The weekend is finally here! Come spend an exciting weekend in the beautiful Classic City.  We know you will have an amazing time with all of the many festivals, concerts, and even more fun activities for the entire family, taking place in Athens,GA! Here are a few ideas that will hopefully spark your interest!

The 33nd Annual Athens Twilight weekend is a professional cycling event and festival fun for fans, families, and racers. You heard right - this is the 33nd Annual Twilight, and this year's weekend will be bigger and better than ever! The kickoff on Friday will feature Twilight Music, the Twilight Expo and Food Court, and the Grid Qualifiers presented by Georgia Cycle Sport, which lets you get up-close-and-personal with your favorite professional rider as they battle it out Friday night for coveted starting places in America's best criterium. Of course, Saturday night is the main event - the Terrapin Twilight Criterium. More than 30,000 fans will pack the cozy confines of downtown Athens to witness the best in American criterium racing.In addition to the professional criterium racing, there will also be amateur category racing, a 5k run, a BMX Jam and the Gambler participation bike ride, among many other events. This event will take place Friday and Saturday in Downtown Athens. This event is perfect for the entire family, and is one you will not want to miss out on!

The Indie Craftstravaganzaa will feature an eclectic blend of artists and crafters, everything from jewelry and fashion to fine arts and pottery, plus stuff for the little ones, pets, and the home.There will be local and regional food carts to provide eats and beverages. There will also be activities for the children including an exciting kids crafts booth.There will also be live performances by local musicians on both days, so be sure to stop by around 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to catch some quality jams for free.The vintage market is also back! There will be curated vendors from around the Southeast with the finest selection of clothing, housewares, and curiosities a collector could want.

Dreams So Real, the Athens Georgia band perhaps best known for its 1988 album, Rough Night In Jericho, will reunite to perform again in a short series of shows in Spring 2012 for just the second time in a decade and nearly 25 years since the release of Rough Night In Jericho whose title track garnered heavy airplay on radio and MTV and reached #28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart. This exciting show will take place on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at The Melting Point. Tickets are only $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.

These are just a few of the many exciting events taking place this weekend. Here are a few more ideas that we know you will love:
  • Saturday:  Athens Area Master Gardener Association's Annual Spring Plant Sale at Athens-Clarke County Extension Office. There will be hand-crafted yard art, verbs, vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, ground clovers, seedlings, and more! This event will take place Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Georgia Children's Chorus Tour of Kitchens at The Hill at the Armstrong & Dobbs House. The Georgia Children's Chorus (GCC) presents The Hill and Oak Grove neighborhoods, as the sites for its annual fundraiser, the Athens Tour of Kitchens. As part of the 14th annual tour, celebrity chef Peter Dale of The National restaurant will host a cooking demonstration at the home of internationally acclaimed artist, Jim Fiscus, whose home is on the tour. This event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are only $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the tour. 
  • Sunday:High Hat Party at The Classic Center. There will be plenty of games and crafts for kids, delicious snacks, and silent and live auctions. Reservations are $25 per person or $300 for a table of 10 guests.This event will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

    These are just a few of the many exciting events happening in Athens,GA. Hopefully you've read something that you are looking forward to! Be sure to check out our Visit Athens, GA calendar for a full list of even more events and activities! 

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What are your exciting plans this weekend in Athens,GA?