajun dishes outside the French Quarter at Gumbeaux. Also, the Irish Bred Pub provides the ideal location for those seeking a refreshing pint of Guinness, a delicious plate of Sheppard’s pie or fish and chips.

Downtown Douglasville is home to a number of special events, performances and holiday celebrations. In the spring months the downtown becomes home to the Main Street Community Market and Concerts on the Plaza series. Also, spring is the time for Taste for Douglasville Arts which features food from some of Douglasville’s finest restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, local talent on the O’Neal Plaza stage and secondary stage, as well as free activities for children and adults. In the summer months, Flag Day on O’Neal Plaza, the Penny Mac Hydrangea Festival, the Juneeth Celebration, Douglasville 4th of July Parade, and Friday Night Movies on the Plaza come to downtown. The fall season brings more Concerts on the Plaza, as well as the Moonlight Run and the Cultural Center Council’s Chili Cook-off. The winter season kicks off with the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration.