We can't think of a more exciting fall getaway destination than Athens, GA! Contrary to popular belief, fall in Athens extends far beyond football.In fact, it is a hot spot for fall festivals and events and fall is a perfect time of the year to plan a trip in Georgia. Fall is an extremely popular time for local artists to show off their unique styles, for musicians to perform for crowds, and for local organizations and businesses to remind locals and visitors why Athens is a fascinating place to be. Below you will discover some of what fall in Athens has to offer. Discover which festivals and/or events are right for you and your friends and family!
September 2016 Events
On September 17th, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host their 24th annual Insect-ival. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center and Conservatory. You are invited to join the Garden staff and volunteers for creepy, crawly, fun. Discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect cafe, puppet show and, of course, lots of live insects will also highlight this year's event! You also do not want to miss the opportunity to view dozens of beautiful, native butterflies fluttering around the gardens.
Hop Harvest Festival
Mark your calendar for September 24th because the 7th Annual Hop Harvest Festival, presented by Terrapin Beer Co, is happening from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.. As always, the Hop Harvest Festival at at the local Athens brewery will feature the much anticipated special release beer, So Fresh & So Green, Green, along with live music from Packway Handle Band. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dogwood. Keep in mind, tickets will sell quickly so reserve your spot today!
October 2016 Events
North Georgia Folk Festival
Athens will celebrate the 31st Annual North Georgia Folk Festival on October 8th. This day-long festival includes musicians, artists, storytellers, food, kid's activities, and craft demonstrations. This exciting event is open to all ages, so bring the whole family! There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy all day long.
UGA Homecoming Weekend
As with any college, homecoming is special to UGA and this year the theme is "Home is Where the Arch Is." UGA and Athens invite you to join in on the weekend long celebration. The weekend kicks off with UGA's Homecoming Parade on October 14th in downtown Athens! This annual parade is led by the spectacular Redcoat Band with appearances by the UGA cheerleaders, athletes, and other university and Athens dignitaries. In typical parade fashion, there will be an abundance of ornate floats and displays made by both students and faculty.
In combination with the parade, a variety of other events will be taking place during the homecoming weekend. These events include a tour at the Special Collections Library on Friday, a carnival held on Legion Field on UGAs campus following the parade, several alumni reunions and tailgates throughout UGA's campus, and the homecoming football game between the hedges against Vanderbilt, where the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. For even more information, visit our football page or the UGA homecoming page!
Classic City Fringe Festival
The Classic City Fringe Festival celebrates the variety of fringe artists and performers who call Athens home. This festival spans several days in various venues throughout downtown Athens. This fall, the festival will be held between October 27th and 30th. It serves as an outlet for performers on the "fringe," such as street theater, circus and cabaret performers, burlesque and vaudeville, experimental art, film, and music. Prepare yourself, as you will be entertained, amazed, and inspired by all these performances. It is truly unlike any other event in Athens this season.
Lickskillet Artist Market and Festival
The Lickskillet Artist Market and Festival is an exciting indoor and outdoor event that will take place on October 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. This unique festival features eclectic wares for sale by artists of all ages, demonstrations by area artists, live music, children's art activities, food vendors and tours of the historic Ware-Lyndon House. This is a rain or shine event you don't want to miss!
AthHalf Half Marathon
Whether you are a runner, walker, jogger, or none of the above, the 7th Annual AthHalf is a race and event that combines Athens' love for music and arts with its enthusiastic health community to raise funds and awareness for AthHalf Educates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to music and arts education. This fall, the event will take place on October 8th and 9th, including an exciting victory lap around the famous hedges of UGA's Sanford Stadium and fun-filled finish in the Tate Center parking lot and West Lawn. If racing isn't your thing, sign up to volunteer at the event!
The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle
The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle is an event that never fails to impress. This year the Monster Mash Kids' Halloween Party for families will be on October 28th and is followed by the parade. The parade marches through the historic downtown district with an outdoor stage show with the Rumpus Band, followed by a gigantic after-party. You can enjoy the spectacle from the sidewalks, or dress up in costume to join in on the march. Whichever you choose, The Wild Rumpus sets out to amplify the massive display of creativity by its residents and celebrates their self-expression in an inviting and safe environment.
November 2016 Events
Spotlight on the Arts Festival
The UGA Arts Council will be in the spotlight during the nine-day event from November 2nd through the 13th. The 2016 Spotlight on the Arts Festival will highlight a number of events and activities, such as a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, author panels and book signings, and lectures and discussions on the arts and creativity, just to name a few!
There is plenty for you to enjoy beyond the hedges. Start planning a fall Georgia getaway to Athens today and make Athens your prime festival and event destination! For a complete list of fall festivals and events, please visit our events page.