Beer & Wine Tickets

Decatur Celebration has one $5 alcohol ticket that can be used at beer booths, wine cooler booths, and in the Wine & Craft Beer Garden.


Admission Wristbands

$5/weekend in Advance | $8/weekend at the Gate | Children 12 and under FREE

This year Decatur Celebration will have a fenced perimeter with designated entry points. All adults must have a “Band Together” wristband to be admitted. In the past these wristbands were sold on the honor system and only needed at the point of purchase for food or drinks.

The wristbands cost $5 for the weekend in advance and $8 for the weekend on site. Children 12 and under are free. Each wristband offers a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes with one winner drawn each night of the festival.

The carnival will have a fenced perimeter for safety and security, but will not require the “Band Together” wristbands.

Must be 18 or older to participate in drawing. Winner must show wristband as proof.


Wristband Policy

  • Every person age 13 and older must have a wristband to enter the festival grounds.
  • Wristbands must be worn on your wrist and must not be tampered with in any way including cutting off and taping back on.  If a wristband is tampered with it is no-longer valid.
  • Two wristbands per booth will be provided for each vendor working at the festival. If the vendor needs more than two wristbands, they must purchase them.  Groups who pay to be a vendor at the festival or we pay to work the festival are considered vendors.  This includes food and drink vendors, craft vendors, commercial vendors, and groups who are paid to work doing ticket sales, wristband sales, staffing parking lots, dispensing beer, etc.  If your group is paid to work the festival, you are considered a vendor – even if you are volunteering for that group.
  • One free wristband will be given to each volunteer who works three hours or more. By volunteer, we mean individuals who are not personally compensated and are also not working for a group that is being compensated.  For example, if you are helping a chairman at a stage, or working with our recycling team, you are considered a festival volunteer.  However, if you are staffed through Labor Ready or helping a paid group work the ticket booths, you are not considered a festival volunteer.
  • Parade participants do not need a wristband to participate in the parade because the route begins and ends outside of the festival fence. If you are a parade participant and would like to attend the festival after the parade, you will need to purchase a wristband.  Parade participants will not be issued wristbands.
  • Festival entertainers will be issued at no charge a special “Performer” wristband for the day they are performing.
  • Downtown residents and employees must come to the Decatur Celebration office (160 E Main Street Suite 200, Decatur, IL 62523) to be issued a special “Downtown Employee / Resident” wristband at no charge.  This wristband grants you access to your home or workplace and is not valid at festival food and beverage booths.