Outdoor music festivals and concerts will dominate the event calendar in the Athens area this summer as venues offer more shows and festivals to locals and visitors. Athens has always been known for its vibrant music scene, and this summer is no exception as there will be more than seven outdoor music series and festivals in the area, in addition to the nightly music scene that hosts both established artists and local bands.

There will be outdoor concerts beyond the Athens city limits as well, with cities such as Eatonton, Watkinsville, Madison and Macon attracting crowds from all over the state to enjoy various concerts throughout the summer.

AthFest is the annual arts and music festival held each June in historic downtown Athens. This year, over 175 local, regional, and nationally recognized Athens-based musicianswill perform during the festival, which will be held June 23 - 27. Nationally renowned groups such as Perpetual Groove, Packway Handle Band and Bubba Sparxxx will perform at this summer's most anticipated music event. The festival also includes a juried artisan market, the Flagpole Music Awards show, KidsFest, and much more. For complete AthFest schedules and music tracks, as well as information on AthFest packages and special offers, visit
www.VisitAthensGA.com/summer or www.AthFest.com.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens will host the Sunflower Music Series this summer, which will feature concerts on June 22, July 13, and August 24 on the grounds of the brand new Flower Garden. Artists scheduled to perform include Randall Branblett, Bloodkin, and Grogus. For more information, visit

The Classic City 4th of July American Music Festival in Athens offers two days of bluegrass, folk and American music with 14 bands performing on both indoor and outdoor stages July 3 - 4 at the Melting Point, on the grounds of the Foundry Park Inn & Spa. For more information, visit

Additionally, outdoor music can be found in Athens' most Tuesdays - Saturdays at Farm 255 and the Melting Point, as well as at Terrapin Brewery every Wednesday - Saturday.

In Watkinsville, the Ashford Manor Concerts on the Lawn series will host five performances ranging from Motown to folk music throughout May, June and July and resuming in September, occurring every other week until October 18. For more information, visit

The Madison Chamber Music Festival will bring a variety of performances including lively fiddle and guitar, classical chamber music, dance and film to intimate venues in and around Madison from mid-May until late June. For more information, visit

Eatonton will offer various outdoor concerts throughout the summer at the Plaza Arts Center, where visitors can enjoy music from Motown styles to Classic Americana. For more information, visit

Bragg Jam will be held in Macon on July 31, and includes two days of outdoor concerts featuring 40 local, regional and national acts performing on eight stages. The festival also offers arts and children's events, and all proceeds will benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. For more information, visit

This summer provides an opportunity to see an eclectic array of music at various outdoor venues in the Athens area. The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is offering AthFest overnight packages starting at just $65 per person, plus a variety of other special offers for the summer travel season. For more information, please visit
www.VisitAthensGA.com/summer or contact the Athens CVB at 1-800-653-0603.

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