Community Events + Activities
Athens has a rich and diverse community of artists, musicians, athletes, activists, foodies, bibliophiles, audiophiles – you name it! This means that there is always something to do, whether it is a festival downtown, a charity event supporting a local nonprofit, a tailgate during football season, or a reading at our local independent bookstore, Avid. There are also small towns outside of Athens that have their own funk and charm: downtown Watkinsville, which has more artists per capita than any other city in the state; downtown Monroe and its antique stores; and a little farther away, of course, is Atlanta, home of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Athens and across Georgia, you are surrounded by a history as deep and thick as the kudzu lining the highways.
Each year, Athens hosts several festivals downtown: April’s Twilight Criterium bike race, Classic City Brewfest, the Boybutante Ball to support Live Forward Athens, and the International Street Festival; The Human Rights Festival in May; AthFest 3-day music festival in June; Fourth of July celebrations; Athens Pride Festival in September; the Homecoming Parade, AthHalf Half Marathon and 5K, and Halloween’s Rumpus Parade in October; December’s Holiday Parade of Lights, and many, many more!
Besides festivals and downtown activities, Athens has more than 2,000 acres parks, 4 dog parks, and places to swim, picnic, and paddle. Athens is a day trip from hiking and wine tasting in the mountains of north Georgia, visiting haunted houses in Savannah, and golfing in Augusta. There really is something for everyone here!